Another Green Party covert operation helped along by willing media?

This article by the radio station CKNW (Christy Clark’s prior employer) on the “watch-dog group” Integrity BC efforts to stop political party donations from unions and corporations piqued my curiosity as it’s an issue I’d love to see happen here in BC.

But after being burnt by OpenMedia in February (see here) I’ve become very wary of these self-proclaimed “democratic/non-partisan/grass-roots” groups so I Googled the contact person given in the story, Dermod Travis after checking out their very nice and expensive looking website.

Turns out Travis was the former Communications Director for the Green Party of Canada and is featured extensively on the website greenpartystrategy.com which lists itself as:

“a website dedicated to helping citizens build successful green parties at the civic, provincial/state and national levels of government”

Now, maybe Travis has all-of-a-sudden become a neutral non-partisan as Integrity BC’s website states (his bio doesn’t include any Green Party info) but that doesn’t excuse the media for not including his past(?) political affiliations.

I have asked CKNW why it failed to list that very important fact in the story and will update when and if I get an answer.

Update: My letter to CKNW

Integrity BC

I am concerned that in your story, you didn’t include the information that Dermod Travis was the former Communications Director for the Green Party of Canada and is featured extensively on the website greenpartystrategy.com which lists itself as:

“a website dedicated to helping citizens build successful green parties at the civic, provincial/state and national levels of government”

Without including this pertinent bio info, your audience wouldn’t have had the opportunity to judge for themselves if this group was truly non-partisan as it claims to be on its website you mention.

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10 Responses to “Another Green Party covert operation helped along by willing media?”

  1. Fred Says:

    Of course he doesn’t want companies & unions making $contributions . . . that way his greenie NGO’s can be the ones making the politicians dance to their tune.

    The Hollyhock Hippies that own Vision Vancouver would love that scenario and Tides Canada would be over the top happy.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Hi BC Blue:

    Quite correct I worked for the Green Party of Canada until August 2006, that would be five years ago. Since then I’ve been the Executive Director of the Canada Tibet Committee, something you seem to have overlooked.

    Dermod

    • BC Blue Says:

      That information was included in the bio link I posted to your website.

      So, you are saying you have no affiliation with the Green Party at all and your group is exclusively non-partisan as it claims? Can you then please explain your current work with greenpartystrategy.com as your postings there are much more current then ’06. One I looked at was from ’10

      “a website dedicated to helping citizens build successful green parties at the civic, provincial/state and national levels of government”

  3. Anonymous Says:

    I wrote opinion pieces for greenpartystrategy, as I’ve done for a number of publications (online and in print) in Canada on a variety of subjects over the years, including the last five. But I am not a member of the Green party federally or provincially, nor am I a member of any other political party.

    Just a couple of weeks ago I met with the Leader of the BC Conservatives, John Cummins, and had a great discussion about electoral finance reform and other issues. We’ll continue to do this type of outreach with all parties.

    IntegrityBC will raise issues that we believe will help improve accountability and transparency in BC politics, but we won’t be any endorsing any political party or candidate. Undoubtedly, bloggers like yourself, will hold us to account as you should when you think we’ve crossed the line.

    But it would seem fair that you put a little more emphasis on my work of the last five years in a very non-partisan position than going back to 2006 and not just linking to it without reference.

    • BC Blue Says:

      I appreciate your response but writing opinion pieces for a website dedicated to the “Green” movement is hardly non-partisan. Can you also explain where your financing is currently coming from and is it available for public viewing?

    • Liz J Says:

      But you’re “Anonymous”, how can anyone “put a little more emphasis” on your work if we don’t all know who the hell you are?

  4. Roy Says:

    liz his name is dermond he probably dosne’t have an account so he uses annonymous but he puts his name on the bottom of what he writes so we know who he is I do the same thing so people can’t accuse me of not using my real name when I comment on things.

  5. Roy Says:

    errr dermod sorry that I got it wrong

  6. Oxygentax Says:

    Just a note Roy – I post here without an account too, I just have to put my name and email address in.

    Surprising that someone claiming to be Dermod wouldn’t do the same.

  7. climatecriminal Says:

    the idea that anyone from a radical hypocritical left wing party like the greens could ever be objective is laughable


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