This is an excellent and balanced column as those who know Gwen would expect. It
raises this question: Gwen, because of tax implications for the
Wilderness Committee, must be careful of getting into party politics.
This rule concerns all advocacy groups who must maintain an even hand
politically or lose their tax exempt status. That being said one wonders
how the Fraser Institute and the Canadian Taxpayers Federation get away
with their partisanship?
But let’s turn that question over to
Mr. Milhar. Assuming that the Fraser Institute and the Canadian
Taxpayers Federation are not partisan (you may take 30 seconds off for
laughing here) why do they get constant access to the op-ed page of the Sun
and the Wilderness Committee do not?
expand that question – recently you’ve had two large legal firms
shilling, in the first case for the great impartiality of government
Environmental Assessment procedures, and the other on the benefits of
the Tory Omnibus Bill that will remove habitat protection; the Omnibus
Bill lumps this in when several other initiatives thus all but
eliminating and serious debate on the part that eliminates habitat protection rules
for large developers.
the years, you have given Mary Ellen Walling, shill for the BC Salmon
Farmers Association, space any time she has demanded it.
then, Mr. Mihlar, how many times have you given op-ed space to Alexandra
Morton who, since 1992, has fought against fish farms? Or to Dr. Daniel
Pauly of UBC, a world wide name in science who has consistently opposed
fish farms. Or to any other opponents of fish farms? Please give us the
How many times have you given space to those fighting private power that now has BC Hydro spilling $150 million dollars over the dam
because they are forced, by the Campbell/Clark government to buy the
power from private companies? I have tried to get an op-ed piece (and I
am a professional writer) but you never even answer my letters. Why have
you never given space to Erik Andersen, an economist. Or to John
Calvert, whose book Liquid Gold
tells the entire story. Please
provide me, for passing on to others, the times and places you gave
op-ed space to anyone opposing the private rivers scheme which has,
essentially, driven BC Hydro into bankruptcy - only formally not so
because they can visit their losses on to the public through higher
rates or government subsidies, or both.
Let’s move on to
pipelines and tanker traffic. John Brajcich, a lifelong commercial
fisher (as was his father and is his son) can be found on The Common Sense Canadian - his letter
tells what will happen with oil tankers full of bitumen going out of
Kitimat down Douglas Inlet. How about Rex Weyler? What about Andrew
Nikiforuk, whose book Tar Sands
gives the full details about the Tar Sands and the consequences of them being piped ands shipped.
you permitted any op-ed pieces on the record of Enbridge, who propose
the Northern Gateway Pipeline? They have had at least 811 spills since
1998 including one into the Kalamazoo River in Michigan
in July 2010, called a minor spill by the company, which spill has yet
to be cleaned up, despite millions being spent, because one cannot clean
up bitumen spills.
I challenge you, Fraser Institute Fellow Fazil Mihlar, who has long been in charge of the op-ed page of the Vancouver Sun
, to tell me of any op-ed pages offered to environmental groups opposed to fish farms, private power or pipelines and tankers.
Rich Coleman, who learned about democracy as a cop, has taken away from the BC Utilities Commission the right to review proposed Hydro rates
and promises that the government will keep rates down for consumers.
THE ONLY WAY HE CAN REDUCE RATES IS BY SUBSIDIZING BC HYDRO WITH YOUR TAX DOLLARS!
right, folks. Instead of putting several hundreds of millions into the
public treasury each year, BC Hydro must cover its losses, taking
mandatory private power by financial donations from us, the citizens of
This is not rocket science, folks. As we speak, BC Hydro is spilling millions of dollars over its dams
because it is obliged by the Campbell/Clark government to buy power it
doesn’t need from private companies at 2+ times the market price. It has
been reported that this is costing BCH $150,000,000 this year - it will
be much more in the coming years.
The reason Coleman, who since
Campbell left has taken over as Pinocchio, wants BCUC out of the
setting of rates is because they would look closely at this private
power public theft and Coleman can’t allow this to happen.
A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, THE BCUC DETERMINED THE PRIVATE POWER CONTRACTS WERE NOT IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST
- AND THAT’S WHAT THIS DECISION IS ALL ABOUT.
Lastly, today, I want you to know what you can expect from the Common Sense Canadian
re: First Nations' fight against pipelines and tanker traffic on unceded lands and waters.
support the position of these First Nations but we would never presume
to interfere in any way with their pursuit of these claims – if for no
other reason than they clearly don’t need us to tell them how to
On the other hand, First Nations are also protesting
against pipelines and tankers because of the certainty of enormous
damage to the province we all share and in that we have a common cause
and on that aspect of the issue, First Nations can expect our
whole-hearted and active support.