“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

Friday, January 27, 2017

NANCY BEPPLE -- I intend to make sure those voices are heard and that policies address their concerns



Drop by the Elections BC official website, online at http://www.elections.bc.ca/index.php/2017-provincial-general-election/ ... and you'll find the following information:



The next provincial general election in British Columbia is scheduled for May 9, 2017. In February and March, Elections BC will be updating the voters list to get British Columbians ready to vote. Our website will be updated regularly from now until after the election. You can also follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to receive regular updates.



Register to vote

You can get ready to vote by registering or updating your voter information now. It’s easy to do online or by phone:


**  Register by phone by calling 1-800-661-8683



In just over 3 months we will be headed to polling station across the Province to elect our next government ... and in our local ridings for our MLA.



Where I live, in the Kamloops South Thompson riding, candidates have already been announced for the three main parties.  The BC Liberals of course have incumbent MLA / Transportation Minister Todd Stone, it's Donovan Cavers for the Green Party, the Communist Party will be represented by Beat Klossner ... along with the NDP.



Two-term Kamloops City Councillor Nancy Bepple will carry the flag for the BC NDP. Bepple was acclaimed to the position in December after Lillian Kwan withdrew from the process.



Candidates for the Kamloops South Thompson riding will be invited to share a bit about themselves, and what attributes make them the best choice to garner our vote.



First up --- Nancy Bepple for the BC NDP.



What personal skills, knowledge, and background do you have which will make you the best candidate for the people of Kamloops-South Thompson to consider in casting a ballot for you?

·         For almost 6 years as a City Councillor and for 15 years as a Co-op Coordinator at TRU, Ive worked closely with people across Kamloops. As a councillor I advocated for kids, people with disabilities and seniors. As a Co-op coordinate, I help young people get awesome jobs with local companies and companies across Canada.

·         Previously, I worked for top technology BC companies as a system analyst, meteorologist and project manager on projects in BC, across Canada, in the US, and around the world.

·         My strongest skill is my ability and commitment to build relationships, and to work with others to find solutions and improve our community.



If elected as the MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson in next May's provincial election, what will be your top priorities for the riding?

·         John Horgan and an NDP government will also work to make life more affordable for people here. Well put an end to unfair rate hikes and eliminate the MSP. And well raise the minimum wage to $15/ hour and build a sustainable economy with jobs that pay better and jobs that last.

·         And one of the most pressing issues here is that 30,000 people in Kamloops have no a family doctor. My top priority as MLA will be to shorten wait times for health care by fixing the doctor and health care worker shortage.



How will you seek input, from constituents, in issues important to the riding, and how will that affect how you vote in the legislature?

·         I will be available to my constituents, being out in the community to talk with them, share stories and hear their concerns. I will work with them to take those issues to the legislature.

·         I also use Twitter and Facebook to connect and engage with the community.

·         Its always important to know how decisions affect different constituents, and I will make sure that people in Kamloops have a voice when it comes to building our province.



Many provinces have multiple parties represented in their legislatures, however B.C. for decades now seems to be locked into a two-party system, as in the U.S. What negatives, and positives, do you see for the people of B.C. with the system as it currently is?

Monday, January 23, 2017

Government sanctioned, approved, and implemented "Lingchi" ... except in this case it's taxation by a thousand slices



Today (January 23rd) is the day.   

The BC Liberal Government said, "Cheers! New, modern liquor laws are now in effect." ... the reality however is that the biggest cheer went up from our BC Liberal government.



Why?  Because outside of those now having the opportunity to dispense beer, wines, ciders, etc, the only ones who will be benefiting from the new regulations, will be the Ministry of Finance.



More locations and opportunities to dispense alcohol, means more tax revenue to government coffers -- PERIOD!  Under the guise of freedom of when, how, and where to drink, the real reason is for increasing the gradual pull of money from the pockets of British Columbians.



If you haven't already, it's time to face reality. The amount of liquor consumed by individuals will not simply be distributed over more places ... it WILL increase the amount of alcohol consumed, and hence revenue to government. 


