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Suspicious fire guts house Martin van den Hemel photo This empty twostorey house at 9780 Alberta Rd. was gutted by ﬁre Thursday night. Fire crews were called to the scene around 9:30 p.m. and were greeted by ﬂames shooting through the upper ﬂoors of the house. There were no injuries. City spokesperson Ted Townsend said investigators are looking into the cause of the blaze, but are treating it as suspicious at this point.
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Richmond’s Camille Cacnio has become the latest local resident charged in connection with the June 2011 Stanley Cup riot. Vancouver police announced Monday that the Crown has approved two charges against Cacnio, 21: participating in a riot, and breaking and entering. The Crown has now approved 77 charges against 30 rioters. A scholarship winner in 2007 while she attended J.N. Burnett Secondary, Cacnio posted an apology online after the riot, admitting that she’s the young woman pictured at the 1:33 mark of a YouTube video (tinyurl.com/ CacnioRiot). In the video she’s seen leaving Black and Lee Tuxedos, a store which she admitted stealing two pairs of pants from. She explained that she was caught up in “mob mentality,” was seeking an “adrenaline rush” and suggested her judgment was impaired by alcohol. See Page 3
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Prosecutors see risk in TV trials Video may give defence ‘another weapon,’ says president of B.C. Crown Counsel Association
by Tom Fletcher Black Press
by Jeff Nagel Black Press B.C.’s plan to televise the trials of Stanley Cup rioters is causing concern among prosecutors, according to the president of the B.C. Crown Counsel Association. Samiran Lakshman warned the planned video broadcasts—if approved by judges—could jeopardize the cases against those rioters or others yet to be charged. “Not every witness will want to be broadcast on YouTube and the 6 o’clock news,” Lakshman said. He said the spectre of video trials could open a new avenue for defence lawyers to overturn a conviction, particularly if a witness who might have bolstered an accused’s defence Seung-Chul Baik ﬁle photo refuses to testify. “We want to make sure we don’t Rioters destroy police cruisers following Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final last June. in any way endanger the prosecution or dissuade people from coming Judges will have to carefully weigh hurting for money?” There remains a real and growing forward.” the implications of allowing a webLakshman said prosecutors also risk that more criminal cases will be If courts approve the video broad- streaming camera in the court. want to protect their own privacy thrown out because of unreasonable cast of an accused who objects, “the Limiting the broadcasts to the and he predicts most of them will delays, he said. defence may have another weapon As of Sept. 30, more than 2,500 sentencing stage—af- refuse to be captured on video at in their arsenal that the ter rioters have either riot proceedings. adult criminal cases had been waitright to a fair trial has pleaded guilty or been “They have every right to say no,” ing longer than 18 months, up from been violated.” convicted—may be one he said. “None of the prosecutors 2,038 in September of 2010. Attorney General Shirway to address many on the riot prosecution team have Bond argued the circumstances of ley Bond last fall ordered concerns, said Bentley given their consent for their image the downtown Vancouver riot justify Crown to pursue video Doyle, communications to be broadcast.” the use of cameras to satisfy the broadcasts in the riot director for the Trial Lakshman said the courts should public demand to see justice done. cases. Lawyers Association of be a place for solemn pursuit of the “The Stanley Cup riot was watched B.C.’s Criminal Justice B.C. truth – independent of political mo- by many across the province on their Branch had initially op“ T h e s e n t e n c i n g tives – and not devolve into a “sham- home televisions as the event unposed the idea. phase is separate so ing activity” that brands people with folded,” she said in a statement. Crown counsel spokesthat might be the way “scarlet letters.” “As a result, there is significant man Neil MacKenzie said to introduce this,” he His bigger concern about the public interest by the public in these prosapplications will be made said. “But the trial pro- focus on the televised riot trials is ecutions and they want greater LAKSHMAN on a case-by-case basis cess itself would be a that the broader challenges facing transparency when the courts deal and the aim will be to lot scarier.” the congested court system will be with those charged in the matters televise substantive apsurrounding the riot.” Judges would need a kill switch to ignored and compounded. pearances, including both trials and stop video transmission of anything “These applications will occupy B.C. Supreme Court has allowed sentencings. prejudicial, he said. precious time that we don’t have to cameras in rare cases—such as its No applications have been heard “The timing of this is more for po- spare in a system that is stressed deliberations on anti-polygamy laws yet but it’s expected the video feed litical optics than logical,” Doyle from the get-go and doesn’t have the last year—but under tight conditions would be web cast to provide equal added. “Why are we bringing cam- capacity to deal with this additional that include a time delay and let any access. eras into a system that is already influx of cases,” Lakshman said. participant refuse to be broadcast.
