Saturday, March 10, 2018

Butchering the Language

Doesn't anyone read their printed words after writing them?
Do people talk that way?
Maybe I'm old school, but after I've put my thoughts to a page, I generally read the document before sending or publishing.

I even text in full English sentences.
I do not type "See you B4 you leave".
I speak English, not Bingo.

But obviously that's a practice not employed by some folks.
It has, frankly, gotten to the point of irritating me when I read the foibles.
And it's everywhere!

CONTRACTIONS, not contradictions!  Source:

Here's a sampling, along with the source:

"After pushing asked a shopping cart filled with personal belongs aside on the sidewalk, the woman climbed through a hole she kicked in at the front entrance glass door."

from CHBC-news, dealing with the Cold Weather Shelter Dilemma.

and another:
"Forecasters will be keeping closer eye on the mountain snow pack over the next few weeks as winter starts to loosen some of its grip."
from Beach Radio news, dealing with the snowpack.

and another:
"There are no health-related affects to customers."
from Vernon Morning Star, dealing with Duteau water plant back on.

"Keep this blog topic open for future additions," Kia would've suggested.

That's a good idea...

Friday, March 9, 2018

"Water Woes" the Most Used Title?

This blog should've kept track how many times people's Letters to the Editor used that title.
Lots and lots of times, indicating what's on people's minds.

On Friday, March 9th, on page A9, here's one from John Hegler:

"We already have one of the highest water rates in North America, if not the highest yet, on top of that, another three per cent will be added, when inflation is only 1.9 per cent.  Rational:(sic) pile up reserves.

"...they not only threaten you,
 they are trying to blackmail you as well
 that you have 30 days to phone in to comply
 or pay a $265 fine plus
 another $35 per quarter
 on top of your water bill."

Would it not be nice if all the people struggling out there to make ends meet, could do the same.

Greater Vernon Water and the District of Coldstream send you a letter wanting to install a wireless transmitter on your water meter.  In this letter, in my opinion, they not only threaten you, they are trying to blackmail you as well that you have 30 days to phone in to comply or pay a $265 fine plus another $35 per quarter on top of your water bill.

I applied to Coldstream Council to be put on the agenda regarding this matter.  At this meeting, there was a person representing Greater Vernon Water, their spin doctor, who said it would cost $200 per house for the transmitter.

"The third batch goes out
 with the threats being added again.
 The mayor agreed it was a threatening letter."

Taking the population of Greater Vernon with an example of three people per house, would translate into over four million dollars.  She also announced that the first batch of letters sent out, they have received too many complaints over the threats in the letters.  The second batch of letters that were sent out, the threats were eliminated, they didn't like the compliance rate of the second batch of letters, so guess what?  The third batch goes out with the threats being added again.  The mayor agreed it was a threatening letter.  What a joke!

Now we lost a water meter reading job, and Vernon already has one of the highest unemployment rates.

In my opinion, they sit in their office with a cup of coffee in their hands, pat themselves on the back and give themselves a raise as they read your water meter on low frequency radio waves.  This is just the beginning of more raises to be added to your water bill.

Multi, multi millions of dollars have been spent on this Duteau Creek money pit, and millions more to come.

In a democracy, you are supposed to have freedom from fear, but in Greater Vernon, in my opinion, we live in a dictatorship.

Is this the new "norm", moving forward?  If they want something bad(sic) enough, in my opinion, they would do so at all costs.

Again, in my opinion, these people are so far out of touch with reality, they could not run a pop corn stand."

John Hegler

"Many people miss Mr. Common Sense (Brian Harvey), the former manager of the now defunct Vernon Irrigation District," Kia would've reminisced, adding "it's as though robots are running things nowadays!"

Or at least people who can't put themselves in users' shoes...or won't.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Slip Slidin' Away...

I'm reminded of the lyrics of Paul Simon's song as I contemplate the NDP back in power in British Columbia.

