Sea to Sky highway project making money once again…but not for the taxpayers of BC

Call me a geek but the big transportation projects of BC have always been of keen interest to me and I've written about many. The Kicking Horse bridge, the South Fraser Perimeter road,Port Mann Bridge and of course, the infamous Sea to Sky highway. With the discussion of road pricing and regional tolling sure to …

Continue reading Sea to Sky highway project making money once again…but not for the taxpayers of BC

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 …

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

“…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 …

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

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 …

Continue reading Denial, deflect, discredit.

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 …

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

Kiewit-General “committed willful and serious safety violations” in Washington state accident, fined $150,000

I noticed some interesting and heavy activity yesterday on my blog, from a US source using Level 3 Communications out of Maryland, U.S. - a company that interestingly enough, was spun off from Kiewit Diversified Group, a subsidiary of Peter Kiewit and Sons. The interest was very specifically focused on the posts I've written that …

Continue reading Kiewit-General “committed willful and serious safety violations” in Washington state accident, fined $150,000

Self-conceit always leads to self-destruction…

By now you may have heard of the days events -  Bill Bennett was kicked out, literally it seems, of the caucus, perhaps even the building. CKNW has been the best source of news on this so far this afternoon, and although I never listen, today I made the exception to hear now, at least …

Continue reading Self-conceit always leads to self-destruction…

“The B.C. governments secretiveness is not confined to ‘shadow tolls’. And there is genuine concern they have a lot to hide…”

***updated below, with quotes from Jeff Knight, Ministry of Transportation of Infrastructure. Disturbing words from Stephen Rees,a retired regional planner and transportation economist, who now runs a popular local blog covering transportation issues and policy. Rees worked for over 40 years in this industry, for some time serving as an economic advisor in the UK …

Continue reading “The B.C. governments secretiveness is not confined to ‘shadow tolls’. And there is genuine concern they have a lot to hide…”

Just because you have the right to do something, doesn’t mean doing it is right .

"Families cannot prosper and keep America  B.C. strong, if government becomes a Goliath that preys upon their wealth, usurps their rights, and crushes their spirit."  I found it quite remarkable how these words from Ronald Reagan seem  almost destined to be spoken about the current state of political and public affairs in this province, hence …

Continue reading Just because you have the right to do something, doesn’t mean doing it is right .

When is a losing bidder, NOT a losing bidder? When it involves bidding on a Ministry of Transportation project!

Without a doubt, it's when the losing bidders have bid on a Ministry of transportation project with the BC Liberals!  It came as a shock to me, anyways, when I recently read in the South Fraser Perimeter Road Request for Qualifications, that the losing proponents( bidders) would still be receiving  so-called " Stipends" to the …

Continue reading When is a losing bidder, NOT a losing bidder? When it involves bidding on a Ministry of Transportation project!