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News, sports, business and politics journalist. Red Mittens & Red Ink: The Vancouver Olympics author. Also reporting via @theBreakerNews
Nov 12, 2021 10 tweets 11 min read
🧵What’s B.C.'s biggest "media operation"? Perhaps only rivalled by @cbcnewsbc, it’s Government Communications and Public Engagement (GCPE), the people behind @BCGovNews. Annual budget ~$28M. The PR dept. of #bcgov is managed by @bcndp political appointees. #bcpoli Image The executive committee is generally cabinet-appointed. Deputy Minister @DonZadravec spent 10 years at National PR and was a lobbyist for a pipeline company. #bcpoli #cdnfoi Image
Nov 5, 2021 9 tweets 12 min read
🧵#ThisIsWhyIFOI Remember Dr. Bonnie Henry at the @Canucks home opener? I asked @bcndp #bcgov under #FOI about who paid for the jersey and other expenses. Many readers wonder about the PHO attending such commercial events. #bcpoli #cdnfoi #FOIAFriday #SportsBiz #covid19 ImageImage This morning, @bcndp #bcgov tells me it has rejected my #FOI request about Dr. Bonnie Henry at the @Canucks game, because she was allegedly there as a private citizen, not because she is the provincial health officer. Where have I seen that lame excuse before? 🤔#bcpoli #cdnfoi Image
Jul 17, 2021 5 tweets 5 min read
BREAKING!: Harsha "Burn It All Down" Walia has quit @BCCLA. #bcpoli #cdnpoli Full statement here. #bcpoli…
Jul 15, 2021 6 tweets 4 min read
🧵@adriandix made Telus CEO Darren Entwistle a special advisor to @BC_EHS. Dix and Entwistle have a bond and Entwistle is one of B.C.’s top corporate minds. While other telecoms invested in media and sports, Telus went aggressively into healthcare. #bcpoli The Telus 2020 annual report management discussion and analysis reveals how important the healthcare sector is to Telus. #bcpoli
Jul 15, 2021 4 tweets 6 min read
🌡🧵So there you have it. @drbonniehenry misled us again. I asked via #cdnFOI and the @bcndp Ministry of Health under @adriandix says it has no provincial government heat emergency plan. #bcpoli #FOIA @BCLiberalCaucus @BCGreens #heatdome #heatwave That letter refers to a @CDCofBC 2017 publication, which shifts responsibility to the regional health boards and municipalities. #BCGov has a nuclear emergency response plan (among others), but no top-down plan for a heat emergency. #bcpoli #cdnfoi…
Jun 2, 2021 4 tweets 6 min read
Just in: Federal/provincial/territorial information and privacy commissioners (including B.C.'s @McEvoy_Michael) call on governments to respect Canadians' quasi-constitutional rights to privacy and access to information. #bcpoli #cdnfoi #coronavirus #stateofemergency #righttoknow ImageImage Here is the full resolution. But is it too little, too late? @BCInfoPrivacy has given @jjhorgan @bcndp too much freedom to trample on citizens' #FOIA rights, starting with the temporary March 18, 2020 disclosure holiday. #bcpoli #cdnfoi #coronavirus #stateofemergency ImageImage
May 12, 2021 11 tweets 14 min read
🧵Can we believe @bcndp pandemic data? #BCgov has under-tested and made #covid19 case/death reporting errors along the way. I wanted to know how many and whether they were corrected. This is about science and history. I filed an #cdnFOI request last July. #bcpoli #GiveUsData I asked for B.C.-wide and health region correction and revision notices for March-July 2020. The original due date: Sept. 14. #bcpoli #cdnfoi #coronavirus #GiveUsData #FOIA Image
May 8, 2021 17 tweets 18 min read
🧵About @jjhorgan, @adriandix and @DrBonnieHenry keeping secrets and risking public health. Blessed are the whistleblowers and leakers. Be thankful, too, for the unexpected documents that sometimes show up in FOI disclosures. #GiveUsData #cdnpoli #bcpoli #coronavirus Dr. Bonnie Henry and Dr. Reka Gustafson are not serving public health or science by withholding so much information. No excuses. They have a large budget and bureaucracy, but they’re either unwilling or not allowed (by the NDP minister) to be transparent. #bcpoli #cdnfoi
Jul 29, 2019 5 tweets 6 min read
Like many reporters, I collect passes for events I cover. @JustinTrudeau staff wouldn’t let me keep this from @CoastGuardCAN photo op in Vancouver. They said it would be reused. Today’s other event is party, not PMO. Pass is dated. I also said it’s single-use plastic. #cdnpoli Another PMO staffer, taking orders, tried to prevent me from taking photos of the PM walking down the gamgway, in case he were to fall. PM ably descended, as you can see. Sukh Dhaliwal, however, needed help. The Surrey Liberal MP didn’t have sea legs today. #cdnpoli #cdnmedia