Monday, September 30, 2019

Victoria Viewpoints: Monday, September 30 2019

Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Provincial scene for Monday,  September 28 & 29, 2019

Globe and Mail 

Piranhas found in BC Lake likely unwanted pets: conservation service


Lawsuit filed in BC Supreme Court seeks class action, damages against e-cigarette giant Juul
Vancouver residents protest plan for arterial route after viaduct demolition
'So we don't forget what happened in those schools': Remembering Indigenous Children on Orange Shirt Day
City of Vancouver identifies worker killed in weekend workplace accident
China conferences, and Port Coquitlam's leader

Vancouver Sun

City of Vancouver identifies worker killed Saturday
BC teen vaping plan coming soon
Teal-Jones is investing in Virginia because it can make money there and not here
Vancouver councillor says city needs to clean up streets and sidewalks

Vancouver Province

Horgan, Wilkinson both suffer foot-in-mouth disease

Victoria Times Colonist

Commissioner approves 2.3% yearly fare-increase cap for BC Ferries
Hundreds gather for Orange Shirt Day ceremony at Centennial Square

Victoria News

Washington State Ferries to suspend service to Sidney for almost a month
Hundreds gather in downtown Victoria for Orange Shirt Day
Judge 'bewildered' that escaped Metchosin inmate was in a minimum security prison
BC set to move forward with year-round daylight saving time

Global BC

War of words breaks out as Surrey mayor claims 'red tape' holding up new police force
BC small business owner sues, says $269K bill for foreign buyers tax 'unfair'
Winter tires mandatory on most BC highways starting Tuesday
'Follow through': Strathcona residents say city backtracking on promise to calm Prior Street
New legislation coming to keep BC's clocks fixed, but seasonal time changes not yet over

Vancouver Courier

Westport Fuel Systems cited for Chinese Bribery scheme
Surrey Mayor takes swipe at BC Solicitor General after brazen daytime murder
Names of children who died in residential schools released in sombre ceremony
Vancouver mayor challenges federal leaders to deliver on housing, transit and opioid crisis
Parents raise concerns as Vancouver School Board mulls French immersion annex closure
Greenest city in the world? Not until we eliminate GHGs in homes

Georgia Straight

Global BC News Director Jill Krop discusses racism on-air with Mo Dhaliwal after Focus BC segment censored

Ottawa Observations: Monday, September 30 2019

Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Federal scene for Monday, September 30, 2019 

The 2019 Federal Election Archive page

Canadians held in China / China tensions

Canada ready to provide vital minerals to U.S., Trudeau says
Beware Chinese influence at local governments as well
Defence minister ripped for attending gala honouring Chinese Communist Party anniversary
Crown counsel argues arrest 'not at all sinister' as Meng Wanzhou trial resumes

Globe and Mail

Names of 2,800 children who died in residential schools documented in registry
The list of Indigenous children who died in Canada's residential school system
Inquiry finds Indigenous people in Quebec are subject to widespread systemic discrimination
Canada's residential schools were houses of pain, but survivors want these buildings to be saved
Cable companies win temporary stay in battle with CRTC over wholesale internet rates
'I have no apology for genocide': Artist AA Bronson reckons with his family's history in latest work


What Canada's economy would look like if Alberta's recession never happened

Toronto Star

Why fellow Canadians are joining thousands of immigrants moving to the Maritimes

Toronto Sun


National Post

The integrity of key government institutions is breaking down. Canadians deserve real answers






Why have so many communities gone without water for so long, Autumn Peltier asks
Canada should make corrupt Dictators pay for refugees they create
Vancouver mayor challenges federal leaders to deliver on housing, transit and opioid crisis

A writ is dropped: A campaign underway -- Monday September 30, 2019

Our compilation of notes on the 2019 Federal Election for  Monday, September 30, 2019 

Globe and Mail

Conservatives promise to cut foreign aid by 25 per cent, focus on poorest countries
Doctors at Liberal event urge Trudeau to strengthen gun laws
In Ontario's 905 region, parties try to swing suburbia to their side
Voters need to be suspicious of all the magical promises from politicians
If current polling numbers hold, we will have a minority government in for a rough time
The Liberal platform: Some good, some bad, all familiar
No, Mr. Scheer, a national energy corridor will never happen
What happened to nomination contests for local candidates?
Revenue forecasts questioned for liberal tax on Big Tech
In Ontarios 905 region, parties try to swing suburbia to their side
From innovation to regulation: why the Liberals have lost their way on digital policy


