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Throne Speech set for September 8


I hope he does as he will then be exposed for everyone to see


And away we go!

Fees for adult education, English-language training scrapped


Premier John Horgan acted on a key NDP campaign promise this morning by scrapping tuition fees for adult basic education and English-language training programs across B.C.

The move reverses a 2015 move by the previous Liberal government to charge students seeking to upgrade their language or basic education skills. The fees were set by post-secondary schools at up to $1,600 for a semester of full-time studies.

“Adult basic education for all of us should be free,” Horgan said. “It should be a right and we’re going to follow through on that commitment.”

Horgan said the Liberal policy led to a 35 per cent drop in enrolment for the two programs. There were 6,692 full-time equivalent space in 2016-17, down from 10,244 in 2013-14, the government said.

“That’s meant that thousands of people have missed out on an opportunity to make life better for themselves and for their families,” he said. “We can’t afford to leave people behind. As a new government, we want to make sure that everyone can participate in our economy.”

Horgan said the cost of eliminating the tuition fees will be included in the government’s budget update in September. The NDP platform estimated the cost at $4 million for the remainder of this year and $7 million for a full fiscal year.

The government will be working with school administrators to make sure that students who have pre-paid fees for the coming semester will get a refund, Horgan said.

“That’s going to be a challenge for administrators … I don’t want to put them on the spot, but we’re going to be doing everything we can to make sure that those have paid, in anticipation of September, get a refund.”

“It’s our view that education is the great equalizer in our society,” Horgan told a media conference at Camosun College. “Finding your way in the world is easier when you have access to knowledge.”


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Rev Pesky

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I hope he does as he will then be exposed for everyone to see

You will know by now that Horgan offered a public apology to Gordon Wilson. There is still another NDP'er who is involved, so I'm not sure what will happen there.

It was kind of a dumb move by Horgan. He could have just fired Wilson, and thanked him for his service. Criticising him as he went out the door (wrongly, as it turned out) was not very bright. 


So what route will Kinder Morgan use if BC is able to block the expansion of the pipeline in BC?


Time for another pink slip it seems. What a useless asshole!

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This feels like progress


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Will Saskatchewan be next to elect an NDP government

Who! Hoo!


He has been around for awhile but there actually is a reporter in BC that is telling it like it is, as opposed to the crap being generated by the CBC News Department, the Vaughn Palmers, the Mike Smyths, the Global TV News, the North Shore News, and the rest of the right-wing nonsense being generated in BC's mainstream press.  


On August 1, Prime Minister Trudeau spoke to Global News about the Kinder Morgan pipeline, saying:

“I think British Columbia’s responsibility is to stand up for the interest of British Columbia.”

So we did. This past long weekend, on B.C. Day, British Columbians took to social media, telling the Prime Minister loud and clear what they thought of his comments.


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But in the case of Shawnigan Lake, the process was even more profoundly broken.

At the same time Active Earth was preparing the reports saying the project could safely go ahead, it was negotiating with developers Cobble Hill Holdings and South Island Aggregates to take an ownership stake in the landfill and share in the profits.

That fact was never disclosed to the public or to the Environmental Appeal Board. “I am satisfied that the Board was misled about the true nature of the relationship between Active Earth and CHH,” B.C. Supreme Court Justice Robert Sewell said in a blistering judgment overturning the approval.

You could argue that this case is an aberration, the result of bad judgment or worse, not a flawed system.

But you would be wrong. When Sewell’s judgment was released in January, the Environment Ministry said it was “concerned around Justice Sewell’s findings with respect to the way evidence was presented to the Environmental Appeal Board.”

And when residents raised the allegations of conflict in 2015, says Sonia Furstenau, now a Green MLA, the ministry claimed to know nothing about the relationship between Active Earth and the dump’s developers.

But this month, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC released results of its investigation into complaints about Active Earth’s role.

It cleared the company, largely because the ministry staffer legally responsible for the approval process had been told of Active Earth’s dual role and said the ministry “was not concerned that it would be improper.” (Furstenau told Nikiforuk that’s not what the Environment Ministry told residents in 2015. “Either the ministry lied to us or someone has misrepresented the facts to APEG,” she said.)

If true, the ministry’s decision to ignore what seems an obvious conflict — and to keep that information from the public and the Environmental Appeal Board — shows a cozy approach that puts the interests of consultants and companies ahead of environmental protection.


