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Sandy Garossino

Vancouver Observer Editor-In-Chief, Former Crown Prosecutor

Sandy Garossino is the editor-in-chief of the Vancouver Observer and a contributing editor for the National Observer.

She is a former Crown prosecutor and prominent media commentator. She is a former owner of three Metro Vancouver taxi companies, which together formed the largest privately held fleet of taxis in Western Canada. She is active in private investments and incubating businesses through global partnerships, primarily in Asia.
CP

Duffy's Wright Hand Flops In Court

Wright, a wealthy man, delivered this tale with composure and sangfroid. In Nigel's world, writing a $90,000 cheque to a senator in need falls into the same category as taking young Conservative interns to lunch. Just one of those things one does for the less fortunate.
08/14/2015 01:28 EDT
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Jian Ghomeshi Trial Hinges On His Own Facebook Statement

The time-honoured tradition in sexual assault trials is to pry and prod at the complainant until an opening appears, or simply to bludgeon her credibility by any means possible, while the accused watches silently. There are endless variations on this theme, but that's sort of sexual assault law in a nutshell. The Jian Ghomeshi trial will be very different.
11/27/2014 02:49 EST
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What Kind Of Woman Won't Report Sexual Assault?

As a former Crown prosecutor who's run many sexual assault trials, I'm not at all surprised that none of these young women reported their experiences (if they are true). Most members of the public, until they're in the situation themselves, don't understand the reluctance of women to report, and what they'll face if they do.
10/29/2014 06:47 EDT
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5 Reasons To Quit Calling These Guys Terrorists

We should honour the sacrifice of Cpl. Cirillo and Warrant Officer Vincent by refusing to bestow their attackers with a name that accords them prominence and stature. Let's dial this back several notches and call this phenomenon what it is: violent treason. And the mental health aspect cannot be dismissed. Our focus should be soberly fixed on appropriate security, not obsessing over unstable individuals who are by their nature unpredictable.
10/26/2014 06:39 EDT
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A Rough Guide To E80 And The B.C. Teachers' Strike

Everybody watching the B.C. public teachers' strike has heard of E80, and nobody understands it. Even the negotiating teams can't agree on what it means -- a pretty good sign that it should be deep-sixed pronto. The bottom line is that the parties' positions on E80 is fatally poisoned by distrust. Many fault the union, but it's the government who wrote the script.
09/12/2014 04:25 EDT
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Vancouver Aquarium's SeaWorld Connection

Just what is Vancouver Aquarium's relationship to SeaWorld's beluga program? Funny you should ask. It turns out that Vancouver Aquarium owns nine belugas, but only two actually live here. Seven others either live or were born at SeaWorld, a self-described theme park and entertainment corporation.
08/06/2014 04:47 EDT
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Guess What Group Doesn't Hate Trudeau's Abortion Stance: Women

An overwhelmingly male echo-chamber of pundits, scholars, theologians, Catholic clergy and politicians is in an uproar, because Justin Trudeau directed the Liberal Party to adopt the status quo ante on women's health that has been settled law in Canada for decades. And who's not howling with outrage at Justin Trudeau's audacity in supporting women's access to abortion, or wringing their hands at his shocking breach of parliamentary conventions? Women, that's who.
06/02/2014 12:27 EDT
Myspace

Did Police Miss Chance To Protect Amanda Todd From Blackmailer?

Amanda Todd took her life in 2012 at the age of 15 after being relentlessly blackmailed by a ruthless predator. She deserved a more informed and effective police response than what was offered. She deserved to feel protected. So do all the Canadian kids who are being blackmailed or lured into performing sexual acts on webcam right now.
04/27/2014 11:57 EDT
Tumble

B.C. Teachers Ruling Is Written By Straight Shooter

Madame Justice Susan Griffin is known in the legal profession as a real straight shooter and one of B.C.'s most respected jurists, which makes the damning conclusions of her decision in the B.C. Teachers' Federation case all the more extraordinary. Judicial writing like this doesn't come along every day.
02/02/2014 12:41 EST
CP

Why no Wiretap for Rob Ford?

