Trans Mountain announced Monday work has started in Kamloops on a section of pipeline that is 7 km in length and will take approximately 7 months to complete.
“The start of pipeline construction in Kamloops, British Columbia is another key milestone for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project – it is good news for workers in the region and an important step forward on the path to building this critical piece of infrastructure,” Ian Anderson, President and CEO of Trans Mountain Corporation, said in a statement.
“We know these are challenging times for many communities and we are pleased to be able to contribute safely to the economy in Kamloops. Trans Mountain knows that getting to work is important, but it must go hand in hand with a strong and unwavering commitment to the safety of our workforce and communities.”
Trans Mountain said in June, a workforce of 30-50 people will be working in Kamloops and this will increase to approximately 600 people at peak construction in the late summer or early fall.
“Trans Mountain has identified local hotel and service providers who have confirmed their ability to meet the COVID-19 measures we require including food service, extra cleaning requirements and a dedicated area for our workforce to get COVID-19 screening before they go to the worksite,” the company said in a statement.
“Trans Mountain will work with a small number of hotels to provide these services in June and will include additional properties as the workforce builds throughout the coming months.”
The company said construction spending in the Kamloops area is expected to be more than $450 million over the next two years with additional workforce spending of more than $40 million for goods and services at local businesses.
After expansion, Trans Mountain’s annual contribution to the city of Kamloops in taxes will increase by $1.2 million to $2.8 million.
“We are pleased that Trans Mountain is getting this portion of the project underway in Kamloops. As we face the new realities of today, we are confident in the measures they have put in place to ensure the safety of our community, and we are excited about the economic activity for local businesses and workers the Project will bring over the next few years. This Project will help us with our economic recovery plan and provide much needed benefits to our city,” said Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian.
The Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Indigenous group is also pleased with the start on construction.
“As we keep our Member’s interests at the forefront, Trans Mountain’s commitment to provide direct benefits to our community has resulted in training, employment, and contract opportunities for Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc members as well as provided support for needed community infrastructure upgrades” said Chief Rosanne Casimir.
“During these unprecedented times, we are continuing to protect the health, safety, and well-being of our community members, and appreciate Trans Mountain’s openness and attention to communities.”
The construction area begins at Black Pines – approximately 40 km north of Kamloops – and runs to the Coquihalla Summit.
It includes approximately 185 km of 36-inch pipeline and 18 valve assembly installations, as well as three pump stations.
Meanwhile, the RCMP is still investigating an arson fire that destroyed a $1-million piece of equipment helping building the TMX pipeline in B.C.
Western Standard sources said the May 19 fire, near Merritt destroyed a 3-Line cable puller, worth about $1-million.
The equipment was burned down to the frame.
RCMP have confirmed the fire and said the same piece of equipment was vandalized a day earlier and also had fuel stolen from it.
The feds bought the Trans Mountain pipeline for $4.5 billion in May, 2018, after Kinder Morgan, pulled out because of political and environmental opposition.
In February, the Federal Court of Appeal dismissed the latest attempt by four B.C. indigenous groups to quash the Government of Canada’s approval of the TMX clearing the way for the 1,150-km, 890,000 bbl/d line between Edmonton and Burnaby.
The cost to complete the project, from Alberta to the lower mainland, now stands at $12.6 billion.
Construction along the entire route should be complete in 2022.
The original Trans Mountain Pipeline was built in 1953 and the expansion is essentially a twinning of this existing 1,150-kilometre route.
The system will go from approximately 300,000 barrels per day to 890,000 barrels per day.
Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
B.C. NDP committee blasts own party on diversity
The email said the election has been “terrible” from the perspective of people of colour
A B.C. NDP committee is slamming its own party for lack of diversity and says it should apologize.
The damning memo was from the NDP’s IBPoC (Indigenous, Black, Persons of Colour) executive committee was obtained by the Vancouver Sun.
The email said the election has been “terrible” from the perspective of people of colour, and that some IBPoC members have left the party, the Sun reported.
The committee called for anti-white supremacy training and diversity/equity training for all party leadership, as well as commitments to address policies important to people of colour, such as banning street checks and protecting hotel-worker jobs, said the paper.
