Followup shortly, meanwhile the media wades into the Premiers expenses this morning.

Nice to wake up and see a story I researched and broke here, on July 30th, finally making headlines this morning and being the subject of the Question of the Day on NW, CBC, Global and news 1130 this morning!!

Just listened to Bill Good justify all of the premiers spending on his show… gag…and focus on Coffee bills where there is so much more. Followup post shortly, but if you want to see the real meal deal on the expenses, head over to the original story here:

” Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding the truth” ~ Karl Ludwig Borne

“…I know I can’t go back to working parallel to the real problems, hiding my opinions and yet somehow hoping that one viewer every night might piece together what I wanted to say. I thought if I paid my dues and worked my way up through the ranks, I could maybe reach a position of enough influence and credibility that I could say what I truly feel. I’ve realized there’s no time to wait. ”  ~ Kai Nagata, former CTV Bureau Chief, Quebec City, on Why he quit his job.

Powerful words from a young journalist who bravely bared his heart and soul to the world, after quitting his job at CTV- and nearly became famous for it. You may have already read it -his ‘manifesto’ went viral – but if you haven’t, grab a cup of coffee or a drink and take a few minutes to absorb and reflect at the link above. What Kai speaks to is a big problem for the media in this country, a media that is more and more often compromised by advertisers/profits/politics- take your pick. And in my opinion, Kai’s post became so big, so fast, because so many others like him working for news outlets across the country, felt exactly the same way. As he states in his follow up post 24 hours later : ” People are thirsty.”

We all have illusions, and when those illusions are shattered it can rock your world. My illusion, for the longest time, was that it is the duty- yes duty- of news outlets and journalists to report the truth, no matter what; to hold those in power at all levels accountable and to remain free of bias from any outside influence.

I’ve learned that is not always the case in this era where far too often profits are prioritized over journalistic excellence, ethics and integrity. It’s something that is never far from mind when I research and write, and I have hardly been the only one to talk about and question what has happened to the profession. In this post from last year, I refer to retired journalist  and fellow blogger, Harvey Oberfeld and his questions about influence, Sean Holman of Public Eye Online who examined a sponsorship deal involving government and our big local dailies.

And of course, more recently was a very revealing post written by Ian Reid, in which he speaks of the ‘club’ between local media personalities and local politicians, which of course matters because as Ian succintly states: ” The truth suffers.” If you don’t read these kind of revolutionary posts, you might not know that  “Bill Good( CKNW), Rick Cluff( CBC Radio Vancouver) and others share personal relationships with BC Liberal premiers, Cabinet members and MLAs.  They hang out.  They golf together.  They are personal friends.”

You might not know that Stephen Smart( bureau chief, CBC Victoria) is married to Rebecca Scott, who was a long time producer at CKNW and was most recently whisked away to Victoria by the former CKNW talk show host and new premier, Christy Clark as her communications director… but I’m sure none of these relationships and friendships and marriages could ever, ever, influence what or how something is reported in this province… right?

Ian’s post is key to understanding why some stories never see the light that could be shone on them by the mass audiences of the largest outlets in BC. And here is why:

“That could be the BC Rail story in a nutshell.  Much of the media was part of the strategy to sell from the beginning.  And they’re still a party to the cover-up.  The local Bell media clan – CTV and the Globe – were spoon fed by the prosecution with information that only supported the prosecution’s view that the full extent of the scandal is nothing but the actions of a small group of rogues.  And now the CTV newsroom staffs the Premier.

What’s worse is it’s not isolated.  The club brings the same vision to every story.  For every BC Rail story half hidden by the club there’s another two fully hidden.”

Isn’t that the truth.A serious matter when the current sitting premiers statements about her lack of involvement in the BC rail sale seem to be directly contradicted by the documents circulating on the net . But move along folks, nothing to see there, right?

And I think that last statement of Ian Reids might apply to far too many other stories as well. When I broke the Sea to Sky Shadow toll story, which became a series, it was first run by News1130, did a midnight run on the CKNW overnight news before being halted when the morning crew arrived.. and that was it. Nothing. A reporter from the Squamish paper did a couple stories on it, it went viral, and then nothing more in the media until Mark Hume of the Globe and Mail did a story that received national attention. There was proof, there were confidential, sensitive documents and there were outright lies written in emails from ministry of transportation PR reps, but there was no coverage from the biggest news outlets in BC. And I asked why, as did others.

Off the record, it came back to me that the shadow tolls on the Sea to Sky highway were old news to many in the media who knew about them back when the protests were happening at Eagleridge bluffs. Some of the protesters has discovered that ” vehicle usage payments” were part of the deal with the consortium financing it, and took it to the press, thinking the people of BC should know we are all paying for each vehicle that uses that road, but no. Nothing was done, no one was interested, the story was never told until some sensitive documents started finding me.

