Friday, January 25, 2013

Again we ask, who is Deputy Premier Rich Coleman working for? 

Why is the Minister of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas and Minister Responsible for Housing and the Deputy Premier (and don't forget he continues to carry the BC Lottery portfolio) phoning up city councilors advocating for a casino to be approved in their municipality? The Premier should be answering this question. 

The citizens of Surrey should be very thankful they have a Mayor like Dianne Watts who has so much integrity she listens to the public who put her in office. 

Surrey mayor speaks out: Open letter to B.C. Lottery Corp.

Surrey Leader, Jan. 25, 2013.

Surrey Mayor demands apology from BCLC boss
Marcella Bernardo, 1/24/2013  

Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts says the head of BC Lotteries owes her an apology for suggesting she acted irresponsibly in the lead up to the recent rejection of a casino project in her city.

"To suggest that I should have voted regardless of public opposition is irresponsible on his account in terms of his comments that he has directed at me."

Speaking with CKNW's Jon McComb, Watts says she felt compelled to address comments made by BCLC boss Michael Graydon, because she thinks they were 'inflammatory'.

"Every councillor voted the way they felt they needed to vote and that should all be respected."

Graydon has not been available for comment.  We've been told he's travelling.
BC's Minister responsible for gaming -- Rich Coleman-- has now released a statement regarding Surrey's Casino rejection.

He says he respects the final decision and promises the provincial government will never put a casino where it's not wanted.

Coleman's been accused of interfering in the process by personally calling city councillors and opening himself up to concerns he may have tried to influence their votes.
Interesting story from July 2010 by Bill Tieleman about Michael Graydon:

Fire BC Lottery CEO Michael Graydon now! 

Online gambling fiasco and federal Proceeds of Crime money laundering fines demand it 

In fact, minister responsible Rich Coleman has already rejected the idea of firing the $383,000 a year CEO.

The current situation is a complete embarrassment for the province - the BC Lottery Corporation has been fined a massive $670,000 for more than 1,000 violations of the federal Proceeds of Crime and Terrorist Financing Act - an amazing story broken by CKNW AM 980 reporter Brett Mineer.

But it does at the BC Lottery Corporation - they deliberately misled the public for days about the crash of its controversial online gambling program - finallly confessing that it wasn't because of the stated "tremendous customer response" - as BC Lottery VP Kevin Gass said.

It was actually because of a "data crossover" that allowed some players to access other players money and financial information!

And it happened 134 times - but no public word until Thursday - five days later.

Then we discover that the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada -- FINTRAC -- fined BC Lottery Corporation because it misfiled 1,020 reports for casino transactions over $10,000. 

Lastly - a bit of ironic humour - if you want to check out Michael Graydon's background on the BC Lottery Corporation website, Microsoft Explorer posts this ominous warning:
"There is a problem with this website's security certificate."
This is the error message we get when we try the link to Graydon't bio on BCLC just today. If BCLC knew this was a problem in July 2010 when Tieleman wrote his article above, why do we get this error message in 2013? Doesn't it beg the question why, after 3 years, why does the BCLC website still have security issues?
This Connection is Untrusted
You have asked Firefox to connect securely to, but we can't confirm that your connection is secure.
Normally, when you try to connect securely, sites will present trusted identification to prove that you are going to the right place. However, this site's identity can't be verified.
What Should I Do?
If you usually connect to this site without problems, this error could mean that someone is trying to impersonate the site, and you shouldn't continue. uses an invalid security certificate. 

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