Sunday, October 11, 2015

FAQ 11b: What has been the reaction to Buckets of Grewal?

I was pleasantly surprised with the fame--or at least notoriety--that Buckets of Grewal received from various sources during the feeding frenzy in June.

The highlight, of course, was the CTV story Rookie political blogger tackles the Grewal tapes

The Toronto Star's blogger, Antonia Zerbisias, was one of the first to note us. She's mentioned us a handful of times:

June 1: 'Whoever ''Buckets" the blogger is, s/he is obsessed with the Grewal tapes, who leaked them and why. S/he gives great analysis, almost free of political bias. Almost. Sorta. Kinda. Relatively speaking.'

June 7: 'Gotta say, this Buckets of Grewal chap -- and he is a chap, who prefers to remain anonymous -- continues to amaze me. A first-time blogger and a student of documents is all I am going to say about him.

Today he's put up an amazing slide show (also here) of the transcripts of the Gurmant Grewal tapes, showing what was edited out and what was not.'

June 16: 'As regular visitors know, Buckets of Grewal has been doing a meticulous job of examining the infamous audiotapes and transcripts. ……'


FAQ 4x. What are these tapes and how many of them are there?

Grewal released his tapes through his parliamentary website at He has subsequently taken this page down.

At any one time, there were four audio files (in mp3) available to download, each of which had a pdf transcript of the conversations. The tapes that were first released, however, are not the tapes that are there now. Some of these tapes, however, contain more than one conversation. So, here are a list of the conversations and tapes as they stand now.

A. "Various Calls to Gurmant Grewal from Sudesh Kalia: May 15/16, 2005", which now downloads the file TelConservations-GG-SK.mp3, which is 7 minutes 27 seconds long. You can see a scan of the transcipts (here). This has seven items of interest (of which six are calls).
  1. Sunday May 15 Evening - call from SK
  2. Monday May 16 Morning (early)
  3. Monday May 16 Morning (9:04) message left from SK
  4. Monday May 16 (before 3 PM - SK tells GG to phone UJ after 3)
  5. Monday May 16 (c. 3 PM? - SK tells GG to phone UJ right away)
  6. Monday May 16 (before 8 pm) - SK sets up the 'pizza date' for 8 pm
  7. A log of calls between SK and GG on GG's Blackberry (see here)