We talk about outlandish promises made and lies told by politicians to gain election. British Columbia’s LNG promises of 2013 may have turned to dust in 2016 but they served the purpose of helping a ruling party return to office. Some will recall a similar strategy in 2005 when Liberals promised 400,000 new jobs from energy creation. We didn’t get the jobs but we did get tens of billions of dollars worth of obligations to companies that are mostly located outside the province.
Ian Jessop asked me about Premier Clark giving $150,000 in public funds to assist her brother’s associate in Haida Gwaii. It’s a subject that has been well covered by fellow bloggers Laila Yuile and Merv Adey. However, with the exception of Mark Hume at the Globe and Mail, it’s been of little interest to mainstream media, particularly the “Incurious Bastards”¹ of the BC press gallery. It may be a rewarding career move for a political pundit to serve plutocrats instead of readership but that’s a conscious choice that doesn’t offend some who once thought of themselves as journalists. Shannon Rupp, writing at The Tyee recently, delivered a pointed analysis of the 21st century press in our country: I think it’s fair to say that many if not most so-called newspapers are misnamed: they deliver less and less news (as defined by journalists) while filling their pages with ”content” — a word that could mean anything from listicles to infotainment to advertising written to masquerade as a news story. In short, most newspapers have morphed into marketing platforms.
Coastal communities have reasons to distrust the provincial ferry service and its political masters. One issue is discrimination, because people on saltwater pay onerous fares while inland ferry users enjoy free sailing, services that have cost the province over $200 million during Christy Clark’s time as Premier. The intermediate-class ferry new-construction, S-Class refits and the planned LNG fuel facilities are proceeding without full disclosure and public discussion of details. To avoid risk to passengers, BC Ferries has long had a policy of restricting dangerous cargoes to special sailings. Now, they plan to sail with LNG tanker trucks fueling vessels while parked beside customers’ vehicles…
The audio file below is a recording of my time on CFAX1070 with Ian Jessop March 23, 2016. We talk of BC Hydro and deceitful government.
The audio file below is a recording of my time on CFAX 1070 with Ian Jessop March 02, 2016. We talk of BC Hydro and deceitful government. . 2015, #BCHydro earned 1/5 […]
The audio file below is a recording of my time on CFAX 1070 with Ian Jessop February 08. We talk of debt, jobs and deceitful government. .
The audio file below is a recording of my time on CFAX1070 with Ian Jessop October 06. We talk mostly about BC Hydro and the inevitable high-level rate increases. .
The audio file below is a recording of my time with Ian Jessop August 13. We talk about bcIMC, provincial debt and other matters. .
The audio file below is a recording of my time with Ian Jessop July 29. We talk about lumber and log exports, LNG and political contributions to BC Liberals by resource companies.
The audio file below is a recording of my time with Ian Jessop June 17. We talk about LNG and resource taxation, inter-provincial cooperation on resource matters and oil spill response capability. […]
. The audio file above is a recording of my time with Ian Jessop May 12. We talk about jobs and natural resources but we don’t deliver BC Liberal talking points like […]
. In April, listeners to Ian Jessop’s CFAX1070 program heard about how government pays more to facilitate mining than it receives in direct payments for metals and minerals. In the latter part […]
Damien Gillis of The Common Sense Canadian talked with Ian Jessop on CFAX1070 about a group that is funded by government and industry. The audio segment is available below. We should pay […]
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On his CFAX1070 afternoon show this week, Ian Jessop interviewed Eric de Place, Policy Director of Sightline.org, which Tuesday published a new report, “The Facts about Kinder Morgan” that examines the company’s […]