I will be in attendance Monday morning in BC Supreme Court when the Basi-Virk/BC Legislature Raid trial finally begins - more than 6 years after police searched the BC Legislature in a shocking and unprecedented political corruption investigation.
But I won't be covering the trial regularly after that.
The reason is simple - and personal.
My dear mom - Pat Tieleman - is very, very ill in hospital in Nanaimo. I need to be with her.
She has insisted I attend the first day of the Basi-Virk trial after following this case for such a long time.
But after that I will return to Nanaimo.
Those who have followed my coverage for 24 hours newspaper and The Tyee online publication, as well as this blog, will understand the irony of my absence from BC Supreme Court after being on the case since the December 28, 2003 raid and after so many thought this trial would never happen.
But that matters little - family always comes first. And I have great confidence that my colleagues at 24 hours and The Tyee, as well as other media, will cover the trial as it deserves.
I will follow it as much as possible and both post here and write for 24 hours and The Tyee when able.
I appreciate the enormous support received for my mom, my family and I already and for understanding if I don't respond personally to messages. Believe me - they are so important.
Watch this space, 24 hours and The Tyee for my reporting after Day 1 and thanks again.