Sandy Garossino
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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.

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Harjit Sajjan, Defence Minister, Impressed Military Brass With Intelligence Gathering In Afghanistan

(53) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 12:51 AM

You might think Harjit Sajjan takes a pretty mean combat gear photo, but Canada's new minister of national defence is some kind of next-level Spy vs. Spy war hero.

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Harjit Sajjan, Canada's new defence minister, is seen during one of his deployments in Afghanistan.

A 2006...

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Duffy's Wright Hand Flops In Court

(32) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 1:28 PM

Donald Bayne, lawyer for disgraced senator Mike Duffy, wasted no time with the prosecution's star witness, Nigel Wright, on Thursday.

Eschewing the rote introductory pleasantries...

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Keystone News Unsurprising After Harper Wrecked Canada's Relationship With The U.S.

(79) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 1:58 PM

If revenge is indeed a dish that's best served cold, the President of Cool just served up a four-star pièce de résistance for Stephen Harper.

Tuesday's announcement of Obama's planned veto of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline should not have been surprising, yet when the blow came...

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Jian Ghomeshi Trial Hinges On His Own Facebook Statement

(84) Comments | Posted November 27, 2014 | 1:32 AM

Jian Ghomeshi's trial will be different from any other sexual assault trial we've ever seen. But in some ways it'll be like all the others.

Starting with the basics, a criminal sexual assault trial is anything BUT a he said-she said situation. The accused doesn't have to say...

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Vision Vancouver Minority With Strong NPA, Green Opposition Is Ideal City Council

(5) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 2:16 PM

Good governance is an art -- an alchemy of nuance, maturity, principle, and flexibility.

Civic government's unique structure contrasts with provincial legislatures and the federal parliamentary system, where large departments are headed by cabinet ministers for the majority. Civic government is much closer to the community and functions -- or...

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What Kind Of Woman Won't Report Sexual Assault?

(241) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 6:47 PM

As Canadians and CBC listeners struggle to come to terms with the Jian Ghomeshi allegations, many are troubled or angry that his accusers didn't report their claims to the police for investigation. Unquestionably and unjustly, Mr Ghomeshi has been deprived of due process and the opportunity to face...

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5 Reasons To Quit Calling These Guys Terrorists

(208) Comments | Posted October 26, 2014 | 6:21 PM

This week Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo were murdered. Their Canadian-born killers (who won't be named here) appear to be recent converts to Islam. They don't (as far as we know) seem to know each other, or to be part of a co-ordinated offensive on military targets.

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Christy Clark's Proposed Policy Overhaul Is Breathtakingly Stupid

(74) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 1:17 AM

B.C.'s Christy Clark government is proposing to overhaul the Societies Act, and they've distributed a snoozer of a White Paper to let you know all about it.

If you've dozed off already, WAKE UP, because there's a massive zinger quietly planted deep inside. You can do something about...

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A Rough Guide To E80 And The B.C. Teachers' Strike

(22) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 4:19 PM

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.

But if you're still scratching your head about E80, it all comes...

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Vancouver Aquarium's SeaWorld Connection

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 4:41 PM

Vancouverites have a love affair with the Vancouver Aquarium beyond anything we feel for other local institutions, so it's not so surprising that the city's park board decision to halt breeding of cetaceans inflamed emotions on both sides.

Add some overheated rhetoric, a prematurely uncorked civic election campaign...

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Guess What Group Doesn't Hate Trudeau's Abortion Stance: Women

(98) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 12:33 PM

Something's up, because the menfolk are getting the vapours over women's reproductive freedom again.

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...

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Did Police Miss Chance To Protect Amanda Todd From Blackmailer?

(12) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 11:33 AM

"If Amanda does not stay off the Internet and/or take steps to protect herself online, there is only so much we as the police can do."

-- Coquitlam RCMP email to Carol Todd in 2011

Amanda Todd took her life in 2012 at the age of 15 after...

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B.C. Teachers Ruling Is Written By Straight Shooter

(1) Comments | Posted February 1, 2014 | 11:38 PM

Earlier this month, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Susan Griffin handed down her ruling in the ongoing dispute between the B.C. Teachers' Federation and the B.C. government. I already read it so you don't have to, but the full decision can be found here:

Madame Justice...

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Why Didn't the Police Do More to Investigate Rob Ford?

(4) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 4:30 PM

New details in the Ford investigation indicate that wiretap orders were approved for as yet unknown parties. This post is based on the information available at the time of its writing and will be updated if material new information emerges.

It's pretty shocking that after months of an expensive police...

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Does 'slanegirl' Show Social Media Growing Up?

(2) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 1:42 AM

Know what's really great about Facebook and Instagram?

No slanegirl.

In case you have no idea what this is all about, 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...

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Pipelines Create Jobs. Or Do They?

(3) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 10:00 AM

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...

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How Facebook Learned Rape is Bad for Business

(284) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 12:46 PM

For years Facebook has maintained an imperious and stony silence against pleas from users and victims about its most objectionable content. Not a word when Amanda Todd took her life after being relentlessly stalked and blackmailed by a sexual predator on Facebook. Even the suicides of teens Rehtaeh Parsons and...

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The LNG Jobs Myth

(1) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 12:58 PM

That B.C. is a resource economy has become a mantra for politicians and the media, and LNG is just part of the club.

Anyone who questions development in the resource sector, of mining and fracking and pipelines, is written off as a BANANA--Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything. They are...

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PavCo's Great Casino Caper

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 12:24 PM

Within a few short days the chair of BC Pavilion Corporation (PavCo), both announced, then dis-announced a signed deal with Paragon Gaming, the owners of Edgewater Casino. This daring manoeuvre, the Fassbender Flip-Flop, should only be attempted by trained professionals.

When a Money-losing Crown Corp Meets...

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Idle No More: First Nations Governance Coded To Fail

(15) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 12:15 PM

Monday's release of a devastating audit of Attawapiskat's finances delivered what looked like a knockout blow to the Idle No More movement. Then Tuesday brought word of a community in full lock-down mode as a Global TV crew was escorted out of the reserve.

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