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Fewer than half of Pickton inquiry recommendations ‘in progress’ or complete

Fewer than half of Pickton inquiry recommendations 'in progress' or complete
 Robert Pickton is shown in an artist’s drawing listening to the guilty verdict handed to him BC Supreme Court in New Westminster, Sunday, December 9, 2007. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Felicity Don



VANCOUVER – Nearly a year after a retired judge called for sweeping change to prevent another Robert Pickton, the British Columbia government has yet to implement the vast majority of his recommendations, with work started on only half of them.

The province has released a report this week outlining its progress in the 11 months since commissioner Wally Oppal issued dozens of recommendations designed to address the failures that allowed Pickton to target sex workers in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

The government says work has started on 28 of Oppal’s recommendations, three of which are considered fully implemented. Half of Oppal’s recommendations that relate to the provincial government are not even addressed in this week’s status update.

But Oppal said he remains hopeful progress, though slow, will continue.

“I’m as impatient as anyone else, having lived with this for a better part of three years, but I’m trying to change a system that’s been in operation for a long time,” he said in an interview.

“Change, if it’s going to be meaningful and significant change, doesn’t come as quickly as some of us would like to see. I’d like to see it being done quicker, but on the other hand, you have to be realistic about it.”

Oppal’s December 2012 report identified a litany of “systemic” police failures that allowed Pickton to remain at large for so long, while also concluding that if his victims weren’t poor, drug-addicted women from the Downtown Eastside, more would have been done to save them.

He issued 65 recommendations, from additional services for vulnerable women to significant changes to the structure of policing in the province. Of those, 56 fell within the jurisdiction of the provincial government.

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The Vote November 16, 2013 – Some Background Regarding BFI

UPDATE NOVEMBER 17, 2013.     

Rural garbage pickup, recycling rejected in Comox Valley

Published: November 17, 2013 11:00 AM
Updated: November 17, 2013 11:54 AM
In a referendum Saturday, voters rejected a proposal for garbage pickup and recycling in rural areas of the Comox Valley.
Unofficial results of the proposed roadside solid waste pickup service in electoral areas of A, B and C show 73 per cent of 4,289 voters said no.
The turnout percentage was 29 per cent.

Official results will be posted by Wednesday, Nov. 20.


Star BC Liberal Pollster Registers as Government Lobbyist

Dimitri Pantazopoulos didn’t break any rules, but critics ask if insiders should so soon make the switch.

By Bob Mackin, 14 Aug 2013,

BC legislature

IntegrityBC executive director Dermod Travis says rules and regulations for lobbyists in B.C. ‘have as much teeth as a newborn baby.’ Photo by chrisleboe in Your BC: The Tyee’s Photo Pool.


The BC Liberal pollster who claims his research predicted May’s election upset win over the NDP registered to lobby the government for a garbage-hauling company less than two months after he quit his assistant deputy minister job.

But Dimitri Pantazopoulos and the B.C. Public Service Agency both deny any rules were broken.

The July edition of the Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists’ “Who’s Lobbying Who” noted Pantazopoulos was “setting up meetings with several MLAs on behalf of BFI Canada Inc. regarding a decision related to the establishment of an incinerator facility.”

Pantazopoulos’s July 12 registration listed 10 target contacts, including deputy premier Rich Coleman, Environment Minister Mary Polak, Finance Minister Mike de Jong and Transport Minister Todd Stone. The registration does not mention what, if any, meetings or communication have taken place.

The Post Employment Restrictions for Senior Management in the B.C. Public Service policystates: “Until one year after your employment ends, you must not lobby or otherwise make representations for any outside entity to any ministry or organization of the government in which you were employed at any time during the year immediately preceding the termination of your employment.”

Conservative strategist Pantazopoulos worked for Stephen Harper, Stockwell Day and Rob Ford before Premier Christy Clark hired him as her principal secretary on April 4, 2011. He became assistant deputy minister of Intergovernmental Relations and Trade on Feb. 15, 2012 and quit May 22, 2013, eight days after the election. His duties included federal-provincial and interprovincial relations and coordination of trade missions.

