“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, November 30, 2018

FORSETH Every step we take in this fight must include the voices, and acknowledge the experiences, of those who have faced this type of violence

If you are unaware, and that is a distinct possibility as there has not been a lot in the media about it, we are currently in the midst of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence. 

This is a campaign inspired by the United Nations, to help advance gender equity, make life better and make communities safer for women, girls and transgender people in BC and around the world.  It is also something which all 4 western provinces in Canada are working towards.  It is not however, at least at the moment, something with a unified focus and plan across the west.

Regardless, Manitoba’s Rochelle Squires, Minister responsible for the Status of Women, is unequivocal in saying:

We want to take aim at victim blaming and the notion that it’s a woman’s job to keep herself safe and prevent sexual assault.  We must place the onus squarely on perpetrators or potential perpetrators, because the best way to stop sexual assault is to not assault someone in the first place”.

Sadly, a Global News report from this past May stated the province of Saskatchewan has long had the dubious distinction of being a national leader in rates of sexual assault and domestic violence.

To help in making change to this kind of negative national leadership, Saskatchewan became the first Canadian province to introduce legislation known as Clare’s Law.  First introduced in the United Kingdom, it was named in honour of Clare Wood, a woman who was murdered by her partner, and who unaware of his violent past.  Now, Saskatchewan police are able to release information about someone’s violent or abusive past, to intimate partners who may be at risk.

Victims of interpersonal violence, and abuse, demonstrate great courage in stepping forward to tell their stories,” said Tina Beaudry-Mellor, Saskatchewan’s Minister Responsible for the Status of Women.

Last spring, the Saskatchewan government also launched The Listen Project, in partnership with the Public Legal Education Association (PLEA). The project provides two hours, more depending on circumstances, of free legal advice to survivors of sexual violence.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

FELDSTED: If host nations are dumb enough to subsidize operations, helping improve the profit margin, don’t expect a ‘thank you’ or future loyalty

What makes Prime Minister Justin Trudeau believe he can use tax dollars to bail out auto workers and not provide equal support to other workers caught in downsizing, restructuring or bankruptcies? When did equal rights become special rights?

More to the point, what is he doing to support thousands of Alberta oil patch workers caught in maelstrom of his chaotic energy and environmental policies? Why are they less deserving than Ontario auto workers? Of all people, the unemployed in the oil industry deserve consideration because they are victims of federal policies.

Actions have consequences, and his action have created massive unemployment and disruption of families and lives. What is he going to do about it?        

MEANTIME… from CBC Canada:
the provincial government can't offer the company anything that would persuade it to keep the Oshawa plant and its 2,500 good-paying jobs, GM Canada president Travis Hester told the premier.

“'Is there anything we can do as a province, absolutely anything?”, a downcast Ford told a news conference Monday. "Asked him numerous times, and the answer was… “No, there's nothing. Basically, the ship has already left the dock.”

No bail out, no special tax concessions, no shared investment in new technology will keep the automaker's plant open.

"It blows my mind" said interim Liberal leader John Fraser. "It's a weak response, it's unconscionable" the previous Liberal government (along with the federal Conservative government at the time) invested "billions and billions of dollars to save hundreds of thousands of jobs because we know how important the auto sector is to us."

This ‘analysis’, is nothing more than leftist hand-wringing over policies that have failed in the past. The analyst conveniently forgets that in 2008-09 the Conservative government of the day was in a minority position and opposition parties were screaming for an auto sector bailout to “save jobs”.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

FELDSTED: Newspapers once dug out what governments were and were not doing, and shone a light into the dark corners of our legislatures and parliament

Watching Finance Minister Morneau and Prime Minister Trudeau congratulating one another over their $585 million subsidy to the media industry made me ill.  The usual suspects came forth denouncing the subsidy as an attempt to buy off the media.
The media in Canada had an income of over $80 billion in 2016.  $585 million is a drop in the ocean – less than 1% of income (0.73%). It is less than one half of what they pump into the CBC every year.

The five giants who dominate Canadian media (which does not include the CBC as its revenues are made up largely of taxpayer subsidies) fear that a government may break up their monopolies. The top five - Bell, Rogers, Telus, Shaw and Quebecor accounted for 71.1% of the $80 billion network media economy in 2016.  The media in Canada is vertically integrated. The same owners control newspapers, magazines, radio stations, TV stations, internet, cable and wireless services.

