Friday, September 23, 2016

Victoria Viewpoints: Friday, September 23, 2016

Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Provincial scene.

Health authority is strict on Vancouver restaurants, but not pot dispensaries
William and Kate to visit B. C.'s Great Bear Rainforest
Anti-pipeline accord could deepen divide in indigenous communities
British media descend on Victoria in lead-up to Royal Visit
Justin Trudeau accused of 'bulldozing Aboriginal right' with Site C
B.C. political parties take different strategies as 2017 election campaign gears up
Expo's Royal Visit part of province's crowning glory
Pundits gauge plunge in foreign buyers in Metro Vancouver real estate
Why environmentalists should want BC's Burnaby oil refinery to stay open
Charter challenge to BC Mental Health Act long overdue
Justice system fails us all

Ottawa Observations: Friday, September 23, 2016

Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Federal scene for September 23, 2016.

Canadians' views at odds with Liberal immigration plans, government poll shows
Chinese Premier wraps up Ottawa visit with free-trade pitch
Upset about how much Telford and Butts spent on moving? Welcome to Toronto
Canada's founding myths hold us back from addressing climate change
Dion denies extradition treaty negotiations with China
What are Justin Trudeau's end-game ambitions with China?
Chiefs of staff to Liberal ministers Dion, Bains to pay back moving expenses
Liberals try to turn tables on Tories over excessive moving expenses
Hiding behind rules, Trudeau shrugs off responsibility for staff's moving cost
Two more senior Liberal aides to repay $55,000 in moving expenses
Sister of Robert Hall, killed Canadian hostage, says government did little to save him
Liberals fire back at Conservatives over staff relocation expense questions
Why high-profile candidates may be sitting out Conservative, NDP leadership races
Expenses 101: Liberals get painful lesson in perception vs. reality
Probe finds federal departments neglected to pay interns
Chris Alexander expected to join Conservative leadership fray
The Royal Visit: Where to meet William and Kate, and George and Charlotte too
Bob Cole, Lawrence Hill among Order of Canada recipients honoured at Rideau Hall
Senior PMO staffers Gerald Butts and Katie Telford to return $65K in 'unreasonable' moving expenses
Federal minister watching P.E.I. 'very closely' on electoral reform
How Canada should engage China on human rights
Liberals should be wary of overspending and corruption
Monsef could face consequences, immigration lawyers warn
On the ethics of Justin Trudeau's aides
Liberal's pad scam sees two more senior aides decide to pay back moving expenses
There's a Conservative case for carbon pricing, but not a good one for the alternative
Justin Trudeau's UN address was a meaningless speech to a worthless body
Canada 'mistreated' failed refugee claimant to point of attempted suicide, lawyer says in plea to PM
What's next for Canada and China? Trudeau accused of getting to close to Beijing
Quantum computing will cripple encryption methods within decade, spy agency chief warns
Military personnel and Defence department employees get a free pass for Ashley Madison contacts
Top Trudeau aides apologize for moving expenses controversy, vow to repay 'significant portion'
Millennials Angry over Jobs, and NDP should be their voice, says Ashton
Stephane Dion, world foreign ministers frustrated as bombings again rock Syria
Two more Liberals to repay over $50K in moving expenses

The Tyee puts the focus on youth with a six part series on Prince Rupert and the Northwest

The online journal The Tyee recently dispatched one of their correspondents to the Northwest, with  Katie Hyslop  spending a couple of weeks at the end of the summer travelling from the Bulkley Valley to Prince Rupert, speaking with teenagers and young adults on themes of development and the impact that any major development may have on their lives.

Her trip took the journalist from rafting with a group along the  Bulkley River, to just sitting around and listening to young adults in Smithers as they looked at how they view such issues as employment and the environment and where they may fit into the future of the Northwest.

In Prince Rupert her work found her in discussion with elementary school teacher Mike McDowall, who offered her a glimpse into how students and young adults view environmental concerns through their involvement with the Prince Rupert Salmon Enhancement Society.

McDowall who teaches in the French Immersion program at École Roosevelt Elementary School outlines some of the themes that students explore through their time at the fish hatchery and how its important for them to experience things outside of a classroom or the comfort of their homes and their electronic devices.

