Three days have passed and I suddenly realized I've been ignoring my Face book page! My bad!
First and foremost... congratulations (and I mean that!) to Mayor Mary and her new council! Well done!
I would like to highlight congrats to Ed Coleman... who, for very understandable compassionate reasons, was unable to participate in much of the campaign. In spite of that he topped the polls... true testament to his well-known good character. He will indeed be a valuable contributor to the new team!
Although I lost by only 102 votes, I take heart in winning in West Quesnel and North Quesnel. I think my opposition to the South Quesnel-founded idea of a parcel tax for West Quesnel Land Stability was the second factor that did me in.
Obviously the third man split was the first factor, but once I had announced my candidacy, I was committed. I tried to talk him into running for council, as he would have been a shoe-in. He said he couldn't afford to be just a councillor.
To win over an incumbent in a three-way race on a cold, windy and icy day is a long shot at best! The reality of my last council meeting on the 28th of November is sinking in... although I will only be able to sit in for a short while, as I will be working at our annual Rotary Auction that evening, too.
THOUSANDS OF BRITISH COLUMBIANS SAY "NO" TO SMART METERS
PRESS RELEASE AND MEDIA ADVISORY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NOVEMBER 23, 2011
The Liberal Government and BC Hydro state that only a small number of people are concerned about the Wireless Smart Meters being forced upon them without consent. This is not accurate. Within one week, thousands of signatures have been gathered on a Petition organized by Citizens for Safe Technology Society demanding a moratorium and full independent review of BC Hydro's Wireless Smart Meter program.
To date, over 13,000 Petitioners are refusing the forced installation of Wireless Smart Meters, or demanding these same meters be removed for reasons of health, cost, privacy, security and safety. The Petition (both online and hard copies) will be presented to the Legislature on November 24, 2011, by John Horgan, NDP Opposition, Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources critic, MLA for Juan de Fuca.
Thursday November 24 from 6:30-9 PM at the Wise Hall (1882 Adanac St., Vancouver), join us as a fantastic list of speakers from the different areas of Rafe Mair's career rib and pay tribute to BC's defender of free speech, the environment and public interest - on the eve of his 80th Birthday. Featuring Rick Cluff, Red Robinson, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Michael Smyth, Moe Sihota, MC'd by CBC's Shiral Tobin - plus many more inspiring British Columbians. Tapas provided. All proceeds go to The Common Sense Canadian. Please note: We are going paperless for tickets - please include the name(s) of the ticket holders in the PayPal tool (below the selector for number of tickets) and we will add your name(s) to the guestlist.
Christmas 2011 – Birth of a New and Caring CanadianTradition
As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Canadians with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of Canadian labor. This year will be different. This year Canadians will give the gift of genuine concern for other Canadians. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by Canadian hands.
Yes there is!
It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?
Just how smart is BC Hydro? As smart as the so-called “Smart Meter” that they’ve undertaken to install on every residential, industrial and governmental building throughout the province of B.C.?
I’ve been aware of their plans and have been following the controversy that has been building from day one regarding the number of legitimate concerns that the people of British Columbia have voicing: health concerns; privacy concerns; and the hidden costs that inevitably show up after the system has been put in place and the consumer realizes that their hydro bill continues to skyrocket as it has ever since the Liberal government under former leader Gordon Campbell, began selling off the once pride and joy of B.C. to foreign interests in the Liberal’s bid to privatize anything and everything that once benefitted the people of the province.
The dismantling of one of our most prized and lucrative Crown corporations is a story for another time. What I want to share in this article is my own experience thus far with how the Liberal government and BC Hydro are doing their damnedest to have their ‘Smart’ Meters installed as quickly as possiby and before the uninformed electorate realize exactly what has happened to them.
Well, basically, it's all over except for the crying, the laughter, the joy and the disappointment that inevitably result whenever the citizens have the opportunity to exercise their democratic right to vote for those who will, afterwards, rule the roost so to speak.