Slip Slidin' Away
Slip slidin' away
Slip slidin' away
You know the nearer your destination
The more you're slip slidin' away
"The nearer your destination..."
Well, I don't know if the NDP knows--or ever has realized--which direction they're heading, but let's let a few social media posters explain it:
The conversation is from the story here:

BC NDP’s payroll tax could force one business to raise prices by 10 per cent

The public comments were:
Sheila Hansom
The NDP have always been masters at destroying business... Tax them until the move out of province or just shut their doors leaving people out of jobs... The ones that do stay open need to raise their prices and that gets past on to the consumer so that the tax ends up coming out of our pockets anyway.
Like · Reply · 2 · 3 hrs
Bj Kane ·
Sheila,Yup, No Development we go again. Last time they were in BC,we had 28 active mines and by the time NDP were voted out we had 13 . Many big business moved,either to Calgary or out of the country. " BC stagnates under NDP rule." and we were known as " have not province."
Now we've got this duo- with all his big union boss- buddies...this is just the beginning,unfortunately,for BC.
Like · Reply · 4 · 2 hrs
William G Webster
Companies suceed when there is demand for their product.
If companies over estimate the value of their product, and charge too much for it, they either fail or they lower their prices.
Any company that cannot afford to pay its workers a fair wage, is not a viable company. If a company must raise its prices to cover wages, then the company is in trouble because, the company should not be hiring so many people that it can't afford to pay them.
The problem is not the payroll tax. The problem is the company is not viable to begin with, or the company's owner is just trying to get out of having to pay his or her fair share.
In this case, I think it is the latter, with a whole lot of ideological, anti tax, I want my whole pie for myself, bitterness thrown in.
Like · Reply · 1 · 8 hrs
Abby Perra-Dolmat ·
Just curious how many small businesses you've owned/operated?
Like · Reply · 5 · 2 hrs
Ethan Right ·
This business will close and be replaced by one in Surrey that is part of Trudeau's post national state. All the workers are from one family, they are here as family reunification immigrants .

There will be no payroll, no taxes, they all collect welfare while running their underground economy business.

And lefty's like William will cheer.
Like · Reply · 4 · 2 hrs
Terry Crossie
ha ha ha what a joke,,,,,,,nothing ever changes , they just wear different coloured coats. This year the red coats are mudding the waters, trying to look good,,and full fill their empty promises. ,,, What is it , pay peter by borrowing from fred, and then reverse the issue next month , or do you turn the clock back then or is it forward......confused? So is the leader of this province
Like · Reply · 2 · 11 hrs · Edited
John Jones
The BC government is a joke. ICBC is a joke. Everybody knows it. They are passing the cost on a small business because they are too stupid to make money themselves. Pigs at the trough oink oink.
Like · Reply · 3 · 13 hrs
Abby Perra-Dolmat ·
This is brutal! Forced increases in pay just enough to put business owners in a tough spot. then comes the double whammy of taxing on those increased wages. Good bye small business. No new hires and everyones hours cut. Seems pretty counter-productive.
Like · Reply · 7 · 14 hrs
William G Webster
Nonsense. If paying your workers a living wage is going to bankrupt you, then your business is not viable.
What is making small business disappear is not taxes, it is the proliferation of chain stores, chain services, chain restaurants, all owned by large corporate shareholders, most of who do not even live in this country.
The same people who claim they are going to be harmed, are driving around in nice cars, spending winter weeks in the Caribean, and have every toy in the book at home.
Like · Reply · 1 · 8 hrs

Like · Reply · 8 hrs
Sheila Hansom
William G Webster... Or you could sit on your lazy a** and complain that somebody has more than you.
Like · Reply · 3 · 3 hrs

"Paul Simon had it right," Kia would've stated, adding "but he never lived in B.C."
Too bad Mr. Webster does! 
His opinions are based on his experience...that he's NEVER so much as owned a popsicle stand at the beach!
Just like the NDP!

Relying on the Media...

Beach Radio Vernon reports that Lumby's Mayor is still waiting for an answer from RDNO regarding his request to minimize flooding in his community by a release of reservoir water...Greater Vernon's water supply for irrigation and drinking water.

The Regional District of North Okanagan's GVAC committee meets once a month, but mayor Kevin Acton says he'd "like to have had a conversation" on the flood-prevention issue he requested.

The RDNO told the local media last week that they "have no intention of releasing any more water".

