Sunday, August 18, 2019

Victoria Viewpoints: Saturday/Sunday, August 17 & 18, 2019




Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Provincial scene for  Saturday/Sunday,  August 17 & 18, 2019


Globe and Mail 

Hong Kong solidarity protestors face off with China group for second day in Vancouver
Protest in Vancouver mirrors Hong Kong as opposing sides face off
BC family devastated after teen's death from apparent overdose unfolds on Social media
Vancouver widens sidewalks in bid to adapt to city's density


Vancouver Sun

Duelling Hong Kong protests face off outside Chinese consulate in Vancouver
Constantly on the move, homeless camps, difficult to track in Metro Vancouver
White Rock pier set to reopen over September long weekend
Simon Fraser University buildings at 'high risk' of damage in earthquake: report
The ethnic refashioning of Metro Vancouver is a work in progress
Unhappy trails packed parks, crowded campgrounds: Lower Mainland parks are being overrun


Vancouver Province

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Victoria Times Colonist

Former Councillor honoured for heritage preservation
Bicyclists need to be trained and licenced
WASP population boom likely weather related: expert

Victoria News

Urbanists hope to see Victoria's unused rooftops, parkades, parking lots become usable green space
Log exports an my other errors so far in 2019


Global BC

Oppenheimer Park campers prepare to be cleared which City still won't confirm
Vancouver's Dude Chilling Park gets its namesake statue back, now cast in bronze
Nearly 1,500 salmon being taken by helicopter past Fraser River landslide daily: DFO
As Canada Line turns 10, TransLink looks to future while avoiding past mistakes


Vancouver Courier

Dozens of business associations step back from WorkSafeBC review
Vancouver's massive Aurora Winter Festival expanding, moving venues for 2019
Canada Line marks 10 years of transit in Vancouver
Average rent for a two bedroom apartment in Vancouver hits $3K


Georgia Straight

Duelling demonstrations over Hong Kong's future held outside Canada Line station in Vancouver


The Tyee

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Ottawa Observations: Saturday/Sunday, August 17 & 18, 2019



Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Federal scene for   Saturday,  August 17 &18, 2019 


Canadians held in China / China tensions

Chinese Embassy tells Canada to stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs
Protest in Vancouver mirrors Hong Kong as opposing sides face off
Canada should engage with Taiwan and others given our China troubles
Chrystia Freeland's condemnation of violence in Hong Kong sparks backlash from China
'Meddling' Chyrstia Freeland condemns violence in Hong Kong, sparking backlash from China
Meet the Canadians standing with pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong
China warns Canada to 'stop meddling' in Hong Kong affairs
Hong Kong protests around the world
Canada supports peaceful assembly, condemns violence in Hong Kong: Freeland
Duelling demonstrations over Hong Kong's future held outside Canada Line station in Vancouver



Ethics Commissioner findings on Justin Trudeau and SNC-Lavalin Affair

Trudeau II Report   - Mario Dion

Liberal bid to play down election impact of ethics report on SNC-Lavalin working reasonably well for now
Opposition MPs want ethics commissioner to testify at parliamentary committee on SNC-Lavalin
Retired Supreme Court judges are free to work in private sector, but SNC-Lavalin shows that appearances matter
Will SNC-Lavalin scandal turn off voters?
Spare me the phoney apologies
Justin Trudeau may not be sorry, but the's in a sorry state
Ethics Commish needs power to sanction Trudeau
Trudeau apologizes for everyone's behaviour but his own
Here's why it's up to Singh to expose Trudeau's game
Trudeau finds an apology he can't give
Why can't Trudeau say sorry for SNC-Lavalin? Legal, brand fears to blame: expert
The history of Canada's ethics commissioner
Here's why Justin Trudeau's conflicts of interest and courting of big business are creating such a huge problem
Sober-minded Trudeau tale dodges dirt and sticks to the facts


Globe and Mail

Canada criticizes UK move to strip 'Jihadi Jack' of British citizenship
Saying Climate change is real could be seen as partisan activity during election campaign, Elections Canada warns
Here's what Ottawa's getting wrong on pensions
Maxime Bernier tells party faithfuls he will make it into the elector's debate
All federal leaders - except Scheer again - march in Montreal's Pride Parade with provincial counterparts


CBC

Canada 'disappointed' after UK reportedly strips Jihadi Jack of Citizenship
Maxime Bernier argues he deserves place in leaders' debates
Veterans Affairs tightens social media vetting after Nazi gaffe in VE-Day video
The RCMP's chat with Jody Wilson-Raybould stirs echoes of painful Liberal past
'What they did was noble': Soldiers who died in Afghanistan remembered in re-dedication of memorial
The front-lines: Where the federal party leaders are concentrating their efforts for the coming campaign
After year in the desert, Canadian soldiers set to return home as Mali mission ends


