Doubling up on the Gabriola ferry staffing problems

Jan. 23, 2022

It will be interesting to note how BC Ferries handles two ships on the Gabriola run, begining this week on a test run. The company has had real problems staffing one ship due to various staff illnesses. Hopefully that's been factored in . . . or there will be two ferries running late or not at all?

Racism when it serves a particular agenda

January 19, 2022

220119 ≠ Racism is never acceptable but it is being used to serves a particular agenda. Vancouver Island University appears to be playing race politics rather than focusing on education. They are playing with terms like “Indigenization” of the university to replace so-called “colonialism”. How about neither one? Try “neutralization,”­ just teaching “a higher level of education”? Using racism to defeat racism isn’t a defeat, it’s a replacement of  one by the other. Racism for convenience sake is social engineering at its worst. VIDEO

Naming ferries – in sports they call it an unforced error

Jan. 13, 2022

BC Ferries really stepped into it when naming the newest ferry on the Gabriola Island route. Instead of recognizing the Snuneymuxw First Nation’s traditional territory the ship was named in collaboration with the ’Namgis First Nation, and that doesn’t sit well with Snuneymuxw chief Mike Wyse. No kidding. The ferry on the a route will be called Island Gwawis. Wyse called the decision a racist and discriminatory path, riddled with colonial acts that is woefully inflammatory and offensive.  See VIDEO Also see FULL STORY.

Vaccines a big cash cow for drug manufacturers

Jan. 10, 2022

ALL THOSE PRICKS were worth a fortune to drug company shareholders. Before the COVID pandemic hit, the price of a Pfizer share was about $35 in January, 2000. Now two years later, it’s hovering around $55. Had you bought a modest 100 shares for $3,500 it would now be worth $5,500, a return on investment of 57 per cent. And the vaccines and profits keep on flowing.

Get over the obsession with COVID tests

Jan. 6, 2022

What's the big obsession with testing for COVID? People appear to be going out of their minds to get tested when it will not provide anything beneficial. As provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry intoned recently, quit focussing on testing. If you're sick you'll know it, stay home and isolate until you’re over it. If you get very sick, go to the hospital emergency department. About all those tests are useful for is travelling across international borders. VIDEO

Property value increases a bonanza for government

Jan. 5, 2022

The massive property assessment increases are opening a lot of eyes as it relates to housing affordability. Affordable housing is a main mantra of politicians of all political stripes. It sounds great, but they need to look in the mirror. When house values soar by 30 to 40 per cent you immediately disqualify many young families from ever buying their first house. But the government benefits due to the higher value taxed in the property transfer tax. COLUMN & VIDEO

Paid sick leave is now in effect for B.C. workers

Jan. 2, 2022

Employer-paid sick days came into effect in B.C. on Jan. 1 and the BC Liberals are calling on the provincial government to cover the costs to businesses during the pandemic. The province implemented new restrictions, closing some sectors and restricting others due to the pandemic. Interim BC Liberal leader Shirley Bond suggested the government should cover the cost of the paid sick days during the pandemic. Hey, the wallet is already very slim, nothing left to hand out. VIDEO

Women have babies, nobody else can do it

January 1, 2022

Don Cherry got fired for referring to "you people." One doesn’t expect the chief health officer of the province to engage in social engineering. Dr. Bonnie referred to "pregnant people” in her Friday engagement, thus insulting and belittling women. Women can do what no other gender can. Yes, Dear Doctor, they are women and proud of it. Nothing to get cutesy about.

Farming out Canadian jobs for lower wages

Dec. 30, 2021

I was trying to get customer service from a big company that operates in our community. What I got on the phone was a pleasant person from Belize in the southern hemisphere. Canadian companies should be ashamed to operate here while farming out work at low wages. It would be nice not to do business with them, but when they have a monopoly, what can you do?

Evidence galore does not translate into proof

Dec. 30, 2021

Science is based on evidence and not on proof. Science is the excercise of finding proof. That’s the story of climate change, a lot of evidence but no proof. Do the purveyors of this never-dying myth not realize if there was proof, the argument would be settled and they wouldn’t have an agenda to pursue any more?