In-Sights: It will get worse for BC Hydro ratepayers

If you are paying attention to the affairs of BC Hydro, you know the utility is in financial trouble. However, it is electricity consumers that are feeling the pain. Unfortunately, with billions of dollars in phony assets to be written off, a growing power supply that outstrips static demand, payments to private power producers at ...

In-Sights: Dots that may connect – UPDATED

With news the BC Ferries vessel Spirit of British Columbia is about to sail to Europe for an extensive refit, I bump this article back to the top. When first published on March 26, my article referred to “maintenance costing five times what refitting the same ships cost in BC ten years ago.” That was ...

In-Sights: Rafe & Scotty on Denman

A preceding article contains two comments from readers whom I regard highly. The contributions were to Overrun with dullards, bums, and hacks… Because they merit close attention, I present them here again for emphasis. The first was from Rafe Mair: If it weren’t for Norm and one or two others we would know very little ...

In-Sights: Hypocrisy 101

Communications sometime reveal more than planned about policy and political philosophy. That may be the case when a Liberal “digital warrior” tweeted this: Liberals are OK with taxpayers paying billions to support someone else’s mining and gas companies, and private power producers, for helicopters and jets to fly to Party fundraisers, for the soon to ...

In-Sights: History lesson

I’ll soon be publishing my impressions of what is ahead when John Horgan forms Government, supported by 41 NDP MLAs and 3 MLAs from the BC Green Party. I’ve been reading blog commentaries and social media as well as paying attention to the corporate media’s reporting and nonreporting of news. First, although I’ve been critical ...

In-Sights: British Columbia’s Constitution Act

Pay attention to Section 44. BC Liberals with their media friends and hired guns – the Digital Warriors – pretend the Speaker’s voting rights are limited. But, the provincial statute is clear: “the Speaker has a casting vote.” Election of Speaker 37  (1) On its first meeting and before proceeding to business, the Legislative Assembly ...

In-Sights: Attention BC Liberals

In 1653, with great prescience, Oliver Cromwell spoke about you in England’s House of Commons: It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonored by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a factious crew, and ...

In-Sights: Clark is an illegitimate Premier

Britain’s politically conservative Telegraph newspaper says the Cabinet Manual is “the closest thing Britain has to a rule-book.” It is important here because BC’s legislature is based on the Westminster parliamentary system and follows common conventions. The course of action Christy Clark should have followed is written in the manual: [Incumbent Government] is expected to ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Pipelines, pipelines, pipelines – An Alberta view of the BC election

British Columbia voters reduced Christy Clark’s BC Liberals to minority status in the provincial election this week. The BC Liberals, who have formed government since 2001, elected candidates in 43 of the province’s 87 legislative constituencies (pending recounts). The official opposition New Democratic Party led by John Horgan boosted their numbers by electing 41 MLAs. And ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney emerges from hiding at Conservative fundraising dinner in Vancouver

As Premier Rachel Notley returns from leading a ten-day economic trade mission to China and Japan, political watchers have been wondering where the recently elected leader of the Progressive Conservative Party has been? Jason Kenney appeared to go into hiding around a month ago after he sparked controversy with his comments about Gay-Straight Alliances and outing gay kids in Alberta schools ...

Left Over: Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics (with apologies and an acknowledgement to Mark Twain..)

      ttps://www.facebook.com/BCLiberalCaucus/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED&fref=nf     http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2016/08/23/Critical-Services-Suffering-in-BC/?utm_source=weekly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=290816   In their latest propaganda piece  the  BC Libs are  attempting, lamely, to counter  research that shows that BC has one of the lowest education budgets per student in the country..not much of a surprise  for most of us who watch with dismay as they continue to dismantle ...

Cowichan Conversations: The NDPs LNG dithering and insistence on housing becoming the election issue, is a recipe for failure

By Kevin Logan The BC liberals offer a target rich environment the NDP could readily attack, based entirely on their dreadful governing record, which would work to move votes into their column and out of Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: Corky Evans: How You can help save the ALR in 5 min

This call from Corky to help save our farmland is one to be heeded. Originally posted in the Commonsense Canadian it is followed by a Damien Gillis piece with Harold Steves, a Richmond councillor and Read more…

In-Sights: Comfortable

The first part of this article was written in November 2009; the addendum added April 2016. In the days when the Fraser Valley had working forests, my Grandfather was its chief forest ranger, employed by the Province of BC. An inquisitive child, I asked Grandmother, “Are you rich?” She said, “No, but we’re comfortable.” Still ...

