B.C. auditor general says most Evergreen Line recommendations implemented

Government improved project planning flaws: report

VICTORIA — British Columbia’s auditor general says the government has made improvements in planning major capital projects following a scathing report in 2013 that found approval to build a rapid-transit line was lacking in information.

Carol Bellringer released a follow-up report Thursday for the 11-kilometre, $1.43-billion Evergreen Skytrain line linking Coquitlam to Vancouver that opened in December, two years after its original completion date.

The 2013 audit said the business case for the transit line presented to the Finance Ministry omitted information about costs, risks and ridership.

The new report says five of the seven recommendations the auditor issued in 2013, such as better documentation of the basis of government decisions on projects, have been implemented.

The two outstanding recommendations pertain to financial guidance and the process of planning and approving business cases for projects — but Bellringer’s report says those improvements are coming. 

Bellringer says the changes made so far will ensure better decision-making on large-scale projects in the future.

“There should always be complete information about the costs, benefits, and risks to be managed when making decisions about capital projects.”

She says her office will continue to monitor whether the government implements the remaining recommendations.


The Canadian Press

Just Posted

Out to pasture at the Freak’n Farmer

The annual “fun” event at Covert Farms put on by the Covert family and HooDoo Adventures

West Kelowna Warriors dominate the Nanaimo Clippers

Three goals were scored during power plays

Fundraiser with wine to raise money for JoeAnna’s House

The Sovereign Order of St. John has committed to raise and donate $50,000

Okanagan artist donates painting to Okanagan College

Bryan Ryley, former instructor at the college donated an acrylic painting

Kiwanis Club donates money to Okanagan College

This establishes the Kiwanis Kelowna 2018 Legacy Education Endowment

Conservation officer frees B.C. deer from flotation gear mishap

BC Conservation Officer Service is reminding residents to keep backyards clear of entanglements

Czarnik nets 3 as Flames dump Canucks 5-2

Calgary picks up exhibition win over Vancouver

Ottawa to name new ambassador for women, peace and security, Freeland says

Chrystia Freeland also confirmed Canada would spend about $25 million to fund number of initiatives

‘A little bright spot:’ Ottawa residents rescue dog trapped beneath rubble

Freelance journalist says rescue of a dog trapped under rubble was happy ending amid chaos in Ottawa

B.C. deaf community wants different sign languages on federal accessibility act

Advocates also want Indigenous Sign Language to be recognized on the Indigenous Language Act

Fuhr: A looming pilot shortage

By Stephen Fuhr Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with local… Continue reading

VIDEO: B.C.-born firefighter remembered by MP in emotional speech

Family asks first responders to look after one another in wake of suicide, growing concerns of PTSD

Airline has ‘close call’ with drone while en route to B.C. airport

Jazz Aviation reported the drone sighting near Vancouver to the RCMP and Transport Canada

Tragic accident claims life of B.C. toddler

Fundraising effort has been created to help mom and family

Most Read