Growing up on the prairies of Saskatchewan back in the late 40s and early 50s was, to say the least, a far cry from 2011.
Living without electricity or running water in itself was enough to ensure that your lifestyle would be different in so many ways. Yes, we did have a telephone and it was a community effort so to speak with a number of neighbours in the surrounding area also enjoying this modern new technology and learning how to evesdrop in so that conversations of a supposed private nature sometimes became just the opposite!
My parents were farmers. We had a quarter section of land and they worked it in order to survive. It was no easy task. For many years my father worked the fields with our team of horses before finally being able to afford a small Ford tractor in the first half of the 1950s. As well, we lived about five miles away from the nearest small town called Togo where one could buy essentials and haul your products to town in order to sell them. Apart from the actual grain crops that went in to the wheat elevator in the fall we also would take in milk and cream and butter which would then be sold to the local buyers.
[Editor's Note: The QC Sentinel is pleased to announce that it will be carrying John Twigg's new column, "The Daily Twigg". John has been an active analyst of B.C.'s political landscape for some time now. The QC Sentinel has put out notice since its inception for local writers and columnists to join its publication and contribute local content but to date the invitation has proven to be rather sparse. That offer still stands.]
BCIMC's costly burn in Sino-Forest stock crash shows pension funds better kept close to home
By John Twigg
Dec. 18, 2011
I was shocked to see the story in Saturday's Globe and Mail (Dec. 17) to the gist that the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCIMC) was the largest shareholder among more than a few who got burned for multi millions or even billions of dollars when ostensibly some evil rival short-sellers allegedly in June used false information to drive the Sino-Forest share value down to about zero from a mkt cap max of $5 billion - BCIMC had owned 6.5 million shares (price and value unknown) but is now down to "only" about 1.5 million shares and has a class-action lawsuit pending while the OSC froze the stock and the RCMP are investigating possible fraud. The story mentions that BCIMC withheld its votes at AGMs in 2007, 2008 and 2010 reportedly to protest the poor attendance of some Sino-Forest directors.
The Tower Inn in Quesnel is at the centre of an extremely vicious family fight.
[Editor's Note: While this story is relatively late in being published the QC Sentinel only heard about it recently. One supposes that it might have been covered by Black Press but for some reason it passed below their radar screen as well. Because the story is a Quesnel one I have decided to reprint it for local readers.]
By Charlie Smith,
October 7, 2011
A B.C. Supreme Court ruling suggests that in the case of a Quesnel family, blood isn't always thicker than water.
After what can only be described as a monumental family feud, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Marion Allan ruled that Gurdial Singh Sangha was "oppressed as a shareholder and director of both Reliance and Alberta Co." by his father, Kharak Singh Sangha, brothers Dalbir Singh Sangha and Kewal Singh Sangha, and brother-in-law Baldev Johal.
[Editor's Note: Here in Canada many folks like to think that the 49th Parallel is an actual barrier separating us from the United States of America. We try our best to disassociate ourselves from much of what is contained in the article below. Still, for the most part, our efforts are in vain. Just as no man is an island so too no nation is an island unto itself and the actions and events that take place on the other side of that international fence line we call the U.S. border does affect Canadians and in more ways than most think. 9/11 was a direct hit on Canadians as well as Americans in that we lost Canadian lives in that false flag event too. It also affected us other similar ways to America, especially with regard to government reactions that occurred right after the attack. No sooner had the Bush regime brought in the USA PATRIOT ACT of 2001 than Canada's federal government enacted its Anti-Terrorism Act, also in 2001 right around the time that MP's were leaving to return home to their families for Christmas. It was then that our freedom of speech on the internet took a direct hit on the jaw. So maybe there are lessons that the American's can share with us to stem the tide of treason within our own federal government. Knowledge is power. Plug in and awaken and let your light shine forth!]
From the same public servants who have gifted us with:
o The 9/11 state terrorist attacks against the American people, as well as many other false flag state terrorist attacks against the people of the world since the 19th century;
o The incremental gutting of the US Bill of Rights using 9/11 as a pretext, with the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001, the Military Commissions Act of 2006, the proposed Homegrown Terrorism and Radicalization of 2007, and now the embedded detention/torture provisions in the
National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, as well as many other such enabling pieces of legislation/unchallenged executive orders/statutes/policies and court decisions since the latter part of the 19th century;
Quesnel, RCMP, Corruption: The Lonnie Landrud Story
by Arthur Topham
Quesnel Cariboo Sentinel
December 16, 2011
Corruption, particularly corruption within police forces, be they city police or Canada's Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), is not a new phenomenon. Neither is corruption within Canada's judiciary system be it at the provincial or federal levels. Most people realize this who have ever had dealings with either of these two branches of government.