Relying on the media to converse with the RDNO?

Omens are everywhere...

"...seems that the RDNO don't use Canada Post any more," Kia would've offered, adding "and Mayor Acton doesn't listen to the radio."

He wanted a conversation.
Maybe neither has a telephone.

Maybe we need MORE media...

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Roses 'n Thorns

Roses to the District of Coldstream!
Despite it being only March 1st in this particularly long, cold and snowy winter, Coldstream deserves appreciation for wasting money!

Yes, wasting money.
Coldstream has--earlier than usual--patched many of the deepening potholes on our roads.
Residents appreciate it, even though the work will likely need redoing with continued freeze thaw cycles.  But potholes three inches deep, their size that of serving trays had been dangerous for motorists.

I'm only aware of two areas that were repaired:  Buchanan Road and Aberdeen Road, at the mailbox; and at the sharp curve on Aberdeen Road, heading south towards Kal Lake Road.  I'm sure there were others.

Now...the thorns.
A huge problem.
Every year.

Highway 6 at the 27th Street intersection!
All three sides...heading east at the curb just through the lights; existing Hwy 6 as you turn onto the 27th up-ramp; and heading west on Hwy 6 just through the lights as the overpass curves to the right...curb side.  If that weren't enough, there's a long and deepening crack in the middle of the intersection!

Huge numerous holes every year at that intersection.
In the same places.

So who's responsibility are those?
It's a B.C. highway, so it's the responsibility of the B.C. Ministry of Transportation.
Remember last year's "repair" of the Hwy 6 railway overpass down to the Polson Park entrance?
What a horrible repaving/patching job that was...and that hasn't lasted either.

NOT a photo of the areas the blog mentioned...because it's unwise to use a camera while driving!

It'll probably be the end of May before the MoT gets around to repairing those perennial trouble spots.
But Coldstream made their residents happy.
Even if it cost a few bucks for a few shovelsful of asphalt...and, yes, they smoothed the repairs!

"The MoT road repairs are synonymous with putting lipstick on a pig," Kia would've stated, adding "it's always a bad job."

Lipstick on a pig doesn't last?

Many people are hoping B.C.'s new coalition government will last about as long as the lipstick.
Or their asphalt patching on Hwy 6.
Certainly as long as the paint dividing the road lanes!

Anyone know of a season's pass for wheel alignments?

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Fake News? Even Here?


The B.C. government's recent budget that stated it was downloading MSP premiums onto employers based on payroll led to some interesting news inconsistencies.

A local radio's website reported Vernon Mayor Mund stated the downloading of health premiums would lead to a new cost of $448,000. for Vernon.

Then tonight, on CHBC-TV news, Kelowna's Mayor Basran said the health premium downloading onto employers would cost Kelowna about $225,000. annually.  (As of blog publish, CHBC-TV website hadn't yet loaded the mayor's comments from tonight's 6 p.m. news).

Since there are no easily accessible payroll numbers, let's just use population...
Vernon's population is about 59,000.
Kelowna's population is about 195,000.

Presumably Kelowna's staff would number in the area of three times those of Vernon, based on population alone.
Again, presumably, there would perhaps be up to three times the number of bureaucrats to administer Kelowna than Vernon's administration.

So is Mayor Basran incorrect about his numbers?
Or is Mayor Mund wrong about his numbers for Vernon?

"It's more likely that the story writer(s) didn't do enough research," Kia would've offered.

Or maybe Kelowna's--or Vernon's--bureaucrats keep their mayors in the dark?

One would think both mayors would have a reliable source within their own departments!
Somebody's wrong, somewhere!

Apart from the everyday atrocious spelling and grammatical errors in the local media.

Staving Off a Revolt

...and thank goodness he did!

Head of RDNO, David Sewell, responded to Lumby's request to release water from Duteau's reservoirs by saying flood control isn't what the reservoirs are for.  And that our water reservoirs are too small to mitigate flooding in Lumby.

...seems Sewell remembered the purpose of the water reservoirs is to ensure an adequate water supply for Greater Vernon.  Drinking water.  Irrigation water.

an article from 2008

"GVW customers would've drawn 'n quartered the head of RDNO," Kia would've offered, "had he buckled to Lumby's demands."

