Today the oh so Special Prosecutor (or his designated representative), so called Justice Anne MacKenzie and an OH SO "secret" witness are meeting down in a secret chamber at Robson and Smithe. As Bill Tieleman, one of the few media types who even acknowledges that this now six year travesty exists puts it:
Long-awaited testimony about why the identity of a police informer in the BC Rail corruption case must remain secret will happen on Monday December 14 in BC Supreme Court - but the public, media and even defence lawyers will be barred from the hearing.
It's enough to make one long for the days of the Spanish Inquisition and Star Chambers!
“The RCMP brutally killed a new-comer to Canada, put out fake information into the public sphere while investigating themselves, then refused to correct the record and held on to the video that showed the horrible truth. The loss of public trust is no mystery.”
The above quoted from the Globe and Mail by Robin Matthews, in a piece published over at BC Mary's, is just another account of business as usual in British Columbia, third rate banana republic presided over by a tin-pot CEO dictator, the land that Justice forgot! The quote refers to the Dziekanzki fiasco where four mounties "nominally" led by Benjamin "Monty" Robinson killed Robert Dziekazki within seconds of arriving at the location where Robert had been stranded for over ten hours after a 12 hour flight, not counting plane changes and such.
Of course Mr. Robinson would, before the year was out, go on to smash into and kill motorcyclist Orian Hutchinson, leave the scene of the accident to allegedly go home for a couple of drinks, to perhaps cast doubt on the BAC readings eventually taken by the officers responding to the fatal accident.
So far, in spite of being involved in two very questionable deaths, committing apparent perjury to investigators and a commision of inquiry looking into the YVR incident, Mr. Robinson only faces charges for "attempting to obstruct justice" in relation to the fatal motor vehicle accident. Apparently if one is member of the RCMP, pretty much anything is acceptable behaviour - I guess that is the meaning of "To Serve and Protect" - the Force!
Then there is the case of the "labour contractor" who squeezed 17 farmworkers into an unsafe 15 passenger van with a phony safty inspection, bad tires and wound up killing three of the workers and injuring others. With the BC liaRs, who have made a career of gutting workplace safety and worker's wages for almost a decade now, in government, it appears folks exploiting workers can count on getting cut some slack.
The driver, Harwinder Gill, was fined $2,000 for driving without a proper licence and without reasonable consideration.
Folks I know have gotten harsher penalties for impaired driving that resulted in hurting NO ONE at the time. Oh yeah, so called WorkSafe (the new even more employer friendly version of old WCB) fined the company almost $70,000, but the company just ceased to exist UNDER THAT NAME and that fine will never be collected - besides less than $25,000 a life doesn't seem to put much value on these lives to begin with.
Don' forget, this is the same folks who invented the Sub-Minimum Wage so that young entrants to the workforce could just make enough to pay for their parking in Downtown Vancouver BEFORE deductions, of course (The reaction is not so pretty among people in the downtown core about raising the rates to six dollars per hour). It just reinforces the grossness of the situation to point out that this sub-minimum is a reduction to what is already the LOWEST minimum wage in Canada (and it is applicable in the City of Vancouver, with arguably the highest cost of living in the country).
Good one Gord, I'm so proud your government could find the time to slash the minimum wage, in the midst of all the closing of courthouses,schools, hospitals, slashing of Crown Prosecutors, game wardens, park oversight, tearing up of contracts and ignoring court judgements and UN Resolutions.
On the other hand, let's compare a what justice deals to a normal person who screws up with the kid gloves for the favored crowd!
Teen driver of car that killed Vancouver couple sentenced to three years
We can argue whether or not young Kurtis Rock got a sufficient sentence for committing a very similiar transgression to Monty Robinson crime number two, but the fact that this accident occurred this past February and the case has been resolved already stands in stark contrast to the preferential treatment and delay granted to two time F*** up Robinson and the six year and counting ongoing exercise in Obstruction of Justice that is the Basi/Virk affair.
So far, thanks to the drones of Canned Waste and GlowBall, the Campbell Crime Family has had a free hand, and even a vote of "carry on" every four years. What will it take for the people of BC to wake up and notice how the whole province is being stolen out from under them with the assistance of a completely compromised and rigged (in)Justice System. Will it have to get to the point where it is in Italy today? Will it get to the point where multiple charges are pending against the Capo Campbell (or does our capo have our justice system more under his thumb than Sylvio has his?) Will it come to the point where frustrated citizens have to throw things at our CEO, who is already pretty nervous about appearing in some parts of the province, with good reason?
Either everyone has to answer to the law, the same law, or eventually no one will pay any attention to it. The idea that certain people answered to a higher authority, or no one, has been in decline since before the Battle of Hastings, and in spite of burps along the way, I am confident that even the forces of the Campbelloids cannot permanently change the direction of the evolution of society. The only question is what will it take, can it be put back on track through our broken political or legal systems? Or will we need to do a "tear down" in order to accomplish the necessary repairs?
On a Lighter Note
Someone who never forwards jokes, pictures of kitties or messages about Jesus, DID forward this - and I'm glad she did. I must mention though that these aren't necessarily my favorites, indeed, to me the most important person we lost in 2009 was guitarist, inventor, recording whiz and general all around virtuoso and genius Les Paul!
Dear Grim Reaper,
So far this year, you have taken away my favorite dancer, Michael Jackson, my favorite actor, Patrick Swayze, my favorite actress, Farrah Fawcett, my favorite comedian, Soupy Sales, my favorite pitchman, Billy Mays and my favorite sidekick, Ed McMahon.
Just so you know, my favorite politician is Gordon Campbell.