For the week of Aug. 15, 2021:
There will be no more charges against senior staff in the B.C. Legislature corruption scandal.
Ex-Clerk Craig James will stand trial next January for breach of trust and fraud. But special prosecutors decided ex-Sergeant-at-Arms Gary Lenz will not be charged.
Lenz claims the announcement from the two special prosecutors means he was exonerated. But he retired in disgrace after a 2019 Police Act probe into his misconduct.
Hear reaction from former Speaker Darryl Plecas, the special guest on the 199th edition of theBreaker.news Podcast with host Bob Mackin.
Meanwhile, China upheld the death sentence for one Canadian and sentenced another to jail for 11 years — just before Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou’s extradition hearing finally began in Vancouver.
Laura Harth of the pan-Asian human rights group Safeguard Defenders offers her analysis and suggests China is only giving countries more reasons to boycott next year’s Beijing Winter Olympics.
Plus commentary and Pacific Rim and Pacific Northwest headlines.
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