The Billion dollar question with only one right answer.

I was working on some research when I first heard the decision on Site C would come by December 31st, 2017…exactly two years from the day I first started blogging about Site C in earnest. Since then a multitude of opinion editorials, articles and statements have been made by both those opposing and those in support. ( It’s here I’ll mention the only formal group campaigning in support seems to be the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association, spearheaded by rep Jordan Bateman. Yes, that’s the same Jordan Bateman,former taxpayers champion who worried about the costs of Site C )

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The BCUC was clear in their final report & for the first time since I have been reporting on Site C, headlines appeared in every paper in BC confirming what we have all been saying all along.

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In following Site C, once again what’s proven to be the issue that flips undecided citizens most is cost & debt load. Cost because while people in metro Van can’t see the reality of how big the impact is of a flooded valley, they can see the impact of rising hydro rates on their bills. Debt load because even the most fiscal conservative gets how rising debt at BC Hydro impacts the provinces bottom line.

Moodys warned the previous BC Liberal government repeatedly that the rising debt at BC Hydro ( guaranteed by the province of BC) was putting the provinces credit rating at risk.  Moodys also warned the previous BC Liberal government repeatedly that the provinces debt load was rising and was putting our AAA rating at risk.

And now we have a perfect storm thanks to the mismanagement of the former government lead by Christy ‘git er done’ Clark, combined with the political considerations of the new NDP government. Do we move ahead with Site C and all the risks inherent to this project and the provinces finances? Or do we step around the sunk cost fallacy, stop throwing good money after bad and find a different way?

Smart economists will confirm even good business people get stuck in the belief that it’s better to keep going with a bad idea( creating an even bigger,bad investment) than cutting your loss and walking away to avoid that scenario.

It’s well explained here: https://www.behavioraleconomics.com/resources/mini-encyclopedia-of-be/sunk-cost-fallacy/

I still believe stopping Site C is the only option. And here is why. Horgan will have one big financial mess if he keeps going.

I’ve written extensively about the ongoing slides and efforts to find a way to address what Hydro claimed were unexpected geotechnical problems ( they weren’t unexpected, unless someone is a total idiot & didn’t read any reports). The government has repeatedly ignored their own report commissioned in 1991 that specifically states any development or exploitation of these slopes should be minimized: ( pdf)  Weisgarber report

The problematic left bank, aka North Slope, is where two tension cracks appeared and is where escalating costs will continue to arise from. Why this matters, is because this is the area of one of the anchor points for the dam.

Vaughn Palmer reported on the geotech problems here, months after I had been reporting  with photos on ongoing slides on that slope for much of 2015/2016. 

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This one aspect alone, the removal of unstable soils sitting on top of unstable shale bedrock, will likely be a key factor in cost escalation on this one portion of the project alone. Here is a page from the 2009 Klohn Crippen Berger report: 

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Herein lies a major issue, explained to me by a project manager familiar with the site and these reports.  The 1982 slope design called for estimated 15.6 cubic meters to achieve stability. To save money, the 1989 design used a steeper angle, shaving off  5.1 million cubic meters of excavation. But a 2005 review stated the 1982 design had to be assumed… or even more to achieve a flatter slope for stability.

Fast forward to where we are now and the sheer volume of material already excavated to flatten and round off the unstable slopes has been immense, yet two tension cracks still appeared after innumerable slides throughout 2016. That likely means they will go for  the even flatter slope design referenced above, to try to achieve stability.

Of course, the flatter that anchor point slope gets to try to achieve stability ( truly an unknown factor) ,the more costs go into dam construction in material costs, to account for being anchored to a flatter slope. The dam design is larger. Not only that, the costs relating to hauling massive amounts of material out need to be factored depending on where the material is being dumped. The further away the dump site is, the longer the turnaround time on haul trucks, requiring more trucks to keep to any semblance of a schedule. How much has been removed? How much more would they try?

Here is a look at before and after of that bank since the project started:

Ca-ching $$$  You get the point and this is still, only one aspect of the entire project that’s  eaten up nearly half the contingency already and has seen one member of the construction design team overseeing the project, go bankrupt.

( Of note, Arthur Hadland, source of much wisdom and relevant materials to the area and project,spoke with a retired engineer who worked on the project back in the 70’s, and this was his comment. There is substantial documentation of surveys done on that bank over the years showing how extensive the movement on the slopes has always been

“When I worked on this project I supervised a drill that was putting in test holes along the (old) north abutment.  We ran into a sub-vertical open tension crack and lost all drilling water.  It could not be sealed off and we abandoned the hole.  Later I learned the entire bank had collapsed.

