Kash Heed and Fox News BC

There’s so much to write about in the Kash Heed story its hard to know where to start.   There’s the cop gone bad story, there’s the typical Liberal story, there’s the “so there’s nothing wrong with the Special Prosecutor policy” story…

Kash Heed; the gift that keeps on giving.

I think I’ll start with a more esoteric story about Global TV news reporter Catherine Urquhart because it’s a rarely opened window into the political views of BC’s biggest news source.

Urquhart is featured in an e-mail exchange between Heed campaign manager Barinder Sall and Urquhart that forms part of the Information to Obtain accompanying the RCMP’s search warrant.

The emails – quoted in today’s Sun – speak for themselves:

“I can honestly say Kash would not be SG today if it hadn’t been for some key people behind the scenes,” writes Sall to Urquhart in the first e-mail.

“There were only truly 3 people that played a major role: Me, Peter Dhillon and yourself and Kash knows this.  Peter was the money guy, I’m the brown tanned James Bond strategy girl chasing guy and you were like the communications director … your stories, coverage and timing gave Kash a lot of profile and built him a following from day 1 at West Van and then leading into the election.”

Urquhart writes back, “Hey … that’s really sweet of you …. I’m truly glad it worked out!”

Urquhart was the reporter Heed was alleged to have tipped off when he suspended a West Vancouver officer in January 2009, just before his nomination as the Liberal candidate in Vancouver Fraserview.  A feature of Urquhart’s story on the suspension was a shot of Heed – taken through a window into his office – giving the officer notice of his suspension.  The officer was crying in the shot.  The story and shot helped build Heed’s reputation as a “clean” cop in the lead up to the election.

Just last week Heed told a hearing into the suspension that he didn’t tip Urquhart off and Urquhart corroborated Heed’s testimony.

Wouldn’t the hearing like to have seen this e-mail exchange?  Wouldn’t they have liked to know that Urquhart was “like the communications director” for the Heed campaign?

BCTV, now Global News, has long been touted as the broadcast arm of the BC Liberals, slicing and dicing the news to their advantage.  This story will just add to that reputation.  After all it’s featured in an RCMP search warrant.

Whether or not you believe the general allegation of bias against Global who can say they trust a single thing Catherine Urquhart reports from now on?

Global has a lot to fix with this story but all News Director Ian Haysom has to say so far is “no comment”.  Sounds like a politician.

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11 Responses to Kash Heed and Fox News BC

  1. Doug says:

    Boy, isn’t that photo of Kash and the mayor just begging for a caption. What’s that look in her eye… 😉

  2. Re: Doug’s comment – Every gal loves a man in uniform and some more than others. hahaha

    Ian, thanks for discussing the Urquhart handle.

    It’s scary to consider that the actors allegedly involved in the actions currently under investigation would think they could get away with all of this. And that one of them was in charge of the administration of justice & policing in BC for a brief time there.

  3. Dave says:

    Keep the comments in context……

    “What’s that look in her eye……” …… look to the source of when and where the photo was taken Doug, and of who else was being honoured with their appointments to be the top law enforcement officers in Metro Vancouver in 2007.


    “Kash Heed, a 28-year veteran of the Vancouver Police Department, is the new Chief Constable of West Vancouver. The much-decorated officer was instrumental in persuading government to set up the Integrated Gang Task Force, and his thesis research influenced the establishment of safe injection sites for drug addicts.”

    Photo credit of Kash Heed (and the Mayor of West Vancouver) by Mark Van Manen / Vancouver Sun.

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  5. spartikus says:

    Global news director Ian Haysom assures public coverage remains “fair and balanced”…


  6. PG says:

    Well written and researched Ian. What about that other situation where the West Van police board member was tipped off about an investigation into one of her fellow co-workers? That also made it to BCTV as an exclusive.

    Wonder if the Ron Benze allegations would have made the Urqhart story bigger but I doubt it.

    So many angles on the Kash Heed scandal. His lawyer is George Macintosh who was able to get Ken Dobell a conditional discharge.

  7. Ian says:

    George Macintosh turns up everywhere. I was reading – call me crazy – the BC Supreme Court decision on the Susan Heyes suit against Canada Line and Macintosh turned up there representing the government.

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  9. Norm Farrell says:

    Ian, you ain’t crazy for reading that particular judgement. Provincial and municipal politicians and staff ought to be paying attention to that very intelligent trial result. It says public officials cannot roll over citizens’ rights and cause harm merely for convenience or financial savings. Even those acting for the public have an obligation to mitigate damage and inconvenience when they commission work.

    The ruling might be applied in many cases where local governments cause inconvenience unnecessarily because less harmful alternative actions are available. Three cheers for Susan Heyes and her lawyer Cameron Ward, a guy who takes on many justice issues.

  10. Norm Farrell says:

    By the way, in 2009, I wrote about the Heyes case and its related issues. She and many others were dealt with shamefully by BC Liberals and their lackeys.


  11. Rod Smelser says:

    The Urquhart email raises a more general question. What would happen to the news business and to the political climate if a great number of journalists’ private correspondence and conversations with politicians, government officials, and industry executives and other reporters were to somehow become public? How many winks, nudges, thank yous and compliments, no to mention helpful suggestions and even pressing demands would be found? How many messages would contain open displays of pronounced affection or dislike, biases that would clearly influence coverage?

    Maybe it’s time Julian Assange started soliciting bags full of media biz emails.

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