Don't even try to argue otherwise.



Will this be a substantial amount?  Hell No!



Hmmmmmmm ... where can I find a new way to
increase taxes and fees on British Columbians?
However, it's just one more little piece of the BC Liberal government's progression of siphoning money away without us realizing it ... all the while saying they are reducing taxes ... with a pious look on their faces.



Government sanctioned, approved and implemented "Lingchi" ... except in this case instead of death by a thousand slices, it's taxation by a thousand slices.


Friday, January 20, 2017

From the BC Government's "Yes, We Really Needed To Send Out a Media Announcement To Tell You This" Department



Seriously, the BC Liberal government decided in it's wisdom (and of course the wise stewardship of our tax dollars) that there had to be a media release to announce the purchase of 4 palliative care beds for Kamloops.



While the beds cost $30,000 each to purchase ... I wonder how many people it took to write, re-write, and approve each step through draft to finished product, and how many hours were needed to get quotes from MLAs Terry Lake and Todd Stone, along with Interior Health board chair John O’Fee.  



And remember too that the Media Relation official for the Ministry of Health ... along with David Weir the Communications Manager (BC Centre for Palliative Care) ... and Tracy Watson, (Communications Officer Interior Health) all had to be available for what must have been back to back interviews about this earth shaking announcement.



Sounding suitably somber, and specific to the situation, Terry and Todd had this to say:

This funding will help support Kamloops residents ... ensuring their dignity as well as maintaining their comfort during what can be a very emotional time for themselves and loved ones,” said Health Minister Terry Lake.

  

“... the funding ... will ensure that more Kamloops families can use to these services and can do so in comfort,” said Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Todd Stone.



John O'Fee, who has been politically active on the local, provincial, and federal fronts, was also included ... “Those nearing end of life and their loved ones deserve timely, well-co-ordinated, compassionate care as close to home as possible.”



NOW ... before anyone accuses me of being critical of palliative care patients getting these new beds, THAT IS NOT MY INTENT.



My intent is to again point out that the BC Liberal government will find any reason at all, to turn the every day expectations of what they should be doing, into a #WhoCaresNews story.



In Kamloops, I'm Alan Forseth

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

I know ... I'm on a one-person crusade about this ... however I refuse to quit!



A BC government media release today, from Public Safety and the Solicitor General, had the following headline: "Year-End Illicit Drug Death Numbers".  What they neglected to add, at least in my personal opinion (this is an editorial after all), were the following words ... "Continue to Spike Due to a Lack of Meaningful Action to Stem Production of Poison Drugs!"

I say this especially in light of the fact our provincial BC Liberal government has failed dismally in making it illegal to order / own a pill press for anyone other than a legitimate medication manufacturer ... and to demand that those manufacturing this poison are guaranteed to be charged with Murder when someone dies ... or attempted murder in every other case.

And why do I say this?  Because the government media release went on to say:
Provisional data show that a total of 142 persons died as a result of illicit drug use during the month of December, an average of nine every two days. The December deaths bring the provisional numbers for the full year of 2016 to a total of 914, an increase of almost 80% over the number of deaths in the previous year.

While this report did not release information on how many of these deaths were directly attributed to Fentanyl, the trend from earlier in the year would definitely indicate the vast majority of these deaths will have been from this poison.

Illicit fentanyl detected deaths appear to account largely for the increase in illicit drug overdose deaths since 2012 ... the number of illicit drug overdose deaths excluding fentanyl detected has remained relatively stable since 2011 (average of 293 deaths per year)

The Coroners Report also went on to say that:
The number of illicit drug overdose deaths in Dec 2016 (142) is the highest recorded in a month in BC and is more than double the average number of illicit drug overdose deaths since 2015 (59).

But wait a minute ... what about Naloxone kits?  Weren't they supposed to help stem the tide of deaths from Fentanyl poisoning?

All I can say is it's a good thing they were available, but they have done little, at least by the numbers, to stem the tide of deaths from Fentanyl laced drugs

Those who manufacture Fentanyl laced poisons should be charged with murder if a victim ends up dying.  On top of that, it's time for the BC government to make it illegal to own a pill press, except those actually licensed to manufacture legitimate medications.  Stop passing the buck and saying it's up to the federal government.

