The ineffectual ICF should start from scratch

At first I thought that it may have been a belated April Fool joke

The ineffectual ICF should start from scratch

I, like many other readers, always enjoy a chuckle at some, perhaps not all, of the cartoons published on the Other Views page of your newspaper, but the one that was artfully integrated and almost hidden at the bottom on Page A22 of the April 11 edition was a real classic and definitely an LOL inclusion which brightened up my morning considerably.

At first I thought that it may have been a belated April Fool joke but then, after I had read it, I realized that it was actually serious.

I refer to the ad posted on behalf of that boondoggle organization, the Island Corridor Foundation, seeking a new chief executive officer. The incompetent ICF, for a considerable number of years, has banqueted off the public purse and achieved absolutely nothing. They have talked ad infinitum, had meetings, discussed, ho-hummed and expensed forever, but with what tangible results?

And now they are looking for a replacement CEO? I note that there are no details of remuneration or benefits package, but I can lay favourable odds that it, like many other quasi-official, publicly funded pork-barrel clubs, will be substantial in the extreme. The exorbitant package will, of course be justified by the well worn phrase of being “Necessary in order to attract candidates of the highest caliber”.

Even more amusing was this sentence included in the ad “will work in concert with the ICF rail operator to assist in expanding rail services…blah, blah etc.…however, previous rail experience is not essential”.

Hang on just a minute here, what rail services? When was the last time anyone saw a commercial train actually moving?

I fully understand the non-requirement for previous rail experience as this also brought on a somewhat wry smile. Why would a CEO need this kind of experience when, there ain’t no rail?

And yet, the ICF will go year after interminable year, not cap in hand, but arrogantly to the authorities demanding more and more funds to feed the monster that has been created.

For those that would say that perhaps criticism of the ICF should cease and solutions put forward instead, here’s a suggestion, how about disbanding and shutting down this crumbling and ineffective bunch and start again from scratch with those who may actually get something done? Nope, can’t do that — it would cost far too much in severance because of those wonderful packages that exist.

Michael Wilson

Cobble Hill

Just Posted

N. Cowichan, Duncan considering community “gateway”

Feature would be at the southwest corner of Beverly Street and the Trans Canada Highway

Cowichan Capitals earn first win in shutout style

Team effort helps Jack Grant blank Bulldogs

Seed harvest and planting event at Chase Woods

“This event is a fantastic opportunity to contribute to the radical restoration of local wetlands”

Duncan denies emergency shelter for women on Cairnsmore Street

Will look at a mobile shelter for women instead

Rob Douglas reveals 5-plank re-election campaign in bid for North Cowichan council seat

North Cowichan is making significant progress on a number of fronts.

B.C. RCMP turn to Const. Scarecrow to shock speeders into slowing down

New addition will watch over drivers from a Coquitlam median for first-of-its-kind pilot in Canada

Coming up in Cowichan: Arts, charity and health events heading to Valley

Free fitness, self-defence for women begins this month Warmland Women’s Support Services… Continue reading

B.C. home to 1/3 of Canada’s overdose deaths in first 3 months of the year

There were 1,036 overdose deaths in the first three months of the year, with 94 per cent accidental

B.C. candidate moves from hospice care to council race

He beat terminal cancer twice and entered hospice when he decided to run for council.

Canadian tobacco exec pushes back against vaping health concerns

A warning from Interior Health about the unknown health risks of vaping is getting a partial rebuke

Ministry of Agriculture commits $300,000 to help B.C. farmers obtain land

B.C. Land Matching Program supports access to affordable farmland for young farmers

Canadian air force short 275 pilots

Attrition outpaces recruitment and training claims Air Force

Teacher suspended after physically shushing, saying ‘shut up’ to student

Grade 5 student reported feeling ‘confused and a little scared’

A B.C. society helps to reforest Crown land after wildfires

Forest Enhancement Society of BC focuses on wildfire mitigation and the reforestation

Most Read