"Honesty, integrity, and accountability, the values, which should be the hallmark of this government, have instead been thrown under the bus by an arrogant majority, casualties in a misguided campaign to shield from accountability those who abuse this House." ~ Louise Slaughter "The fatal attraction of government is that it allows busybodies to impose decisions … Continue reading Complicit…or incompetent? Questions continue to pile up for the Premier, who continues to ignore them all.
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.
Catching up on the emails from my contact page here on the site today, and received this letter from a reader in Delta, who has cancer and is forced to travel to Surrey for treatments - via transit. I rarely post letters from people here, but this one really struck me. He has noticed something … Continue reading Letter from a reader: “Is there anyone looking out for the interests of the general public here???”
It's a stunning Friday morning here on the coast; the sun is shining bright and hot, high enough in the sky at this time of year to chase shadows away completely before 10 am. Taking a look at the chatter online, people are still talking about the Pattullo bridge repairs conveniently announced by Translink yesterday … Continue reading “The more that government becomes secret, the less it becomes free.” ~ James Russell Wiggins
A wise man once told me that the best thing for any organization to do when facing a potentially explosive public relations issue was to "tell the truth, tell it all, and tell it damn quick." First the issues were cosmetic in nature only. Then, a ministry employee said " no significant structural issues were … Continue reading “…the contractor who built the wall — Peter Kiewit and Sons — used parts in the retaining wall that do not meet ministry standards….”
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.
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
This week's topic: Is a 0.5% increase in the provincial sales tax a good way to fund transit improvements in Metro Vancouver? Let’s face it, for most people tax is a four-letter word. Say it and people scowl as if you’ve said something offensive and inappropriate. However painful it is to hear, the truth is that … Continue reading This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Transit tax penalizes the poor.
In an ironic twist, I was in the middle of chasing down another Kiewit story when the extraordinary news broke that the Port Mann Bridge ice bombs were an act of God. http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2014/07/28/ice-bombs-called-act-of-god I'm not kidding. Transportation Investment Corporation ( the crown corporation created for this specific project) and Kiewit/Flatiron partnership ( the design/build team) … Continue reading Breaking news: God denies responsibility for Port Mann Bridge ice bombs, files defamation suit against Kiewit and Transportation Investment Corporation
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.