Thursday, November 16, 2017

Site C Boondogglepalooza...The Twisted Logic Of Cookie Dough Mike.


BC Liberal Party leadership candidate Mike de Jong travelled to Port Alberni for a grip-and-grin earlier this week and no one showed up.

So the good Mr. de Jong instead spent a whack of time talking to Mike Youds, a reporter for the PA News, and complained that he just couldn't understand why John Horgan et al. would even begin to consider dumping 24 fast ferry equivalents into the Peace River.

Or some such thing:

...The decision whether to cancel or continue with the energy megaproject — as laid out in the B.C. Utilities Commission report delivered two weeks ago — is a relatively simple one, he (Mr. de Jong) added.

“When I used to do this in the 1990s and visit Port Alberni, people were pretty outraged by the folly of building three fast ferries that didn’t work and having to write off $500 million. This is four times that, this is a whole fleet of them. This is (the equivalent of) 24 fast ferries...

Left unsaid by Mr. de Jong, of course, is the fact that with a now expected final price tag of ~$12 billion, his government's 'point-of-no-return' project, if completed, will eventually cost we the people of British Columbia approximately 72 fast ferry equivalents.

For no good reason...

At all.


Wondering about the sub-header?.....This.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The NoFunCouver Party Unanimously Declares Transparency A Conflict Of Interest.


There was a Vancouver City Council meeting going down today until, all of a sudden, all the NPA councillors disappeared, en masse, as noted by the Vancouver Courier's  Mike Howell:

What's it all about this time Alfie?

Well, Mr. Howell had that story also, recently (i.e. before the walk-out), in the printier version of the Courier:

...(Vision Vancouver Coun. Andrea Reimer) wants the public to know exactly where she and her colleagues on council make their money when not on the job at city hall.

That’s important, she said, when conducting city business and having the public know whether a politician has any pecuniary interest in a matter before council. She’ll be introducing a motion on this today at council...


Why might we, the citizens of Lotusland, want to know about stuff like this?

Well, back to Mr. Howell's story...

...NPA Coun. George Affleck lists himself as owner of public relations company Curve Communications Group Ltd. NPA Coun. Melissa De Genova says she owns consulting company Eventure Holdings Ltd. That’s just a few examples.

What concerns Reimer is that the public has no immediate way of knowing, say, who Affleck’s company does business with. Same goes for De Genova. The recently sworn-in NPA councillor, Hector Bremner, has yet to have his financial disclosure posted on the website, yet it is well known that he is vice-president of public affairs for the Pace Group. He’s also worked as an oil and gas lobbyist...


...So is Reimer going after the NPA?

“Not in a specific or personal way,” she replied. “Two of them have declared conflicts that aren’t listed on their financial disclosure and another one [Bremner] coming on could be in the same position. And given the intent of the Financial Disclosure Act, it seems reasonable to have something in place that allows the public to see where potential conflicts might lie.”

Which conflicts are you referring to?

“On several occasions, councillor De Genova has declared herself in conflict. The only source of income listed on her disclosure, other than council, is a holding company, and none of the conflicts have related specifically to that holding company, although apparently to things or clients of that holding company relates to.”

Added Reimer: “The same councillor has said on quite a few occasions that she works with a non-profit housing agency, which is definitely laudable. But if one looks at her financial disclosure, none is listed. It’s not that there’s something illegal going on here – that’s well within the rules – but I think the rules didn’t anticipate this kind of situation.”...

{snippety doodle-dandy}

...“I think she (Reimer)’s doing this to try and make a smokescreen story out of something that unfortunately Vision Vancouver is most guilty of,” said De Genova, pointing to the millions of dollars Vision has collected from developers over the years for election campaigns. “If she’s going to point fingers at other people, I think she needs to look within. Don’t throw rocks if you live in a glass house.”...


Not sure if we can be of any real help on any of this, but...

We do happen to remember that an early Cambie corridor land assembly effort led to a most interesting bit of close-quartered sign juxtapositionage back in the fall of 2011:


Is it possible that this was foreshadowing the formation of a most excellent non-profit housing agency to come?

Update: Bob Mackin has a little bit more....And NPA councillor George Affleck responds in a most strate(r)gic manner.


Lotuslandian Bloggodome Round-Up Thursday...


After pointing out the blue and red causes of the great Manitoba rail crisis Mr. Beer 'N Hockey gets to the heart of the matter:

...See what we have? A problem created by Conservatives being furthered by the Liberals and the Manitoba Conservatives. There is a better way and I am happy both my province and the province of Alberta chose it. If we must be governed more Canadians than ever had better stop voting for parties that are more concerned about tax dodges for the rich and start voting for parties who focus on the needs of the working people of Canada...