That really surprised me, that the presence of these payments had been known to so many in the media who have been around for a while. And it was an eye-opener, since how could that not be newsworthy? Even some junior reporters were surprised at all of it. My first personal experience with how it all works, and perhaps theirs too.

It’s true that losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding the truth sometimes, but my illusion that the press should be free from any obligation other than the public’s right to know, is one I wish was still unbroken.

I’ll leave you now with an excerpt from that previous post examining media bias, because there is no other way to end this but with a reminder of a code of ethics every newsroom should have on their wall – in my opinion – and one every news director or editor should paste on the screen of every reporters computer:

“It is important to note that the Society of Professional Journalists have posted on their site, a code of ethics.  Among these voluntary guidelines, are sections devoted to  acting independently, and being accountable :

Act Independently
Journalists should be free of obligation to any interest other than the public’s right to know.

Journalists should:

—Avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived.
— Remain free of associations and activities that may compromise integrity or damage credibility.
— Refuse gifts, favors, fees, free travel and special treatment, and shun secondary employment, political involvement, public office and service in community organizations if they compromise journalistic integrity.
— Disclose unavoidable conflicts.
— Be vigilant and courageous about holding those with power accountable.
— Deny favored treatment to advertisers and special interests and resist their pressure to influence news coverage.
— Be wary of sources offering information for favors or money; avoid bidding for news.

Be Accountable
Journalists are accountable to their readers, listeners, viewers and each other.

Journalists should:

— Clarify and explain news coverage and invite dialogue with the public over journalistic conduct.
— Encourage the public to voice grievances against the news media.
— Admit mistakes and correct them promptly.
— Expose unethical practices of journalists and the news media.
— Abide by the same high standards to which they hold others.

Clearly, one has to wonder what new journalism graduates must feel like when they enter todays newsrooms. After all, you spend 4 years being taught ethics, morality, and the importance of unbiased reporting, find yourself  full of youthful righteousness  ready to show the truth…. and  then step on the newsroom floor only to find the news you are assigned to report is very different from the news you should be reporting. That you can’t piss off the advertisers. That there isn’t enough of a budget to do a diner review, let along an in-depth investigative piece on the real story of non-profit billing practices. That bad government news stories are run on Fridays and good news ones they want to pump are run on Mondays, and that all those  other clever young journalism graduates  of past are now nothing more than flunkies paid to shill for the “bad guys”.

How disappointing the reality of some modern news organizations values can be, how tragic the consequences are. Citizens are now often faced with having to decide for themselves what is truth or spin, what is real or altered, what is contrived or motivated by hidden factors they have made public.

Sadly, it would appear the famous words of George Orwell are still as relevent as they were when first spoken:

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

“Just because everything is different doesn’t mean anything has changed.” ~ Irene Peter

Never would you find a more fitting quotation to apply to our newly unelected Premier’s cabinet appointments. Just because everything is different, doesn’t mean anything has actually changed at all.

I, like many others, watched the live feed  of yesterday’s undemocratic proceedings, and I say undemocratic because in this rare instance, democracy has not yet reared her lovely head. There is nothing democratic about swearing-in a leader that has not been duly selected by vote of the people, and if anything, Ms.Clarks glowing expression throughout the ceremony smacked of smug regard in the faces of those who bode her no good will.

However smug she is now, she would do well to enjoy her time in the big chair and take as many photos as possibly to sit and bitterly reminisce over in the cold, dark days of certain defeat. Defeat, because in choosing her cabinet she has effectively terminated whatever chance she may have had in showing cynical British Columbians that she is any different from Campbell at all.

Where to start? Appointing the privatization king, Kevin Falcon, to finance minister and deputy premier was the hail Mary of all mistakes. Falcon, who so proudly pointed out endlessly on his leadership campaign that big business is his best friend, will prove  a big barrier to the Liberals winning any election based on the overwhelming public perception that he is Campbell incarnate. If he runs the ministry of finance like he ran the ministry of transportation, we can look forward to a heavy push towards privatising services across the board, as well as a strong surge of P3 projects in entirely new  and possibly untested venues. Family first values? Not with this Falcon. He is well-known for stating that he prefers China’s undemocratic methods of forcing projects on people without having to deal with things like public consultation! And we know he loves the HST, so good luck with that one.

