Chef Susur Lee camping recipes: Vegetable Polenta and Singapore-Style Beef Kebab

Celebrity chef Susur Lee recently whipped up a five-course camping-style meal for reporters as part of a promotional event for Coleman and Broadstone cooking equipment and Canadian Tire. Here are two of the recipes he prepared:

Vegetable Polenta Cakes

Serves five

1.1 l (5 cups) water

250 ml (1 cup) cornmeal

30 ml (2 tbsp) peas

30 ml (2 tbsp) corn

30 ml (2 tbsp) red pepper (diced)

30 ml (2 tbsp) parmesan

salt

white pepper

nutmeg

olive oil

Bring water to a boil, season with salt.

Whisk in cornmeal, peas, corn and red pepper.

Continue stirring until no longer grainy.

Add parmesan, white pepper and nutmeg to taste.

Once polenta has thickened (approximately 30 minutes), pour mixture into a plastic wrap-lined baking dish.

Add a second layer of plastic wrap on top and smooth down directly onto polenta. Chill for two hours.

When ready to make polenta cakes, lift polenta out of the dish, remove plastic wrap and place polenta on cutting board. According to desired shape, use either round cookie cutter or cut polenta into large squares.

Place saute pan over medium heat and add 15 ml (1 tbsp) olive oil.

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When oil is hot, add cakes and cook until golden brown on both sides (turning as little as possible).

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Singapore-Style Beef Shish Kebab

Serves five

850 g (30 oz) beef striploin

2 zucchini (cubed)

1 pint cherry tomatoes

1 fresh pineapple (sliced)

10 long tamarind skewers

Marinade

1 stalk fresh lemongrass

4 slices galangal

4 slices ginger

6 shallot pieces

2 cloves garlic

10 ml (2 tsp) coriander powder

5 ml (1 tsp) cumin powder

5 ml (1 tsp) tumeric powder

5 ml (1 tsp) salt

30 ml (2 tbsp) sugar

30 ml (2 tbsp) roasted ground peanuts

30 ml (2 tbsp) oil

Method

Cube beef and set aside.

Mix all marinade ingredients in a food processor or blender to make a paste. Add beef cubes to paste and marinate for 12 to 24 hours.

When ready to skewer, include zucchini, pineapple and tomato between beef cubes. Brush grill with oil and cook for 15 minutes, turning frequently.

Squeeze fresh lime juice over skewers just prior to serving.

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Chef Susur Lee recalls childhood camping as he offers outdoor cooking tips

TORONTO – It may be hard to imagine gourmet celebrity chef Susur Lee munching on sand-covered chicken wings, but the renowned restaurateur says it’s a favourite memory from his childhood in Hong Kong.

“When I was a little boy, friends of mine decided to go camping, a day camp, so we had these barbecue chicken wings and we were barbecuing and I remember eating so much sand in my mouth because it was so dusty,” Lee recalled.

“We just loved the area because it was just kids, freedom … eating and hanging out.

“Now I have learned to kick it up another notch,” he added with a laugh.

Camping and exploring parklands is often a favourite pastime for new immigrants to Canada, some of whom take food very seriously, Lee noted as he demonstrated Canadian Tire outdoor cooking gear at a recent promotional event.

“There are a lot of cultures that do love camping,” said Lee, who came to Toronto around 1980 and opened up his first restaurant in the city, Lotus, in ’87.

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“For example, I was in Southeast Asia, I lived there for a few years, and every Sunday you would see people camping in the park or on the beach. When I go to the island even now … (Toronto’s) Centre Island, you can see people walking with big coolers and a ghetto blaster … they have music, they bring their guitar, they bring their soccer game and then they start putting food on the (grill).

“And that really makes the new generation really form another culture.”

Lee whipped up five courses for reporters at the Evergreen Brick Works environmental centre using Coleman and Broadstone equipment.

It was one of the hottest days of the summer in the city but Lee wasn’t fazed.

“I love the heat,” the ponytailed culinary master, who was a finalist on Season 2 of “Top Chef Masters,” said as he fired up an array of propane-powered outdoor stoves and ovens.

“I used to live in Singapore with my family and this kind of weather reminds me of Southeast Asia – very humid, very hot.”

Lee’s meal, served on picnic tables, included: a Singapore-style shish kebab (marinated sirloin beef with barbecued shrimp and grilled pineapple and vegetables); soft polenta with dill and parmesan; polenta cakes topped with ground meat and cheddar cheese; grilled shrimp in tomato sauce with lemon; and Ontario strawberries cooked in butter and unfermented ice wine syrup on top of angel food cake with mint and lemon Greek yogurt.