It's been for many, if not all, the candidates in this municipal race a grueling and demanding marathon where their time and their energy has been maxed out to the limits of endurance.
As one of the contestants for council, Mitchell Vik, so aptly put it last evening when I caught him racing out of his K-MAX video store to attend yet another evening event, "There's no rest for wicked you know...."
TSILHQOT’IN NATION CONSULTATION ON PROSPERITY MINE PROPOSAL
B. Simpson: Will the Minister of Aboriginal Relations please tell this House what the government is going to do to address the issue that the Tsilhqot'in National Government have flatly rejected Prosperity mine in any form?
Hon. R. Coleman: I have been in extensive conversations with the Tsilhqot'in over the last number of months. Over that period of time we've been dealing with their issues and looking at their long-term economic opportunities. Many of them affect not just mineral exploration in their particular area of British Columbia but also opportunities in power and in mills and opportunities with them being involved in IPP and those types of opportunities.
"Something's happening here but it just ain't exactly clear"
Stephen Stills, For What It's Worth, 1966
What do you do with a videographer who moves to a small community in the central interior of B.C. to work for a large corporate cable television company and ends up spending sixteen years dedicated to the local people, making themself available basically night and day in order to help develop a community cable news and entertainment network so that the citizens can stay informed on issues important to their city? Why after such determination and dedication and service you do the obvious thing. You just call them into your office and with no explanation whatsoever give them their walking papers and say their services are no longer required. And to make double sure that they don't do anything that could jeopardize matters you take away their keys and prevent them from ever entering the studio they once called home for the greater portion of their professional life!
Sound a bit weird to you? Well it certainly does sound strange and rather unbelievable yet that is just what happened in Quesnel on Wednesday, November 2nd when Shaw cable's well respected representative for Quesnel and area, Steve Bernard, experienced just such a scenario as described above.
Shaw's former videographer Steve Bernard filming the St. Laurent Ave. Re-opening ceremonies at
Life is tough. No question about it. For most people there's little humour in the events of the day or in what we see crossing our television screens. On the other hand doctors and assorted healers tell us all the time that one of the best medicines is laughter. Thus this new addition to the Sentinel's Main Menu.
So if you have some humour to share with readers please feel free to send it alongl. Either jokes in text format or else cartoons. Please try to send images in jpg format or tiffs. Do keep it clean, non-racist or sexist and funny. Thanks. Editor. Send your contributions to email@example.com .
First Nations may not have a veto, but they can still stop mining expansion
MLA Cariboo North
MLA Bob Simpson
November 15, 2011
Bob Simpson, the independent MLA for Cariboo North is challenging the provincial government to rethink its aboriginal relations strategy if it truly wants to see mining expand in BC anytime soon.
“The Premier’s misrepresentation of the West Moberly First Nations’ position on the Gething coal mine project is indicative of her government’s increasing lack of respect for the ability of First Nations to thwart or outright stop mining expansion in this province,” said MLA Bob Simpson.
“First Nations may not have a direct veto over individual mining projects, but they have constitutional and legal rights which demand higher standards of consultation than the government is currently practicing and First Nations also have the ability to take either legal or direct actions that will chase mining investment away from BC,” said Simpson.
Simpson pointed out that the government is so grossly mishandling First Nations consultations with respect to the expansion of Mount Polley Mine in the Likely area that the Williams Lake and Xats’ull Indian Bands have been forced to consider taking either legal or direct action against this expansion.
VOTERS BEWARE: Lots of people shouldn't be running for office
By Jon Ferry, The Province November 14, 2011
Given all the untruths voiced at election time, should candidates for political office be forced to undergo lie-detector tests?
Well, it would certainly weed out the more sly and manipulative people in this current municipal campaign.
But I fear so many contestants would be eliminated that the election might become a case of the last person standing wins.
Lying (as in "I did not have sexual relations with that woman") or overpromising (as in "I promise to end homelessness by 2015") is as common among campaigning politicians as predicting doom and gloom is among climate scientists.
