Thursday, October 18, 2007

Waiting for The Quebec Infrastructure Report

Update :
CTV Reports
on the Quebec commission's effort!

And it looks like I was right so far......

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A commission was set up to investigate the circumstances that caused the Highway 19 overpass in Laval to collapse on Sept. 30, 2006, killing five people and injuring six. The investigation has looked into the history of this bridge and the inspection of more than 100 other highway bridges in the province and is supposed to be making recommendations on how to prevent future problems.

So far the word is that the inspections initiated after the Quebec government called the inquiry have turned up a high percentage of structures that show construction deficiencies and unsafe deterioration.

Now where I would like to see some answers is how substandard materials were allowed to be introduced and who profited by it.

My guess is that there is organized crime behind the concrete industry and payoff's to inspectors from the start to the end of this story.

Given the track record of Quebec's construction industry, it's unions, it's politics and it's governance and regulatory agencies ( Remember the Olympics? and the Big "O"?) .... I'm willing to bet that there is plenty of malfeasance and corruption waiting to be exposed.

The commission of course will not go beyond the physical findings ...... but the evidence they reveal will likely point to a lot of other questions.

In other Quebec News ....
The comedy act that is the Quebec "National" Legislature has taken to BANNING words! The latest is "Weather Vane" or "girouette ".

The "logic" behind this :

According to Quebec legislature president Michel Bissonnet ...... it is a hurtful comment and banned the word from the floor. He's concerned name-calling is a weapon of mass distraction that eats up time that could be used to discuss policy.



OMMAG

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3 Comments:

Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

BANNING words!...lol..how bout they ban the word Liberal?..LOL

10/18/2007 9:53 AM  
Anonymous heidianne jackson said...

omg, how is it in the liberal haven of canada you have bridges and overpasses collapsing? it was my understanding, from watching the american pols on t.v., that this sort of thing only happens in the horrible right-wing, hawk haven of the united states!!! the horror of it all!

deficiencies may also point to the fact that the engineers who go to work for the goverment, regardless of the country, are not your a or b students..

10/18/2007 3:20 PM  
Blogger OMMAG said...

Well ladies .... it's no surprise that that we have problems.

FWIW - as a fairly regular traveler to the US .... I find your infrastructure in general to be better maintained.

You should see our roads!!

10/18/2007 5:03 PM  

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