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Costs for B.C.’s mega-project are ballooning due to problems with soft ground. That should surprise no one who read Zoe Ducklow’s reports leading into the 2017 provincial election. From May 3, 2017:

“The official budget is $8.775 billion, which includes almost $1 billion… for unexpected costs or overruns. But is $1 billion enough? Comparable modern dams in Canada have run way over budget… In [two] cases the land was harder to build on than anticipated and cost estimates were too low, according to the CEOs of the power corporations.”

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This crisis has taken so much from so many people. Be angry but channel that anger to seeking change, standing with the peers and the clients. Everyone has value. Every life is a life worth saving…. Anger is an energy, and it can be channeled for good.

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Living in a Persistent Pandemic

As cases surge in the U.S. and bounce back up in B.C. we are forced to contemplate a long new normal for keeping ourselves safe. We can’t bet on a widely effective vaccine soon. In fact, it may be years or never before we stamp out the coronavirus. So how must we adapt? Changing our behaviour is key. These Tyee reports by contributing editor Andrew Nikiforuk, author of two books about pandemics, provide guidance worth revisiting.

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