There is little that can be done to remediate slopes that have tension cracks and incipient shears on this scale.  What happens is that groundwater moves down the cracks and along more permeable bedding planes.  It has the effect of softening and weakening these layers, which have abundant swelling clay minerals, as you know.  As a result, you end up with a big block of shale sitting on a very slippery surface with no cohesion in the backslope due to the tension cracks.” )

There is another way. And there is a way we address the long term interests of hydro customers, taxpayers, climate and still keep people working in good paying long term jobs, not short term work like Site C.  It’s called Burrard Thermal and even environmentalists have questioned the former governments decision to shut it down,when it provided security for Metro Vancouver supply. 

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The former government played politics with everything, and hypocritical policies that make no sense fiscally or environmentally are part of what needs badly to be corrected in BC,including Site C :

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Say what? It’s bad for us to keep jobs in the north going by using our own natural gas to keep a reliable electricity source in Metro Van, but it’s ok to let industry run wild with it to liquify natural gas in order to export it for foreign markets? Ummm ok.

It’s time to stop Site C, forever.

I’ve put tremendous thought into this, and talked to a lot of people around BC. There is only one way to move forward right now. Bring Burrard Thermal back online if needed, to give security to our grid. We saw last summer how forest fires threatened the grid. It’s a fact we need to deal with. Climate extremes are changing everything. We shouldn’t be flooding this valley.

In the review of Hydro, the NDP needs to look at integrating smaller scale  wind and solar projects into Hydros portfolio, with the knowledge Burrard Thermal is there for back up. It requires no additional infrastructure, with no additional GHG footprint. Tighten up regulations for gas producers to address all environmental considerations.

Remediation of the valley will keep on site workers busy for additional time. Hydro employees will be reassigned to other projects. Bringing Burrard Thermal online ensures local jobs in the gas industry will continue to bring actual business into local communities.

Government should also consider offering incentives to expand agriculture in the area, including offering land accumulated by Hydro at discounted rates to young and interested farmers. Hemp production has been bandied about online with great interest due to long growing days in the north.

This solution is not only workable, it’s the only solution that addresses security and consistency of the power grid, long term job creation and the greater good of taxpayers and hydro customers.

Burrard Thermal provides back up and allows for a clean transition to innovative renewables in BC, as well as providing support if.. and that’s a huge if.. the demand actually materializes. This transition isn’t going to happen overnight and Burrard Thermal will bridge the gap, only needed for peaks or emergencies. I’m shocked Jordan Bateman recently discounted Burrard Thermal in a video for the ICBA, particularly after calling everyone job killers. Why Site C when this is right there? Amend the Clean Energy Act so it actually makes sense.

It’s a fact that Hydro rates will increase no matter what the new government decides.  They have to because of how bad of financial shape BC Hydro is in – that’s what the Liberal MLA’s whining about rate increases haven’t been telling you. But the potential of $10 billion plus of debt from Site C, on top of the crippling debt BC Hydro already has, will absolutely increase rates far more than what stopping the project ever will. What amazes me still are the self proclaimed fiscal conservatives who rail on hysterically about how the NDP will drive us into debt…all the while staying silent on a project that could push BC Hydro debt right off the fiscal cliff. Daycare plan? Bad. How are you going to pay for that? Site C? Good. Let’s not talk about 94 years of debt….

It’s a risk no fiscally competant government should take. The BC Liberals and Christy Clark brought us to this point. But everything that happens from this point on, is entirely on the NDP. Will they put the greater good of BC first and stop this dam? Or take the Dwight Ball route,talk about how bad it is then proceed to build and blame the prior government? ( Hint, that didn’t work out so well for Dwight…)

Let the dam die and leave the people of the Peace river valley alone at last. They’ve given enough to BC. It’s our turn now to make sure this is done right. For all of us.

 

 

 

 

 

67 thoughts on “The Billion dollar question with only one right answer.

  1. Rick Koechl

    Hi Laila and thank you for this summary.
    I have always appreciated your insights on this one.
    One interesting anecdotal story about Jordan Bateman…. you are quite correct in assessing his
    hypocrisy. I actually SPOKE at length with him about 4-5 years ago, then emailed him several times about the cost issue and how this related to his theme of “cutting costs” for the taxpayer. It shocked me when I realized that he was NOT interested in pursuing the Site C story even back then. It made me wonder ‘who’s side is he really on”? I now know that is was the BC Liberal side all along and that his “outrage” was always for the media eye. SAD# (he might work for Trump some day…….)

