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 …

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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 …

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The top post of 2012 on LailaYuile.com: “How money and corruption are ruining the land.” originally posted June 19th, 2012

Corruption in government has been on many readers minds this year, backed up by this story, first posted here back in June, which received a whopping number of unique views, catching the attention of readers and governments alike, around the world. As a precursor to coming stories, I urge you to read this post, and the report, and think …

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Coming soon to some farmland near you… destination retail/entertainment mall and development to the tune of 1.8 million sq.feet.

Wow. The Tsawwassen First Nations have signed a deal that will forever change the landscape of South Delta and Tsawwassen. While everyone is still up in arms over the Southlands, they quietly inked a deal last week with two property development corporations to build not one, but two malls- one the comparable to Metropolis at Metrotown. …

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Falcon’s Follies: Part 2.

In my previous post I stated that the Gateway initiative and the construction of the SFPR,  were crucial to opening up land development south of the Fraser.  The new mandate given to BC Rail by former transportation minister Kevin Falcon is certainly assisting this venture. There have been numerous land deals that have taken place since 2005 that are worthy of a second look - land …

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Falcon’s follies: Gateway,SFPR and the Railgate connection.

It was a very sunny day in September 2006, when Premier Gordon Campbell arrived for the grand opening of Simon Fraser University's Surrey campus, smack dab in the heart of Whalley. Despite the demands of his busy schedule, Campbell did make time to sit with local reporter, Tom Zytaruk... and what a revealing interview it was, indeed. Campbell, in …

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Update to ” Practical politics consists of ignoring facts.” ~ Henry Adams :

To update my earlier post : If you missed the live broadcast today, you can listen to the podcast at the following link: http://guygentner.ca/podcasts/p3s-partnership-bc-sea-sky-hwy-south-fraser-perimeter-road-railgate-and-more The broadcast will begin  automatically on the above page -please ensure your speakers are ready. Guy Gentner is the NDP MLA for Delta North, and you read more about his work …

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“Practical politics consists of ignoring facts.” ~ Henry Adams

I am here, I am alive and no, I am not an undercover operative for a federal investigation...although that did give me a laugh. The Gateway story is still very much the object of my attention, to the point where every free moment I have had over the past couple of weeks has been dedicated to that …

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Prelude to coming post : ” Just the facts.”

It's time to set the stage for the one of two stories I have been working on, and re-post an article from December regarding Kevin Falcon and the Gateway project. It clearly shows the relationship between Falcon, Campbell and the federal Conservatives, ( nothing new about this to most political junkies, but I still find it remarkable …

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Kevin Falcon will not commit to a full BC rail inquiry.

Just back from the Vancouver Sun live chat with Kevin Falcon, in which every question I submitted was given to Falcon except the last, because time ran out. So, what can you expect from Kevin Falcon if he were to be the leader of the Liberals, or worse yet.. shudder... premier? He will continue to use …

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