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What a mess the Liberals have left behind but John Horgan's government is already rising to the task ahead!

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The BC Liberals have had 16 years to do the right thing for the benefit of all B.C. residents.



And this is what we need federally as well!

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What an absolutely beautiful day in BC.

Finally rain for the forest fires, and and with the Liberal defection to Speaker, effectively an increase of an additional 2 seats for the NDP-Green BC government.

Woo! Hoo!


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Contrary to the image they wish to portray, the BC Liberals have not been good fiscal managers of the province’s resources. Their administration is typified by reckless spending, which will ultimately lead to higher taxes, higher hydro rates and higher ferry fares. The BC Liberals will give us less jobs, not more.

Rev Pesky

Someone forgot to tell Andrew Weaver that it's the NDP running the Green-NDP ship:

Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver calls B.C. premier a 'hypocrite'

Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver is accusing NDP Premier John Horgan of being a "hypocrite" for a spate of party insider hirings. For years as the Opposition, Horgan criticized the Liberal government for doing the same thing.

"If you want to play the moral high ground you better practice what you preach, otherwise you are nothing more than a hypocrite," said Weaver. "Right now I feel the NDP is looking like a bunch of hypocrites because they are doing exactly what they said they wouldn't do.

So do we say the honeymoon is over? I'd say so. Unfortunately for the NDP, they have no where else to turn except to the Liberals. That gives Weaver the whip hand, which he apparently isn't afraid of using.

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My apologies to all babblers for posting TWO Youtube links in one day, but -- apropos of nothing, of course -- does anyone remember the classic Brady Bunch episode where Bobby saves Peter's life, and then things go pear-shaped when Bobby basically makes Peter his slave in return?

Rev Pesky

Was it just a coincidence that it was green paint?


Horgan says he's serious about a BC bid for Amazon's new HQ, despite heavy competition


Nothing works like a change in government that finally puts people first, eh!

It's been a long, long 16 years of right-wing screw the people reign in BC

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‘I’ve been to many of these things and this was refreshingly good.’


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Horgan won’t commit to abolishing fish farms on trip to northern B.C.

On a trip to northern B.C., Premier John Horgan met Kwakwakā’wakw Nation leaders to talk about fish farms Tuesday but would not commit to abolishing the open-net cages.

“Any strategy for aquaculture must put a priority on the protection of wild salmon, collaborate with First Nations and acknowledge their interests,” read a statement from Horgan’s office posted online.

While in opposition, B.C. NDP campaigned against the net-pen industry.

Now Horgan is faced with 40 leaders from eight Kwakwakā’wakw Nations that are in an unprecedented united stance against net-pen salmon farms in the Broughton Archipelago.

“Remove open-net fish farms from our collective territories,” Hereditary Chief Ernest Alfred said he told Horgan at the meeting.


The leaders at the meeting, both hereditary and elected, of the Mamalilikala, ‘Namgis, Tlowitsis, Mamtagila, and Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw gathered in the Big house on ‘Namgis Territory to present Horgan with their mandate.

The leaders also argued that their demand for the removal of open-net fish farms from their territory is compliant with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

They repeatedly stated in that the fish farms continue to operate within their territory without consent.

“The issue of rights and title are clearly being violated here,” said Alfred.

Horgan’s failure to take specific action did not go over well with the leaders.

Many felt his answer was a typical government response.

“We are making history right now and we need the NDP to choose which side of history they want to stand on,” he said. “The NDP has been given our clear mandate and we expect to hear back from them soon.”

Alfred is from the ‘Nagmis, Lawit’sis and Mamalilikala Nations and has been occupying the Swanson Island Salmon Farm, owned by Marine Harvest, since August 25.



Electoral reform all but a sure thing for B.C.

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

It seems far less likely that someone favouring a move to PR would make their second choice to be the first-past-the-post model. Thus, if the current FPTP model doesn’t hit 50 per cent in favour on the first count, the odds of it growing from voters’ second choices do not look good.

Hasn't that been the problem all along, though?  I mean, in the previous four referenda.  Specifically, that people who support one "flavour" of PR prefer the status quo to another "flavour"?  I've been told that the referendum in Ontario failed because they proposed MMP, and I've been told that it failed in BC because they proposed STV.  Is the electorate really so fed up with FPTP that they'll willingly stop the perfect from being the enemy of the good this time?