When Sun News tried to break into the market, it could not access cable bandwidth and died from lack of access to customers. Some media owners refused to run the Sun broadcasts on their networks. So much for free enterprise and freedom of the press.

Media consolidation has resulted in editorial and journalism consolidation. Network owners set the tone for its newsroom editors. The editors decide on copy and content for most, if not all, of the outlets in the network – newspapers, magazines, radio stations and TV outlets.

For practical purposes independent journalism and a free press is dead.

Friday, November 23, 2018

IF media is going to survive as a true Fourth Estate or Fourth Power, then it MUST remain free of political interference

Yesterday I received two emails, and coincidentally they were both on the same topic.... the News Media.

The first was from Leah who said to me … PLEASE DO A BLOG ON THIS!!!

By the way, that was her HUGE BOLD FONT not mind – I just copied and pasted to show her emphasis.  The request was in reference to a story “Justin Trudeau Buying the Media in time for 2019 Election”

Then there was the second email.  It came from Conservative Party of Canada Ontario MP Peter Kent who stated:

I would like to apologize sincerely for suggesting yesterday that – based on government messaging – the Liberals were going to offer legacy media organizations a $50 million bailout package in an election year.  I was wrong – they are actually giving them a $595 million bailout package.

It is highly unlikely Peter Kent is going to read this piece, but Leah likely will.  Likely because my response to her yesterday was to say,

“So much has been written on this; and I agree that at the very least there us ab impression of the media being bought off.  I don't know what more I might add?”

I have changed my mind because there is something I believe can be said, which is different to what has already been stated.

There are now very few areas of life that the government has not intruded – that, to the point where there is so much reliance on government, nothing that might question the motives of what they do, can safely be questioned.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

As a new ICU for Nanaimo General Hospital is announced, one medical staffer says the current one is, “… the grossest in Canada”

It is extremely doubtful anyone in Nanaimo is going to complain about todays announcement from NDP Health Minister Adrian Dix -- including Liberal supporters through-out the region.  That said, news of a new intensive care unit (ICU) to be built at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) has raised suspicion, from at least a few people, as to the timing.

“Our government is proud to move forward with replacing
this out-of-date ICU” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health
This morning Health Minister Adrian Dix stated, “Our government is proud to move forward with replacing this out-of-date ICU”.

Patients will be able to receive the high levels of care they require in a more modern facility, which will be three times the current unit’s size, and health-care workers will also be able to take advantage of updated medical technology to help save lives.”

The government media release stated that the need for a replacement of the aging ICU is something the community has called for over many years.  In 2013, an external review of three of Island Health’s tertiary ICUs called Nanaimo’s unit one of the worst in Canada, and a risk to patients.

A medical staff member, at Nanaimo General Hospital (NGH), pretty much echoed those same words as they stated to me that their ICU is, “… the grossest in Canada.”  They then went on to say that the people of Nanaimo had been asking the former Liberal government for a new one for ten years.

Which is why some, including at least one medical staff worker, said some in their community blame the former BC Liberal government for delays in having it replaced.

" when the BC Liberals built the new $38 million ER department, the ICU asked for a unit to be built above the ER.  It would have cost a fraction of what this (the new development) will cost because it would've been in the same building.  I think the number was $10 million at that time."

And that brings us around to a matter of timing for this announcement.  I have been told by one individual that … “the timing seems suspicious’.  Another said to me, “… even if it's a vote buy, no one cares because it's so bad they can’t keep docs or nurses …”

Sunday, November 18, 2018

BC GOVT NEWS: Don't be one of the 40% of families who leave the $1,200 B.C. Training and Education Savings Grant unclaimed

Take advantage of education savings opportunities designed to save money!

Almost 80% of job openings in British Columbia over the next decade will require some form of post-secondary education. Some easy ways for parents to help to plan for their children’s future include the opportunity to receive $1,200 toward a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) – available for children between six and nine years old.

There are no additional fees, or financial contributions, needed to receive the $1,200 BC Training and Education Savings Grant – and these grants are available through one of 56 banks or financial institutions in Canada.

