Prince George city councillors are openly discussing legal options against staff members after it's been revealed budget increases to a downtown project were approved in secret #cityofpg
The cost overruns on this project are insane. It is now projected to be nearly triple the original price, from $12.4M to $34M. You can do a lot with $22M in a city of this size. #cityofpg
Mayor Lyn Hall is booked for a CBC @daybreaknorth interview tomorrow and you can bet this is gonna come up. 7:10 am…
This is the key question now: The city manager was allowed to approve the budget increase. But did they get the rules changed for the PURPOSE of being able to approve a price tag increase without council's knowledge? #cityofPG

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12 Jan
So I'm going to try and explain what's going on here as best I can at this late hour. I'm not going to look up exact dates right now, but just the gist of things is as follows. Back in 2017 a developer wanted to build something the city has long wanted: downtown condos
To make the deal the city agreed to contribute construction of a parkade.

The pricetag approved for this was $12.4M…
Now, somewhere along the way that pricetag went up, but it didn't go to council for approval. This is b/c changes had been made to a system called "delegated authority" which allows the city manager to approve budget increases within certain limits without having to go to council
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12 Jan
I'm watching Prince George's first city council meeting of 2021. Tonight's agenda is very much focused on downtown with reports from RCMP, the poverty reduction committee, the business improvement association and committee on safe and inclusive downtown #cityofPG
Among decisions expected to be made last night:

* Additional funding to downtown RCMP patrols
* The opening of a downtown safety office staffed by new bylaw officers
* Contracting of a company to clean up biohazards in camps and around shelters
* Increased housing #cityofPG
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10 Jan
the canadian cpc is not the u.s. republican party, pass it on
I mean feel free to criticize them (or the liberals or the ndp or whoever) on their own grounds but grafting everything onto american politics is intellectualy lazy
a lot of standard Canadian Conservative policy would be derided as radical left in the States. Likewise, there are many Democrat policies that Canadians would see as extremely right. Almost like they are two different countries
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8 Jan

The person in charge of Canada's Office of Border and Travel Health has been doing international travel during the pandemic on her side gig as an "influencer"…
Putting aside THE PANDEMIC, why is a senior civil servant accepting FREE TRIPS from ANYONE???
Also not for nothing but @AirCanada can't provide refunds in a timely manner but can give out free trips apparently
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7 Jan
I don't talk about this much and probably won't again, but I have a loved one who has slowly but surely been sucked into the ecosystem of beliefs that fueled today's events. It is a loss already, and I wonder how the loved ones of the person killed today are feeling.
You hope they'll come back from it. You try talking to them. You try engaging with the meda and videos and papers they share. You try refusing to talk to them. You try setting out basic parameters around what you will and won't talk about. You try to agree to disagree.
You try finding areas you agree on. You try finding basic ideas you agree on. You try refusing to talk to them again. You try avoiding the topic altogether and focusing on niceties, the weather and sports.
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6 Jan
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In appealing to new members, Bexte laments the fact he is from Canada so I guess patriotism is no longer a thing for the Rebel? Image
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