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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
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Photo : Telegram Photographers June 26, 2014

James McLeod - Briefing Note

Inaccurate info from Think NL - When businessman Charlie Oliver launched his new project — “Think NL” — a few weeks ago, he spent a lot of time talking about what it’s not. It’s not partisan. It’s not a think tank. It’s not interested in laying blame for the province’s problem. (He said they just want to come up with solutions, instead of dwelling on the source of the problems.) Let me add another one to the list of things that Think NL is not: It’s not a source of accurate information. Since Oliver launched the project, basically all we’ve seen from it is a series of infographics that show up on the Think NL twitter feed, and on their website. Some of the infographics are pretty basic — the population of Newfoundland and Labrador is 526,977, for example. Some of them are inscrutable — is it 1.45 or 1.48?  At least one of them is just flatly wrong. The website claims that there are 49 staffers for the 48 members of the House of Assembly. No matter how you slice it, that information is simply incorrect. Apparently what Think NL did was go into the departmental salary details document (http://www.budget.gov.nl.ca/budget2014/salary_details_2014.pdf) and looked at the staff complement listed for the House of Assembly. The salary details actually lists 51 people, but Think NL took out the salaries of the Leader of the Official Opposition (Dwight Ball) and the Leader of the Third Party (Lorraine Michael) since they’re both MHAs. Makes sense, right? Sure, but neglected to subtract the salaries for the…

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Photo : James McLeod February 19, 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