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The Pricey Cost Of B.C. Liberals' Secrets

Dermod Travis | Posted 11.07.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Just how far is the B.C. government willing to go to guard its secrets? A great distance, if the 2012 health ministry firings are any indication. Four million documents linked to the firings have mysteriously materialized out of thin air for the latest investigation into the scandal, this one by B.C. ombudsperson Jay Chalke.

B.C. Accelerates Past Point Of No Return On Megaproject Overruns

Dermod Travis | Posted 10.07.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

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.

Why's The Private Sector Playing Taxpayers' Foreman In B.C.?

Dermod Travis | Posted 09.27.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

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?

Here's An Idea – B.C. Should Disclose Direct Award Contracts Online

Dermod Travis | Posted 09.07.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

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.

Balancing The B.C. Budget

Dermod Travis | Posted 02.23.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

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 ...

The Reckless Rush to Sign the Port Mann Bridge Deal

Dermod Travis | Posted 10.29.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

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.

B.C. Fiscal Tsunami Comes From Creative Accounting

Dermod Travis | Posted 03.13.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

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.

Port Mann Customer Accounts Breached?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.30.2012 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Hundreds of letters have been sent to newly-registered users of a major new Vancouver-area bridge because the province says their accounts...