Saturday, October 28, 2006

Sims Threatens Google and Poly - Sesame Street Fights Back

"You mess with the birds you mess with us" is the new rallying cry coming from one of the - formally - quietest and happiest addresses in all of PBS. That's right, Sesame Street is going hardcore.
"When we read the headline in the Vancouver Province we could not believe our permanently opened eyes," spokesperson Bert exclaimed.
And what was that headline? Why it was, "Sims, BCTF sue Google over comments in blog about B.C. politics." And what blog was that? Well, allegedly, this intrepid Poly.
Upon hearing the news that Google (Motto: You can search for things other than porn, you know!) and Poly were facing some of the same bullying tactics used on teachers earlier this year in Nicola Valley, the citizens of Sesame Street decided to fight back in the name of Big Bird and Poly.
"Me want justice for birds - and cookie - but justice first!", Cookie Monster declared. "Me want justice!"
In the statement of claim filed in B.C. Supreme Court, Jinny Sims, President of the British Columbia Teachers' Federation (BCTF) indicates she "...did not kidnap beloved Sesame Street character Big Bird and threaten to kill him/her in response to the Functional Skills Assessment test." Interesting to note, Big Bird could not be found for comment.
"Elmo knows what she says," annoying merchandising whore Elmo squeaked. "But Elmo see the pictures and Elmo knows that Photoshopped pictures on the Internet don't lie. She just don't like birds. She's a birdist."
This leads to the question of why does Sims and the BCTF have such a full, throbbing, raging hate on for Big Bird and in turn, this intrepid Poly? For this answer we turned to our usual BCTF contact, Ms. N. Joy Spankalotti.
"Ms. Sims does not hate birds," Spankalotti retorted, "She just hates conflicting verbal and written expressions which differ from her BCTF driven rhetoric. And bocce ball. She REALLY hates bocce ball."
At least one pundit is speculating that this lawsuit is in retaliation for Poly leaking the BCTF strike plan memo - a memo which received quite a bit of press and forced the BCTF to explain why they were making such plans during contract negotiations. This is similar to the defamation suit the BCTF filed against Premier Campbell in May 2005, which went nowhere.
"Silence!", Spankalotti shrieked. "If Google knows what's good for them they will obey Jinny and answer our claims!"
As of this writing, Google has not filed a statement of defense or even acknowledged the suit.
"Hehehehehe, and why should they?", Sesame Street uprising mastermind Ernie asked. "This lawsuit is without merit. In fact, it's crap. Hehehehehe"
"Oh, it's "crap" is it pumpkin head?", Spankalotti spat, "Well, you BETTER NOT post a list of easy to click on links to the allegedly offending stories which let people see the humourous and satirical nature of the posts mixed with links to source material confirming the underlying truths to which Jinny is claiming to be offensive. Now THAT would be crap!"

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Shanghai Screwed - Mike and Jenny, Business Experts?

When is a foreign trade mission not a foreign trade mission? When the NDP heads it up of course!
It seems that NDP leader in waiting Mike "A Heartbeat Away" Farnworth and fellow Dipper, the Economic Critic, Jenny "Show Me Da Money" Kwan are away on a China trade mission. In fact, this intrepid Poly has learned from our operatives living in China that Farnworth and Kwan are visiting Guangdong, Shanghai and Hong Kong to "...promote BC business opportunities open a BC Trade Office."
So let's see...the two Dippers who were around during such great 1990's business lessons as "buy high and sell low" (fast ferries); do not invest in nursing school positions; high unemployment and a poor economy stimulates growth; giving your friends Casino licenses creates jobs; and a fudge-it budget is a tasty delight, are now representing the needs of BC business overseas?! What's next, Adrian Dix giving ethics lessons?
The Guangdong visit is being co-ordinated by Mr. Zhenghua Li, Director of the International Relations Office of the Guangdong Provincial Government. While there, our (snicker) "NDP business experts" (snicker) met with Mr. Li and Ms. Wan Wang of the International Office of Guangdong Province. However, they we unable to meet with the Governor or Vice-Governor Tang Bing Quan as they were tipped off that Mike and Jenny were NOT there on official BC Government business. Our operatives have told us, now that the two Dippers have been outed, they will have problems in their upcoming Shanghai and Hong Kong meetings. Tisk, tisk.
Perhaps the folks in China remembered that when the REAL Minister of Economic Development, Colin Hansen, had already visited Asia from May 19th to June 4th he had a better understanding of economics and business development than our Dipper twosome. Mostly because Hansen was not referring to a copy of "Business for Dummies". To say that the Chinese officials are upset that the NDP reps have no ability to establish trade or set up a "BC Trade Office" and are really just wasting everyone's time, is an understatement.
So if this trip is not official business of the BC Government - who is paying for this vacation to the Orient? Well, as of press time our collect calls to Mike and Jenny in China were not answered. However, our China contacts tell us that Chinese officials are actually learning a lot from Mike and Jenny - mostly by doing the very opposite of whatever they suggest.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Ralston's Financial Plan: 1 - Answer emails from Nigeria; 2 - Give them money; 3 - Profit!

