“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache, carries with it the seeds of an equal or greater benefit.”

~~ Napoleon Hill -- American Author -- Oct 26, 1883 to Nov 8, 1970

Thursday, February 25, 2016

If this (food) is good enough for hospital patients (Terry Lake) it should be good enough for you and your fellow MLAs, while you’re at the legislature



Dear BC Health Minister Terry Lake ...

Why is it that Health Care workers, Doctors, Nurses and other professionals (including those 1000's in Health Authority management positions) can have actual meals (with foods that go together) in hospital cafeterias, while people who are sick get food served to them that in no way meets the Canada Health Guide nutrition standards? I guess the same should be asked … “Why prisoners in detention are fed better as well? Would it not be fair to have them all eat the same food as hospital patients have to endure?”

Having the amount and type of food recommended, and following the tips included, in Canada's Food Guide will help:
 

  • Meet your needs for vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. 
  • Reduce your risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes*, heart disease, certain types of cancer and osteoporosis. 
  • Contribute to your overall health and vitality.


*Diabetesheaven forbid if you get sick in a hospital, at least in Royal Inland Hospital (RIH), and have Diabetes.  Did you know that they are UNABLE to meet the dietary needs (the food they should have) for someone with Diabetes? This is a TRUE story because it was told to me directly by a Food Services worker.

Under the Canada's Food Guide heading of Make Wise Choices, a person could see how they would be able to say they do follow the guidelines, but only with the widest (wildest) interpretation of what is suggested --- NO RECOMMENDED!

Mmmm... a dollop of starchy white rice ...hard boiled eggs (very difficult to digest for someone spending long hours in a hospital bed) ...frozen mixed vegetables ...canned Campbell's mushroom soup made with water ... packaged Mac and cheese … over processed foods and additives.

I would think it should be good enough for all, if this food (?) is good enough for hospital patients, right Terry? Even good enough for you and your fellow MLAs, while you’re at the legislature?

Hmmm … somehow I think not.

In Kamloops, I’m Alan Forseth

Sunday, February 21, 2016

"... what happened in Richmond yesterday?"



Earlier this morning I received an email, from a political friend and former BC Conservative Party colleague, asking, "... what happened in Richmond yesterday?"



As two people have now said to me, "It's the same old gang, just different front men. Very, very sad. And disappointing." ... and ... "Absolutely a disaster. Board slate totally successful. President some retired ex-police officer friend of Ian MacDonald.  Party is done. Division remains."



I suppose that those at the helm of the BC Conservative Party for the past year, and those now running the show, are pleased with the results. As for me however, I am personally very disappointed, and numb.



The results, in my opinion, will only continue the decline of the Party, as no change in direction appears to be on the horizon any time soon.   

As this letter sent to the BC Conservative Party (and copied to me) shows, the few remaining members will continue to walk away from the party.  And for the record, this letter came from a former Board and Executive member, of one of the largest and most active Constituency Associations in the Province.


Friday, February 19, 2016

And that is why today I simply say, "May common sense prevail tomorrow..."



In a post a week ago, I included the following phrase; "...the concept of fiduciary trust and adherence to high ethical standards is not an optional requirement of a public organization incorporated under the Societies Act.  It is a legal requirement as well as a moral imperative."

I wish I could claim it as my own, however it was a friend who provided it too me.



Today, I repeat it once more, on the eve of the BC Conservative Party AGM, which will be held tomorrow in Richmond.  Over the past several months I have written on concerns that I, and others have had, with regards to a failure by the current Board to be open and transparent, and to move the BC Conservatives forward in a positive light that clearly presents an electable option to both the NDP and the BC Liberals.



Today, I had intended to present a much different post, however a good friend wisely counseled me saying:



"There will be a new board elected on Saturday night. If we are lucky, it will be a much more democratic and efficient board - and on Monday morning of next week you may find that a number of these issues will have already been cleared up."



Since first running as a candidate for the BC Reform Party in 1996, I have championed the need for an alternative to polarized politics -- that the people of BC should always have a choice.  Not just Left or Right, but also reasoned and forward thinking.



I still believe, firmly, this is necessary.

And that is why today I simply say, "May common sense prevail tomorrow, and may the MEMBERS of the BC conservative Party, and those who have tried to defend and protect it, have the opportunity to see it rise once again."



In Kamloops, I'm Alan Forseth

Monday, February 15, 2016

HERE WE GO AGAIN ... CONFUSION CONTINUES TO REIGN SUPREME WITHIN THE BC CONSERVATIVE PARTY



YES ... confusion continues to reign supreme within the BC Conservative Party ... just days before its Annual General Meeting which takes place this Saturday (February 20th) in Richmond.



A little over a week ago I had a brief conversation with the area Regional Director asking what my status was following an official submission the Current Board and Executive.  That submission pointed out not just one, but a large number of areas of the Party's Constitution, which were trampled on when my membership was declined.



In a nutshell, these included that the:

... concept of fiduciary trust and adherence to high ethical standards is not an optional requirement of a public organization incorporated under the Societies Act.  It is a legal requirement as well as a moral imperative. 



Back to my discussion with the Regional Director.  I asked him if the Board had reversed its' decision, regarding denial of my membership application, and was told that all I had to do was reapply and that it 'should' be approved.  I then asked if it would be accepted as of my original submission last November, and he indicated he was not sure.



