Gary Bannerman and many of the BANNERLINE associates
have a foundation in journalism, print, radio and television. In the
spirit of this legacy, here we present stories about communicators, and commentaries on matters of topical
Bears on the North Shore
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This bear casually wandered up to a garbage storage structure, broke in through the top, and then enjoyed a leisurely lunch before - just as calmly - sauntering back to the woods, indifferent to the human gallery that had assembled to view the proceedings. Patricia Bannerman photographed it all, climbing at one point on a stand to shoot down into the dumpster.
Defending the Upgrade of Highway 1 - Gateway
At dinner tonight the major topic of
conversation turned to whether or
not the Billion-$-plu$ budget for
twinning of the Port Mann bridge and
widening of Highway 1 through to
Vancouver was justified, or
whether the money was better spent
on some other means of
Now I personally
think that not only is it justified,
but that it is over twenty years too
late and probably not enough
expansion to adequately deal with
the problems we have here in the
Vancouver Lower Mainland with
traffic and congestion. But I found
myself having to justify my opinion
in light of the recent radical rise
in gasoline costs; and that got me
thinking that maybe others might be
interested in why, since I've
actually given this quite a bit of
thought over the past few years.
What it comes down to is that I
believe that the personal
automobile, at least here in North
America, is not going to disappear,
no matter how high the price of
read on for why Richard Pitt thinks this way...
Kerry Waghorn's "Faces in the News" feature, founded by the San
Francisco Chronicle subsidiary Chronicle Features in 1977, is still
going strong, now represented by Kansas City based Universal Press
Syndicate, the largest independent newspaper syndicator in the
world. Kerry has published over 9,000 of his caricatures in more
than 400 newspapers and he still going strong.
We met Kerry in 2004 when he was retained to illustrate the book
Squandering Billions, co-authored by Gary Bannerman and Dr. Don
Nixdorf, a brutal expose of waste, mismanagement and tragedy in
North American health care.
A friendship evolved, built upon a passion for news. This eventually
led to discussions about how to make Kerry's work more easily
accessible to all for their enjoyment and a system through which
copies can be obtained.
was proud to facilitate this evolution, another demonstration of
both talent and skill; the work of our web design associate Doug
What can been seen now at
www.kerrywaghorn.com is just a taste of what is to come. We are
confident that, in time, this will become the greatest inventory of
contemporary news, entertainment and sports portraiture (caricature)
that the world has ever known.
"I normally wince at hyperbole such as world-best, international
renown and so on, but to have Kerry Waghorn as an associate of our
firm, along with John Batchelor of
England, really tests the limitations of adjectives," Gary Bannerman
said. "Batchelor is beyond doubt the pre-eminent technical
illustrator in the world, with a library of books and works in
prestigious collections behind him, and Kerry is in a league by
himself in his field."
Robert Genn (left) and Kerry Waghorn, Canadian
artists who enjoy a global clientele,
excelling in different genres, discuss multimedia communication with
Gary Bannerman (right).
- ROBERT GENN - Love Letters to
Genn's latest coffee table book is titled Love Letters to Art. Some of
the text passages are excerpts from newsletters he has shared world-wide
for years now, exchanging ideas on art topics. The prolific artist
dispatches two newsletters each week and one of his web sites,
The Painter's Keys attracts millions of visitors each year.
The artist's personal web site
www.robertgenn.com is focused on his own work, his dealers and
the legacy achieved in a lifetime of creative pursuits.
- United States Health Insurance - They Just
Don't Get It!
EDITOR'S NOTE: Gary Bannerman is a veteran Canadian journalist and co-author of the book
Squandering Billions (with Dr. Don Nixdorf and illustrator Kerry Waghorn), analyzing Canada's national health care system, but also focusing extensively on American experience and research.
It doesn't require a movie like Michael Moore's SICKO or the rhetoric of a Presidential campaign to comprehend the astonishing horror show of American health management. The U.S. spends vastly more per capita on health than whatever nation is in distant second place, yet the country's ranking among world nations in health statistics is within a cluster of third world countries, dead last among first world democracies.