With British Columbia doing so well under the BC Liberal Government as can be seen with 100% of the public service contracts signed before the deadline (including one with the BCTF); our thriving economy and with the unemployment rate at a 31 year low (4.6%) it's hard to believe that financially, things could be better. But according to newly crowned NDP Finance Opposition Critic Bruce "The Evil Laugher" Ralston, he can make it better.
How you may ask? Our sources tell us he is using his overseas contacts to infuse over $100 million US into the coffers in Victoria. Which overseas contacts? Specifically, Nigeria.
"Yes indeed Brucey is on the ball with this one," Ralston spokesperson Mo T. Burn declared. "I have seen his plan and it is great! Simple and great...thus making it simply great!"
It seems that Ralston has received dozens of emails, commonly known as the "Nigerian Letter Scam", and believes this is the road to making those millions.
"Scam, what scam?", the Burnster asked excitedly. "Since Ralston was the former Chair and Board of Director with Vancity Credit Union he knows what he is doing. In fact, his being the BC NDP President during the 1990's means he is more than qualified to identify a scam, and this my friend, ain't no scam."
Ummm...interesting and somewhat impressive pedigree...and Ralston's background is kinda neat-o too...until you look a wee, bit closer.
" need to look closer," Burn exclaimed. "Just know that his plan is great!"
"Well come on," an exasperated Burn spat. "What's wrong with any of that? Ralston doled out the $1 million just before the election, sucked up to his BCGEU friends, gave the cash to the NDP backed Centre for Policy Alternative because he had to. You also left out that he gave over NDP membership lists to the Credit Union to use for, well, whatever they wanted. You missed that one reporter bird."
Yes, Burn is right. Ralston did all that because...
"He was the BC NDP President at the time and during those good ol' days of the 1990's. Booya!", Burn cried.
It's true. But strange that Ralston's website does not list his Dipper Presidency in his bio. Something to hide? Either way, as Finance Critic, it does not make sense for Ralston to solicit funds via emails.
"It makes complete sense!", Burny countered. "Look, when my man Bruce donated funds to the BC Liberal Party while running as an NDP MLA - he was hedging his bet...very smart! Brucey also does not tolerate crap...he does not tolerate non NDP mental health advocates speaking at his events. Just read this copy I have here:
Perhaps the highlight of the night, in terms of the media, would be the drama that unfolded at the mike. Ralston had told the audience that the next in line to ask a question could not, because he was not an NDP member. The man, one Roderick Lewis, a mental health advocate, was asked to leave the mike but adamantly refused. At which point a loud and disruptive discussion erupted between Lewis and Ralston, by then all the four major TV outlets had their cameras descending on Lewis, and Ralston to avoid criticism, allowed Lewis to speak his mind. While Lewis was going on and on about his mental illness binge, NDP rank and file were berating and using expletives to try and drown out Lewis. It was a moment of high drama indeed, as I noticed the police at the doors to the auditorium.
Take THAT non Dipper man! And finally, when it was time for the B-Man to become MLA, he handpicked his friend Jeff Fox, the BCGEU Director of Organizing and Field Services to take over as President of the BC NDP so you know that Brucey knows how to take care of his union friends. In short, BR is a leader!"
Ok...but that still does not take away from the fact that the Nigerian letter scam is just that...a SCAM and does not show Mr. Ralston has any clue of what is involved with being financially responsible for the Province.
"No way! This is NOT a scam! As I said before, as the past President of the BC NDP during the 1990's, with everything he saw going on, Bruce would certainly know a scam!"
You would think so...thankfully, most BCers do.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Fish and Dips II - Oh, Those Sneaky Dippers!