    1. Laila Yuile

      Interestingly enough, the ICBA has a video featuring Jordan where he basically poo-poos Burrard Thermal and says the environmentalists will never stand for that….

      Yet Stewart Muir was just recently advocating against Vancouvers natural gas ban…

      It’s disappointing and challenging for many who looked to him in his role challenging silly spending by the province and cities, now see him charge full steam ahead and to hell with how much debt it adds to the province, since we guarantee all of BC Hydros debt. It’s no different than ICBC and how its been mismanaged.

  2. Evil Eye

    “The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.”

    Sadly, Site C is a mega project from the past and it is time we generate power differently, solar, thermal and wind.

    As population increases the demand for power drops, as we have become extremely efficient with power consumption.

    1. Laila Yuile

      I hear you. It’s something no one wants to talk about. The efficiency and advances in innovative technology is something that gets better every day. I recently read an in depth article on a group that was trying to solve the battery issue and had successfully created a battery using the waste from steel making, thereby mitigating the need for mining precious materials needed for battery production.

      I believe there is a way forward and at this point , BC can learn from what has worked and not worked in other countries and jurisdictions, to avoid making their mistakes. Thats one advantage to being so late at the table.

      I personally don’t know if Horgan and crew have the political will to stop this. They do seem to be trying to woo votes that WILL NEVER vote for them from the right. It’s idiotic. And self defeating because if they approve this, many who voted NDP as a last chance to stop this dam, will never,ever vote NDP again. I’m hearing that a lot. So they will only get one term because they still don’t seem to get the small margin they won by. Toss in more internal discord and its a perfect storm all over again.

      Nice to see you again!

      1. Hawgwash

        “I personally don’t know if Horgan and crew have the political will to stop this.”

        I am growing increasingly concerned about the political will on many fronts. I was very critical of Mr. Horgan in opposition and now I am seeing the same lack of strength and leadership. I’m just not all that impressed with any of the governing side at this point.

        I was also very optimistic that the Greens would hold NDP feet to the fire as well and I’m not seeing that either.

        I have vowed to disengage completely if Site C goes ahead.

  3. Thanks Laila. I agree with everything you state herein and particularly with the fact that anyone who was paying attention knew about the material instability years ago. The same applies the Mount Polley and now Red Chris on the Stikine.

    My only disagreement is on Burrard Thermal. First there is no need and secondly if we actually needed more energy then using Mica and the improvements on the other existing power stations would suffice.

    Thanks for still sticking to it where many have quit, including me.

    1. Laila Yuile

      Hi Merv!! So nice to see you here 🙂

      We aren’t in disagreement. Currently there is no need and in BC they will not electrify everything nearly as quickly as some are claiming. It won’t happen. One we have a cold and here on the coast, stormy climate and electric heat alone is a budget killer for those who can least afford it. Affordability is not just a housing issue, it is a trickle down issue that impacts budgets of families, students, single and seniors tremendously, so even EV’s are not going to roll into the general population as fast as they think. And even if the need does arrive down the road… and that is still disputable among experts…we have Burrard thermal or Mica to provide consistency to a renewable portfolio.

      It’s been frustrating at times, even for a persistent person like myself. But this is wrong. The people of the Peace have given enough. Period.

    1. Laila Yuile

      Glad to see you John ❤ It's been a long time since I blogged consistently.

      Harvey is entitled to his opinion and many agree. My view is you can't open new doors using old keys. This is a new time, and in many ways a new world thats changing faster than a lot of people can keep up with…or want to keep up with.

      I was surprised he would fall into the sunk cost trap too.

        1. Hawgwash

          You’re right john and of course I was being facetious.
          I’m bothered that a seasoned journo is being so shallow with his arguments and rebuttals.
          But, it’s his blog.

  4. Len

    I think everyone should take a good look at the main reason for site c and that is they need millions of gallons of water for fracking so if they can suck the rubes into paying for it by telling us we need the power better than the gas companies having to pay for it .They got caught building unapproved dams all over hell up there and i havn’t heard abut any fines have you?Alberta needs that fracked gas to thin bitumin down enought to get it to flow through a pipeline…let them pay for it..eh

    1. Laila Yuile

      True, there is water being drawn from WAC I believe for that purpose, so they may very well do the same with Site C if built. Fracking and dams don’t really go so well together particularly with such unstable soil that seems to transmit vibration very well.

