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

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 … Continue reading Monitoring the monitors

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 art of being happy,lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things…” ~ Henry Ward Beecher

It was the kind of summer day dreams are made of... no schedules,no destination in mind,just loading up a picnic and taking off with no expectations. The highway led us towards Squamish, a natural and instinctual response to the calling of the mountains and the sea, the road not too crowded but still full of … Continue reading “The art of being happy,lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things…” ~ Henry Ward Beecher

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.

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

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

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

Just an opinion from a “retired Businessman who lives in the Greater Victoria Region.”

Gwyn Morgan, a "retired Businessman who lives in the Greater Victoria Region.", penned an article in the Alberni Valley News yesterday. http://www.albernivalleynews.com/opinion/206277021.html?fb_comment_id=fbc_156711017836202_280258_157028854471085#f6ac7ecd047de Here is an excerpt: We also need to focus on balancing the provincial budget, rather than taking money away from social programs to fund rising interest costs. Forty years of experience in business has taught … Continue reading Just an opinion from a “retired Businessman who lives in the Greater Victoria Region.”

A must read. “Are Tax Havens robbing the government of P3 revenue?”

There are a couple of people who I really admire and follow with regards to their work on  P3's in the province, among other items of concern. One is Erik Andersen , who in the embedded link talks about the potential for BC reaching our own fiscal cliff, and Keith Reynolds, who has written more … Continue reading A must read. “Are Tax Havens robbing the government of P3 revenue?”