Sunday, December 18, 2016

This Day In Clarkland...Why Oh Why Is The New York Times So Mean To Us?


Remember how, as we noted last week, one of the Grey Lady of journalism's minions had the temerity to write mean things about Site C recently?

Well, the current CEO of BC Hydro, and former right hand woman of GordCo Inc., appears to be really, really upset about how that non-Club member of the non-local press treated her and hers:


Whatever will the Keef think?

As for those resourcefully workin'-it-real-hard-type folks?


They can always dump another million dollar dark-money PR blitzkrieg log on the fire.

Or some such thing.

The real story here?....The CEO of BCHydro is so used to the kid gloves of the local 'fix-is-in' media that she gets upset and takes to the Twittmachine just because one wee batch of light-shining reportage emerges unredacted, and/or CAPPified and/or ResourceWorked...If you get my $10 Billion Bamboozlement drift.
Oh, and in case you missed it...When the Wizards couldn't influence the NY Times they instead instructed the CEO to utilize the much less augustful Seattle Times in an effort to get their fact-disabled spin machine re-started.



North Van's Grumps said...

Just for clarification on MacDonald's Peak Demand numbers for BC Hydro as being the highest yesterday, since 2006:

From a BC Hydro Report .....

"The total system peak forecast includes the system coincident distribution, transmission, peak demand TRANSFERS from BC Hydro to OTHER UTILITIES and system transmission losses."

In other words a 'utility' that is based in Nebraska where it's 50 below zero F. ...... MacDonald includes that Peak Demand as British Columbia's

Electric Load Forecast - BC Hydro Page 8 of 134

RossK said...


There are further examples of such deliberate obfuscation in Ms. MacDonald's 'corrective' letter to the Seattle Times.


cfvua said...

Mr. Levin seemed very capable of identifying a political operative posing as a multi-billion dollar publicly owned utility CEO. And that he did. By speaking to an individual with the actual CEO credentials (Mr. Eliesen) he was able to get the unspun version of the project. Mr Levin was denied a" full" tour of the project by Hydro officials. He was given a brief tour from the banks near the site office and declined the offer of the camp tour(seen one you've seen them all). He did receive a full site tour from locals. The river remains accessible to the public, thank goodness.
Visitors to the project must sign a confidentiality agreement, stating among other things that anything seen cannot be reported. No cameras etc etc. Apparently Vaughn Palmer was exempted or perhaps his message was controlled by people in the corner offices? Probably the NYT wasn't open to being controlled and isn't accepting the large amounts of advertising bucks that Postmedia is receiving. Mr. Levin and his photographer Mr Testa were not on a speaking engagement either, that may or may not have been partially funded by certain resourceful corps.......errr people being directed by ex newspaper editor types.

RossK said...

Thanks very much for the insight cfvua.


RossK said...

cfvua (again)--

Are you suggesting that, even in her tweets, Ms. MacDonald is engaging in deliberate obfuscation (i.e re: the 'full tour' issue)?


e.a.f. said...

because sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind?

the truth can hurt?

doesn't matter, Christy probably isn't focused enough to read the New York Times.

She is starting to remind me a lot of Trump, you know the massive, really massive deals she does. Its just that American press and those awful Canadian bloggers. They're just listening to the truth, you know. We're doing really great things for the people of B.C. Really great things, massive things.

Perhaps if the b.c. liberals were producing SNL, you might be played by, oh can't figure that one ought. no one really wants to preform for Trump's ascendancy, so Christy most likely couldn't find any real talent to play you. O.K. I'd hire Springsteen and Laila Yuille would be played by Queen Latifia and lets see Norm Farrell by ..............some one think of some one, an accounting wizard; O.K. we'll go with Tom Cruise--he's done mission impossible several times, and Harvey O could be played by John Goodman.

cfvua said...

Yes Ms. McDonald is doing exactly that. Mr Levin will confirm that he was denied a "full" tour by Hydro officials. She needs to get her facts straight.

RossK said...


Based on past performance that is very unlikely to happen.

Unless, of course, the local puffed-up punditry forces her to do so.

Which, come to think of it, might be even less likely.



Perhaps Norm could be played by MMoore's slightly older, much less bombastic, brother.


cfvua said...

Agreed. It will be interesting to see how the facts get spun when the next quarterly report that is due out from the Site C committee of the BC Hydro board of Directors (yes there is such a thing according to Hydro's website). Especially regarding contractors being in penalty and missing targets. Not to mention groundwater intrusion at very inconvenient locations both at river level and all over the North bank. Will there be accurate numbers for additional volumes of material that is being removed to try to attain slope stability on the north bank? Will the remaining one lane primary access from north bank to south bank impact costs?

Anonymous said...

Ms macDonald received a small slap on her wrist for misleading the BCUC under sworn testimony about the Hydro IT program. Anyone else wud be charged with perjury and jailed. A political appointee e.g. puppet. Hydro is a rogue organization with NO effective oversight either from billy bennett or BCUC. Lord help us.

Anonymous said...


I stumbled upon this, searching for something else. Like Letterman said:

Is this anything?

"Some politicians under foreign sway: CSIS"

CBC News

Posted:Jun 22, 2010 8:09 PM ET
Last Updated:Jun 23, 2010 12:45 AM ET

"Canada's spy agency suspects that cabinet ministers in two provinces are under the control of foreign governments, CBC News has learned.

Several members of B.C. municipal governments are also under suspicion, Richard Fadden, the director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, told CBC News in an exclusive interview.

"We're in fact a bit worried in a couple of provinces that we have an indication that there's some political figures who have developed quite an attachment to foreign countries," Fadden said.

"The individual becomes in a position to make decisions that affect the country or the province or a municipality. All of a sudden, decisions aren't taken on the basis of the public good but on the basis of another country's preoccupations."

He said the politicians and public servants see it as a long-standing relationship and have no idea they are being used.

"There are several municipal politicians in British Columbia and in at least two provinces there are ministers of the Crown who we think are under at least the general influence of a foreign government."

Fadden said the agency is in the process of discussing with the Privy Council Office the best way to inform those provinces there may be a problem.

"We'll do the same with the public servants. I'm making this comment because I think it's a real danger that people be totally oblivious to this kind of issue."

Fadden warned that foreign regimes — through universities and social clubs — will develop a relationship with people who have a connection to the homeland.

"You invite somebody back to the homeland. You pay [for] their trips and all of a sudden you discover that when an event is occurring that is of particular interest to country "X," you call up and you ask the person to take a particular view," Fadden said.

At least five countries are surreptitiously recruiting future political prospects in universities, he said. Middle East countries are also involved.

But China is the most aggressive, funding university clubs that are managed by people operating out of the embassy or consulates, Fadden said in a recent speech to Canadian police chiefs and security experts in Toronto…."