Fix the "Fox in the Henhouse" problems inherent with the Professional Reliance system.

Last May the Auditor General released a report which bluntly stated: "We found almost every one of our expectations for a robust compliance and enforcement program within the Ministry of Energy and Mines and the Ministry of Environment were not met." When Imperial Metals, who own the Mount Polley mine, are making six figure donations to the Liberal party, it is easy to speculate why compliance and enforcement are so lax.


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  • Jan Slakov
    tagged this with Important 2017-03-09 08:23:17 -0800
  • Duncan Hume
    commented 2017-02-22 18:03:28 -0800
    Hard to believe that anyone ever really thought that the ‘Professional Reliance Model’ could be an effective process for vetting projects. However, maybe it could if the ‘professionals’ were required to have adequate insurance and were then sued by the government for all of the remediation costs when they get it wrong. The insurance companies would then only insure those professionals who has a track record of making responsible decisions. The current system is a sad mess and is going to cost the citizens of this Province (and country) far more than whatever was saved by firing a couple of government employees.
  • Duncan Hume
    tagged this with Important 2017-02-22 18:03:26 -0800
  • Susanne Darby
    tagged this with Important 2017-02-07 18:13:31 -0800
  • Blaise Salmon
    commented 2017-02-07 15:25:37 -0800
    This deregulation goes to such an extreme that even project proponents can’t quite believe what the BC government allows them to do. In the Shawnigan contaminated soil dump case, the government approval relied almost solely on the work of the project engineers, Active Earth, who would only be paid if the project proceeded. This is contrary to common sense if independent engineering advice is the goal, but the govenment saw no “conflict of interest” with this arrangement. This leaves an open door for compromised experts on project approvals across the province.
  • Blaise Salmon
    tagged this with Important 2017-02-07 15:25:36 -0800
  • David Hutchinson
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