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

Monday, March 24, 2003

Now that the notorious PacifiCat 'fast ferries' have finally been sold at auction for pennies on the dollar (about four pennies, to be exact), will the story finally die? Don't bet on it. The 'fastcats' were far over budget, a technical failure, and were ultimately liquidated at a huge loss. For the B.C. Liberal party, they're a perfect symbol of the previous New Democrat government's (which began the ferry project) incompetence. One way or another, the Libs will bring up the fast-cat failure sometime during the 2005 provincial election campaign.

On the other hand, the NDP and Libs could come to a gentlemens' agreement: if the Dippers don't harp on Gordon Campbell's drunk-driving conviction (a criminal offence in this country, though not in Hawaii where he was convicted), the Liberals won't holler about the fast cats. Given the political climate in British Columbia, I wouldn't bet on it.
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