Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Last Days Of Clarkland....ALL Of Your NDP's 'R Us.


Mental health, education, welfare rates, transit, bus passes, carbon taxes and all that are one thing when it comes to the co-optation of all things Dipper/Green.

But this...

This is unbelievably Clarklandian in more ways than Christy:



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

TDDIC....When Projection And Paronoia Become One.


Is the Klout Klub now closed?

And I guess media monitors and/or digital influencers were never employed by the BC Liberals.

Of course, it goes out without saying that no local Liberal operative would ever stoop to using the Boyz to get things done.



TDDIC...All Your Legislations 'R Us.


Rob Shaw, writing in the VSun yesterday, made it clear that Andrew Weaver will not support any card check legislation from John Horgan.

Which is all fine as far as it goes, and is not unexpected (although I wonder if there would be a Fac. Ass'n at the fine institution where Mr. Weaver plies his academic trade if a secret ballot only-type certification drive was held today).

But what really caught my eye in the piece was the following from the good Mr. Shaw:

...Weaver said the Greens are interested in co-operating with the Liberals and NDP on other legislation (including potentially voting in favour of a Liberal bill to ban corporate and union donations), but warned he won’t allow any party to unilaterally push bills through the legislature...

Of course, the above passage was neither presaged with nor followed by any mention whatsoever of the fact that the BCNDP has introduced such legislation six times already in legislatures controlled by the BC Liberal Party and, most recently, Ms. Christy Clark.

In addition, there was no mention that Mr. Shaw's employer is one of the current crop of big money proMedia donor's to the BC Liberal Party of Ms. Christy Clark.

Kind of makes you wonder if Postmedia has made any deepest, darkest money-type contributions to Ms. Clark et al. in the past few weeks.

Perhaps Mr. Shaw could report back and let us know if that is or is not the case before we are forced to fork out $350 million to help service the restructured debt of the hedge fund that controls them and/or keep the big bonuses rolling in for the really big Postmedia bosses that are apparently so deserving of them.



Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Mr. Ward Finds His Way Home.


Brook Ward who tends to babble like one in the free-formed format that is sports talk radio is a different guy when he's calling a ballgame.

And calling a game is something he did with great regularity back in the days of triple A baseball in Vancouver.

That all ended when the team moved to Sacramento in 2006.

But tonight I got tired of the MoCo and flicked on up the dial to find Mr. Ward calling the opening game at Nat Bailey this evening.

If Moe Drabowsky was still here Mr. Ward's left shoe would be on fire by now and their would be goldfish in his soft drink.

You think I'm joking?

Fun little back 'n forth on the Twittmachine about the greatness that was Mr. Drabowsky...Here.


This Doomed Day In Clarkland...To Hell With The 71%.




Subheader?....Well, according to all kinds of wizards in days past....Genius!


TDDIC...Sometimes The Best Way To Help A Crony Is To Absolutely Nothing At All.


Well, well, well...

Whadd'ya know.

The ability of the provincial government to actually lay Environmental Act-related charges against those finest of the very fine folks for all that stuff went down at Mt. Polley three years ago will soon end.

Gordon Hoekstra of the VSun has the story. Here is his lede:

A deadline looms for provincial charges to be laid in the failure of the tailings dam at Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley mine, but the B.C. Conservation Officer Service says the investigation has not finished.

There is a three-year time limit to lay charges under B.C.’s Environmental Management Act. The deadline is less than two months away, on Aug. 4.

The conservation service has been leading a joint investigation with the federal Environment and Fisheries departments.

Chris Doyle, deputy chief of the B.C. Conservation Officer Service, said Tuesday that when the investigation is complete, the findings will be forwarded to Crown counsel for review and to determine what charges will be laid, if any.

Doyle said he could not comment on whether the investigation would be complete before the three-year deadline...


It's not like the proprietor of Imperial Metals and/or various and sundry associates and/or associated companies has given a million dollars to the BC Liberals or anything.



Come to think of it, perhaps we should check to see what Norm Farrell has to say about that....

Hang on a moment...

This will only take a second...

I stand corrected!

And...One can only wonder how much darkest of all the dark money is being showered upon Clarklandia by said proprietor, associations and/or associated Co's as you read this?
Previous 'This Doomed Day In Clarkland' (TDDIC) pieces can be found...Here. 
Many thanks to an Anon-O-Mouse in the comment threads for the heads up on this one.


Monday, June 19, 2017

This Doomed Day In Clarkland...The Darkest Money Of All.


That was then (i.e. last week):

The BC Liberals have stopped disclosing political donations in “real time,” saying they are instead focusing staff time on preparing for potential new fundraising rules under an NDP government...

This is now (i.e. today):

The BC Liberals say they are listening to the message from voters, but some will interpret it as a desperate bid to hold onto power...


