New Style Public Broadcasting FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting, a volunteer group, advocates for Canadian content in radio and TV broadcasting. The group is worried about the Harper Government’s intentions. Rightly so. Commercial broadcasters […]
When politicians do not want to answer specific questions, they are taught to change the subject. Mike De Jong in particular wants the subjects to stay away, far away, from examinations of […]
Gangland violence made worse by government delays
Six people were killed in a gangland slaying at a Surrey highrise in October 2007. Two were uninvolved bystanders. Outraged by the deaths of two innocent men, 16 months later, Gordon Campbell […]
Prince of the racist radical right, or just a moron?
An American friend wondered if I planned to write about recent words of Fraser Institute ‘Senior Fellow’ Tom Flanagan. The University of Calgary professor, Harper advisor and right wing activist spoke with […]
Mean streets found in British Columbia
The Economist writes about Canada and the persistence of poverty amid plenty : One of the keenest slashers was British Columbia, which despite being one of the richest provinces has one of the […]
Homicide by cop
I’ve been arguing here about the need for improved police oversight and accountability. Despite leading all provinces of Canada in in-custody deaths, British Columbia has de-emphasized reform. Talks for renewal of the […]
Worthy of your support
I commend the British Columbia Civil Rights Association to all who care about justice, civil rights and institutional accountability. The organization is supported by members, donors and foundations such as the the […]
Is Canada’s legal system worthy of respect
If lawyers, courts or the Attorney General had regard for public education about their mystic world, they would emerge from warm sinecures to explain how our justice system works, if indeed it […]
Police reform in British Columbia is stalled
The Harper Government removed Paul Kennedy from leadership of the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP and replaced him with a real estate lawyer and political operative who has no police management […]
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 […]
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 […]
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” […]
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 […]
Judges "must be seen to be independent and impartial" – Beverley McLachlin
“In its majestic equality the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets or steal a loaf of bread.” Anatole France – 1894 Justice Anne Mackenzie had […]
Officers of the Supreme Court owe more to the public
Once upon a time, bribing a public official with $50,000 would be a serious crime, one particularly offensive to public trust in government. I don’t know if developers Anthony Ralph (Tony) Young […]
Retributive justice still unserved, families owed more – UPDATED
Following denial of serial murderer Robert Pickton’s final appeal, the BC Supreme Court released a mass of evidence previously banned from public view. Contained are shocking disclosures that emphasize how authorities botched […]
Do you know this man?
Do you know this person? He was involved in vandalizing police cars in Toronto during G20 demonstrations. He is wearing this Arc’teryx jacket that costs $650 CAD. Bloggers, pass this picture on. […]
Unequal treatment of the privileged and the disadvantaged?
RossK, The Gazetter, examines the BC Railgate Rumour Mill. The participants have been wrangling for years and perhaps it was foolish to suppose this trial would progress expeditiously in a reasonable fashion. It […]
Filthier and richer
A friend said, “Hey, did you notice that Britain had an election, and everybody lost.” Governments don’t usually fall because of a single mistake or policy error. They fall when ordinary people, […]
Liberals master self-destruction
One thing that BC Liberals have mastered in this 39th Parliament is self-destruction. Oh, it’s been brewing for a time but, like an aging airliner, this government is about to be grounded […]