Now all he needs to do is to stave off a customer revolt because of water prices!
Water prices are the talk of the town...again.

This water war appears to have been staved off.
For the time being.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Socialism Descends on B.C.

You'd think that people would remember the NDP's impact on the province during their two terms in the 1990's.

Thanks to Dr. Weaver of the Greens, the province is back into the dog eat dog world of wealth redistribution courtesy of Premier Horgan of the NDP or, rather, wealth "trickle down" to the have-nots.

"Budget 2018 lifts people up," said Finance Minister Carole James in her address to the legislature.
Maybe folks on the Lower Mainland really believe that house prices--admittedly unaffordable, as has always been the case in other big cities such as Toronto, London (England), Manhattan, Zurich--will decrease to the levels seen, say, in the 1970's so that they can finally afford a single family home!
Obviously the NDP feels the new speculation tax will do just that.

Tax, tax, tax.
New taxes.
For the time being it's only in "hot" market areas.
But if you believe that the NDP won't extend this tax to all of B.C., then I have a lead on some Arizona oceanfront you'd be interested in!

Norman Mailer  once said
  The function of socialism is to raise suffering to a higher level
and Larry Sechrest was quoted as saying
 ”Each new government regulation
 taxes the private sector,
 relentlessly shifting resources
 out of the hands of the productive,
 and into the hands of the unproductive. 


A few of B.C.'s new rules:

The location-specific property tax:
This new, annual property tax will apply to foreign and domestic homeowners who do not pay income tax in B.C., including those who leave their properties vacant.
The new tax will initially apply to homes in Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and capital regional districts in Victoria and Nanaimo, Kelowna and West Kelowna.
In 2018, the tax rate will be 0.5 per cent of assessed value. In 2019, it will rise to 2.0 per cent of assessed value.

The "enhanced foreign buyer's tax":
Effective Wednesday, the government will increase the foreign buyers tax from 15 per cent to 20 per cent.
While it's currently only in Metro Vancouver, it will be extended to the Fraser Valley, the capital regional districts in Victoria and Nanaimo and the Central Okanagan Regional Districts.
"We think that foreign buyers should contribute more for the high quality of life they enjoy in our province," said the NDP's finance minister James.

Hit the employers...hard.

MSP premiums downloaded to employers:
The budget will eliminate Medical Service Plan premiums on Jan. 1 2020.
As part of eliminating the premiums, the province will put in place a new payroll tax for employers starting on Jan. 1, 2019.
Businesses with a payroll of more than $1.5 million will pay a tax of 1.95 per cent on their total payroll.
Businesses with a payroll between $500,000 and $1.5 million will pay a reduced rate. Those under $500,000 will not pay at all.
"We believe this is a fair process," said James. "We believe this is manageable."

It's fair?  Why?
Because the NDP believes no-one should get ahead (i.e. business owners purportedly earning a profit) without "pulling up" their employees.
Never mind the recent increase to minimum wages...that's not enough, according to the NDP.
Let employers pay for their employees' medical premiums.

Apparently so, according to the NDP, who salivate at the mere thought of shuffling the social order.

The internet artist forgot to place the club in Horgan's hand..and mark the year as 2018.

There are other budget items that this blog won't illuminate.
Little items like increasing the tax on a pack of cigarettes by ~50 cents.
But let's make sure that the seriously disadvantaged/addicted folks continue to have their safe-injection houses so they can, at least for a few hours, drop out of a potentially meaningful spot in society.
Hell, if left to the NDP's plans, maybe they'll have MY house one day!

Don't believe for a moment that my slap of the NDP means I am a dyed-in-the-wool Liberal.

I now frequently recall the long-ago words (as I approached voting age) of a very wise gentleman:

"Don't let idealogy cloud your vision...
vote for the  party
 that will do you and your family
the least amount of harm."

The words were those of my Dad.
I'll never forget them.
Or him.
"Make sure you pass that on to the next generation," Kia would've said.



Wednesday, February 21, 2018

T2 and Singh Out to Lunch

Not just the Liberals, of course.
But those two should both learn to do a bit of role playing...put themselves in the person's shoes.
It doesn't matter whose shoes they don first...whether it's Boushie's or Stanley's.
Then switch.
Then imagine their own family farm under the same circumstances.

