Monday, July 12, 2010
Sean Holman GETS IT on BC Rail
MASTERS OF DISASTER
Public Eye Online
July 12, 2010.
"We inherited a railway that was bankrupt and in disarray."
That's how Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Shirley Bond recently rationalized her government decision to privatize British Columbia Railway Co.'s operations in 2003.
Similarly, her cabinet colleague Kevin Falcon told The Globe and Mail it's necessary to push down healthcare spending because "if we don't do this, our system will implode under the weight of its own excess and inefficiency."
But political analysts and commentators have persuasively pointed out BC Rail was profitable and healthcare spending isn't as out of control as Mr. Falcon would have us believe.
So is the government just wrong or is it manufacturing crises so it can make decisions that would otherwise be unpalatable to the public?
So if that's what bureaucrats are doing behind closed doors, is it unreasonable to think their political bosses are doing the same thing?
BC Mary comment: Don't miss Sean Holman's lead-up item from his July 9, 2010 report, "Crisis Point". It starts this way:
Click HERE for the job description.
With Right Whing A-holes like we have running our province greed and ideology trump reality everytime!
Thanks - I feel a bit better now
But this is a government document about the civil service; it is more about "corporate" goals (the corporation being the entity known as the Liberal government) rather than the entity known as the voters of BC.
The taxpayer doesn't seem to matter much in this memo.
A website I found in my travels today, entitles ourcourtssuck, or some such thing.
Send Sean Holman money.
I mean it!
Because the guy who regularly does more investigative reporting than pretty much all of the dailies and the TeeVee stations combined does it on a shoestring.
And it is a very, very thin shoestring indeed.
Send Sean Holman money!
(and believe me, while he probably doesn't want me to say it, I know that Sean will be most grateful for any amount - it doesn't have to be the requested monthly fee....How do I know this?....Because I send him a cheque semi-regularly as my wife is sick of all my various and sundry 'subscriptions.....Sean's snail mail address is here).
"State of emergency declared as wildfire breaks out near Peachland
By Tracy Sherlock, Vancouver Sun July 12, 2010 4:52 PM
"Last July, B.C. Forests and Range Minister Pat Bell issued a stern warning, saying the province planned to aggressively issue administrative fines and pursue compensation in the courts for costs and damages associated with human-caused wildfires.
"Since 2003, our Wildfire Management Branch has initiated 12 major legal proceedings representing $23 million for contraventions under the Wildfire Act," a Ministry of Forests and Range spokeswoman told The Sun in an e-mail. "Eight have been finalized and three are ongoing. These cases are extremely complicated and can stretch over several years."
I guess B.C. Forests and Range Minister Pat Bell hasn't heard what happens to a court case when it drags on over several years, especially from 2003.
Witnesses lose their ability to remember what happened.
This page will take You to all of the updates nice refresher, I am reminded someone asking if there was a RFP placed for the Fairness Advisor, Sept. 12th states there was, then on October 10th,2003 mentions that Charles Rivers was selected to be the Advisor. Wierd they went with the Boston Team, when
In 1998, CRA opened its first non U.S. office in downtown Toronto. This office offers clients economic consulting in the areas of competition, regulation, intellectual property, trade, and general litigation support.
and Margaret Sanderson Vice President, Practice Leader of Antitrust & Competition Economics (just say hmmmmmmmmm)
One of these update sheets
I was reminded about what I read today by Sean Holman ``It describes the behaviours senior civil servants are expected to demonstrate. Among them: being able to "create a crisis to force change." I'm not making this up. I'm not wearing a tin foil hat. So here is one from Minister Reid from October 24 update(link below)
``Slide damage update
In light of heavy rain damage to BC Rail’s main line in the Squamish and Pemberton valleys
over the past week, it is important to note that the burden for future misfortune such as this will not be
absorbed by taxpayers but rather by the new railway operating partner.
`The rail revitalization agreement will ensure that taxpayers are no longer exposed to these financial risks and uncertainties.``
All Updates 1-7 are here
Mary further info re earlier post of mine that You requested is coming, I was too verbose, and it would not allow.(and I lost the whole thing!)