All you need to know about the Auditor Generals report on mining compliance & enforcement

"We found over a decade of neglect in compliance and enforcement program activities  within the Ministry of Energy and Mines, and significant deficiencies within the Ministry of Environment’s activities. Overall, we concluded that compliance and enforcement activities of the two ministries are inadequate to protect the province from significant environmental risks." "too few resources, infrequent … Continue reading All you need to know about the Auditor Generals report on mining compliance & enforcement

One tough question for the BC Government

In the days since the horrific failure of the tailings pond dam at the Mount Polley Mine, and the silence that initially followed from our government and the company, one thing is clear to me. Sadly, as a province we cannot in good faith, trust industry or our own government to ensure the safety of the … Continue reading One tough question for the BC Government

BC Liberal members decline and ignore requests for interview with leading LGBT blogger and advocate as ‘too risky’.

News today that Liberal MLA Mary Polak's campaign manager has  resigned over anti- gay comments might surprise some, but not many in the LGBT community in BC. The entire story brings to light the issue of lesbian,gay, bi and transgender rights in the province, and why for many youth and adults, this is still a big issue to be addressed by the families … Continue reading BC Liberal members decline and ignore requests for interview with leading LGBT blogger and advocate as ‘too risky’.

Bait and switch toll reduction won’t help BC Liberals.

From my new post headlined over at HuffPost BC : "The Port Mann Bridge project has been steeped in controversy from its humble beginnings as an economically prudent plan to twin the existing bridge at a cost of $1.5 billion to what we've ended up with today: a completely new bridge and highway project totaling … Continue reading Bait and switch toll reduction won’t help BC Liberals.

Returning Monday September 10th with new stories, new posts.

Generally speaking, summer is a bit of dead zone for political stories, however this summer has been a non-stop series of eyebrow raising news items that have continued right into September. I've taken a bit of break for the last week and a half to concentrate on the back to school transition, but will be … Continue reading Returning Monday September 10th with new stories, new posts.

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

Self-conceit always leads to self-destruction…

By now you may have heard of the days events -  Bill Bennett was kicked out, literally it seems, of the caucus, perhaps even the building. CKNW has been the best source of news on this so far this afternoon, and although I never listen, today I made the exception to hear now, at least … Continue reading Self-conceit always leads to self-destruction…

” Just the tip of the iceberg…” : Why Railgate and the Basi-Virk trial are about so much more than just Basi and Virk.

* * * * * Facts are technically accurate statements made by the mouth or penned by the hand. Truth is a larger statement, a holistic statement. Truth is not just factually accurate, but also utterly honest. Truth is the whole statement of one’s total being: a unified expression of word, deed, motive, and emotion—all … Continue reading ” Just the tip of the iceberg…” : Why Railgate and the Basi-Virk trial are about so much more than just Basi and Virk.

Breaking news: Supreme Court rules in” Tercon Contractors Ltd. vs British Columbia(Ministry of Transportation)

 " The appeal from the judgment of the Court of Appeal for British Columbia (Vancouver), Number CA033983, 2007 BCCA 592, dated December 3, 2007, heard on March 23, 2009, is allowed, the order of the Court of Appeal is set aside and the judgment of the trial judge is restored, McLachlin C.J. and Binnie, Abella and Rothstein JJ. dissenting. "  http://scc.lexum.umontreal.ca/en/news_release/2010/10-02-12.3/10-02-12.3.html  From … Continue reading Breaking news: Supreme Court rules in” Tercon Contractors Ltd. vs British Columbia(Ministry of Transportation)