Enough from me.

Read this  (reprinted verbatim from an email):


More of the Bouchie/ Stanley case again well written and additional information on how the jury was selected.
PM and Justice Minister interfere with our Courts to further Indigenous cry of Racism…
Clearly not interested in facts, Justin Trudeau, your Prime Minister has hit a new and dangerous low in his attempt to become the ultimate superhero for the Indigenous and First Nations. In doing so, he is segmenting this country, siding with fringe radical elements, and showing no concern about trying to interfere with the Justice system. Rational, clear thought is being pushed to the side by blatant political opportunism.
Predictably, he is being parroted by his Justice Minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould, who has already proven that she is Indigenous activist who happened to be chosen to be Justice Minister, rather than a Justice Minister who happens to be Indigenous.
They are playing to their constituencies in such a way that it would make Donald Trump blush.
Of course I am talking about the recent court case where Gerald Stanley, a farmer in Biggar, Saskatchewan was charged with the 2nd degree murder of Colten Boushie a member of the Red Pheasant reserve. Stanley’s subsequent acquittal took place in front of jury of 12 in a North Battleford Saskatchewan courtroom.  Colten Boushie,  was a 22 year old indigenous male, which it should be remembered is the only reason we are talking about this case rather than giving it a cursory glance.
The CBC, seemingly acting as an editorial arm of the government, insistently before and after the court case framed the case as being about racism, even before hearing of a single piece of evidence. In the days leading up and through the trial, the twitter monitoring journalists of the CBC, portrayed the case as one of a “white” male shooting an indigenous “Cree” male. Extensive coverage was given to interviewing indigenous members of the community, highlighting the “two solitudes” theme, and calling the situation “polarized” in terms of race relations.
This was not a race case, as the evidence showed in the end, but that is not a flashy or easy story to write and it certainly doesn’t fall within the narrative being pushed by the government and a radical few.
Boushie’s mother’s lawyer (unknown why, but interesting that she has already obtained legal representation), Chris Murphy  who said that the case “represents the elements of a larger conversation about reconciliation”. A  2nd degree murder case somehow being about “reconciliation”?
So what are the facts?
First, lets deal with the selection of the jury, because the first criticism brought by the Indigenous was that there were no “visibly” indigenous members on the jury, even now they do not for sure if there were indigenous members of the jury, but why bother a narrative with such a small detail.
Using health records to avoid bias, the courts aware of the growing climate, summoned over 750 potential jurors reaching with their summons all the way to the border of the North West Territories.  Under normal circumstances, the courts would only summons 250-400 persons. But the courts, in accordance and compliance with the Supreme Court of Canada,  exercised caution and over extended,  knowing that they would be open to accusations of a non-representative jury pool otherwise. Many of the communities that were included in their canvas are over 80%-90% indigenous; communities such as Beauval and La Loche.
On day one of the trial only 230 showed. There were close to 500 people who decided that they could ignore the courts.
The Judge, Chief Justice Martel Popescul reiterated that those that failed to attend “could” be charged under the “Jury Act”.  It was clear that a lot of the no-shows would be Indigenous persons, so given the opportunity to participate and extend the pool or jurors, decided not to attend.  It used to be considered a serious matter if one failed to attend for this duty, but clearly the dialogue has changed, and Indigenous groups feel they have the right to disregard the laws of Canada. Or do you believe that there will be charges forthcoming?
The Indigenous spokespersons of course explain this lack of caring in a dismissive way,  saying it was hard for them to get to court because of the isolated nature of their communities, and they could not afford to travel for jury selection. One lawyer stated: ” socio-economic issues can lead to people not being available. Health issues. Its anybody’s guess”.
A few years ago another court case reached the Supreme Court of Canada (R vs. Kokopenace) , where an indigenous accused argued that he had a right to have indigenous persons on the jury. One of the issues that this case explored and determined was that the response rate to summons for jury duty on the Reserve was 10% and falling. It would seem that the Boushie case got the same response rate.
A 2nd issue then surfaced; that being the right of the defence in this case, as in all cases, to have pre-emptory challenges to jurors without any reason needing to be articulated.
Of course, the indigenous groups said they were challenging all of the indigenous potential jurors, only because they were indigenous, and in their view this was another example of racism. But anybody who has been involved in these types of cases, and in particular have dealt with the jury selection process know that the defence always tries to exclude all jurors who show bias. Not because they are indigenous but because they are concerned about possible bias. It is not racism, it is our system which is designed to weed out bias, just as they exclude the police, or sherifs.
Historically, indigenous groups  have called to get rid of these challenges, which of course any criminal defence attorney would be opposed to, and would mean changing the concept and basis for impartial jury selection. Whether it works that way is another argument.   .
Furthermore, this entire matter has already been debated at length and even reached the Supreme Court of Canada in R vs. Kokopenace where in a 5-2 decision they decided that there was an onus to make the jury pool representative, but there was no obligation to determine the composition of that jury. Clearly in this latest case, there was an attempt to be all inclusive, and just as clearly there was insufficient response from the indigenous community. You are entitled to a representative jury, just not one you hand pick.
Now lets detail the actual facts of the case.
Five individuals including Boushie, all admitting to being blind drunk, were driving around the area in an SUV, after swimming and drinking at a local fishing hole. One “witness” claimed she was so drunk that she slept through the entire incident.
After leaving the fishing hole, they decided to attempt to steal from a neighbour to Stanley,  breaking a window on a truck, using a .22 rifle, that they had been carrying around with them, “target shooting”  from the vehicle. In breaking the window, they broke the stock on the rifle. This was according to the Crown witness Eric Meechance. (During the investigation he failed to mention the fact that they had a gun in their vehicle, because he had a “gun ban”. )
17 live rounds were found in the SUV vehicle, some in the rifle itself.