And what possibly can I say about Rich Coleman except that he’s been around the Liberal block so many times he’s gone a little past his expiry date and should have been left on the back shelf like sour milk.  Remember, it was under Coleman’s watch that 10 jails, 24 courthouses and the Vancouver pre-trial were closed.He was also the minister that rejected calls for a public inquiry into the death of Frank Paul – not once, but twice, first in 2001, and again in 2004. Toss in some issues with the BCLC …. and it’s clear Christy’s choices again leave the people of BC lacking.

Where I find Ms. Clarks mindset for her families first agenda so troubling is to have allowed Mary Polak to stay in cabinet at all, appointed to  Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation. This woman is so clearly unqualified to handle any position of authority with regards to decisions that directly affect humans of any age, that she too should have been shelved on the sour milk shelf with Rich Coleman. Seriously. She leaves the ministry of children and families with a black cloud of shame over her head for failing the vulnerable and special needs children of our province, a horrific mark on her, and on the Liberals who instead of addressing what they have done wrong, will deflect and make some ridiculous statement about how much money they have put towards families.  Is Polak the right choice to steer Aboriginal issues in this province, a segment of our population that is plagued with addiction, poverty and youth depression and suicides? Never.

What I find so interesting is that Christy is facing a variety of difficult challenges in the province, challenges that mean balancing economic hardships with environmental concerns that have been blatantly ignored by Campbell’s government. In appointing so many of the same key players with the same values Campbell demonstrated – ” friends take care of friends” – Christy has revealed her  stunning lack of depth in understanding the electorate in the province she is now deemed with running. Does she not get that people don’t want to hear or see Patrick Kinsella’s name in connection with yet another premier? Does she not care that we find it repugnant that she has chosen people working with Enbridge and SNC- Lavelin to head up her transition team? Maybe not, after all this is the premier who loves Manswers…

Clearly, contrary to her claims, Ms. Clark did not listen to the people of BC while working as a talk show host on CKNW, because if she did she would have some inkling that her future as premier is bleak and short. Being a mom does not make you a better premier, but being a person with integrity does. By refusing to discuss the documented proof of her involvement with key players in the sale of BC rail, by refusing to call even the most limited inquiry into the payment of Basi and Virks legal fees, she has effectively killed her own claims to creating an open and transparent government, a contradiction in terms to her own actions she will not be able to back out of at the polls.

As opportunistic as the rest, she has surrounded herself with corporate players and backroom manipulators rivalling the worst -or best- of Campbell’s era, signalling that her hockey mom, families first persona is just that. And considering how Ms. Clark has bought and paid for a good part of Vancouver’s media,(  including CTV’s Chris Olsen ‘ On your side’, who is obviously no longer on your side, after all ) – I suspect she has  already anticipated the need to create the biggest PR team in BC history to create a bed of roses out of her pile of dung.

” 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…

I’m back…..although not willingly.

After taking some time off over the last 10 days, I return to the real world under protest. Nothing like a departure from all things modern and obtrusive to put some perspective back into your life, which is how I spent my time off. No watches, no tv, no computer and no schedules. And other than suffering from over a couple hundred bug bites and a river otter attack ( no lie) it’s all good. I’ll bring you all the details later this week.

Funny though, after not hearing ,reading or watching any news for that time, it was a delight to see  this bit by Tieleman on one of the latest turns in the Basi-Virk hearings:

” BASI-VIRK – Defence alleges Christy Clark may have leaked confidential BC Rail information from cabinet to Erik Bornmann – lobbyist for OmniTRAX “

What? Ex-deputy minister turned talk show host for the once mighty CKNW alleged to have possibly leaked confidential material ? Well, it’s not like anyone following this never-ending story didn’t know her name was going to come up at some point- her brother Bruce is a big L Liberal player whose home was searched under warrant pertaining to the privatization of  BC Rails Roberts Bank spur line- among other interesting allegations. And let us not forget the RCMP did make a visit- without warrantand with full cooperation – to the home of Christy Clark and  her Big L  Liberal hubby Mark Marissen, who is well known as a strategist and ‘communications’ specialist for the Federal Libs. ( check out this older column by Tieleman for the A to Z on the BC Rail investigation )  And yes, it goes without saying that all of these are unproven allegations, yada, yada,yada… but I like it anyways.

And what else did I find upon my return? Ah, yes, it appears that King Gordo is going to table a new budget come fall. ( Big surprise, eh? ) AND, he is not committing to the deficit he repeatedly rammed down the throats of voters as written in stone. In fact, despite the fact that economists have known for some time Gordo would never be able to keep that budget, and that he would have known it was impossible to keep that deficit figure, Gordo now appears to be prepping the massed for an unpleasant surprise. As quoted in this Tyee blog post in The Hook :

“We’re obviously living in a very volatile time,” said Premier Gordon Campbell following the swearing in of the B.C. Liberal Party caucus today. “When facts change we have to be willing to change.”

