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Lawyers for a Vancouver company accused of fraud in the United States failed to overturn search warrants on constitutional grounds.

PacNet founder Rosanne Day

PacNet Services Ltd. and related company DeepCove Laboratories, were blacklisted Sept. 22, 2016 by the Office of Foreign Assets Control. U.S. investigators targeted the companies for allegedly running mass-mailing schemes for years.

Canadian authorities, at the request of the U.S., obtained warrants and searched the two companies in late summer 2016. During four days of arguments in B.C. Supreme Court in November and January, PacNet and Deep Cove alleged their constitutional protection against unreasonable search and seizure was breached

But, in her April 9 verdict, Justice Janet Winteringham disagreed.

Winteringham found there were reasonable and probable grounds to believe that foreign offences were committed and that the evidence would be found at PacNet and Deep Cove offices.

Though the investigations spanned many years and numerous documents were sought, I have found that the scope of the searches was justified, that there was a sufficient nexus between the foreign offences and the records to be seized and the descriptions contained in the search warrants and underlying affidavits were sufficient in the circumstances,” Winteringham ruled. “I have also determined that the explanation provided about the form of authorization sought, search warrants and not evidence-gathering orders, was justified in the circumstances.”

Canada’s Minister of Justice approved the request from the U.S. on Aug. 30, 2016 to search payment processor PacNet and software provider DeepCove under the mutual legal assistance on criminal matters treaty. DeepCove and PacNet shared offices. PacNet president Rosanne Day was also a director of DeepCove.

Charged in Las Vegas in 2019 for mail and wire fraud and money laundering were: Day, part-owner and Ireland office head Robert Paul Davis, director of marketing Genevieve Renee Frappier and chief compliance and anti-money laundering officer Miles Kelly. They could face 20 years in jail if convicted.

U.S. authorities allege that PacNet and DeepCove processed fraudulently-induced payments in violation of U.S. laws and as such acted in a way to perpetrate the offences, most particularly, the mass-mailing of fraudulent solicitations,” said the judgment.

“Canadian authorities executed the search warrants at the PacNet and DeepCove premises over four days. Following the search, they learned that some of the items sought were held at a storage facility. To permit the search and seizure of documents located at the storage facility, the court issued an evidence gathering order (to seize the documents from the storage facility and move the documents into the hands of the authorities) and subsequent search warrant.”

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Spying and meddling by foreign countries, mainly China and Russia, are the biggest threats to Canada, says the 2020 report to the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians.

The report was finished before last Christmas, but a redacted version was published April 12. It says the effects of espionage and foreign interference are not as obvious as terrorism, but “they are the most significant long-term threats to Canada’s sovereignty and prosperity.”

Justin Trudeau and Xi Jinping (PMO)

“The pandemic, meanwhile, has provided a new impetus for foreign states to conduct espionage activities against the Canadian health sector and Canadian organizations working in science and technology,” says the report.

China and Russia have targeted government networks, public institutions and private corporations for cyber espionage, it said. They have also targeted critical infrastructure, conducted online influence campaigns and monitored dissidents abroad.

“The pandemic put these threats into stark relief, in particular the threats posed to Canada’s health sector.”

Foreign states, it said, have “conducted opportunistic attacks to interfere with our politics and steal hard-won research and proprietary data; and organized crime groups exploited legislative and enforcement weaknesses to launder money and traffic increasingly lethal drugs.”

The primary physical threat faced by Canada continues to be low-sophistication attacks on unsecured public spaces and the pandemic may be feeding radicalization.

“The RCMP assesses that the restrictions, including Iockdown measures, put in place during the pandemic could result in people looking for advice or information over the Internet and accessing extremist echo chambers. This risk is magnified by the challenges of social isolation and financial hardship during restrictions. These same restrictions also make it difficult for others to identify individuals who may be on a path to radicalization.”