The 40-50 million uninsured Americans, along with likely an equal number of under-insured citizens, are the only people in the civilized democratic world who live in constant fear of an economic catastrophe related to health care.
How is this so? A disproportionate number of the world's best and brightest in the health field, supported by the most advanced and expensive technology and institutions, work all across the country. The U.S. has the greatest health centres (Mayo, Johns Hopkins et al.), the greatest medical schools (Harvard, Stanford, Duke Chicago and dozens more) and some of the most advanced health care managers, leaders in the "wellness" mission, a recognition that keeping insured families well is more profitable than waiting for tragedy to strike: The "Blues," Kaiser Permanente, Humana and others.
What seems so mystifying to the world is to listen to prominent American politicians make a very simple principle and obvious solution, sound so complex. The words of Barak Obama, Hillary Clinton, John McCain and so many others who went before them, resemble something from Mad Magazine.
Read the whole article here
THE BUCK STOPS NOWHERE
Former Vancouver Police Chief, founding Chair of the Justice Institute of B.C. and past member of the National Parole Board, Bob Stewart, speaks out about what he sees as a dysfunctional structure for urban policing in B.C., remarks also relevant to the current national debate concerning the RCMP.
Here is an excerpt:
In recent months I have become increasingly embarrassed by and ashamed of the lack of professionalism, sound management or even simple common sense within the governance of police in this country.
Like other nations, we have had police corruption scandals. Those stories were upsetting
(often entertaining in a morbid sense) with an upside being that they focused public
attention on solutions. Today's problems seem like a blitzkrieg of isolated incidents that are sometimes serious, but - at the executive level - mostly just plain dumb and pathetic.
There is a rampant disease in this era and it starts at political levels. Lack of accountability
is not the issue; there is so much accountability nobody is responsible for anything.
Defensive "image-oriented" management by leadership, more commonly known as CYA,
has become the police culture.
See the whole
- July 25,
2005 Film vs Digital Mindset
Digital cameras have revolutionized photography in many ways,
but to my mind the least understood one has little to do with what
you do with the resulting image. Instead it has to do with how you
look at the act of taking the photos in the first place.
- June 5, 2004
In support of organized labour
Gary Bannerman offers offers a contrary view to that of colleague Richard Pitt.
- May 3, 2004
Is it time to de-fang the unions?
Richard Pitt takes a look at the questions surrounding unions and government on this day of planned wide-spread actions.
- April 30, 2004
David Hancock is an internationally recognized authority on wild birds, frequently contracted by National Parks Services to assist with conservation and research initiatives. Hancock House
has published Bannerline books, and scores of books on various themes, but is world acclaimed as the publishers of some of most impressive and most expensive publications on bird life in
print. As a British Columbian, he is as distressed about the same kind of monumental government incompetence in his field of science, that is now a matter of permanent record and Canada's
shame in Ontario's 2003 SARS tragedies.
- December 3,
Chaos... An accident scene today can resemble the evacuation of Dunkirk, or is it the evacuation of common sense?
- October 21,
Of Social Contracts and Government Sell-outs - a look at the intellectual property section of the Free Trade Area of the Americas proposed Treaty
Symantec's dangerous gamble - Peter Norton, where are you?
- August 11,
Local Business Marketing in the Internet Age. Does it make sense to spend thousands of dollars on a fancy web site if all it is used for is finding your physical location so customers can come to your shop?
- August 1, 2003
Internet Domains and Small Business - a look at the does and don'ts of internet names for business not directly selling via the
- July 14, 2003
Vancouver's Olympic Victory - why the emotion?
- June 16, 2003
It's a lifeboat, but the ship is still sinking. The
advent of slot machines at racetracks - finally now imminent in Vancouver - has had the salubrious effect of pumping cash into both purses and
operations, but there is little evidence to date that the new
affluence is excising the malignancy killing the sport.
- April 30, 2003
U.S. wins the war but may lose the peace...
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