The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is gushing into an Oiler Notely/Hulk Horgan no holds barred showdown, right down to the last drop of wine…err oil. There is no BC/Alberta media shortage on this issue so will let one of my online sources CBC take over my editorial copy that led to today’s editorial cartoon…
Noteworthy: “BC Winery TIME” produces bottles of Pinot Gris and Cabernet Merlot with the Flames’ distinctive flaming “C” logo on the wine label, along with the slogan “It’s Go TIME.” (apparently Premier Notely isn’t a “Flames Fan?)
Andrew Wilkinson – new leader of the B.C. Liberal party – was “also” the legal representative of a company controlled by Chinese businessman, Ni Ritao, whose broken promises regarding plans to restart the shuttered pulp mill in Prince Rupert costing the city more than $3.5-million in legal and maintenance fees” – a fine unscrupulous state of affairs!
“Wilkinson also had dealings with Sun Wave Forest Products, a company also controlled by Ni, between 2003 and 2006, according to documents obtained by The Globe.”… further: Integrity BC https://www.facebook.com/IntegrityBritishColumbia/posts/1618061851608548
I mean really, who else could these chameleons choose but someone who is an expert in collusion and in how to undermine provincial governance… And don’t you think it is a little too ironic that both the new BC Liberal leader and our North Shore Liberal MP share the same last name… hmm, time for Trivia to update their board game.
Sources Wilkinson Leadership win: Metro News, CBC News, Global News
December ended up being the most viewed month in 2017 with 4,642 views in a year also ending with my little Stache editorial cartoon blog breaking the 100,00 view mark – thank you!
There was a lot of interest in December’s 2017 top viewed and in my narcissistic evolution of our mayor sitting on his chamber’s thrown. And it should be to no one’s surprise that the overall number one viewed blog was “Onni’s Henchmen” verbally abusing a crippled senior followed by “NVCHall Big Cheezies” showing just how much more top city officials, directors and managers can make working for CNV and not in the larger DNVC HQ. And lest we shall never forget from last year is how mayor Mussatto without due cause copped our infamous CAO a $86K bonus cheque! I wonder how much MORE of city taxpayer’s money Grinch is willing to exalt CAO Tollstam as he exits the come back never door.
The only real winners this year until October 20 will be the mayor, his infamous city slate councillors ramming and jamming their density and cycling agenda down our throats… and supporters of a casino to be located in a community’s front yard near you.
We may not have a winter storm bomb overhead but we will be experiencing many bombastic interventions not only from developers getting their last density projects across the finish line further exceeding our already over capacity transportation modes before our next civic election. But also from minimalist special interest groups whom have a chokehold on our complacent city council like HUB.
A cycling organization who are seemingly defiant and determined to give cyclists reign over our motoring congested traffic flows. Unwilling to compromise, unwilling to accept the overwhelming stats from other cities across our country and in Europe witnessing a reduction in cycling or the negative impact of bike lanes in front of businesses, declaring them falsehoods – fake news like: The Province’s columnist Lawrence Solomon http://theprovince.com/opinion/op-ed/lawrence-solomon-rip-out-the-bike-lanes-before-more-people-get-hurt
I am for cycling but not ever at the $20+ million expense of our dire gridlocked roadways. And with ONLY 2.5% of city residents willing to cycle to work further reinforces the argument that yes, in our city cycling is simply and ONLY a great summery recreation sport weather permitting – period! And even through the rumour mill I am hearing NSMBA membership is on the decline… cyclists confronted with an inconvenient (gentrified) reality as more and more young families can no longer afford our North Shore.
The new NDP Horgan government have reneged on their promise to the Moberly First Nation choosing to turn their backs on the First Nation People of Peace River. Contending flooding 10,000 hectares of sacred lands and rural farmlands is worth the 4 billion dollars it will save on its debt as it offers nothing in return for the people of this province (as the voices of the First Nation People and rural farmers have nothing to offer our province).
As the premier so callously stated: it’s not the first time the Indigenous People will have been let down by government… there has been over 150 years (aka screwing) disappointing Indigenous People. i.e. Why should I be the first BC Premier to respect and uphold First Nation Lands.
Source Metro News David P. Ball: “It Must Be Completed” & “Site C ‘a stain’ on reconciliation
Noteworthy… Today’s NSN “viewpoint” cartoon editorial and I are for once on the same page.
Paul Sullivan contributing writer to the NSN reported on a recent North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce “traffic yammering” Breakfast. A morning brekkie featuring guest “pro density” speakers MLA’s Thornthwaite, Sultan and parliamentary secretary for TransLink and pro cyclist’s Ma. http://www.nsnews.com/opinion/columnists/sullivan-adding-housing-will-not-remove-traffic-jams-1.23103434
Three unlikely bedfellows whom have copiously rationalized and no doubt had a little help from their respective mayors and BFF city councillors, i.e. the “hostage takers” behind our traffic woes. Despicable’s indebted to their campaign development backers and vainglorious egos; having heedlessly voted in favour of EVERY high density project after another to the point where we have now surpassed 2041 regional levels!
MLA Densifier’s Dumb, Dumber and Dim-wit (you decide which one is which), had better soon realize their pro density North Shore city councillor pals come next year’s civic elections may not as in probably won’t be re-elected with a few of these City Slickers like our mayor not running for re-election. At which point ALL three MLA’s will be confronted by new city hall board of directors. North Shore City Councils that won’t be in favour of more density, more unaffordable development nor will they ever be in favour of taxing our highways and bridges… and there lies your Density Fate of ever again getting re-elected.
As Grinch aka mayor Mussatto has sarcastically vetted, “Welcome to North Van, ha, ha.”