They then drove on to the Stanley farm, apparently somewhere in the process getting a flat tire.
They drove their “loud” vehicle on to the Stanley property, where Gerald Stanley and his 28 year old son were building a fence unbeknownst to the trespassers. The Stanleys heard and saw the vehicle come to a stop near to one of their ATVs, and watched as a person from the vehicle get on the ATV and appeared to try and start it.
Sheldon, Stanley’s son, ran towards them to confront them, and the male got off the ATV and ran back to their car and jumped in. Sheldon armed with the hammer he had been using on the fence, got up to their vehicle and smashed the window of the car, while his Dad “kicked at the taillight. The car then accelerated away, spewing gravel in their haste.
But instead of leaving the property, the car turned back and struck another of the Stanley’s vehicles. Gerald Stanley went to his shed where he kept a pistol for “scaring coyotes”, grabbed what he believed to be two bullets and put them in the gun with the intent of helping his son, who again had gone to confront the people in the car.
As he emerged from the shed Stanley fired a shot into the air as a “warning”. He could not see his son, but he could see two who had once again exited from the vehicle, and they turned and looked. He then lifted his gun again and fired “two or three times” into the air. He said he never pointed it at them, thought the gun was empty and popped the clip out into his left hand and carried the gun in his right as he went towards the vehicle.
As he approached the vehicle, he saw that the lawnmower his wife had been pushing was there, but not his wife. He said he felt a pure moment of “terror” thinking that the car had run over her. He said he ran to look under the car, and the car engine revved, and he assumed that he was going to get run over as well. So he went to the driver’s window, wanting to reach in to shut off the car.
He then sees something “metal” sticking out of the drivers side and he noticed the driver for the first time. He slapped at the metal, and simultaneously reached into try and turn off the keys in the ignition.
And it is then that the gun went off, killing Boushie, striking him in the back of the head. Although the gun was believed to be empty the defence argued that it had to be a delayed discharge, a “hanger”. The .22 rifle was beside Boushie in the front seat, as Boushie was in the drivers side.
Sheldon, the son, who had run to get his truck keys from the house and was intending to pursue them, said he heard two shots, and then a third. Consistent with his father’s later testimony.
The forensic evidence found by the police was consistent with this story.
That at least is the version of Stanley which was also consistent with one of the Crown witnesses.
Now, how about the testimony of those in the car, after all there were four of them.  Well, unfortunately, all proved to be unreliable and their testimony such as it was came close to  constituting perjury. Crown Prosecutor Bill Burge even warned the jury that they will here many “contradictions” in the stories.
One of the passengers in the Boushie vehicle, Cassidy Cross-Whitstone admitted to lying about trying to break into a truck on the other property and about how much he had to drink. He said he was worried about losing his drivers licence and that he “lied about that”.
Belinda Jackson, another Crown witness had earlier said that the only person with a firearm on the Stanley farm was a woman standing outside their SUV, but then changed her story to say that she saw Gerald Stanley shoot Boushie “twice” in the head. Boushie was only shot once, and two of the other Crown witnesses confirmed hearing two shots over their head, and then a third when they were in the process of running away.
So in the Crown’s case. Three of four potential witnesses were found, and admitted to lying or leaving out facts in the case. Another witness slept through the entire matter. All of the Crown witnesses admitted to drinking heavily and being at different levels of intoxication. All of course were indigenous, and I have not seen a single report after the acquittal mentioning that unreliable witnesses of the Crown were a big legal problem in this court case.
The Crown case was so bad, one wonders if Crown was pressured into the laying of charges. As a former homicide investigator I could not imagine getting charge approval on a case where all of your witnesses for the Crown were “unreliable” and admitted to high levels of intoxication.
So where does this leave us?

