Over 50,000 documents referring to the deal McGuinty’s Government was making for the Mississauga and Oakville gas plants are unsearchable and basically so wrapped up in coded and obscure language that it is taking literally a line by line read to decipher what the hell it all means!
We are talking a potential of ONE BILLION DOLLARS to move 2 gas plants in order to secure elected seats within the jurisdictions of the cancelled plants!
This is how OUR money is being manipulated and dispersed to various individuals without having any accountability to slow down the process.
The “Vapour Papers” as they should be called, are so ambiguous and coded with acronyms that it would take a forensic team months to unravel them.
Here for example is just a “snipped” portion of one e mail. If anyone can send a cipher code to decipher this gobbly gook, please do!
What the hell does this say?
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To see a “searchable” version of documents related to this Gas Plant issue go to this site by Tom Adams who is attempting to complete a rather complex mish mash of Government documents so that it can be reviewed by the public who all have to pay for McGuinty’s election with their hard earned $$$$!!!!!
Why don’t we call in the Mounties to lock this puppy down and start a line by line investigation to get to the bottom of what could be one of the biggest swindles ever to be exacted on the citizens of Ontario!!!!
Better yet, make all the documents PUBLIC and on line so the people who are being screwed, (you and me) can conduct our own investigation!
Letting politicians read these and make any sense of them is literally fruitless and could be considered biased! AND the pace that politicians move would make a turtle look like an F1 racer!
Over the past several days, the writer tried to find some clues in just 6600 pages of those documents. The search is made more difficult as the thousands of e-mails are filled with acronyms used by the bureaucrats, politicians and their staff. In the search process you need to know what; MO, PO, CLOC, SOC, IO, M, JUS, MEI, etc stand for; making the job akin to finding the “needle in the haystack”.
I did come across the word “vapour” but dismissed it as I thought it might be an acronym for some obscure group in one of the Ministry offices. The particular e-mail that I located with the word had the following sentence and was sent by the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Minister of Energy;
“Rebecca- we’ll need to put a hold in M calendar for a meeting, half-hour l think on vapour lock letters.”
The foregoing e-mail doesn’t say much and one could easily skip over it. The “vapour lock”letters were not in the initial pages that the writer reviewed but they may show up in the remaining 50,000 or so when I get a chance to review them.
“Our accountants advise us that it would be impossible for us to book the GTs [presumed to be an acronym for gas turbines] at 225 million given we have no project. We would have to book them at grey market value. Also, our earlier work for the SWGTA [South West Greater Toronto Area] RFP suggest the GTs should have been about 60 percent or so of that amount again reinforcing our write down concerns.”
As it turns out the OPA agreed to purchase the turbines for $210 million instead of the $135 million (or less) valuation Mr. McNeil was alluding to. The foregoing adds considerable weight to the estimates that Bruce Sharp made in his recent article in the Financial Post on October 10, 2012 that the move of the TC gas plant to Bath, Ontario was far more then the $40 million that Minister Chris Bentley said it cost. This alone represents a minimum additional cost of $75 million.
In the meantime hopefully the City of Toronto councillors will quickly sort out the rules on the “vapour lounge” so the Liberals have a proper meeting place now that they have closed the doors at Queens Park.
October 25, 2012