Our palatial BC Poly Blog office in the heart of Seattle, WA received dozens of phone calls, faxes and emails from angry Port McNeill, BC residents during the past week. It appears our favourite BC NDP MLAs Claire "Ducks and Fish Are Funny" Trevana and Gregor "Hey! Jesus Liked Fish - Maybe He'll Now Like Me!" Robertson are at it again and the Port McNeill-ites - or Rita MacNeils as our research department told me they are often referred to as - are not gonna take it...NO! They ain't gonna take it. They're not gonna take it anymore.
The Special Committee on Sustainable Aquaculture - Chaired by NDPer Robin "I'm Like a Bird" Austin and featuring six NDP and four BC Liberal MLAs - were scheduled to hold a series of public hearings and site visits throughout the North Island. Just hours before the June 27th public meeting in Port McNeill at the Community Hall (book your 2007 wedding NOW!) Claire privately requested of the Committee - well, just the NDP majority on the committee - that they do NOT visit the Englewood Packing facility scheduled for the next day. This is a plant with over 140 employees where they are running at a very high capacity processing " excess of 30 million pounds whole fish and 3.5 million pounds of fillets annually." The "committee" opted to visit the Pan Fish Alpha plant in Port Hardy - a plant 60 kilometres away and not in operation. One angry caller opined, "This is bullshit, they could have visited both plants easily."
So did the usually mild mannered Rita MacNeil-ites take this lying down? NO! Did these folks believe they were getting proper representation from their fashion Diva MLA Claire Trevana? NO! Does anyone in North America really understand the offside rule in World Cup soccer? NO!
When the Englewood people heard that their long scheduled meeting with the Committee was canceled, one on-looker described employees as "they were some pissed".
The floor production people organized themselves and when their shift was over at 5pm, more than sixty "some pissed", yet proud, Englewood employees traveled to the Port McNeill Community Hall and arranged a reception for Claire and company. The Englewood-ites wore their production smocks and aprons and had a large banner which read, "You wouldn't come to us so we came to you!" (see photo). The employees along with other angry folks surrounded the building and, as one on-looker wrote to this intrepid Poly, "...blocked the entrance to the community hall and confronted the committee members as they arrived." These mighty, mighty Rita McNeill-ites - much like their namesake - could not be moved.
When the Liberal representatives of the Committee arrived they were informed by the protestors that they would not be visiting the Englewood Plant the next morning. Upon hearing this news, the Liberal MLAs agreed to keep their promise and visit the plant. There was much elation as these MLAs entered the hall. Perhaps someone in the crowd yelled, "Hey! Thanks BC Liberal MLAs. Now I have a better understanding of how you were able to settle all the public service contracts before the deadlines including a fair agreement for our beloved teachers while making sure our economy is one of the best in Canada. Hey! Your reasoned approach to our problem today shows me how your Party - the BC Liberals - are way up in the polls and how your Government is like so totally awesome!" Yes, perhaps someone indeed yelled this out.
But now, the fun began.
Gregor "Hey! Is Aquaman Gonna Be On This Aquaculture Committee?" Robertson (admittedly, if Aquaman were on the Committee, that would be cool) tried to blend in the with crowd and sneak in the back door of the hall. When the protestors saw him and asked him why he was not going through the front door - where more protesters with signs and camera were stationed - he at first denied he was Gregor Robertson the MLA! Well, this makes sense. I mean, would YOU admit to being Gregor?
Claire then arrived late and it appeared she was going to run away as she and NDP "Leader" [sic.] Carole "I'm Against Farmed Fish Unless It Is Served At An NDP Fundraiser" James did at another fish related event in 2005. A source close to Claire shared that she arrived late in the hopes of avoiding the protesters - especially the ones holding anti-Claire signs (see photo). However, much like hoping the NDP would ask original questions during question period, this was not to be. When asked on the steps of the hall why she was not visiting the Englewood plant Claire mumbled something about scheduling problems. When the protestors suggested she was giving them the verbal equivalent of a falsified Adrian Dix memo, she stormed away into the hall where she was met with a chorus of boos from the crowd of 130.
Victory for Englewood and the Rita MacNeil-ites as they cheered in delight.
Up, on the stage Claire looked pissed that she was caught shirking her responsibilities and busted for trying to sidetrack the Committee. A confused Gregor tried to consol her by saying, "Don't be sad, maybe Aquaman will be at the next meeting."

