Scripturient: Your $350,000 wasted

A Freedom of Information (FOI) request I filed recently shows a disturbing abuse of your tax dollars. Money was wasted that could have been spent on doing something good, something positive, something useful for Collingwood. Download the report here. In the two-year period between mid-2014 and mid-2016, the town’s administration spent $340,000 of your tax dollars on ...

In-Sights: Guest post: Paying for Information and Influence

I invited Chris Alemany, a councillor for the City of Port Alberni, to write of his effort to gain information about a subject of broad public interest. It is unfortunate the BC Liberal Government demands that concerned citizens pay exorbitant amounts for information that should be routinely available. What’s even worse is that often times, ...

In-Sights: Guest post: Paying for Information and Influence

I invited Chris Alemany, a councillor for the City of Port Alberni, to write of his effort to gain information about a subject of broad public interest. It is unfortunate the BC Liberal Government demands that concerned citizens pay exorbitant amounts for information that should be routinely available. What’s even worse is that often times, ...

In-Sights: Guest post: Paying for Information and Influence

I invited Chris Alemany, a councillor for the City of Port Alberni, to write of his effort to gain information about a subject of broad public interest. It is unfortunate the BC Liberal Government demands that concerned citizens pay exorbitant amounts for information that should be routinely available. What’s even worse is that often times, ...

In-Sights: Truth does not serve needs of crony capitalists

SNC-Lavalin Inc. is the kind of ethics-light corporation that BC Liberals likes to have as a partner. With considerable public flourish, after departure of Chairman Gwyn Morgan, the company announced an amnesty program, effective from June to August 2013, to encourage senior employees “to report potential corruption and anti-competition matters in which they may have ...

Northern Insight / Perceptivity: He can’t handle the truth

Laila Yuile uncovered an indication that Stephen Harper has new plans for Gordon Campbell. It involves a telephone pollster with Conservative ties asking a call recipient if Gordon Campbell was trustworthy. In politics today, fact matters less than perception. The former Premier’s trustworthiness could be determined from the record but the PMO cares not about ...

Cowichan Conversations: John Horgan Files FOI Request Over Ethnicgate. The Plot Thickens!

  Richard Hughes-Political Blogger John Horgan BC NDP House Leader and MLA for Juan de Fuca has filed what could be an explosive FOI request into the BC Liberal scandal over identifying ethnic voters using pubic servant staff and taxpayers money to do it. Province reporter  Cassidy Oliver filed this report.

Northern Insight: No news is likely bad news

With the first quarter of British Columbia’s current fiscal year ending, public agencies and crown corporations will soon release annual reports and audited financials for the year ended March 31, 2012. A vast quantity of money is wasted, filling these PR publications with purple prose and graphics that few persons read, beyond the creators. Serious ...

Northern Insight: Keeping corporate tyrants at bay

Freedom of information…, George Monbiot, The Guardian “Modern government could be interpreted as a device for projecting corporate power. Since the 1980s, in Britain, the US and other nations, the primary mission of governments has been to grant their sponsors in the private sector ever greater access to public money and public life. “There are ...

Northern Insight: Canada’s most transparent government

Ian Reid is reporting that thousands of pages of BC Rail documents are newly released under FOI rules. All but five are blank. The word ‘five’ is not a misprint but I think there was a misprint in the BC Liberal platform document that said: “It’s time for a New Era of Accountability. Our plan will ...