Early voting starts this weekend! Here’s how in Port Alberni.

Advance voting starts today!

Advance voting is this long weekend. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday at the Athletic Hall (beside the Multiplex hockey arena and North Island College) from 9AM to 9PM.

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Comparing Car Insurance Rates using the CAA calculator and other sources.

I read an article in the Province this morning about how expensive car insurance is for first-time drivers in BC. It bugged me because the purpose was clearly to show how the “public monopoly” was gouging us all and Them-Darn-Socialists™, the NDP, were making car insurance unaffordable. There was no mention of the near-bankrupting of ICBC by the “free-market” government previously in power (also found out Saskatchewan doesn’t allow dipping into the public insurer funds, whodathunk!), or the rapidly changing insurance industry, or any other objective measure, but I digress.

I hate it when journalists write articles with Side A (in this case the BC Government – not exactly unbiased) opposed by Side B (in this case the Insurance Bureau of Canada, donator to the BC Liberals and private insurance lobbyist). Each presenting their unsourced facts “proving” their side. The absolute extreme of the damage that kind of reporting can do is the climate change “debate” of the past 30 years. I won’t digress again into a rant about that ongoing tragedy.

So without further ado, here’s a simple search any consumer of auto insurance can do.

The TL;DR is, yes, B.C. is expensive, but if you’re looking for privatized insurance as a saviour, don’t hold your breath.

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