After the Ken Davidson report to government about BC Hydro’s purchases of private power, David Beers’ wrote, “Somewhere up there Rafe Mair is smacking clouds together to make them thunder: “I told you so!”
Overrun with dullards, bums, and hacks…
Hunter S. Thompson: “As far as I’m concerned, it’s a damned shame that a field as potentially dynamic and vital as journalism should be overrun with dullards, bums, and hacks, hag-ridden with myopia, apathy, and complacence, and generally stuck in a bog of stagnant mediocrity.”
BC Hydro: From Public Interest to Private Profits
An almost quote from James Boren, “Every Liberal has a right to fuzzify, profundify and drivelate. It’s a part of our freedom of speech…If people can understand what is being said in Victoria, they might want to take over their own government again.”
Crime (still) in progress (a 2010 article repeated)
The applicants do not need money or experience, they simply need political influence with BC Liberals. The energy purchase agreement provided by BC Hydro removes substantially all business risk and the favoured recipients take the project to money brokers who readily fund it because the creditworthiness of British Columbia stands behind each EPA. This would be like you and I buying a house we intend to rent to government through a 40 year lease at double or triple market rates, with payments escalating to protect against inflation, guaranteed by taxpayers of British Columbia….
$50,000 car allowance?
Andrew MacLeod of The Tyee spoke to Premier Clark in December 2012. This is part of their conversation: The Tyee: I have a detail question for you. Gordon Campbell while he was […]
Reward without risk for worthless surplus power
British Columbia’s government believes less in free enterprise than in assisted activities for approved associates. Entrepreneurs saw potential for a private power generation industry in the province but didn’t want to risk their own money. Instead, they arranged with the Liberal government for the public to accept all risks and guarantee substantial profits to the schemers…
Mr. Prime Minister, start pushing British Columbia
Trudeau says Indigenous people can teach the world how to care for the planet, APTN National News, November 30, 2015: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said during a speech in Paris that Indigenous […]
The moderating effects of moderation
RossK writes about the Pro-Media Club and its implicit rulebook, which includes a requirement that no one reprove a colleague, even if overstatements and misrepresentations morph into purposeful lies. The blog world […]
Special treatment for special friends
In British Columbia, regulators who don’t believe in regulation are at the tables negotiating with the oil and gas industry. With ideologues like Fazil Mihlar, their fundamental attitudes would have government earning no royalties at all. Indeed, that is a work in progress, with additional benefits such as unregulated fracking and below-cost electricity being made available as well.
Add to your bookmarks
Keep your eyes on 2010 Gold Rush – News and Views on Vancouver 2010 (And Beyond) From Bob Mackin. On Twitter, follow hashtag #LiquorLeaks as Bob reports on Liberal friends maneuvering to […]
Murphy’s laws always apply
Control system failed ahead of BC Ferry crash, Andrew MacLeod, The Tyee, Dec. 21, 2011 A problem with the Coastal Inspiration’s control system may have led to yesterday’s crash at Duke Point, […]
Would they lie to us?
Nine Months before Olympics, Province Saw Big ‘Shortfall‘, Bob Mackin, The Tyee, November 14, 2011 …When VANOC revealed its post-Games financial report on Dec. 17, 2010, it claimed a balanced budget after […]
One person’s voice echoes widely
Alexandra Morton has been nominated at The Tyee for The People’s Order of BC and you are eligible to vote. These words—familiar ones to readers of In-Sights—explain the nomination: Alexandra Morton has […]
David Hahn skippered the M.V. Deficiencies
More worthwhile reading today at The Tyee, from investigative reporter Andrew MacLeod, a fine journalist who does not work in an echo chamber rewriting background papers issued by flacks working for government […]
For service with distinction, to BC Liberals
The fatally flawed Order of British Columbia must be scrapped. Rushing to aggrandize themselves and their own financial backers, BC Liberals destroyed the award’s intended essence. It was supposed to recognize: those persons who […]
Schools help fund Encana’s foreign investments
Carbon deal represents a massive transfer of public money from British Columbian schools, hospitals and taxpayers to an already profitable private gas company. …it is ludicrous to force the public sector, which is responsible for less than one per cent of greenhouse gases emitted in the province, to subsidize big polluters who pay no penalty for the majority of their greenhouse gas emissions.
Canadian right wing more dangerous
Rafe Mair recaps the misdeeds of BC Liberals A comment at The Tyee submitted by “immigrant” includes this wise observation: “. . . Since moving here I’ve learned that the BC and […]
Alibi for ignorance: All I know is what I read in the newspapers
As protests targeting Hosni Mubarak`s regime mounted, broadcaster Bill Good said it was wrong for bloggers to babble about political corruption in British Columbia because wrongdoing in Egypt was so much worse. In […]
Falcon, Clark and Libs phony as three-dollar bill
Highly regarded writer Will McMartin uses a fine brush to paint a picture of Kevin Falcon’s duplicity. The result is another part in The Tyee series on leadership candidates Do not miss […]
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.