The Vancouver Scrum

On the move!

Agh! You’re still here? My new site and weblog, is now up and running; new posts are building up over there, never to be mirrored here. Go! What are you waiting for? All the stuff worth keeping has been migrated over to the new server, and I don’t anticipate making any more posts here.

Bloggers and webmasters: Update your links! Simply replace with in your blogrolls or bookmarks to point to the new site. Old posts will remain on this server for as long as the people at Blogger/Google allow them to remain; unfortunately, I’m not going to bother to come up with any way of converting permalinks on this blog to their corresponding posts on the new site. Yes, I plead laziness. I also realize the irony of switching away from Blogger just it starts to add features that the demanding blog nerds insist upon.

Thanks for reading and linking, and see you over at!

—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Saturday, August 03, 2002

Damage control in B.C.

This was a quick turnaround. The day a story about how the B.C. government would no longer fund dentures for those on social assistance for two years came out, the Minister in charge, Murray Coell, has moved very quickly to change the policy so that those without money or teeth will be able to chew again.

This has to be one of the most politically agile moves by the government in the past several months. The optics of blenders replacing dentures, at the same time that the government is paying out big severance packages to high-level bureaucrats just isn't good. Add that to the (suddenly canacelled) $2000-a-plate fundraiser where resource companies could get preferential access to the natural resources minister, and the combined stories tend to cast the government in a negative light.

At least the Campbell government occasionally does back-track on its more repugnant ideas. They also backtracked quickly on a plan to eliminate cheap bus passes for low-income seniors, too.

If there are any true believers out there who think that the government wimped out by changing its position, I'd be interested to hear your thoughts. Send them to me and I may put them up in this space. Thanks.
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