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On the move!

Agh! You’re still here? My new site and weblog, is now up and running; new posts are building up over there, never to be mirrored here. Go! What are you waiting for? All the stuff worth keeping has been migrated over to the new server, and I don’t anticipate making any more posts here.

Bloggers and webmasters: Update your links! Simply replace with in your blogrolls or bookmarks to point to the new site. Old posts will remain on this server for as long as the people at Blogger/Google allow them to remain; unfortunately, I’m not going to bother to come up with any way of converting permalinks on this blog to their corresponding posts on the new site. Yes, I plead laziness. I also realize the irony of switching away from Blogger just it starts to add features that the demanding blog nerds insist upon.

Thanks for reading and linking, and see you over at!

—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Thursday, April 10, 2003

Welcome to British Columbia

An elderly man with a 15-year-plus record of animal abuse is the target of more cruelty-to-animals allegations? Disturbing, but hardly surprising. The man is arrested after allegedly assulting a staffer at a local SPCA shelter? That's getting to be quite odd. .The man in question is the father of a provincial cabinet minister? Only in British Columbia.

One must ask what the elderly animal abuser, one Q.C. van Dongen, taught his son, B.C. agriculture minister John van Dongen...

In a related item, Province political writer Mike Smyth chides the younger van Dongen about his legal bill following the criminal investigation that forced van Dongen to step down from Cabinet for 3 months. Van Dongen, readers may recall, leaked information about an environment ministry investigation into major-league fish farm operator (and B.C. Liberal party donor) Stolt Sea Farm to Stolt, which led not only to the RCMP probe but to the Stolt investigation being “significantly compromised” and eventually dropped. Smyth argues that the Liberals should order the release of the special prosecutor’s report into van Dongen's conduct. I agree.
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