It looks to me like Campbell thinks the people really are stupid enough to believe that the economy has just tanked since his re-election. Don’t say I didn’t warn you, Campbell voters. Any by the way, he also mentioned he is looking for another $1.9 BILLION( yes, billion) in cuts.

Still the biggest unreported story in the mainstream media, the Enbridge Gateway pipeline project I blogged about here and here  recently, was again the subject of summit to address the environmental risks associated with the proposal.  And interesting enough, a link left in the comments sections that quotes part of a column published in the Prince George Citizen is no longer available online. That same link was left here in my comments section by a reader( Astro). The column mirrors my thoughts on Enbridge’s initiative to start a ” grassroots” organization funded on their bankroll. Censorship? All I know is that ex-mayor Colin Kinsley still pulls strings where and when he can, not to mention the new mayor and Council in Prince George are for the project.

Now, the other interesting bit to note is that to this day, I am still the only writer to have addressed the significance of Yvette Wells notebooks pertaining to the BC Rail/Basi-Virk hearing, which was posted to this blog on March 10th of this year, right after the NDP made the documents available to all the press – photocopies and a researcher on site. You can read that post and see the picture of those documents HERE.

In fact, Bill Tieleman even commented on this in his Tyee column of May 11th, earlier this year:

” So far there is no “smoking gun” that incontrovertibly proves the defence theory correct, although there is considerable evidence that points in the direction of a viable hypothesis.

But one piece of information contained in the NDP release of 8,000 pages of information previously obtained by defence lawyers through freedom-of-information requests has not been discussed anywhere so far except by blogger Laila Yuile, and posted online by the NDP ”

It’s still seems more than a little crazy that the lowly blogger, reviled by many of the MSM as unreliable,unprofessional and lower than low, would be the only one to spot this gem among the hundreds of pages the NDP handed right over to the press. Taken from the above mentioned blog post from March 2009:

The  notebooks.

 Not just any notebooks, but the notebooks of  Yvette Wells, who up until now has remained an obscure figure in all of this.

 Yvette Wells  was the  Executive Director of the Crown AgenciesSecretariatat the time of the sale. The Secretariat is responsible for the accountability of  crown corporations, so keeping that in mind, it could be said that she was basically the person to oversee the accountability of the entire BC Rail sale  in her position. She would very much have been the “go-to” person of preference to reference anything to do with the ongoing negotiations.

Her notebooks were released because of the relevance of the information within them to the entire BC Rail deal, and they do not disappoint. Among all the hundreds of pages that I read through, the following excerpt clears any question as to the fairness of the bidding process for me. 

” dilema :

          – don’t want to mislead other bidders

           – don’t want to tell them CN are getting other info –  don’t want them to do work, spend $

           – don’t want them to drop out b/c if can’t resolve issues- we may go back to other bidders.

           –  CN got data from CIBC that they shouldn’t “ 

October 22, 2003 notes.


Kind of hard to explain those notes away no matter how you try to spin it. Remember – this was coming from someone who was in charge of accountability and governance of crown corporations.

In fact, many of her copious and detailed notes back up  the accusations voiced by other bidders in reference to an unfair bidding process.”

Read the rest of this significant item HERE.

Why – with the exception of Bill’s recent mention- has this bit gone ignored? Where is Yvette Wells now, and why hasn’t her name come up in court? Please, slip this one to the judge and lawyers will you?

I’m sure there is more I’ve missed, but these are a few things that grabbed my attention. Along with the little CKNW Angus Reid poll that found its way into my email this morning. Apparently the big ratings drop over the fall winter season, where CBC radio ended up beating them nearly across the board, seems to have left them trying to figure out what moves to take to grab those listeners. The survey touched on items like internet radio, ipods as well as suggestions as to what we, the listeners would like to hear.

Now, the topic of CKNW and masthead host Bill Good has been something the political blogging community has been touching on for a while. He claims to be unbiased, but revealed his Liberal inclination to listeners through his on-air discussions throughout the election,and it appears to have turned off a lot of listeners.  Now, I think a host that has a bias and doesn’t hide it, is great and that can lead to rousing talk on air- the entire point of it. But when a host who has built his reputation on being neutral suddenly rears his political head in a rather obvious way, it turns people off. People want the real deal, not hidden connections and unadvertised agendas. 

 That, along with all the ads, the poorly written and dispatched “breaking news” emails and the same  bland, old day after day routine, is enough to send even the most devoted listener looking elsewhere.  And CBC seems to offer the best alternative to the once mighty giant CKNW.