Laila is back at it, hammering away again at the true cost and the hypocrisy of Site C. Here is here latest lede:

I was working on some research when I first heard the decision on Site C would come by December 31st, 2017…exactly two years from the day I first started blogging about Site C in earnest. Since then a multitude of opinion editorials, articles and statements have been made by both those opposing and those in support. ( It’s here I’ll mention the only formal group campaigning in support seems to be the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association,spearheaded by rep Jordan Bateman. Yes, that’s the same Jordan Bateman,former taxpayers champion who worried about the costs of Site C )...


Grant G., as you might expect, goes deep into the Clarklandian duplicity re: Site C which he reckons was greately assisted by a cowed and complicit local proMedia club:

...(A)ny premier, of any province or territory in Canada who refused to send a multi-billion dollar taxpayer funded project to the regulatory body to see if the project was cost effective or even needed, then said premier, after denying a proper review told the public that the entire project was being fast-tracked and rushed forward for the stated goal to push the project past the point of no return...

Any premier who did that should have been vilified in the press, chased from office...

BC's (pro)media in late 2017 that same media is not silent they're are complicit in cheerleading a $12 billion dollar ill-conceived, not needed energy project...


Meanwhile, Norm Farrell curates the most interesting tweets on all things Site C and clearly illustrates the Dean of the Legislative's Press Gallery's ref-working techniques:

...(The VSun's Vaughn) Palmer wrote that Energy Minister Michelle Mungall was “chippy” but that MLA Tracy Redies, former CEO of Coast Capital Savings Credit Savings Union, demonstrated expertise and “was able to elicit significant information.” He could have added that the information was already on the public record but this was about painting a complimentary portrait of the woman who departed Coast Capital unexpectedly with a huge severance payout after the member-owned bank donated large sums to the BC Liberal Party...

Finally, while it is a bit of a cross-over act, the MoCo's Lotuslandian Central guy, Justin McElroy, has one heck of a poll going on the best of Canuckistanian Anglais Tee Vee going....The latest is the round of 32...Head on over if you've got 15 minutes that you never want back but want to kill pleasurably, regardless.


And, in case you've missed it...Pete Kelly has been posting some good, solid succinct and insightful #BCPoli stuff over at his place.
Speaking of things we're missing already... Stanley Q. Woodvine does an amazing job rooting out Lotusland's best non-smashed pumpkins still sitting on doorstops near you.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

If Wishes Were Sparkle Ponies, Ms. Martin Would Ride.


The former queen of the sparkle pony rodeo's PR department, who once made that infamous trillion dollar generational Salty Hubbard-free claim of a 'bonanza' to come, is apparently heartbroken by this thing that Time magazine has just pointed out to her:

Please note, as Louise (who really is in BC) already did, where, precisely, the good Ms. Martin was tweeting from.



Casino Industrial Complexities....Irreparable Harm.


Well, well, well whaddy'a know...

Those who service the Whaling industry do not want any more of that government information being released to reporters, especially those whose surname just might be Cooper.

Bob Mackin has the story:

...Lawyers for Great Canadian Gaming Corp. notified the Ministry of the Attorney General and Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner that they will appear Nov. 14 at the Law Courts in Vancouver to ask for a court order.

Great Canadian’s Nov. 9 petition to B.C. Supreme Court says the government plans to release the second phase of documents to a reporter on Nov. 14. Great Canadian contends the government has a duty under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act to consult it before any documents are disclosed.

“GCGC will suffer irreparable harm if the phase two disclosure is released without being provided with an opportunity to make the representation it is statutorily entitled to make,” said the court filing by lawyer Louis Zivot...

Imagine that!

Tuesday afternoon update: Mr. Cooper's latest Postmedia piece, which zeroes in on the duplicitous actions of the Clarklandians re: the role of offshore investment in the Lotuslandian real estate unaffordability bubble, has now been published....It's here.


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Keefin' It 1600 (More Years In The West Annex)


Before I get to the good Mr. Baldrey's latest linear type column for Glacier Media (most helpfully 'reprinted' by the Globalopoly), I present to you an actual fact that directly contradicts BC Hydro's longtime claim that energy demands are rising in BC, as rendered visual by Norm Farrell:

Now, off to Mr. Baldrey's latest:

...As our population inevitably swells, and electricity consumption rises as a result, what is the best way to meet that demand? A hydroelectric dam, which is the most reliable form of energy, or alternative energy sources as solar, wind or geothermal (all likely cheaper but far less dependable)?

