$90,000 paid to Senator Mike Duffy by a minion of Canada’s Prime Minister resulted in a diligent RCMP investigation and commanded national media attention for months. In British Columbia, a larger taxpayer funded amount — $150,000 plus thousands more for the Premier’s jet assisted photo op — was paid without following standard guidelines for public expenditures. In this case, there has been zero transparency and accountability and shamefully little attention paid by the marketing platforms that have replaced British Columbia once proud news media.¹ Citizens had to turn to social media commentators like Merv Adey, Laila Yuile and RossK, The Gazetteer to be informed. Premier Clark is accused of acting in this matter to provide advantage to her brother’s private business. Yet, the interest shown by BC’s leading political reporters has been zero.
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.
Almost a year ago, blogger Laila Yuile reported on retaining wall defects along the Sea to Sky Highway. Pictures were included: Troubling photos spark Ministry of Transportation inspections of Sea to Sky […]
BC Liberals spokesment Keith “Fore!” Baldrey and Bill “That’s an old story” Good, with Mr. “I’ve Seen No Evidence” Palmer, said on Corus Radio that bloggers are anonymous “wingnuts” writing “things they don’t know.”
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 […]
Mark Hume of the Globe and Mail paid attention to Laila Yuile’s “Shadow Tolls” story and the Globe online provides for an interesting and relatively unmoderated discussion. The PAB-bots are quick to […]
Fellow ‘Wingnut’ blogger Laila Yuile has been demonstrating the government’s secret payment of shadow tolls on the Sea to Sky Highway, and probably other transportation projects. The BC Liberals tried to brush […]
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’ […]
What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet; Laila Yuile offers another chapter in her reporting about Shadow Tolls. It seems the […]
As Canwest Newspapers and television news faded from legitimacy, alternative news sources became vital for any reader aiming to be informed about politics. Voices from all parts of the spectrum are available […]
For NDP reaction to the BC Budget, I joined other bloggers in a conference call with finance critic Bruce Ralston. This is the second time I’ve participated in a Ralston conference for […]
Olympic volunteers (have I offended a trademark?) apparently don’t come cheap. One estimate puts the new bill to provincial taxpayers at $28 million. Consider that when the hospital postpones your father’s heart […]