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Charges officially dropped against Arthur Porter, two years after his death

Criminal charges against the man accused of committing what Quebec authorities described as the biggest corruption fraud in Canada’s history have officially been abandoned, two years after his death. 133 more words


CHUM superhospital to accept patients as of Oct. 8

After construction delays lasting almost a year, the French-language CHUM superhospital will officially open its doors to patients on Oct. 8, the Montreal Gazette has learned. 809 more words

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Curious deal in BC's pay-to-play economy

BC Hydro news release, February 28, 2014:

CAMPBELL RIVER — BC Hydro has signed a contract with InPower BC for the John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project, which includes the construction of an innovative, underground powerhouse that will enhance public safety and improve the site’s environmental footprint.

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Liberal estimates and guesstimates

This article first published here in October 2014 is even more significant today.

BC’s Minister of Energy and Mines says the $7.9 billion budget for Site C is “reliable” and the estimate of “direct construction costs” of $3.8 billion has “an 18% contingency.” Bill Bennett’s words are imprecise but if $3.8 billion includes the contingency, the allowance for known unknowns and unknown unknowns would be $580 million, 8% of the entire project cost. 552 more words

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Westmount residents to get $420,000 over superhospital noise

The private consortium in charge of the superhospital of the McGill University Health Centre has agreed to pay a group of Westmount residents $420,000 in compensation in a proposed class-action settlement arising from noise complaints. 434 more words

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Business a.m.: SNC is looking to sell its Montreal tower, local real estate is moving

Here’s our look at the big stories this morning on the business beat:

Tower for sale: SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. is looking to reduce its Montreal real estate footprint by selling its global headquarters and consolidating into fewer buildings. 823 more words


Several Quebec companies beat deadline to sign up for reimbursement program

More than a dozen Quebec companies stepped forward ahead of a deadline Tuesday with restitution plans for having obtained public contracts through fraud or other questionable means. 329 more words