When cooking outdoors, Lee recommends using marinated meat, which doesn’t go bad as quickly and is convenient and packed with flavour.

He also prefers to use non-stick, propane-fuelled equipment as it gets very hot, delivers even heat and can be used anywhere (as opposed to charcoal grills that are banned in some areas).

Lee’s other outdoor cooking tips include: cooking in an area that’s not too windy; not flipping meat or vegetables too often on the grill so as to preserve the flavour and markings; making sure there’s enough propane gas for cooking equipment; and covering food with mesh food screens.

“And of course you have to have ingredients – garlic, salt, pepper and olive oil. I think those are really major, for me,” said Lee. “And lots of ice in the cooler.”

Lee’s restaurants include Lee in Toronto, Chinois in Singapore, and Zentan in Washington, D.C.

His next venue is Bent (named after his regular design collaborator and wife, Brenda Bent), which is slated to open in August in Toronto.

“The concept will be a very fresh, raw bar and also very slow-cooked food. So you have hot and cold food,” said Lee, noting the concept was inspired by his experiences with his three sons, now ages 22, 20 and 14.

“When they were little boys … one loved Japanese food and one loved Korean food, one only loved sort of like European (food). I had to go to three different places to actually satisfy them, so now it came very natural: ‘OK, you like that? You love that too? I can do both.’”

Jerry Sandusky’s adopted son talks of sexual abuse on leaked police interview tape

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Jerry Sandusky’s son told police he was sexually abused starting when he was 8, a decade before the former Penn State assistant football coach adopted him, according to a police interview recording obtained by NBC News.

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Matt Sandusky, who was adopted by Jerry Sandusky as an adult, described for investigators showering with the ex-coach and trying to avoid being groped in bed. He also said he was undergoing therapy, that his memories of abuse were only now surfacing and that he was coming forward so his family would know what happened.

“If you were pretending you were asleep and you were touched or rubbed in some way you could just act like you were rolling over in your sleep, so that you could change positions,” the now-33-year-old Matt Sandusky said in an excerpt played Tuesday on NBC’s “Today.”

His attorneys confirmed the recording’s authenticity to The Associated Press.

“Although the tape was released without Matt’s knowledge or permission, it illustrates that he made the difficult decision to come forward and tell the painful truth to investigators despite extraordinary pressure to support his father,” lawyers Justine Andronici and Andrew Shubin wrote in a statement.

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The same lawyers issued a statement Thursday saying Matt Sandusky had been abused and had spoken to investigators during his father’s trial. The next day, Jerry Sandusky was convicted on 45 criminal counts stemming from the abuse of 10 boys, all of whom he met through his charity for at-risk youth, The Second Mile.

Matt Sandusky met the man who would eventually adopt him through the same organization.

Jerry Sandusky, who has five other adopted children, hasn’t been charged with abusing his son.

Matt Sandusky sat with the ex-coach’s wife, Dottie, on the first day of the trial, but left after hearing one of the accusers testify. His attorneys have said he reached out to them while the trial was under way, saying he wanted to talk to prosecutors.

Messages left for Sandusky’s other children were not returned.

On the police recording, Matt Sandusky says he was sexually abused off and on between the ages of 8 and 15. While being questioned by an investigator, he says Jerry Sandusky would blow raspberries on his stomach and touch his genitals.

Those acts were similar to ones described by other victims who testified against Sandusky.

One of the accusers also said Matt Sandusky was living at the Sandusky home at the time he stayed there overnight and testified that Jerry Sandusky came into the shower with the two boys and “started pumping his hand full of soap.” Matt Sandusky shut off the shower and left, appearing nervous, the witness said.

In the recorded interview, Matt Sandusky was asked if he recalled engaging in oral sex or being raped by the former Penn State coach, Matt Sandusky says “at this point I don’t recall that.”

He is heard on the tapes as saying that he had tried to escape from Sandusky and also had attempted suicide at one point.

“I know that I really wanted to die at that point in time,” he said.

Matt Sandusky’s abuse allegations date as far back as the late 1980s, about a decade before the allegations on which Jerry Sandusky was tried.

Last week, Travis Weaver, now 30, told NBC he was abused by Sandusky as early as 1992. His lawyer, Jeff Anderson, said he represents more Sandusky victims that have not yet gone public.