...The party plans to announce a $100 a month increase to income assistance, and will also expand LIFT, a program that helps single parents with child care and expenses while they upgrade skills.

Along with those rate increase, the Liberals are promising a new mechanism to increase welfare rates annually and tie disability rates to the rate of inflation.

In addition to the social assistance changes, the BC Liberals will also promise a ban on corporate and union donations....


Where is all that new and now completely dark and unreported crony money coming from and what will it 'pay' for?


You can be sure of one thing...

If the puffed-up local pundit gentry are fully in compliant hollow back mode (now that they have all taken the bait and written/spoken of the terrible, awful, no good faux speaker crisis), and if the associated wurlitzering has moved the secret poll and focus group numbers enough to trigger the nuclear ranchland option we will know absolutely nothing until after the ensuing snappily popped and cracked election.

If you get my drift.

Meanwhile, Alison has a very important product replacement announcement.
Previous TDDIC (This Doomed Day In Clarkland) posts can be found...Here.


Sunday, June 18, 2017

For My Dad (And My Mom).


For those of you who have been stopping by here for awhile now....

Why this post again?

Because it's a tradition...

That's why!

My Dad spent his entire adult life working for tow-boat companies hauling all manner of stuff up and down the west coast, from Alaska to California, and sometimes even across the water to Hawaii.

And he was pretty well paid for doing that job, especially once the 1970's arrived.

And while I know that part of the reason for my Dad's increasing salary, which helped make it possible for me to go to college, a first in our family, was the damned good job he did as he began to work on ever bigger boats like, say, this one, I also know that in large part I owe my shot at a higher education to his union.

How do I know this for sure?

Because I also know that my Mom, who was climbing the ladder working in ever bigger branches on ever bigger jobs with ever bigger responsibilities of one of our country's biggest banks at the very same time my Dad was hauling logs, got paid peanuts by comparison for doing her non-union job.

But that does not mean that my Mom's passing down of her ability to be analytical, sometimes in the extreme, did not help me get to college too and, maybe even more importantly, help me become a full-fledged science geek in the end.

My mom passed away awhile back after a long, slow decline that left my Dad doing a whole lot of the work and the worry after his days of working for a living/pay cheque were long done. It was a tough lot that gave him little time or space to do much else. Which is why it was so special when he came over from the Island last weekend to see littler e's last big dance show as a kid*.

Anyway, with all that said, below is my now traditional F-Day post for my Dad....


I really do live a charmed life.

I have a wonderful wife and two great kids.

I also have a job I actually like, where most of the time I get to do what I want while working with people (also mostly kids) to produce stuff that we are all really proud of.

And that job pays me well; not hockey player money well, but I make more than I ever dreamed of. Which, of course, means that I make just enough that we can afford to live in our own house within the Vancouver city limits.

In fact, I guess some might say that I am upwardly mobile enough that I should quit all my complainin' because I'm one of the lucky ones that actually benefits financially from many of the 'well-off folks first!' policies of Mr. Campbell and Ms. Clark et al.

But here's the thing.....

I am most definitely not one of those 'ladder puller-uppers'

You know, somebody who's got theirs, and now says, "Screw you Jack," to everybody else.


I'll tell you why.

It's because of my Dad.......

My old man was a Union man.

And the folks in the Union fought like bastards...and they fought constantly, usually for the tiniest of things in each successive contract...things like an extra quarter percent on a COLA clause, or one little add-on like an extra free filling per year on the dental plan.

And when I was a kid, especially during that time when I was a barely no-longer-a-teenager-aged kid, I thought the folks from the Union were just a little bit off their nut....all that energy going into what, exactly?

After all, it was the 80's, and Dave Barrett and the Socialist Hordes were long gone, and the Wild Kelowna boys were rolling along, and Unions were bad, and Expo was coming, and Trudeau was going, and John Turner was hiccupping, and Mulroney was lurking, somewhere off in the distance....

....And if you were a half-bright, apolitical science-geek kind of kid like me, breezing your way through college and thinking about graduate school, you laughed when you saw the boy wonder from Burnaby, Michael J. Fox, shirk his Family Ties and ape the young Republicans while making fun of his willfully neutered Leftie of a Dad on the TV screen...

....And if you were that kid, you thought that you were living in a golden age that was tied, not to the social democratic reforms of the past, but to the coming of Free Trade and the promises of the Reaganites from the South...

...And from that perspective you sure as heck didn't always get the irony of Bruce Springsteen singing about the plight of the working class in 'Born in the USA'.

But now that I have spent a good chunk of time in USA where I started a family of my own before coming home, I do get it.

I understand that my Dad spent his entire adult life hauling logs up and down the West Coast, working his guts out to help keep the robber baron families rich because he had to make a living to support his own family....