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Posted in Funny, Government, Hillbilly, Kensington Island Properties aka KIP Costanza, 34083 Yukon Inc., UBID

Union Bay Real Estate For Sale – The Money Pit

When I first started looking at real estate in the Valley 20 years ago, prices were no indicator as to the quality available.  Like now, they’re hanging on to the ridiculous prices being paid when the market was hot and prices inflated due to all the promises made by developers like Kensington Island Properties.  The wacky real estate continues.  One guy had a house for sale a couple of  years ago that was under 700 sq ft. for under $175,00.   This year with no additions, he was selling it as 900 sq ft for under $250,000.  One that had their home listed for years starting out at over $600,000. has finally reached an asking price of under $400,000.  and actually might have sold.  How about the home built by 3 couples on speculation.  It’s been sitting empty since completion with the asking price starting at $849,000. which has been reduced to $599,000.  Another brand new home sitting empty built on speculation with the asking price just over $600,000. is now down to $549,000.  Character home barged in and restored asking price in June $452,000., now listed for $399,000.  A home which was listed and failed to sell a couple of years ago and has now been listed for $10,000. more than when it didn’t sell even though prices have fallen.  Those with homes between $250,000. and $300,000.  are hanging on trying to stay above that 250 mark.  They need to look at the homes better than theirs that sold in the 230 range last year.

The realtors have been using Kensington Island Properties as a selling feature in Union Bay for years as though it was a solid investment which could only go up.  Remember how many realtors showed up to support Kensington Island Properties hearings when the Regional District took the decision from the community of Union Bay and allowed any asshole anywhere to submit their support after a judge ruled against the Regional District in changing the water source (Langley Lake) illegally. Here’s a link indicating where those who voted actually lived and the realtors are highlighted in ‘yella’.  Notice any mention of Kensington Island Properties these days in the realtors bullshit?  The only selling features in Union Bay:  OCEAN and FOREST……….and that is going to cost you big time.  We all know we are not being told the truth.  The standards are rock bottom – always have been – always will, but the money continues to flow and costs increase with basically nothing to show for the amount spent.  In the last 20 years how much has been spent on improvements to the existing water system?  Now landowners will pay an extra couple of hundred dollars per year into a savings account to raise money for a new fire hall and trucks in 2019.  The Improvement District Board will pass a motion or resolution giving them the authority to bill the landowners using a legal way of bypassing any public opposition such as these individuals did with the previous Board who wanted to spend $2 Million compared to the rough guess of $4 Million plus by the new manipulators.

Ask your realtor about the costs of the 4321 water system Union Bay is forced to install because the previous board/manipulators pushed development of Kensington Island Properties.  The only reason we are forced to install this very expensive system is because of the intention to build by KIP.  So KIP’s doing squat – nothing happening but will Union Bay get a break?  KIP has been slithering around Union Bay for years.  Has anyone benefited from Kensington Island Properties to date?  Big fucking bad joke is what KIP is.  The Saviour of Union Bay?  More like a Joke on Union Bay with those numerous inbred trolls, religeous nuts and big fish/small pond syndrome followers.

Kensington Island Properties has lost another supporter.  Ran into Charlie at the Market and he told me his house sold.  Christ, he had it for sale numerous times over the last 10 years.  Charlie was a big KIP supporter, even wrote a letter to the editor criticizing the group who legally challenged and won against the Regional District, starting his letter by “Democracy is great, but….”  It’s guys like Charlie that gather on November 11 to pay respects but fail to respect and promote democracy we had because of those who died.  Instead, we have allowed corruption and accept it as a fact of life because people are spineless and fear criticism from their fucked up neighbours/relatives/religious fakes.

Everyone knows how Daphne Hamilton was treated because her and Bill had to nerve to sign their names opposing the firehall.  Who took it upon themselves to tear a strip off Daphne?  Daphne never went to the church again to sing in the choir and Bill lays the blame of her deterioration and hospitalization squarely on the shoulders of those who inflicted this pain and anguish on his wife for exercising their democracy.   It’s obvious how much this is on Bill’s mind as he mentions it often in his sorrow at Daphne’s death.  Someone should put together an accurate book about good old Union Bay and what’s being bred here.  It could be called “Union Bay – Deadly Dysfunctional.”

It’s really too bad Henry Morgentaler didn’t open a clinic here.  The number of “should have been aborted” here is staggering.  What we have is a large percentage of “special” folks who can never leave.  They simply cannot make it in the world off the island.  Since they weren’t aborted, some have gone on to produce spawn they do not feed or support all the while thinking they are good parents.  Hell, they can’t support themselves.  There’s something to be said for sterilization.  Fucking idiots breeding more fucking idiots.

Deliverance could have been filmed here any day of the week.

Union Bay, Don't Ask, Don't Tell