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November 6, 2009

Report slams BC Ferries and TransLink governance

Filed under: News — Jocko @ 2:52 pm

 img_2829_2.jpg Otter Bay Ferry Terminal

From CBC News:
Both BC Ferries and TransLink need to be restructured to solve serious accountability and operational issues, according to a new report by Cheryl Wenezenki-Yolland, B.C.’s comptroller general.

Both organizations require a major restructuring at the highest levels to give them more accountability, greater transparency and better oversight, according to the report released Friday morning,

In the report, Wenezenki-Yolland was critical of the retainers paid to the BC Ferries directors, noting compensation they paid themselves was three to five times higher than levels set by the Treasury Board for Crown corporations.

She also found that the role of the BC Ferry Authority and the BC Ferry Commission, which are supposed to oversee BC Ferries, were ineffective in protecting the public interest and needed to be more clearly separated from BC Ferries itself.

Visit  CBC News, BC Ferries story for more.

BC Ferries management rebuts:  BC Ferries Dismisses Criticism

July 27, 2009

Pender Handbook Revised

Filed under: News — Jocko @ 11:11 am

Press Release:


The much anticipated 2nd Edition of The PENDER ISLANDS handbook will hit the shelves the weekend of BC Day.

The author, Richard Fox, will be at the Farmers Market starting August 1st, and offers those who own the first edition a $5 discount (with no GST) off the $25 cover price if they buy it there on any Saturday. Just show the book, there’s no need to exchange it.

The new 400-page volume has been completely revised, with every bit of information researched and updated.  Besides the hundreds of updates, the text and maps include a dozen new parks and trails added to the 100 existing ones, as well as the new Car Stops. Sections such as The Arts and Wedding Planner have been expanded.

The book is current as of late July 2009, and includes all the happenings on Pender Island and beyond up to that point.

Besides the Farmers Market, look for the book at Talisman Books and other locations to be determined.

The book’s website is still, the home base of this blog.

July 25, 2009

Media watch

Filed under: News — Jocko @ 11:11 am

From the Vancouver Province:

Cruise ship impales baby whale, docks at Vancouver port

By Sam Cooper, The Province July 25, 2009 11:01 AM

What appears to be a baby Mink or Finn whale has been impaled and killed on a Princess cruise ship that docked in the Port of Vancouver Saturday morning.

The whale, about 20 metres long, was wrapped around the bow of the ship Saturday in full view of tourists at Canada Place.

A worker from the cruise ship, who didn’t want to be named, said he was not sure when the whale had been hit. The boat — the Sapphire Princess — had come in from Alaska on the Inside Passage, he said.

“From what I hear there was a bit of a rumbling this morning,” he said. “It’s too bad; I wish we had some system to detect them.

“There’s a lot of whales out there [on the route], but it’s not like we’re dodging them,” he said.

A Scottish couple, John and Margaret Davis, said they were scheduled to leave on the ship at 4 p.m. for Alaska. Margaret said she had specifically selected the cruise for whale-watching. “It’s a shame, it’s not the way I wanted to see whales,” she said as she looked on from a balcony outside Canada Place.

By mid-morning, a diver with a yellow helmet could be seen wrapping a blue rope around the carcass for removal.

April 6, 2009

BC Ferries Service Notice

Filed under: News — Jocko @ 12:20 am

Issued March 19, 2009:


The Queen of Nanaimo will be out of service on Tuesday, April 21 and Wednesday, April 22 for mandatory inspections, which can only be completed when the vessel is not in operation.  A replacement vessel for the Queen of Nanaimo is not available at this time.

BC Ferries encourages its Southern Gulf Island customers to travel via Swartz Bay and onto Tsawwassen.  For those travelling from Tsawwassen, BC Ferries recommends travelling via Swartz Bay to the Southern Gulf Islands.

BC Ferries thanks its customers for their understanding and apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.

Contact:  Sarah Cotton, BC Ferries, Community Relations, Tel: 250-978-1398

Current sailing information is available at  For personalized service, reservations or recorded information call:  Toll free in B.C. 1-800-BCFERRY (223-3779)

British Columbia Ferry Services Inc., 1112 Fort Street, Victoria, BC, V8V 4V2

April 2, 2009

Minor ferry routes face price increase…

Filed under: News — Jocko @ 6:37 pm

CBC news item, April 2, 2009:

BC Ferries has raised the prices on all its minor routes by 7.25 per cent, the government-owned corporation announced Wednesday night.

