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Monthly Archive for July, 2009

Simply unbelievable

Dubious bluster from BC Libs on e-mails, river power The Campbell government has lost its moral compass, if it ever had one. Let me give you two examples, starting with the private rivers policy. Finance Minister Colin Hansen has a video clip. Here’s the link if it hasn’t been removed by a government noted for […]

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The battle has barely begun III

The Campbell government is a collection of dissemblers such that you can’t take anything they say seriously. The so-called “harmonized sales tax” is the latest example. And isn’t “harmonized” such a lovely warm and fuzzy word? In fact it is nothing more than a raising of the sales tax but to tell people that requires […]

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I have been given strong legal advice not to call someone a liar because that implies that he is an inveterate liar. Because of this I need your help dealing with the BC Finance Minister, the Honourable Colin Hansen. Just prior to the last election, Mr. Hansen did a short interview, on camera. Let me […]

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Less than two weeks ago Bud Mercer, head of the Vancouver 2010 Integrated Security Unit looking after security for the 2010 Olympics, raised with Vancouver City Council the specter of the violent clashes that rocked World Trade Organization meetings in Seattle and Quebec City. To combat this forecast of the dangers Mercer thinks they foretell,  […]

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Last week I spoke to a large audience in Nelson where people are up in arms (figuratively) over the Glacier-Howser Independent power project. This followed on the heels of a public meeting in Kaslo (pop 1000) where 1100 showed up. These meetings raise the critical question as to what can be done. Trying to persuade […]

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Admissibility of evidence

Back in 1956, as a law student in his final year, I had my first piece published and it was in the law school journal then called Legal Notes, now the UBC Law Review. My subject was illegally obtained evidence – should it or should it not be admissible? This is topical 53 years later […]

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Rafe meets the Fraser Institute

I was having lunch (on me as usual) with my editor last week and we were wondering aloud why the Campbell government would possibly intentionally destroy our rivers and BC Hydro, a power company that’s the envy of North America. I mentioned to Dave that I believed it was a matter of ideology based on […]

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I write this in the eve of leaving for Castlegar thence Nelson for a big rally Wednesday the 15th. The People are up in arms about the Glacier-Houser project which was given a Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) “public hearing” 10 days ago. Because the project itself – and all private rivers schemes – seem so […]

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Cruelty to animals and humans

Gadfrey Daniel! Someone wants the Calgary Stampede to stop tormenting animals. Surely we’re not going to stop a few people having a bit of fun by binding up a bull’s balls then jumping on him and hauling him to the ground, tying him up then taking a bow? I suppose it must also be the […]

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The battle has barely begun II

Premier Campbell … if you think that the ravishing of our rivers for private power with private profits off public property will be tolerated because of the election result you are very mistaken indeed. As John Paul Jones said, “we’ve just begun to fight” – as the recent overflow meeting in Kaslo demonstrated. You were […]

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