The attorney general’s office declined to comment about Matt Sandusky’s claims or whether they would result in more charges. Attorney General Linda Kelly has maintained that the investigation into Sandusky is ongoing.

Matt Sandusky was prepared to testify against his father, lawyers have said. Defence attorney Joe Amendola has said that prosecutors told the defence that if Jerry Sandusky took the stand, Matt Sandusky would have been called as a rebuttal witness.

Another defence attorney, Karl Rominger, told the AP he and Amendola heard the tape before deciding not to put Jerry Sandusky on the stand.

He said that Matt Sandusky, on the tape, makes “allegations that directly contradicts sworn testimony …. directly contradicts police statements he’d given previously, directly contradicts public statements and absolutely contradicts everything his family knows.”

A message seeking comment from Amendola was left by AP on Tuesday at his office.

Afterward, Judge John Cleland issued an order prohibiting the defence attorneys from disclosing any material given to them by prosecutors that was not introduced at trial. It also gave Sandusky’s attorneys 10 days to provide the court with an inventory of all discovery materials that were distributed to any member of the defence team or other person.

Explaining why he decided to come forward after publicly standing by his dad, Matt Sandusky said it was for his family, “so that they can really have closure and see what the truth actually is. And just to right the wrong, honestly, of going to the grand jury and lying.”

Jerry Sandusky, 68, is under observation at the Centre County jail, where he is being kept away from other inmates pending a psychological review that will help determine the next step toward his sentencing in about three months.

Rominger said Sandusky is adamant about his innocence.

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Pennell contributed to this story from Philadelphia.

Possible second case of bath salts investigated after police subdue naked Calgary man smashing face against fence – Calgary

Calgary police are investigating a possible second case of bath salts use in the city.

At 1:51 a.m., police were called to the 100-block of Dovertree Place after witnesses saw an unidentified young man between the ages of 18 to 25-years-old hurting himself.

“He was seen in the alley nearly naked,” said duty inspector Paul Malchow.

“Witnesses saw him smashing his face against a fence multiple times and acting completely irrational.”

“When officers arrived at the scene they located the man. He was seen staring in a state of wonder and not responsive to officer’s commands. He was bleeding heavily from the injuries to his face. When we had sufficient amount of officers on hand along with EMS, he was subdued.”

Malchow said EMS needed to chemically subdue the man.

“Officers described him as having super-human strength and a very high threshold for pain,” he said.

The man was taken to hospital in serious condition with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police believe he was on some kind of drug, but do not know what he may have ingested.

They are awaiting test results to see if it was bath salts.

“We don’t know. It’s a possibility, but we don’t know. And he wasn’t in any state to offer us any information given his condition.”

The drug bath salts – which look like the harmless additive added for bathing – are legal in Canada but the federal government is working on banning them. The drug is snorted, ingested or smoked and can be pressed into a pill or capsule. It mimics the effects of ecstasy and methamphetamine.

On Saturday, an officer was injured when trying to subdue a man who was believed to be high on bath salts in a home in Bridlewood. It was believed to be the first case of bath salts use in Calgary.
 

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Saskatchewan residents could be without power for up to two days after storm

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – Tens of thousands of people across northwestern Saskatchewan were without power Tuesday after a storm lashed the area with strong winds and hail.

Duane McKay, Saskatchewan’s commissioner of emergency management, said that power was out in a wide swath from Lloydminster on the Alberta-Saskatchewan boundary, east to Prince Albert and stretching north. That also included North Battleford and Meadow Lake.

McKay said the storm Monday evening downed transmission lines and towers.

“When those go down, that’s significant reconstruction time to take place,” said McKay.

McKay could not say how many people were without power, but he noted there are about 40,000 people in the Prince Albert area and another 15,000 in North Battleford.

SaskPower has called in crews from British Columbia to help. It said it could be 24 to 48 hours before power is restored in Prince Albert and there could be rotating outages. The Crown utility said it would six to eight hours before power is restored to Meadow Lake and North Battleford.

One of those lines in the Meadow Lake area was suspended from steel towers, said SaskPower vice-president of transmission and distribution Mike Marsh.

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“To have 10 kilometres of line pushed down on its side just indicates tremendous force.”

Marsh said most of the affected lines are also in rugged terrain, making repairs more of a challenge.

“(The storm) dumped an awful lot of rain,” he said.

“In some cases the affected areas have had three to four inches of rain. It’s extremely muddy and very difficult terrain, so getting men and equipment into that area is very, very difficult.”

