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One would be hard-pressed to find a single government forecast for the Sea-to-Sky highway project ($195 million over its first estimate), the Port Mann or the South Fraser Perimeter Road that has been met.
How did B.C. end up in the peculiar situation of having to rely on the private sector to oversee private sector construction companies working on public sector infrastructure projects, potentially signing off on billions of tax dollars in cost overruns along the way?
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In April, the Alaska Highway News filed an access to information request for a list of the direct award contracts signed during the first stages of the Site C dam construction. The contracts ranged in value from $30,373 to $900,000, but that's only for the awards the utility disclosed.
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With news last week that all but one of Metro Vancouver's mayors have given a firm thumbs down to the B.C. government's proposal for a 10-lane, three-kilometre bridge to replace the George Massey Tunnel, it's a good opportunity to take a step back and give this idea more than a quick once-over.
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The B.C. government has placed two bets over the Site C project: one that B.C. Hydro can keep construction costs to $8.8 billion, and, two, that it can find customers for the power. Left to cover the ante? Taxpayers.
Just thumb through the party's 2009 donor list for a sense of how widespread the practice of awarding contracts to friends has become. Back then, someone must have woke up on New Year's Day with one hell of a hangover -- not from the night before -- but from the bank balance in the B.C. Liberal party's account.
Petty. One word that springs to mind after last week's B.C. budget. At best, it's a lip service budget. Tweak here, tweak there, but devoid of any real purpose. To be sure, some were tossed a chi...
You would think Ben Franklin was working in public procurement when he coined the phrase "take time for all things: great haste makes great waste." It's one possible explanation for why the Port Mann Bridge/Highway 1 improvement project more than doubled in price from its original estimate of $1.5 billion to $3.2 billion.
Something is amiss when infrastructure projects routinely overshoot their original estimates by millions -- and sometimes -- billions of dollars in B.C.
A record 25,000 drivers have unpaid tolls on the Port Mann bridge.
A white weekend on B.C.'s South Coast continues into Monday with snowfall warnings still in effect for many regions. Five to 10 centimetres of snow is forecast to fall in the Lower Mainland and Victor...
VANCOUVER - Traffic has dropped substantially on the Port Mann bridge near Vancouver since tolls were introduced, British Columbia's transportation minister announced Friday.There are 5,000 to 6,000 f...
Ice bombs that damaged cars after falling from the Port Mann Bridge last December have set ICBC back as much as $400,000, but the insurance company is downplaying the cost. The bridge from Port Moody...
A billion here, a billion there, it adds up. That's the problem with shopping lists. The municipalities that make up Metro Vancouver are facing the same predicament as they try to choose between the bare necessities, luxuries and how you're going to pay for it all. While some of these projects may be sold to the public as "self-supported" that's just political-speak for "you're still picking up the tab." Whether it's through tolls or tipping fees, they're just euphemisms for picking your pocket.
VICTORIA - Several possible solutions have been announced for the ice buildup problem for Metro Vancouver's Port Mann Bridge, in hopes of preventing more so-called ice bombs from falling onto vehicles...
B.C.'s budgets are chalk full of household terms like "Notional Allocations to Contingencies." What they are not is an exercise in clarity or brevity. The B.C. government's 2012 budget came in at a mind-numbing 64,000 words — or one-third the length of the Old Testament.
The Port Mann Bridge, which saw accidents involving 40 vehicles on Thursday morning, was not sufficiently de-iced, an official admitted hours after the commuter chaos. The saltwater brine solution use...
Once the champagne is drunk, the noisemakers go silent, the balloons pop and the New Year's kisses end, 2013 will bring one nasty hangover for cash-strapped B.C. taxpayers. Taxes, fees and levies from all levels of government are set to go up, leaving even less of your hard-earned money in your pocket.
COQUITLAM, B.C. - British Columbia's transportation minister has slammed the international contractor that built the newly-opened Port Mann Bridge, saying the forced closure of the span, only weeks af...
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UPDATE - Dec. 20, 2012: TI Corp., the company that runs the bridge, says it will cover the deductible for vehicles damaged by falling ice. VANCOUVER - The new, multi-billion-dollar Port Mann Bridge ap...
Metro Vancouver residents found themselves battling icy roads, traffic jams and transit backups Wednesday as a snowstorm fell on the region. The snow forced the closure of Simon Fraser University and...
The new Port Mann Bridge was tested during its first rush hour this morning as drivers on both sides of the Fraser River crossed the newly-opened bridge on their way to work. The trip appeared to be...
The Port Mann Bridge officially opened to eight lanes of traffic on Saturday. According to the province, the new structure will cut commute times and allow for the first regular transit service acros...
VANCOUVER - Years of traffic mayhem and gridlock caused by construction should ease on Highway One east of Vancouver on Dec. 1.The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure says eight lanes of the...
VANCOUVER - Hundreds of letters have been sent to newly-registered users of a major new Vancouver-area bridge because the province says their accounts might have been compromised.The B.C. Crown corpor...
A Vancouver columnist is stirring up debate with his argument that people who choose to live in the suburbs with a “white picket fence” south of the Fraser are responsible for bearing the cost of the...
The first week of tolling on the new Port Mann Bridge will be free when it officially opens in December, said Transportation Minister Mary Polak. On the same day as that announcement, B.C. Finance Min...
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The question is, will a reduction in tolls make any difference at all to hardened voters weary of the endless stream of politicking from Christy Clark, the second most unpopular premier in Canada? I don't think so. The Liberals are using the old bait and switch trick, one they've perfected over the last 10 years. Sure we get a discount at first, but eventually we're all going to be paying -- for the rest of our lives.
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Drivers of passenger cars will pay $1.50 to cross the new Port Mann Bridge when tolling starts this December, a rate 50 per cent less than originally planned. However, the reduced toll is only availab...
The B.C. government is set to announce a reduction of as much as 50 per cent on tolls for the new Port Mann Bridge, CBC News has learned. Previous plans were for car drivers to shell out $3 each way...