Justin Trudeau met 5 undecided Canadian voters. here's what happened
Andrew Scheer's experience in the insurance industry: '6 or 7 months'
The climate change issue keeps dogging Andrew Scheer on the campaign trail
Promising back to back deficits isn't political suicide in Canada anymore
NDP commits $10B for 500,000 new child-care spaces across Canada

Scheer promises Tories would improve access to disability tax credit
What tipping point seats say about Liberal, Conservative paths to victory
More arrests possible as police review evidence from Bernier rally clashes
Quebec Conservative candidate says Scheer should have attended a climate rally
NDP looking to social media for a campaign boost
A week of tax promises that are more about politics than policy

Toronto Star

Doug Ford staying quiet but wants to fire back at Justin Trudeau
Far-right website Rebel media removed from Conservative campaign stop by police
Trump is stoking Canadian xenophobia Singh tells Chinese-Canadian reporters at dim sum lunch
Liberals, Conservatives say tech giants need to pay
Liberals should forget micro promises and focus on big picture
Representation in Parliament matters - and Jagmeet Singh's NDP is leading the way
'It must never be normal:' Toronto doctors tell Trudeau to tackle gun violence as a public health issue
Scheer's Conservatives may come to regret not getting serious about climate change
Political leaders to debate affordability, the environment, Indigenous issues and immigration

Toronto Sun

Poll shows Trudeau offside with Canadians on border crossers
Trudeau's yearbook tells a bigger story
Trudeau stole my canoe
Trudeau goes for fear over facts once again on gun violence
This election is only worsening the feds fiscal future
When cabinet ministers come knocking to peddle their fiction

National Post

Trudeau believes Canadians no longer care about deficits - and he seems to be right
Protestors scream "Nazi scum' as they bar way of elderly woman outside Maxime Bernier event
No, permanent deficits wouldn't kill us. That doesn't make them a good idea
Defence minister ripped for attending gala honouring Chinese Communist Party anniversary
Scheer accused of breaking law falsely claiming he was once an insurance broker
Trudeau finds another blindspot the danger of deficits
Trudeau's toy tax will eat the rich, but only in careful nibbles


How the Liberals can appeal to young people this election
Goodies for you and you


NDP commits to $10B over four years to create half a million new child care spaces
'They're only talk': Surrey group wants gang crime front and centre in federal election
Liberals, Conservatives, NDP and Greens have candidates running in every riding
Ontario's unpopular premier could be the deciding factor for GTA voters
Andrew Scheer vows to improve access to federal disability tax credit
Medical professionals call for more gun control at Trudeau campaign event in Toronto
Doug Ford's office battles with Justin Trudeau over education policy
Official leaders' debate s to cover 4 topics, include questions from Canadians
The Liberal Party released its campaign platform. Here are a few key takeaways
'Real change' for Liberals much different in 2019 with no balanced budget in sight
Green candidates say climate concerns bolstering party's political momentum



With plans for Transfer Station closure, Recycling takes a step backwards ... before curb side pickup plans are ready

A clean transfer site above, but on some days that's not the case at the
Kaien Island Transfer Station.  The issue of abandoned goods and changing
regulations means that the Transfer Station will close for good on October 20th

North Coast Regional District has pointed the finger towards those who did not follow the rules and some changing regulations across BC,  as part of the reasoning behind the decision to close the Transfer Station Bins at the Kaien Road recycling centre in the city's Industrial Park.

The regional body, which oversees the recycling program on the North Coast, put the focus on employee safety in its information release today outlining why it has chosen to close the local transfer station option.

Since the transfer station’s opening in 2014, the NCRD has struggled to address material overflow and abandonment issues at the site. 

To address these issues, in 2016, the regional recycling depot’s hours of operation were expanded to include a four (4) hour shift on Sundays and on Boxing Day. Since that time, the NCRD has continued to fund $15,000, annually, to increased operational hours to accommodate 24/7 access to recycling material drop-off for residents

 While the majority of residents drop-off recyclable material consistent with NCRD collection programs, there are a number of users who continue to abandon waste materials such as household garbage, large scrap metal, auto body parts, and sanitary and bio-hazardous waste at the transfer station. 

This is particularly concerning given that the abandonment of these waste materials at the transfer station pose significant risk to both equipment and employee safety.

