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Top Headlines for Vancouver and Beyond for August 22nd, 2011:
In their continuing battle to extract even more money from provincial ratepayers, ICBC will be hiring a consultant to determine the feasibility of charging higher insurance premiums for “higher-risk” drivers. This comes on the heels of ICBC’s last rate proposal, for virtually exactly the same thing, which was already slapped down in May by the B.C. Utilities Commission. Combined with a proposal to raise all vehicle rates again by 2011, this decision may just make the insurance corporation B.C.’s least favourite provincial monopoly.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant-General Andrew Leslie, commander of the Canadian army in Afghanistan, issued a report last week calling for a close to 10% reduction in “bloated” armed forces personnel. The report recommends the reduction of 11,000 personnel, including 3500 “who currently hold jobs that serve little purpose”. The report allegedly met with resistance during its preparation, as military personnel are apparently desperate to hold onto a bunch of people who do absolutely nothing.
Further adding to the strangeness of the situation, it was recently revealed that, during three years of the Harper Government’s five-year 50% defense budget increase, the military has had so much money, that they actually don’t have anything left to spend it on.
Elsewhere, the removal of stucco from a Victoria Drive business has revealed a piece of Vancouver history, the mansion of lobbyist, Liberal strategist, BC Rail profiteer, and full-time backroom political weasel Patrick Kinsella has gone on the market, and the RCMP are insisting that, following the murder of Red Scorpion Jonathan Bacon, pressure will be maintained on all BC gangs.
Oh yeah, and if you’re interested, the Province also has a story about babies.
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