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Ashley Fitzpatrick - Of Rock & Sea

On another timeline - The project schedule is firm beginning now. Or.... OK, definitely now. The last entry in this blog mentioned curiosities around the scheduling of Vale’s new processing facility at Long Harbour, in relation to the province’s deal with the company, to allow for further nickel concentrate exports while the facility is brought into full operation. But another major project schedule has since been brought up publicly — for the Lower Churchill project. That hydroelectric project timeline is deserving of a little added context, for anyone in the province not living and breathing Nalcor Energy’s Muskrat Falls construction for years now (hopefully that’s most of you). I know it’s something I didn’t remember right away, upon seeing the latest update of the government-led oversight committee. I looked at the schedule taped to my desk and noticed dates were off and took a minute to understand why. I then confirmed it was an old schedule that I had forgotten to paste over with the final project schedule.Yeah, #FirstWorldProblems Basically, the milestone dates we’re going by these days are not the original dates from back in 2013, even to the go or no point, a.k.a “Decision Gate 3” — for those going by project management-speak. The milestones were originally suggested as: first power from Muskrat Falls in July 2017 and full power by year-end 2017. The schedule was developed in the summer of 2012 and remained the plan through the province’s green light for the massive hydroelectric build. It was also included as an appendix to the November 2013 MWH Americas…

Photo : Ashley Fitzpatrick March 25, 2015
Photo : Jackie McCann-Scott March 23, 2015
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James McLeod - Briefing Note

The walls are talking... - OK, just a quick note about Confederation Building. The House of Assembly has been open for two weeks now, so I’ve been spending a lot of time up there. The thing about Confederation Building is the walls talk. Usually, the walls are pretty clueless, but they talk anyway. Gossip abounds. There’s a rumour going around that a senior Tory cabinet minister is going to run for the Liberals in Avalon. I won’t dignify it with any more details than that. The couple times I've brought it up with well-connected Liberals, they start laughing at me. Nuff said. The walls are always insisting that a cabinet shuffle is imminent. And lately, I’ve been hearing mumblings about the fact that newly minted New Democrat Leader Earle McCurdy has an office in Confederation Building. Nobody wants to complain on the record about it, but the walls mutter about the fact that he’s got no official standing within government, and he’s taking up an office. Well, it’s true. McCurdy now occupies the corner office in the New Democrat caucus suite. Lorraine Michael, now demoted to the party’s House Leader, has taken up residence in another office just down the hall. I asked the New Democrats about this, and got an email from New Democrat Chief of Staff Amanda Will, who wrote the following: “The NDP MHAs decided to re-arrange the caucus office so that we could accommodate the new leader who was recently elected by the Party membership.  There were no extra costs to incorporate the leader into our…

Photo : James McLeod March 27, 2015

Geoff Meeker - Geoff Meeker (Meeker on Media) Blog

That's no Worm! - March 26, 2015 - The story is probably going viral already. Two days ago, a Facebook friend named Wanita Bates posted a rather disturbing photo on her timeline of what appeared to be a worm or slug in her kitchen sink. Whatever it was, the thing had come out of her 1-litire container of Blue Diamond Almond Milk. Wanita had contacted the manufacturer about the incident, but the response – an offer of coupons for discounted and free product – was not acceptable. A day later, after Bates said she would contact the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Blue Diamond got back to her again, taking her complaint more seriously and offering to pick up the offending item for lab analysis. The CFIA said it would do the same. I drink the same product, consuming one or two liters per week, so this caught my eye. I even offered supporting comments on Wanita’s wall. Today, I have an entirely different perspective. Wanita Bates was a guest today, Thursday, on CBC Radio Noon. Host Ramona Dearing interviewed Bates about her experience, first with the “worm” and then the manufacturer. During the interview, Wanita mentioned that the open container of almond milk had been in her fridge since January. That’s two months, and quite possible longer. Immediately, I knew what had happened. To confirm my theory, I checked an open container of almond milk in my refrigerator. On the top is the following advisory: “After opening, keep refrigerated and use within 7 – 10 days.” There is…

Photo : Geoff Meeker March 26, 2015