In-Sights: Comfortable

The first part of this article was written in November 2009; the addendum added April 2016. In the days when the Fraser Valley had working forests, my Grandfather was its chief forest ranger, employed by the Province of BC. An inquisitive child, I asked Grandmother, “Are you rich?” She said, “No, but we’re comfortable.” Still ...

In-Sights: Comfortable

The first part of this article was written in November 2009; the addendum added April 2016. In the days when the Fraser Valley had working forests, my Grandfather was its chief forest ranger, employed by the Province of BC. An inquisitive child, I asked Grandmother, “Are you rich?” She said, “No, but we’re comfortable.” Still ...

In-Sights: Careless or captured? (A 2009 repeat)

When you read or listen to resource industry advocates, especially ones masquerading as objective political pundits, compare their concerns in 2009 about burning natural gas to generate peak-demand electricity to their current attitudes toward burning natural gas to liquefy natural gas. The following was first published at Northern Insight on August 4, 2009. Despite deep ...

In-Sights: Careless or captured? (A 2009 repeat)

When you read or listen to resource industry advocates, especially ones masquerading as objective political pundits, compare their concerns in 2009 about burning natural gas to generate peak-demand electricity to their current attitudes toward burning natural gas to liquefy natural gas. The following was first published at Northern Insight on August 4, 2009. Despite deep ...

In-Sights: Crime (still) in progress (a 2010 article repeated)

News item: British Columbia Liberals announce the new Clean Energy Act sets the foundation for a new future of electricity self-sufficiency. Definition: Self-sufficiency: The ability to satisfy one’s basic needs without outside help. News item: General Electric, the multinational corporation ranked in 2009 by Forbes as the world’s largest, invested $727 million in British Columbia’s ...

In-Sights: Crime (still) in progress (a 2010 article repeated)

News item: British Columbia Liberals announce the new Clean Energy Act sets the foundation for a new future of electricity self-sufficiency. Definition: Self-sufficiency: The ability to satisfy one’s basic needs without outside help. News item: General Electric, the multinational corporation ranked in 2009 by Forbes as the world’s largest, invested $727 million in British Columbia’s ...

In-Sights: What’s good for the BC Liberals may not be good for BC Hydro

An article by Dermod Travis of Integrity BC. First published February 15, 2016, repeated here with permission. One of the last things anyone would ever imagine the B.C. government doing is adopting an old NDP program, but that’s exactly what Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett did this month when he announced a five-year, $300 ...

In-Sights: What’s good for the BC Liberals may not be good for BC Hydro

An article by Dermod Travis of Integrity BC. First published February 15, 2016, repeated here with permission. One of the last things anyone would ever imagine the B.C. government doing is adopting an old NDP program, but that’s exactly what Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett did this month when he announced a five-year, $300 ...

In-Sights: What’s good for the BC Liberals may not be good for BC Hydro

An article by Dermod Travis of Integrity BC. First published February 15, 2016, repeated here with permission. One of the last things anyone would ever imagine the B.C. government doing is adopting an old NDP program, but that’s exactly what Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett did this month when he announced a five-year, $300 ...

In-Sights: Dots that may connect – UPDATED

When first published on March 26, my article referred to “maintenance costing five times what refitting the same ships cost in BC ten years ago.” That was based on press reports that BC Ferries would spend $140 million for work on its two largest ships. However, North Van’s Grumps of Blog Borg Collective uncovered a ...

In-Sights: Dots that may connect – UPDATED

When first published on March 26, my article referred to “maintenance costing five times what refitting the same ships cost in BC ten years ago.” That was based on press reports that BC Ferries would spend $140 million for work on its two largest ships. However, North Van’s Grumps of Blog Borg Collective uncovered a ...