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Ballad of the SS BC NDP

What does Captain Edward John Smith, Captain Joseph Hazelwood and BC NDP Leader Carole James have in common? Why, they all were the captains of doomed ships.
"Arahhh, this is not a fair comparison," noted nautical expert, Captain Highliner declared. "I mean an iceberg and a reef off the coast of Alaska were not nearly as obvious as the events leading up to the Ipsos-Reid poll."
The doomed Titantic's hull only wished it could take as many hits the BC NDP have taken before sinking. Ever since the latest Ipsos-Reid poll came out last month showing the NDP's rating with the public sinking to 2001 levels, while the BC Liberals are approaching historic highs, the NDP have been stuck as to what to do. In fact, the NDP have been down right silent. Well, almost.
"Arahhh, that be true. You see Captain Carole James is now making important changes on the SS BC NDP.", Highliner said.
Really? Like changes in policy? Perhaps distancing themselves from their union puppet masters?
"Arahhh, no...nothing so time or effort consuming like that", Highliner scoffed. "Rather she's giving the preverbal deck chairs a healthy shuffle."
That's right. Without the Government shuffling their Cabinet Ministers, James has shuffled her "shadow cabinet" - without giving an explation. However, she did take the time to have this quote attributed to her. BTW - if you think the writing on this intrepid Poly is creative, check this out:
Hahahahahahaha! "Under my leadership"? A "pro-growth agenda"? Oooh, boy. Has James finally lost it?
"Arahhh, quite possibly mate, quite possibly.", Highliner began. "When you are chasing the thing most elusive to ya, that thing can make you crazy in a Moby Dick kinda way."
So what is it that James is chasing?
Ok, I get it. But could the NDP not move in a positive direction by speaking on the big issues in our province? For example, the BCTF and Government agreed to a contract this past Friday, thus preventing a strike which would have kept our province's approximately five billion students (figure may be slightly off) out of the classroom, however nothing from the NDP - including their website.
"Arahhh, that's because Jinny Sims nor Vaughn Palmer ain't be telling them yet what to say," Highliner exclaimed. "'Cause the wrong word from the lips of James and that scurvy dog of a first mate, Mike Farnworth will be fixing for a mutiny!"
On the surface, it does not appear that merely moving her drowning MLAs from one position to another will be enough to save the NDP. In fact the biggest move could / should have been James stepping down as leader! So what is next?
"Arahhh, you have to know that James has a plan."
What would that be?
"She be planning on holding a team building exercise on board something called the Hindenburg."
We can only hope.

Friday, June 30, 2006

BREAKING NEWS - BCTF Settle Contract Before Deadline

Amazing! I mean, just hours before the settlement was announced, BCTF President Jinny "Vader" Sims gleefully told reporters that she did not believe a compromise could be reached. So what happened? Well, we will have more on that story but the long and short of it is other folks on the bargaining team gave Jinny's big ol' basketball of a head a shake and away they went.
The teachers will receive a 16% increase over the next five years along with a signing bonus of $4,000 - up 8.1% or $300 from the original $3,700. This is great news for parents, students and teachers throughout the province and bad news for Jinny as she has fulfilled her "usefulness" for the next five years.

With this agreement in place it means the BC Government was able to sign 100% of the public service contracts before the deadlines meaning NO STRIKES! Premier Gordon "Threepeat" Campbell and Carole "For the love of God not James" Taylor are to be congratulated. Or ridiculed?...nah, I'll be good to them.
What do I think of the deal? I was hoping the BCTF would be as stupid as always and reject the deal. This makes my writing much, MUCH easier. Alas, this was not to be. What steams me most is that just this morning the head honcho of this intrepid Poly Blog, Edward "the Suck Up" Itorial wrote:
My opinion is that the offer which should be offered and accepted is 13% over four years or 17% over five years. This shows a give and take on both slides and guarantees labour peace and stability for our teachers, parents and students.
So what will happen? Hopefully both Sid (the Government) and Nancy (BCTF) can get this done before the deadline with a minimal amount of conflict and bloodshed. Unlike the real Sid and Nancy...and the past with the Government and BCTF.
This means Itorial was almost dead on with his analysis. @#$%.
The teachers will ratify this agreement faster than Jinny rushing to the front of a buffet line. For more views on this story, click the links below:

