Susan on the Soapbox: “Post-truth” Politics in Alberta

Albertans can learn a lot about the importance of truth in politics from the Trump/Clinton presidential race. Political lies have moved beyond “misstatements” for which politicians “take full responsibility” and (sort of) apologize, to “truthiness”, a term coined by Stephen Colbert for a lie that appeals to a voter’s feelings, not reason. A “truthy statement” ...

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 ...

Northern Insight / Perceptivity: Truthiness

This week, radio Station CKNW played commercials aimed at promoting public confidence in the absolute safety of Trans Mountain pipeline operations and marine shipments of petroleum products on the west coast. The spots end with this tagline: “Trans Mountain, operating safely in your community since 1953.” Gadget Google – Lecteur multimédia de Google – http://www.liens-du-vin.ch/google-audio_player-script.htm ...

Cowichan Conversations: Christy Clark’s Personal Fight Against BC Teachers Is Taking its’ Toll

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger In 2002, then BC Liberal Education Minister Christy Clark ripped classroom composition provisions out of the legally negotiated contract. The teachers in 1998 had negotiated a contract with the BC NDP government that funded the changes in classroom conditions, forgoing any wage increase. It was 0-0-0 for three years in favour of  funded classroom size ...

Susan on the Soapbox: Jim Prentice Fails the “Truthiness” Test (apologies to Stephen Colbert)

If Jim Prentice is going to wade into the murky waters of “truthiness” the least he could do is do it properly, otherwise the whole thing becomes a farce.        Stephen Colbert “Truthiness” is a term coined by political satirist/comic Stephen Colbert to describe the practice of framing a political message to appeal to the voter’s ...

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe asks: Is ‘lying’ too strong a word for Clark Libs’ LNG fibs?

  Rafe Mair has struggled with our Premier’s lack of ‘truthiness’ when it comes to the straight goods on LNG. If it were not so serious it would be downright hilarious. Most are not prepared, especially on big issues, to face fabricated stories from the make believe ‘Christy Clark World of Pretend.’ Here is Rafe ...

Northern Insight: One value Premier failed to learn: truthfulness

In Sunday’s thirty minute TV commercial, Christy Clark said that leadership involves, “holding true to the values you were raised with…” If I were one of the people that parented her, I would feel a sense of failure, values wise, since she has little commitment to truthfulness. For example, she claimed Sunday her goal was ...

Northern Insight: Truth and Premier Photo Op remain strangers

David Akin’s On the Hill, November 2/12, Latest job numbers: BC is number one — in job losses ” ‘I’m going to run on (being) number one in job creation,’ BC Premier Christy Clark told the Liberal Party of BC convention last Saturday, boasting at one point that BC had created 57,000 jobs and that ...

Northern Insight: BC Liberal truthiness

We face 26 weeks of taxpayer paid pre-election advertising promoting the BC Liberals. They’ll be using “facts” like this one, broadcast on Global TV November 9: “We’re ensuring British Columbians have the skills they need to be first in line for jobs.” October 16, CKNW’s Sean Leslie reported: “Premier Christy Clark is playing down a ...

Northern Insight: Truthiness in BC

During the past week, this blog’s third birthday slipped by and I barely noticed because life is busier than ever. What began as an aim to gain a little writing proficiency through practice has grown into a fairly consuming hobby. After more than 50 years as a news junkie, I’ve always thought myself to be ...

DeSmogBlog: Can Geeks Defeat Lies? Thoughts on a Fresh New Approach to Dealing With Online Errors, Misrepresentations, and Quackery

fact check universe.png This afternoon, I’ll be at MIT for this conference, sponsored by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard and the MIT Center for Civic Media and entitled “Truthiness in Digital Media: A symposium that seeks to address propaganda and misinformation in the new media ecosystem.” Yesterday was the scholarly and ...

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Vancouver Sun: FAIL!

On the left you can see yesterday’s Vancouver Sun cover page the day after more than 60 First Nations annouced they will not allow the Enbridge pipeline through their territories, on the right you can see today’s Vancouver Sun cover page the day after one First Nation annouced they support the pipeline. Reprint of an ...

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Falcon: Revenue neutral HST an "urban legend"

When the referendum delivered an unwanted result, BC’s provincial government reshaped, polished and coordinated messages to the public. One particularly troublesome claim, made by Finance Minister Colin Hansen during the July 2009 HST announcement, needed special attention. That was the assertion of HST being “essentially revenue neutral.” The claim had never been true; it was known to ...

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Crimes in progress (another 2010 article brought forward)

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 ...

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Elections BC and the charade of secrecy

Shortly after 11 am Friday, August 26, Acting Chief Electoral Officer Craig James delivered HST vote results to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, the Clerk of the Assembly and the Attorney General. At 11:15 am, James released details to members of the news media waiting in the Press Gallery. With the exception of a ...