Saturday, March 15, 2008

Convention Centre

The Vancouver Convention Centre with its distinctive sail roofing. It, however, will soon to be known as the old Vancouver Convention Centre once the they completed the new one next door in time for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

During the Olympics the new convention centre will serve as the media centre. But its construction cost will not be included as part of the overall Olympics budget. It is a good thing because the projected cost now stands at $883.2 million or $388 million over the original budget despite Premier Campbell's assurance of "There are contingencies built into the project and it's going to be run professionally. This will be built on time and on budget . . . Count on it."

This over-run, mind you, was reported in November 2007. Has it gone up since? Guess it really doesn't matter because it seems nobody, not opposition party nor the general public, is holding the BC government or those in charge responsible anyway.

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