Mayoral candidate Ron Craigmyle handing over a $500.00 cheque given to him by the City of Quesnel employees union for the purchase of campaign signs to Capt. Jim VanderHeyden of the Salvation Army. For many present at the Legion's All Candidate's forum on Saturday, November 12th, the public display was interpreted as a misguided and transparent publicity stunt designed to win votes.
"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?"
Mark 8: 36
As Quesnel's civic election draws closer to the finish line of November 19th the race for the Mayor's chair continues to gain momentum as the contestants vie for the lead.
Along with the flaring of nostrils and the snorting and hoof beats that voters observed while attending the All Candidates Forum at Quesnel's Legion on Saturday afternoon there was an additional display of political chicanery that this observer found to be rather reprehensible and in need of comment.
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QUESNEL MAYORAL CANDIDATE RON PAULL SIGNS CONTRACT WITH TAXPAYERS.
November 9, 2011
[Editor's note: Given the outstanding issues that have dominated the local media over the past year regarding the city's spending habits the Sentinel finds it rather refreshing and promising to see one of the mayoral candidates in this upcoming civic election actually willing to commit to Quesnel taxpayers that they would hold themselves accountable on all levels to those who pay the bills.]
City of Quesnel mayoral candidate Ron Paull believes he is the only Quesnel candidate to join 86 other BC mayoral and councillor candidates to sign the Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation’s Contract With Taxpayers, which calls for limiting property tax increases to the rate of inflation, expanding direct democracy at city halls and supporting transparency initiatives like publishing expenses and submitting to a Municipal Auditor General. It also asks for the introduction of a Taxpayer Protection Bylaw, which would put these rules into municipal law—and dock 15% of the pay of mayors and councillors who raised taxes beyond inflation.
[Editor's Note: The need for high speed internet in those rural areas of the Cariboo still forced to rely upon either Telus dial up or else so-called "high speed" satellite internet services such as Xplornet.com has never been more urgent or greater.
It boggles the mind to think that residents of the Cariboo who, for whatever reasons, are living outside the reach of the normal high speed that the urban dwellers now take for granted still have to contend with the vast array of challenges that face them when using the net.
Of any I ought to know. I've been involved in the publishing industry for well over a decade now and for much of that time had to rely upon my local ISP for dial up service. It was only in the last 3 or 4 years that satellite "high speed" was available but even that is a misnomer for it still is not anywhere near as "high" as what the cable provides and thus is extremely limiting for anyone who requires a fully functioning high speed.
Satellite internet is also very costly and yet even with it many of the functions that city dwellers take for granted are still unavailable. Watching YouTubes or video via satellite high speed or performing video conferencing or sending any appreciable amount of email to one's list or lists is basically still impossible or else so time consuming that it's not worth the effort.
I therefore applaude MLA Simpson's efforts to expedite a swift transition toward a fully functioning service.]
MLA SIMPSON CALLS FOR EXPANDED BROADBAND INTERNET SERVICES IN CARIBOO NORTH
Independent MLA Cariboo North
For Immediate Release
October 31, 2011
Bob Simpson, Independent MLA for Cariboo North presented a petition today in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia on behalf of hundreds of constituents calling for the expansion of broadband internet services to rural areas of Cariboo North. This petition comes as the Provincial Government has entered into an agreement with Telus for a $1-billion internet and cellular expansion project called "Connecting British Columbia" to be implemented over the next 10 years.
Quesnel mayoral candidate Ron Paull, in his commitment to comment on issues in the November 19 civic elections, has released his position statement on the proposed Multi Centre. Paull said that in the last two elections, this was a major plank in his platform, as it is today. He noted he and wife Pat Morton held season tickets for Quesnel Millionaires hockey and now for the Kangaroos. They are also season ticket holders at Theatre Northwest in Prince George, but would prefer to stay home for their live theatre fixes. Paull was also a founding member of the Quesnel Theatre Action Group. “Under my leadership, the Multi Centre will be higher priority than before. We have just two years left in our five-year window from the ‘08 referendum. Let’s get moving!”