After many long, arduous weeks reading the election headlines day in and day out, it was a statement by a CTV reporter online today that pushed me over the edge: Classy. Must have been a buddy of Earl Cowan, the man who freaked out on a reporter at a Conservative rally and become the unwanted … Continue reading ” The year old-fashioned honour in politics went missing ” ~ CBC headline, 2013.
As a writer, I get a lot of interesting emails. In fact, I sometimes imagine putting together a book one day of the amusing and sometimes, downright odd ones that people send me. Don't get me wrong - 98% are great tips and comments and I love getting them-it's the 2% that raise my eyebrows!) … Continue reading “Good morning Laila, My name is Derek and I’m a very rare man.” or ” How left and right politics are fabricated.”
Settled deep into the halcyon days of summer, mid-August triggers a sense of urgency for many Canadians regardless of where you live. Every day is a tick of the clock counting down the coveted days of a northern summer that for many, is all too short. And while most of us will use every free … Continue reading “The only way to change it, is to vote. People are responsible.” ~ Paul Wellstone
There were two things on my TV agenda last night : the season première of Deadliest Catch, and the Alberta election. Flipping back and forth on commercial breaks, once the news that an NDP majority was being called by media, that was it. I never did flip back to see the ending of Deadliest Catch … Continue reading Orange Crush served up in Alberta by Notley win,but can the BC NDP ride the wave to leadership in 2017?
As many readers know, I grew up in a rural area just north of Prince George and enjoyed a childhood that I look back on with fond memories now, as an adult living on the coast. It's because of that rural upbringing, that I have often feel like I have a unique perspective to bring … Continue reading Left, Right and the space in between: Conquering the Great Divide in politics.
This week`s topic: Is the NDP's support of the BC Liberal's LNG Tax Legislation good for B.C.? If our readers could listen into the weekly calls Brent and I schedule to decide on a Duel topic, they’d get an earful. Brent is as strongly committed to his opinions and perspective as I am and if … Continue reading This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: BC NDP wrong to back bad LNG bill.
Heads up for all my readers to pick up a copy of 24hrs Vancouver edition tomorrow, where I go head to head with Kathryn Marshall on this week’s topic: Is Bill C-377 good for Canada’s union members? My column: http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2012/12/16/conservatives-passed-new-disclosure-requirements-to-hamper-canadas-unions Kathryn's column: http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2012/12/16/new-rules-are-about-making-unions-more-accountable-for-their-tax-benefits Who wins the battle this week? You be the judge : submit … Continue reading The Duel – 24hrs, Vancouver Edition
The latest development in my ongoing investigation into the province's many P3 projects has been the surfacing of a news release from Transtoll, courtesy of a reliable source, that announces that the company was awarded a contract in June of this year on behalf of the Sea to Sky Highway Limited Partnership, the operator of the … Continue reading Sea to Sky operator awards Transtoll technical advisory contract to ensure accurate shadow toll vehicle counts on the Sea to Sky highway – despite the government making repeated,public denials that shadow tolls even exist.
Omerta. Loosely defined as the 'code of silence' doctrine made famous by the mafia, I've personally always believed omerta closely described the attitudes of the BC Liberal party and its current leader, Premier Campbell. Never talk, never tell and never,ever criticize the leader - those who do become persona non grata .(Loyal) Silence is golden. However, following the dismissal of MLA Bob … Continue reading Carole James demonstrates BC Liberal “Omerta” doctrine – and fails to grasp how deeply she’s betrayed the parties grassroots supporters.
After long last, Bits and Bites is making a return on this cold rainy Thursday ! The once weekly Wednesday feature has been on a hiatus for a while, as I've devoted as much spare time as possible to investigating and researching a very special project. Over the next month or two, I will be bringing you … Continue reading Bits and Bites, Thursday February 11th,2010