A little history on the gold standard of ‘being the best’ at BC Hydro

The news that BC Hydro would not release the amounts of the other bids for recent Site C contracts, is not surprising - at least not to me. Having written extensively on many of the biggest transportation projects in BC, accountability is still sorely lacking in most ministries when it comes to opposing bid amounts. …

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Politics without principle 2.0: “Just because you can,doesn’t mean you should”

And oftentimes excusing of a fault Doth make the fault the worse by the excuse. ~William Shakespeare Partisan snipes from both sides of the house have been fairly silent today on twitter and for good reason: once again, hypocrisy is the governing force of the legislature as news of taxpayer funded trips for both NDP and …

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Why ‘Renewal’ for the BCNDP really means nothing: The story behind the BC NDP Convention no one wants to talk about.

"Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts. Perhaps the fear of a loss of power." -John Steinbeck One call could have been ignored or passed off as sour grapes following the election of Craig Keating as the new BC NDP president, but then another arrived, followed by a few more. Then, documentation. Every call, and every confirmation all detailing the …

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Detailed new photos show state of aging BNSF Bridge in South Surrey as potential recipe for disaster.

In recent weeks, the state of an aging railroad bridge that spans the Little Campbell River in South Surrey - owned and maintained by the U.S. based BNSF Railway - momentarily attracted the attention of the media after the horrific tragedy of Lac-Mégantic. However, residents in the area have been concerned over the bridge for years, despite the fact BNSF claims the bridge is …

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Links and stories you might have missed: Critical state of rail infrastructure, BC Hydro debt scandal and SNC Lavalin

"I'm just catching up with yesterday, by tomorrow I should be ready for today : )"                     - unknown To be honest, I totally relate this summer!! Busy, busy, busy and most writing is getting done pre-dawn or post- sunset and frankly, when it's 30 degrees and humid - it just isn't going to happen. 🙂 However, …

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A bold new post from Ian Reid on the BC NDP.

I greatly admire Ian for many reasons, and this new post is one of his best. Here is an excerpt:     This weekend the BC NDP Provincial Council meets to begin the review of the disastrous 2013 campaign. From what I see it is set to fail, much like Dix’s campaign itself. This was a …

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Future of BC NDP may be “Error 404 Not Found”

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different  results ~Albert Einstein Since the election, I've taken a step back from the what has essentially become the netherworld of BC politics to work on a few projects, but even I couldn't pass on this story from Kelowna: http://www.kelownacapnews.com/news/211908851.html As it was kindly pointed out …

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“The man of thought who will not act is ineffective; the man of action who will not think is dangerous.” ~ Richard Nixon.

When asked by Philip Till what the leaders needed to do in the last bit of the campaign on his show recently, I said Dix needed to get on his game and get aggressive if he wanted to win.In fact,I even remarked that I would have run the NDP campaign aggressively from day 1 and that aggressive doesn't have …

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This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Find the party that is accountable for its actions.

This week’s topic: What is the most important factor voters should consider at the polls? When Kathryn’s submission arrived in my email, it was clear that while we come from different positions on the political spectrum, she felt the same responsibility as I did. I was impressed with her thoughtful commentary. It’s both a privilege …

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One of the best graphic images: The Election Web ( would the person who created this contact me for due credit?)

I started getting hits from this link today, and would love to both share it with all of you: http://www.thewebworks.bc.ca/bcpoli/htmlwebs/the_election_web_v1.0.htm I would  really love to hear from whoever created this amazing web that tells a story so much better than even my 100+ Reasons the BC Liberals need to Go. It's quite stunning! email me or …

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