Filed under ” Never thought I would see this photo in the paper – again!”

http://www.theprovince.com/news/Basi+played+role+handling+Gordon+Campbell+drunk+driving+charge+trial+hears/3157718/story.html

     This photo crack’s me up every time I see it…why the hell was he smiling? http://jimspss1.courts.state.hi.us:8080/eCourt/ECC/PartyIdSearch.jspx
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@665975 Campbell, Gordon M 0302659AM – State v. Gordon Campbell Defendant 06-FEB-2003
@665975 Campbell, Gordon M 0302659BM – State v. Gordon Campbell Defendant 06-FEB-2003
@665975 Campbell, Gordon M 0302659CM – State v. Gordon Campbell Defendant 06-FEB-2003
@665975 Campbell, Gordon M 0302659DM – State v. Gordon Campbell Defendant 17-JAN-2003
@665975 Campbell, Gordon M 00302659M – State v. Gordon Campbell Defendant 10-JAN-2003

( While the Province article is about the Basi- Virk trial, since the incident of the premiers drunk driving incident was brought into court in relation to the activities of one of the defendants, I thought I would take a side trip down memory lane….)

AND…

It has well been discussed in many forums and by many political insiders, that Premier Campbell has long counted on the treaty process with  many British Columbia aboriginal bands, to lubricate the way for mining and oil exploration in traditional band territories. However, it all seem to be falling apart for the premier, as first nations in many parts of BC fight to retain control and prevent exploration and destruction of land within their range – recall the Enbridge post further down this page from last week.

Our friend at  ” How bad is the record” has a post up that is self-explanatory with regards to what I have just mentioned, and I encourage all of you, to attend a rally/protest in downtown Vancouver today, if you can- details at the end of the following story  :

6/14/2010

I have known from the beginning that Campbells “new relation” with the First Nations of BC was a sham. It was designed to placate the nations and lure them into a false sense of security.He never ever thought once that he would buck big business, especially  mining, to allow the First Nations to have a say in their traditional lands.

Please read the following press release about the Fish Lake, Prosperity Mine double cross by Campbell.

PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release B.C. Government Treats Aboriginal Rights as Meaningless; Tsilhqot’in Nation Denounces Long-Term Lease for Taseko June 14, 2010, Williams Lake – The Tsilhqot’in National Government angrily denounced the provincial government’s decision to grant Taseko Mines Ltd.(TML) a long-term mining lease for its proposed open-pit mine at Teztan Biny (Fish Lake), an area where the Tsilhqot’in Nation holds proven Aboriginal hunting and trapping rights.
“B.C. is essentially saying our proven rights are meaningless,” said Chief Marilyn Baptiste, of the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation, one of the six Tsilhqot’in communities that comprise the Tsilhqot’in Nation. “The Province is handing Taseko long-term property rights to lands where we are actively exercising our proven Aboriginal hunting and trapping rights – before it is even known whether Taseko’s project will be approved or rejected by the federal government.”
Federal approval is far from certain. During recent public hearings held by a federal environmental review panel, the Tsilhqot’in Nation actively opposed the project, which would destroy two lakes of profound cultural and spiritual significance, with elders, members and even school children describing the unfathomable loss that this destruction would mean for their communities and traditional way of life. The federal panel is due to issue its report and recommendation on July 2nd. “During those hearings, our Nation, people from Williams Lake, environmental organizations from across the country and a number of eminent scientists warned the Panel that this mine will cause untold damage to the Tsilhqot’in culture and to a complex ecosystem,” says TNG Tribal Chief Joe Alphonse of Taseko’s plan is to drain the pristine, trout-bearing Fish Lake and dump waste rock there. “Even federal agencies said that Taseko’s plan to destroy Fish Lake and Little Fish Lake didn’t meet their guidelines. It’s a black eye for British Columbia. It’s hard to find anything good to say about it.”
The Tsilhqot’in National Government (TNG) called the decision to issue the 25-year renewable lease “disrespectful.” Chief Alphonse: “There is still a need for Tsilhqot’in endorsement to operate with the Tsilhqot’in traditional land. The Tsilhqot’in National Government does not feel that we have been adequately consulted.” TNG has written to Jody Shimkus, the Chief Gold Commissioner, recommending the decision be rescinded.
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The issue of allowing mining companies to use lakes as garbage dumps for mining waste is now a national issue. On June 4th, the Sandy Pond Alliance – a coalition that includes the Council of Canadians, MiningWatch and other eNGOs – launched a court case against the federal government contending that the regulation currently used to authorize the destruction of lakes for mining purposes is unlawful. On Wednesday, June 16th, there will be a protest at 12:30 pm in downtown Vancouver at the Taseko Mines Annual General Meeting. The rally at 837 W. Hastings Street has been organized by Council of Canadians in support of the fight to defend Teztan Biny (Fish Lake).and please pass this on to your friends

Posted by Gary E at 9:35 PM