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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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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!

Info commish defends Aussie junket during B.C. government transition


This feels like progress


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  • John Horgan took a selfie with Camosun College students and Advanced Education Minister Melanie Mark after announcing tuition-free Adult Basic Education and English Language Learning.JOHN HORGAN

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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.


Can Horgan Fix BC’s Broken Environmental Protection System?

Shawnigan Lake, Mount Polley show culture that reflects BC Liberals’ contempt for regulation, enforcement.


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.