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REPORTING · 13th September 2010
Merv Ritchie
David Black owns a large parcel of property on the South end of Vancouver Island. He is also the founder of Black Press and the owner of over 70 BC newspapers. These include every newspaper publication in the Northwest; the Standard, the Northern Daily, the Kitimat Sentinel, the Northern Connector, the Northern View and after recently purchasing the Prince Rupert Daily it was shut down. Last Thursday evening David Black’s estate was the location of a party barbeque for the BC Liberals. A number of South Island Liberal members, MLA’s, Cabinet members and even BC Premier, Gordon Campbell, attended on Black’s waterfront estate.

According to Sean Holman of ‘Public Eye Online’; it featured biennial convention delegate selection meetings for the South Island's seven Liberal constituency associations. Liberal communications director Chad Pederson confirmed all seven South Island constituency associations actually had their selection meetings there. Mr. Pederson also said about a third of the associations have chosen their delegates so far, with that process expected to be completed by October 1. Liberals are also casting leadership endorsement ballots at those meetings.

Holman reports constituency associations cast leadership endorsement ballots during the barbecue on Black's Estate. But that didn't happen until after Premier Gordon Campbell gave his speech. Some also found it odd that there was no voting booth available where members could fill out their secret ballots away from prying eyes.

Holman adds; While kibitzing with the faithful, the embattled premier quipped he hadn't heard anything negative during his recent vacation in Italy, promoting this quiet riposte from one attendee: "At least not that you could understand." The other executive council members at the barbecue were George Abbott, Bill Bennett, Ida Chong, Murray Coell, Rich Coleman, Kevin Krueger, Margaret MacDiarmid and Mary McNeil.

Those opposed to Campbell staying on might want to think twice before voting against him. The reason: the Basi-Virk trial is expected to conclude in April 2011. But the results of the Liberals' leadership endorsement ballot will be announced well before then - at the party's November biennial convention. As a result, there are some who think it would be better if the premier stepped aside after the trial concludes so he can take with him whatever baggage comes out during those legal proceedings. Read about the trial and the political corruption surrounding it HERE.

With this information in hand one couldn’t be harshly criticized for suspecting all the local newspaper coverage might be somewhat biased and one sided. Black Press has a history of firing and sanctioning editors and writers for publishing materials and commentaries not favorable to certain political viewpoints and certain advertising revenue. See another article on Holman’s website HERE.

It was Holman who outed the Chances establishment here in Terrace for contributing to Liberal coffers manipulatively. The former name of the local gaming center was called Lucky Dollar. Read it HERE.

According to sources working in local First Nations communities, the Standard newspaper has clearly stated they have been ordered not to publish any negative commentaries about the Treaty process. We speculate as to how this type of journalistic integrity is carried out by the staff of such publications. Media is supposed to be a public service not an instrument of public manipulation.

Terrace and all of the Northwest is lucky to have CFNR and Astral Media to offer an alternate perspective to some of the events concerning this region and the Province. Hopefully this publication also sparks debate from various alternate perspectives.

Citizens have very little option for independent and unbiased news and investigative journalism. The Province and the Sun Newspapers (Pacific Press) along with Global are clearly entertainment and biased mediums much like Black Press. Pravda was the openly government media of the USSR. Today it appears as though we have covert government media.