The prices were raised as part of a replacement of the seasonal pricing structure with a simplified year-round fare, effective April 1.

The changes don’t apply to the major ferry route between the mainland and Vancouver Island and the Tsawwassen-Southern Gulf Islands route.

For details, go here:  BC Ferries service notice

March 19, 2009

Details Emerge on MP Gary Lunn’s Third Party Advertisers

Filed under: News — Jocko @ 3:14 pm

Saanich-Gulf Islands MP Gary Lunn with Prime Minister Harper.

Watchdog wants Elections Canada to investigate.

By Andrew MacLeod
Published: March 19, 2009

The co-manager of Conservative cabinet minister Gary Lunn’s re-election campaign, Byng Giruaud, helped a third-party advertiser get signs to support his candidate.

It’s just one of the details revealed in financial reporting released in recent weeks for candidates and third party advertisers involved in the Oct. 14, 2008 election.

Five months after voting day, questions remain about the role third-party advertising played in Saanich-Gulf Islands, where five previously unheard of groups bought ads to support Lunn. Lunn was natural resources minister at the time, but after the election was demoted to a minister of state position.  For the full story, go here.

January 23, 2009

Try these wines for less…

Filed under: News — Jocko @ 6:50 pm


Submitted by Morning Bay Vineyard:

Morning Bay Releases Value-priced Wines

(PENDER ISLAND, BC) January 21, 2009 – Morning Bay Vineyard of Pender Island is pleased to announce its new value-priced wine portfolio.

“Just because we’re in a recession doesn’t mean we can’t have fun,” says Morning Bay’s Barbara Reid.  “We love our wines and we see these economic times as a chance for us to get them to more people. We want everyone to try our wines

Morning Bay’s wine portfolio includes some of the most distinctive single-vineyard releases in BC.  The award-winning winery has been making wine since 2002.  Morning Bay’s wines reflect distinctive regional expression and old-world sensibilities. Open just three years, Morning Bay has already won three national and international medals for its wines.

Morning Bay’s newest releases are:  Now   Was
2007 Okanagan Valley Pinot Blanc  +408203  $14   $19
2007 Okanagan Pinot Gris  +817098  $15   $22
2007 Okanagan Gewurztraminer  +524892  $20   $26
2005 Okanagan Valley Pinot Noir  +786848  $17   $20
2007 Pender Island Bianco  +355156  $18   $20
2007 Pender Island Chiaretto  +789883  $18   $20

Other Morning Bay wines currently available include:
2006 Okanagan Valley Sauvignon Blanc +871137  $15   $22
2003 Okanagan Valley Cabernet Sauvignon +736454  $20   $28
2004 Okanagan Valley Cabernet Syrah +518647  $22   $30
2004 Okanagan Valley Merlot +655985  $24   $32
2004 Okanagan Valley Barrel Select Syrah +518647  $27   $40
2005 Okanagan Valley Reserve Merlot +831362  $40   $45

Join us at the tasting room Friday to Sunday between noon and 5.  Wine by the glass special now $5.  And watch for our new Ten Buck Barrel.

Morning Bay Vineyard & Estate Winery, 6621 Harbour Hill Drive, Pender Island, BC V0N 2M1 250-629-8351

December 27, 2008

Changes at Browning…

Filed under: News — Jocko @ 6:42 pm

The Port Browning Marina Resort has a new manager, Lenora LeMaitre, most recently of the Silva Bay Resort and Marina on Gabriola Island near Nanaimo.  Renovations are being done to the kitchen, cafe and pub, and Lenora has stressed the importance of catering to local residents.


Kicking off 2009 is BIG HOUSE VOODOO BLUESBAND, featuring Amy Heggie and Rick McMullen.  A New Years Eve buffet dinner starts at 7pm followed by dancing with champagne at midnight!  Cost is $50. per couple or $30. per person.  Skip the buffet and join in the dancing from 9pm with champagne at midnight for $15. per person.  Tickets are available at Port Browning Marina Resort.

Lenora, the new manager, looks forward to meeting you!

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