News,discussions about Victoria and the Capital Region and the issues that affect us. My area of expertise is in active transportation, particularly cycling and walking. My recent term on Victoria City Council also keeps me interested in local issues that come up at City Hall and around the region.
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Wednesday, April 3, 2013
New installments April 2013
The crisis of bridge financing is in the eye of the
beholder.Accounting idiosyncrasies and
scope changes supported by a majority of council have evolved through reasonable
project timelines.Choices have been
transparent – presented in public to those at the table, mindful of the
expectation that distinct elements of the project and its management require due
diligence at every decision point.
Critics need to choose between journalism and advocacy,
though it seems the two are cross-pollinating, with those investigating the
story clearly advocates for an alternate agenda and storyline, and predictably
less interested in the facts that don’t echo their view of history.
Costs of the referendum and an alternate design project are
now in the budget, as are scope changes like the project to move Telus lines,
and new features aimed at protecting structures from new traffic that may be
generated by a post-referendum ship building program, among other line
items.Endorsed as a package, council
dissenters could have asked for separate motions to consider each distinct
accounting change or substantive cost element.They had a voice, and a vote, not a veto.
Council chose, as it should have, to remain “focused” on
value for money and voted to support clear, if sometimes mundane budget
additions to protect taxpayers and the city’s capital investment, though
nothing that could be characterized as inflationary, irresponsible or aimed at
The contractor will be in the water soon enough, even as
those who lost the referendum and continue to lose votes at council, sometimes
by proxy, continue to launch torpedoes aimed at scuttling the project.