daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Episode 6: Alberta-BC Pipeline War, UCP loses 2 MLAs, and Alberta Party leadership race

We’re back! After a brief hiatus because Ryan was down south helping Make America Great Again, we are back with a new episode of The Daveberta Podcast. In this episode, Dave and Ryan discuss the ongoing dispute between Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and British Columbia Premier John Horgan over the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline ...

In-Sights: BC’s failing grade in climate change

In a report issued today, Auditor General Carol Bellringer says the BC government is not adequately managing risks posed by climate change. She finds: Government has work underway to adapt to climate change, but more needs to be done. Government has not comprehensively assessed the risks posed by climate change, and doesn’t have a plan to ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: BC refuses to open the Quails’ Gate for Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline. Is Alberta up the CedarCreek with no paddle?

It has been one week since the Alberta Government began its great BC wine boycott and supplies of Okanagan wine are closer to running dry in Alberta’s privately owned liquor stores. While Premier Rachel Notley has succeeded in draping herself Alberta’s blue and gold flag, the Kinder Morgan corporation’s Trans Mountain Pipeline from Edmonton to ...

In-Sights: Someone is telling us lies

When BC Liberals said the Site C completion budget was $7.9 billion, the cost of power from the project was stated to be $87 – $95 per megawatt-hour (MWh). Now, with the Site C budget up 26% to $10.7 billion, John Horgan’s NDP government claims the cost per MWh has fallen 32% to $60. Were ...

In-Sights: An open letter to the BC Government

An item in my email today seems worth reprinting. February 7, 2018 Dear fellow New Democrats: We are New Democrats whose critical stance is based on social and environmental justice. We seek environmental justice in order to help build the NDP as a Party that will attract youth activists, people who struggle for social justice ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: BC Wine Ban 2018: Notley picks her Mission Hill to die on

If you are an Albertan who enjoys British Columbia wines, now is the time to rush to your privately-owned and operated liquor store to purchase your favourites before it is too late. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley opened up a new front in the Great Constitutional Pipeline War of the Rockies today when she announced that ...

In-Sights: Deceit is still a BC Government tool

A BC Government “technical presentation” regarding its decision to continue construction of Site C is filled with misinformation, deceit and false justifications. If this is the quality of the advice taken by John Horgan’s cabinet on one rather important issue, we should be concerned about every other policy being considered. Apparently, if truths are inconvenient, ...

Dead Wild Roses: The Trans Madness in Canada and the Feminist Opposition – Meghan Murphy

Oh, just shaking my head at this one.  Watch the trans identified male dig a nice hole for himself as he debates with Meghan Murphy and other gender critical feminists. I have laws enshrined in society now that protects my male delusions of gender, fear me female!  Of course, cue the defence against the world ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: The Great Constitutional Pipeline War of the Rockies

Fresh from the Alberta NDP’s victory over Saskatchewan in the Fake Trade War on the Prairies, the ongoing political fight over the expansion of the existing Kinder Morgan TransMountain Pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby is heating up. In the British Columbia NDP government’s most recent move to block the oil pipeline, Environment and Climate Change ...

In-Sights: An electrifying agenda

Access to years of BC Hydro’s financial reports provide me with an indisputable record of the utility’s financial destruction. Eleven years ago, one citizen didn’t have detailed evidence but he did have foresight. A letter to Black Press, September 27, 2006: Editor: Re: Tom Fletcher, B.C. Views, “Road show, or running out of ideas?” Prince ...

In-Sights: A promise made…

In the May 2017 election, only two of the main parties committed to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. BC Liberals were uncomfortable with clauses related to informed consent that would interfere with business of their corporate donors. 10 – Indigenous peoples shall not be forcibly removed from their lands or territories. No ...

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 ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Looking past pipelines, the NDP-Green agreement looks pretty good for BC

“Mark my words, that pipeline will be built, the decisions have been made.” – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley Alberta politicians, media and pundits are unsurprisingly focused on what the governing agreement between British Columbia New Democratic Party leader John Horgan and Green Party leader Andrew Weaver will mean for the future of the Kinder Morgan ...

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 ...

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: An Anatomy of a Water Win

Dara Quast On March 21, 2016, a Supreme Court ruling confirmed the Cowichan Valley’s Regional District’s authority regarding permitted land use. Contaminated soil will cease to be dumped into the community watershed that provides Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: Video: Conversations that Matter with John Horgan

Stuart McNish interviews BC NDP leader John Horgan carried in the Vancouver Sun (Video) NDP John Horgan says, “everyone’s a New Democrat they just don’t know it yet”. Horgan talks about everything from resources to Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: Harper, BC Tory MPs have oil on their hands from English Bay spill

Richard Hughes-Cowichan Conversations It is when events like the recent bunker oil spill in English Bay take place that the value of independent writers, thinkers, and bloggers like Rafe Mair display their real value. Here is Rafe’s take on this mess in English Bay that has spread around the harbour. It is a disgusting,  but ...

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe: With fracking, tankers “world-class safety” is a weasel word

It is great to read more from Rafe Mair once again. He is still on the mend but has come a long way and is reading and writing once again. I had believed every word from our Premier but Rafe has set me straight! I feel so much better now. Enjoy. BC Premier Christy Clark ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Who wants to be leader of the Alberta NDP?

TweetWhile most political chatter in Alberta is focused on how big Jim Prentice’s victory will be on the first ballot of the Progressive Conservative leadership vote on September 6, there is another race about to begin – the race to become the leader of the Alberta NDP. At his press conference announcing departure, outgoing NDP ...

Cowichan Conversations: Hang on to your Hats-Here comes Horgan!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger Look for a rejuvenated BC NDP under Horgan’s leadership. He will engage and entertain voters so tired of seeing a dull plodding uncertain opposition. Yes, politics in BC is about to become interesting again. The Damien Gillis piece above focuses on the  foibles of the ‘Christy Clark Choir’ singing in unison about the ...

Cowichan Conversations: The BC NDP Leadership Race Is Rigged To Protect Status Quo

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger I just Facebook liked Lana Popham for BC NDP Leader. Now before you assess my support for her, it is beyond that. The BC NDP needs a flat out gloves off brawl over the abandonment of anything remotely left of centre. The inner circle has rigged the leadership race by requiring 25 ...

Cowichan Conversations: The BC Liberals Energy Fiasco Continues As Site ‘C’ Now Slated To Supply Energy To California

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger Do we have anybody in the Christy Clark BC Liberal Government who has any idea of what they are doing when it comes to energy issues in this province? What happened to cause this flip-flop from needing ‘Site C’ water for LNG energy production of the fracking variety to supplying Californians with ...

Cowichan Conversations: BC Fed and Christy Clark Join In an Unholy But Sadly Predictable Alliance!

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes-Political Blogger Well the cat has been set out with the canaries now. We are going to get a real good look at who stands where in this province. Premier Clark scammed the voters with promises of wealth and abundance to be made in the LNG game via fracking, threatening our drinking water ...