      BTW, it also came out in the legislature that Hydro had issued a RFP for the transmission line. And there were interested bidders. They extended the date for the proposals to come in for one bidder who wanted to gather more info.

      Mungall had a hard time explaining that.

  5. Mosko

    Thank you, Laila, for a well-thought-out, reasonaed analysis of the need to shut down the folly that is Site C.

    Of the many, many terrible decisions made by the BC Liberal Party, and Christy Clark, Site C will go down in history as one of the worst, most destructive and politically-motivated.

    Rarely is such irresponsibility exposed in such a blatant manner.

    Your diligence on this issue is much appreciated.

    1. Laila Yuile

      Thank you Mosko.

      It’s all Clark and crews doing. But if it continues the NDP cannot just point fingers and blame the Liberals. They will be fully culpable from that point on if they continue it, just like Dwight Ball. And I firmly believe this dam does have the potential to head down the same road based on what we have seen so far.

      Please follow here, and call, email and let your mla’s know how you feel. https://keepingthepeace.wordpress.com/

  6. r

    Zero growth,now negative as of last quarter, for 11 years and you want to blow 12 billion dollars ,for Site C,and sell surplus power at a potential loss after?
    Why is it you never see an annual demand graph from BCHydro Hmmm…?You may not sell to Alberta -they installed a gas turbine ,like the politically neutered burrard thermal.?
    Bring on the debt downgrade.?The only thing growing is the debt?

    2007-2017

  7. Len

    Hey Laila,I’ve been thinking about this a lot,,my guess is they are going to go ahead with this and hope it keeps them in power for 16 yrs just like the fast cats did for the lieberals,,,I certianly hope not but just a thought

  8. G? Barry Stewart

    Blair King, over at A Chemist in Langley wonders: “Wouldn’t it be nice if the people supporting the project put in the sweat equity that the opponents of the dam have been contributing?”

    Reluctant admiration from a Site C proponent… but he makes a good point: the “No Site C” crowd has done most of the heavy lifting on this case. Other than King himself, most of the others in the pro camp have been happy to simply repeat Hydro’s claims.

    I checked out the Fraser Institute for how much it had written in support of Site C. Basically ONE page. Their lack of attention on such an important issue is curious.

    1. Laila Yuile

      Because no one with a lick of financial sense would continue this knowing what we know about Hydro and their finances. Norm Farrell has reams of excellent information on that alone. New post coming shortly

  9. Although I know the NDP haven’t the spinal fortitude or skill they could do to the Liberals what Campbell did to the NDP regarding the fast ferries. The fast cats were sold for less than scrap prices and a litany of lies were levelled out and repeated forever tarnishing the NDP brand.

    They now have that same opportunity, yet a better one as they don’t even have to lie!

    However the corruption is so systemic I fear there is no individuals left in Victoria with any vision for anything except their own personal gain.

    Our ex MLA Austin can do nothing but post pics of his world travels. He and his wife did well filling their accounts.

    Sad days. Quite despondent.

  10. In the private sector they understand the ‘sunk costs fallacy’ quite well based on economics not politics. Suncor and Petronas both backed away from projects when cost / benefit changed. Revelstoke Dam has a spot for a sixth turbine that could be installed right now with half the capacity of Site C with no need for new transmission lines. Floating solar arrays on top of all reservoirs would run more efficiently due to cooling and reduce evaporation.
    “Suncor, for example, in January of 2009 walked away from its massive $11 billion Voyageur upgrader in Fort McMurray incurring a loss of $5 billion in sunk costs because Canada’s largest oil sands producer figured it would never generate a return.”

    1. Laila Yuile

      Sounds like Kootenay Bill ….lol. So Trumpy!!

      Wow. Fake news on the wac dam sinkhole eh? Clearly not someone who read all the Wac dam documents extensively like I did when the bcuc was reviewing the newest repairs…..

  11. Cabinet ministers in any new government quickly learn they know very little about the ministry they’ve been handed, and deputy ministers and their assistant deputies are very happy to drive home the point. They not only have the expertise and corporate knowledge to run the ministry’s day-to-day operations, but the ability to make or break the minister and/or the minister’s government. It takes some time for any new minister, no matter how otherwise capable, to put her or his own stamp on the ministry. Some never do; and the DMs and ADMs run the show.