Toronto Star

Bernier tries to walk line between libertarianism and identity politics at People's Party's first national convention
Maxime Bernier's ideas should not disqualify him from debating other leaders
Prime Minister announces advisory committee aimed at promoting skilled trades
As Turks flee oppression, Ottawa urged to speak out on human rights issues
Federal and provincial leaders march together in Montreal's Pride parade


Toronto Sun

Trudeau risks stoking the flames of extreme populism
Trudeau's move on autism a cynical ploy


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National Post

'Naïve and dangerous': Conservatives blast Liberal policy after U.K. strips 'Jihadi Jack's' citizenship
Elections Canada warns environment groups that calling climate change real could be considered partisan
Pipeline rupture sends 40,000 litres of oil into Alberta creek
Advocates try drawing international aid to help free Raif Badawi from Saudi prison


Global

Father of 'Jihadi Jack' vows to keep lobbying Canada for help after U.K. removes citizenship


Miscellaneous

Canada should welcome Intrauniversalism founder Mohammad Ali Taheri on humanitarian grounds


Friday, August 16, 2019

Victoria Viewpoints: Friday, August 16, 2019




Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Provincial scene for  Friday, August 16, 2019


Northern BC Homicides

With the growing number of RCMP information statements and news reports related to the various case files under investigation, we have shifted our daily archive of notes to this listing.


Globe and Mail 

Food and Beverage industry starting to address the mental health elephant in the room
Vancouver daycare operator denies wrongdoing in toddler's 2017 death
Zero vacancies, sky-high rates: Inside Canada's rental housing crisis
Vancouver's outdoor pools are making a bigger splash than ever
The Royal BC Museum's makeover: Why its CEO is pressing for a new building
What Squamish lost when the Sea to Sky Gondola fell to Earth


CBC

'It's getting worse and worse': DTES residents say neighbourhood is 'falling apart'
Day parole granted to drunk driver who killed Mountie on Vancouver Island
How a B.C. mayor plans to rank reefer at the fall fair
Unlicensed daycare operator sued in Baby Mac's death denies allegations
Park board revises account of drowning at Vancouver pool
Tears, handshakes and uncertainty as BC mill workers walk off the job for the last time
City Councillor says Vancouver should rethink bylaw prohibiting more than 3 unrelated people living together


Vancouver Sun

Hells Angels pay respects to slain BC biker Suminder Grewal
Sea to Sky Gondola out of commission until 2020, company says
Maple Ridge brings feud with BC government to UBCM
Human-bear conflicts in Lower Mainland on track to top last year's numbers
The ethnic refashioning of Vancouver a work in progress


Vancouver Province

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Victoria Times Colonist

Day parole granted to drunk driver who killed West Shore RCMP officer
A downtown intersection that fails in dangerous ways


Victoria News

Victoria woman experiencing homelessness wants systematic changes as she faces losing her truck
Former Sidney fire hall ready for demolition


Global BC

'There's something wrong here': Husband furious as RCMP officer's killer gets day parole
Victoria woman facing hundreds of dollars in tickets calling for free parking near homeless shelters
BC LDB opens calls for cannabis edible suppliers as legalization looms
Summertime Sadness: Northern BC to get up to 1 foot of snow this weekend
Abbotsford drug dealers recruiting youth with parent's cars as chauffeurs: police
Sea to Sky Gondola aiming for early-spring reopening after apparent sabotage


Vancouver Courier

Daycare operator denies wrongdoing in Vancouver toddler's 2017 death
Market condo development proposed for South Cambie
Housing market will drag on BC economy, offset by major projects: forecast
Sea to Sky Gondola hopes to reopen in Spring 2020


Georgia Straight

Burnaby RCMP road-safety checks remove one-third of inspected commercial vehicles from streets
When the bootstraps are broken, how do you pull yourself up?


