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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Just when you think you’ve seen it all…

... you see this story: "   Chuck Strahl, Chairman of the federal body which oversees Canada’s spy agency, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), has registered to lobby on behalf of Enbridge’s ‘Northern Gateway Pipelines Limited Partnership’. ~snip~ "Strahl replaced disgraced Chairman Dr. Arthur Porter, who is currently in a Panamanian jail facing a range of …

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The bastardization of the Governor Generals office.

While many if not most Canadians were celebrating Thanksgiving with their families yesterday, distracted by tummies full of turkey, the news that Governor General David Johnston was headed to China came out. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/governor-general-heading-to-china-to-push-canada-sino-relations-forward/article14851243/ Governor-General David Johnston will serve as the sharp end of a political stick that the Harper government is pointing at China this …

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Links and stories you might have missed: Critical state of rail infrastructure, BC Hydro debt scandal and SNC Lavalin

"I'm just catching up with yesterday, by tomorrow I should be ready for today : )"                     - unknown To be honest, I totally relate this summer!! Busy, busy, busy and most writing is getting done pre-dawn or post- sunset and frankly, when it's 30 degrees and humid - it just isn't going to happen. 🙂 However, …

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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 …

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Legal counsel for SNC Lavalin chairman Gwyn Morgan, issues cease and desist letter to website bearing the same name.

Documents forwarded to me anonymously yesterday, indicate that a law firm in Calgary, Bennett Jones LLP,has issued a legal letter to Tucows Inc, to shut down the website http://www.gwynmorgan.ca, on behalf of their client, Gwyn Morgan. A number of additional demands are listed below in an excerpt of the three page letter, citing defamatory content and copyright infringement of …

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SNC Lavalin takes further ( damage control ?) action, replaces Gwyn Morgan and 3 directors.

Stunning news this morning in the business world. Gwyn Morgan, chairman of the board of SNC Lavalin, will be stepping down following the 2013 AGM in May : http://www.snclavalin.com/news.php?lang=en&id=2055&action=press_release_details In addition, three more directors will be replaced : David Goldman, Pierre H. Lessard and Edythe A. Marcoux. This comes following  recent revelations and allegations during Quebec's anti-corruption Charbonneau Commission that SNC Lavalin …

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Auditor Generals long awaited report on Pacific Carbon Trust finally released and surprise surprise….there are big problems all around.

This is an excerpt from a two-part post I wrote back in June of 2010, all about the Pacific Carbon Trust and their friends Offsetters Clean Technology : "I agree, few people in this province will deny the need for industry and commercial business to cut harmful emissions. But after a closer examination of the people and the projects initiated …

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SNC Lavalin contract with BC Ferries raised questions in 2012… so why is the public still in the dark nearly a year later?

From Hansard transcripts, April 2012, excerpts: Gary Coons:  I do have a question about B.C. Ferries and a partnership agreement they're entering, a fi ve-year partnership agreement. Again, maybe the minister knows about this. Hopefully, the staff have been versed on this. It is with SNC-Lavalin. It's a fi ve-year partnership agreement for "the management of …

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