‘Intoxicated perspective’ From Page 1
Camille Cacnio, at left in an image from a riot video leaving Black and Lee Tuxedos, and in a Facebook photo at right.
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“At the time, being a part of the riot was simply to fulfill the adrenaline rush I was looking and hoping for— an adrenaline rush that I previously got from post-winning games... “In the same way that everybody enjoyed collectively showing pride in our team, it was enjoyable to express my disappointment in a collective manor [sic].” She went on to write: “I had no intentions of defiling the city. I love Vancouver as much as you do—I’ve lived her since I was 7 months old. But in my immature, intoxicated perspective all I saw was that the riot
was happening, and would continue happening with or without me, so I might as well get my adrenaline fix.” On Monday police announced 21-year-old Dustin Anderson of Burnaby has also been charged with participating in a riot and assault stemming from the events of June 15. That night, following the Vancouver Canucks’ Game 7 loss to the Boston Bruins, a riot broke out in the downtown core of Vancouver. Dozens were injured, including several police officers, and rioters caused millions of dollars in property damage.
The B.C. government begins contract talks with one of its largest unions this week, and the union wants a raise as most of its members come off a two-year wage freeze. The B.C. Government and Service Employees Union represents 25,000 direct provincial employees, including prison guards, deputy sheriffs, liquor store staff, social workers, probation ofﬁcers, biologists, lab workers and nursing and other staff at facilities including Riverview Hospital and Forensic Psychiatric Hospital. Another group of BCGEU workers in health, community social service and other jobs with contracted agencies are set to begin talks in February. About 85 per cent of all union members have contracts expiring in 2012. “We’ll be going to every table determined to get wage improvements,” BCGEU president Darryl Walker said. In bargaining conferences held with union members in December, members also want improvements to beneﬁts and job security. As the union and the provincial bargaining agency exchange opening proposals, the B.C. government is looking at a $3.1 billion operating deﬁcit for this year. Finance Minister Kevin Falcon has repeatedly indicated that there will be no budget increases to pay higher wages. In its October throne speech, the government said any raises would have to be funded by “cooperative gains” that create savings elsewhere. That declaration is similar to the “net zero” mandate in effect for the last two years. Most provincial unions accepted the two-year freeze, but the B.C. Teachers’ Federation has refused and withdrawn non-essential services since September. Walker has suggested that opening more government liquor stores on Sundays could generate additional revenues to fund a raise for BCGEU staff. And he isn’t ruling out strike action.
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Notice of Public Hearing Monday, January 16, 2012 - 7 p.m. Council Chambers, Richmond City Hall 6911 No. 3 Rd. Richmond BC V6Y 2C1 | Tel: 604-276-4000 Fax: 604-278-5139
TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the City of Richmond will hold a Public Hearing as noted above, on the following items: 1.
Zoning Amendment Bylaw 8794 (RZ 11-562552) Location/s:
140 Wellington Crescent
Alder Street road allowance
How to obtain further information:
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• By Phone: If you have questions or concerns, please call the CITY CONTACT shown above.
Purpose: To rezone the subject property from “Single Detached, (RS1/F)” to “High Density Townhouses (RTH1)”, to permit the development of a 34 unit Townhouse complex.
Purpose: To rezone the subject property from “Single Detached (RS1/E)” to “Coach House (ZS20) - Burkeville”, to permit a coach house above a detached garage, with vehicle access to a rear lane.