Meng Wanzhou at Russia Calling 2014 with President Vladimir Putin (RT)

Meanwhile, organized crime remains a threat. Due to the pandemic, organized crime groups have increased their web presence to enable trafficking of personal protective equipment, masks and medical equipment. CBSA says groups have adjusted their smuggling methods, but the pandemic “is unlikely to result in significant drops in global trafficking of drugs to Canada over the next year.” Instead, according to CBSA, smaller groups will likely be absorbed into larger ones “better able to adapt quickly to the shifting restrictions of the pandemic.”

The proceeds of crime mean billions of dollars of lost revenue for governments.

“Beyond these costs are the financial and societal ramifications of organized crime: it undermines the rule of law, threatens public safety, and erodes our financial, legal, political and social institutions.”

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For the week of April 11, 2021:

In British Columbia, 200,000 people are prioritized for the coronavirus vaccine because they have had an organ transplant, cancer, severe breathing condition, diabetes, heart disease or weakened immune system.

Neurologist Prof. Bas Bloem (Radboud University)

But the 13,000 people living with Parkinson’s Disease are not on the clinically extremely vulnerable list, at a time when B.C.’s vaccine rollout lags and COVID-19 variants are spreading rapidly.

One of the world’s top neurologists says they need to be added to the list.

“If you have COVID over and above [Parkinson’s], then you’re at risk of severe complications,” Prof. Bastiaan Bloem of Radboud University Medical Centre in Nijmegen, Netherlands, told Podcast host Bob Mackin.

“Symptoms may worsen, respiratory complaints are larger, the risk of mortality is increased. I would like to see people with Parkinson’s prioritized.”

Click below and listen to the full interview with Prof. Bloem, who is also the co-editor of the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease.

Also, hear from Dr. Jim Bovard, the team doctor for the Vancouver Canucks, from his April 9 update on how the coronavirus spread through the dressing room and put the club’s National Hockey League season in doubt.

Plus commentary and Pacific Northwest and Pacific Rim headlines.

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Her face is on the cover. Her name gets top billing. The title is the slogan she repeats at the government press conferences that she is paid to give.

But Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry claimed in internal email that her March 9-published book about her job is separate from her job.

Dr. Bonnie Henry (Russell Books/Instagram)

How is that?

The book, Be Calm, Be Kind, Be Safe: Four Weeks That Shaped a Pandemic [with sister Lynn Henry] was announced in late 2020. Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix were immediately met with questions. Dix said he had “no issues” with her writing the book. Henry pledged to donate an undisclosed amount of the advance payment from her publisher, Allen Lane, to the charity First Book Canada.

In December, filed under the freedom of information law for a draft of the book, Henry’s contract with the publisher and correspondence with the relevant senior government officials who would have given her the green light.

Government staff were quick to claim the records sought were beyond the scope of the freedom of information law.

When they did not elaborate, filed another request.

(BC Gov/FOI)

That yielded copies of Henry’s correspondence with the freedom of information coordinator she manages in the PHO.

On Dec. 22, Michelle Sullivan wrote to Henry: “Please see most recent requests in yellow. Can you confirm whether they relate [to] your duties as an employee or as a private citizen?”

Two minutes later, Henry replied: “Private citizen. It was done entirely on my time off.”

Just over an hour later. “Sorry Bonnie, another one!,” Sullivan wrote.

“As your book was written as a private citizen, this would not be applicable and be outside of the scope of FOIPPA? Please advise.”

“Yes, that is correct,” Henry said.

Henry is officially considered a senior public office holder, at the level of a deputy minister. She is not a private citizen.

Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix (BC Gov)

The code of conduct for B.C.’s 30,000 provincial public servants prohibits the use of confidential information received through employment to gain personally or further any private interest. The same code of conduct states that a conflict of interest arises when an employee uses a position, office, or government affiliation to pursue personal interests or is reasonably perceived by the public to have benefited from information acquired solely from employment in the public service.

In the book, Henry acknowledged the help she received from Dix, her assistant Laurel Thompson, communications contractor Nicola Lambrechts, Ministry of Health strategic communications director Jean-Marc Prevost and staff in the health ministry, government communications office and health emergency management.

The book includes Prevost’s photo of the Henry sisters walking in he halls of the Legislature.

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Bob Mackin Her face is on the cover.

