Elizabeth James, an independent minded columnist with the North Shore News, is regularly a far better read than many of her high profile colleagues in BC newspaper enterprises. James would not have embarrassed herself the way Times Colonist writer Dave Obee did recently, when he chose to be an apologist for Christy Clark.
In this column Ms. James writes,
“I decided to clear my work space a little to make way for the seemingly endless stream of paper I deal with on a daily basis. I turned on the shredder and set to work, but soon, as always, good intentions collided with my habit of reading everything one more time ‘just to be sure.'”
I began a clean-up effort at this blog and ended similarly. Often, when I read through old material published here, I realize that issues have not changed, or perhaps they’ve grown more important. As usual, I find it difficult to condense the archives of Northern Insight and this item about government bullying is based on a piece from March 2011.
My first awareness of authorities rolling unconscionably over the affairs of individual citizens was in the late sixties when an aunt and uncle and five cousins had their home disappear under waters of the Columbia River, following construction of the Keenleyside Dam. That experience primed me for sympathy for citizens ruined without proper compensation during construction of the transit line along the Cambie corridor.
It amazes me that in this recent situation, a government professing to care about families and small businesses allowed their agents to fight so hard against those who were displaced.
Susan Heyes was subject of an Elizabeth column, Provincial Goliath has deep pockets.
Ms. James warns,
“Take heed: Out of the blue, these assaults can happen to anyone.”
This is true of course, particularly when our government are servants of the elites and care little about justice for ordinary citizens.
Categories: Susan Heyes