Related Information – No Action Required at Public Hearing: Road Closure and removal of Road Dedication Bylaw 8844 for the sale of a portion of Alder Street adjacent to 9471 Alberta Road to form part of the development site.
City Contact: Erika Syvokas , 604-276-4108 BYLAWS 8794
City Contact: David Johnson, 604-276-4193 BYLAW 8834
• On the City Website: Public Hearing Agendas, including staff reports and the proposed bylaws, are available on the City Website at http:// www.richmond.ca/cityhall/council/agendas/ hearings/2012.htm • At City Hall: Copies of the proposed bylaw, supporting staff and Committee reports and other background material, are also available for inspection at the Planning & Development Department at City Hall, between the hours of 8:15 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday, except statutory holidays, commencing January 6, 2012 and ending January 16, 2012, or upon the conclusion of the hearing. • By Fax or Mail: Staff reports and the proposed bylaws may also be obtained by FAX or by standard mail, by calling 604-276-4007 between the hours of 8:15 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday, except statutory holidays, commencing January 6, 2012 and ending January 16, 2012. Participating in the Public Hearing process:
Zoning Amendment Bylaw 8833 (RZ 11-582017) Location/s:
4911/4931 McLure Avenue
0897099 B.C. Ltd. and Wei Chen
Purpose: To rezone the subject property from “Single Detached (RS1/E)” to “Single Detached (RS2/B)”, to permit the property to be subdivided to create two (2) lots. City Contact: Erika Syvokas, 604-276-4108 BYLAWS 8833
Zoning Amendment Bylaw 8843 (RZ 11-565948) Location/s: 7600 Garden City Road Applicant/s:
Am-Pri Construction Ltd.
Purpose: To rezone the subject property from “Single Detached (RS1/F)” to “Town Housing (ZT50) – South McLennan (City Centre)”, to permit development of a 23-unit three-storey townhouse development. City Contact: Sara Badyal, 604-276-4282 BYLAW 8843
Zoning Amendment Bylaw 8834 (RZ 11-562968) Location/s:
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The Public Hearing is open to all members of the public. If you believe that you are affected by the proposed bylaw, you may make a presentation or submit written comments at the Public Hearing. If you are unable to attend, you may send your written comments to the City Clerk’s Ofﬁce by 4 pm on the date of the Public Hearing as follows: • By E-mail: using the on-line form at http:// www.richmond.ca/cityhall/council/hearings/about. htm • By Standard Mail: 6911 No. 3 Road, Richmond, BC, V6Y 2C1, Attention: Director, City Clerk’s Ofﬁce • By Fax: 604-278-5139, Attention: Director, City Clerk’s Ofﬁce • Public Hearing Rules: For information on public hearing rules and procedures, please consult the City website at http://www.richmond.ca/ cityhall/council/hearings/about.htm or call the City Clerk’s Ofﬁce at 604-276-4007. • All submissions will form part of the record of the hearing. Once the Public Hearing has concluded, no further information or submissions can be considered by Council. It should be noted that the rezoned property may be used for any or all of the uses permitted in the “new” zone. David Weber Director, City Clerk’s Ofﬁce
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Independent analysis needed, mayor says From Page 1
The altered proposal, which now proposes to route the underground pipeline beneath Highway 99, is “totally unacceptable,” Day said in a press release. Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie said Tuesday the new highway route doesn’t change the city’s position. “We are opposed to the entire concept. We don’t want tankers coming up the river.” Brodie said he believes there’s a conflict of interest in the water side analysis of the project that’s being done Port Metro Vancouver. The analysis will look at the risks associated with an offloading and storage facility, but Brodie said it’s being conducted by the eventual landlord, Port Metro Vancouver, which stands to profit from the project should it be given approval. “Surely we need an independent party doing the waterside analysis.”
