MALCOLM OAKES ON OLYMPIC COSTS: ‘Taxpayers donated $2,860,000 for the communities’ torch relay celebrations’



A few days ago, with great fanfare, the Olympic torch arrived in B. C. with 27 days to go and 268 communities in B. C. to travel through.

Taxpayers donated $2.86 million for the communities’ torch relay celebrations. 

Will the government match our “donations” with a similar contribution of funding to health, surgery, education and anywhere else that cuts have been suffered?


Malcolm Oakes



CCC BLOG reprint:

Victoria Times Colonist:

Torch relay wrong priority

Friday, January 29, 2010

Page A13


SHELAGH BELL: ‘VANOC has killed the true meaning of the Olympic spirit’

Thank you to Jack Knox for his Jan. 24 column about the Olympics and Mr. Nice Guy.

He put into words what many of us feel.

VANOC has killed the true meaning of the Olympic spirit.

Now the only ting that seems to matter is winning gold.

I suppose if an athlete doesn’t manage to do that they are discounted and ignored.

Knox had a column on Jan. 26 telling us to “suck it up” and enjoy the Games.

A lovely thought, but not for me.

Shelagh Bell




Victoria Times Colonist:


Friday, January 29, 2010

Page A13

TERRY WALLER ON VANOC’S HOLD ON VAN: ‘Nobody I spoke to over there is in favour of the Games’




I’ve just returned from a few days in Vancouver, where I used to live, glad to escape before the Olympic Games begin.

It’s not going to be a pleasant experience for residents, what with street closures, reduced transit schedules, longer travel times, surgery delays, airport-type security and so on.

There’s an unpleasant whiff of totalitarianism about the way VANOC operates.

The mayor and his council seem to have turned the city over to them without a murmur.

Nobody I spoke to over there is in favour of the Games.

Is all the cost and trouble worth it?

Absolutely not!

By the way, VANOC has suggested that local businesses close for a couple of weeks and give their staff a holiday.

What planet do those people live on?


Terry J. Waller



CCC BLOG reprint:

Victoria Times Colonist:

Games headaches not worth it

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Page A15 

MEGAN EVANS ON CANDACE FERTILE ON LINDA ROGERS: ‘A review that doesn’t automatically praise a piece of writing doesn’t mean it should be categorized as “hate mail”‘



Re: “Poetry book reviewer’s claims were off-base,” Jan. 28.


I read the book review and it seems perfectly valid to me.

It is an opinion, something to which the reviewer is entitled.

I didn’t find it to be “savage” or “badly written.”

The writing style was commented on and parallels between the poetry and events of the world were drawn — was this not the intent of the poetry?

To provoke opinion and emotional response?

Also, I can’t help but wonder about the author’s comment: “It is the first negative poetry review in a lifetime of writing and most of the poems have been published elsewhere and won national and international awards.”

Whether you are a writer, a musician or an artist of any kind, your work is always open to the scrutiny and praise of others.

Just because you’ve been published and given awards doesn’t mean that you are immune to criticism.

A review that doesn’t automatically praise a piece of writing doesn’t mean it should be categorized as “hate mail.”


Megan Evans



CCC BLOG reprint:

Victoria Times Colonist:

Poetry reviewer did her job

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Page A15

DON GUILLERMO HARTNELL signed an oath of loyalty to Mexico, stayed in Monterey to edit Spanish section of ‘Californian’, first California newspaper

After the capitulation of Mexican California to United States Army troops in Monterey, Don Guillermo Hartnell nevertheless signed an oath of loyalty to the defeated southern republic of Mexico, but stayed in Monterey with his family to assume customhouse and translation duties for the new administration and to edit a Spanish section of the first newspaper in California.

This caused some tension in the De la Guerra family, particularly with Don Pablo de la Guerra who wanted to fight the Gringos… 

To read more of this fascinating historia de la Alta California, written by Susanna Bryant Dakin, and published under the title THE LIVES OF WILLIAM HARTNELL, please refer to the Comments section below for a link to LA ROSA, edited by ‘Goyo de la Rosa.’


– Gregory Hartnell (‘Goyo de la Rosa’)


After a night sleeping in Golden Gate Park, David Burke hitchhiked back to Canada



In our latest excerpt from David Burke‘s recently published ‘Manicdotal Memoir,’ we fellow our hero as he hitchhikes with his friend Henry Hymans north from San Francisco into the Napa Valley as far as Russian River, then back to the Haight, and a rough night sleeping under the stars in Golden Gate Park…

[A link to the Page 15 excerpt from White Lies and Black Magic at the ROCKLAND website will be found in the Comments section below.]

– ‘Goyo de la Rosa, Editor


Linda Rogers, Victoria Poet Laureate, is ‘100 per cent supportive’ of convicted killer Robert Latimer



In an amazingly revealing letter to the Editor of the Victoria Times Colonist daily newspaper this morning, Victoria’s official poet laureate says she supports convicted killer Robert Latimer, and has visited the inmate incarcerated at William Head prison, where they ’embraced in the canteen.’

Ostensibly, the letter (which is found in the top left hand corner of the COMMENTS section on page A13 of the Thursday, January 28, 2010 edition of the TC) was meant to protest against an unfavourable book review that upset the poet.

‘What bothers me is the inference by the writer that I judge men.

‘I do not judge men in particular.

‘I judge mankind for its failures of compassion and mercy.

‘I also celebrate evidence of grace.

‘What infuriates me is the inference that I am unsympathetic to Robert Latimer…

‘I am 100 per cent supportive of Latimer.

‘The day I wrote the poem What is Done, we had embraced in the canteen at William Head after I told him I hoped that my sharing his pain would lighten his load.’

Robert Latimer killed his own daughter and in doing so, did not exhibit evidence of grace, compassion or mercy, contrary to what Linda Rogers imagines.

He tried to use a bogus plea of so-called ‘mercy killing’ as a defence against the charge of premeditated homicide.

By ‘supporting’ this convicted killer in this manner, Linda Rogers has revealed herself to be contemptuous of  the ancient traditional Natural Law against such killing, and her support for euthanasia, far from being compassionate and merciful, is nothing more than politically correct mushy sentimentalism.

Linda Rogers is now free as a citizen of Canada enjoying the rights and responsibilities of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to hold views contrary to those held by most people for centuries before this country was even invented, but she should refrain from identifying herself as the Poet Laureate of Victoria when she does, because she certainly does not represent this citizen of Victoria in so doing, nor, I venture, does she speak for the majority of Victorians who want the Canadian law on homicide left unchanged, and Mr. Latimer to remain incarcerated for killing his own defenceless daughter.

I will leave it up to readers of the CCC BLOG  to determine for themselves whether the City of Victoria is well served by having a Poet Laureate who ’embraces’ a convict who killed his own daughter.


[For links to the original review by Camosun College professor of English Candace Fertile, entitled ‘New collection from Victoria Poet Laureate could have left a little more to the imagination,’ published January 17 in the Times Colonist; Qualicum Beach writer Stewart Webb‘s subsequent letter ‘Latimer’s crime a mercy killing,’ cited by Linda Rogers and also published in the Times Colonist on January 24; and Linda Rogers’ ranting letter to the Editor of that same paper, published today under the title ‘Poetry book reviewer’s claims were off-base,’ please refer to the Comments section below.] 


Gregory Hartnell, Editor