Fight for B.C.- Fight the HST! Elections BC gives approval to begin Citizens Petition April 6th – sign up now!!


Wonderful news  for all of you HST haters out there, and it was no surprise to anyone came on one of the warmest, sunniest days so far this year!    

Elections BC has given approval to the Citizens Initiative Petition, which gives  FIGHT HST organizers 90 days to collect 10% of registered voters  signatures in all ridings – starting April 6th, until July 5th of this year!  All to kill the HST ( Hated Sales Tax)!  For full details of the press conference, head over to my friend Bill Tielemans blog : 

If successful, the petition will force the government to do one of two things:  hold a province wide referendum on the HST( in essence, the opportunity to say yeah or nay to the HST ) – OR –  legislate an end to the HST in the legislature. 

Either way, over 1500 volunteers have already signed up, and now that Elections BC has given approval to this petition, even more  people are likely to see how easy it can be to stop this tax  by  the very simple task of gathering signatures  from other registered voters who are outraged at the prospect of yet another dig in their wallets. 

This is an important moment in BC, one that  must signify to Premier Gordon Campbell that we are indeed a democracy in B.C., and the people will have their say. In my experience, there is nothing more powerful than a group of people working together for a common goal, and this is your chance to be a part of history and say ” No More! ” to  Campbell.   What could be simpler than handing someone a pen and asking them to say No with you? 

If you would like to sign up and volunteer along with myself and thousands of others across BC, head on over the FIGHT HST website and click on the Volunteer banner highlighted in red near the top. It’s that easy. You don’t even have to know your riding, all you need to know is that you want to stop the most Hated Sales Tax ever, the HST !! 


September 2009 Stop the HST rally - Vancouver


Now, scroll down and see one of the most interesting reports on the 2010 winter Olympics I’ve read yet.

” Vancouver’s Olympics head for disaster” ~ The Guardian

This link is appearing everywhere online, and has been sent to me by a number of readers.

An interesting commentary, it at first appears to be an overseas Op-Ed, but on further examination the author turns out to be a local freelancer, who was in fact interviewed by CBC yesterday! ( thank you C.!)  ** note how many links it has from local sources documenting the harsh financial realities of our fair province, an amalgamation of why so many people are feeling more concern than excitement.  Although the author tends to- as one reader put it- hyperbole, I still think it presents a fairly accurate representation of how many people are feeling in these days before our world debut.  ( someone might do well to stick this right on top of Bill Good’s desk – I hear many are getting tired of his incessant nattering over the lack of enthusiasm over the games. Reality check Bill- we don’t all live in fancy condo’s on the harbour and have two jobs to count on, let alone one for the many laid off and out of work people all over the  province )

An excerpt:

              It’s now two weeks until the start of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic games, a city-defining event that is a decade in the making. But a decade is a very long time. Much of what seemed sensible in the early 2000s has proven to be the opposite: for instance, allowing investment bankers to pursue profits willy-nilly was acceptable when Vancouver won the bid in 2003, but is now viewed as idiotic. So it comes as no surprise that just days before the opening ceremony, Vancouver is gripped by dread. Not the typical attitude for a host city, but understandable when you consider that everything that could go wrong, is in the process of going wrong.


            “The Bailout Games” have already been labelled a staggering financial disaster. While the complete costs are still unknown, the Vancouver and British Columbian governments have hinted at what’s to come by cancelling 2400 surgeries, laying off 233 government employees, 800 teachers and recommending the closure of 14 schools. It might be enough to make one cynical, but luckily every inch of the city is now coated with advertisements that feature smiley people enjoying the products of the event’s gracious sponsors.

Conservative estimates now speculate that the games will cost upwards of $6bn, with little chance of a return. This titanic act of fiscal malfeasance includes a security force that was originally budgeted at $175m, but has since inflated to $900m. With more than 15,000 members, it’s the largest military presence seen in western Canada since the end of the second world war, an appropriate measure only if one imagines al-Qaida are set to descend from the slopes on C2-strapped snowboards. With a police officer on every corner and military helicopters buzzing overhead, Vancouver looks more like post-war Berlin than an Olympic wonderland. Whole sections of the city are off-limits, scores of roads have been shut down, small businesses have been told to close shop and citizens have been instructed to either leave the city or stay indoors to make way for the projected influx of 300,000 visitors.

While  most of the local media are pushing the feel good, rah- rah, “it’s all good” mantra, we are begining to see the international media descend in droves and are looking for other stories about the impact of the Olympics from residents and freelancers alike. Keep your eyes peeled…