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Thursday, November 15, 2012

(Updated November 21)Christy Clark`s $60 million dollar "Iconic" Photo-op

Pat Bell, the BC Liberal minister having to answer questions from the press, questions as to why the Government turned down $44 million dollars for the naming rights of BC Place....

Pat Bell`s answer at that time was lame, it`s still lame..

Before we get started, what is the meaning of the word "iconic".....

Answer:
An icon is a representation, hence a religious representation, and hence a very powerful symbol. Iconic means "like a symbol."

Perhaps the name Terry Fox is iconic in British Columbia, maybe the name Trevor Linden, maybe the name Tommy Douglas, but come on...

Pat Bell stated last summer, the reason the Telus $44 million dollar naming deal for our stadium was canceled was, and I quote...

"We didn`t want to lose the iconic name BC Place" snip..Pat Bell..

Even Keith Baldrey was buying the "iconic" bullshit..

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B.C. Liberals lose at 'name that stadium'

I must admit I have mixed emotions when it comes to telecommunications giant Telus.
On the one hand, I pay them a lot of money. Every month.
This modern age of home phones, office phones, cellphones, kids' cellphones . . . aargh! Don't get me started!
On the other hand, I do get pretty good service from the company, which employs thousands of people in this province and has its head office located in Burnaby; this, in a province not known for its ability to attract and retain the head offices of major corporations.
It also spends a lot of money here, more than $26 billion since 2000, building its wireless network and other services throughout the province.
It recently announced it would spend another $3 billion and hire 1,300 employees over the next three years.
Telus has also been named one of the Top 100 companies to work for in Canada. In short, it seems like a model corporate citizen and one a provincial government might want to be closely associated with.
All of which makes the government's last-second switcheroo of not giving Telus the official naming rights for the refurbished BC Place stadium all the more mystifying and downright bizarre.
It had been assumed for months that this deal was etched in stone. Indeed, Telus had spent more than $10 million hard-wiring the new stadium with state-of-the-art technology. The company had even spent millions of dollars on impressive new signs that would be part of the proposed "Telus Park."
The company was offering to pay $1.5 million a year for 20 years for the naming rights, plus another $5 million in assorted other activities associated with the stadium.
No other company was mentioned in the same breath when it came to the naming rights. Bell was already in the stadium in a different way - as official sponsor of soccer's Whitecaps.

There was certainly amused speculation about how the two telecommunications rivals would get along when both were associated with the same venue.
But official naming rights are a different, and more lucrative, bag than simply sponsoring a team.

The government has not offered up a credible reason why the apparent deal with Telus was suddenly off the table.

 Jobs Minister Pat Bell said the BC Place name was "iconic" (I must have missed the moment that occurred) and so the government decided to forgo the $40 million and stick with the suddenly magical name.

Bell also insisted the government could make more money selling advertising in and around BC Place on its own, but he hasn't offered up any kind of business plan or model to back up that lofty claim.

The premier, for her part, said the proposed Telus deal would have prevented other companies from advertising inside the stadium, but apparently Telus was only guaranteed 30 per cent of the ad space with the rest up for grabs.
This lame story coming from the B.C. Liberal government once again raises questions about its business savvy or more accurately, its lack of it.
As well, this mess is simply the latest mishap to befall the whole BC Place refurbishment project. The project's price grew from the original estimate of $365 million to a final tally of $565 million.
The scope of the project also grew. It started out as an effort to replace the roof, and then morphed into an all-out renovation that included new seats, scoreboard and field. As a result, the project finished months behind schedule.
Much of the costs were supposed to be recovered through the sale of adjoining lands as a real-estate development, which was supposed to be anchored by a mega-casino. Well, the casino never materialized (the city vetoed its size) and we have yet to see anything emerge on the real-estate deal.
While the new facility is impressive enough, it continues to experience a host of problems. The roof itself doesn't open quickly and has already needed repairs. The latest headache is grease leaking from the cables that suspend the roof.
Do I detect a pattern here?

It's unlikely the last chapter has been written on the Telus snafu. The government will likely have to pay back at least some of the money Telus spent on the stadium already, and the whole thing has the smell of a lawsuit pending somewhere.
In the meantime, I'll just keep paying my Telus bills, and keep looking for clues to solve the Telus Park naming mystery.