North Coast Regional Chair, Barry Pages addressed the employee safety issue further as part of today's announcement.

“Employee safety is paramount to us at the NCRD. While the decision to close the transfer station has been difficult, ultimately, we cannot, in good conscience, subject our employees to daily safety risks caused by reckless abandonment of waste materials"

The Kaien Road Transfer Station after a particularly rough weekend
with a number of items abandoned around the property

The station opened for public use in the fall of 2014,  and as the Regional District noted today, at that time, the transfer station was intended to provide residents with 24/7 access to recycling material drop-off, while increasing the overall volume of material collected and reducing the overall operational cost to collect materials.

Regional District also observed today, as to how the unstaffed transfer station now runs afoul of the province's recycling regulations.

Under the Recycle BC program, residential packaging and printed products must be collected at through residential curbside programs or through staff collection sites. Because the transfer station is an unstaffed collection site, it does not comply with current provincial regulation for collection of those materials.

Given the overflow, abandonment, compliance and financial issues that have been outlined by Regional District Officials and stating that it comes following careful consideration, the NCRD has made the decision to close the regional recycling transfer station, effective October 20, 2019.

As part of the winding down of the Transfer station, Regional District will remove the existing bins and eliminate the four (4) hour Sunday shift indefinitely.

To help to offer a bit more time to get your recycling done,  the Regional District will increase the regional recycling depot’s hours of operation  from four (4) to eight (8) hours on Saturdays, resulting in the regional recycling depot opening from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Towards the larger goal of developing a curb-side collection program in Prince Rupert, Des Nobels, the Chair of the Regional Recycling Advisory Committee  observed how work continues towards furthering those local collection plans, though with few details revealed today as far as a timeline goes.

“While the news of the transfer station closure is discouraging, the Regional Recycling Advisory Committee continues to work with the City of Prince Rupert, Recycle BC and other stakeholders to implement a successful curbside residential collection program for the community in the near future.”

The curb side pick up initiative is being developed by the Regional Recycling Advisory Committee  which was established to advise on regional recycling services.

It includes members from the NCRD, the City of Prince Rupert, the District of Port Edward and local environmental representatives, the NCRD continues to work with all stakeholders to bring residential curbside recycling to Prince Rupert.

Regional District offered up the prospect of some progress back in February, with an update on the work of the Recycling committee from January.

The quest to bring curbside recycling to the community has also been an occasional topic for Prince Rupert civic officials, with Councillors Nick Adey and Barry Cunningham inquiring on its progress back in December.

An eye towards the future also made for part of the bid process for a new waste collection vehicle in August, though there have been few updates from the City as to where the region is at when it comes to moving forward with any plans.

Regional Officials also advised today that once the Transfer bins are removed and the station closed that residents not abandon materials at the site. 

The NCRD will continue to monitor abandonment issues at the closed transfer station site and will report violations to the RCMP to ensure that roadways and adjacent properties remain clean, and that residents abandoning waste materials are prosecuted accordingly.

You can review the full advisory from Regional District here.

For more items of note related to Regional District see our archive page here.

Cross posted from the North Coast Review.

For Now ... or Forever? Only time will tell! MV Malaspina set to sail off into the night, as AMHS service to Prince Rupert comes to an end.

Much like the line up for patrons, tonight marks the point in time when
the Alaska Marine Highway System stops for Prince Rupert

The last load of Alaska bound passengers to pass through Prince Rupert's Fairview Terminal will be boarding the MV Malsapina this evening, with a 10:45 PM departure set to be the last for the foreseeable future, if not forever.

That as the State of Alaska follows through on its announcement of earlier this month that will bring an end to  AMHS service to Prince Rupert after close to six decades.

The Alaskans have chosen to take Prince Rupert off the destination map over unresolved security concerns which were raised back in April; with the most recent attempts to find a solution from earlier this month still coming up short of American expectations it would appear.

End of the road for the AMHS in Prince Rupert? The loading lanes
were empty on Sunday afternoon, with the what may be final sailing out of
Prince Rupert  for the Alaska system looming large for later tonight

As we observed earlier this month,  Prince Rupert Mayor Lee Brain had travelled to Juneau for discussions with Alaska State officials and those from the Alaska Marine Highway System and  from his Facebook post of the time, he outlined how he remains hopeful that the current concerns over security will be addressed at some point in the future.