....And I get the fact that, because of the Unions, my family's standard of living gradually improved, bit by bit, over the years so that by the time I had grown up to be that callow young man described above my parents had saved enough to help me go to University....

....And I get the fact that I was the first one in my family who got to go to University....Ever.....And it wasn't because I was so damned smart....

....And I get the fact that, while my parents' limited financial help and support was important, it would never have been enough to get me into the same good schools if I had arrived on the scene a single generation earlier or, perhaps, later....

....And I get the fact that those Wild Kelowna Boys, and all the other neo-cons that have come since, have been doing their damndest to destroy the dream of a University education for all, and instead have instituted an elitist education for some and one-trick-pony Technical training for everybody else.....

....And I get the fact that, if it wasn't for folks like my Dad and the other lefties of his time, my current world, one in which I make a living with my eyes and my mind wide open, would not be what it is today.....

....And most of all, I now get the fact that my Dad was, and is, my hero.

Photo at the top...My Dad and my youngest brother getting ready for a highly ritualized Samuri Fishing Rod Sword Fight (to the death!) up at Spectacle Lake at the top of the Malahat on Vancouver Island in the early/mid-70's.
Photo at the bottom...My Mom with somebody's kid, probably one of my much younger cousins, at the picnic table in our daisy-filled old back yard on Monterey Ave. in Victoria that was the scene of a thousand-and-one-before-and-after-dinner soccer and/or cream-'em games (although the latter were more often in the front yard for some unfathomable reason) also probably from the middish '70's...And if I'm wrong, rest assured that my brothers will be sure to correct me!
*That does not mean that littler e's dancing days are done...In fact, right after graduation she is climbing into a big cigar tube to spend a month in the Big Apple tapping her toes


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Monday, Monday....


We were a much younger family when we lived in the East Bay.

In a tiny little white house on a cul-de-sac in the Berkeley flats.

Our friends and neighbours the Q's lived just up the street.

And all of the kids from that time are grown up now.


Bigger E no longer pitches to me.

And even littler e., who was actually born after we moved north, graduates from high school next week.


M. of the Q's is here this weekend.

With his new partner and his new little one.

This morning, Saturday, we were having a hard time explaining how much time and effort would be involved in a trip to Capilano canyon.

And then it just popped into my head...

'It's like driving to the Marin Headlands', I said.

M. got it immediately - the bridges, the traffic, everything.

Might be good thing to try after the weekend, on Monday, we decided.


TDDIC...Unleash The Bogeymen!


Interesting piece, for all kinds of reasons, under Nick Eagland's byline in today's VSun.

Mr. Eagland starts his piece with high level (a.k.a. superficial) reportage of John Horgan's address to the BCGEU yesterday.

Then, with the lede out of the way, the piece veers off into stuff Mr. Horgan did not talk about:

...In May, before the NDP formed an alliance with the B.C. Green party, Horgan told the editorial boards of the Vancouver Sun and The Province that an NDP government would review the labour code, with the intention to remove the current rule that sees employees who want to unionize take a vote by secret ballot.

Employers have said it’s key to preventing workers from being intimidated by co-workers into union certification. Horgan said he prefers a system called card check, in which a union is certified if a majority of members sign union cards.

“I believe that the right to join a union is a fundamental right in Canada and I believe card check is an appropriate way for that happen,” he (Horgan) told the board...


Wonder if Mr. Eagland was actually in the room for Horgan's meeting with the VSun editorial board?


Did that VSun 'report'  reporting on past goings on at the VSun  instead come from the 'with files from Rob Shaw' tagline?

But I digress....

Because the piece next ignores the history of when and why the card check came into being before it takes a turn down an alley labelled paranoia:

...Horgan wasn’t made available to media following his address Friday. Shane Simpson, the NDP MLA for Vancouver-Hastings who was labour critic before the election, said the party remains “quite supportive” of card-check certification...

And, as for that big, scary, bogeyman?


Cracks In The Coalition!

...Asked whether he believes the Greens would be on board with a move to card-check certification, Simpson said he believes “they’re happy to be part of the conversation” regarding any changes to the labour code, Workers Compensation Act or Employment Standards Act...

As you might expect the 'reader' reactions in the comment thread attached to the piece are predictable, because....'Democracy'.

Or some such thing.



The upshot here is that, as Lotusland's most experienced labour reporter notes,  a card check system is the best way to remove employer intimidation when it comes to labour organizing.

Which leads to increased rates of unionization.

And that means increased standards of living for everyone.

Not to mention increased public awareness and public education and all that (more on that in tomorrow's post).

All of which are things that all that dark money behind the ICBA, Resource Works, CC4BC, The Fraser Institute and all the other bought-and-paid-for shillophants is really against.


Previous 'This Doomed Day In Clarkland' (TDDIC) posts are...Here.