    It takes a very strong minister, supported by the premier and the executive council, to come into office and completely change the direction of a ministry staffed and molded for a decade and a half by a different political philosophy. Especially if that change requires removal of DM and ADM incumbents who can use their corporate knowledge to advantage when resisting change. The normal process eventually produces winners and losers; evident to the public by cabinet member demotions or shuffles, and /or public service reassignments.

    The problem we have now is that there are some major decisions beyond the day-to-day operation of certain ministries that will affect the province forever and that have to be made immediately. They can’t wait for certain ministers or indeed the entire executive council to get comfortable. And there is increasing evidence, including events surrounding the decision on Site C, that in several ministries the deputies are operating as if the BC Liberals are still in office.

    Mr. Horgan should ask himself what he’s going to do about that. Because depending on his government’s performance, voters will be asking the same question.

    1. If all the Greens, who announced their ‘irritation’ today, and the NDP, manage to do is essentially rubber-stamp the Liberal’s Site – C mega-project, the voters will conclude the dam was inevitable and the Liberals right all along. Progressives never do well when their parties move to the centre, as seen in Democratic Party and Federal NDP losses. Personally I am disappointed the GP never came out with an climate and ecological argument on how the dam will affect the drying out of the Athabasca-Peace Delta at Woodbuffalo and the FN’s there, and the Treaty-8 FN’s rights to hunt and fish–for fish that don’t have methyl-mercury warning like those behind the Bennett Dam 50 years later.

    2. Hawgwash

      Lew, so good to see you.
      It is what it is and it has never been more critical for the leaders to lead.
      I was very hard on Mr. Horgan, as leader of the opposition but, since elected to govern, have given him a chance to prove me wrong. It’s not working.

      This tune keeps playing in my head; They Really Don’t Want the Job.

    1. Hawgwash

      It’s not like these folks need time to find the pencil sharpeners.

      You don’t have to spend a lot of time on the roster to see many of them are seasoned players. Many, with over 10 years, in their third and fourth terms. Farnworth and Krog have been around since 1991.

      There should be a very small learning curve here. The NDP should have been prepared for this long ago, if not immediately after Mr. Dix did something stinky in the bed.

      Most of the NDP MLAs would have had exposure to the DMs ADMs and other bureaucrats from years in opposition. They should all be on first name basis.

      Maybe that’s a problem. Too cozy and never taken seriously.

      Time is working against them and so, I suspect, time is working in favour of the Greens, if they have any leadership gumption.

  12. DBW

    Hi Laila

    I have been reading your blog for a few years after I came across your point/counterpoint articles (which were always great summaries of an issue) in one of the Vancouver papers. I always enjoy your writing – not just the thoroughness of your research on political issues like this one, but maybe especially your philosophical take on nature and living. Thank you for all of that,

    But today, I want to thank you for being the unwitting cause of my self-ban from Harvey’s site.

    Apparently, it’s ok for a poster to accuse someone (you) as “a mere protester who offers zip”

    But it is not ok for me to suggest that the person is “trolling without even realizing it”. Now even my explanations are being deleted. LOL

    By the way, Hawgwash, this was my comment not Harvey’s.

    “I still believe that the dam never should have been started in the first place and I think the BCUC review makes that pretty clear.

    However, given where we are in the process, I can certainly see why Horgan may want to continue with it. I just hope whatever he decides is done for economic and environmental reasons rather than political ones.”

    To emphasize: I want that decision based on science and research (thanks again Laila), not on whether it will win or lose votes which unfortunately is an almost impossible task to give politicians.

    1. Hawgwash

      DBW, yes, I see now; my error. I went back and reread the post, twice and realize the structure of the HO edit, fooled me into believing he had dumped everything you had said and the rest was his. No matter, they will be having a three way conversation over there before long.

      I did not like the comments directed at Laila either and when I challenged the poster to play grown up and bring his comments to Laila’s yard, HO deleted me.

      Good entertainment but not the least bit credible any longer.

      1. Hawgwash

        By the way DBW and I should have said this in my previous post; it is good to see you here. You have much to give, share and enlighten. You will be an asset to this blog.

  13. Hugh

    “A public inquiry (into Muskrat Fall project) launched this week by current Premier Dwight Ball will examine how this was allowed to happen. While the inquiry promises to rub salt in the wounds by exposing the faulty assumptions, political considerations and inadequate checks and balances that led to the project’s approval, it is a necessary exercise that will provide lessons for all Canadians.

