In-Sights: Ingrates, eh?

Transcript from Vaughn Palmer’s Voice of BC, May 2012 Topic: Extra Funding for Ferries, Vaughn Palmer: This week…. We’ll start with a parochial Vancouver Island guy who lives in Victoria question. You managed to find $80 million for the ferries this week. Did Kevin Falcon turn over the couch cushions or something, and find some ...

In-Sights: Ingrates, eh?

Transcript from Vaughn Palmer’s Voice of BC, May 2012 Topic: Extra Funding for Ferries Vaughn Palmer: This week…. We’ll start with a parochial Vancouver Island guy who lives in Victoria question. You managed to find $80 million for the ferries this week. Did Kevin Falcon turn over the couch cushions or something, and find some ...

In-Sights: Ingrates, eh?

Transcript from Vaughn Palmer’s Voice of BC, May 2012 Topic: Extra Funding for Ferries Vaughn Palmer: This week…. We’ll start with a parochial Vancouver Island guy who lives in Victoria question. You managed to find $80 million for the ferries this week. Did Kevin Falcon turn over the couch cushions or something, and find some ...

In-Sights: Essential service – ferries or moviemaking?

In 2012, Premier Christy Clark declared that coastal ferry subsidies would not grow under her government: “That is not a sustainable amount of money from taxpayers across the province. It’s just not. You can’t run a ferry system with that kind of level of subsidy forever.” Although inaccurate, her words were prophetic. When Premier Clark ...

In-Sights: Essential service – ferries or moviemaking?

In 2012, Premier Christy Clark declared that coastal ferry subsidies would not grow under her government: “That is not a sustainable amount of money from taxpayers across the province. It’s just not. You can’t run a ferry system with that kind of level of subsidy forever.” Although inaccurate, her words were prophetic. When Premier Clark ...

In-Sights: Essential service – ferries or moviemaking?

In 2012, Premier Christy Clark declared that coastal ferry subsidies would not grow under her government: “That is not a sustainable amount of money from taxpayers across the province. It’s just not. You can’t run a ferry system with that kind of level of subsidy forever.” Although inaccurate, her words were prophetic. When Premier Clark ...

In-Sights: Liberal return of 0.005% (or less) on $17 million (or more) UPDATE

September 2015, I reported that a source told me the Queen of Chilliwack had been sold to its new owners in Fiji for $100,000. BC Ferries refused to comment on speculation, refusing even to deny the reported amount. However, here’s what is reported on their financials statements for the nine months ended December 31, 2015: ...

In-Sights: Liberal return of 0.005% (or less) on $17 million (or more) UPDATE

September 2015, I reported that a source told me the Queen of Chilliwack had been sold to its new owners in Fiji for $100,000. BC Ferries refused to comment on speculation, refusing even to deny the reported amount. However, here’s what is reported on their financials statements for the nine months ended December 31, 2015: ...

In-Sights: Dots that may connect – UPDATED

When first published on March 26, my article referred to “maintenance costing five times what refitting the same ships cost in BC ten years ago.” That was based on press reports that BC Ferries would spend $140 million for work on its two largest ships. However, North Van’s Grumps of Blog Borg Collective uncovered a ...

In-Sights: Dots that may connect – UPDATED

When first published on March 26, my article referred to “maintenance costing five times what refitting the same ships cost in BC ten years ago.” That was based on press reports that BC Ferries would spend $140 million for work on its two largest ships. However, North Van’s Grumps of Blog Borg Collective uncovered a ...

In-Sights: Can BC Ferry Services be trusted? UPDATED

Coastal communities have reasons to distrust the provincial ferry service and its political masters. One issue is discrimination, because people on saltwater pay onerous fares while inland ferry users enjoy free sailing, services that have cost the province over $200 million during Christy Clark’s time as Premier. The province reports $491 million in tax expenditures ...

In-Sights: Can BC Ferry Services be trusted? UPDATED

Coastal communities have reasons to distrust the provincial ferry service and its political masters. One issue is discrimination, because people on saltwater pay onerous fares while inland ferry users enjoy free sailing, services that have cost the province over $200 million during Christy Clark’s time as Premier. The province reports $491 million in tax expenditures ...

In-Sights: Can BC Ferry Services be trusted?

