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, December 07, 2002

In today's Vancouver Sun, provincial-affairs columnist Vaughn Palmer draws parallels between the Campbell governm;ent's enthusiasm for the Vancouver-Whistler 2010 Olympic bid and the previous NDP government's commitment to buliding three fast ferries for service to Vancouver Island. The ferries, of course, were a technical and financial flop: the vessels never performed well and were unreliable, and the project's cost ballooned from $210-milllion for 3 vessles to $448-million in the end. The ferries were withdrawn from service and put up for sale; a buyer has never been found.

Needless to say, Palmer's pushing some hot buttons when he compares the Olympics to the fast-cats. However, he points out that the projections about the Games' costs to taxpayers and their economic benefits are educated guesses at best.
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