McKay said some homes in the storm’s path were damaged, but there are no reports of serious injuries.

No tornadoes were spotted, although winds stronger than 100 kilometres an hour were recorded. McKay speculated that might indicate a plow wind.

“Some reports said that the winds came up very rapidly – calm one minute and then racing through structures immediately after that,” he said.

“We don’t have a definition yet, but it was significant.”

The storm forced a dozen people from an apartment block in Prince Albert, where grape-sized hail and a torrential downpour caused a severe leak in the building’s roof.

“I woke up and (was) getting drenched with water so I moved my bed … then I heard a collapse in the next room and I guess the ceiling caved in,” said resident Jason Henderson.

Emergency crews across Prince Albert were kept busy responding to accidents, ambulance calls and false alarms as streets flooded and traffic lights went out. Classes and buses in all school divisions were cancelled Tuesday.

The city was urging residents not to shower or flush toilets to conserve water.

The water treatment plant was without power and officials said there was a risk of backups.

In North Battleford, hail the size of baseballs driven by a powerful wind knocked out power, snapped trees and flooded sidewalks.

Saskatoon’s public schools cancelled all school excursions because of the threat of severe weather.

And it didn’t look like southern Saskatchewan would escape unscathed either.

Environment Canada issued severe thunderstorm watches and warnings, as well as tornado watches, for many parts of southern Saskatchewan on Tuesday.

Around supper time Tuesday, the agency issued a tornado warning for the Moose Jaw area, saying one had been spotted south of Mortlach. However, an hour later, Environment Canada said the storm that produced the tornado had weakened. There were no reports of injuries or damage.

– by Jennifer Graham in Regina with files from CKBI, CJWW, CJME

From Japanese gardens: ‘Borrowed landscape’ lets you expand your yard’s horizons– for free

If your garden or yard is feeling too small, expand your horizons without buying another square inch of property or doing much work. Just borrow some landscape.

“Borrowed landscape” is a technique frequently used in designing Japanese gardens, where it is called shakkei, but it can be employed in any garden style. The idea is to incorporate distant elements of the surrounding landscape into your own, creating the feeling of greater space.

You could reap a feeling of infinite space if that distant element is a mountain or ocean that stretches all the way to the horizon. Or you could just borrow a bit of scenery from your neighbour’s yard – an attractive clump of birch or larch trees, a grape arbour or a pergola dripping with wisteria blooms, for example.

BEGIN YOUR BORROWING

First, look around to see what you’d like to borrow. Ideally, this should be done before you plan or plant anything, even before you’ve moved any dirt or stones around in your own garden. But it’s usually not difficult to borrow landscape even into an existing garden.

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No need to borrow a whole scene. A view of a lumbering meadow that breaks into a range of mountains might create too expansive a feeling if on view from everywhere in your garden. Part of the art in gardening is balancing a sense of coziness and enclosure, which gives us the word “garden” (from the same root as the words guard, yard and girth), with a feeling for the infinite, for limitless horizons.

A window of some expansive scene – through an opening in a fence or hedge, for example – might make such a view all the more precious. As for your neighbour’s pergola clothed in wisteria: You might not want to also see the red sports car he always parks nearby.

BRING FOCUS ON WHAT YOU WANT TO BORROW

Once you’ve decided which surrounding scenery you might like to borrow, bring it on home to your garden. This might entail nothing more than planting or building something to obstruct part of a view, thus lending focus to what remains. Or it might require removing some obstruction, such as a pine tree in the wrong place or a fence that’s too tall.

Most borrowed scenery represents just a slice of what is out there, so bringing it home might just mean selectively trimming that pine tree or making just a hole in the fence. A cut in the fence in itself contributes to the look of the garden. Popular in both oriental and occidental gardens are fences or walls with “moon windows,” circular openings that allow a chosen view.

By screening out much of the landscape beyond, a small opening begs viewing of it; a relatively narrow rectangular opening in a fence or wall can bring attention to a distant view. A pair of prominent evergreens and a nonfunctional gate could provide a psychological entryway into your borrowed landscape.

MIMIC TO BRING THE OUTSIDE IN

Another way to borrow landscape is to echo elements in the distant landscape with similar elements in your garden.

A grouping of rocks in your space might show kinship with a similarly shaped distant mountain. A small but upright tree might form a connection to stately, spired conifers in the distance. A trickle of water – even rounded stones representing a dry streambed – might form a visual association with a majestic waterway far away.

In most cases, borrowing a landscape entails less muscle than creating one.