CKNW News - BCTF and Employers reach a deal
News 1130 - Teachers strike a deal - Lengthy negotiations result in teachers' settlement - Teachers achieve significant gains
BCPSEA website - Public School Employers and BC Teachers' Federation reach tentative deal
Province of BC - Five Year Agreement Reached For Teachers
Note from Carole Taylor - B.C.'s Neogotiating Framework - A Milestone In Labour Relations
Vancouver Sun - Teachers settle at last minute for 16% over 5 years
Vancouver Province - B.C. teachers reach deal, win bonus
Vancouver Province - B.C. teachers reach tentative agreement just under the wire
CBC - B.C. teachers reach deal as deadline looms

From the Desk of Edward Itorial - Never Mind the Posturing...Here's the Signing Deadline

So here we are. Less than 18 hours remain in the negotiations between the BC Government and the BCTF. Only hours until we know if the teachers receive their signing bonus (around $3,700 each), a new contract with a minimum 10% raise over four years or if the BCTF have taken students, parents and teachers hostage for a second straight year.
Two parties who have never gotten along - the BCTF and ANY BC Government - are now down to the last hours to hammer out an agreement which will determine whether or not the children of BC will be in the classrooms come September. This co-dependant "Sid and Nancy" type of relationship on the whole is destructive but they keep coming back to each other. Why is this happening?
The BCTF started out talking about "class size and composition" the Government introduced and passed Bill 33 on May 12th which even the BCTF acknowledged was as positive "...step towards this goal" of improving class size and composition. The Government post their offer of 8% over four years. However, on April 21st it was leaked to the media that Jinny and her group were looking for a 24% increase over three years. A contract which far exceed any other public service contract signed by the Government with every single public service union before the deadlines.
Around April 24th, the BCTF announce that the Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) tests have a negative impact on students and teachers and even go so far as to produce a brochure to encourage parents to keep their children home during the eleven days of tests. Well, the tests went ahead without a single mortality.
On May 19th the BCTF announced they would be holding a strike vote on June 7th and 8th. What?! During negotiations this union who profess that "every kid counts" decide to hold a strike vote. This tells BC's parents and students that for the next three weeks the union is at the table negotiating in bad faith.
Over the next 10 days, this intrepid Poly is flooded with emails and faxes from teachers sharing stories of intimidation (union reps calling them on the cell phones and late at night at home reminding them of the upcoming vote) and the fact that they do not feel properly represented by the mob tactics of the BCTF.
May 31st sees the BCTF release a memo to the teachers (page 1 and page 2) which makes absolutely no mention of "class size and composition" and focuses exclusively on the demand of a 24% pay hike as is seen in the line "...salary increase is a high priority for BCTF members."
On June 1st, we publish a secret document from the BCTF outlining their strike plan. So to review, the BCTF are in negotiations for a better contract based on "class size and composition"; they ask for a 24% increase; and then while at the table, they take a strike vote after they have drawn up plans to go on strike in September.
In the days leading up to the strike vote, our airwaves and newspapers have ads from the BCTF asking for a "fair settlement". What does a fair settlement mean? Well, publicly the BCTF still talk about "class size and composition" however at the negotiating table they demand 24%. Ironically, the BCTF file a complaint with the Labour Relations Board (LRB) on June 5th to complain that the employeer was not bargaining in good faith. Of course on June 15th, the LRB dismisses the BCTF complaint.
The strike vote comes back at 85.2% (with just over half the teachers actually voting) - after the BCTF call teachers at home on their cells and email them to remind them of their "obligation to support the goals of the BCTF" and the need to "look the employer in the eye and vote to strike" if the 24% pay raise is not granted. Teachers are told, "we have come too far down this path so in order to save face we have to strike if we do not get our 24% raise."
June 19th sees the BCTF revise their demand down to 19% over three years. Two days later the Government counters with 10% over four years - up two percentage points.
The Government, tired of the misinformation put out by the BCTF, take out full page newspaper ads and radio spots on June 28th to update the public on the negotiations and use some examples of salary increases (admittedly, some fuzzy math is used). The BCTF are livid for the Government putting out ads during the negotiations. Of course the BCTF putting out ads, holding a strike vote and formulating a strike plan are OK. Ads from the Government with facts - are not.
So where are we now with only hours to go before the deadline and the teachers lose their signing bonus?
A new offer was sent to the BCTF late last night. In fact, both sides met through the night. This is a good sign. I hope the BCTF understands that there is no teacher shortage in BC as there is in other provinces, so the idea of "supply and demand" will influence pay. This holds true when the BCTF compares their bargaining to the nurses and HEU. This is not a fair comparison since the BCTF's friends at the NDP created the nurse shortage by eliminating almost 1,600 full-time nursing positions and not providing any school spots for nurses in the 1990's. Again, there is no teacher shortage so the comparison is wrong.
My opinion is that the offer which should be offered and accepted is 13% over four years or 17% over five years. This shows a give and take on both slides and guarantees labour peace and stability for our teachers, parents and students.
So what will happen? Hopefully both Sid (the Government) and Nancy (BCTF) can get this done before the deadline with a minimal amount of conflict and bloodshed. Unlike the real Sid and Nancy...and the past with the Government and BCTF.
We will have the results from the negotiations as soon as there is something to report - even if it occurs after midnight. Keep checking back here or sign up for our email notifications by clicking here.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

