After Paul Krugman wrote in the New York Times about the affluent exercising self-interest to make gains over the rest of us, Pamela Fayerman published a local illustration in the Times Colonist.
Med school admissions contentious issue at UBC discusses elites requesting special treatment for friends and family seeking admission to the School of Medicine. An internal memo written by former admissions director Denis Hughes states that prominent people were seeking special treatment and entry rule waivers. According to Fayerman,
“Hughes said he resigned, in part, because of alleged preferential treatment given to a few applicants whose well-connected parents intervened on their behalf during the applications process.
“In another case, the parent was Howard Waldner, CEO of the Vancouver Island Health Authority. Waldner, who is travelling in Australia for a month, could not be reached for comment. But medical school dean Stuart confirmed Waldner made calls to UBC and that the Waldner family also asked Ida Chong, Liberal MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head, to advocate on the family’s behalf.
“Stuart said the issue in that case was that the applicant did not meet B.C. residency requirements and “despite pressure from the applicant’s father [Waldner], the appeal [to apply as a B.C. resident] was denied.”
I’ve written here before about Howard Waldner. He previously demonstrated a belief that friends should care for friends when he ignored VIHA hiring rules and awarded a lucrative contract without competition to the husband of one of Premier Christy Clark’s top advisers. The following was published at Northern Insights in November:
Net-zero is OK for teachers, regular healthcare providers and the remaining public sector workers but not for important friends who do favours for Premier Photo Op. For example, and this is but one of course, check out Howard Waldner’s tough road. This guy, CEO of the Vancouver Island Health Authority, decided after the position of in-house flack sat empty for 8-months, there was an urgent and secret need (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) to fill it with an associate of the Premier:
Waldner, by the way has enjoyed a 42% salary increase over the past 5 years, moving his salary before expense from $312,000 to $442,000. During that time, his annual expenses have ranged from $29,683 to $51,000. My, those business lunches are pricey!