Ottawa Observations: Friday, August 16, 2019



Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Federal scene for   Friday, August 16, 2019 


Canadians held in China / China tensions

Canadians in Hong Kong urged to vote in federal election with an eye on party policies toward territory and China
Trump, Trudeau discussed developments in Hong Kong, and Canadians detained in China
Canadian expats consider leaving Hong Kong amid political turmoil, safety concerns


Ethics Commissioner findings on Justin Trudeau and SNC-Lavalin Affair

Trudeau II Report   - Mario Dion

Wilson-Raybould says she was contacted by RCMP in spring over SNC-Lavalin affair
Liberal cabinet ministers back Trudeau's response to Ethics Commissioner's report on SNC-Lavalin affair
Justin Trudeau and things that are not so
The mystery of Team Trudeau's SNC-Lavalin obsession
Scheer asks Liberal MPs on ethics committee to vote to continue probe into SNC-Lavalin affair
Wilson-Raybould now says she was contacted by RCMP over SNC-Lavalin affair
Jody Wilson-Raybould says she didn't know how aggressively SNC-Lavalin lobbied for remediation agreements
RCMP spoke to Jody Wilson-Raybould about SNC-Lavalin last spring
Wilson-Raybould was contacted by Mounties on SNC ... let's hear more
Enough with all the LavScam arrogance
#Trudeau  must resign vs. #IStandWitTrudeau
Justin Trudeau's  Just watch me!: moment
The deception in the SNC affair is the most troubling aspect of all
It's now extraordinarily hard to argue Trudeau deserves re-election
I accept and I disagree: Justin Trudeau's amazing doublespeak
Trudeau tiptoes the Clinton-esque fine line between responsibility and atonement
Unacceptable  behaviour from a stubborn and wilful man
All apologies: Ten mea culpas issued in the Trudeau era and one rejected apology request
'Do what's right': Andrew Scheer to Liberal MPs on furthering SNC-Lavalin probe
Wilson-Raybould says she was contacted by RCMP amid SNC-Lavalin scandal
RCMP are carefully reviewing SNC-Lavalin affair. What exactly are they looking at?



Canada wide Manhunt for BC homicide suspects

We have an archive of stories related to the case files available here.



Globe and Mail

Transportation watchdog investigating WestJet after customer complaint
Ottawa announces compensation for dairy farmers affected by trade deals
Canadians need to know more about the judges who increasingly rule their lives
Main federal parties' privacy policies meet bare minimum required by new law
Liberals unveil multi-billion dollar sole-source deal for light armoured vehicles ahead of election
NDP removes MP Pierre Nantel as candidate in Quebec after he confirms as he's thinking about running for Green Party


CBC

Elizabeth May says she has been in talks with ejected NDP MP for 'some considerable time'
Bibeau unveils $1.75B in compensation for dairy farmers harmed by trade deals
Canadians want limits on post-retirement work for judges survey finds
Andrew Scheer calls on Liberal MPs to further probe SNC-Lavalin affair
Ottawa buying 360 London, Ontario made LAVs from General Dynamics


Toronto Star

Green candidate forced to resign after criticizing mosque leader
They helped Andrew Scheer shock Maxime Bernier to become Tory leader. Can the same team win the election?
Liberals unveil $3B sole-source deal for armoured vehicles ahead of election
NDP dumps Quebec MP Pierre Nantel over talks to work with Green Leader Elizabeth May


Toronto Sun

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National Post

Liberals announce sole source deal for new armoured vehicles will cost $3 billion - double the original estimate
The Bank of Canada has a dilemma. Instead of looking to the Fed, maybe it should look to Norway


Global

Quebec MP Pierre Nantel removed as NDP candidate for upcoming federal election


Miscellaneous

Trump wants to buy Greenland? We should outbid him!



Summer Security Tour puts Heat Back on Speaker's Office

The Office of Speaker Darryl Plecas once again finds itself in
the political spotlight; this time over the ten city
travels of Chief of Staff Allan Mullen


British Columbia's Legislature will end the summer, much the way that it went into it, with the Speaker's Office back in the political spotlight and this time summer travel is the theme.

That as the Opposition BC Liberals called out the recent travels of Chief of Staff Allen Mullen, a journey  that appears to have been some kind a fact finding tour conducted by the right hand man for Speaker Daryl Plecas.

The tour of Western Canada and the US one that that the Speaker has so far deflected any criticism over when speaking to the topic at all.

Mr. Plecas and Mr. Mullen, who are no strangers to controversy around the Legislature,  have become lightning rods in recent months after they conducted some rather unorthodox investigations into Legislature spending.

Their undercover work resulting in a number of departures of senior staff and provided for some unsettled times and many questions surrounding the work of the Speakers office.

2019

May 31 -- Chaotic end to Legislature session, leaves Speaker Darryl Plecas once agin the centre of attention
January 22 -- Report from Speaker Plecas makes for page after page of revelations on Legislature spending

2018

November 29 -- BC Legislature breaks for Christmas with NDP looking to showcase highlights; but trapped by public's view of chaotic end
November 23 -- Controversy swirls around Legislature Speaker over ousting of officials

This time around, it's the spending of Mr. Mullen which is in the spotlight, as the Chief of Staff to Speaker Plecas, conducted a ten city tour of the security arrangements at Legislatures and Assemblies in Canada and the United States.