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Staff at the B.C. Ministry of Health head office in Victoria were annoyed when a senior bureaucrat sent  a coronavirus infection memo to only those on the second floor last November.

Philip Twyford (LinkedIn) was first to report on Assistant Deputy Minister Philip Twyford’s Nov. 20, 2020 memo and his followup four days later. Twyford heads the finance department, which is based on the second floor of the former B.C. Electric Building on 1515 Blanshard St. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry’s office is in the fourth floor.

Email obtained by under the freedom of information law shows that within minutes of Twyford’s original memo, workers from around the building sought more information that Twyford was unwilling to provide due to privacy.

Some of them outright complained.

“Is it possible to find out when this employee was last on-site?” wrote one of several whose name was censored by the Ministry. “I was only working on the second floor yesterday morning, so the timing makes a  big difference if they were last on-site Wednesday…”

“Do they know which day the exposures occurred? It would eliminate worries for some fo us who only come in twice a week.”

“There are staff who do not work on the second floor however like myself (censored) do attend that floor to drop them off and talk to staff. Thinking maybe a message should have been sent to the building rather than just the floor. There would be no way of knowing who has been there and not.”

(BC Gov/FOI)

“In the middle of a pandemic when cases are they highest they’ve ever been , after someone in the building tested positive, in addition to the PHO (just yesterday!) announcing that businesses should postpone staff returning to in-office work…. calling the workplace safe is pretty bold. Borderline offensive, if I’m honest.”

Patti Laanstra, the Ministry’s facilities director and security officer, was one of the few names disclosed.

“The rumour mill is spinning wildly about this case,” Laanstra wrote to Twyford on Nov. 23. “One piece that came out of the rumours is that the individual was on multiple floors (2,3,7). It was only communicated to me about the 2nd floor and the common spaces/elevators, etc. Do we know if that individual DID go to 3 and 7?”

Twyford was clearly on his heels.

He thanked one staffer for “being candid with me” and told another that the infected staff member denied being in multiple parts of the building. He also said that the memo was based on a standard template, following discussion with Dr. William Lakey, the B.C. Public Service’s medical director for workplace health and safety.

Twyford finally confided in another assistant deputy minister, workforce planning and strategic initiatives head Susan Wood, on Nov. 24, at 12:48 p.m.

“I have been overwhelmed by staff responding that they felt betrayed by a lack of communication and that we were hiding something and broke trust,” Twyford admitted.

Less than two hours later, he sent a staff memo aimed at mending fences.

B.C. Ministry of Health headquarters in Victoria (

“The reporting of a positive case in our workplace was a new experience for us,” Twyford wrote. “There are clear protocols in place from public health and also the public service as an employer, with a need to balance transparency while protecting the identify of the individual. Since this occurrence, we have heard from staff about the impact of notifying only staff located on the second floor.

“This has been a huge learning for us. We appreciate your feedback and we will be taking a broader communication approach should this happen again.”

On April 8, when she announced a single-day record 1,293 new infections, Henry said WorkSafeBC inspectors would be empowered beginning April 12 to shut down businesses for 10 days or longer when three ore more people at a workplace test positive. The order does not apply to schools.

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More questions than answers, after the NDP government now says a former provincial court judge who denied China is committing genocide already ended his term as advisor to Premier John Horgan.

Bill Yee (far left) at a September 2018 Chinatown ceremony with Premier John Horgan and then-Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson (BC Gov)

On April 6, reported that Bill Yee, the 2018-appointed, co-chair of the Premier’s Chinese-Canadian Community Advisory Committee, denied that China is committing human rights atrocities against Uyghur Muslims.

Evidence of mass-detention, forced labour and other human rights violations from Chinese government documents, intelligence agencies and eyewitness testimony led Canada’s House of Commons to vote 266-0 in February to declare China is committing genocide. Last month, Canada joined the U.S. and U.K. governments to sanction four CCP officials and a security agency.

Yee’s controversial March 30 interview on a Toronto Cantonese language radio program sparked calls for his firing from the committee. On April 8, NDP Minister of State for Trade George Chow issued a statement that said the committee had wound-up in February and Yee would not seek re-appointment to the new committee.

That contradicts the April 6 statement from the Premier’s office to, that said “Mr. Bill Yee has been asked to not identify himself as a member of the Advisory Committee when expressing personal opinions.”

The Feb. 23, 2018 announcement of the committee made no mention of term lengths for Yee or any of the other 16 appointees.

“Why would Mr. Yee allow himself to be introduced on the March 30 radio interview as the current co-chair of the committee?” said a statement from a group of 13 Chinese-Canadian human rights activists. “Why was the initial response from the B.C. government one of Mr. Yee expressing his personal opinion, if it knew then Mr. Yee was no longer their advisor?  What caused this inconsistency?”

The same 13 said they had not received a response to their open letter calling for Yee’s removal. The group wonders if Yee was screened before the 2018 appointment, after a history of comments in favour of the Chinese Communist Party. For example, 30 years ago, then-Chinese Benevolent Society president Yee opposed the Goddess of Democracy statue at University of B.C. in memory of students killed in the June 4, 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square.

Bill Yee (BC Gov)

The 13 activists include Bill Chu of the Canadians for Reconciliation Society, Thekla Lit, Asian Holocaust education advocate, Fenella Sung of Canadian Friends of Hong Kong, and Mabel Tung of the Vancouver Society in Support of Democratic Movement. They also want Yee removed from the provincially funded Chinese Canadian Museum board. “Anyone who endorses suppression of citizens and minorities and keen on rewriting history for a foreign nation has no place in directing this government funded museum,” their statement said.

Ultimately, they say the Yee case should be a wake up call for Canadian politicians and parties targeted by the CCP’s United Front foreign influence and infiltration program.

“Through business and cultural exchanges, influence buying, cyber hacking, data harvesting, bribes, sex, trade, fame, blackmailing, etc., CCP infiltration and influence tactics are holistic and deeply embedded in our society. Behind the façade of peaceful-rising, CCP has been attacking our universal values and democratic foundation.”

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On April 6, reported that a genocide denier remains advisor to Premier John Horgan.

A coalition of human rights activists in the Chinese-Canadian community in British Columbia has written the following open letter to Horgan, calling for Bill Yee’s removal from his advisory role. 

We are a group of long time British Columbians of Chinese descent who are dismayed by the outrageous comments of Mr. Bill Yee, the co-chair of your Chinese-Canadian Community Advisory Committee on Toronto’s A-1 Radio on March 30.

Bill Yee (BC Gov)

In this Cantonese interview, Mr. Yee repeated some twisted logic as in the official response of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to Canada’s declaration that a genocide is carried out by China against the Muslim Uyghur minority in Xinjiang.

We have three major concerns:

The first is what Mr. Yee, introduced as the current co-chair of the Premier’s Chinese-Canadian Community Advisory Committee, says. In the interview, Mr. Yee expressed the following:

1.      The decision of our parliamentarians on the genocide motion was not based on facts and our parliamentarians have ulterior motive.

2.      The Uyghur genocide accusation is an excuse to create a cotton trade dispute.

3.      Our MPs don’t know where Xinjiang is, and haven’t been to Xinjiang or China; therefore, their assessments are based on lies. (Mr. Yee ignored the 2 Uyghur studies (2018, 2021) conducted by the parliament, expert inputs to the Common’s Special Committee on Canada-China relations and the Xinjiang Documentation Project.)

4.      The genocide accusation is false because the population in Xinjiang has grown and the life expectancy in the region has increased. (Apart from ignoring that millions of Han people were shipped into Xinjiang to control the region, Mr. Yee should know that the United Nations definition of genocide is much broader than number reduction: United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect)

5.      China has 56 minority groups; therefore, it doesn’t make sense (hence not true) for China to target the Uyghurs. (The fact is, China has exercised the same tyranny over the Tibetans, Mongolians, Hongkongers, Falun Gong followers, Christians, etc.)

6.      There are trouble makers who oppose government policy in every country; therefore, testimonies by the Uyghur witnesses are not acceptable evidence and not objective facts. (It is shocking to see a former judge is not aware, unlike any democracy, China’s one-party regime allows no freedom for people to criticize or vote out a non-performing government, and creates a sad veneer of peace by incarcerating or terminating any dissenting individuals or groups.)

7.      Our Prime Minister should not sanction China.

We hope this is not the advice that you have been getting from Mr. Yee. Given that advisory committees influence government policy, our second concern is on what criteria are members of B.C.’s Chinese-Canadian Community Advisory Committee selected. Is it based on the titles one has behind one’s name? One’s successful career? The frequency one appears on Chinese community events? Or is it based on one’s track record on allegiance to Canada, upholding Canadian values of human rights and justice, providing independent opinion on community issues rather than becoming a mouth piece for a foreign regime?

Bill Yee (far left) at a September 2018 Chinatown ceremony with Premier John Horgan and then-Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson (BC Gov)

While the last one appears to be most relevant, Mr. Yee’s record has him, while president of Chinese Benevolent Association in 1989, defending the Tiananmen Square Massacre by first stating that no one was killed, then changed his tone to one killed after hundreds of fatalities were reported by media.

He was also the architect behind removing the pro-Kuomintang directors from the CBA Board and changing it to pro-CCP (Chinese Communist Party). Also after the Massacre, the traumatized Chinese community was split on whether to hold the celebration on October 1, the anniversary of the founding of P.R.C. Mr. Yee then defended holding the National Day celebration, claiming it was a 30 year old tradition. In late 1990, he wrote a letter on behalf of CBA to the UBC’s former president, urging him to reject the proposed erection of a replica statue of Beijing student’s Goddess of Democracy on UBC grounds. In it, he repeated the same famous official line: allowing such would amount to meddling in China’s internal affairs! We have not heard Mr. Yee demanding the release of the two Michaels, but he is among those praising the notorious National Security Law imposed by China on Hong Kong since July 2020.

From the above record going back 32 years, it is clear where much of Mr. Yee’s allegiance lies. What kind of community leaders or events would he recommend to you? Can you afford to have a genocide-denier and tyranny-defender as advisor? Can British Columbians risk the perception of B.C. endorsing CCP and embolden more P.R.C. proxies to come out and spread CCP lies?

Since P.R.C. President Xi Jinping’s 2013 order “To tell a good China story,” P.R.C.’s United Front has doubled up its effort to dilute and dismiss criticisms and promote narratives favourable to CCP’s interests. It also seeks to enhance P.R.C.’s status and authority by getting into global decision-making process, with the goal of remodeling the international system, and ultimately the world order. So, its “diaspora” management program targets influential community members and groups in an effort to use them to infiltrate and influence local regions. Every Wednesday on AM1320, Mr. Yee appears as guest in a live talk show from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., defending on anything that exposes the tyrannical nature of P.R.C.

Our last concern is with the damage to the reputation of the entire Chinese community. By having one lacking integrity, professionalism and conscience to represent the Chinese community is an insult to the community members. Mr. Yee is entitled to his personal views. However, when he is holding the key advisory position to the premier, media look to him for ‘expert’ analysis and comments. His “personal views” get an official platform. His obvious pro-tyranny and anti-Canada stands not only tarnish the credibility of the B.C. government, but also misrepresent what the vast Chinese community aspires to. Most of us who left China after 1949 did so for a freer world than P.R.C. Mr. Yee represents the minority who somehow identifies more with the autocratic policies of the CCP.

A woman with a Xi Jinping poster during a June 2019 pro-Hong Kong protest outside the Chinese consulate mansion in Vancouver.

At a time when CCP can no longer hide the lies behind its name (that it is neither the People’s nor is it a republic) or its constitution (that it never honours the long list of human right protections within), it resorts to reminding the world that it is “representing” its 1.4 billion people. But the truth is, P.R.C.’s leaders were not elected by and have no need to listen to the 1.4 billion. So, how can they claim to represent anyone? CCP doesn’t represent the Chinese people, let alone the Chinese-Canadian community.