Coastal communities have reasons to distrust the provincial ferry service and its political masters. One issue is discrimination, because people on saltwater pay onerous fares while inland ferry users enjoy free sailing, services that have cost the province over $200 million during Christy Clark’s time as Premier. The province reports $491 million in tax expenditures ...

In-Sights: Dots that may connect

When BC Ferries added a newly built ferry to its fleet in the 20th century, the vessel was constructed in BC shipyards. During the mid-nineties, two Spirit Class ships, currently the company’s finest and most efficient, were built in lower mainland and Vancouver Island yards for about $134 million each. In 2005 and 2006, $27 ...

In-Sights: John’s still aghast

Almost one year ago, this piece was submitted as a comment to another article. It still makes as much sense as it did last December so I feature it at the top. An open letter to Christy Clark Dear Ms. Clark, PLEASE, puhleese get off your LNG horse, or at least change direction. The bloom ...

In-Sights: Liberal return of 0.005% (or less) on $17 million (or more)

In April 2015, MLA Clair Trevena spoke in the Legislature during estimates of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure: We had a refit which began just five years ago and lasted for two years, a refit of the Queen of Chilliwack. The minister, I’m sure, is well aware of the Queen of Chilliwack. This is ...

Northern Insight / Perceptivity: No one said fares should be fair

Tickets for once a week travel on the 57-year-old 49-car ferry North Island Princess, between Powell River and Texada Island, for a car, driver and passenger, cost $1,634.49 a year, including frequent use discounts and current fuel rebate. There is no land-based alternative for the 35 minute, 5.1 mile crossing. Tickets for once a week ...

Cowichan Conversations: Stephen Hume: A Tale of Two Coasts

Richard Hughes- Political Blogger We are often referred to as the ‘Left Coast’ due the liberal left tendencies of many west coasters. The way the Ottawa’s largesse is doled out, we could just as easily be known as the ‘Left Out Coast.’ Age old arguments of the West getting the short end of the federal ...

Cowichan Conversations: Vancouver Island Man’s Rant Against BC Ferries Goes Viral

This has been labelled as a rant but it seems to me that it is just a straightforward, well reasoned analysis of the problems at BC Ferries. This story was carried in the VanCity Buzz.   Vancouver Island resident Sean Smith’s rant against BC Ferries’ cruise ship-like operations has gone viral on Facebook. SEE ALSO: BC ...

Northern Insight / Perceptivity: If the numbers are not known, invent them

Reviewing BC Ferries financial statements this week, I was reminded of a radio interview I heard early in the tenure of the current BC Ferries CEO. That was shortly after he banked a $200,000 bonus, provided to him by the ferry corporation because he was not going to collect bonuses in the future. (Don’t worry ...

Northern Insight / Perceptivity: Fiscal unfairness, a BC Liberal tradition

Between Powell River and Texada Island, ferry service is by the oldest vessel in BC Ferries’ fleet, the 57-year-old MV North Island Princess, a vessel with capacity to carry 49 vehicles and 150 passengers. A sailing takes 35 minutes each way and there is no alternative means of surface transport. The ferry fare for four ...

The Disaffected Lib: Another BC Liberal Lie Gets Shattered – In Record Time

One of the greatest whoppers the British Columbia Liberals have told is that B.C. Ferries is an independent operator.  This has been the story since the Liberal government “privatized” the ferry service – handing the ships, terminals and other infrastructure to a private, shell company – while the government remained the sole shareholder. This way ...

Northern Insight / Perceptivity: Don’t follow the law, change the law

British Columbia’s Auditor General reported to the BC Legislature and there is interesting commentary throughout. Carol Bellringer qualified her opinion as to the fairness of the province’s financial statements and professional accountants regard that as not-good. “This year, our audit opinion on the Summary Financial Statements contains twoqualifications, or areas for concern. One involves the ...

Left Over: A Bridge Too Close?

Gabriola Island Bridge project prompts new opposition from residents Bridge-Free Salish Sea group plans to mount a petition campaign to gauge concerns over proposed bridge CBC News Posted: Oct 29, 2014 11:06 AM PT Last Updated: Oct 29, 2014 11:07 AM PT   I think that all of us who live on the Big Island ...

Northern Insight / Perceptivity: Reporters as stenographers

Two years ago, the corporate media published headlines about ferry subsidies. This report, which came during fiscal year 2013, was enough to stir the Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation into action. They warned that subsidies to business might have to be cut if government wasted more money on citizens. CTF did not need to worry, the BC ...