Monday, February 07, 2011

 

Laila on Falcon's follies: Gateway, SFPR and the Railgate connection

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Posted on February 6, 2011 by Laila.

Visit Laila's complete story for embedded links.

http://lailayuile.com/2011/02/06/falcons-follies-gatewaysfpr-and-the-railgate-connection/


Excerpt:

... Add it all up and it appears there are grand plans underway to develop and industrialize hundreds of acres of lands south of Deltaport way, and the BC Rail  spur line and subsequent land acquisitions are central to it.

A note of interest at this point, is that Colliers International did a report on the real estate benefits of the SFPR, even before the project included this southern portion. From that report:

 "Colliers carried out a two phase study with reports provided in November 1999 and January 2000.  Phase I forecast the type, magnitude and rate of land development without and with SFPR.  Key findings and conclusions were:

SFPR catchment area of South Westminster, Bridgeview, Port Mann and Fraser Heights has approximately 900 acres of vacant industrial land of which 50% is serviced.

Without the SFPR, it is forecast that approximately 200 acres would be developed for industrial purposes by 2021.  With SFPR all 900 acres would be developed by 2021.  The incremental 700 acres of industrial development can be attributed to enhanced accessibility due to SFPR. 

Colliers conclude that this increase in demand would be reallocation from within Greater Vancouver."

Both Gateway and the SFPR have been instrumental in allowing both government and developers  relatively unfettered access to one of the last great undeveloped tracts of land yet untouched because it sits in the agricultural land reserve - all through a series of land deals, swaps and treaties no one anticipated before it was too late.

Some say Gateway and the South Fraser Perimeter Road are two of former transportation minister Kevin Falcon’s biggest follies. Considering the number of land titles I hold in my hand from deals related to these projects, I would say they have potential to rival the land deals along the Sea to Sky highway.

Either way, I’d say perhaps Omnitrax really did lose out on the most expensive consolation prize in history… and former transportation minister-now- liberal-leadership-hopeful Kevin Falcon has more questions to answer, since he was behind the mandate that turned BC rail into a tool for land development in Gateway.

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BC Mary comment: Of all the damn nerve.  They couldn't let BC Rail alone, to continue the good work it was doing for the province of BC as our critical life-line.

But they can bring BCRail back to life, to create a respectable front for their weird plan to shell out millions for something which (this is my guess) will become the Campbell Government's latest gift to their backroom friends.
Secrecy enables these terrible decisions to take form. 

A PUBLIC INQUIRY into all aspects of the BC Rail sale is absolutely essential now. Nobody should be allowed to sit as the new premier of this wounded province, unless he or she guarantees that their first act as premier will be to call a Public Inquiry, with a reliable leader and appropriate Terms of Reference.
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Comments:
A public inquiry. Or kick this rotten, corrupt BC Liberal Party, the hell out of our province, Egyptian style? They are sickening Mary. The media is disgusting. Every BC Liberal venue, is totally corrupt. There is not one shred of decency left, in this entire province. After reading Laila's excellent article on Falcon's follies. It seems, there are only two left in the race, to replace Campbell that are clean, as far as we know.
 
Christy Clark or someone more "moderate" and "compassionate" like a Kevin Falcon eh.

In 2011: Nettleton on endorsing Christy Clark.....

The Legislature Raid: http://bctrialofbasi-virk.blogspot.com/2011/01/at-his-finest-paul-nettleton-as.html


In 2004: "Nettleton maintains that there is only one way that his political career might be resuscitated. "We need a new leader, a moderate and compassionate leader," he says. "That would be good for the party, good for the province, and, to be frank, good for me.""

The Tyee: http://thetyee.ca/News/2004/03/11/The_Lonely_Life_of_the_Independent_MLA/
 
Beware the Tricksters!


http://www.merrittnews.net/article/20110207/MERRITT0101/110209936/-1/MERRITT01/abbott-seeks-quick-review-of-bc-rail-trial


Rotten, miserable, fakeroo rodents!
 
A note of interest at this point, is that Colliers International did a report on the real estate benefits of the SFPR, even before the project included this southern portion. From that report:

"Colliers carried out a two phase study with reports provided in November 1999 and January 2000.  Phase I forecast the type, magnitude and rate of land development without and with SFPR.  Key findings and conclusions were:

----------------Is this Colliers any relation to John Mclernon? BC Rail?

John McLernon is President of McLernon Consultants Ltd. Previously, he was Chairman and CEO of Colliers Macaulay Nicolls, a global commercial real estate services company from 1977-2004. Mr. McLernon started his career as a financial analyst with Canadian Pacific before joining its property development arm Marathon Realty in 1967. In 1977 he became President and CEO of Macaulay Nicolls Maitland and was instrumental in the employee purchase of the company and the formation of the Colliers Macaulay Nicolls Group in 1985. Over the past two decades, Mr. McLernon has guided CMN through steady business growth, successfully completing some 30 mergers, acquisitions and startups in the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe.

Mr. McLernon has a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University.

He is currently Chair of BC Rail, BCLC, A&W Income Trust, Village Farms Income Trust, Canadian Urban Limited, Mark Anthony Group Inc., Director of The Vancouver Opera and The Vancouver Foundation.

Mr. McLernon joined the Board of BCLC in 2005 and is currently Chair of the Board of Directors and a member of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee.

Appointed in 2005 at pleasure of the Lieutenant Governor.

hmmmmmmmmmmm
 
Well, E.M., it looks like "John McLernon" is "currently Chair of BC Rail"

according to the quote you provided.

Me, I'd like to know if he's connected to "Hollywood North", the movie-making industry which had at one time settled into Vancouver and Toronto.
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