Another stop over in the city during her visit took Hyslop to Rob Gruber's thriving activity centre known as Good Times Games, where the city's youngsters put their imaginations to work through any number of role playing activities that the Second Avenue location has to offer.

He looks to the future with hope that local job opportunities will continue to arrive, allowing for many of those kids that have passed through Good Times Games to remain in the community.

Hyslop also talked with a number of youth in Prince Rupert about the range of development projects that have been proposed for the region and how they view that potential change to the way of life on the North Coast. With the young of the community providing some fascinating input into how they see the region today and in the future.

She also offers up an outsiders view of what the current economic condition of the city looks like, making note of the "score of vacant storefronts" that mark the city's main shopping district, observations that provide for a glimpse at what those who pass through the city may be thinking as they wonder as to what the future for the North Coast may hold.

The Tyee project was supported by the Tyee Builders fund,  a reader based initiative that raises money for independent and in depth reports on issues around the province.

That reader funded blue print is one that many other online publications are beginning to explore as well, as they look to tell stories that perhaps don't get much coverage from the larger commercial sources across Canada.

Ms. Hyslop's most recent work has focused on British Columbian's anywhere between 12 and 24 in age and what issues resonate may for them. Though she does expand on that overview and also explores other areas of engagement with youth and how the next generation views things.

Her travels across the Northwest provides for an interesting glimpse into how the youth of this region are looking at the future and where they fit into the current of events.

For those that may have missed the first run of the articles on the Tyee, an encore review from the Tyee website can be found below:

September 14 -- 'If they Do it Properly,' Coastal Youth Could Support Megaprojects
September 14 -- In Prince Rupert, Good Times Gaming for Young and Old
September 14 -- In Prince Rupert, Making Sure Salmon Stay in (Elementary) School
September 12 -- Bringing Love of Movement to Northwest BC's Wilderness
September 8 -- Youth in BC's Northwest Interior Wrestle with Mega-Project Future
September 8 -- In B.C.'s North, Creating a Safe Place for Youth to connect to their land

More items related to Community notes and events can be found on our archive page.

Cross posted from the North Coast Review.

Lax Kw'alaams Band to host Community Project Update sessions next week

Residents of Lax Kw'alaams will have two opportunities next week to view the course ahead that the Band has charted for them with information sessions scheduled for September 28 and 29.

The presentation will provide updates on a number of community projects and an introduction to services that are planned for the community.

Also taking place at both sessions will be an information session to provide more background on the launch of a program called the Lax Kw'alaams Go Forward Plan.

Wednesday's session is scheduled for the Highliner Inn from 7-9 PM, Thursday the Recreation Centre in Lax Kw'alaams will be the host venue with the presentation to run from 7-9 PM.

The meetings which are limited to Lax Kw'alaams members only, were originally scheduled for mid month, however a death in the community resulted in the information sessions to be deferred until the final week of the September.

Updates on community events from Lax Kw'alaams can be found from their Facebook page or website.

More background on items of interest from the community can be reviewed on our archive page.

Cross posted from the North Coast Review.

Three day workshop on Autism set for Prince Rupert next week

Families that are affected by Autism, or residents of the region who wish to learn more about how to approach the health issues associated with Autism, will have the opportunity to take in a three day workshop next week taking place in the city.

The information project has its roots as part of the recommendations and Action Plan from the Inquest into the death of Robert Robinson in April of 2014, the deaths of Robert and his mother Angie were a tragic story of a family falling through cracks of the provincial system and one which touched many in the community.

The inquest which took place in Prince Rupert in September of last year, provided for a strong resolve to seek improvements and offer more support for families in need across the province.

As part of the commitment towards that action plan the Ministry of Children and Family Development is offering the series of Free Autism Spectrum Disorder workshops with a full schedule of sessions planned for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the Highliner Inn Hotel and Conference Centre.

The three days of workshops offer up a number areas for review and discussion, with the topics for next week as follows:

Monday, September 26 -- 1 to 4 PM
Autism Spectrum Disorder, What Does the Research Say?