The email said their committee voiced their displeasure in an Oct. 14 phone call with NDP provincial director Heather Stoutenburg and that some action was promised, including a written apology from the campaign leadership team and a video apology from Premier John Horgan “addressing what he did wrong and how he plans to do better.”
“While we have done a lot of work to ensure diverse representation in the legislature through our slate of candidates, we still have much more work to do — specifically within our campaign staff and campaign leadership team,” Stoutenburg said in a statement to the Sun.
“We’re working to assess and improve our hiring practices with a lens on diversity.”
B.C. voters go to the polls Saturday.
Polls taken this month point to a Horgan majority.
Trudeau gave $237-million contract benefiting Liberal buddy’s company
The $237 million was given to FTI Professional Grade, a company that was only established seven days before. It’s website said the company had two employees.
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is demanding answers after it was revealed the Justin Trudeau government gave a $237-million no-competition contract to a firm that had been created just seven days before and overpaid by nearly $100 million.
The details were revealed Thursday in the Journal de Montréal.
The report showed during the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the $237 million was given to FTI Professional Grade, a company that was only established seven days before. It’s website said the company had two employees.
The contract was for the manufacturing of 10,000 ventilators.
After getting the money, FTI hired the firm Baylis to handle the manufacturing of the ventilators, said the paper.
Baylis belongs to Michael Baylis, an ex-liberal MP and an active member of the party since the 1980s. He is also a close friend of Trudeau.
According to the Journal de Montréal, the Trudeau government overpaid by nearly $100 million.
“The company Medtronic is one of the main ventilator manufacturers. Medtronic sells its unit for approximately $10,000 US, or $13,700 CAD. The ventilators manufactured by Baylis were based on the Medtronic model, but Baylis charged the Canadian government $23,700 per unit,” said the paper’s report.
“This definitely needs to be looked into by a parliamentary committee. It’s possible that there are special circumstances given the urgency, but there’s no reason now, after the fact, not to go back and examine what those might be. If there is any evidence of inappropriate favouritism, it needs to be answered for. This is taxpayer money and it needs to be used prudently, not used to line the pockets of politically-connected individuals,” Aaron Wudrick, Federal Director at the Canadian Taxpayers Federation told Westphalian Times.
The Tories are also demanding answers.
“The awarding of the contract to FTI Professional Grade raises huge questions, because of the ties and proximity of Frank Baylis, who was a Liberal MP until 2019,” said Conservative MP Pierre Paul in an interview with the Journal.
New test means travellers to Alberta can escape quarantine
“We just can’t allow (coronavirus) to shut everything down,” Premier Jason Kenney said.
Alberta will give international arrivals at the Calgary International Airport a chance to escape the federally mandatory 14-day quarantine period.
The announcement was made Thursday by officials, including Premier Jason Kenney, who is currently in isolation after his municipal affairs minister Tracy Allard came down with COVID-19.
Kenney said starting in early November, international arrivals at YYC and Coutts will be offered a chance to participate in a pilot project that will see them get a COVID-19 test when they arrive.
The traveller would then have enter into quarantine until the test results come back. If negative, the person will be allowed to leave quarantine as long as they promise to have another test within six to seven days after arriving.
Kenney said every traveller would have to check in daily with health officials and stay within Alberta until the 14-day period expires.
Also on Monday, essential Alberta workers who have to leave the country will have access to a $150 fee-for-service test that will see results come in 72 hours before the person arrives at their destination.
“We just can’t allow (coronavirus) to shut everything down,” Kenney said.
“The impact (of the 14-day quarantine period) has been enormous.
“We must find a way to bring back safe travel.”
Kenney said in 2020 international visitors will spend $3.5 billion in Alberta, a whopping decrease of 63% for the previous year.
He said currently, only 3% of Alberta cases have been as a result of international travel.
Kenney said it’s hoped the pilot project can be expanded to Edmonton’s airport early in the new year.
“This announcement is welcomed by WestJet. WestJet has been advocating for a science-based rapid testing solution to help safely ease the quarantine requirements. With our home and largest hub in Calgary, guests from the province will be the first to experience this extremely important trial as an alternative to a 14-day quarantine,” said Ed Sims, CEO of WestJet.
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