The tour which has come in at 13,000 dollars, found Mr. Mullen travelling to Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario, as well as seven American states in the Northwest to discuss security at their respective houses of government.



The travel plans caught the eye of the BC Liberal opposition, which always perks up their ears whenever either man is mentioned around the Legislature and on this file have wondered aloud why 13,000 dollars and countless kilometres of travel were required in the middle of the summer.

The ten city tour raised a few eyebrows, particularly when a few phone calls, Skype sessions or emails might have provided for the same amount of background information, a significantly lower cost.

The Liberals, of course are still angered over Mr. Plecas' departure from their ranks after Premie-elect John Horgan dangled the bauble of the Speakership following the 2017 election.

Testy opening for Throne Speech as NDP introduce Liberal Darryl Plecas as Speaker

And while having Plecas in place at the Speakers chair has been useful in securing the NDP/Green alliance for two years now, the Premier must open his newspaper or computer browser with some trepidation, wondering what trouble his choice for Speaker may be in on any given day.

As for the men of the week, both the Speaker and his Chief of Staff are keeping their comments to themselves at the moment, suggesting that everyone wait until the report is delivered.

Mr. Mullen's "What I did on my summer vacation report" for class will be released sometime in September.

Some background on the percolating tempest can be found below:


BC Speaker's office under fire for spending $13,000 on 10 city tour to discuss security
BC Speaker Plecas defends $13,000 road trip derided as "excellent summer vacation'


For more items of note on the Legislature see our archive page here, a wider overview of notes out of Victoria can be found on our political blog Archive page

Cross posted from the North Coast Review.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Victoria Viewpoints: Thursday, August 15, 2019




Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Provincial scene for  Thursday, August 15, 2019


Northern BC Homicides

With the growing number of RCMP information statements and news reports related to the various case files under investigation, we have shifted our daily archive of notes to this listing.


Globe and Mail 

Canada's perkier housing market: Uh-Oh, here we go again?
BC panel releases recommendations to bolster youth mental health, suicide-prevention services


CBC

BC Transplant says misunderstanding led to liver transplant human rights case
You aren't allowed to live in your RV year round, regional district warns
Dozens of employer groups abandon workers compensation review, claiming bias
Proceed with caution, say these seniors who had younger roommates
Okanagan First Nations sues federal government for clean drinking water but minister says it's 'entirely safe'
'It's getting worse and worse': DTES residents say neighbourhood is 'falling apart'
The school this BC village fought to save is about to be condemned just weeks before classes start
Panel calls for better suicide prevention services for youth in BC


Vancouver Sun

Economic outlook credits major projects in BC for continued growth Central 1
No end date in sight for crews working at Big Bar landslide


Vancouver Province

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Victoria Times Colonist

Island Health extends drug overdose advisory amid surge in incidents
BC Ferries doubles Q1 profits; increased sailings, more passengers
Cruise ships targeted for grey-water dumping; industry says it goes beyond regulations


Victoria News

Island Health extends warning after continued spike in overdoses
Final leg of Wharf Street bike lanes, Humboldt Street plaza set to open
BC Ferries sets fiscal  records: $12M net earnings for the first quarter of fiscal 2020

Big construction projects to drive big migration to BC in 2020


Global BC

Telus email is down for certain customers - it may be back in the morning
BC man closer to liver transplant after 'misunderstanding' over alcohol abstinence policy
Free transit for youth scrapped for residents outside Victoria despite city program
NDP MLA Ravi Kahlon cleared by conflict commissioner over ridesharing accusations
BC Speaker's office under fire for spending $13,000 on 10 city tour to discuss security
WestJet Encore flight hits flock of geese while about to land in Penticton
Tolko Industries announces more downtime for its Okanagan plants


Vancouver Courier

Latest images for the Oakridge Centre redevelopment
Vancouver to hire pooch poo processor
Making more lungs available for transplant in Vancouver
Private insurers push for more auto competition
Denman Island bat positive for rabies, warning issued
Ski areas extra vigilant after suspected Squamish sabotage
UVic astronomers caught in Hawaii's telescope storm


Georgia Straight

Vancouver MLA Mable Elmore calls meeting amid 'crisis' at Filipino-built, migrant-serving Helping House
BC report recommends mental-health improvements for child and youth suicide prevention
Denied laser hair removal and halal food in BC jails, transgender woman files human rights complaints