That then led me to email the following questions to the BC Conservative Party:

I have heard, but not directly from the Board, that my membership denial has been reversed.  Please email confirmation of this, and that it is effective as of my original application.  Thank you ... alan



As of this morning (Monday February 15th), I now have a written response, from the Party, which in its entirety states:



Hi Alan,



I acknowledge receipt of your query that you sent in through the Contact Form on the Party’s web site.



It is my understanding that your query is about your application.



The online payment of $20 that accompanied your application was returned to
you as an enclosure in my letter dated November 27, 2015.



I note that the cheque has been cashed.



With regard to your query, I advise that your information is incorrect, the Board decision concerning your membership application has not been reversed.





Yours sincerely, Bob



Bob Bray, Chair

Membership Committee




NOTE that Membership Committee Chair Bob Bray has indicated the "information is incorrect", however this IS information that was provided to me by a MEMBER of the current Executive and Board of the BC Conservative Party.  This wasn't provided to me third hand, and then passed down from some one, to some one else, to me.  It came from a member of the Board.  Yes there seems to be confusion, however it IS NOT on my part, it is wholly within in the administrative side of the BC Conservative Party.


As noted above, the submission to the party on my behalf, regarding the decision to deny me membership in the BC Conservative Party, was based on ...  
The concept of fiduciary trust and adherence to high ethical standards is not an optional requirement of a public organization incorporated under the Societies Act.  It is a legal requirement as well as a moral imperative. 





ARTICLE 2 - ETHICAL PRINCIPLES.



The Party and its Members subscribe to the following general ethical principles and agree to abide by them in their individual and collective actions with one another and the citizens in general when acting on behalf of the Party or otherwise when acting in any manner associated with the Party, namely:

... act at all times honestly, in good faith and in a manner which will enhance the image of and be in the best interests of the Party


... always be truthful, treat others fairly and with respect, and accept that honesty is essential to the development and maintenance of the trust that is essential to both building and developing the Party and the Province

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Strong Economy --- Secure Tomorrow --- When I Say?



How many of you have wondered about the TRILLIONS in tax revenue BC was to achieve from LNG ... the tens of thousands of jobs its would create ... how it would lead to a debt free BC ... and that we would have the first of 5, no 3 , no heaven only knows how many ACTUAL LNG plants up and running between 2015 and 2020?

Well here for you are just a FEW of the promises made, and not kept, by the BC Liberal
government.


Multiple investors across the natural gas sector have expressed interest in developing LNG export facilities. The first commercial LNG export facility in Canada is scheduled to open in Kitimat, on B.C.’s central coast, by 2015.


CBC’s Reality Check team finds for Clark to make these claims with no deals in place, it's more hype and hope than fact, and we are calling them political spin.


Our latest data indicate that a scenario with five LNG plants constructed in B.C. between 2015-2024 would create a total industry investment of $175 billion creating up to 100,000 jobs: 58,700 direct and indirect construction jobs, 23,800 permanent direct and indirect jobs for operations, and thousands more of induced jobs as a result of households having more income.


Grant Thornton concluded that an LNG industry in B.C., based on five plants operating by 2021, could create more than 39,000 annual jobs over a nine-year construction period and approximately 75,000 jobs once the plants were fully operational - more than 100,000 jobs in total.


AND FINALLY ... Moving forward, we’ll create the BC Prosperity Fund to capture LNG royalty revenues, and dedicate all revenues to debt reduction until provincial debt is eliminated. We’ll also enact legislation to protect the BC Prosperity Fund from becoming a cash-cow for wasteful and desperate government spending. It all starts with setting the right conditions of investment, which will result in a positive final investment decision, which we’re already doing.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Wasting one more minute of time and energy in the BC Conservative Party, by anyone, is sheer lunacy!



Out of respect to the BC Conservative Party, and to its members, I have held
back from stronger comments I have had around concerns for its future.  

NOT ANY MORE.   

Here and now I will publicly state that a majority (how large or small I do not know) of the BC Conservative Party Executive and Board do not have a bloody clue what they are doing.  In fact, they seem hell bent for leather in destroying the last scrap of credibility it has, small as it may be.

This was infinitely confirmed to me today when I received an email from Dan Denis, a former member, who in fact spent time as a member of the BC Conservative Executive a few years back.  In it, he stated that upon the urging of fellow conservatives, he had been encouraged to take out a membership once again.  They response of the Membership Chair Bob Bray, and by extension the Board and Executive of the Party, was to refuse it. Dan stated:

I have officially been refused renewal of my membership to the party 
by way of a written letter signed by Bob Bray, membership chair.

No reason has been given as to the refusal, and I can only assume the 
dictators currently at the helm are so focused on themselves and their private boys club they really do intend to bring the party to a bitter end


Here is the entire email that he copied me on, and that he has given me permission to share:


Hi ___ xyz ___,

Since your request to me and others to once again get involved in the BC Conservative party a few weeks back I have wavered on my decision, albeit more often against than for, as you are aware, but did actually renew my membership to ensure the option was available.   

Today, that decision has been made for me as I have officially been refused renewal of my membership to the party by way of a written letter signed by Bob Bray, membership chair.  No reason has been given as to the refusal, and I can only assume the dictators currently at the helm are so focused on themselves and their private boys club they really do intend to bring the party to a bitter end.  

It amuses me that the current board of directors would welcome back those who were completely responsible for the demise of the party prior to the last election, but subbed  those such as myself, Alan Forseth, and probably others we are not yet aware of who have been loyal, honest and hard working individuals.

A congratulatory remark was stated shortly after the leadership convention to the current leader of the party, "Congratulations Dan Brooks, you will go down in history as being the last leader of the BC Conservative Party."   There may be more truth to that than once thought.