This allows parents and families who cannot currently afford to put money aside, the opportunity to start a RESP. Even the smallest investment can grow over time and make it easier to pursue post-secondary education and training.

Do not be one of the 40% of families who leave this grant unclaimed. Deadlines to apply for the provincial grant are fast approaching:

  • Children born in 2009 have until the day before their 9th birthday to apply.
  • Children born in 2010 have until their 9th birthday in 2019 to apply. 
  • Children born in 2006 also have until Aug. 14th, 2019 to apply. 

Receive up to $2,000 to invest in a RESP.  Eligible families with modest incomes can receive up to $2,000 for each child’s RESP from the Canada Learning Bond. There are no fees and parents can receive this grant without making any additional financial contributions:
For more information, CLICK HERE

Have personal RESP contributions matched by the Canadian government.  The Canada Education Savings Grant will match parents' contributions up to a maximum of $7,200 per child.

Thinking about upgrading or making a career change?  Academic courses are now free of charge for all BC adult learners.  For more information CLICK HERE

To Learn More, about BC Training and Education Savings Grants, CLICK HERE

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Pipeline protestors are myopic, narrow-minded shills who have one single objective that is contrary to the interests of Canada and her people

Vivian Krause leads fight against Americans who have landlocked the oil sands
David Staples  ~~  Edmonton Journal  ~~  November 14, 2018

It’s not often that powerful American interests are completely open about their success at thwarting a foreign economy, but that’s what happened a year ago when Michael Marx talked up his achievements.

Protesters and activists have two goals -- keep Canadian
oil in the ground, and if not, then keep our oil landlocked
“From the very beginning, the campaign strategy was to land-lock the tar sands so their crude could not reach the international market where it could fetch a high price per barrel. This meant national and grassroots organizing to block all proposed pipelines.”

 co-ordinated two major American charitable foundations, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and The Tides Foundation, in their anti-oilsands fight … campaign has supplied tens of millions in U.S. dollars to groups such as Greenpeace Canada, Idle No More, Leadnow, Living Oceans Society, the Pembina Institute, the Sierra Club, the World Wildlife Fund Canada and various First Nations to battle against the oil sands

CLICK HERE to read full article

I wonder how many pipeline protestors will admit they are indoctrinated shills of American corporate billionaires. They are not protecting anything other than the foreign bank accounts of the people who pay for organizing them. All that holier than thou, protect our environment posturing is a scam.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Dear Conservative Party of Canada ... the Reform Party, forerunner of what eventually became the CPC, was once called extremist as well. They weren't however, were they?


The Conservative Party of Canada (CPC), which claims no allegiance to the bc LIBERAL Party, is actively campaigning to have people vote No, as recommended by the Liberals, on the Referendum vote currently underway ... and they're using the same scare tactics as the LIBERALS!

Not only that, at the same time they're also using the vote as a fund-raising method, by using the following terms to scare people – just like the bc LIBERALS: 

… radically change … poorly-conceived … trying to force … dictate a major shift in a province’s democracy … extremist parties  … a real danger … back rooms cloaked in secrecy … disaster … consequences could be dire … 


Here's just a brief portion of an email which was sent out by the CPC yesterday (Nov 15th)

" ... I don’t need to tell you about how extremist parties are a real danger of proportional representation – there’s examples of them holding the balance of power in democracies around the world ... they are playing fast and loose with the fundamental way we govern ourselves, and the consequences could be dire ... defend our democracy, and stand against this reckless change to our electoral system ... under proportional representation, coalition governments will be made in back rooms, cloaked in secrecy ... please consider making a donation to the federal Conservative Party so that we can fight for responsible government ... " 

GOOD GRIEF ... what a pile of horse manure! 

Oh, and by the way CPC ... the Reform Party, forerunner of what eventually became the CPC, was once called extremist as well. They weren't however, were they? That was just BS from those running scared of representative democracy that Reform stood for—MPs actually representing the will and wishes of their constituents!

It is sad to see the federal Conservative Party of Andrew Scheer showing such callousness now, and getting mired in the same muck as the bc LIBERALS.

In Kamloops, I'm Alan Forseth.  If you have a thought on this commentary, I hope you will share it directly below in the Comments Section of the blog.