Cowichan Conversations: Three extraordinary, but forgotten years in B.C–!972-1975

I came across this Geoff Olson piece posted in the Vancouver Courier reflecting back on that amazing time in BC when we had a government that gave a damn. Premier Dave Barrett-1972–1975 Roberta tottered Read more…

Northern Insight: Effective management… of bonuses

The marvellous managers of British Columbia’s public service demonstrate an indisputable skill. Come hell or high water, they always manage to hit pre-determined objectives and thereby manage to trigger payments of personal performance rewards and bonuses. (And you thought the ‘manage’ parts of their job descriptions were about directing agencies and enterprises.) If senior public ...

Northern Insight: Consumers targeted by BC Liberals

Governments prefer indirect taxation partly because politicians assume they’ll take less heat if hands of tax collectors slip into our pockets surreptitiously. That’s done in BC by instructing crown corporations to overcharge customers and transfer surpluses to the public treasury. This allows BC Liberals to make a claim like one on the finance ministry website: ...

Northern Insight: Nice work, if you can get it

Mark Blucher was appointed interim president and CEO of ICBC in October 2012. He fits the insurance company’s culture of bloated entitlement quite nicely. Blucher joined the company in August 2010 and in the first 17 months of employment, his personal expenses amounted to $159,090, an average of $9,358 per month. Blucher’s salary in 2010 ...

Northern Insight: ICBC desperately needs real management

Ten months ago, I published Talking tough, empty words and empty head, a piece mocking Attorney General Shirley Bond in her role as lead ICBC overseer. Shortly after, Finance Minister Kevin Falcon took responsibility for the insurance company from Bond. In August, a Ministry of Finance review confirmed what Northern Insights readers already knew. The ...

Cowichan Conversations: ICBC Is Out Of Control-Heads Should Roll!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger The stories of the outrageous salaries and ever increasing executive and management positions demands far more than CEO Jon Schubert’s resignation! This clown has been overseeing dramatic executive increases and is being left in place until November and then remain on as a consultant until next June 2013. Translation- After thoroughly mismanaging ICBC ...

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Bring on the consultants, part 1

How CEOs Jack Up their Pay, Kimberly Weisul, Editor & Founder of One Thing New: “(MoneyWatch) Poor, downtrodden, underpaid CEOs finally have someone they can turn to in their hour of need: compensation consultants. “… research … suggests there’s a simple way to boost their pay. Just call in the compensation consultants–the more, the merrier. ...

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Talking tough with empty words and an empty head

Is there anything more laughable than a politician trained in nothing providing direction to executives of the province’s $14-billion dollar monopoly insurer. Speaking to ICBC, British Columbia’s chief law officer “delivered a firm reminder that there has been a public backlash to recent revelations about compensation for Crown executives.” In the past, we’ve seen that ...

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: A reader’s comment CBC wouldn’t publish

CBC is claiming credit for breaking a story that appeared here three days before they first touched the issue, without even a hint of acknowledgement of Northern Insights. I left a comment suggesting a source credit but the CBC moderator refused to post the comment. CBC first reported about Art Kirkner’s $188,681 expense account for ...

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: You’re welcome CBC News

CBC News Item, December 6: “An executive hired by the Insurance Corporation of B.C. to help cut costs received more than $188,000 for expenses claimed in 2010 — in addition to his $315,000 annual salary, CBC News has learned. “Art Kirkner, a U.S citizen, was hired as one of ICBC’s 15 vice-presidents in 2008, with ...

Northern Insights / Perceptivity: Where the money goes – ICBC top 50 – 2010

 Salary   Expense   Total  1 SCHUBERT, Jon President & CEO   449,201      55,570   504,771 2 KIRKNER, Art V-P, Field Services   315,824    188,681   504,505 3 PRIOR, Geri  Chief Financial Officer   461,710        7,839   469,549 4 HORTON, Craig Senior V-P, Claims   406,379      12,633   419,012