“We are opposed to the entire concept. We don’t want tankers coming up the river.” - Malcolm Brodie Meanwhile, the consortium has also provided the city and the province’s environmental assessment office with a “third-party independent analysis” of the options currently under consideration. Golder Associates
•Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation has submitted a revised application to the BC Environmental Assessment Office, seeking approval to build a jet fuel pipeline across Richmond connecting Riverport to Sea Island. •Proposed is a pipeline route along Highway 99—primarily the east side, 2.5 meters below the surface. •The VAFFC says the new route shortens the pipeline, offers greater separation to urban areas, results in a smaller construction footprint, requires fewer utility crossings and wouldn’t impact city streets if maintenance was required. •A public open house is planned for Jan. 28, but the venue has not yet been set. and Ausenco-Sandwell concluded that the option to build a jet fuel offloading terminal, develop a fuel tank farm, and build a 15-kilometre pipeline to Vancouver International Airport, had the “greatest number of indicators (80 per cent) rated as negligible or of minor concern.” Next, at 70 per cent, was the option to develop a new jet fuel tank and barge loading facility on the north shore of Burrard Inlet, with a barge unloading facil-
Firms conspired to Public input keep foam prices sought on fare high hikes A foam production plant in Delta was part of a decade-long price-ﬁxing scheme that has ended with the ﬁrms involved paying $12.5 million in ﬁnes. Valle Foam Industries, which also runs a plant in Brampton, Ontario, and Montreal afﬁliate Domfoam International pleaded guilty to conspiring with competitors to ﬁx the price of polyurethane foam products made at their three plants. The products are mainly used in carpet underlay, furniture and bedding. It was the ﬁrst conviction under Canada’s amended conspiracy law, which was updated in 2010 to tighten the law regarding collaboration and cartels. “This investigation highlights the Bureau’s reinvigorated mandate to stop consumer harm caused by price-ﬁxing, and to secure signiﬁcant ﬁnes for these serious criminal offences,” Competition Commissioner Melanie Aitken said. A rival foam producer based in Toronto blew the whistle on the scheme in early 2010, gaining immunity from prosecution. The Competition Bureau launched a nearly two-year investigation that included the use of wiretaps, several searches and the seizure of thousands of documents. More ﬁrms are still under investigation for their participation in the cartel. “We’re grateful for the actions of the Competition Bureau,” said Bruce Cran, president of the Consumers Association of Canada, adding he hopes to see regulators investigate more crooked pricing schemes in other industries. —Jeff Nagel
Public input is being sought on an application by TransLink to hike transit fares next year. Under the proposal, which would generate $48 million for the transit authority, all fares would rise. Cash fares would rise by 25 cents for one zone and 50 cents for two or three zones. Faresaver tickets would cost $2.50 to $5 more for books of 10. Comments can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb. 15.
Holiday impaired suspensions, charges up Legal issues with B.C.’s new drinking and driving law didn’t slow down police road checks and suspensions during the holiday season. From Nov. 1 to Jan. 2, RCMP in the Lower Mainland imposed penalties on 399 drivers, compared to 310 in the same period of 2010. Those totals include impaired driving charges, 90-day vehicle impoundments and administrative licence suspensions. B.C. Supreme Court Justice Jon Sigurdson ruled Nov. 30 that parts of B.C.’s new roadside penalty system infringed on drivers’ constitutional right to defend themselves. But just before Christmas he suspended his ruling for six months, allowing police to resume applying their strictest roadside penalties, including 90-day licence suspensions and impounding vehicles for 30 days. —Tom Fletcher
ity on the south bank of the North Arm of the Fraser, and a short pipeline connecting to the existing tank farm at the airport.