Keith Baldrey is chief political reporter for Global BC.

 http://www.nsnews.com/story_print.html?id=6312162&sponsor=

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That`s iconic, the large letter B...And the large letter C...and the generic word "Place"..A word you can find on thousands of British Columbia streets!...Are you kidding me!

British Columbia is "Iconic"..Not BC, or place, or BC Place!!!!

Well guess what, you can add another $15 million dollars to the gross cost of the BC Place makeover, that brings the total cost for a roof that I`m told does open and close and improved sound system to about $700 million dollars..

Today it was revealed on cknw news that back in August of this year the BC Liberal Government made Telus whole for the $15 million dollars worth of fiber optic cables, data stations and wi fi hotspots Telus installed into BC Place, and a deal has been made over the Stadium naming scandal ...Let`s go back to last summer shall we...

Christy Clark canceled the naming rights deal with Telus, Telus had agreed to pay over $40 million dollars for Naming BC Place..Telus Park...Telus Place, or Telus Stadium, so not only did we lose that $40 million plus dollars we had to pay Telus back for the $15 million dollars they spent on upgrades....

Why, why indeed, well, it`s my informed opinion, it`s glaringly obvious..

The Vancouver Whitecaps were used as a pawn in past elections, used by the BC Liberals, that`s right, Vancouver Whitecaps ownership has always been, well, at least under these BC Liberals, .....BC Liberal whores, in the 2009 election Bob Lenarduzzi was pimping for both Gordon Campbell and Wally Oppal, many 2009 election writ period photo-ops occurred with Bobby Lenarduzzi appearing with Wally Oppal, Gordo Campbell and many other BC Liberals.....Bobby whoring for a practice stadium in Delta, and how did that work out Bobby?

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VANCOUVER A $17.5-million provincial government grant for a new Vancouver Whitecaps training centre must be reviewed thoroughly in light of B.C.’s deteriorating financial situation, according to NDP public health and sport critic Guy Gentner.

The commitment was made during a provincial election campaign in May 2009 when the Caps announced plans to build a new $31.5-million training facility in Delta.


Gentner said the election promise smacked of pork-barrel politics as the Liberals tried to help former Attorney-General Wally Oppal win the Delta South riding, where he was narrowly defeated by Vicki Huntington.
The Delta training centre plans fell through but the Whitecaps say the province is still committed to providing the funding as the club negotiates for a new location, likely in Burnaby or at the University of B.C.
Gentner questions that commitment at a time when B.C. expects to post a $2.5-billion deficit in the current fiscal year and sell off $700-million worth of assets to cut future deficits.

 http://www.recentnews.ca/whitecaps-training-centre-grant-needs-review-b-c-ndp-critic/
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And now the BC Liberals and Bobby Lenarduzzi are playing political footsy again, amazing!

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It 's been a long time coming, but Vancouver Whitecaps finally have their training facility.

The B.C. government is partnering with Vancouver Whitecaps FC and the University of British Columbia on construction of the National Soccer Development Centre. The centre will feature a state-of-the-art fieldhouse, as well as five new, refurbished or improved soccer fields.


UBC's Thunderbird Park is the location and the new facility will cost a total of $32.5 million to build, with the Whitecaps putting up $15 million of that.


The Whitecaps will make the facility the new home to their men’s, women’s and residency teams, and they hope to be ready to move into the first part of the development, which will include a refurbished grass field, in the spring of 2013.


Construction, refurbishment and improvement of the five fields – three grass and two artificial turf – as well as the new fieldhouse at UBC, combined with the two artificial turf fields built at Simon Fraser University by Whitecaps FC, will complete the historic project.


The completed facility will also be the home to UBC’s soccer teams, as well as serving as the west coast base for Canada’s men’s, women’s, and youth national teams.


The ultimate aim is to provide Vancouver with an ideal base for attracting major football matches, including Canadian national team matches, the MLS All-Star game and international friendlies.


The B.C. government will contribute up to $14.5 million and the centre will be a significant community asset, with more than 50 per cent of field time devoted to community use. In addition, the facility will be a key physical asset to support BC Soccer and the ongoing development of players, coaches, and referees.


The whole project is expected to be completed ahead of the 2015 Women’s World Cup.


This is certainly a significant announcement for the Whitecaps and a major boost to the Club and the city as big players in the North American game.