It's pretty shocking that after months of an expensive police surveillance, the most compelling evidence produced in the Ford investigation are photos of people acting suspiciously. Criminal investigations of serious crimes are always about obtaining direct rather than circumstantial evidence wherever possible. They're about tapes, paper trails and drug tests, not semi-useless photos of people with envelopes and plastic bags.
11/04/2013 01:32 EST
Twitter

Does 'slanegirl' Show Social Media Growing Up?

Know what's really great about Facebook and Instagram? No slanegirl. On Aug. 18, some undoubtedly intoxicated teens engaged in public oral sex at an Eminem concert. Photos were taken, shared and posted within minutes. At least two guys were instantly heralded across the web as heroes (literally), but the 17-year-old girl involved met an entirely different fate: within minutes she was globally famous as #slanegirl. Twitter, tumblr and Google erupted with photos. At lightning speed she was named, shamed, then hospitalized and sedated. So much for equality.
08/26/2013 01:42 EDT
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Pipelines Create Jobs. Or Do They?

There's a big dust-up between Barack Obama and Keystone XL proponents over how many jobs the pipeline is projected to produce.This debate can be summarized by asking the question: "How many jobs do you want it to produce?" Whatever your answer, it's not hard to find someone to support your claim.
08/06/2013 04:18 EDT
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How Facebook Learned Rape is Bad for Business

For years Facebook has maintained an imperious and stony silence against pleas from users and victims about its most objectionable content. But on May 27th, Facebook finally flinched. And then it cratered, caved and capitulated in the course of a single phone call after a one-week #fbrape campaign by the smartest feminists on the planet. By the time Glenford Canning's moving blog post to Mark Zuckerberg appeared on Huffington Post, Facebook was on the phone to campaign organizers, agreeing to every term demanded from the outset.
05/30/2013 12:46 EDT
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The LNG Jobs Myth

Natural gas, being sold as a huge job creator is actually an employment deadbeat. While natural gas contributes fully 3.2% of our total GDP, its work force is tiny, just 3,500 souls, or .15% of provincial employment. Electrical equipment manufacturers employ more people in B.C. than oil and gas. Natural gas is shipped east through pipelines, so there are no trucking or ports benefits. And most of the $6 billion in natural gas earnings don't stay in B.C., but take a direct flight across the Rockies to Calgary. Which might explain why some B.C. politicians organize fundraisers there.
05/13/2013 01:00 EDT
AFP

PavCo's Great Casino Caper

Riddle me this, Batman: if the formerly bankrupt Edgewater Casino's size and earning potential is capped at current levels, how is it going to manage the costs associated with a massive construction project on prime Vancouver real estate? We're all going to need Bruce Wayne's balance sheet--because the answer is that B.C. and Vancouver tax dollars will get this done through a series of obscure subsidies that will never be returned.
05/06/2013 12:25 EDT
CP

Idle No More: First Nations Governance Coded To Fail

The Deloitte & Touche audit of Attawapiskat is a textbook outcome of the fatal weakness in Canada's current model of First Nations governance, which is coded to fail. There could be hundreds of Attawapiskats. Does anyone know what the average First Nations chief's level of training and management experience is? Or the average training and experience of band councillors? How many building inspectors live within 50 miles of Attawapiskat? How about CAs, CGAs or project managers capable of supervising and maintaining records on multiple construction sites?
01/10/2013 01:21 EST
Alamy

When Social Media Is Used for Bad

The benefits of social media (SM) in connecting users worldwide are well known, and we ourselves have cheered the democratization of knowledge and information sharing. However, the proliferations of SM access to an increasingly younger demographic is most worrisome. Our concern is with young SM users, the estimated 200 million under 17 users of Facebook and similar sites. Amanda Todd's call for help burns our senses and we shout a cry. And a challenge.
12/03/2012 05:12 EST