Many citizens — although not In-Sights readers — will be shocked to learn that credits owed natural gas producers soared by more than $1 billion from April to November 2018. That increase is two and a half times more than the total gas royalties received by government in the three fiscal years ended March 2018. The $3.2 billion balance owed to producers ensures that royalty revenues will remain at paltry levels throughout the Horgan Government’s present term.
I hope to resume online participation soon but illness continues to be a problem. I regret not having had a flu shot this season because I’ve experienced the worst case in my […]
In-Sights will be inactive for a number of days over the holiday. I thank all our readers and contributors for supporting this site during 2017. In the coming year, I expect to […]
The prospect of lost power and influence has financial elites gathering money to conduct unprecedented misinformation campaigns. They will be assisted by a dependent corporate media that has grown too close and comfortable with the few people making political policy in our province. For example, as I’ve pointed out repeatedly, resource industries gained billions through subsidies and tax reductions and they are willing to spend heavily to maintain those benefits. In the transition period, it will be important for citizens to ensure that all points of view are heard and evaluated, not just the views of special interests.
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Partly by necessity, partly by need to address other matters, my focus has not recently involved In-Sights or social media. However, I am again ready to write regularly on BC politics. You will see further examinations of the asset stripping work of Liberals as they seek another term to finish hollowing out British Columbia’s economy.
I’ve been quieter than usual here and on social media but I am working on new reports and inquiries. My capacity has been somewhat limited recently but I’m hoping that will soon […]
We’ve known for a while that Christy Clark mixes religion and politics. Shortly before the 2013 election, she campaigned before an evangelical group at the private Vancouver Club and in 2015, Clark’s Government gifted […]
In-Sights shifted to a more modern and secure platform on a new server at a new home. This is it. You will find old content at the new location but there is a […]
“America in the 1950s made the rich pay their fair share; it gave workers the power to bargain for decent wages and benefits; yet contrary to right-wing propaganda then and now, it […]
Few people have led lives more unique than Dr. Mike Webster. After success as a pro football player, Iron Mike earned a place in the Canadian Wrestling Hall of Fame. He then […]
When government is captured by people pursuing fortunes in real estate development and resource exploitation, the interests of all others become secondary. When the bubble bursts, when phantom markets collapse, what remains?
Small and medium‑sized enterprises employ about 2/3 of Canadians employed in manufacturing. Yet government programs typically aim benefits at large multinational corporations. An example in British Columbia is the arrangement allowing large, mostly foreign owned, mining companies to defer payments for electricity for up to two years. Additionally, Government directed BC Hydro to spend about a billion dollars on transmission lines that primarily powers the Red Chris open pit mine of Imperial Metals, which is controlled by Christy Clark’s favourite fundraiser, Murray Edwards. Substantial expenditures are also being made in the Northeast gas fields, even though government revenue from that resource has turned fugitive…
A reader comment in a preceding article: We all have to be ‘shovel ready’ for the upcoming election and ‘Turf the Liberals’. There will be massive 1%er sponsored support and corporate funded […]
British Columbia Hansard, March 1, 2016 Judy Darcy, MLA, New Westminster: Last February, we raised the latest IT failure under this Liberal government — the debacle of the clinical system’s transformation project […]
LEAKED: Script idea for the year long TV advertising blitz already begun by the BC Liberal Government. #bcpoli pic.twitter.com/zeUMn5ujg2 — Norm Farrell (@Norm_Farrell) February 26, 2016 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Heading should read “Dishonouring the […]
A short illness compounded by my computer keyboard going dead has left me quiet for a while. I expect to have new working equipment shortly and to resume writing by Monday. Thanks […]
A 2-inch pipe between 1/2-inch pipes will not increase flow but will increase costs. #bcpoli #RichmondBC #surreybc pic.twitter.com/3elfTRRLbo — Norm Farrell (@Norm_Farrell) December 19, 2015 H/T: RobS More lanes, less congestion? #bcpoli […]
Hansard, October 28, 2015: Yesterday I asked the Premier if she would apologize to Tim Duncan, the courageous whistle-blower who came forward when he was bullied by an official in the Minister […]
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We’re travelling again this week, back to Vancouver Island and Alert Bay on Cormorant Island with a few more grandchildren. We took a trip on a sailing ship…with Seasmoke Whale Watching. A […]