Surrey First Forever?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Well, that’s apparently the opinion of the citizens of Surrey, who delivered to Surrey First, a three-peat last Saturday; one of monumental proportions. Despite polling that I predicted was fundamentally flawed, Surrey First, ably led by Linda Hepner, soared to victory.  It just wasn’t possible for Barinder Rasode to even see a win, and the same can be said for Doug McCallum (I’ll explain below). Besides, they were essentially being run out of the same stable. The anatomy of the Surrey First win is as simple to decipher as that of the Rasode/McCallum loss:  Deliver good, honest,... [Continue reading]

Kirk LaPointe: Vancouver’s Accidental Saviour?

Monday, November 17, 2014

There is much takeaway for all three civic parties after Saturday’s disappointing Vision Vancouver win–but mostly for the NPA and the city’s accidental saviour.  I’ll explain below. Let’s have a look at the lessons learned…in no particular order… COPE: 1)  They elected candidates that were too left wing, too doctrinaire, too rigid.  Having Tim Louis, sympathizer of mass murderer Che Guevara, anywhere near their party (again!) sealed their fate.  They didn’t learn their lesson from previous Louis nuttiness??? You think that doesn’t matter?... [Continue reading]

If You Really Care About Saving Vancouver on Saturday, November 15th., You Must Vote for the NPA

Friday, November 14, 2014

There used to be a few basic rules in politics, such that you didn’t lie to the public, and that no matter your agenda you affected change with frugality, measure and reason. Allison Redford always preferred the bus. Justin Trudeau never inhaled more than a few casual puffs (although judging from his policy initiatives he seems to have never exhaled). Our Premier actually “rolled up her sleeves” (with cape and utility belt in tow) and solved the teacher’s strike. You get the picture; political pronouncements should come with mandatory doses of Gravol. We’ve been exposed to such uncontainable... [Continue reading]

‘ EXCLUSIVE’ BREAKING NEWS: Two Criminal Complaints Filed With VPD Chief Constable Jim Chu Against Vision Vancouver and Vision Councillor Geoff Meggs

Thursday, November 13, 2014

In a municipal campaign that has produced more legal wrangling between Vision Vancouver and the NPA than any defining issues discussed (thanks to Vision’s ducking and cowering), I’ve exclusively obtained copies of two criminal complaints against a prominent Vision councillor and Vision as a party, addressed to the Chief Constable of the Vancouver Police Department, Jim Chu. The complaints are detailed and were obviously lawyered. The complainants are a Westside real estate executive and a long-time community activist. Neither has any party affiliations, although the latter was a supporter... [Continue reading]

A News Whip at Mid-Week…

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

While we were on involuntary hiatus for a couple of weeks, I missed offering a few words about the below list…with one new story from today. But before I get to that…we have some cleaning up to do. Friday, I will give you the definitive word on ‘The Politics of Death in Surrey-Newton’, and explain to you how all the hysteria is being fomented by (some, even willful) instruments of the BC Liberals, including an often controversial Surrey developer, who is a close friend of Rich Coleman’s; a former Liberal MP and close friend to the Premier; and, as well, a willing... [Continue reading]

What an Ordeal!!!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Oh…where to begin… The year started off well enough. And then the crash heard round the web. To tell you that I’m really sorry would be to understate the case considerably. I realize the power of this blog and would never misuse it. I also appreciate the very fine emails, calls and letters from literally thousands of people, some of whom even went so far as to call friends, relatives and other bloggers wondering what was going on. Warmest thanks in particular to Harvey Oberfeld and Bob Mackin for fielding a few panic-stricken readers! It’s really simple: In the process... [Continue reading]

(UPDATED) Blogus Interruptus

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

I have happened upon something that needs significant research with respect to the politics of death in Newton. As it turns out, someone has been caught in a major deception. And you’ll read about all that here, but I need to speak to two more people prior to publishing anything. Therefore, I will not be able to post anything until tomorrow. I apologize for the delay–but it’s well worth it. In addition, the second part of the paramedics story needs more work as well. That one I have to bump to next week. Stay tuned. In the meantime,  makes you wonder if Chuck Strahl knows the... [Continue reading]

Free for All Weekend!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Happy New Year, again! I’m back on Tuesday with a piece on the politics of death in Surrey (and the shameless politicians and community activists that have been fanning the flames of hysteria). Later on in the week,  I’ll be giving you the ‘Part II’ with respect to the made-in-BC by the BC Liberals paramedics crisis. In the mean time, any topic or comment or question…to your heart’s content. Polite and concise, please. Automatic deletions for any infraction in effect. Be well. [Translate]  Continue reading →

Tsakumis’ Newsmakers of the Year 2013

Monday, December 30, 2013

I usually do a whole slew of stories, and we debate their merits on how newsworthy they really are. So, for this year, I’m going to simply provide honourable mention to a few stories and some public figures, after, I give you my ‘Newsmakers of the Year’ locally, provincially, nationally and internationally. Here goes… Vancouver’s ‘Newsmaker of the Year’ is…Mayor Gregor Robertson. Far from feeling any heat from a badly divided, arrogant and feckless opposition, Robertson has come into his own. Knowing full well that he lied when saying Justin Trudeau... [Continue reading]

One Loose Siren: British Columbia’s Ambulance Service is on Life-Support

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Our beleaguered BC ambulance paramedics…surely you remember them? The ones whose grave concerns about service issues were dismissed by Kevin Falcon during the BC Liberal leadership contest in the late Winter of 2011. The ones that were completely ignored by the eventual winner of that contest. Daily, they cradle our sick and injured.  Sometimes our dead, too. There is no crisis from which they will shy away. Many have lost their lives in the line of duty. Considering their sacrifices, the word ‘hero’ seems to fall quite short. For years, the BC Liberal government has starved... [Continue reading]