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Follow The Money I Guess You Can Say

For those who live in BC I am sure almost everyone has heard about the incident of the premiere Christy Clark cancelling the closure of the Burrard bridge to celebrate international day of yoga. For those who are unaware, this generated a lot of backlash from the public for multiple reasons such as people feeling that this is money and politics coming into to play.

It seemed that the biggest reason that people reacted to this though was the premiere’s attitude about it. For example, even in her Twitter feed she posted a sort of “troll” remark to everyone who disagreed with her decision. As you see in the screenshot, here she says “Hey Yoga Haters- bet you can’t wait for international Tai Chi day.”


Eventually, she decided to back out of the event as well as a bunch of corporate sponsors due to the bad publicity it was getting.

Ever since my experience of going through the BC court system I gained a little extra interest in politics as I was surprised to learn details such as how judges are appointed by fellow lawyers. For whatever reason I always thought it was more democratic than that where it must involve the public. In many ways, that creates a scenario where people in the system don’t have to answer to anyone in the public. So, it made me think why did this situation cause a government body to back out whereas in many other situations things would just go as planned despite public resentment?


The only real thing I could think of was that maybe the corporate sponsors wanted to back out for fear of a backlash to its brand. Therefore, it has more to do with money. Maybe they didn’t feel they would get the return in sponsoring the event and so they backed out. Sad to say, it was highly unlikely due to addressing concerns of the public as an example.

That brings me back to my current thoughts on how if people want answers and tangible progress to fixing what many would say is a broken court system then you have to target items like the financials and get people to highlight it in a way that the general public will care. I recognize that in a situation where it’s about having and using a lot of money and influence to effectively highlight such a thing that it is definitely out of my capabilities as a single voice.

Who will that person be? For now, I will simply blog my opinions whenever I have time and present all my facts in hopes that a person with more influence and resources can use it as part of a bigger solution that will have impact.

BC Court And The Raymond Caissie Story

Recently there has been a lot of story revolving around the murder of the 17-year-old Surrey student named Serena Vermeersch. According to all the news reports I heard the main suspect was a man named Raymond Caissie where he had a history of criminal activities and was put in jail as a result. The main controversy was that in the court system he was deemed as a person who was highly like to re-offend. However, it appears that after he served his time he was pretty much free to go. It’s because of this unfortunate incident that people are now questioning items like why he didn’t serve a longer sentence. To note as well, to my knowledge nothing has been fully proven yet.

This is the kind of thing that became more apparent to me after going through my civil case experience in the court system. As I expressed before, while my case wasn’t a criminal matter I could easily see why more serious matters like these produce the results that they do. It just feels like the system is set up in such a way where it’s more about processing as many cases as possible to say “we did something” and then moving on to the next issue.

Two points I heard was that it makes no sense to keep everyone in jail forever. So longer sentences from a Judge isn’t the answer. At the same time, making orders to keep people monitored costs way too much money. It made me wonder, what could the solution be? This might be a crazy thought, but thinking back to my civil case example court documentation can play a huge role.

Can you imagine if there were actual court videos for the cases and open transcripts for the public to see on say a government funded website for free? That would sure make a criminal really think more about consequences as people can easily research and spread what is happening in their community for free. As of now though, in many cases there is no such thing and to get things like transcripts it costs hundreds of dollars. So if anything a court sentence can in many ways simply be like two people privately having a despite at home without the public knowing what happened.

Hopefully the system will become more accessible and that it doesn’t take more cases like this to get people to realize that an update is necessary.