Time for a blast from the past. I originally wrote and posted this piece over a year ago- July 24th, 2008. Reading it tonight, I found myself shaking my head and laughing. A year later, not a lot has changed in the economic situation for thousands of British Columbians, except that the rich are getting … Continue reading Campbell’s Harmonized Sales Tax and the Working Joe ( and Jill)
RossK, author of the The Pacific Gazette, has something to say about blog coverage versus media coverage of Monday's Basi-Virk pre-trial hearings, that resulted in some pretty nasty comments directed at myself here in the comments section under that days report. While the first comment attacked my writing and coverage, the second became quite personal, … Continue reading The Pacific Gazetteer weighs in on media coverage of Basi/Virk pre-trial hearings
~ Susan Heyes, owner: Hazel & Co. Maternity, ( Victorious Cambie Street Merchant,), on why she was in attendance at the Basi/Virk/Basi hearing yesterday. It is interesting to note that all lawyers who appear in the Supreme court, refer to each other as " My friend/s" . This became an increasing source of amusement for myself … Continue reading ” I believe in truth. I believe in truth and honesty, and in doing the right thing. Most of all, I believe in justice…”
Guest commentary by BC Mary The Campbell Government is good at dating. They nailed three election campaigns just right. They've managed to delay the date of the Basi Virk trial for 3 years and counting. Their CanWest minions made it clear, after July's spectacular Supreme Court Sessions, that we could sleep peacefully on a beach … Continue reading Say, Gordo … Is this a date?
What some say could be a precedent setting court case , is giving hope to many in the case of BC Rail and the potential transfer of assets over to CN. Quietly, and without much press, legal minds have been hard at work in the case of J.A.Brink Investments Ltd.( Brink Forest Products) vs. BCR Properties … Continue reading BC Rail Properties fails to give evidence of provincial government mandate to divest itself of all it’s real property
From the courtroom of today's Basi-Virk hearings: Justice Bennett has ruled that the missing and possibly destroyed emails must be given to the defence, and issued a court order forcing the government to hand over the documents: http://www.vancouversun.com/Judge+Basi+Virk+case+rules+mails+premier+staff+must+disclosed/1809005/story.html Whoever ordered those emails to be destroyed must be feeling pretty uncomfortable right now. The contents of those email … Continue reading Judge orders Campbell government to hand over emails, including those of the Premier, Gary Collins, Judith Reid and Former deputy premier Christy Clark.
Quote of the week, from the Times Colonist editorial of July 18th, 2009 ( thanks to Gazetteer for this heads up ) " ....No one employed by the government could be unaware of the charges against Dave Basi, Bob Virk and Aneal Basi. It is beyond belief to think that any senior government employee would not … Continue reading RCMP announce preliminary probe into missing emails, same day as Times Colonist editorial declares:” The people who ordered the records destroyed have no place in government…”
***** UPDATED JUNE 26TH, 3 PM. It has been brought to our attention that perhaps the actual date that may be used for the purposes of activating any clause could be as early as July 2nd, 2009. Here is some info on the 5 year clause, dating back to 2004 : " Government has refused to … Continue reading Premier Gordon Campbell must halt the transfer of any more BC Rail assets before July 2nd!!!
~ In a shocking revelation heard in B.C. Supreme Court yesterday, George Copley (Lawyer for the Premier and Cabinet) said that the 4 years of emails requested by the defence as evidence in the BC Rail case, cannot be found and may have been erased - despite the fact that the law requires them to be kept … Continue reading Bits and Bites – SPECIAL B.C. RAIL EDITION – Wednesday June 24th, 2009: