2016 IS HOURS away from wrapping up, and a new year looms just over the horizon.
“Wasting one more minute of time and energy in the BC Conservative Party, by anyone, is sheer lunacy!” from Feb. 5.
“Dan Brooks’ hold on the helm of the BC Conservative Party seems very much in question” from Oct. 2.
Following that, from Oct. 9, came “How Much More Then Could We Be Thankful For?
On Nov. 17, “Really, there aren’t enough places already for people to get a drink?” caught people’s attention.
And, “You are welcome to believe whatever you want. I have to tell you, however, you are living in a dream world if you think the majority of British Columbians will agree with you,” peaked reader’s interests on June 10.
I’ll mention this one as well, but it was only posted a on Dec. 22: “There certainly is a fluctuation … government revenues fluctuate upwards, while grants to community groups fluctuate downwards!”
Why, you say, am I mentioning it? Only because the BC Liberal government gave me more ammunition to work with.
Yesterday, included in an email re-release of information (Government of B.C. featured Programs and Services), was a news(?) story from Dec. 8 entitled “Revamped Community Gaming Grant guidelines support better service.”
In there was a sentence that stated, “Every year, eligible not-for-profit organizations share $135 million in Community Gaming Grants, provided by the Government of British Columbia.”
I missed that the first time round, when I wrote the post on Dec. 22. Which leads me back to what I thought was the agreed upon formula — one third of net revenue, with a minimum of $125 million per year.
For the past five years the payment to community groups and organizations has been stalled just under $135 million.
So the question I at least am wondering is, “Is the funding formula one third of net revenue ($125 million minimum) or has the government arbitrarily decided it will now be capped at $135 million?”
One thing is a sure bet. The community groups dependent on gaming revenue to fund the work they do aren’t likely to complain. They have to apply to receive a grant, and with less and less being distributed each year, who is going to risk the loss of their grant?
With that, I will close the door on 2016. Thank you for joining me on this journey … it will continue again early in January. Meantime, here’s hoping that your dreams and aspirations become reality and that new goals you set for yourself are achieved!
Oh, one more thing before I go … Todd Stone and Peter Milobar will win both Kamloops ridings for the BC Liberals. Even with the Greens and NDP splitting the center left vote, it would have happened regardless. Following May’s election loss, the NDP’s John Horgan will resign. That won’t surprise anyone either.
Alan Forseth is a Kamloops resident and former member of the Reform Party of Canada, the BC Reform Party and the BC Conservative Party. His blog is My Thoughts on Politics and More.