McConnell claims that Baginski’s Serco colleagues began working with the child-porn producer Robert DiDuca in 1988 and he alleges that Serco has placed blackmailers in international hotel chains to entrap government-employee pension-fund managers and force them to invest in hotels linked to Serco’s Defense Red Switch Network and thereby take control of the host government itself.
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Children of Robert Pickton's victims to split $4.9M compensation fund Children of serial killer Robert Pickton’s victims will split $4.9M in compensation fund
“[bcIMC] $10M mortgage on pig farm
Sunday, August 21, 2005
VANCOUVER --The B.C. government has put a mortgage worth $10 million on accused serial killer Robert Pickton's notorious pig farm to cover his publicly funded defence, The Canadian Press has learned.
Robert Pickton's farm in Port Coquitlam, B.C. December 20, 2004. (CP/Chuck Stoody) But no one at the Attorney General's Ministry will say if that figure represents the estimated cost of Pickton's seven-member legal team in the long and hugely complex case. And Robert Pickton's share of the property _ his brother and sister are co-owners _ is currently worth only a fraction of that amount. It's also saddled with several other mortgages and legal judgments that pre-date the province's mortgage.
Even if it could be sold, relatives of the Pickton's alleged victims have other ideas for the land, including turning it into a memorial park or using proceeds of development to compensate the families.
The government's mortgage was registered on the suburban Port Coquitlam property and a nearby smaller parcel, on Feb. 28, 2003, a year after police raided the farm and arrested Pickton.
He faces face 27 counts of first-degree murder related to women, mostly drug-addicted prostitutes, who disappeared from Vancouver's seedy Downtown Eastside in the 1990s. He has not yet entered a plea, and the legal process against him has not as yet resulted in any court findings that he was responsible for any of the deaths.
Documents obtained by The Canadian Press show a mortgage principal of $10 million with no interest rate and no repayment schedule.
The lender is listed as the B.C. Crown, represented by the attorney general. The mortgage was handled by a lawyer for the ministry's legal services branch, who authorized its registration in a Feb. 27 letter to the New Westminster land title office.
Pickton, his brother David and sister Linda Wright each own one-third shares in the pig farm located on Port Coquitlam's Dominion Avenue, which they inherited from their parents. The Pickton brothers split the ownership of the smaller Burns Road property that housed Piggy's Palace, often used for parties.
B.C. Assessment, which tracks property values for tax purposes, valued the seven-hectare pig farm at about $5.9 million as of last fall, up from $4.2 million in the previous assessment. The Burns Road property is assessed at about $140,000.”
“The B.C. government’s $182-million computer system just won’t work
For three years, Victoria has shelled out about $514,000 annually for flights, lodging and meals for government workers to test still-broken system
BY ROB SHAW, VANCOUVER SUN MAY 15, 2014
VICTORIA — The B.C. government has paid more than $1.5 million over the last three years to house a team of testers in Victoria tasked with fixing the province’s frequently troubled internal computer system.
The travelling test squad of as many as 24 ministry employees works to troubleshoot the government’s social and child welfare computer software, which crashed almost two weeks ago and continues to run at limited capacity.
The government has paid an average of $514,000 annually for hotels, meals and flights for testers to commute when needed to the capital since 2011, out of money earmarked for the system’s operating budget.
The employees get a per diem of $48 for meals, and stay in different Victoria hotels depending on the season.
The general government rate for hotels in Victoria is around $90 a night.
Many of the workers — who live as far away as the Interior and the Kootenays — fly back home for weekends, a provision that’s part of their collective agreement.
The union representing government employees says it’s an example of the hidden expenses not included in the problem-plagued Integrated Case Management (ICM) system’s $182-million capital budget. But the government says it’s a fair expense to keep the complicated software up-to-date using testers that represent front-line workers from communities across the province.
Critics, including the province’s independent child and youth watchdog, say the ICM crash has left vulnerable clients at risk because government employees and social workers aren’t able to get up-to-date information on critical issues like domestic violence cases and income assistance for unemployed.
The government hired private firm Deloitte Canada to build the ICM system on a six-year contract in 2010. The province insists the performance clauses in that contract mean taxpayers aren’t on the hook for the system’s current crash, though no one appears sure of the cause of the crash and how much it will ultimately cost to fix. The software’s main phase launched in 2012 to replace existing 30-year-old computer programs and link information across ministries on thousands of social assistance and child welfare clients, including sensitive details on child abuse, custody disputes and welfare payments.
