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Monday, 18 December 2017

SLAPP needs to be outlawed in BC

Mining Company Loses 5-Year B.C. Lawsuit Meant to ‘Silence’ Critics

Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP) cases are usually launched by companies trying to silence their critics. B.C. briefly had Canada’s first anti-SLAPP law which was brought in by the former NDP government, but repealed by the BCLiberals who feared it would lead to a “protest culture” shortly after their election in 2001.

The Wilderness Committee has won a landmark defamation case brought against it by Taseko Mines Ltd. but, despite the win, the non-profit environmental group will suffer financially after fighting the company in court for five years.
The case is being held up as a textbook example of why anti-SLAPP legislation is needed in B.C.
We are very proud to have stood our ground, but B.C. very much needs anti-SLAPP legislation. We were completely innocent and yet this company was able to keep us in the courts for five years — and their pockets are much deeper than ours,” said Wilderness Committee national campaigner Joe Foy.

BC politics: SoCred==>Liberal==>NDP? It's all the same, isn't it? Go Green!

Dave Barrett had balls. He led the province. Right or wrong, we all knew what he intended and did because he did it all in the light.
WAC Bennett, Bill Bennett, Gordon Campbell, Christie Clarke, and now Horgan operated in the shadows, twisting truth, spending billions, and blaming ... 
Barrett led the NDP to its first provincial victory against the stagnating Social Credit government of W. A. C. Bennett in the 1972 election. He became Premier on September 15, 1972.
His government was criticized for its spending, quickly taking the government from surplus to debt. The NDP argued that the deficit was not entirely its fault as it had introduced modern accounting practices, and were caught by the huge liabilities that the Socred government had hidden off the books.
The Barrett government substantially reformed the welfare system, initiated a number of reforms such as establishing the province's Labour Relations Board, and expanded the public sector. The NDP also introduced more democracy into the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia through the introduction of question period and full Hansard transcripts of legislative proceedings in the province.[4] The NDP also brought in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) to protect the small supply of farm land in BC. The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia(ICBC) was formed to provide government car insurance. Both the ALR and ICBC are still functioning.
On social policy, in 1973, B.C. banned corporal punishment in all schools.

A classic government make-work megaproject, it was completely unnecessary, considering the flat demand for electricity in B.C. over the past decade.
Appliances, lights, and other products in homes and businesses are becoming far more energy-efficient. It's one reason why B.C. Hydro's projections for increased usage regularly missed the mark by a long shot.
Yet yesterday in the legislature, Clark was once again claiming that demand for electricity was going to increase sharply in the coming years, making it essential to proceed with the Site C boondoggle.
The incoming NDP government may cite these lousy forecasts when B.C. Hydro president and CEO Jessica McDonald and B.C. Hydro chair Brad Bennett are invariably replaced.
Clark, however, remained a true believer in the Site C debacle up to the bitter end. She put her energy illiteracy on display in her final speech as premier in the B.C. legislature, even as she expressed mild contrition in other areas.
by Charlie Smith on June 30th, 2017 at 8:12 AM

2013 re-election[edit]

As the 2013 general election approached, polls showed that Clark was one of the least popular premiers in Canada.

Race relations[edit]

In May 2014, Clark gave a formal apology for 160 historical racist and discriminatory policies imposed against Chinese-Canadians:
While the governments which passed these laws and policies acted in a manner that [was] lawful at the time, today this racist discrimination is seen by British Columbians — represented by all members of the legislative assembly — as unacceptable and intolerable. The entire legislative assembly acknowledges the perseverance of Chinese Canadians that was demonstrated with grace and dignity throughout our history while being oppressed by unfair and discriminatory historical laws.[64]
In October 2014, the British Columbia government exonerated First Nations leaders who had been sentenced to be hanged in the Chilcotin War by Judge Begbie in 1864. Clark stated, "We confirm without reservation that these six Tsilhqot'in chiefs are fully exonerated for any crime or wrongdoing."[65]

Behind The Smile biography[edit]

In 2016, just prior to an election year, former Liberal MLA Judi Tyabji published an "unauthorized" biography Behind The Smile of Clark.[66][67] Judi Tyabji, however, has received a $128,000 provincial government grant for a shearing project on the sheep farm she and her husband, former Liberal leader Gordon Wilson, own on the Sunshine Coast; $67,000 went directly to Tyabji’s supervision of the project. Clark has also had to fend off criticism involving Wilson, who is being paid $150,000 a year to run LNG-Buy B.C., a site aiming to connect B.C. businesses with LNG opportunities.[68]
2001 Following the BC Liberal Party's election victory in 2001, Premier Gordon Campbell appointed Clark Minister of Education and Deputy Premier.[15][16] She brought in a number of changes[which?] that were claimed to increase accountability, strengthen parental power in the decision-making process, and provide parents greater choice and flexibility in the school system.[citation needed] These changes were unpopular amongst teachers, school board members, opposition politicians, and union officials who argued that the decision not to fund the pay increases agreed to by the government resulted in funding gaps. The changes made were challenged by the BC Teacher's Federation, and were later found to be unconstitutional.[17]

2010 - Despite her perceived frontrunner status, backbench MLA Harry Bloy was the only sitting member of BC Liberal caucus to endorse her candidacy for leader.[40][41] 

In May 2000, Campbell, along with Michael de Jong and Geoffrey Plant, brought a court case against the Nisga'a Nation, the Attorney General of Canada and the Attorney General of British Columbia, parties to the first modern day Aboriginal Treaty in British Columbia, known as the Nisga'a Final Agreement. Campbell and the other plaintiffs claimed that the treaty signed with the Nisga'a Nation was "in part inconsistent with the Constitution of Canada and therefore in part of no force and effect." However, Justice Williamson dismissed the application, judging that the enacting legislation did "establish a treaty as contemplated by Section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982. The legislation and the Treaty are constitutionally valid."[10]
Premier Glen Clark's government was beset by controversy, difficult economic and fiscal conditions and attacks on the NDP's building of the Fast Ferries, and charges against Clark in relation to casino licensing, known as Casinogate (Clark was eventually vindicated, though resigned his post because of the investigation). In the BC election of 2001 Campbell's Liberals defeated the two-term NDP incumbents, taking 77 of 79 seats in the legislature. This was the largest majority of seats, and the second-largest majority of the popular vote in BC history.[11]

In 1996, Bill Bennett was convicted under B.C. securities laws of insider trading involving the sale of shares in Doman Securities, a Duncan, B.C. company, ten years after he stepped down as premier.[3] This was known as the Doman Scandal.[4] A British Columbia Securities Commission panel imposed trading sanctions against Russell James Bennett and Harbanse Singh Doman and ordered them along with Bill Bennett to pay the commission $1 million to cover the costs of an insider trading case that spanned 11 years.[5]
British Columbia Resources Investment Corporation (BCRIC or "Brick") (Social Credit Party), a holding company formed under the government of William R. Bennett, was a public boondoggle involving publicly distributed and soon-worthless shares of a former Crown Corporation. Shares briefly rallied, then dropped and settled at less than one dollar.
Bennett's tenure also included mega-projects such as the Coquihalla Highway, which cost approximately $848 million.[6]

Friday, 18 August 2017

9 things you can do USA: answer the Charlottesville Horror & White House links to KKK

Have we had enough of this yet?

Petition the administration at the University of Virginia to publicly denounce white supremacist alumni Richard Spencer and Jason Kessler, revoke their diplomas, and commit to ejecting them from UVA grounds if they ever show their faces there again

9 things you can do to fight back ...