What do you think? What do you listen to, and why? Are you turning away from conventional radio towards other sources? I’m curious, since it has always been my intention to offer a weekly podcast show here, although I haven’t incorporated it as of yet. Looking for your suggestions and feedback  on this topic as I look towards the future of this blog and the launch of the new Laila Yuile site.

Oh yes, and more on otter attack coming up later this week!


Welcome to 2009…and Railgate leads the way.

Ok, I’m here: if only by the grace of hot coffee and ibuprofen – lots of it. Depending on who you ask, my voice deteriorated to the point that I now sound like either a phone sex operator, or an 86 year old smoker with emphysema. Whatever works , right?

I’m not going to do one of those lame  Year in Review things that all the news programs have been running all week. We all know who died and who won and who screwed up and ended up on the front page of gossip rags from here to China. It’s all been talked about to death. However,some of the most important stories of the year received very little press at all – a travesty in my eyes.

Without a doubt, the biggest ‘non-story’ with the  local press would have to be the B.C. Rail Scandal.

 If there is one thing I could ensure that every British Columbian knows about prior to the upcoming provincial election, it would be the story that began waaaaaaaay back in 2003 with the infamous B.C. Legislature Raids.  At that time, RCMP inferred that the raids were linked to organized crime  and corruption within the highest ranks of the BC government, but it was  soon revealed that the actual reason for the raid was connected to Premier Gordon Campbell’s privatization deal concerning B.C. Rail. 

 ” Oh, what a tangled web we weave , when at first we practise to deceive…”  most accurately sums up the 5 year ongoing saga that has resulted in two  former government ministerial aides – Dave Basi and Bob Virk – being charged with fraud and breach of trust.

But will the truth behind the allegations that they handed over confidential government documents to lobbyists hired by one of the bidders ever be known?  Some believe this case will never  actually go to trial, and the likelihood that it will break open before the provincial election sits buried under masses of documents and legal wranglings still to be dealt with.

If this case ever  does get to trial, the potential witness list may contain some of B.C’s most notable Liberals, including  Bruce Clark and his sister ex-politician-cum-radio-talk-show-host  Christy Clark,  as well as her husband, Liberal wunderbar Mark Marissen, whose home office was visited by the RCMP at the time of the legislature raids. Christy was Deputy Premier during part of the BC rail privatization period,and her husband has connections to many of the key players in this investigation. Premier Gordon Campbell is, of course, the person I wish most to see on the stand and he is a probable witness in his role as the initiator of the privatization deal. Seriously, I would book vacation time to see what he has to say if the wire taps are released in court!

What does the government have to hide, and why?  An excerpt from  Bill Tielemans recent article in the Tyee says it all:

” It was Campbell’s grand plan to privatize B.C. Rail that set in motion a scandal still careening down an uncertain track that could end in a political train wreck.

No one has more at stake in the B.C legislature raid than Campbell and the accused.

Many of Campbell’s top cabinet ministers, political staff and bureaucrats are all alleged by the defence to have had varying roles in the case — and a full trial would expose secrets that must make the premier sleepless at night.

Campbell’s biggest fear — release in court of all the various wiretaps on David Basi, Bob Virk and other key players that would paint a devastating picture of not only the B.C. Rail sale but potentially of a government with less scruples than the Richard Nixon White House as revealed by Nixon’s own tapes.

The best case scenario for Campbell is that the case is dismissed without coming to trial…”

If in fact this trial does end up being dismissed, it will be the greatest victory the Campbell government  has ever seen –  and the biggest cover-up ever pulled on the citizens of British Columbia.

A travesty in the true meaning of the word. 

 With the seemingly cooperative press that so obviously fail to give ongoing and in-depth coverage to the  proceedings in any sort of regular manner, most  British Columbians have been left in the dark.

Thanks to Bill Tieleman and BC Mary, those who do know and are interested are able to head over to either of their sites and get up to date reports and commentaries on recent developments complete with interesting links.

Do yourself a favor and take the time to find out more about The B.C. Rail Scandal. It might give you something bigger to think about at the polls this spring when you have to choose who you trust to lead this province through the coming years difficulties.

Read Bill Tieleman’s article ” Railgate, A to Z : Five years after the Legislature raids, a who’s who guide to B.C ‘s biggest political scandal. “at the Tyee:

Read Bill Tieleman’s blog : 

( Bill Tieleman writes a column on B.C. politics every Tuesday in 24 hours, the free weekday newspaper, also online at Tieleman can be heard every Monday at 10 a.m. on the Bill Good Show on CKNW AM 980)

BC Mary’s coverage :