It's been rumoured for a while that the Caps were looking at either UBC or Burnaby Lake as the home to their first ever dedicated training facility, after the initial plans for a facility out in Delta fell through in 2010.


 
http://www.canadiansoccernews.com/content.php?3713-Whitecaps-finally-have-their-training-facility

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Christy Clark wanted a photo-op of her wearing a Vancouver Whitecap jersey while the Whitecap team was holding up the victory cup, that is unfortunate, because the team sucked and they were bounced out of the cup run after 1 playoff game, there will be no more soccer in BC until after the next provincial election, that comes too late for poor little Christy...

And that wasn`t the only reason, you see that second photo up top...The Vancouver Whitecaps have a prominent name front and center on their jersey..That name is Bell, as in Bell Media, as in Bell Media didn`t want to play in a stadium with the name of one of their rival communication companies Telus bolded on everything, and there is more, much much more...

For not only was Christy Clark promised election photo-ops with Whitecap players, Christy Clark wanted to curry favour and good press with............

For at that time in history when Christy Clark granted Bell media`s request to snub Telus, Bell media was preparing to become the largest media company in Canada, a media company that potentially would have controlled 70% of all television channels in Canada, remember this recent history..

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GATINEAU—In a stunning decision, Canada’s broadcast regulator has blocked the marriage of two media giants, saying it intends to now put Canadians “at the centre” of the country’s communications system.

In a toughly worded decision Thursday, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission said Bell failed to make the case that its $3.4 billion takeover of Astral Media would bring any benefit to television and radio audiences.
Instead, the CRTC said the merger of the two Montreal-based media firms would have put too much control over Canadian airwaves in the hands of one company, undermining "competition and diversity“

“This transaction would have resulted in an unprecedented level of consolidation in the Canadian marketplace,” CRTC Chair Jean-Pierre Blais told reporters after the decision was released.

“We had grave concerns that BCE (Inc). would be able to use its market power in an unfair manner and to engage in anti-competitive behaviour,” he said.

Bell said late Thursday that it was “shocked” and “appalled” by the decision, adding that it will ask the federal cabinet to “issue direction to CRTC to follow its own regulatory policy.” It said the decision was “tainted by behind-the-scenes lobbying” by its rivals and claims the ruling violates the regulator's own policies.

“We met all the CRTC’s rules, indeed our acquisition of Astral was based directly on the CRTC’s currently in-place Diversity of Voices policy,” said George Cope, President and CEO of Bell Canada and BCE Inc.
"The wide-ranging benefits to Canadians of the transaction are clear, but the CRTC has told consumers that they and the rules in place just don’t matter.”
Bell had argued that the deal would “invigorate” competition in French-language TV and radio and bolster English-language broadcasting against foreign competition, the CRTC said.


http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1273707--bell-s-astral-bid-blocked-by-crtc

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For not only was Christy Clark promised election photo-ops with Whitecap players, Christy Clark wanted to curry favour and good press with............

With Canada`s largest media company, a company that controlled 70% of all television channels, so, for the sake of securing photo-ops and media favour Christy Clark blew off almost $60 million dollars....Mind-blowing to say the least...

Well lookey here and lookey there...Vancouver Whitecaps, boom, gone after 1 playoff game...CRTC said, not so fast Bell Media, deal is over!!!!!...

I think Christy Clark better have a talk with Bell Media and come up with a replacement $60 million dollars

And on another most hilarious note, Les Leyne wrote a few days ago...

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Just So You Know: Meanwhile, B.C. Liberals are having their own fundraising issues. The "Leader's Reception" scheduled for Nov. 15 at Crystal Garden has been cancelled, reportedly for lack of interest.
The reception is a replacement event for the full-scale leader's dinner that used to draw hundreds to the convention centre. Funds raised at the reception were to be earmarked for Vancouver Island Liberal candidates.
Back in September, an earlier interview came to light in which Clark said she avoids the legislature wherever possible because "it's sick. It's a sick culture."
You have to wonder if there might have been more interest in the event if she and her government showed up in the capital once in a while.


Read more: http://www.timescolonist.com/Leyne+Conservative+soap+opera+spirals+down/7545349/story.html#ixzz2CLprJ1zQ
 "Just so you know: Meanwhile, B.C. Liberals are having their own fundraising issues. The "Leaders Reception" scheduled for November. 15 at Crystal Garden has been canceled, reportedly for lack of interest.