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Regulation of private parking operations Vehicle for Hire Regulation Bylaw 6900, Amendment Bylaws 8801 and 8802 The proposed bylaw amendments will require the renewal of towing permits every two years and update the fees for towing and storage based on the Motor Vehicle Act Regulation 262/2010 in Bylaw 6900. Violations and applicable fines will be outlined in Schedule A of Bylaw 8122 and disputes subject to the City’s adjudication program. Richmond City Council will consider the adoption of Amendment Bylaws 8801 and 8802 on January 23, 2012. If adopted, the bylaws would come into force and effect on January 24, 2012. Written submissions may be made to Council on the proposed bylaw amendments by writing to the City Clerk c/o 6911 No. 3 Road, Richmond, BC, V6Y 2C1, or by sending a fax to 604-278-5139. Arrangements may also be made for oral submissions to Council by calling 604-276-4163. All submissions received prior to the bylaw adoptions will be forwarded to Council for consideration. A complete copy of the report is available on the city website at www.richmond.ca (City Hall > City Council > Agendas & Minutes > Council Meetings > 2011 Agendas & Minutes > December 19, 2011) or by calling the Community Bylaws Division at 604-276-4160. City of Richmond | 6911 No. 3 Rd. Richmond BC V6Y 2C1 | Tel: 604-276-4000
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B.C.’s new top cop vows change Response to sexual harassment allegations not timely enough, says Callens
New policies will require strict timelines for investigation and action on harassment complaints, he said. Callens agreed the harassment disclosures have been the latest in a barrage of blows to the RCMP in this province—ranging from Robert Dziekanski’s death at Vancouver airport to missteps in the investigation of serial killer Robert Pickton—that have pummelled the morale of ofﬁcers. Despite that, he said public conﬁdence in the force does not
by Jeff Nagel Black Press The new head of the RCMP in B.C. is vowing to transform the culture of the force to ensure sexually harassed ofﬁcers can safely blow the whistle on their tormenters and get help. Assistant Commissioner Craig Callens took over as RCMP ‘E’ division commander last month amid a series of allegations of harassment by female ofﬁcers that began late last year when former B.C. RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Catherine Galliford went public with her own experience of being hounded by men in the force. Most female ofﬁcers he’s heard from report a “very positive” experience in the RCMP, Callens said, but that doesn’t change his view that much more must be done. “Frankly, one case is too many,” he said in an interview with Black Press. “I’m not persuaded that our response to these sexual harassment allegations has been timely enough or has been fulsome enough.” Callens is seeking advice from throughout the force to improve the reporting process so abused ofﬁcers can be conﬁdent their complaints will be acted upon and they won’t face retribution. He said he’s interested not just in rooting out harassers, but also examining the response of those in the force, particularly immediate superiors, who have allowed it to fester under their watch. “I will be equally interested in what kind of information the supervisor or the local leader or ofﬁcer-in-charge of the detachment had and what he did about it.”
He said the biggest challenge that has emerged for police in recent years have been landmark court decisions that now require vastly more paperwork to disclose every facet of an investigation to the defence. “Our investigators are required to disclose every piece of paper, every computer entry, every query and inquiry they conduct over the course of that investigation,” Callens said. “That has dramatically changed the way we need to approach investigations.”
“I will be interested in what kind of information the supervisor or the local leader or ofﬁcer-in-charge of the detachment had and what he did about it.” - Craig Callens
deserve to be eroded because an overwhelming majority of RCMP ofﬁcers “do an exceptional job every day.” Callens also suggested Mounties don’t get enough credit, either for their greater transparency in recent years of disclosing incidents of ofﬁcer misconduct, or for their support of external civilian oversight of police in those cases. “We embrace and look forward to external review and civilian oversight,” he said, adding he could not be more pleased that Richard Rosenthal has been named as B.C.’s ﬁrst civilian police investigator. Rosenthal is known for busting corrupt police in Los Angeles. Callens, a third-generation Mountie with 26 years in the force, comes to the province’s top post after working in general duty, major crime and federal drug enforcement. He’s served in Prince George, Wells, Kamloops, Surrey and then at ‘E’ division headquarters in Vancouver.
Callens said the RCMP will intensify its push in 2012 to lead a province-wide gun and gang strategy involving all RCMP detachments and municipal forces. He said that will build upon the creation of additional Combined Forces Special Enforcement Units—which coordinate antigang investigations—in Prince George and Kelowna. But he also argued B.C.’s antigang strategy of the last couple of years has been “very effective,” noting the number of gang-related murders fell from its peak of 35 in 2009 to 18 in 2010 and less than 10 last year. Long-term success against gang crime will depend more on education and prevention, as well as rehabilitation of offenders, he said. Callens said the single biggest area of success in recent years for the Mounties has been their pursuit of intelligence-based crime reduction initiatives. “In almost all of our communities we have seen signiﬁcant reductions in crime.”