    That’s because there is a similar story to tell in almost every province. Whether it involves provincially-owned hydroelectric behemoths in British Columbia, Manitoba or Quebec, or the Crown-owned nuclear-dominated Ontario Power Generation, politically-driven energy policies across Canada have saddled ratepayers and taxpayers with billions of dollars in extra debt.”

    From

    https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/muskrat-falls-inquiry-wont-save-newfoundlanders-from-a-127-billion-sinkhole/article37052291/

    1. Well now, that puts a whole new spin on this. Makes total sense. That and forcing the sale of BC’s Crown Jewel due to governmental incompetence and it’s a total loss.

      How many “ministers” will be rewarded me wonders.

  14. hawgwash

    I don’t do Twitter, Facebook or any of the other venues of social media, so, this is my one kick at the can, eleventh hour, gut feeling of what is about to happen.

    Site C will be shut down.

    It has been Mr. Horgan’s personal plan all along. He also knows he is toast if he doesn’t stop it but that has never been an issue for him.

    Let the anti-dam folks rant rave, phone, email, gnash their teeth and threaten to withdraw support. Let them foam at the mouth, lose sleep and get ulsers because when they hear Site C is dead they will be ecstatic, love the NDP and somehow believe it was them, the angsters, who brought this about. Horgan’s Heros.

    The anti-dam folks would have made no difference to the outcome. Thus, Mr. Horgan has done everything he could, to give an ear to the pro crowd so no one could come back later with accusations they were not heard.

    I also think Mr. Weaver knows it and is playing along.

    There will be no floor crossing.
    There will be no mutiny.
    There will be no election.
    There will be no Site C.

      1. hawgwash

        I have a disgusting taste in my mouth today and it is not from the crow I have to eat.
        Christy Clark has been exonerated.

        I now have to go cold turkey on kicking a 50 year political habit.
        The withdrawal will not be easy.

        Laila, thanks for all you have done.

        1. Laila Yuile

          Don’t go cold turkey but wow do I hear you.A lot of tears that still pop up now over this for me and others.And will for some time.The thought of flood waters filling the valley is unbearable.

  15. I don’t do Twitter but I read the Financial Post business analysis of Petro West (dated 2015, I believe) on the right side of your site. No wonder they are going broke! You do NOT park a million dollar machine under a dribble of sand coming off a conveyor belt. Not while you park a 992 loader, another million dollar machine off to the side. In order to maximize production (read, PROFIT), you keep the equipment MOVING. And you don’t normally use Cat wagons to haul sand. Of course, I can’t see the whole operation, but from the photo I’d give this a big FAIL!

  16. Mike Proskow

    The ink is still drying with the NDP decision to keep Site c in progress….. Disappointed yes, surprised, NO. There are no winners here. I hope that somehow, some where the political follies of elected officials will be brought into focus and that SOP’s are set in place to prevent the next debacle. Democracy is messy, made worse when the Christy Clarke’s, Linda Hepner’s and others blunder forward with their own agenda’s paying only lip service to meaningful public process and debate. We are never going to please all the people all the time…… but that must never be a reason to discount anyone willing to make informed, thoughtful contribution to decisions involving the public purse. If we can ever fix the way forward, we will make better decisions. The strangest thing is that the provincial NDP and the minority Greens make better partners than I would ever have imagined. Who knew? On a much more important note, the Laila Yuile’s of the world are increasingly more important in this political journey and I am grateful for her unrelenting commitment to public discourse.Special people abound, navigators like Ms.Yuile are precious. Thank you Laila.

    1. Laila Yuile

      ” The strangest thing is that the provincial NDP and the minority Greens make better partners than I would ever have imagined. Who knew? ”

      Indeed..democracy can only be enhanced with more accountability and even in a minority govt situation they can do more good than the Liberals who clearly demonstrated their allegiance only to donors and corporate friends.Not unlike Surrey First I might add… 🙂

  17. Laila Yuile

    With Horgan using sunk costs today saying it was the right move to keep building, it’s important you all read this from Norm Farrell, in the context of the implications on the conditions I reported above.

    “Unfortunately, both engineering firms are among the many employed on the Site C project where building safe foundations are problematic, perhaps even impossible.”

    Yes. He has excerpts to see. Two firms who said Mt. Polley was fine have consulted on site c.

    Nope. Nothing to see here.

    https://www.google.ca/amp/s/in-sights.ca/2018/07/25/premier-horgan-where-were-you-on-mount-polley/amp/

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