Can you believe what Rossland City Council has done now? After months of promises that there would be a full, open discussion about the options for the Columbia Avenue infrastructure project after tenders provided hard numbers to consider, Council decided to turn the decision making over to CAO Victor Kumar.
One way of looking at the energy industry today is to liken it to a horse race: coming out of the backstretch, oil is leading natural gas by a nose and coal is half a length back.
If you had placed your bets before the race began, you would feel pretty comfortable as oil, natural gas, and coal head for the wire – a trifecta win already warming your wallet.
But you're gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You're gonna have to serve somebody,
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you're gonna have to serve somebody.
Bob Dylan's song rings a chord with me. There is truth in his observation that, no matter who we are, or where we are, or how we justify ourselves in our view of what we do, we all serve somebody. There's no getting around it. If we're livin', we're servin'
Mayor Greg Granstrom and Corporate Officer Tracey Butler tried to get authorization to disregard my requests for information under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). They failed.
Something is happening in Canada that seems, in the context of a majority Harper government, counter-intuitive. Harper continues implementing his right-wing revolution by fiat, and Preston Manning’s “democracy” institute says Canadians actually want “less” government and more individual responsibility. Yet a flurry of polls in the past few weeks and months suggest two dramatic counterpoints to this self-serving narrative.
As Enbridge tells the story, the Northern Gateway pipeline is the path to a bounty of benefits and opportunities.
This is a tall tale – a pipedream to validate increased corporate profits.
In truth, the construction of Northern Gateway – and the proposed twinning of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline System – will reduce the number of jobs available in Canada, contribute to a deteriorating trade imbalance, increase Canada’s indebtedness in the world, and make it impossible to meet either BC’s or Canada’s greenhouse gas reduction targets.
What’s going on (or not going on) at City Hall about the tenders for the Columbia Avenue infrastructure project? Tenders were opened on April 3 and there hasn’t been a peep about what the bids were.
If the bids had come in below estimates, staff and council members would have been bragging about the money they saved the taxpayers of Rossland. If the bids had come in close to the estimates, the story would be that the project’s on budget and everything planned can be done at the expected cost. But there’s been nothing from City Hall.
One of the people I grew up with re-connected with me on Facebook recently. He has the odd issue with religion. Responding to an article about a Good Friday procession, he wondered what 'foolery' might come next. I commented about singing, dancing and celebrating on the mountain side in Rossland on Easter morning. He wrote back about the delusion of the resurrection.