Ottawa Observations: Thursday, August 15, 2019



Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Federal scene for  Thursday, August 14, 2019 


Canadians held in China / China tensions

Hong Kong protests go global, roiling China's fractured diaspora
Freeland calls on 'all Canadian officials' to discuss detainees with Chinese counterparts


Ethics Commissioner findings on Justin Trudeau and SNC-Lavalin Affair

Trudeau II Report   - Mario Dion

Tories, NDP seek urgent meeting into SNC-Lavalin report as Trudeau reiterates he won't apologize for 'standing up for Canadian jobs'
Retired Supreme Court judge John Major says it was only 'logical' for SNC-Lavalin to seek senior legal help
At the core of the SNC-Lavalin affair, a familiar case of he said, she said
Bank of Montreal chair Robert Pritchard stands by his role in effort to secure deal for SNC-Lavalin
Will Justin Trudeau skate through the latest SNC storm?
Trudeau rejects calls for apology on SNC-Lavalin in wake of Ethics Commissioner's report
Trudeau should apologize for violation of ethics code over SNC-Lavalin affair, Philpott says
Jody Wilson-Raybould says she didn't know how aggressively SNC-Lavalin lobbied for remediation agreements
A Prime Minister's Office drunk on its own arrogance
Chrystia Freeland says she has '100%' confidence in Justin Trudeau
Trudeau doubles down on not apologizing for SNC-Lavalin affair
'I would've liked, as a Canadian, to have heard an apology': Jody Wilson-Raybould on Trudeau ethics report

Is Trudeau in for another hit in the polls because of the SNC-Lavalin ethics report?
Trudeau vs. Dion: How the PM and ethics commissioner differ on the SNC-Lavalin affair
Trudeau doubles down on non-apology in SNC-Lavalin affair
Critics call for new rules for retired judges in wake of SNC-Lavalin affair
Jody Wilson-Raybould's rivals in Vancouver-Granville ready to capitalize on fallout with Liberals
Before SNC-Lavalin: how Canadian Prime Ministers weathered past political scandals
Ethics report harms Trudeau but sharp divisions remain unchanged
Trudeau broke the law, now we need to know it was criminal
In arguing Dion's ruling, Trudeau acts like he's above the law
Decency lacking in PMO
How a bill becomes law -- when SCN-Lavalin pulls the strings
Did the Ethics Commissioner outlaw Canadian politics?
Trudeau always saw Wilson-Raybould as a problem to be circumvented
SNC-Lavalin report puts new focus on activities of retired Supreme Court of Canada judges
Ethics committee to hold emergency meeting following SNC-Lavalin investigation
Trudeau should resign, but you know he won't
Wilson-Raybould on SNC-Lavalin ethics report: 'Canadians need to have their trust rebuilt'
New ethics guidelines coming for retired judges after role in SNC-Lavalin scandal
A look at Trudeau's evolving statements on SNC-Lavalin
SNC-Lavalin report unveils details on why Trudeau wanted former judges' legal opinion
The Sad Reality of Liberal Partisan's Response to Trudeau's scandal
Déjà vu: Justin Trudeau brings back memories of Brian Mulroney


Canada wide Manhunt for BC homicide suspects

We have an archive of stories related to the case files available here.



Globe and Mail

Seniors were the only group to report slightly higher rates of cannabis use after legalization: Statistics Canada
Trudeau announces $11.4 million in flood protection funding for Fredericton
Canadian military cargo plane finally ready for UN operations



CBC

'It's been hell': Indigenous DND employee says harassment policy failed him
Indian status could be extended to hundreds of thousands as Bill S-3 provisions come into force
Canada's signal intelligence agency using an escape room to bolster recruitment



Toronto Star

Health experts ask federal leaders to commit to pharmacare
Justin Trudeau has Doug Ford in his sights
Under Liberal changes, hearings for refugees just 'glorified interview,' says NDP
Canada sending plane to Uganda to help with peacekeeping in Africa


Toronto Sun

We can't take national unity for granted


Maclean's

The rise and fall of Justin Trudeau's political honeymoon



National Post

How her high profile could help Jody Wilson-Raybould keep her seat away from the Liberals
Is 'ass' to crass? Opinions in Manitoba's political class are at an impasse
Trudeau wanted to run against Ford - but his desperate strategy is dead after damning ethics ruling
Bernier hasn't earned his place at the debates


Global

40% of Canadian marijuana users bought it illegally even after legalization: StatCan
Trudeau announces $11.4 million in flood protection funding for Fredericton
Liberal MP Adam Vaughn deletes tweet, apologizes after linking Ford cuts with kids in cages



Miscellaneous