BREAKING NEWS - NDP Shadow Cabinet Shuffle

This morning the NDP shuffled their sagging Shadow Cabinet. Here are the new responsibilities for the MLAs:

Leader, Official Opposition – Carole James, MLA Victoria – Beacon Hill
Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation – Scott Fraser, MLA Alberni – Qualicum
* Advanced Education – Rob Fleming, MLA Victoria – Hillside
* Agriculture and Lands – Corky Evans, MLA Nelson – Creston
* Apprenticeship and Training – Doug Routley, MLA Cowichan - Ladysmith
Attorney General – Leonard Krog, MLA Nanaimo
* Children and Family Development – Maurine Karagianis, MLA Esquimalt – Metchosin
* Childcare, Early Childhood Development and Women’s Issues – Claire Trevena, MLA North Island
Citizens’ Services – Harry Lali, MLA Yale – Lillooet
* BC Lotteries, Gaming Policy, and ICBC – Guy Gentner, MLA Delta North
* Economic Development – Jenny Kwan, MLA Vancouver – Mount Pleasant
* Education – David Cubberley, MLA Saanich South
* Employment and Income Assistance – Jagrup Brar, MLA Surrey – Panorama Ridge
* Energy and Mines – John Horgan, MLA Malahat – Juan de Fuca
Environment – Shane Simpson, MLA Vancouver – Hastings
Ferries and Ports – Gary Coons, MLA North Coast
* Finance – Bruce Ralston, MLA Surrey – Whalley
Fisheries – Robin Austin, MLA Skeena
Forests and Range – Bob Simpson, MLA Cariboo North
* Health – Adrian Dix, MLA Vancouver – Kingsway
* Housing – Diane Thorne, MLA Coquitlam – Maillardville
* Human Rights, Multiculturalism and Immigration – Nicholas Simons, MLA Powell River – Sunshine Coast
Intergovernmental Relations – Michael Sather, MLA Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows
Labour – Chuck Puchmayr, MLA New Westminster
* Mental Health – Raj Chouhan, MLA Burnaby – Edmonds
* Municipal Affairs – Charlie Wyse, MLA Cariboo South
Olympics – Harry Bains, MLA Surrey – Newton
* Public Safety and Solicitor General – Mike Farnworth, MLA Port Coquitlam – Burke Mountain
Seniors’ Health – Katrine Conroy, MLA West Kootenay – Boundary
* Small Business, Revenue and Deregulation – Gregor Robertson, MLA Vancouver – Fairview
* Tourism, Sport and the Arts – Norm Macdonald, MLA Columbia River – Revelstoke
Transportation – David Chudnovsky, MLA Vancouver – Kensington
Assistant Deputy Speaker – Sue Hammell, MLA Surrey – Green Timbers

Link to NDP news release.

CBC Story - NDP leader shakes up B.C. shadow cabinet