"Analysis says project is no longer going to benefit the provincial economy as once expected" That headline, from the CBC: A new report is calling for the suspension of B.C.'s Site C dam project, saying it's no longer going to benefit the provincial economy as once expected and that power from the hydroelectric station will likely be exported at losses … Continue reading BC Election 2017: “Site C dam project has become ‘uneconomic’ and should be suspended…”
Over the past year of reporting on Site C and looking into other dam projects around the world, Muskrat Falls quickly grabbed my attention earlier this year. In reviewing how the government of Newfoundland/Labrador decided to proceed with the project,the projects path to construction was eerily similar to our BC Liberals governments path to 'get … Continue reading If there is any saving grace to Muskrat Falls, let it be the light it shines on Premier Clarks vow to get Site C past the point of no return.
So there I am, content after a nice dinner of home-made sushi and just chilling and flipping through my phone... when I saw something that snapped me right to attention: Dam failure a quake risk for Campbell River Residents urged to flee area around river if ground shakes strongly http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/campbell-river-earthquake-bc-hydro-dam-flooding-1.3814746?cmp=rss Officials in Campbell River … Continue reading More glaring hypocrisy as BC Hydro critical upgrades must undergo BCUC review while province refuses to submit Site C
From UK media today: "One of British Columbia’s most influential First Nations chiefs has turned down an invitation to participate in a reconciliation ceremony with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to Canada, describing the symbolic ceremony as a “public charade” that papers over the Canadian government’s failure to keep its promises … Continue reading “True leaders don’t give consoling answers, they take constructive actions.” ~Amit Kalantri
It's rainy and cold in the mountains today and the clouds are so thick and low that it feels as though I'm floating in the sky.So,until this weather lifts I'm socked in and its the perfect time to tell you a story about one man who found out how hard it is to be right, … Continue reading It’s hard being right, when the wrong has already been done.
With the flight restrictions that were placed on pilots that prevented them from flying over the construction zone ( shortly after I posted these aerial pics ) removed, new photos of some pretty interesting conditions on the north bank construction of Site C are again raising concerns. ( photo credit to Don Hoffman) Hmmm.. The … Continue reading Site C aerial photos show mess of mud,water and slides.
Breaking news this morning from Newfoundland: the Muskrat Falls dam project is officially a boondoggle, having doubled in price and leaving their hydro CEO to make a shocking admission: "Muskrat Falls was not the right choice for our province." Hear the words straight from his mouth, here: I've written about Muskrat Falls several times, including … Continue reading Shocking admission from Nalcor Energy CEO serves as chilling warning to BC Government that exempted Site C project from independent review of BCUC.
As someone who has picked apart nearly every transportation project in the province with a fine tooth comb, it should be no surprise to anyone to discover that Kiewit is the preferred contractor for another big project in BC, this time for the WAC Bennett Dam repairs I've been writing extensively about. This from documents … Continue reading BC Hydro identifies Peter Kiewit Infrastructure as Preferred Contractor for long overdue WAC Bennett Dam Repairs
If there is one thing that surprises many people who are new to following provincial politics, it is how easily governments can manipulate policy and legislation that is in place to protect taxpayers. A classic example is this: Two days before the NDP revealed allegations by former executive assistant Tim Duncan that he … Continue reading Cutting through the spin cycle of the new Site C opinion piece in the Vancouver Sun
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. … Continue reading A little history on the gold standard of ‘being the best’ at BC Hydro