Site C contractor consents to receivership, raising more questions on project contract & bids

It was over a year ago that I first reported on the difficulties facing Site C contractor, Petrowest... and the oddity of the company being qualified to even be awarded a contractor. https://lailayuile.com/2016/03/02/site-c-consortium-member-petrowest-has-waiver-extended-by-lenders-until-march-31-2016/ In November 2015, the BC Government and BC Hydro awarded a $1.5 Billion contract to the Peace River Hydro Partners, of which Petrowest Corporation …

Continue reading Site C contractor consents to receivership, raising more questions on project contract & bids

Muskrat Falls fiasco provides example for British Columbians of potential future of Site C & why Premier Clark must send project to BC Utilities Commission independent review.

It always freaks people out when I say I'm fiscally conservative. The term evokes images of Harper for most Canadians and the terms slice and dice comes to mind with references to budgets. But the truth is when I say it I don't mean conservative as in the party, I mean I think it's important …

Continue reading Muskrat Falls fiasco provides example for British Columbians of potential future of Site C & why Premier Clark must send project to BC Utilities Commission independent review.

Did the BC government fail in its duty to release important information-without an FOI-that contained any evidence of : “…a risk of significant harm to the environment or to the health or safety of the public or a group of people”.

Some think so: https://fipa.bc.ca/release-bc-government-had-obligation-to-release-tailings-pond-info/ And I agree. The duty to protect all and any life and environment comes before everything. It all comes down to who knew what... when? http://pacificgazette.blogspot.ca/2014/08/mount-polley-disasterthey-all-knew-ch-3.html Will we see any resignations now? VANCOUVER, B.C.—The BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association has filed a complaint with the BC Information and Privacy …

Continue reading Did the BC government fail in its duty to release important information-without an FOI-that contained any evidence of : “…a risk of significant harm to the environment or to the health or safety of the public or a group of people”.

Vaughn Palmer: On mega-projects, not much balance in B.C. Liberal claims of ‘on budget’

I was happy to see Vaughn Palmers column today, because his readership far exceeds mine and this story really needs to be read by all British Columbians. He also gives a tip of the hat to a December 21st blog post I did right before Christmas when the SFPR opened, to which I've already thanked …

Continue reading Vaughn Palmer: On mega-projects, not much balance in B.C. Liberal claims of ‘on budget’

BC Liberals pat themselves on the back over SFPR ‘highway’ opening a year late and $464 million over budget

I'll give the BC Liberals this: they sure know how to crank out a photo-op and they know how to spin a deuce into silk and make it look like they invented it. Case in point, the grand opening the of much heralded... and criticized... South Fraser Perimeter Road -aka Highway 17 ( the old highway 17 …

Continue reading BC Liberals pat themselves on the back over SFPR ‘highway’ opening a year late and $464 million over budget

This week’s column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Changing the rules doesn’t make LNG ‘clean’ energy

Yes, yes, yes, I know I've teased you with hints of the post on the BC NDP, and a couple other gems, but I've come down sick with a nasty head cold and cough that makes me feel like my brain is cotton.  Thankfully,I managed to get this weeks column done just as I was …

Continue reading This week’s column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Changing the rules doesn’t make LNG ‘clean’ energy

Petro-China executives face corruption probe.

Petro-China lost $1 billion dollars in market value in one day of trading, as investors bailed  following news that the corruption probe in China had been expanded to include three executives at Petro-China. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323324904579040200172694292.html Trading of shares in PetroChina and unit Kunlun Energy Co. KLYCY -8.19%were halted Tuesday ahead of PetroChina's disclosure that three of the companies' …

Continue reading Petro-China executives face corruption probe.

“The good thing about standards is that there are so many to choose from.” ~ Andrew Tanenbaum

In going through my emails this evening - a never-ending job these days it seems - I came across one from a reader commenting on the Twitter exchange between Rich Coleman and myself on March 20th of this year. https://twitter.com/colemancountry Scrolling back to that morning, Coleman had nattered about John Hogan's comment on NW: "There is …

Continue reading “The good thing about standards is that there are so many to choose from.” ~ Andrew Tanenbaum

What’s it like working with Premier Christy Clark? “She’s a role model for the next generation…” ~ Rich Coleman, minister of everything.

Thankfully, I'll never have to find out. However, Rich Coleman, minister of everything under the sun has, and actually likes working with Christy so much, he made this video on YouTube just to prove how much he likes working with her. Hmm...  ok....is it just me, or does Rich Coleman look like he's in an interrogation …

Continue reading What’s it like working with Premier Christy Clark? “She’s a role model for the next generation…” ~ Rich Coleman, minister of everything.

Friends helping friends: The story of how the BC Liberal – SNC Lavalin connection persists with Christy Clark.

Click on the photo below to see Gwyn Morgans person contributions to the BC Liberals and Christy Clark. Now.... let's go back and read this story, detailing some of the conflicts behind the proposed Victoria LRT line, SNC and Clark. The BC Liberal - SNC Lavalin connection: Moral hazard is when they take your money and …

Continue reading Friends helping friends: The story of how the BC Liberal – SNC Lavalin connection persists with Christy Clark.