The Prime Minister of this country, a country who recognizes the need for an independent justice system, a justice system that should not be tainted in favour of a special interest group, a justice system that should be able to determine right from wrong without political interference. Our Prime Minister, touring in the United States immediately sides with the Indigenous outcry, and comments on Twitter.
“we need to do better”
“we have come to this point as a country far too many times”.
He then sends them his “love”.
Of course he is then echoed by our illustrious Justice Minister:
“Thank you PM. My thoughts are with the family of Colton Boushie tonight. I truly feel your pain and I hear all of your voices. As a country we can and must do something better – I am committed to working everyday to ensure justice for all Canadians.”
What message are they sending? Clearly they are saying that the court system didn’t work in this case and was biased based on race? It can not be interpreted in any other way.
Clearly both the PM and Wilson-Raybould were reacting as they always do, siding with the indigenous no matter the concern or the facts of a case. Grand standing to show their inordinate support.
In doing so, the clear implication is that the 7 women and 5 men who served on the jury, and the Judge who oversaw the case were tainted by racism. It displays both a lack of judgement, a lack of experience, and a supreme lack of objectivity on the part of these two leaders. This from a Prime Minister and a Justice Minister sworn to uphold the laws of Canada.
But this Liberal group for the last two years, bolstered by the two toadies, Jane Philpott and Carolyn Bennett have done nothing but embolden the radical fringe Indigenous leaders who are demanding different laws, a different Child welfare system, separate police departments, greater infrastructure programs, better schools, and a seat at Premier’s conferences as they strive to be a Nation unto itself.
“Reconcilation”, “colonialism”, and “residential schools” are the rallying cries and populate every conversation, whatever indigenous problem is being debated. They have even shamelessly compared the cultural genocide of the residential schools to that of the Nazi concentration camps.
More money, and more power are being demanded as part of this “reconciliation” and the monetary spigot is wide open as there are no impossible or improbable demands. Every government meeting is opened with the announcement about being on the ceded or un-ceded territorial lands of the local Indigenous group, which also furthers a point of view that most Canadians may not feel is appropriate.
The political parliamentary opposition firmly sit on their hands, and keep their mouths closed, clearly cowed by the thought of being branded racist, no matter what the logic of the argument.
The new NDP leader, Jagmeet Singh, echoed the thoughts of Trudeau saying about the court case:
“There was no justice for Colten Boushie…today they have again been told that their lives have less value. We must confront the legacy of colonialism and genocide so they can see a brighter future for themselves”.  It is even more astounding when you consider that he is a lawyer, not a high school drama teacher, so should have had some appreciation of the facts of a case being paramount.
Yesterday, as I write this, finally the Conservatives and a few others are finally speaking up about this clear political interference on the judicial system. Conservative Deputy Leader Lisa Raitt, and Conservative Finance critic Rob Nicholson are asking the Justice Minister and the Prime Minister as to whether they were saying the jury had arrived at the wrong verdict.
Toronto criminal lawyer Sean Robichaud argued that it was “wholly inappropriate for elected officials to publicly undermine findings of a lawfully delivered verdict, particularly if it was one with a jury.” He goes further saying that the comments from the Prime minister and the Justice minister that by questioning the credibility of the judiciary, “pose a threat to Canada’s democratic system”.
The Liberals don’t learn easily though, as today they flew members of the Boushie family to Ottawa to meet with those oh so sympathetic cabinet ministers Philpott and Bennett, the Public Safety Minister, and of course Wilson-Raybould and Trudeau himself.