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•Mayor Malcolm Brodie: Zero Waste (chair), Finance, New Metro Vancouver board chair Intergovernmental and Administration, Utilities, Mayors Greg Moore has slimmed down the •Coun. Harold Steves: Environment and Parks, Regional regional district’s committee strucPlanning and Agriculture ture as his ﬁrst ofﬁcial act. •Coun. Bill McNulty: Housing The Port Coquitlam mayor pared •Coun. Linda McPhail: Port Cities former board chair Lois Jackson’s •Coun. Linda Barnes: Regional Culture 15 committees down to 12. Gone are separate Parks and Agriculture committees—they’re sues until a new bargaining sup- Langley City Coun. Gayle Martin, now merged into an Environment port agency can be formed. the former parks chair, as viceand Parks committee and a ReOne new committee is Aboriginal chair. gional Planning and Agriculture Affairs, although it really replaces North Vancouver District Mayor committee. the now-scrapped Lower Mainland Richard Walton, who was the board Eliminated altogether is a com- Treaty Advisory Committee, which vice-chair and chairs the TransLink mittee on policing issues, wasn’t directly under Met- mayors council, becomes chair of which Moore says will be the Finance committee, with Surrey ro’s control. handled by the Mayors’ Moore has also created a Coun. Marvin Hunt as vice-chair. committee, if required. Utilities committee, to be Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts will “I’ve heard from some we chaired by North Vancouver chair the Port Cities committee and had quite a few commitCity Mayor Darrell Mussat- Maple Ridge Mayor Ernie Daykin tees and we could look to to, that replaces the former chairs the Aboriginal Affairs comreduce those committees Water committee and will mittee. to save us money as well also oversee the sewage Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan, as staff resources,” Moore system. who contemplated challenging MOORE said. The former Waste Man- Moore for the chair, emerges with He also capped the memagement committee be- perhaps the most influence of bership on each committee comes the Zero Waste committee, any other regional politician on at a maximum of 11 directors. focused heavily on garbage reduc- the board. Metro directors received a total tion and Metro’s pursuit of expandBesides chairing the Regional of $846,000 from meeting fees in ed waste-to-energy plants. Planning and Agriculture committee 2010. Richmond Mayor Malcolm Bro- (he was regional planning chair), Each director is paid $330 for ev- die will chair the new Zero Waste Corrigan is now also vice-chair of ery committee or board meeting committee. the Mayors’ committee (backing they attend, and that fee doubles Moore said he worked with board up Moore) and is vice-chair of the to $660 if a meeting runs longer vice-chair and Vancouver Coun. Zero Waste committee. than four hours. Raymond Louie to come up with Moore said he’s also looking for Also eliminated is Metro’s La- the more streamlined commit- ways to better engage citizens and bour Relations Bureau, which in tee system and to ensure proper inform them about what Metro the past coordinated bargaining geographic balance among ap- does. between cities and their unions, pointees. “We’ve started a conversation but fractured after the largest cities Vancouver Coun. Heather Deal on how we as a board look at web withdrew. Moore said the mayors becomes the chair of the Environ- streaming and at how we commucommittee will handle those is- ment and Parks committee, with nicate as a board,” he said.