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Creative mending can give new life, personality to favourite old clothes

Whether it’s ho-hum, stained or damaged, there are creative ways to improve a misfit skirt, shirt or pair of jeans.

Just ask Kristin M. Roach. She wrote the book on it.

“Mend It Better: Creative Patching, Darning and Stitching” (Storey Publishing, 2012) teaches the basics of mending. It also delves into some fun projects, including decorative stitching and imaginative mending, for rescuing a favourite item from the trash heap.

“It’s not just fixing worn clothing,” says Roach, 29. “It’s making something, like jeans, better with a new look.”

Roach, who blogs about thriftiness and crafting with what’s on hand at Craft Leftovers, says that personalizing store-bought clothes is “not just for crafters. It’s something that everyone can (do) to breathe life into old clothes and save some money.”

Decorative mending is especially useful for clothes that have holes and tears. The mending is not hidden. It’s flaunted. It’s also creative and personal.

Roach, of Ames, Iowa, mentions the darned elbows of a favourite pink knit sweater, which is featured in her book.

“There was no point in my trying to cover it up,” says Roach. “It was never going to happen.”

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Instead, she patched the elbow holes with the dark purple of an old T-shirt, and embellished the patches with freeform stitching in light blue.

“I’ve had so many people say, ‘that’s so great, that’s so fun.’ It adds a certain character to the whole sweater,” says Roach.

Most of the projects in the book require a sewing machine, although decorative patching can be done by hand. Roach’s ideas are here, but so are other crafters’ projects.

A skirt hem is lengthened in Jennifer Forest’s “Historical Hem” project, based on the thrifty decorum of the 19th century, when girls’ hemlines were extended as they grew to keep their knees covered, according to Roach. In this project, a decorative fabric is added to a skirt hemline, then trimmed in a complementary fabric.

Another project adds colour and personality to a simple corduroy skirt: Two rows of red rickrack are sewn in a wavy pattern at the hemline. Roach recommends using any flat decorative trim, beading or pretty ribbon.

Jeans are patched with lace or mended with colorful fabric and topstitching. An old pair of jeans is transformed into a mini-skirt, then bleached.

“It’s a great way to ‘cover’ a stain by completely removing any hint of it with bleach,” says Rachel Beyer of Portland, Ore., who authored the project.

If nothing in the closet begs to be embellished, Roach suggests scouring thrift stores.

“There are so many bland skirts and shirts just begging to be updated, fixed and made unique,” she says in her book.

Before you mend a piece, Roach recommends considering:

-Do you love it?

-How much time, money and skill will it take?

-Is it a quality piece or something junky and disposable?

-Is the fabric easy to work with?

Some slippery or stretchy fabrics are difficult to work with, as are some patterned fabrics and lace. They may prove more effort than they’re worth. But Dad’s old button-down, dress shirt? That’s worth mending.

“I have a shirt from Dad from the 1970s,” says Roach. “I’ve mended it several times over.”

One more mending pointer: A patch needs to be the same type of fabric as the garment. A stretchy sweater, for instance, should be patched with something stretchy, such as T-shirt material. Jeans need to be patched with a sturdy cotton. Otherwise, the patch may shrink and wear differently than the garment.

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Summer 2013 marks another round of gorgeous Armani jackets for men, shown in Milan

MILAN – For next summer, Giorgio Armani is back to doing what he does best – tailoring gorgeous jackets.

Indeed, it all started with a jacket for the permanently-tanned Milanese designer who turns 79 next month. The first was lining-less, but it wasn’t long before an Armani suit was a wardrobe must and an Armani tuxedo a red carpet favourite. Womenswear, accessories, home furnishings and most recently hotels followed, turning the label into a fashion empire now worth $7 billion.

While most Italian fashion companies have gone public or become part of a luxury conglomerate, Armani is still his own boss and has repeatedly stated he has no “immediate” plans to change.

The Armani show on Tuesday – the last day of the summer 2013 menswear previews in Milan – was an ode to the jacket, from soft cardigan cuts to blazers and more structured city jackets, all in super-refined lightweight fabrics.

Armani called his signature show “sportsmanship,” but it was really about transforming sportswear into elegant attire.

The overall look was of a well put-together man whose cut of clothes is casual. A cardigan jacket could be worn with a pair of pleated trousers, while a navy suit had Bermuda shorts but also a shirt and tie.

The season’s silhouette is comfy and slightly elongated. The jacket has four or six buttons and the shoulder is unpadded. The pleated trousers are soft around the hips and brush the ankle.

