Northern Insight: Thumb in the eye of BC taxpayers

The BC Liberal policy is firmly established. Reward your important friends and give the rest – teachers, paramedics, etc. – a firm kick in the ass. Of course, agency directors and senior bureaucrats, especially ones who know where skeletons are buried, are prime beneficiaries. Remember when David Hahn “resigned” in 2011 and it was announced ...

Northern Insight: Record of lethargic indifference

Considering amounts extracted from taxpayers for BC Ferries brilliant management team, imagine the tab if they’d been competent and successful. David Hahn departed to enjoy one of the most costly pensions ever given a public servant in British Columbia. Behind, he left a faltering operation with declining ridership, mounting financial losses, a deteriorating fleet and ...

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Comparative values

How we spend our money reflects our values, particularly for conscious choices, the ones we make after full consideration. That occurred to me when reader Lew linked to a Jonathan Fowlie blog, B.C.’s government watchdog working among the rodents. Lew’s comment came in response to my article about David Hahn’s luxurious new offices, where the ...

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Luxurious new offices and enduring gratitude

News item: BC Ferries hiking fuel surcharges, Andrew MacLeod, The Tyee “Ferry fares will rise by 2.5 percent on Dec. 12 on the major routes as B.C. Ferry Services Inc. adds to the fuel surcharge. “A press release attributes the hike to the rising cost of marine diesel fuel…” I leave readers to draw their ...

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: "The hypocrisy is quite sickening"

Paraphrasing Benjamin Disraeli’s words to the British Parliament in 1845, “The BC Liberal government is an organized hypocrisy.”I visited the BC Liberal website today and found this homepage. The frame from the lower right corner is extracted. “Our Ship Building Contract” This Liberal government was not so enthused about shipbuilding in 2005 after David Hahn ...

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: BCFS costly but not innovative

I have been reviewing amounts paid senior officers of  BC Ferry Services Inc. and also the amounts paid to directors. In 2009, the Comptroller General of British Columbia reviewed governance of the organization and made strong observations: “BCFS executive compensation was significantly higher than that paid by several larger public sector entities. For example, the ...

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Will Hahnless BCF now build major ships here?

British Columbia’s shipbuilding industry is happy today, gearing up to work on an $8-billion piece of the largest marine construction program in Canadian history. The federal government takes pride in what they claim has been a painstakingly fair, non-political, capability based process. A fairness consultant hired to monitor the process, said that, of 10 such ...

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Lost vision: efficient, affordable, customer focused

Gulf Islands bi-weekly newspaper Island Tides promises an eclectic mix of local, regional, national and international topics — serious and light-hearted — to give readers a “relaxed, informed ‘West Coast’ feeling.” One of the contributors to Island Tides is Patrick Brown, a fascinating character, now a writer but perhaps still seeking his ultimate vocation. Born in ...

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: David Hahn skippers the M.V. Deficiencies

More worthwhile reading today at The Tyee, from investigative reporter Andrew MacLeod, a fine journalist who does not work in an echo chamber rewriting background papers issued by flacks working for government or industry. “In 2007, after British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. bought the Northern Adventure to replace the sunken Queen of the North, a ...