When it comes to the plan that Mr. Brain presented to the Alaskans, he has not as of yet, outlined any of the details that make for his proposed solutions.

And since the mid September meetings in Juneau and Sitka there has not been any kind of timeline for further discussions with the Alaskans, as well as for any Federal engagement on the issue out of Ottawa. 

The Gates to the AMHS Terminal in Prince Rupert will open for perhaps the
final time later tonight, when the last sailing of the MV Malaspina departs
from the Prince Rupert Terminal

In addition to the interest from the Prince Rupert side of the A/B line to keep the connection alive, residents of Southeast Alaskan communities have been working on their own politicians to seek to reverse the decision to end the service, noting that it will remove their only easily accessible connection with the North American road system.

For now, the last line from the MV Malaspina will be let go at tonight's 10:45 departure. 

With any time frame for a return visit from the Alaska Marine Highway fleet off in some very uncertain future time ... if at all.

Something that leaves the AMHS Booking calendar looking like this until further notice

For more notes on the end of the AMHS service to Prince Rupert see our archive page here.

Cross posted from the North Coast Review

Prince Rupert Mayor Lee Brain outlines checklist of themes explored at UBCM

It was a good sized delegation from Prince Rupert that were in Vancouver
last week for the 2019 UBCM convention

(Photo from Mayor Lee Brain's Facebook page)

With a day and a bit to unpack two weeks worth of laundry and to reflect on a week of convention in Vancouver; Mayor Lee Brain has taken to his Facebook page to offer up some thumbnail notes on the work of Prince Rupert City Council at UBCM 2019.

Yesterday, the Mayor provided for a check list of sorts towards some of the themes for discussion that he, Council and staff members took part in during the five days of UBCM.

Of those noted as attending  convention week with the Mayor, were all six City Councillors, as well as three of the top level of staff members at Prince Rupert City Hill.

Among some of the conversation topics the Mayor highlighted from the UBCM gathering were:


The mayor noted of discussions with BC Housing officials towards additional units for the city's homeless and for plans to expand the downtown emergency centre in a new location. He also observed on consersations towards more affordable, family and Seniors Housing.

Medical services

Among his themes, Mr. Brain outlined how the City's delegation spoke towards advocacy for Opthalmology and Dialysis services for Prince Rupert as well as to seek out progress towards a Detox centre for the community

Economic Development/Community Revitalization

Watson Island apparently was of some focus towards the theme of economic progress, as well as the work of Redesign Rupert. Also up for discussion regional logistics and transportation initiatives, as well as critical infrastructure requirements 

Financial issues

The Mayor also made note of the city's efforts towards the Port Property Tax Act Review, Ridley Island Tax Sharing Agreement, First Nations partnerships and the work to move forward with the Resource Benefits Alliance program.

While the check list is a strong one of issues raised, there so far is no indication as to how much progress the City has made towards some of those concerns.

Or, if any relief for the many themes raised is on the way to this point.

His Sunday Facebook notes also indicate that a Public Meeting for the community will be held on December 12th at the Lester Centre.

At the information session, the mayor indicates that he will be communicating more with residents about the work of the ReDesign Rupert plan.

A little sooner on the calendar, October 7th marks first public opportunity for the Mayor to recount on his two weeks of travel to Alaska and then Vancouver; as well as for City Council members to share their thoughts, if so inclined,  on their work at the  UBCM of last week.

That is when Prince Rupert Council shifts from its more relaxed summer schedule and returns to their schedule to twice a month meetings.

For more items of interest from the recent UBCM convention, see our archive page here.

A wider overview of past City Council Discussion themes can be found from our Council Discussion archive.

Cross posted from the North Coast Review.

"We need to get an agreement in place that will stand the test of time": John Horgan speaks to the work ahead for the Northwest Benefit Alliance initiative

There's still no blue print forward to show just yet, let alone a funding announcement to wave in the air.

But, the Northwest delegates to the UBCM convention on Friday at least could say that their hopes and desires on a larger share of revenues on regional resources are still on the table for discussion.

The theme of the work of the Northwest Regional Benefits Alliance made for some of the closing minutes for Premier John Horgan's  forty minute or so address to the delegates that brought down the curtain on the convention, with the Premier indicating that work will continue from the groundwork put down so far when it comes to the long sought after revenue sharing initiative.

The notes of interest for the Northwest communities, came towards the final moments of the Premier's Friday address, where he recounted the 100,000 dollars in recent funding to help the member communities develop the foundation for their plans.