It is totally understandable of the public anger against P.R.C.’s horrendous human rights violations and international aggression. Sadly, misplaced animosity against Canadians of Chinese descent has been on the rise due to ignorance on the diversity of opinions particularly on CCP among Chinese-Canadians. We are extremely concerned when geopolitically driven opinions by your key advisor would implicate the Chinese community further and fan the flame of racialized hatreds.

Based on the above serious concerns, we strongly recommend the removal of Mr. Yee from the Chinese-Canadian Community Advisory Committee. His divisive one-party worldview will not strengthen social, economic and cultural ties among members of the Chinese diaspora in this province and beyond, nor improve understanding of the diversity of the Chinese community by your government or others.

(in alphabetical order of last names)

Bill Chu, Founder of Canadians for Reconciliation Society

Victor Ho, Co-founder of Vancouver-based Media Analytical Inc.

Thekla Lit, Asian Holocaust Education Advocate 

Thomas Lou, Retired journalist

Stanley Ng, President of Institute for Christian Action and Contemplation 

Shun Kau Ngan, Writer

Fenella Sung, Founding Convenor, Canadian Friends of Hong Kong

Norman Sung, Canadian economist and Global news commentator

Tommy Tao, Retired lawyer

Mabel Tung, Chair of Vancouver Society in Support of Democratic Movement

Ken Tung, Past Chairperson of S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

Eleanor Yuen, Former Head of Asian Library, UBC

Rev. Howard Yeung, Spiritual Director of Institute for Christian Action and Contemplation

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A retired B.C. Provincial Court judge with a history of supporting the Chinese Communist Party government remains an advisor to Premier John Horgan, despite denying China is committing genocide against Uyghur Muslims.

Bill Yee (far left) at a September 2018 Chinatown ceremony with Premier John Horgan and then-Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson (BC Gov)

Bill Yee, co-chair of the Premier’s Chinese-Canadian Community Advisory Committee, was interviewed March 30 on Toronto A1 Radio.

“I think on the recent Xinjiang matter, Canada’s decision is not based on the fact, but on some politicians who have ulterior motives, or countries using cotton trade to make up a huge story,” Yee said. “I think what they said about genocide and human rights in Xinjiang are being made up.”

In the House of Commons on Feb. 22, a Conservative-tabled motion passed 266-0, with support from all parties, to declare China is committing genocide against Uyghur Muslims and to call on the International Olympic Committee to move the 2022 Winter Games out of Beijing.

On March 21, Canada joined the United States and United Kingdom to sanction four CCP officials and a security agency, citing evidence from Chinese government documents, satellite imagery and eyewitness testimony. “China’s extensive program of repression includes severe restrictions on religious freedoms, the use of forced labour, mass detention in internment camps, forced sterilizations, and the concerted destruction of Uyghur heritage,” read a joint statement.

The group Vancouverites Concerned About Hong Kong said on Twitter April 6 that it was “outraged” that Yee is denying the genocide, “parroting CCP party lines” and acting as an advisor to Horgan.

He literally gaslit the many testimonies from Uyghurs and said he thinks it’s all made up,” the group Tweeted.

On April 6, the NDP Premier’s office distanced Horgan from Yee’s stance on Xinjiang, but stopped short of removing him from the committee.

Bill Yee was expressing personal opinions which do not represent the positions of the Advisory Committee,” said a statement sent to from press secretary George Smith. “The Government of British Columbia supports the federal government’s position on these important matters. The mandate of the Advisory Committee was set up to provide inputs to the government on domestic community issues and does not include foreign affairs. Therefore, Mr. Bill Yee has been asked to not identify himself as a member of the Advisory Committee when expressing personal opinions.”

An April 7 open letter to Horgan, from 13 British Columbians concerned with human rights in China, called for Yee’s firing. 

“His divisive one-party worldview will not strengthen social, economic and cultural ties among members of the Chinese diaspora in this province and beyond, nor improve understanding of the diversity of the Chinese community by your government or others,” said the open letter. 

Yee was the first Chinese-Canadian elected to Vancouver city council in 1982 and he remained at 12th and Cambie until 1986. The honourary citizen of Guangzhou, Vancouver’s Chinese sister city, also served on the Vancouver Police Board (1992 to 1997) and BC Hydro board (1997 to 1999).

