Walter Cronkite (1916-2009): “A democracy ceases to be a democracy if its citizens do not participate in its governance. To participate intelligently, they must know what their government has done, is doing […]
Gwen and I raised three adult children in North Vancouver. Each lives in our community with seven grandchildren, 16 years and younger. I have worked in accounting and financial management and have published IN-SIGHTS.CA with news and commentary about public issues since 2009.
Geohegan’s allegation of interference demands review – updated
Dave Basi had his fingers slapped today by Supreme Court Justice Anne MacKenzie. She yanked his chain lightly, adding to his previously inconsequential sentence conditions, making them now slightly inconvenient. The purported […]
Tales from a police state
If you are not following the Toronto Star’s coverage of what a billion dollars gets when provided, along with carte blanche, to men with big hats and empty heads, you should be […]
Watts in the news is a Liberal dose of politics
November 14 update: Mayor Watts declines to run for the Liberal Party leadership. As a commenter here stated, she puts her family first at this stage of life and also says her […]
Dear Colin . . .
A valued member of our little blog community, reader Warren White of Victoria, wrote this letter to Colin Hansen. Like others, Warren is out of patience with unprincipled politicians and the corporate […]
Oh, the horror!
Wow, the BC Liberal Government and ideologues in Canada’s newspaper salespaper industry sure think we are stupid. Wednesday, Elections BC announced the question to be voted upon in British Columbia: “Are you […]
Striking it richer – updated
Published Nov 6/2010, updated Nov 10/2010. A repeating argument made at Northern Insights is that Gordon Campbell’s government cares too much for its wealthy supporters and too little for the province’s neediest […]
Last April, Gene Weingarten became the first person to win a second Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. He talked recently to journalism students and faculty at the University of Massachusetts. He told […]
Who protects us from the protectors?
In August 2007, three officers of the Sûreté du Québec disguised themselves and joined crowds gathered at a summit of political leaders in Montebello. Protest leader Dave Coles noticed three bandana-clad “burly” […]
Some chicken, some neck
People in the alternative media, including your modest servant at In-Sights, have taken pleasure in recent political developments here in BC. Everyone knows that the mainstream media, with near unanimity, has supported Gordon […]
More noise from Norman Spector
Norman Spector, a man of wide political experience, added his version of the reasons for Campbell’s intention to resign. You can read it at the Globe and Mail: Gordon Campbell’s not so ‘smooth […]
BC Liberal leader acceptable to us all
Is the motive safety or prohibition?
After complaints from restaurants that new driving laws have negatively impacted the hospitality industry, Solicitor General Rich Coleman said today: “People don’t understand that they can go in and have a couple […]
Catapulting the propaganda
One thing repeated over and over and over again by government supporters in British Columbia is the assertion that Gordon Campbell “transformed the province’s finances.” What is unsaid though is that the transformation rewarded the wealthiest citizens and penalized the poorest.
Salespaper, not a newspaper
Reader Larry Elford left an interesting comment when The Tyee asked How do you like the new Globe and Mail: I call this and other “business” media in Canada a “salespaper” instead of […]
More friends helping friends?
It is a good time to consider one or two existing stories, while sycophantic media fans are “busily wiping Gordon Campbell’s tears.” Emily Barca is not one of those. At Vancouver Observer, […]
AGT shames the MSM
Alex Tsakumis throws a high, hard strike on the inside corner: “And now a word to those in the media, who are busily wiping Gordon Campbell’s tears: Shame on you. Are you […]
Sergeant Schultz was not the only one, again
From the Globe and Mail, Tory MP’s former employer targeted by CRA over Swiss tax shelters: While working as a banker more than 15 years ago, Conservative MP Andrew Saxton approved the […]
They’ve never lied to us before, right?
Squamish newspaper The Chief examined evidence put forward by Vancouver power-blogger Laila Yuile and statements of PAB media spokespersons with the Ministry of Transport. Document reveals Sea to Sky Highway being ‘shadow’ […]
Open, democratic and civil debate, for whom?
To have an open, democratic and civil discussion, all citizens must have a voice and a platform. The mainstream media in this province knows little about open discussions. I tried to engage the Editorial Pages Editor in correspondence, asking Vancouver Sun to open the Op-Ed page to people with ideas that occasionally stray from the newspaper’s agenda. Mihlar had not the courtesy to respond. So how do opponents of mainstream concepts participate in open, democratic and civil debates?