Tuesday, April 04, 2017

This Real Estate Day In Clarkland: Big Rich Likes Reports In June...

....How About You?

A non-response to an FOI request received by the indefatigable Bob Mackin:

June does come after May, right?

One of the things that used to drive me crazy between 2005 and 2009, especially during those heady pre-trial hearing days when all the details finally started barrelling down the tracks (before, of course, the real trial publication bans started pushing the evidence trains back up over the hill), was how the puffed-up punditry, and in particular the Ledgie-Boyz, would constantly say how RailGate didn't matter because the people voted the BC Liberals back into power after the Ledge Raids....Moral of the story...These days, in our fine province at least, the cover-up is NEVER worse than anything, large or small...



Anonymous said...

defer delay deny delete derail detract distract:).?

RossK said...


All 'D's All The Time!


Scotty on Denman said...

Oh great! Now I have to go to the dictionary---cuz I'm sure there must be a few more "D"s, dastardly, despicable, devilish, et cetera, popping immediately to mind.

RossK said...


I think you forgot detestable.


Chuckstraight said...

if possible? Open and accountable?

Danneau said...

My cousin Bill, from Vermont, posted the following this morning, indicating that we're not alone, and that the overall hole from which we must extricate ourselves is both wider and deeper than we might have believed.
Are We Losing Our Way in Vermont As Well? Our Ethics Crisis

The Legislature is at an impasse trying to decide whether to establish and adequately fund a statewide ethics commission that has real enforcement capability. There’s been considerable favorable testimony by Vermonters, ethicists and our secretary of state, Jim Condos, who has been a relentless champion of government transparency, inclusion and establishing such a commission. Each time VTDigger runs a story on ethics legislative testimony or ethical lapses by state officials, comments from Vermonters run almost universally in favor of establishing such a commission.
Legislative arguments against it are unconvincing:

• In this year of budget constraints, we can’t afford another government bureaucracy ($330,000 of $3.5 billion); (less than 1/100th of a percent)

• Financial disclosure of possible conflicts will discourage Vermonters from government service;

• We’re all good people and we all know each other;

• What if an ethics commission ran amok and looked for self-serving behavior where there was none?

• An ethics commission would not have prevented any of the recent malfeasance, etc.

Vermont is one of only three states with no central ethics infrastructure. The Center for Public Integrity, in partnership with Global Integrity, has conducted a comprehensive assessment of state government accountability and transparency. The project uses extensive research by reporters in each state to grade and rank the states based on existing laws and analysis of how well they are implemented. This is a carefully researched report with a comprehensive explanation of each of 13 categories.

In 2015 (from data gathered in 2013 and 2014), Vermont got an overall grade of D-:

1. Public Access to Information F
2. Political Financing B
3. Electoral Oversight D-
4. Executive Accountability F
5. Legislative Accountability F
6. Judicial Accountability F
7. State Budget Processes A
8. State Civil Service Management F
9. Procurement C-
10. Internal Auditing C-
11. Lobbying Disclosure C-
12. Ethics Enforcement Agencies F
13. State Pension Fund Management D

Vermont ranks 50th of all states on the Ethics Enforcement Agencies category.

Scotty on Denman said...

Danneau: In answer to the points:

1/100th of a percent? A good deal at twice the cost.

Discourage possible conflicts? Right on!

All good people? Obviously not.

Amok on!

Is that a trick question, or just a tricky answer?

Ross: darn! I believe you're correct---I guess I was in such a hurry to get to disingenuous, musta overlooked it.

Len said...

Jeezuz do they check Baldries makeup before he goes on air,,,looks like someone beat the crap out of him last nite..

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