"We can't allow things that are inaccurate to stand." — The Word of Our Dan, February 19, 2008.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Top three Ross Wiseman moments

3. 2008 — It emerges that Minister Ross Wiseman doesn't like to read his briefing books.

2. January 2015 — "Maybe math wasn't my strong suit", confesses Ross Wiseman... Minister of Finance.

1. April 17, 2013 — Dr. Darin King concocts the phoniest point of privilege ever concocted in a Westminster Parliament. Ross Wiseman, as Speaker, dutifully ejects MHA Gerry Rogers for, properly, not apologizing. Less than a week later, having been pilloried in social media and the call-in shows, he apologizes to Rogers. Dr. King has yet to do the same.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Periodic reminder

There is no such thing as "Newfoundland Hydro".

There is no such thing as "Newfoundland and Labrador Power" or "NL Power".

As you were.

Friday, July 17, 2015


In 2003, Dear Leader's platform promised, and we quote, for the umpteenth time:
“A Progressive Conservative government will ... release to the public every government-commissioned report within 30 days of receiving it, indicate the action government will take on a report's recommendations within 60 days, and ensure prompt public access to all government reports in hard copy and on the Internet”
Dear Leader's government and party have had, at best, a spotty adherence to this solemn vow.

But now they have come up with a clever new way of breaking it. Pity the poor sod who made Access to Information request ENV/21/2015, only to receive a redacted version:

But even that is better than what "the public" — as in, "release to the public" — have, or will receive. The report, despite being "government-commissioned", has not been released on the internets, neither proactively, nor in response to the ATI request. The publicly-posted version of the request notes:
Potential copyright materialIf you wish to obtain a copy please contact the ATIPP Office at (709) 729-7072 or
Pro tip to the legal geniuses in DannyGov DunderGov DavisGov: put a standard clause in all your contracts for commissioned reports, that either assign or license the copyright in that commissioned report to Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Newfoundland and Labrador.

This is hardly the only such case. There have been at least 53 such "proactively released" ATI request packages in which some or all of the substantive part of the return have been withheld from public release on the same flimsy ermagerd cerpyrert grounds. Many of them are, naturally, the same type of "government-commissioned report" that Dear Leader promised, a dozen years ago, would be routinely released within 30 days of their receipt.

And why did Dear Leader make that promise?

Because His research staff were having trouble getting access to government-commissioned reports.


Monday, July 06, 2015

The dead hand

Where or what is "Newfoundland Labrador Hydro"?

Danny's gone, folks. You can start using conjunctions again.