VANCOUVER — British Columbia’s fired liquefied natural gas advocate is suing Premier John Horgan, the province’s jobs minister and a New Democrat MP in a lawsuit claiming $5 million in damages.Gordon Wilson alleges in a statement of claim filed in B.C. Supreme Court that Horgan made defamatory statements to news media earlier this month by saying there’s no evidence of any written reports or briefings to back up his salary.The statement of claim says Jobs Minister Bruce Ralston told a media outlet Wilson’s contract was terminated because an internal review uncovered no documents to support $550,000 in payments since 2013.Wilson also quotes in the claim a Facebook post by British Columbia MP Rachel Blaney in which she implies taxpayers money could have been used to meet other needs, such as housing.Wilson says in his claim that information detailing his work on LNG was available on a government website but was negligently or wilfully overlooked and neither Horgan nor Ralston discussed any employment issues with him.Horgan cited the court case in declining comment, Ralston wasn’t available for comment and Blaney could not be reached on Friday.Ralston and Blaney say in separate Facebook posts their claims about there being no written reports were inaccurate, they regretted making the statements and apologize to Wilson.No statements of defence have been filed and none of the allegations made in the statement of claim have been tested in court.Wilson asserts that his termination soon after the NDP’s election victory was “political payback” for his support of former premier Christy Clark, who appointed him as LNG advocate.The statement of claim alleges Wilson has been seriously injured in character, credit and reputation and the comments have negatively affected his ability to obtain employment as a government or industry consultant or advocate.
Mr. Annan’s request came during a meeting with the Defence Minister in New York on Monday. The two exchanged views on the current difficult situation in the Middle East as well as a number of pressing UN-Israel issues, including the recent killing of Mr. Hook and other staff members of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), according to a read-out of the talks provided by the Secretary-General’s spokesman.“The Secretary-General reiterated that he expected from the Government of Israel a rigorous investigation of Mr. Hook’s killing and that the United Nations would be provided with a written report,” the spokesman reported. Mr. Annan also stressed the need to ensure security and improved access for the staff of UNRWA and other international humanitarian personnel in the occupied Palestinian territory. While welcoming the Israeli Government’s recent transfer of approximately $28 million in tax revenues owed to the Palestinian Authority, he stressed the need to take other practical steps to alleviate the humanitarian situation of the Palestinians, according to the spokesman.
A gold mining operation required an HD camera for a borehole inspection. The basic requirements were that the camera to remain steady and centred, down a 760 m vertical borehole. Inuktun took on the task, the challenges of which were:Limits of sending data via copper tetherChanging specificationsEnhanced braking system required to handle the weightThe solution developed included a Spectrum 120HD camera. The tethers were developed to provide power via copper and signal via fibre. A spring-loaded centring device accommodates the 200-600 mm hole. Auxiliary lighting was installed for the larger diameter bore.Inuktun also integrated a digitiser to convert HD video signal for fibre optic transmission and developed enhanced braking and cable controls.