Monthly Archives: September 2010

Reality used to be a friend of mine

Earlier I posted about the important role the HST has played in the slowdown of the Canadian economy.  Statistics Canada reported this morning that the Gross Domestic Product fell last month, the first time since August 2009. I noted that … Continue reading

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BC Restaurant sales take a dive after HST

After the introduction of the HST, BC is number one in Canada in falling restaurant sales.  That’s the word out of Statistics Canada. “In July, five provinces posted lower sales, with the largest declines in British Columbia (-1.9%), Quebec (-1.5%), … Continue reading

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Olympic Village housing up for ransom?

Rich Coleman is in charge of the Lottery Corporation and Casino licenses.  He wants city approval this fall for the BC Place casino development. But what cards does he hold in his poker hand? Rich Coleman is in charge of … Continue reading

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Paul Willcocks nails it

“Oppal A Wretched Choice For Picton Inquiry “The appointment of Wally Oppal to head the Pickton inquiry demonstrates this government’s combination of arrogance and ineptitude…” Read Mr. Willcocks full column on the BC Liberals’ appalling choice of Wally Oppal to … Continue reading

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It gets better

Okay, only sort of political.  But check out Dan Savage’s ‘It Gets Better‘ project supporting gay teens. Lot’s of Canadian content too.  I see the BC Teachers Federation have posted their own youtube video to the site. And you thought … Continue reading

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NPA: Many payments, no contract

As seen in the Vancouver Observer Right wing bloggers linked to the NPA have spent the last couple of months spreading dirt on Vision linked communications firm FD Element. “Corrupt”.  “Dishonest”.  ‘Disgusting.”  “A straight up gift to political supporters.”  That … Continue reading

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Optically unfortunate: BC Rail, CN and Patrick Kinsella

Thursday’s handover from Virk’s lawyer, Kevin McCullough, to David Basi’s lawyer, Michael Bolton, was seamless as one dropped and the other picked up the CN thread. Not surprisingly the name of BC Liberal campaign co-chair Patrick Kinsella came up. “Mr. … Continue reading

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Gary Collins, we hardly knew ya

But it looks like we’ll get to know him a lot better in the next couple of weeks. The talk of the BC Rail trial folks is Collins will be testifying this coming week.  I heard it from a reporter … Continue reading

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Interim Chief Electoral Officer Craig James: What is he up to?

Two weeks ago, James fired the deputy Chief Electoral Officer Linda Johnston, claiming he was reorganizing the non-partisan office to be more efficient. Critics speculated the real reason for the firing had to do with Ms. Johnson’s ruling preventing the … Continue reading

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HST and Recall: the talking point years

Bill Good hosted two recall targets yesterday, Liberal MLAs John Slater (Boundary Similkameen) and Bill Barisoff (Penticton). They were well trained by the secretive Public Affairs Bureau.  Nary a word out of place as Slater and Barisoff offered up a … Continue reading

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