Category Archives: Unsustainably Inane

All Cabinet Records Erased–Pardon?!

No filing system is perfect. Especially when it might reveal a huge scandal for the provincial Liberal government.


I’m hoping much of this is already ancient news to you. But based on the relatively subdued way BC’s mainstream media has been covering the story as Focus is going to print, I’m not counting on it.

You should have heard about it, though, because the story reveals a whole new depth of corruption in our provincial government for which it is literally difficult to find words.

In 2003, the BC legislature was raided by the RCMP, amidst accusations of bribery, leaks of confidential information, and links to organized crime during the Liberal’s BC Rail privatization.

What’s happened since? Various charges were laid against ministerial aides David Basi and Bob Virk and communications aide Aneal Basi. Then, we went through two re-elections of the BC Liberals with essentially nothing happening. The government has stalled defence requests for information so much the case hasn’t even made it to trial yet and media interest has dissipated. Continue reading

IQ Tests to Set 2009 Tax Rates?

When pseudo-scientific nonsense starts becoming law, be very afraid.


I was supposed to find the picture that didn’t fit. Studying three men walking, I circled one with an errant blotch on one shoe. Wrong: one of the men wore a hat.

In retrospect, I’d likely spotted a smudge from the school’s old carbon copier. But wasn’t I still right? In my kindergarten humiliation hatched a mute wariness of standardized, multiple choice tests.

When the BC Liberals emblazoned such tests with the authority of law this July, I could be silent no more. Continue reading

When Truth is Not Politic

Victoria BC’s boondoggle of an emergency communications system exemplifies why there’s always another question as to how and why a fiasco happens.
How did we spend $18 million on an emergency communications system that won’t work during emergencies, from which in May Victoria again threatened to withdraw? Why is there a ghastly video billboard at our arena, even though our politicians claim they opposed it? How can Employment Minister Claude Richmond dismiss studies showing welfare cutbacks ultimately cost more than they save?

Maybe I missed crucial news reports that answered these questions satisfactorily. But most often, no matter how closely I follow media coverage, I constantly still wonder about every story, ‘What’s the truth behind this?’

Even when I read reports and interview people myself, I’m always left with questions. Why is that?

Consider an example. The Capital Region Emergency Service Telecommunications system (CREST) was created for 36 area police, ambulance and fire response agencies. It’s run by a CRD-created corporation; most of its directors are elected local politicians. Since its 2002 launch, we’ve been hearing plenty about this fiasco. Yet like me, you’re probably still wondering, ‘How’d this happen??’ Continue reading