Lost in the debate is that any alternative energy projects would likely be built by private companies, and not B.C. Hydro itself. If the Crown Corporation stops building Site C it is unlikely to add to its already-alarming debt load by building more energy projects.

Thus, the old debate on IPPs (Independent Power Projects) may be re-ignited. While in Opposition, the NDP and its labor allies strongly opposed the growth of IPPs. It would be deeply ironic indeed if the NDP kills Site C, only to watch IPPs come to life...

Do you see what I see, sans even the tiniest shred of 'irony'?

The above passage from the Keef is actually buried way below the lede which posits  that no matter how much Site C eventually costs us it will be the fault of the current Dipper government....Gosh...It's almost as if Mr. Baldrey never actually heard Ms. Christy Clark say that thing that even the Dean knows she actually, well, you know....Said.


Saturday, November 04, 2017

The Keef Report... A Knock On The Coalition?

You might think this is all about a Lotuslandian proMedia club member denouncing civility in a coalition government that is striving to make the art of the possible work and all that.

But what if it really is just about a disdain for...



Friday, November 03, 2017

How Obvious Can One Columnist Be?


Here's the title of a post that showed up on this lowly F-Troop-listed amateur blog a few weeks ago:

Thursday, October 12, 2017

What Is To Become Of Young Vancouverites?




I understand that it's a crowded field, the proPunditry field, and all, but...

It's pretty hard to believe that one of today's column's in the BellGlobeRDSTSNCTV'nEverythingElseMedia's flagship print organ sprang up entirely in the wake of one man's ingestion of Chichester Cathedral:

To be fair (while turning off the snark phasers for the moment), in his actual column Mr. Mason acknowledges a significant debt to a really excellent personal perspective piece by Jessica Barrett that was published in the interim in The Tyee.

But I'm telling you...

If I open the Globe next week and see a piece that ties road hockey to Sal Paradise, I'm going to be more than a little upset.

Because that, if it happens, cannot stand, man.


What is this obviousness and cathedral dinners all about anyway Alfie?....Well....It's all in the Pythons.
Will get back to more serious things soon.....Apologies...It's been a cigar tube week.


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Casino Industrial Laundry Complex (ctd)... The Super-Secret, Cone-Of-Silence Defense!


From Marcella Bernardo's recent CKWX report on goings on in the legislature:

As BC’s new government reviews allegations of money laundering at Richmond’s River Rock casino, members of the former Liberal government are being accused of letting it go un-checked.

Debate in the Legislature on Monday focused on whether the Liberals ignored evidence of criminal activity.

Longtime New Democrat and Nanaimo MLA Leonard Krog says a report recently made public by his government was deliberately kept secret by the Liberals last year.

“The fact is there was trouble in our system. People knew it and they didn’t do as much as they could have if they did much at all.”

Former Solicitor General Mike Morris, also a former Mountie, is suggesting the report may have been kept quiet to ensure an ongoing police investigation wasn’t compromised.

“The members have to be very cautious and very careful on what kind of information that they put out there, it could have a dire effect on the consequences of what could literally be a multi-million dollar investigation.”...

Sure thing, Mr. Morris - an investigation that has been going since, say,  2006?

Which would make it a cone-of-silence affair that has lasted for almost 12 years with, of course, a break in 2009 due to the active dismantling of an investigatory body with the ability to look into such matters by your very own government.



The fine fellow, and current supporter of the quintessential Quilchenean, quoted by Ms. Bernardo above was once...



Of the entire province of British Columbia.

And isn't all this legislatin' and debatin' 'n stuff going on 'round here, for literally weeks on end,  just crazy to behold?


Monday, October 30, 2017

Casino Industrial Laundry Complex (ctd)...ProMedia Club Member Asks Very Problematic Question.


From the Twittmachine feed of Mr. John O'Dowd, a 'senior' producer at the Corus/Global/CKNW  'lectronic media hydra-head:


If you hadn't been paying attention you might think that that the reason we didn't know what was going on way back when was entirely due to the machinations of super-secretive BC Liberal government politicians who bamboozled everyone until very, very recently.

But here's the thing.

Those who were paying attention, and we assume that local proMedia members who are paid to do so can be included that category, knew all about by 2010 at the latest.

How do we know this?

Because enterprising independents like Sean Holman left a record of what went down in 2009/10.

Some of it in pixel form.


Some of it in video form. 

In other words, there can be no excuses here because the evidence was out there and yet the great majority of proMedia Club members chose to ignore it.


I would even go so far as to suggest that many of those same club members are still ignoring it.