I appreciate, and congratulate the BC Coroners Service for continuing to "... work with the BC government’s Joint Task Force on Overdose Response and with health, community and law enforcement agencies to try to reduce this death toll."

Now ... here's a solution I'll provide for free!
  1. Charge manufacturers with murder ...
  2. Put them in jail ... and ...
  3. Provide services needed to help those with addiction issues get access to services within days, not months!

I know ... I'm on a one-person crusade about this ... however I refuse to quit!

In Kamloops ... I'm Alan Forseth.

Their Refusal to Acknowledge These Two Things Proves The BC NDP Still Haven’t Learned



Following the 2013 provincial general election, and Adrian Dix's flip-flop on Kinder Morgan (aka the Kinder Morgan Surprise), Tom Sigardson (the head of Unionized Trades in BC) stated the decision not to support the Kinder Morgan expansion was … “a disaster”. 

He went further saying it was a key moment that changed who many of the 23,000 BC and Yukon Territories Building and Construction Trades Council members voted for.

As the old saying goes Adrian Dix, and the NDP, managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.  Even Harry Lali, one of the longest serving NDP MLA’s was quoted saying:

When the announcement about the Kinder Morgan pipeline was made, it basically decimated Interior and northern BC for us — rural BC basically.”

adrian dix, kinder surprise, bc ndp
Former BC NDP leader Adrian Dix
So the KEY thing Adrian Dix is known for is … he blew the 2013 provincial general election with his Kinder Surprise.

In the coming weeks though, I wonder how many individuals and those in the media will take a trip down memory lane for another possible reason why (at least in part) the NDP will lose this May’s provincial general election as well. 

Where did train-wreck number two begin?  It began with members of the BC NDP creating a ridiculously strict policy (reaffirmed a number of times) where Straight White Heterosexual Males are basically denied the opportunity to seek nomination as candidates to run for the party. 

At the 2011 NDP convention Adrian Dix wrote off the repercussions by stating …
This won’t be a large number of seats, because I’m expecting almost all the NDP incumbents to run again in the next election, so it’s going to affect only those seats where incumbents retire.”


Just like Kinder Morgan the statement by Adrian Dix, regarding gender equality, was wrong.  It also showed a lack of intuition at what repercussions might arise from it in the future.

As recently as last September current party leader John Horgan said the policy remains:

a collection of equity targets we want to see… candidates are approved by the party executive, and as a candidate comes forward they will be dealt with on a one-off basis.”


Spring Hawes, Gerry Taft, Columbia River, Revelstoke, NDP
(From the CBC) Spring Hawes (left) questioned why her opponent Gerry
Taft (right) won the NDP provincial nomination in the Columbia River
Revelstoke riding, given the party's policy of increasing representation
of equity-seeking groups. Taft later revealed he is bisexual.
John Horgan’s tacit approval of continuing the policy is just as wrong, to the point where individuals appearing to be male are having to declare their sexual preferences, or even the most minor of medical problems.

Continuing this absurd policy will likely cost the NDP crucial seats they’ll need to have any hope of winning on May 9th.  Up in Northern BC, on Vancouver Island, and in the Kootenay’s … dissension has risen to the point where an NDP constituency association president, and some party members, will be campaigning as independents against the NDP. 

Should that be of any surprise to anyone?  No, not really.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

How Can Governments Thirst for Increased Tax Revenues be Squared With It's So-Called Concern for Those Suffering From Addictions



Why does the provincial government want to make it easier for alcohol to be accessible?  Well I don't wish to be cynical, however here are a few things you may wish to understand and be aware of.  Let's start with this ...

According to the Provincial Sales Tax Act, businesses are obligated by law to charge 10% Provincial Sales Tax (PST) on sales of liquor with an alcohol content higher than 1% (beer, ciders and coolers, mixed drinks, spirits and liqueurs, and wine).  As well, they also are required to charge 10% PST on chill charges, or other extra charges, included in the selling price of liquor.