The reception is a replacement for the full-scale leader`s dinner that used to draw hundreds to the convention center. Funds raised at the reception were to be earmarked for Vancouver Island BC Liberal candidates."

 http://www.timescolonist.com/news/Leyne+Conservative+soap+opera+spirals+down/7545349/story.html

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Well blow me down, again, on CKNW today, they are reporting on the news that...

"The reason Christy Clark`s Liberal fundraiser has been canceled is because Liberals and Conservatives are too busy fighting the by election" snip....

Really, too busy fighting the Victoria by election, a by election that won`t change the power structure in Ottawa, a by election where the NDP are polling at almost 50%, a by election where the Green party is in solid second, a by election where Liberals and Conservatives(Federal) are fighting to see who finishes in 4th place...Are you kidding me!

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 From Bernard Schulmaan`s site, BC Iconoclast
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Polling in the Federal by-elections - could the CPC lose Calgary Centre?

Forum has come out with a second poll of the by-elections, here are the results.   My one major concern about all their polls has been the very large over sampling of the older population.   If I had the time I would try and work out what sort of impact this has on the polls and how it compares to the way people vote.

Victoria              Oct 26th Nov 12th change

Murray Rankin NDP        47%     47%      0

Donald Galloway Green    20%     26%     +6

Paul Summerville Liberal 16%     14%     -2

Dale Gann Conservative   16%     12%     -4

(sample size Oct 26th 295, Nov 12th 509)


Just So You Know: Meanwhile, B.C. Liberals are having their own fundraising issues. The "Leader's Reception" scheduled for Nov. 15 at Crystal Garden has been cancelled, reportedly for lack of interest.
The reception is a replacement event for the full-scale leader's dinner that used to draw hundreds to the convention centre. Funds raised at the reception were to be earmarked for Vancouver Island Liberal candidates.
Back in September, an earlier interview came to light in which Clark said she avoids the legislature wherever possible because "it's sick. It's a sick culture."
You have to wonder if there might have been more interest in the event if she and her government showed up in the capital once in a while.


Read more: http://www.timescolonist.com/Leyne+Conservative+soap+opera+spirals+down/7545349/story.html#ixzz2CLprJ1zQ
 http://bciconcoclast.blogspot.ca/2012/11/polling-in-federal-by-elections-could.html

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Christy Clark`s $60 million dollar "iconic" photo-op....

Priceless!

Updated here, November 21

And so is the follow up from Bob Mackin..

 http://www.biv.com/article/20121120/BIV0109/121129994/0/SEARCH/Government-keeps-quiet-on-Telus-compensation-over-BC-Place-debacle


The Straight Goods

Cheers Eyes Wide Open
Just So You Know: Meanwhile, B.C. Liberals are having their own fundraising issues. The "Leader's Reception" scheduled for Nov. 15 at Crystal Garden has been cancelled, reportedly for lack of interest.
The reception is a replacement event for the full-scale leader's dinner that used to draw hundreds to the convention centre. Funds raised at the reception were to be earmarked for Vancouver Island Liberal candidates.
Back in September, an earlier interview came to light in which Clark said she avoids the legislature wherever possible because "it's sick. It's a sick culture."
You have to wonder if there might have been more interest in the event if she and her government showed up in the capital once in a while.


Read more: http://www.timescolonist.com/Leyne+Conservative+soap+opera+spirals+down/7545349/story.html#ixzz2CLprJ1zQ
Just So You Know: Meanwhile, B.C. Liberals are having their own fundraising issues. The "Leader's Reception" scheduled for Nov. 15 at Crystal Garden has been cancelled, reportedly for lack of interest.
The reception is a replacement event for the full-scale leader's dinner that used to draw hundreds to the convention centre. Funds raised at the reception were to be earmarked for Vancouver Island Liberal candidates.
Back in September, an earlier interview came to light in which Clark said she avoids the legislature wherever possible because "it's sick. It's a sick culture."
You have to wonder if there might have been more interest in the event if she and her government showed up in the capital once in a while.


Read more: http://www.timescolonist.com/Leyne+Conservative+soap+opera+spirals+down/7545349/story.html#ixzz2CLprJ1zQ

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Priceless!