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Continuing construction is bad public policy, and it's not too late to halt it.
It's becoming more and more apparent that BC Hydro has been playing a bit loose with telling the truth, the whole truth.
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British Columbia just finished a provincial election and one of the big issues was the Site C dam. During the election, a lot of myths were spread about the project. In this post, I'd like to dispel some of the most egregious of these myths.
Yes, I made excuses. Why am I so willing to give the benefit of the doubt? It is because I know how critical it is to keep hope alive. I do not want to feed the bad wolf. Citizen engagement and faith in the system are essential ingredients for our survival. We cannot risk feeding cynicism.
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Ken and Arlene Boon must be out of their home by May 31.
Hate to be one of those folk that B.C. Housing Minister Rich Coleman believes has nothing better to do than get up and whine every day, but the B.C. government's affordable housing plan announced last week falls short. Sorry, someone had to say it.
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?
"Why don’t they respect and follow their own constitution?"
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It called on the federal and provincial governments to immediately suspend or rescind all construction approvals and permits related to the project
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Another vacancy in a public boardroom and another B.C. Liberal party supporter ready and willing to fill it. News that Frank Carson -- a partner at Victoria law firm Cox, Taylor -- was appointed chair of B.C. Transit's board of directors last week was met with the expected cynicism.
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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.
Left out of its December release -- announcing the awarding of the $1.75 billion contract -- was any mention of collusion and bid-rigging by Korean-based Samsung C&T; the ongoing investigation by a Spanish magistrate and anti-corruption prosecutors into "allegations of misappropriation of public funds, falsifying documents and money laundering" at Acciona; and liquidity issues at Petrowest.
Former prime minister Stephen Harper's government issued 14 permits for work on the $9-billion Site C dam during the writ period of the last election -- a move that was offside according to people familiar with the project and the workings of the federal government.
Several others say they're also prepared for arrest.
The Crown corporation initially estimated the work would cost about $1.5 billion.
The contract is expected to create 1,500 jobs at its peak.
A lawyer told B.C. Supreme Court that a stop-work order should be issued to halt the first phase of the the project.
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Former BC Hydro CEO Marc Eliesen says ratepayers will face a "devastating" increase in their electricity bills if the Site C dam is built
A witness saw a man flipping tables before being escorted outside.
"The cops just ... shot this guy."
The almost $9-billion project will generate about 10,000 jobs during construction.
The 2014 financial reports from B.C.'s political parties are out and my face hurts from all of the eyebrow raising.
Panel chair Harry Swain says that the province went ahead and approved the construction of the Site C dam in haste at a time when, "there's a whole bunch of unanswered questions, some of which would be markedly advanced by waiting three or four years."
Not allowing unionized workers on the $8.8-billion project would have amounted to "chaos."
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Opponents of the proposed Site C dam are hoping a report from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency panel, to be released Thursday, will emphasize potential environmental damage from the massive dam and persuade the federal and provincial governments that the project should be scrapped.