Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Travel Expenses (flights) and (non-flights) for the BC Minister of Education from April to December: $31,446.66

Since being appointed Education Minister last March, I’ve had the pleasure of visiting 95 schools and half of the province’s 60 school districts. I’ve met with hundreds of teachers, students, parents and administrators.  Hon. George Abbott - Vancouver Province

  32 dots connected, by no means an exact copy of just where the Minister of Education has been in eleven months, but they are in a somewhat chronological order, of his visits to "95" schools out of public system containing 1,631 and the 345 Independent Schools which he oversees as well.  As to School Districts in BC, there's 92 according to BC STATS, not 60.

On October 11th the BC Education Minister was in Fort St. John.
On October 14th the BC Education Minister was in the South Okanagan
On October 15th the BC Education Minister was in Oliver.

We can see the South Okanagan to Oliver trip being easy to do, drive, but Fort St. John to the South Okanagan... leaving early on the 12th, and arriving on 13th with a night of rest before the meetings on the 14th..... is 1,153 kilometres and taking 15 hours and 26 minutes..... and its via the Jasper National Park.

Flying would probably be better, safer too, but there's this one little problem.... and its from the Open Information online booklet for:

Travel Expenses

Welcome to B.C.'s catalogue of public information. Here is a summary of travel expenses that meet your search terms. Select any travel expense entry to view details or download information associated with it.

We selected the Travel Expenses for the Education Minister, for October, and there are NO expenses for In Province Flights, none, there are, however expenses for Other Travel in Province totaling $1550.86 which must cover things like a bus or a government issued car.  Motels, Gas and Food that's extra and not considered to be a TRAVEL EXPENSE, or is it.  The numbers for one month would make most senior citizens proud.   How the Minister arrived for the October 11th meeting, that's ten days of travelling (not by plane), we haven't found, yet, but he must have got there, somehow and from somewhere(s) after leaving Queensborough on September 14th where that Month's total Travel Expenses were $3,025.81.

The Travel Expense data provided by the Christy Clark government is SPARSE in details, just lump sum expenses, too bad.

The travel information is History now, no need for security, but knowing in advance would allow the public to be out waving their newly purchased BC flags........ after the 18 months of converting the HST back to a PST, of course.

Friday, February 10, 2012

1949 West Coast Transmission came into existence and by 1955 the naturual gas "big pipeline" started

Rummaging around the VPL newspaper clippings yesterday I came across a "bonus" system that was offered to those along the Big Pipeline back in 1955.  I thought that it was the Westcoast Transmission Company but it turned out to be a different company altogether, something called Pacific Northern Gas, which as of December 31, 2011 was bought out by a company called AltaGas Ltd.

The title of the newspaper article was "Peter Pays Paul" the idea being that consumers, locally, on Canadian soil, would be paying the shot.  But now that Christy Clark has made it a Job One for her government to get the LNG plants up and running for OVERSEAS customers, its they who should be "paying the shot" for the benefit of those Northern BC communities effected by the disruption of a Natural Gas pipeline.

Browsing results matching Commissioner Inquiry on British Columbia's Requirements, Supply and Surplus of Natural Gas and Natural Gas Liquids : submission of Pacific Northern Gas Ltd. --

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Dagenais/Mentuck test bc rail trial

Dagenais/Mentuck test bc rail trial

  1. R. v. Sipes, issue of access by media to exhibits entered at a trial ...

    12 Jul 2011 – IN THE SUPREME COURT OF BRITISH COLUMBIA .... The Dagenais/Mentuck test is applicable at every stage of the judicial process but must ...
  2. Sangha v. - BCJustice/Court cases/British Columbia/Supreme Court ...

    26 Jan 2012 – British Columbia, 2010 BCCA 169, 4 B.C.L.R. (5th) 22, the Court applied the Dagenais/Mentuck test in the context of an appeal from the ...
  3. ACCESS PERMITTED - R. v. Basi, Ruling on Application for ...

    2 Jun 2011 – [4] The trial of this matter ended in October 2010 when Dave Basi and Bobby ... The Dagenais/Mentuck test is applicable at every stage of the ...

Dagenais v. Canadian Broadcasting Corp., [1994] 3 S.C.R. 835, and R. v. Mentuck, 2001 SCC 76

Update March 15, 2012

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Big questions 

The Supreme Court of Canada has clearly recognized the principle of openness in the court system in Dagenais v. Canadian Broadcasting Corp., [1994] 3 S.C.R. 835; R. v. Mentuck, [2001] 3 S.C.R. 442 and more recently in R. v. Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. 2005 SCC 41.  http://csc.lexum.umontreal.ca/en/2005/2005scc41/2005scc41.pdf

The Court has also recognized that there are exceptions to this principle.

The general principles are as follows:

1. Every court has a supervisory and protecting power over its own records.
2. The presumption is in favor of public access and the burden of contrary proof lies upon the person who would deny the exercise of the right.
3. Access can be denied when the ends of justice would be subverted by disclosure or the judicial documents might be used for an improper purpose. Curtailment of public accessibility can only be justified where there is present the need to protect social values of superordinate importance. One of these is the protection of the innocent.
A.G. (Nova Scotia) v. MacIntyre, [1982] 1 S.C.R. 175, at 186-189.

In summary, the public interest in open trials and in the ability of the press to provide
complete reports of what takes place in the courtroom is rooted in the need:

(1) to maintain an effective evidentiary process;
(2) to ensure a judiciary and juries that behave fairly and that are sensitive to values espoused by society;
(3) to promote a shared sense that our courts operate with integrity and dispense justice; and 

(4) to provide an ongoing opportunity for the community to learn how the justice system operates and how the law being applied daily in the courts affects them.