Mike Smyth: 'I am not soft on crime,' Rich Coleman insists after damning casino report

Rich Coleman admits the deposed Liberal government could have done a much better job stopping money-laundering in B.C. casinos.

But the former top cop for the province bristles at suggestions he “turned a blind eye” to casino crime. 1,073 more words

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Mike Smyth: Eby connects the points in a dark devil's triangle

It’s an ugly picture of British Columbia twisted and transformed into a gangster’s paradise.

Unchecked criminal money-laundering in B.C. casinos. Scores of drug users killed by deadly opioids peddled by ruthless dealers. 671 more words

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'Controlling' for confounding variables graphically

As we’ve learned (ad nauseum) basing causal claims on a simple bivariate relationship is fraught with potential roadblocks. Even though there may be a strong, and statistically significant, relationship between an independent and dependent variable, if we haven’t controlled for potentially confounding variables, we can not state with any measure of confidence that the putative relationship between the IV and DV is causal. 200 more words

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Larry Bell: Proportional representation may be good for NDP, but it's wrong for B.C.

Over the course of my 20-year career in public service, including more than 10 years as chairman of B.C. Hydro, I worked with Social Credit, NDP and B.C. 551 more words

Op-Ed

Mike Smyth: Money-laundering report will name names, but heads won't roll

At the peak of money laundering in B.C. casinos, an astonishing $20 million in suspected dirty loot sloshed through the casino cashier cages in a single month. 514 more words

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Mike Smyth: NDP kicks the salmon can down the road

If you think B.C. First Nations are opposed to salmon farming, just have a chat with Chief John Smith of the Tlowitsis First Nation and you’ll see the reality is more complicated than opponents of the industry claim. 521 more words

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Mike Smyth: Opponents anxious as referendum campaign set to start

A mad scramble is underway in Victoria to get everything in place for a referendum that could fundamentally overhaul our province’s system of democracy.

But even though the referendum on proportional representation officially kicks off on July 1 — less than two weeks away — the referendum regulations are still being developed by the government. 521 more words

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