And while he had no similar announcement for UBCM, the Premier did note that the representatives of the Association and the Provincial government have been working towards moving the initiative forward.

"This week week we re-committed to ensure that the Regional Benefit Alliance work that has been done by governments right across the north and by officials in Victoria is a reality in the years ahead. 

We need to get a  agreement in place that will stand the test of time, read that means when a government changes. 

We will be ensuring that resources that are created in a community to the best of our ability stay in that community. So that everyone benefits from that work, not just a few"

One does hope that the Finance Minister's geography skills will be stronger than the Premier's seem to be, should the time ever come to cut a cheque for the City of Prince Rupert.

During his address the Premier seemingly placed Prince Rupert Mayor Lee Brain a bit further east than he may normally be found; that through shout outs for the work of the Resource Benefit trio of Shane Brienen, Sean Bujtas and Lee Brain from Houston, Terrace and Prince George?

Hopefully, Prince Rupert's CFO Corinne Bomben will make sure that the Province has the right account transit numbers when it gets a little closer to the time for  the bank transfer.

Mr. Horgan's geography flub may also be a sign that both the Mayor and North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice need to raise the city's profile a bit in Victoria.

And while the Premier was indicating his desire to forge that new agreement with the Northwest Benefits Alliance membership, some of the more prominent notes from the week of convention might suggest that the project may be a bit more of a long term prospect than local officials may like.

During the convention it was revealed that part of the Provincial Government's forest community rescue plan would involve cannibalizing the popular Rural Development Fund, which has been put into curtailment for now as the Premier put it.

And while he promised that the popular and widely used Dividend Fund would return next year, there was no timeline offered up by the Provincial government towards when the funding taps will be turned on again.

The news of the hold on funding, one  that left the convention's municipal delegates with the visual image of actually departing Vancouver with less money to use for local initiatives, than they may have had heading into the gathering.

Also getting some attention during convention week, was an instruction by Finance Minister James to all cabinet ministers to start to reign in their discretionary spending.

That as Ms. James  begins to put together the blue print for the NDP governments next budget in February, a document that seems destined to be framed in shifting economic times and with some of the province's key resources and exports feeling the pressure.

All of which might suggest that it could be a bit of time yet, before the Northwest representatives of the Resource Benefits Alliance find some financial success towards their goal of a larger share of the money from the resources of the region.

You can learn more about the Northwest BC Benefits Alliance and their work from their website and facebook page.

The Prince Rupert delegation to this years UBCM convention in Vancouver
(Mayor Lee Brain's Facebook page)

Saturday through his Facebook portal, the Mayor of Prince George, er Prince Rupert offered up a short overview of his time at UBCM and recap of the Premier's address to the convention, highlighting some of his "takeaways" on the RBA discussions in Vancouver.

Further background on Northwest Resource Benefits initiative can be explored from our archive page here.

For more items of interest on City Council themes see our Council Discussion archive.

Cross posted from the North Coast Review.

Remembrance and Reconciliation today, as local schools observe Orange Shirt Day

A remembrance of the past and another step towards reconciliation will be the themes for schools across British Columbia and Canada today, with Prince Rupert/Port Edward among the communities to observe Orange Shirt Day.

The Seventh commemoration of awareness of the harm that was done in the past by the Residential School program has been a public event at schools through much of this decade, growing as a commemoration that has spread far beyond the school building walls.

The observance of Orange Shirt Day was created by Indigenous leaders in the Williams Lake area  and was spurred on through the history of Phyllis Webstead, a residential school survivor of St. Joseph Mission Residential School in Williams Lake who told her story of the day that School officials took away her Orange shirt. leaving her to feel as though she no longer mattered.

Those memories have now grown to serve as a way to look back at how the Residential School program created pain and harm for Indigenous people, as well as to provide a path to  create dialogue and work towards further reconciliation.

They also have created awareness towards the campaign to ensure that "Every child matters" a call that is now common across the nation.

The British Columbia government released a statement from Scott Fraser today, the Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation reflecting on the events that are the focus for the events that take place across the province today.

"On Sept. 30, we join together to raise awareness of the terrible effects of the residential school system and the resulting intergenerational trauma. For more than 100 years, children were taken from their parents, subjected to abuse and made to feel ashamed of their culture.

By participating in Orange Shirt Day each year, we act on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action to redress the colonial legacy of residential schools. 