And coupled with corruption of course is the vital need for cover-up, be it by those working within the various spheres of deviant behaviour, such as the police themselves or the court system or, failing that, analagous channels normally (or once normally) understood to be sources of unbiased news and information. Here I refer to the mainstream media (msm) whose job it traditionally was to investigate criminal activities of all types and expose it for the greater good of society.
In British Columbia over the past number of years the RCMP have done a bang up job of heaping ignominy and shame upon their once highly regarded repuatation within policing agencies around the world. It's not my intent though in this article to go into the numerous cases which illustrate this fact but rather to focus on one particular, highly contentious example that up to this point has failed to recieve the press and the attention that I believe it is due. I am referring to the startling and almost unbelievable experience of Mr. Lonnie Lundrud which is now being presented by the QC Sentinel for readers viewing and consideration.
What was most amazing for me when I first viewed this short 7-Part series was the fact that the story had occurred right in my own backyard so to speak and still I hadn't become aware of it until close to 5 years later after the video interview with Mr. Landrud was first put up on YouTube. On top of that I had been in the publishing business myself for about an additional 5 more years prior to the recording of the events. Strange indeed.
Stranger still, when I began to check into some of the bizarre occurrences, was the fact that I once had dealings with one of the murdered RCMP officers, Bev Hosker, who back in 1997 was involved in aspects of my personal life while I was still a school teacher for the Quesnel School District #28. Those events are recorded within the archives of the Quesnel Cariboo Observer's letters section.
The question arose in my mind when I was watching the videos just why so few people had actually viewed them over the past five years. Given their content plus the fact that the RCMP have been in the news for years now thanks to their illegal and increasingly abberent behaviour toward the public, I found it mindboggling that on average less than two thousand views of the full seven parts had taken place over this period of time.
Having investigated similar stories of corruption in the past I felt that this story needed some added impetus to bring it further out of the shadows and into the clear light of public awareness. It's definitely not a Christmas story and I apologize to those who might feel that the timing is inappropriate. But, should truth prevail and this issue be finally resolved it just could be concievably a gift to those adversely affected by it for so long now.
A note to readers regarding the images in this article. They are just screen shots of the YouTubes. To watch the actual videos please click on the highlighted url above each of the images. As well if you feel this story should be available to more people please send it to your friends and associates.
Does B.C. Cabinet Corruption Continue – With “A Yankee Fix”?
By Robin Mathews
December 09, 2011
The search, Christy Clark says, in the government propaganda video, was “extensive”. It wasn’t. An “extensive” search was made, she says, for an independent police monitor for B.C. He may be called a Chief Civilian Director for Independent Investigations of police misdoings.
Then Premier Christy Clark and Attorney General Shirley Bond - in the same propaganda video - modify the statement to say appointee Richard Rosenthal will deal with “some” police misdoings – explicitly, deaths allegedly caused by police, and/or the use of physical violence. Some time later … much later … he might get to other things.
Other things? Well, he might get to police collaboration with Special Prosecutors appointed by the Attorney General to destroy, to bury, or to fabricate evidence on behalf of cabinet members and their corporate friends. He might get to the refusal of the RCMP (as top B.C. RCMP officer Gary Bass refused) to act on formal requests to investigate alleged criminal actions by members of the cabinet (including then premier Gordon Campbell).
But he probably won’t get to those things … at all.
In fact, Richard Rosenthal is instructed, he is ordered, he is PAID – not to look at any police misdoings before December 7, 2011. Richard Rosenthal has agreed to those terms, throwing both his credibility and his integrity into doubt from Day One.
The Christmas season in Canada has always been one which I've looked forward to since I can remember.
As a child growing up on the Saskatchewan prairies back in the late 40's and early 50's Santa Claus and Christmas went hand in hand like chocolate cake and ice cream. They meant family gatherings, bonfires, tobaggan parties and skating outdoors on the dugouts or sloughts along with hot chocolate and homemade cookies and friends. But most of all it meant a time of peaceful celebration and a reminder of all those good things that the Christian religion and its traditions had brought to the world.