Today, Bob Mackin will likely be the only member of the press in court covering the “dirty roof” suit which has the cable installer sub-contractor suing their cable supplier sub-contractor over the leaky cables that have caused upwards of $6 million damage to the roof.
Whoa. That was a sentence. Thank God Mackin is there to explain the goings on.
But the Canam/Freyssinet court case barely touches the real dirt covering BC Place.
Over the last couple of years I’ve been covering the bizarre, secretive and possibly corrupt process that landed BC with a new retractable, albeit oil stained and leaky, roof, a maybe dead Casino project and a cost to taxpayers that grew from $100 million to $565 million.
During that time I’ve filed 5 FOIs, fought 6 time extensions, waited years for documents and then after getting some of the documents I know are out there – heavily redacted, mind you – put together something a lot closer to what I think is the real story on this very troubling deal.
Am I a bit nuts or what?
But then not as nuts as those who thought they could get away with blowing a half billion plus dollars on a deal who’s principal beneficiaries seemed to be the dearest friends of the BC Liberal government.
Bob Mackin’s in court today holding the government to account. I’m sitting at the table going through a wad of paper I finally got out of Pavco. Paper that raises even more questions about the real purpose of the Pavco/City of Vancouver planning process; that undermines the government’s claim that the RFP won by Paragon Gaming was all above board; and most importantly supports Spencer Chandra Herbert’s call for an investigation by the soon to be replace Auditor General.
More in the next few days.