More than that, to honour survivors we must all commit to a future grounded in meaningful reconciliation – where healing is supported, rights are respected and Indigenous languages and cultures are able to thrive"

Mr. Fraser's full statement can be reviewed here.

Also made available this morning was a video this morning which outlines the significance of the day and its observance across this province.

School District 52 has a number of activities taking place through the day to raise awareness for Orange Shirt Day, including the sale of T-shirts taking place at Charles Hays Secondary this morning.

Orange Shirt Day at CHSS,
from @chsssd52 twitter feed

In addition to the discussion in the schools that will take place today; as part of the Prince Rupert commemoration, a District Walk for Reconciliation has been planned for the city at 11AM

The path of #OrangeShirtDay in Prince Rupert can be followed through the School District 52 twitter feed.

Commemoration is also taking place at the Prince Rupert campus of Coast Mountain College and at the city's Independent School Annunciation.

You can learn more about the history of the observance of Orange Shirt Day here.

For more items of interest from SD52 see our archive page here.

Cross posted from the North Coast Review

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Victoria Viewpoints: Saturday/Sunday September 28 & 29, 2019

Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Provincial scene for Saturday/Sunday, September 28 & 29, 2019

Globe and Mail 

Vancouver mayor's willingness to ban handguns is the right move
Pattison urges BC to do more for mill towns hit by forestry slump
City worker dead after accident in Vancouver


Neighbours raise concerns about drug use, crime on Kamloops street
Winter arrives on BC highways with snowfall warnings
New animal sanctuary opens in BC - and it's already full

Vancouver Sun

Six hospitalized with gunshot wounds after violent week in Vancouver
Vancouver city staff member killed in work crew accident
Health authorities urging BC residents to give flu vaccines a shot
Former youth in care call for improvements to support system
Call for new shelter to house Oppenheimer Park tent city holdouts
BC Government sues estate of dead Red Scorpion gangster Haevischer

Vancouver Province

With teen vaping on the rise, is it time for BC government action?

Victoria Times Colonist

YYJ: 'Great little airport' is growing and growing, outpacing projections
10 year old goes all out for Monday's Orange Shirt Day
Charla Huber: A champion for Orange Shirt Day
City of Victoria's reconciliation talks to focus on Lekwungen
BC to tighten access to vaping products, health minister says
Birth tourism seen as at 'tipping point' in BC
Behind the scenes, checking on government spending

Victoria News

Victoria mayor Lisa Helps would love to invite Greta Thunberg to Victoria
Victoria Native Friendship Centre celebrates 40 years serving the community
Rural BC takes another hit from the NDP

Global BC

City, union mourn death of Vancouver road worker killed in workplace accident
Report calls for city to overhaul existing route connecting East Vancouver, downtown
Lake Country considers extending deadline to board-up notorious motel
Vancouver police seek witnesses to two targeted shootings on city's east side
Here are the highlights of what was endorsed at the UBCM convention this week
BC premier says it's time to add value to province's forestry products

Vancouver Courier

City of Vancouver worker dies in workplace accident
What the hell happened to Joey Sh*thead?

Georgia Straight


The Tyee



Ottawa Observations: Saturday/Sunday, September 27 & 29, 2019

Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Federal scene for Saturday/Sunday, September 28 & 29, 2019 

The 2019 Federal Election Archive page

Canadians held in China / China tensions

As China celebrates 70 years of thePeople's republic, Xi uses past struggles to brace country for hard times ahead
Hong Kong protestors draw parallels between Chinese rule, Nazism
Hong Kong's protests have blow up the founding myths of Communist China

Globe and Mail

In Kingston, an agonizing question: What to do about Sir. John A. Macdonald?
Canadian banks need to prepare for open banking now or risk being left behind
Vancouver mayor's willingness to ban handguns is the right move


Stunned authorities find dozens of encrypted computers in alleged spy's home
How thousands of asylum seekers have turned Roxham Road into a defacto border crossing

Toronto Star


Toronto Sun

It's time to change Canada's NCR laws
Canada needs an immediate vaping ban

National Post



What we've learned about the northern BC killings - and what we many never know





A writ is dropped: A campaign underway -- Saturday/Sunday September 28 & 29, 2019

Our compilation of notes on the 2019 Federal Election for  Saturday/Sunday, September 28 & 29, 2019 

