News file photo - B.C. Attorney General David Eby and former RCMP investigator Peter German deliver portions of report on money laundering at the B.C. legislature, March 7, 2019.

‘Dirty Money’ in Nanoose Bay: Dr. Peter German to speak at ElderCollege

‘This is an evolving study’: presenting up-to-date information on B.C. organized crime

Dr. Peter German, author of Dirty Money: An Independent Review of Money Laundering in Lower Mainland Casinos, will be speaking in Nanoose Bay at ElderCollege on Saturday, Oct. 19 as part of the institution’s Saturday Speakers series.

German will discuss his findings on organized crime and money laundering in Lower Mainland casinos.

The report was released to the public in June of 2018 by the Attorney General of B.C.

German is a former senior RCMP officer, and the report was commissioned as an independent review of money laundering allegations in B.C. casinos.

READ MORE: Hot cars hide dirty money, B.C. organized crime investigation shows

Though the report is now more than a year old, German has remained active in researching the movements of profit from organized crime groups, which are ongoing and constantly evolving in order to outpace law enforcement agencies.

“This is an evolving study. There are news reports every day, there are court cases every day, there are things happening every day. So this area evolves constantly. And it’s pretty clear that certain things have happened as a result of the report, or as a result of the public interest,” said German. “People understand that money laundering is the back office of organized crime.”

German has presented on these topics many times in recent years. He says people of all demographics have shown deep interest in his work.

“What I try to do in my presentations is bring people up to date on where things are. And also on the organized crime side of things. The burning question is – if they’re not running their money through casinos now, or certainly not the way they did a few years ago – where is it going? Because it’s busy as ever,” said German.

He goes on to laud the work of the Attorney General David Eby in helping bring to light the social consequences of organized crime, most notably the opioid crisis that has taken a devastating toll on people across B.C.

READ MORE: Money laundering in B.C. casinos was a ‘collective’ system failure: report

Profits from the sale of illegal and deadly opioids like fentanyl have been pushed through casinos, in turn allowing the underground industry to flourish.

“It’s all part and parcel of the same issue,” said German.

Although much of the regulation that’s needed takes place at the federal and provincial level, he says educating the public is an important aspect of creating systemic change and driving investigations such as the Cullen Commission, the current public inquiry on money laundering in B.C.

“To fix these things, you need political will. And that’s why it’s important for the public to understand what’s going on, and provide a certain – I suppose – pressure on politicians to deal with this,” said German.

The talk will take place from 10 a.m. until about noon at the Nanoose Place Community Centre at 2925 Northwest Bay Rd., in Nanoose Bay. Admission is $10 per person cash at the door, and those under 18 can attend for free.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter 

Just Posted

Man, 50, dies following incident in downtown Parksville

Teenage girl hailed as hero for intervening after witnessing situation unfold

BCHL’s Alberni Valley Bulldogs move game to Parksville due to ice rink closure

Prince George and Bulldogs to battle it out Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Oceanside Place

Two new welcome poles unveiled for the Qualicum First Nation’s Head Start program

Carvers: Jesse Recalma of the Qualicum First Nation and Karver Everson of the K’ómoks First Nation

Abortions rights advocates urge Liberals to turn politics into policy

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was pressed to clarify his stance abortion over several weeks

Closing arguments begin in B.C. case launched in 2009 over private health care

Dr. Day said he illegally opened the Cambie Surgery Centre in 1996 in order to create more operating-room time

MacLean says “Coach’s Corner is no more” following Cherry’s dismissal from Hockey Night

Cherry had singled out new immigrants in for not honouring Canada’s veterans and fallen soldiers

MacKinnon powers Avs to 5-4 OT win over Canucks

Vancouver battled back late to pick up single point

Poole’s Land finale: Tofino’s legendary ‘hippie commune’ being dismantled

Series of land-use fines inspire owner Michael Poole to sell the roughly 20-acre property.

Port Alberni mom takes school district to court over Indigenous smudging, prayer in class

Candice Servatius, who is an evangelical Christian, is suing School District 70

Princeton couple pays for dream vacation with 840,000 grocery store points

It’s easy if you know what you are doing, they say

B.C. taxi drivers no longer exempt from wearing a seatbelt

Before, taxi drivers were allowed to forego a seatbelt when driving under 70 kilometres an hour

Sportsnet looks at new options for Coach’s Corner time slot, post-Don Cherry

Spokesperson says Hall of Fame feature on tap this weekend after co-host’s firing

Most Read