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EDITORIAL: A needed conﬁdence boost
he anti-sexual-harassment stance taken by new Assistant Commissioner Craig Callens—head of the RCMP in B.C.—is a welcome indication that winds of change are sweeping through the force. Late last year, when B.C. RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Catherine Galliford shared her own allegations of being harassed by male colleagues, it was the cue for a series of similar allegations from other female ofﬁcers. Callens, RCMP E Division commander, is quick to say most female ofﬁcers he has heard from have had a positive experience in the force. But when an ofﬁcer as highly placed as Callens says he is “not persuaded” the force has responded fully or quickly enough to
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allegations of sexual harassment— and that “one case is too many”— it’s a telling statement indeed. On this issue, the presence of smoke has seldom been acknowledged as evidence of ﬁre by the force. The appointment of Richard Rosenthal as B.C.’s ﬁrst civilian police investigator suggests that
The sense that an organization can close ranks and refuse to acknowledge wrongdoing undermines every bit of valuable work such an organization does. Loss of conﬁdence is a poison that can eat away at the fabric of any organization in which the public reposits its trust. No amount of spin-doctoring or presentation of media-friendly photo-ops can take away the feeling that something is wrong. Glibness, aloofness, or an unwillingness to acknowledge that there could be a problem doesn’t help either. Taking responsibility, as Callens demonstrates, is about more than damage control, or never admitting weakness or past errors. And, as he seems to understand, that can only inspire more public conﬁdence in the long run. — Peace Arch News (Black Press)
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the province’s police forces are beginning to realize that greater transparency may be more of a friend than an enemy. Callens has also sent a message he is prepared to make changes to the ‘culture’ of the RCMP, both by making sure ofﬁcers who allege harassment are able to report it without fear of retribution, and by suggesting he will be taking a close look at the actions of immediate superiors of complaining ofﬁcers to make sure incidents are not swept under the carpet. He is, of course, engaged in his own damage-control mission—to rebuild public conﬁdence in the force. As he notes, most ofﬁcers do an exceptional job, but large organizations such as the RCMP can’t afford to ignore public perceptions, even if they prove—by and large— erroneous.
ow is B.C.’s economy doing? This question occupies a great deal of time in our political debate. But since that debate is mostly an exercise in selecting facts and passing blame back and forth, it’s difficult to tell. Former premier Gordon Campbell set out to change that in 2001 with the establishment of the B.C. Progress Board. Independent directors established six “core targets,” environmental, health and social indicators as well as economic measures, and tracked them annually with comparisons to other provinces. This created a 10-year database that doesn’t exist anywhere else. But it hasn’t exactly been ﬂattering, a sign that it has been kept free of political interference. Premier Christy Clark’s recent decision to replace the Progress Board has sparked another round of political blame-storming.
The NDP opposition was accustomed to jumping on the annual rankings and trumpeting the ones that cast the B.C. Liberals in a bad light. Predictably, they portrayed the remake of the board as an effort to sweep embarrassing results under the rug. Media often focus on the political horse race rather than details of dull old policy. When the board’s annual reports came out, they typically covered the political ﬁght and glossed over the ﬁndings. The key ﬂaw with the Progress Board turned out to be its emphasis on provincial rankings. B.C. ranked ﬁrst for the entire 10 years in health and environmental conditions, and near the bottom in a complex measure of “social condition” that was often oversimpliﬁed as poverty. In most measures, including economic ones, the rankings barely changed in a decade. In his ﬁnal report, board chair Gerry Martin noted that B.C.’s improvements in economic output and income were signiﬁcant, but didn’t move them up the rankings because other provinces had similar success. Big recoveries in Saskatchewan and Newfoundland meant that B.C. sometimes slipped in the relative rankings despite major gains. Martin noted that on crime, “initial performance was so poor that B.C.’s best-in-country improvements over several years were needed just to move B.C. to about average.”
Bob Richmond photo via ﬂickr Low-birth-weight babies reduced B.C.’s Social Condition Index ranking.