Globe and Mail

Liberal platform projects mounting deficits, including $27.4 billion budget gap next year
Deficit plans take backseat as federal parties seek to spend more
Liberals pledging more new money to camping than combatting gun crimes
Liberals vow to tax foreign tech giants on digital ads services


Liberals to boost spending and extend deficits while taxing luxury and Internet giants
Violent clashes break out at Maxime Bernier event in Hamilton
Alberta will remain an 'energy superpower' under Green Party climate plan, says May
Liberals ask for an investigation of Scheer's insurance industry credentials
NDP pledges investment in sports, after-school programs to steer youth away from violence
Jody Wilson-Raybould calls for non-partisan approach to climate change
The party leaders and the world stage
Green party proposes a 'robot tax' when companies replace workers with machines
What Brexit? Why Andrew Scheer seems reluctant to talk about the project he once called 'cool'
Quebec Liberal volunteer caught disposing of Conservative campaign literature
Why Scheer campaigns with Kenney but not Ford

Toronto Star

Liberals woo voters with pocketbook promises that carry big price tag
Liberals' plan gets passing grade from former parliamentary budget officer
Liberals target internet giants with new tax
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau turns focus to his enemies in fight to get re-elected
Margin of error around Liberal revenue estimates in enormous
Demonstrators clash outside PPC Leader Maxime Bernier event in Hamilton
Scheer stands by pledge to end Trudeau's experiment with less partisan Senate
NDP promises money for youth programs to help prevent organized crime
How five election campaign promises may affect British Columbians
Whitewater and blackface: The backstory on the Trudeau clip that shocked the world
Liberals pledge additional $250 million to fight gun violence

Toronto Sun

Trudeau embarks on spendapalooza to win over voters
Federal parties target guns and gangs
Greens propose 'robot tax' for companies that replace workers
Trudeau's platform is tax, borrow, spend
Trudeau's Indigenous floating of a canoe tips in Mohawk territory
Trudeau's still stiffing us for his refugee tab
Singh's one liners aren't an energy policy
Candidates ignore federal budget on campaign trail
Trudeau's campaign pledge is peak privilege
Why have the Liberals been blocking a journalist from covering them?

National Post

Liberal platform projects deficits of over $20 billion per year for four years, adds $315 billion in debt
Is Scheer's ambitious energy corridor just a pipe dream?
When voters head to the polls in the West, many of them will be angry: experts
'Both are burnt to me': After years of broken promises, vets struggle with parties
There's something more threatening than Trudeau's blackface
Liberal who replace Eva Nassif in Montreal shut out by her own riding association


Trudeau needs to be this election's big man on campus
The urban-rural divide, right along party lines


Possible political comeback makes Burnaby North-Seymour a riding to watch
Tories, NDP pounce on Liberal campaign promises
Protestors, supporters clash outside Maxime Bernier's event in Hamilton
Conservatives 1st party to register full slate of candidates ahead of Monday deadline
What are the Liberals promising to students? 3 takeaways from the platform
Trudeau unveils Liberal platform in Ford's backyard pledging cost relief for students
'Alienation is a feeling': Western voters to to to polls angry, say experts
NDP promises $100M fund aimed at keeping youth out of gangs
Jagmeet Singh favours 'collaborative approach' on energy project approval
Scheer stands by vow to return to partisan Senate, make patronage appointments
Why some say it's time to challenge 'toxic' partisan conversation on Trudeau's blackface scandal
Why isn't violence against women an election issue?
For May and the Greens, opportunity in this election they've never had in any other
How much dis feminist Trudeau move the needle on gender equality?


Andrew Scheer falsely held himself out as an insurance broker on his way to becoming Conservative leader
Trudeau and Scheer want to avoid this ballot box question: 'Should Canada keep its fossil fuels in the ground'


Saturday, September 28, 2019

Premier's address to UBCM provides reassurance for rural communities; but few dollars so far for revenue sharing concerns

Premier Horgan was the final act of the Five Day UBCM festival,
bringing the 2019 Convention to a close on Friday morning

The five day UBCM convention in Vancouver wrapped up just before the noon hour on Friday and as is the tradition, the Premier brought the festivities to a close, with John Horgan saluting those that have chosen municipal government and noting the sacrifices that they make in that service.

In his address, the Premier focused on the shared accomplishments with the municipal governments and regional districts of the province, noting of the 580 plus meetings that took place during convention week, where the provincial and municipal representatives addressed concerns from across British Columbia.

