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Dave Sheldon

The Devil is in the details on Minimum Wage

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There are far too many questions and not enough answers when it comes to the Minimum Wage question in BC.

While most everyone agrees that the minimum wage needs to be in line with the rest of the country, how can the Government of BC blindly sign off on $15 per hour by 2021?  Harry Bains, Minster of Labour and also MLA for Surrey-Newton has said on PULSE of the Fraser, that a Fair Wages Commission will be struck to do further study.  Let’s hope that it is a bonafide commission, with real answers to tough questions, not a whitewash to get to $15 per hour just to fulfill a campaign promise.

How does small business handle this increase?  We have seen in other jurisdictions, Seattle for example, that many small businesses are having to pack it in because the margins are so small within their business, that paying the extra wages has put them behind the eight ball.  Irene Lanzinger, the President of the BC Federation of Labour, also said on PULSE of the Fraser during the election campaign that if a company cannot operate within appropriate margins to accommodate an increase to $15 dollars per hour, then maybe they are in the wrong line of work.  Excuse me?

There are people that spend their lives just trying to make ends meet.  Not just employees, employers as well, who count every penny.  To have such a cavalier attitude towards employers shows that some in organized labour may be missing the point.

There are plenty of people in organized labour that do get the consequences of going too big too fast with minimum wage.  I hope that for everyone’s sake that enough due diligence is done to make the right decision, whatever it may be, and not a knee jerk decision to please a few cronies.

The right answer by 2021 may very well be $15 per hour.  But the slippery slope will be implementing it without throwing a wrench into many small businesses who have razor thin margins.

It remains to be seen if this incarnation of the NDP cares about small business.  This will be the first indicator.

UPDATE- Missing person Allyssa Crowchild has been FOUND

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This is the second one this weekend…make sure you read both please!

Surrey RCMP News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
File: 2017-125565
Date: 2017-09-04

Title:  Missing person to locate – Allyssa CROWCHILD

Surrey RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing female.

Allyssa CROWCHILD was reported missing on September 4th and was last seen on August 18th, near the area 14000 block of 100A Avenue in Surrey. She has not been seen since.

Allyssa is described as a 29 year old First Nations female, 5’5”, 130 lbs., with blonde/brown medium length hair and brown eyes. (Please see attached photo). Police and family are concerned for her health and well-being as it is out of character for her to be out of touch this long.

 

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of this person is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca quoting file number 2017-125565.

Missing person in Surrey

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This has just been issued by the Surrey RCMP…everybody keep their eye out and if you have any information contact the SURREY RCMP immediately.

 

Surrey RCMP News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
File: 2017-120290
Date: 2017-09-04

Title:  Missing person to locate – Hailey McCLELLAND

Surrey RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing female.

Hailey McCLELLAND was reported missing on August 25th and was last seen on August 12th, near the area 11500 block of River Road in Surrey. She has not been seen since.

Hailey is described as a 13 year old Caucasian female, 5’4”, 145 lbs., with blonde hair (Sometimes dyed other colours) and blue eyes. (Please see attached photo). Police and family are concerned for her health and well-being as it is out of character for her to be out of touch this long.

 

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of this person is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca quoting file number 2017-120290.

 

‘Golf with John’ NDP fundraiser irks Weaver

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For those of you believing the the NDP/Green Alliance will go strong for four years, I submit to you evidence of the contrary:

The NDP are holding a ‘Golf with John and Rob’ Fundraiser at Bear Mountain in Victoria on August 24th…the John being BC Premier John Horgan and the Rob being Education Minister Rob Fleming.

For $2000 per foursome of $500 per player, you can ‘golf’ with John and Rob and then hob knob later.  It is the very fundraising that they campaigned against in the Provincial Election.

Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver was less than impressed.  Quoted in the Victoria Times-Columnist, Dr. Weaver said, “I think it’s quite outrageous that the B.C. NDP would be using a pay-for-access event like this,” he said. “You’re essentially advertising, ‘Come play golf with Premier Horgan.’ That’s just not appropriate as a fundraiser.

“And Rob Fleming is not just an MLA, he’s the minister of education. So this is as bad as everything they’ve criticized the B.C. Liberals for historically and it’s just what has to change in B.C. politics.”

Now to be fair, the NDP held the exact same fundraiser last year at Bear Mountain and generated a net profit of approximately $22000, but to Dr. Weaver’s point, the NDP promised that they would change this once they were in government.

Technically, they do not hit the Legislature until early September, at which time they have the ability to change the language when it comes to fundraising.  However, this becomes an ethical issue.  You campaign to eliminate corporate and union donations and you get in power, but the NDP is continuing to operate as though there is nothing they can do about it.

There is, but they don’t have the appetite.  They choose not to live up to their word.

 

Update on Death in South Surrey

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UPDATE: There has been an update on the body that was found in the 18700 block of 24th Avenue.

Bhavkiran Dhesi’s body was found inside a burnt-out vehicle in Surrey on Wednesday morning, after first responders were called to the 18700-block 24th Avenue for a car fire.

The official RCMP release is below:

On August 2nd at 12:20 am, Surrey RCMP was called to the 18700 block of 24th Avenue for a report of a vehicle on fire.  Upon police attendance, a body was located inside the burned out SUV.

The area surrounding the scene will be cordoned off for a significant amount of time.  The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has been called and will be working in partnership with the Surrey RCMP.

Police are currently in the evidence gathering phase, no further information will be provided at this time. Further details and media availability will be handled by the IHIT Media Relations Officer.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation can call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.  Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crimestoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Christy Clark Resigns…now what?

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The news came in a flash across Social Media on a quiet Friday morning…Christy Clark to resign effective August 4, 2017.

So let’s understand a couple of things:

  • Regardless of what anyone from the BC Liberal Party has told you, this was an eventuality.  You do not go from a 16 year majority to a minority government without a clue that leadership would be scrutinized.  Ms. Clark was on the plank and jumped before she was pushed.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/ CHAD HIPOLITO

  • Despite outward appearances of unity, the BC Liberals will most certainly be drawing lines in the sand over their next leader.  Whether it be a blast from the past in Kevin Falcon, an up and comer like Todd Stone, or perhaps a dark horse candidate like former Surrey Mayor Diane Watts, the BC Liberals will have a choice to make and also how to sell it.  Is BC tired of the current crop of Liberals?  Only time, and a few well funded polls will tell the tale.
  • Anyone who says that this legitimizes the NDP/Green Coalition is smoking something.  Mission accomplished for the alliance in getting Christy out, she was the dog they chose to kick for this election.  Now they will be judged on merit, not on what Christy did or didn’t do.  The only thing that legitimizes the NDP and the Greens moving forward is results.  Show us you are making a difference, show us that you are more than just fat promises and show us that you can govern.

Like her or not, Christy Clark showed that she could govern.  Why do you think she was the target of the NDP?  If I were the NDP and Greens, I would be focusing on the task at hand and not the new Liberal leader, because if you don’t get the job done, Pee Wee Herman could run as leader for the Liberals and win handily.

Let the Leadership race begin…