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Judge Begbie: Was Justice Done?

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/restore-judge-begbie-statue/ Sign the petition at actionnetwork.org. The Law Society of BC and the New Westminster City Council recently voted to remove statues of Judge Begbie as a gesture to support reconciliation. Who was this man and what did he do to deserve this? Matthew Bailie Begbie was a successful and capable lawyer in London.

Roots of Government in British Columbia and Canada: Explaining History and Structure

Why are the parliamentary and municipal systems of government so different. Some insights can come from looking at how these systems evolved. There are three main aspects of government – executive, legislative and judicial. Parliament started with a legislative focus and later adopted executive functions.

Public Office Project: Leadership Salon

On April 27 2018, two former political rivals joined together to host a Leadership Salon to encourage people to consider elected public office. The initiative is an independent and non partisan organization that provides encouragement, education and mentors to people interested in the possibility of electoral political office.

1862 Deadly Smallpox Epidemic: British Columbia History Tragedy

One of the most traumatic periods of British Columbia history was the Smallpox Epidemic of 1862. Some people estimate almost 50% of the population of the province died. Some settlers and Southern First Nations died but the Northern First Nations experienced catastrophic mortality of 60 to 70 percent.

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Before BC: Proto British Columbia – In Proto British Columbia government was in the form of a Company State. This pre-colonial government was remarkably multicultural. Its heartland was the lower Columbia River and its capital was the original Vancouver. It was a foundation from which modern British Columbia emerged.

Understanding British Columbia – After the 1846 Border Treaty was implemented in 1849, many of the people from Columbia went north to the new Columbia, British Columbia. In the north, political governance was from Victoria, Langley and New Westminster although many settled in what is now Surrey, Richmond, Burnaby, Coquitlam and some around Burrard Inlet and False Creek.

Vancouver’s past, Vancouver’s future – Those interested in politics and Vancouver will be interested in the earliest days of the city. Before the evolution of political parties in Vancouver, politicians organized themselves in loose political factions. These were related to earlier political factions that developed in Victoria.

understanding British Columbia – After the 1846 Border Treaty was implemented in 1849, many of the people from Columbia went north to the new Columbia, British Columbia. In the north, political governance was from Victoria, Langley and New Westminster although many settled in what is now Surrey, Richmond, Burnaby, Coquitlam and some around Burrard Inlet and False Creek.

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