He outlined some of his defining moments as Premier over the last two years, noting of the fires, floods and rock slides that the province has faced over that period of time and how both the province and municipal governments have worked together in the face of catastrophe.

"Governments are expected to step up when there's crisis, communities always step up when there's crisis. But when we put those two things together, I don't believe that there's anything that we can't overcome"

North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice received a shout out from the Premier, that for her work on some of the many emergency challenges that were faced by residents from many areas of the province in the two years since the NDP took power.

Mr. Horgan touched briefly on the economic crisis facing many logging communities this summer, observing on the large convoy of residents from those communities who came to the UBCM convention site this week to ensure that they were heard.

From that he offered up reassurance that the recently suspended Rural Dividend Funding program would be coming back, adding that its suspension is only a temporary measure to focus on those people currently in distress who need the help now.

"That's why we curtailed the Rural Development Fund so we can focus directly on people who are in distress,  you saw them right outside this building, you heard them right outside this building.  And for those from Rural British Columbia, you know better than anybody that we need to help now   And that's why the program was curtailed, not ended, curtailed it will be back we will monitor the program over the next number of months"

On forestry issues he took some industry leaders to task for redirecting their financial investments out of the province while declaring a distress for their provincial assets, though he also called attention to range of issues such as tariffs, pine beetle and other concerns that have impacted heavily on the industry.

He put the focus on building code changes to allow for timber construction for high rise buildings that will help to build the market in British Columbia and bring further investment into the forest industry.

For those in the Northwest fishing industry however, there surely must have been some disappointment from the address.  With no mention by the Premier of their struggles this summer, or any indication that their call for similar financial assistance has been heard.

With Climate marches underway on the day, the Premier outlined the themes of his Clean BC plan as it works to address climate issues in the province with a climate action plan.

On Health the Premier rattled off a list of the new hospitals that are being developed across the province, including the replacement facility for Terrace.

Speaking on themes of reconciliation, the Premier noted of their work to deliver this fall on the United Nations Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Mr. Horgan observed on their consultative process.

"We want to get this right, we want to make sure that as we proceed down a track of reconciliation and economic prosperity for everyone that we do it in a way that doesn't alienate people along the way. 

A Very good example of that, that fits in with our economic strategy and Clean BC process is the LNG Canada decision to investigate significant amounts of money in Northern British Columbia, 

And I was so proud last October to stand with Mayor Germuth fron Kitimat, Chief Councillor Crystal Smith from the Haisla Nation and talk about a project that will put 23 billion dollars into our coffers that we can distribute to communities across BC to build the schools, the hospitals and the infrastructure that we need. 

And not just to build infrastructure but also to see prosperity for Indigenous communities that have seen for too long a tragic future rather than a prosperous one. They've been cut out, shut out  and ignored and excluded from the extraordinary economic potential of our province"

The Premier had some further positive news for the Northwest, speaking to themes of development of resources in the region and how there should be more benefits for local communities where those resources are located.

He spoke of the Northern Capital grant program and the 100 million dollars provided for it last year and how the approach that the Province is taking works to ensure that resources remain in the pockets of communities across the province.

"This week week we re-committed to ensure that the Regional Benefit Alliance work that has been done by governments right across the north and by officials in Victoria is a reality in the years ahead. 

We need to get a  agreement in place that will stand the test of time, read that means when a government changes. We will be ensuring that resources that are created in a community to the best of our ability stay in that community. So that everyone benefits from that work, not just a few"

The Premier observed as to how the process has worked through the Peace Fair Share program and in the Columbia Basin initiative; noting how they were programs which were put in place by previous NDP governments

The Premier then turned to the Northwest with some thoughts on the work done so far by regional officials towards delivering on a similar process for its residents.

"So I think that the Rural Benefits Alliance work that's been initiated by communities in the North, I commend Sean, Shane and Lee ... from Terrace, Houston, Prince George that all of the communities along the corridor will benefit from this investment and I believe that's good for everybody."

His comments on the morning ended with an anecdote on his travels as part of the Tribal Journeys  over the summer and how it serves as an example to follow.

The Premier using his remembrance of the summer journey as a call for  municipal and provincial leaders to pull together as they work towards common issues.

You can review Mr. Horgan's full address to the delegates from the BC Government Facebook feed

For a wider overview of some of the events of the five day convention see our archive page here.