I am still trying to sort out my impressions of last nite’s meeting. Instead of reassuring me as to the direction this company is taking I’m becoming very concerned for the employees of CityWest who are relying on the management of this company to preserve their employment.
The Marketing chap had a lot to say about future vapour ware and their grandiose plans… but when you look at how the city needs it’s dividend, you have to wonder how they will be able to afford the required investment in the coming years.
EVDO is not on the table although Wifi or Wimax is being talked about in 2009. No questions from the floor about system access fees or the problems with the recent cutover although Management made a few jokes about their difficulties. Apparently their new partner Northwestel is relying on mothership Bell to help out and mothership Bell has other competing and more pressing priorities than a town called Podunk in NW BC.
Some concerns were expressed about continuing trouble calling into prince rupert with operator assisted calls as the long distance operators have no idea on who Citywest is or where it is. Didn’t realize this apparently is a common problem… One person referred to being unable to call prince rupert collect from kitamat!
Concerns were expressed by a former director about the city’s continued liability for employee’s pensions and his request for the results of a recent valuation were deflected by the five million dollar man who is also the chair of the board… Gordon Howie… Mayor Pond made a interesting presentation on how transparency relates to privacy and secrets… but I’m not sure the former director really wanted to know about his private life.
In short… it’s like a replay of watching Skeena Cell… players have changed but Council continues to put it’s head in the sand and spend spend spend while they ignore economic realities.