Monday, September 26 -- 7 to 9 PM
Autism Spectrum Disorders in Transitioning Youth and Adults

Tuesday, September 27 -- 9 AM to 12 PM
Autism Spectrum Disorder and Mental Health Issues in Children

Tuesday, September 27 -- 7 to 9 PM
Supporting individuals with Autism in Crisis/Emergency Situations

Wednesday, September 28th -- 9 AM to Noon
An Aboriginal Perspective on Supporting Children and Families with Special Needs

Wednesday, September 28th -- 1 to 4 PM
Information and Supports across BC for Individuals with ASD and Their Families

More background related to each of the workshops that is offered next week can be reviewed from the image below (click to expand):

While the workshops are free to those that attend, registration is required for the three day event you can register for the sessions and get more information if required from

The Prince Rupert workshop is sponsored by the Canucks Autism Network, Autism Community Training, The University of British Columbia and the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

More background on support that is available to individuals or families in British Columbia can be found from the Autism Spectrum Disorder page of the Ministry website, which you can review here.

Further support is also available through the BC Aboriginal Child Care SocietyCanucks Autism Network and the Autism Community Training program.

Cross posted from the North Coast Review.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Victoria Viewpoints: Thursday, September 22, 2016

Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Provincial scene.

City of Vancouver votes to ban natural gas by 2050
B.C. watchdog urges Attorney-General to intervene in Métis toddler case
Two new supervised injection sites in Vancouver face legal wall
Plans for piece of Vancouver land will reflect "First Nations influence"
Data show drop in B.C. foreign property buyers since targeted tax
City of Vancouver clarifies its position on natural gas in new buildings
Victoria housing helping former tent city campers, PHS  says
More beds not the answer to fentanyl crisis, says B.C.'s provincial health officer
Plunging foreign investment in Vancouver real estate that was the impact we wanted': B.C. premier
Backdown Bernier's from old school of higher yearnings
The reality of Independent School funding in B.C.
B.C. faces slower growth in the long term
Regional Transportation authority needed
Foreign buying of Metro Vancouver homes plunged after new tax
Pressure mounts to close Vancouver schools with anticipated $15 million budget gap next year
How my kid's school renewed my belief in Democracy

Ottawa Observations: Thursday, September 22, 2016

Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Federal scene for September 22, 2016.

Chinese Premier defends country's justice system during Ottawa visit
Trudeau aides Butts and Telford to repay portion of moving expenses
Minister Monsef correcting documents after birthplace revelations
Chris Alexander to run for Conservative leadership
Heralded as Canada's first Afghan-born MP, Maryam Monsef shocked to discover truth of roots
Jason Kenney delivers final speech in House of Commons
Senior PMO staffers Gerald Butts and Katie Telford to return $65K in 'unreasonable' moving expenses
Senator reports herself to ethics czar over tax-have revelations
Health Canada will reduce barriers to safe injection sites, says Philpott
Maryam Monsef confirms she was born in Iran, not Afghanistan
China agrees to maintain Canada's access to $2.6 canola market through 2020
Chinese premier, Trudeau announce exploratory free-trade talks
Ottawa's fall economic update could include measures to help feeble economy
Kenney bids adieu to Parliament Hill after 20 years
Canadian First Nations, U. S. tribes form alliance to stop oil pipelines
Ottawa stopped counting fires on First Nation reserves in 2010
Minister not briefed on more critical independent Phoenix payroll analysis before rollout
Extradition treaty with China is a dangerous proposition
Liberals should have known better on moving expenses
Parliament must act quickly to end genetic discrimination
Crackdown on extra-billing is long overdue
Trudeau offers little insight, few answers about his plans
Moving Tip No. 1: Have Justin Trudeau sign the bill
Monsef's Iranian roots not news to her own riding
Monsef urged to quit Liberal Cabinet amid claims true birthplace has 'been known for quite awhile'
Liberal MP Maryam Monsef, Canada's first Afghan cabinet minister, was actually born in Iran
Liberals fall into entitlement trap with spending missteps
Liberal spending practices make Mike Duffy look like an amateur
RCMP binocular purchase collapses amid allegations bid rigged in favour of one company
"Sometimes we only talk about it in whispers: Lisa Raitt opens up about how Alzheimer's has affected her family
Trudeau's top aides billed taxpayers more than $200,000 in moving expenses, according to report
Secret Bans, Secret Trials: The Canadian 'No-Fly' Lists
PMO staff apologize for $200K moving expenses, will repay some funds
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang defends use of death penalty as extradition talks continue