That makes the sale, and consumption, of alcoholic beverages a huge revenue generator to BC's provincial government ... in fact to the tune of hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars.  And any loss of those revenues would be viewed with (I believe) a great deal of alarm.

So I ask you then, "Is it possible that the loosening of regulations regarding alcohol by impacted in any way by revenue / tax losses?"  You tell me.

Look no further than Business in Vancouver,for a possible answer.  "... British Columbia had the biggest drop in profit from alcohol sales among Canadian provinces in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014 ... generated almost $877 million in profit from alcohol sales in the 2013 /2014 fiscal year compared with $929.6 million a year earlier (2012 / 2013), according to the nation’s number cruncher."

The BC Liberal government however, was able to rebound just a year later, according to Statistics Canada, as you can see from Stats-Can figures ... when combined with those from the Business in BC article.



Net Income
2012 - 13

Net Income
2013 - 2014
Net Income
2014 - 2015

British Columbia

$929,600,000

$876,979,000

$935,233,000



Of course during this same period, we've had ever increasing slackening of where, when, and how alcohol can be sold and consumed --- including at more and more family based events. 

That's why it should have been no surprise that a BC Liberal media release, on November 16th, 2016, announced:

" ...
policy changes from the Province will allow all types of B.C. businesses to apply for a liquor licence, opening up possibilities for new revenue streams and diversified business services ... businesses like barber shops, salons, spas, cooking schools, art galleries and book stores will be able to apply for a liquor licence to diversify their business model and serve liquor to customers ... so long as they do not operate from a motor vehicle or target minors ... "


Monday, January 9, 2017

WHAT WILL HAPPEN if those revenue declines are even more severe?



Happy (?) New Year ... and from the "Just in case you missed it" files, news of what you'll be paying more for ...

As of January 1st Medical Services Plan (MSP) premiums increased by about 4 per cent, thanks to our BC Liberal government.  ON TOP OF THAT, MSP premium rates, paid by over half million couples, will increase by an additional $14 per month (on top of the above noted 4 per cent increase).

BUT THERE'S MORE ... Property Tax revenue is expected to grow by an average of 4.3 per cent during the next three years.

And of course there's the three we were already well aware of:
ICBC ... an average increase of 5%
Fortis ... increases by 2.76%
BC Hydro ... increases by 3.5%

The Carbon Tax was expected to increase annually by an average of 1.6 per cent per year, over the next three years.  Facing an election, and the heat the Federal Liberals were taking over the Carbon Tax, Christy Clarks BC Liberals decided against the increase. 

We should all be aware however that the Carbon Tax adds 6.7 cents for every litre of fuel to drive our vehicles ... and for something essential, like heating our homes, we get to pay $1.49 per gigajoule for natural gas. 

Those of course are costs we can actually see on our bills. 

We do however pay more for EVERYTHING necessary to live (food, clothing, appliances, footwear, outerwear, sporting goods etc etc) because all of those things require transportation, which requires fuel, which costs more, and whose added costs get passed on to us.

The BC Liberal government also acknowledges, in the 2016 / 17 Budget and Fiscal Plan, that personal income tax base revenue (excluding tax measures and accounting adjustments for prior years) is forecast to average 4.5 per cent annual growth over the next three years. And as if they weren't already taking enough from you, Provincial Sales Tax revenue growth is expected to average 4.3 per cent annually over the next three years.

Headed into an election in just four more months, the one thing you WON'T hear the government discussing is our Provincial Debt. 

During the current fiscal year, provincial debt will increase from $65.3 billion to $67.7 billion ... an increase of 2.4 BILLION!!!   And total provincial debt is projected to be $71.9 billion by 2018 /19.

Looking at the provincial governments own Budget and Fiscal Plan 2016 / 2017 is not for the faint of heart.  There are a number of things that could have a severe impact resulting in debt increasing by an even greater amount. 

So what does our BC government say could be major risks to their fiscal plan? Here's just two of them: