Monday, July 21, 2008

 

CN, CP, and Roberts Bank/Deltaport? Surely not another backroom deal?

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CN and CP Rail in switching deal at Canadian port
Fri Jul 18, 2008
VANCOUVER, British Columbia
(Reuters)

Canada's two biggest railways, Canadian National (CNR.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Canadian Pacific (CP.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), have agreed to jointly handle rail car switching at Vancouver's Deltaport container facility, the companies said on Friday.


The railroads, which move about 70,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) of containers each year through the Pacific Coast facility, will allow a jointly owned division to manage switching operations at the terminal.

Switching had been done by a unit of Denver-based OmniTrax, and railway officials said the new agreement would streamline operations at the facility at Roberts Bank, about 40 km (25 miles) south of Vancouver.

Rivals CN and CP already co-operate on many of their operations in British Columbia, including sharing main line tracks through the Fraser Canyon that are used by the container trains to and from Vancouver.

The railways reach Roberts Bank on a spur line owned by BC Rail, which the provincial government had put on the market as part of its effort to privatize the regional railway's freight operations in 2003.

The province pulled the Roberts Bank line off the market after police alleged two provincial government officials had accepted money for providing confidential BC Rail documents to a lobbyist for privately held OmniTrax.

The trial of the officials, who were the only ones charged in the case, has been tied up amid allegations that prosecutors have failed to fully disclose government documents to defense lawyers.
(Reporting by Allan Dowd, editing by Rob Wilson)



http://www.reuters.com/article/marketsNews/idUSN1843079520080718

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"The trial of the officials, who were the only ones charged in the case, has been tied up amid allegations that prosecutors have failed to fully disclose government documents to defense lawyers."

Recently Stonewally laid the blame for back ups in traffic court on his own government and the poor way they handled the forced retirement/buyouts of the Justices of the Peace who used to handle many of these cases.

After making sense he then reverted to self serving B.S. when he blamed the backlog in BC Criminal Court on the new requirements for the Crown to like, actually provide disclosure.

Gee Wally, how about the unacceptable amount of delay etc. when the government acts against the law and justice and refuses to comply with orders for disclosure? Come on StoneWally, what's your postition on that? - oh yeah, I forgot, "IT'S BEFORE THE COURTS!"
 
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Hi Koot,

I sure appreciated your work keeping The Legislature Raids going last week. Many thanks for that. Loved the photo of The Law Courts.

And talk about "It's before the Courts", what do you think of Premier Goddam Campbell endorsing the 4 RCMP constables while Judge Dashwood is in the middle of the Public Inquiry into the death of Robert Dzienski??

Me, I think it's probably Kampbell's regular way of doing business. I figure he blabbed at the airport thinking he was off the record, not expecting Bass to report the happy tidings to his RCMP superiors.

Which makes me think Kampbell probably blabs this way all the time, behind the scenes, playing one card after another.

In public, he quite truthfully says his lips must remain zipped. Ha.

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