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Mount Polley whistleblower lost job, then home

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Damien Gillis, The Common Sense Canadian, 8 September 2014



Larry Chambers warned Imperial Metals that its tailings pond was bound to fail – and he was fired for it, the Likely, BC resident told media in Vancouver earlier today.

He and his wife, Lawna Bourassa-Keuster, have now lost their home on once-beautiful Quensnel Lake – too afraid to drink the cloudy and discoloured water, which they brought with them to Vancouver in a jar.
“Christy Clark did come to Likely and at that time, she informed us that she would make sure that Quesnel Lake would be brought back to its pristine state,” said Bourassa-Keuster. “We haven’t seen or heard from her since.”

“We, like most of the residents, live in Likely for its beauty and peacefulness. This is heartbreaking to see.”

The couple didn’t pull any punches when discussing the company’s attitude toward safety during a press conference hosted by the Union of BC Indian Chiefs and featuring a Secwepemc First Nation…

Barclays Discontinues A Popular Research Report Because Everyone's Sick Of Hearing How Much The Recovery Stinks

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[Barclays gets tired of saying, Guess What? The Recession Never Really Ended. *RON*]
Myles Udland, Business Insider, 9 September 2014

Barclays is done keeping track of the recovery.

Sort of.

In a note to clients on Monday, economists at Barclays announced that they published their final "Chartbook of U.S. Economic Indicators."

These charts have been particularly illuminating as they compared the recent recovery of key indicators with the other post-WWII recoveries.

Barclays wrote that: "Writing 22 quarters from the NBER-dated end of the recession makes comparisons against previous cycles less informative. We believe it unlikely that additional data will alter the conclusion that recoveries following severe financial crises are likely to be subdued and characterized by modest growth in output, investment, personal income, consumption, and employment. That said, the recovery in US manufacturing and industrial production has been stronge…

Rights group says mandatory minimums cost billions but don't reduce crime

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[Cost is no object when it comes to ideological posturing. *RON*]
CP | By James Keller, The Canadian Press, Huffington Post, 8 September 2014

VANCOUVER - Ottawa's push to implement mandatory minimum sentences is potentially adding billions of dollars in costs to the criminal justice system without reducing crime or making the public safer, says a report released Monday by a British Columbia-based rights group.

Instead, the B.C. Civil Liberties Association's report says longer prison sentences can actually make inmates more likely to re-offend while disproportionately affecting marginalized groups.

The report adds to criticism that has followed the shift to mandatory minimums. The Conservative government has doubled the number of offences that carry compulsory sentences in less than a decade as part of its tough-on-crime agenda.

"The research shows that mandatory minimum sentences are ineffective at deterrence, they have no demonstrated …

Ethnic Vote Scandal: Brian Bonney, Mark Roberston Face Elections Act Charges

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[Bonney and Sarrafpour sound about as bright as the Watergate crew, thinking they could get away with such notably amateurish blunderings as these. The higher-up folk among the Liberals, of course, throw their hands up in horror, รก la Tricky Dick. *RON*]
By Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press, Huffington Post, 8 September 2014


VICTORIA - Charges have been approved under British Columbia's Election Act against two people and a corporation over the April 2012 byelection in the provincial riding of Port Moody-Coquitlam.

Brian Bonney,a former Liberal government communications specialist, and Mark Robertson, a Liberal Party field operations worker, each face three charges, as does a numbered B.C. communications company.

The Liberals lost to the New Democrats in the vote, but recaptured the riding in the 2013 provincial election.

The charges, approved by special prosecutor David Butcher, allege election-expense violations related to hiring Sepideh Sarraf…

Mount Polley Spill: Locals Say They're Not Getting Any Answers

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[Imperial Metals and the Liberal government are doing a great job of covering each other's back-sides, but that's about it. "Company officials were not immediately available to comment.... Environment Minister Mary Polak declined an interview request." *RON*]
By Dene Moore, The Canadian Press, Huffington Post, 8 September 2014



VANCOUVER - Some residents of the small British Columbia community of Likely, downstream from a mine breach say they don't trust that the provincial government is dealing with the disaster.

More than a month after the failure of the tailings pond at the Mount Polley mine northeast of Williams Lake, B.C., cottage owner Carla Zanotto said area residents aren't getting any answers.

"I choose not to believe the government because I don't think that Imperial (Metals) is doing any cleanup. They're doing nothing," Zanotto said Monday.

The breach released 17 million cubic metres of water and …