While he was president of the Vancouver Chinese Benevolent Association, Yee supported the People’s Republic of China consulate’s campaign against a University of B.C. statue to commemorate the Tiananmen Square massacre.

In January 1991, Yee wrote UBC president David Strangway on the letterhead of the pro-Beijing CBA, urging him to cancel the local replica of the Goddess of Democracy statue that Chinese soldiers destroyed on June 4, 1989 when they violently ended a peaceful protest by students seeking democracy. A copy of the letter was obtained under the freedom of information laws by documentary filmmaker Ina Mitchell. 

UBC’s 30th anniversary ceremony of the Tiananmen Square massacre in 2019. (Mackin)

“The presence of a statue of this kind in the campus does nothing positive to the viewers who normally see it other than to remind them of an incident in Beijing,” said Yee’s letter. 

Yee claimed that the statue would amount to Canadian meddling in Chinese affairs and he likened it to China highlighting Canada’s head tax and Chinese exclusion act. He even suggested the human rights activists should take their complaints to China directly.

“If the aims and objectives of the applicants in this instance is to promote more democracy in China, it would seem only logical that the forum for their efforts should be in China, not Canada and definitely not in a setting such as yours,” said Yee’s letter.

Yee’s letter was along the same lines as one in October 1990 from An Wenbin, the consul general for the People’s Republic of China in Vancouver. 

But both Yee and An failed to convince UBC. The statue was eventually erected near the Students’ Union Building.

It was restored in time for the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in 2019.

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For the week of April 4, 2021:

Vancouver city council opened the door to bidding for the 2030 Winter Olympics on March 31. But it was not unanimous. Hear two councillors, Jean Swanson and Colleen Hardwick, speak passionately against a report that recommended the first step to bringing the Winter Games back to the 2010 host city, and hear Mayor Kennedy Stewart’s defiant reply.

Calvin Chrustie testified March 30 at the Cullen Commission (

When Vancouver invited the world to compete and party in 2010, criminals also came. Hear testimony from the Cullen Commission from a former senior RCMP money laundering and transnational organized crime investigator. Calvin Chrustie reveals how Chinese triads, Mexican drug cartels and Middle Eastern terrorists moved drugs and money through Vancouver.

Plus commentary and Pacific Northwest and Pacific Rim headlines.

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Premier John Horgan is going on a marine mission to mend fences with millennials.

B.C.’s Premier taking a ferry up the coast on Victoria Day weekend. (BC Gov/BC Ferries)

Horgan’s March 29 “do not blow this for the rest of us” quip, directed at 20-39-year-olds he thinks aren’t taking the pandemic seriously, turned “Premier Dad” into “Premier Dud.”

So the NDP government is accelerating a plan that had been in the works for end of summer. The inaugural voyage of John Horgan’s Youth Cruise on BC Ferries will go ahead Victoria Day weekend, May 21-24.

The four-day charter cruise on the LNG-fuelled Salish Orca will depart Swartz Bay and stop at Tsawwassen, Horseshoe Bay, Langdale, Campbell River, Cortes Island, Port Hardy, Prince Rupert and Nanaimo. Tickets start at $49. 

BC Ferries Salish Orca

A special feature of the cruise will be COVID-19 vaccinations in one arm and a tattoo on the other to commemorate the Youth Cruise.

Sign for John Horgan’s Youth Cruise (BC Gov/BC Ferries)


  • Concerts by Said the Whale
  • Skateboard ramp and lacrosse box on the car deck
  • Craft beer and avocado toast tasting in the Coastal Cafe
  • TikTok zone for sea shanties
  • Bhangra lessons with Yukon’s Gurdeep Pandher
  • Meet and greet with the Premier and Dave “Dave” Mix, the BC Hydro spokes-hipster with the NDP orange beard.

Horgan will unveil more details about his Youth Cruise on April 1 during an 11:30 a.m. announcement from Swartz Bay. 

Bob Mackin Premier John Horgan is going on