Monitoring the monitors

A little funny thing happened on the blog today I thought I'd share because it's another one of those things many people don't know about government. They monitor media and not only do they monitor it, they rate it. I often get incoming links from their daily rounds when a blog post or tweet has …

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Port Mann Bridge becomes the new ‘Fast Ferries’ debacle.

If you don't follow Integrity BC on twitter https://twitter.com/INTEGRITYBC , or at their facebook page where frequent updates are posted, you are missing out on some vital information regarding BC politics and how the BC government operates. All of the work posted is rock solid and supported with research. Todays post is exceptional and is …

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Sea to Sky highway retaining walls safety inspection reports released, raise more questions on quality of build and maintenance.

One of the advantages to blogging is the ability to follow up on stories as many times as one needs to get to the bottom of it. And as is becoming more common with stories involving the BC provincial government, it's a matter of digging deeper,looking beyond the ministry media handler statements and sometimes going …

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“…the contractor who built the wall — Peter Kiewit and Sons — used parts in the retaining wall that do not meet ministry standards….”

A wise man once told me that the best thing for any organization to do when facing a potentially explosive public relations issue was to "tell the truth, tell it all, and tell it damn quick." First the issues were cosmetic in nature only. Then, a ministry employee said " no significant structural issues were …

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Denial, deflect, discredit.

When I published the photos of the conditions of just three of the 219 retaining walls on the Sea to Sky Highway last year, the Ministry of Transportation said the issue was merely cosmetic, and that the walls are inspected annually.  Then the news that in fact a fourth retaining wall needed significant  structural repairs such …

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Keep calm and carry on- I will return to blogging soon.

There's something more than a little ironic about having tennis elbow when you don't even play tennis. For a while it's been quite bothersome to sit,write and research for any extended amount of time, as my left elbow and forearm developed carpal tunnel like symptoms.It comes and goes,but after spending an inordinate amount of time …

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“A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.” ~ John Le Carre

Wise words for many policy makers who often seem to demonstrate a lack of empathy and understanding of how the real world works for the average person, perhaps because they spend more time behind their desk than out and about connecting with real people There will be no Duel column next Monday, so I'll be …

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Sea to Sky retaining wall questions continue as ministry employee emails indicate Kiewit inspected their own work.

With ongoing rainstorms and occasional flooding that has hit many areas on the north shore recently, water drainage and erosion is a concern to many. This of course jogged my memory to look for an update on a story I broke earlier this year. On April 30th, I posted a story with photos that illustrated …

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Troubling photos spark Ministry of Transportation inspections of Sea to Sky retaining walls, creating new concerns over Kiewit construction.

The Ministry of Transportation is investigating the condition of at least three MSE ( Mechanically Stabilized Earth) retaining walls along the Sea to Sky Highway, according to sources close to the project. This action finally comes after specific Ministry employee's received the photos shown below - in February of this year - that show clear flaws, deficiencies and structural concerns that …

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Coming next week….

I've received quite a few emails this summer from readers wondering why I haven't been covering the activities of the BC government, considering this years summer session of the Legislature, and a variety of scandals and stories that have emerged. Quite frankly, summer is yet another silly season for the news, when the majority of people are …

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