But front-line workers immediately criticized it as clumsy and inadequate software that hid safety bulletins behind multiple tabs, slowed down to unusable speeds and required significantly more work than previous systems to do simple tasks.
The government appears to have gone to extraordinary expense to test the system for problems, dating back to 2011, before its biggest phase was launched.
Provincial civil servants from as far away as Kamloops, Prince George and Cranbrook have been routinely flown into Victoria for an average of two weeks a month — some for longer — to work with the private contractors who built the system and test its many problems, fixes and phases, said Doug Kinna, chairman of the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union committee that represents ICM workers.
The testing teams are slated to continue until as late as March 2015 to iron out problems in ICM’s last phase later this year and provide help-desk-type support and training to other government staff, according to the union.”
“Managing more than $110 billion of gross assets, bcIMC is one of Canada’s largest institutional fund managers. Our clients include public sector pension plans, public bodies, publicly administered trust funds, and government operating funds. bcIMC manages 65 pooled investment funds in all major asset classes with investments in domestic and global markets. Our investment activities help to finance the retirement benefits of more than 522,000 plan members including university and college instructors and staff, municipal employees, healthcare workers, firefighters, police officers, public servants, teachers, and employees of WorkSafeBC, ICBC and BC Hydro. Our investment activities also help to finance insurance and benefit funds that cover more than 2.2 million workers.”
“Delta Hotels is a chain of 40 hotels and resorts across Canada, primarily in the 4 star range of standard. Delta once had a hotel in the United States, the Delta Court of Flags Hotel, located in Orlando, Florida, however, it was closed sometime after 1996 and has subsequently been demolished. On October 2, 2007, British Columbia Investment Management Corporation announced that it had acquired Delta Hotels. The hotel chain was a 100% holding of Fairmont Hotels and Resorts from 1998 to 2007. Delta's corporate head office is at 77 King Street West (Toronto-Dominion Centre Royal Trust Tower). Delta was founded in 1962 in Richmond, British Columbia with a single 62-room motor inn called Delport Inn and expanded across British Columbia by 1970. It has locations in all 10 provinces. It has a staff of 7,000 employees and is under the leadership of CEO Kenneth Greene. Its global reservation centre is located in Fredericton, New Brunswick.”
“Support Services for Starwood Hotels Group Starwood Hotels Group, owner of some of the world's most prestigious hotels, has appointed Serco as preferred bidder for a £7m contract to provide a range of support services to the Sheraton Grand in Edinburgh, the Westin in Dublin and the 5 star Turnberry resort on Scotland's west coast. The contract, which has a 5 year term, is an extension to services already provided to other hotels in the Starwood Group and includes buildings maintenance and security, engineering support and help desk services.”
“Together for Disabled Children contract extension The Serco-led Together for Disabled Children partnership has been awarded a one year contract extension from April 2010. The partnership supports the UK government's Aiming High for Disabled Children programme, specifically around short breaks and parent participation. In addition, a pilot to improve disabled children's access to childcare (DCATCH) across ten local authorities will now be rolled out nationally as part of this contract extension. The total value of the extension, including DCATCH, is £5m."
“Prisoner Scandal Multinationals Could Face UK's Biggest Fraud Case
Penal charity hand dossier on G4S and Serco to police
By: Ben Gelblum
on 13th May 2014 @ 1.56pm
Two multinationals involved in criminal justice privatisation and tarnished by allegations of physical abuse may soon be at the centre of the UK’s biggest ever fraud prosecution.
G4S and Serco agreed to repay a total of more than £180million after it emerged that they had overcharged the taxpayer for electronic tagging prisoners who didn’t exist or where still in jail.
However this amount is a drop in the ocean for the outsourcing giants who are still able to bid for lucrative public contracts, despite being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office.”
McConnell has been directed by Abel Danger Global to offer expert witness services to plaintiffs who sue for damages in re Serco’s alleged use of child-porn blackmailers to force government-employees to invest their pension funds in hotels linked to Serco’s Red Switch Network and the staging of apparently random events such as the murders at the pig farm between 1996 and 2001 and the pressure cooker bombs placed near the Charlesmark Hotel at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 and near the Delta Hotel at the BC Legislature Canada Day ceremonies on July 1, 2013.
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