The latest leather jacket – either bomber or blazer – is made of leather worked to look like seersucker, a tribute to Italian craftsmanship.

Armani is not in the habit of following the pack. While most of Milan is screaming colour, Armani quietly stuck to his longtime favourites: sandy beige, pebble grey, coffee brown and ink blue.

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49-year-old Montreal man charged with mother’s death

MONTREAL – A 49-year-old man said very little as he made his first appearance before a judge in a case where he is accused of murdering his mother.

Robert Pothier, a tall, slim, bald man learned he was charged Saturday afternoon with second-degree murder in the death of his 68-year-old mother, Jacqueline Lachaine.

His lawyer, Daniel Couture, did not enter a plea as he suspended having a reading of the charge officially read into the court record.

Pothier’s appearance before Quebec Court Judge Hélène Morin was done via a video link-up between the Montreal courthouse and a detention centre inside the Montreal police North Operations Centre.

Pothier sported a white cover-all, a piece of clothing often issued to a person after they have been arrested in a homicide if their clothing has been seized by police as potential evidence.

Montreal police Constable Simon Delorme confirmed the person arrested Friday in connection with Lachaine’s death was her son.

Lachaine’s body was discovered inside an apartment on Laurier Ave. E., near the corner of Lafond St., in the Rosemont district, Friday morning.

The address is listed as Pothier’s residence in the indictment accusing him of second-degree murder, a Criminal Code offence that carries a life sentence upon conviction. Lachaine is also listed as residing in the same building, according to public records.

The Montreal police would not comment on how Lachaine was killed. On Friday they only said the woman died of serious injuries to her upper body.

Pothier will remain detained and the next date in his case is scheduled for July 30 during which the Crown is scheduled to officially turn over its evidence to the defence.

Provincial court records indicate that Pothier does not have a criminal record in Quebec.

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Basi memo puts Christy Clark in hot seat

VICTORIA – Dave Basi, the central figure in the B.C. Rail corruption saga, confirmed Monday he wrote a 2003 memo questioning now-premier Christy Clark’s actions at the time with regard to the scandalized privatization deal.

The memo, written by Basi and notarized by a lawyer, suggests Clark asked government officials about the B.C. Rail deal and question whether she passed on information to lobbyists involved. His allegations are unproven and dismissed by the premier’s office.

In the memo, Basi said Clark “took more than a passing interest in the subject” at the time and he became “concerned” that lobbyists involved later appeared to have “unfettered access” to cabinet secrets on the deal.

Basi and Bob Virk, both former government staffers, are serving two years of house arrest after pleading guilty to corruption charges in the 2003 sale of B.C. Rail to private-sector rival CN Rail.

The two men switched their pleas from not-guilty after the government agreed to pay their $6-million legal tab. The shocking plea bargain came just as a long list of powerful Liberal party and government insiders were set to take the witness stand at their trial.

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The newly revealed memo – dated October 2003, before the two men were criminally charged – was released Monday by Internet blogger Alex Tsakumis.

Basi confirmed in a text message that he wrote the memo.

“YES to all your questions,” Basi texted to The Province, when asked if the memo was genuine and if he still stood behind its contents.

In the memo, Basi said Clark – deputy-premier at the time – often pressed Virk for details on the B.C. Rail privatization process, and that lobbyists involved in the deal later repeated the information Virk had given to Clark “word for word.”

Clark has vehemently denied leaking cabinet secrets and she also excused herself from any votes or cabinet discussions on the deal because her then-husband, Mark Marissen, was doing work at the time for CIBC World Markets, which handled the privatization process for the government.

Clark’s press secretary, Sara MacIntyre, said Basi’s memo should not be trusted.

“This is a ‘memo-to self’ written by the man who would plead guilty to being the source of leaking confidential information and breach of trust,” MacIntyre said.

“This supposed memo was written when he himself was leaking. It’s the fabrication of a criminal. And it’s completely inconsistent with every shred of evidence gathered by investigators.”

But Opposition critics said the memo reinforces the need for a public inquiry into the affair.

“The allegations are fairly serious,” said NDP justice critic Leonard Krog. “The premier should order a public inquiry.”

John van Dongen, the former Liberal solicitor-general who jumped to the B.C. Conservatives, said Clark should ask Attorney-General Shirley Bond to review Clark’s conduct in the case.

“There should be a focused review of Christy Clark’s own personal conduct,” van Dongen said.

The government said the case is closed, and no review is necessary.