The Justice Minister in the House  is also expressing a need to change the judicial system and they are now looking at quickly getting rid of pre-emptory challenges. Justin Trudeau, in the House of Commons, realizing now that he has over-stepped, had the audacity to say during question period, that he could not comment on this “particular case”, to the laughter of the opposition.
The damage is done. He has already commented, he has already sided with the likes of Bobby Cameron, Chief of Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations that the verdict was “..a bunch of garbage.” He is sanctioning the words of  Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the First Nations who says “the system has failed indigenous people, it remains rife with systemic rascism”
So what has all this created?
It has created the fringes on both sides to spout racist comments on social media and the creation of a go fund me page for the defence costs of Gerald Stanley which in three days has now raised $130,000.00. The divide in this country is widening, being pushed by the ridiculous Twitter verse.
The Orwellian “thought police” nature of the politics of Canada today is leading to increasing polarization. The settlers of Saskatchewan who for generations worked this harsh un-forgiving land, who “colonized” this land, are now told to stay out of the debate.
The jury in this case has now been branded, and must be now questioning why they did their civic duty only to be called racists, even obliquely by their own Prime Minister.
This case was one of a rural crime resulting in a needless death. There was absolutely no evidence of this being a racist driven crime.
Tragic, as any death is, it is now further driving a wedge into legitimate debate as to the problems of being indigenous in this country; abject poverty and abysmal education feeding violence and disenfranchisement.  The refusal to look inward, the insistence on blaming everything on colonization, regardless of the facts, is only going to fuel a now slow burning fire among the still silent majority, who it can be argued, have just as much claim to this country as do the 4% of the Canadian population who were here “first”.
We expect our politicians to recognize the need for an independent judiciary, to guard against politicization, to be the rational measure of policy and programs. Trudeau, Wilson-Raybould, Philpott, and Bennett need to know that they represent the entire country, they should not be biased to any cause without considering the whole.  It seems that they are currently incapable of understanding this, and show no concern about attacking the very judiciary and the laws which have founded and served us for 150 years.
The indigenous groups don’t agree of course, so let’s open the debate, let us hear the concrete proposals as to how they feel the system should be altered to serve their needs. But then, let the country decide. Let the courts be the arbiter to insure fairness and individual rights. Yes, the very same courts that they now denigrate, but lets keep in mind they are very selective in their protestations as Courts ruling in their favour are often lauded by them.
There are no other options, as to do otherwise is contributing to a growing backlash in this country. We must continually guard against allowing the radical fringes from both sides who tend to kidnap and hijack an honest, and I stress honest,  debate and resolution. Tough, complicated issues, are not furthered by simplistic sound bites that play to a particular audience. Trudeau and his cronies are driving a very deep and irreversible wedge into the heart of this country, they are dividing an entire nation. That never ends well, just ask the Americans living in the Trump world.
In the end this will be most detrimental to the indigenous people themselves. Ironically, they have chosen this particular case, where there is no evidence of racism once the facts are known, as the one that will be their hill to die on. They should have chosen better.
And, if Trudeau and his Cabinet would like to meet with everyone and show preferential treatment to those that feel the court system has let them down, then warm up the jets, there are going to be lot of people awaiting government limousines at the MacDonald-Cartier airport.

By the way, we may need to change the name of the airport.

Gotta say, at my old age, how I find myself frequently detesting the Liberal government in Canada.
And Kia has no comment at all this time!