This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Beef up BC training programs before turning to temporary foreign workers

The winner of last week’s duel on farmland was Laila with 72%. This week’s topic: Should temporary foreign workers be allowed in B.C.'s LNG industry? For a premier so committed to providing jobs for British Columbians, the irony of Christy Clark’s trip to Ottawa — liquefied natural gas industry executives in tow — in part …

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Sea to Sky highway changes hands as Macquaries Essential Asset Partnerships sells 100% of their stake in the project

**** Breaking News update:    In an interesting development which is relevent to the sea to sky news I posted today, I  received inside information from an overseas source early this evening that Macquarie Bank has shut down Transtoll, which is a subsidiary of Macquarie Atlas Roads. I was also told that Deloitte is the receiver handling the wind-down, and that in some cases …

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Tax cuts + ensuing loss of revenue = a deliberate financial crisis…and a reason to introduce the P3 method of building

I  have never seen more senators express discontent with their jobs. ... I think the major cause is that, deep down in our hearts, we have been accomplices to doing something terrible and unforgivable to this wonderful country. Deep down in our hearts, we know that we have bankrupted America(British Columbia-l.y.) and that we have …

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Sea to Sky shadow toll story makes national news courtesy of Mark Hume and the Globe and Mail

Mark Hume of the Globe and Mail has done an outstanding job of taking the Sea to Sky highway shadow toll story to an entirely new level in the Monday edition of the paper, and managed to get some rather creative answers from both Macquarie and the BC government. Truly,creative doesn't even begin to describe what …

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Sea to Sky operator awards Transtoll technical advisory contract to ensure accurate shadow toll vehicle counts on the Sea to Sky highway – despite the government making repeated,public denials that shadow tolls even exist.

The latest development in my ongoing investigation into the province's many P3 projects has been the surfacing of a news release from Transtoll, courtesy of a reliable source, that announces that the company was awarded a contract in June of this year on behalf  of the Sea to Sky Highway Limited Partnership, the operator of the …

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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 …

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“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 …

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At last! The ministry of transportation responds to my questions…

****Updated at the bottom, Tuesday Nov. 2, 8pm. Sometimes what is more telling about a situation isn't what is said,  but rather, what is not. Since the publication of my first story on the shadow tolls on the Sea to Sly Sky Highway, Dave Crebo (PAB from the MOT) and I have had a rather unimpressive exchange …

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Breaking news: BC liberals inked ‘hidden toll’ into Sea to Sky highway deal – and we all pay for the next 25 years.

For years, I have often wondered why, in such  'tough economic times', the very expensive  Sea to Sky highway was not tolled. I've called for it, many of you have called for it, and last year,  even Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson called for it as an avenue for revenue to solve Translinks money woes. It just …

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South Fraser Perimeter Road downgrades confirmed by News 1130 reporter, Dave White

Well well well... looks like my sources are correct - again! I reported back in April of this year, that significant scope changes had been made to the initial proposal for the SFPR,  and talked about that again in August when the revised consortium signed a deal with the province - and sure enough, that information was …

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