(There’s an example of how independent this board has been.) Crime is part of the board’s “Social Condition Index,” along with lowbirth-weight babies and long-term unemployment. This has been a favourite of opposition critics, because B.C. started low and slipped lower. But they won’t tell you the whole story, through the NDP 1990’s as well as the B.C. Liberal 2000’s: “B.C. ranked sixth in the Social Condition Index in 1990, improved to third in 1993, but deteriorated through the rest of the 1990s and into the next decade such that it sank
to last place for 2001 and 2002,” the ﬁnal report says. “Improvements between 2002 and 2007 saw B.C. reach ﬁfth place in 2006 and 2007, but rank changes on low birth weights and long-term unemployment brought B.C. to seventh in 2008 and ninth in 2009.” Does this mean the NDP government of the 1990s did a bad job, or that the B.C. Liberals did better and then screwed up? It could be spun that way, but there are external factors involved. The B.C. Progress Board didn’t just do rankings. Its policy suggestions were implemented in regulatory reform, energy self-sufﬁ-
ciency, creating community courts and UBC Okanagan, and proceeding with the Site C dam. Martin notes that the successor organization, the Jobs and Investment Board, will carry on the performance monitoring and “hold government’s feet to the ﬁre,” in particular on its ability to attract investment. It’s time to stop arguing about the level of poverty and ﬁnd new ways to alleviate it. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews.com. email@example.com.
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letters The real problem with housing affordability Editor: Re: “Assessments give us pause for thought,” Editorial, Jan. 6. Your editorial complains that “wealthy offshore buyers” of Richmond homes means young homebuyers are “forced to go elsewhere” to ﬁnd affordable housing. You further suggest that the foreign wealthy buyers are not “relying on income in Canada.” How do you know? I would bet that many of these so-called foreign buyers have created businesses in Richmond that buy advertising in the Review. And who cares about their country of origin anyway? My family arrived in Canada in the 17th century, but I don’t think that entitles me to buy a home before a newcomer does. Do you? Lets review what happens when somebody buys a house in Richmond. The local seller spreads the money in the economy. The buyer either renovates or rebuilds. Renovation is a $7 billion business in Canada. Home building is even bigger. Each industry creates thousands of high paying jobs. And these buyers pay the property taxes that are the city’s biggest source of revenue. Property taxes allow it to pay for the social programs to boost affordability that you want to see increased. The real affordability problem relates to the low incomes earned by young people. Half of the jobs created in B.C. last month were part time and over 80 per cent were in the service sector. Even if housing prices dropped by half in Richmond, the $25,000 a year donut shop clerk couldn’t afford a home. That’s the real story. Consider doing a regular feature on where the new jobs are in Richmond and what are the pay levels. That will shine light on the affordability problem. Victor Godin Richmond
Plenty of potential at McDonald Beach Editor: We just took a drive to McDonald Beach this weekend and noticed that the Cora Brown trail has been continued through. I’m not sure where it starts and not sure where it ends but it seems to me that a lot of money has been put into this project. We wondered where one parks their car so they can walk the trail. It sure would be a great idea if you could put an RV site out there as well and connect it all together. What a great thing for Richmond. Utilize some of that space for all to use. You already have the dock for boaters and a grounds keeper. Now just add camping out there as well. I have seen on a number of oc-
casions RV’s parked at McDonald beach for the day just so families can enjoy a day at the beach without leaving Richmond. You could have another Derby Reach Park to be proud of. One just has to take a drive to Langley down on the river and see such a fabulous park. Something for everyone. Right on the river. In the summer months you can’t even get a spot to camp because it is so popular with everyone from campers, hikers, ﬁshermen and birdwatchers alike. Just a thought. We sure need something here in Richmond. And I almost forgot. We need a sani-station as well. Lisa Nowak Richmond
Columnist may know tomatoes, but does she know airplanes? Editor: Re: “Garden, garage good spots for winter stash,” Arzeena Hamir, Jan. 6. I read with disdain the condescending column referencing an inquiry about tomatoes growing in the wintertime in Vancouver. If I were the originator of that question, I would be some upset at the reply. If you want to know how self-centred the column is, count the I’s. I’m a retired air trafﬁc controller, commercial pilot and an aviation safety investigator, having chaired over 200 boards of inquiry. I know nothing about tomatoes. With reference to Ms. Hamir, I wonder why an intelligent person who graduated from both high school and university and holds a steady job, doesn’t even know the stall speed of a Boeing 747 at 9,000 feet with gear down and full ﬂap. Robert Randall Richmond
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