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A fine capital project brought to you by the Government of Canada

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

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  Request for Proposal (RFP)

Canada Wall Project

  Date: November 9, 2016

  aussi disponible en français

1.     Summary and Background

As a result of the change in government in the United States, the Government of Canada (GoC) finds it necessary to take unusual measures to protect its frontier with the U.S. from incursions by U.S. citizens who:

  • Espouse similar views to the new President-elect
  • Are members of the National Rifle Association
  • Are named “Newt”

To this end, the GoC is requesting Proposals from qualified Canadian firms to construct two (2) separate walls along its borders.

2.     Proposal Guidelines

This Request for Proposal represents the requirements for an open and competitive process. Proposals will be accepted until 11:59 pm EST January 31, 2017.  Any proposals received after this date and time will be returned to the sender.  All proposals must be signed by an official agent or representative of the company submitting the proposal.

If the organization submitting a proposal must outsource or contract any work to meet the requirements contained herein, this must be clearly stated in the proposal. Additionally, all costs included in proposals must be all-inclusive to include any outsourced or contracted work.  Any proposals which call for outsourcing or contracting work must include a name and description of the organizations being contracted.

All costs must be itemized to include an explanation of all fees and costs.

Contract terms and conditions will be negotiated upon selection of the winning bidder for this RFP. All contractual terms and conditions will be subject to review by Ace Consulting legal department and will include scope, budget, schedule, and other necessary items pertaining to the project.

3.     Project Purpose and Description

The purpose of this project is as follows:

To build a Wall to keep out undesirable U.S. citizens in order to prevent them from spreading their hate, misogynistic, gun-happy and racist ideas north of the border (or east, in the case of Alaska).

Project Description:

The Government of Canada is looking for interested and qualified parties to submit a comprehensive and costed proposal to build two walls – total length of 6,786 kilometre –  along the borders of Canada and the United States. One along its southern contiguous border and one along the border with the State of Alaska.

Specifications.

  1. Wall must be constructed of materials that are long lasting, sustainable and durable.
  2. Height – no less than 8 metres at any point along the length of the wall.
  3. Thickness – no less than 1 metre.
  4. Access points – one every 100 kilometres. Design of access points must include provisions for guard station and passport, visa and security check facilities.

 4.     Project Scope

The scope of this project includes all design, development, building and quality testing, of Canada’s new Wall.

The selected bidder will be responsible for planning and conducting a thorough environmental and hydrogeological study of the immediate area where the Wall will be located. However, the GoC is committed to carry forward with this project even if Red-tailed hawks and rare tortoises are found nesting on the sites. All easements from First Nation Communities, municipalities, utilities and private landowners have already been obtained by the GoC (given the reason for the Wall, this process was remarkable quick and simple). 

5.     Request for Proposal and Project Timeline

Key dates:

  1. RFPs must be received at the date above by 11:59 pm, January 31, EST
  2. RFPs will be assessed by April 1, 2017 and successful proposal submission will be announced the following day.
  3. Construction must begin by November 8, 2017 and must conclude by November 8, 2019

 6.     Budget

All proposals must include proposed costs to complete the tasks described in the project scope. Costs should be stated as one-time or non-recurring costs (NRC) or monthly recurring costs (MRC).

NOTE: All costs and fees must be clearly described in each proposal.

7.     Bidder Qualifications

Bidders should provide the following items as part of their proposal for consideration:

  • Description of experience in planning and building walls
  • List of how many full time, part time, and contractor staff in your organization
  • Examples of 3 or more major walls designed and built by your organization (IKEA folding walls do not count)
  • Testimonials from past clients wall building
  • Anticipated resources you will assign to this project (total number, role, title, experience with walls)
  • A full testing plan to ensure wall integrity
  • Timeframe for completion of the project

8.     Proposal Evaluation Criteria

The GoC will evaluate all proposals based on the following criteria. To ensure consideration for this Request for Proposal, your proposal should be complete and include all of the following criteria:

  • Overall proposal suitability: proposed solution(s) must meet the scope and needs included herein and be presented in a clear and organized manner
  • Organizational Experience: Bidders will be evaluated on their experience as it pertains to the scope of this project
  • Previous work: Bidders will be evaluated on examples of their work pertaining to web site design and hosting as well as client testimonials and references
  • Value and cost: Bidders will be evaluated on the cost of their solution(s) based on the work to be performed in accordance with the scope of this project
  • Technical expertise and experience: Bidders must provide descriptions and documentation of staff technical expertise and experience
  • Each bidder must submit 5 copies of their proposal to the address below by January 31, 2017, at 11:59 pm EST:

 

Public Works and Government Services Canada

Wall Procurement Branch

Attention – Wall RFP coordinating unit

21 Sparks Street, Ottawa, ON, K6H W0W

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Harperendum, the main stream media and some final thoughts on #elxn42…

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015
  • With the revelations that in the dying days of the campaign a strategy was floated in the CPC war room that would have Harper come out and declare that this would be his last election, it confirms something that I suspected a few weeks ago: that the election had shifted to a referendum on Harper. When the Nanos numbers started to show a shift for the preferred PM away from Harper and toward Trudeau, the ballot box changed from the CPC message to whether Canadians wanted Harper back as PM. It became a Harperendum and Canadians voted accordingly.
    Would a move to distance himself from the campaign have helped? Maybe, but we will never know.
  • The right wing is predictably blaming the media for the fall of their hero. The CBC bias. The Toronto Star bias. etc., ad nauseum. Favourable coverage to anything not blue and white. Ignoring Liberal gaffes… and on and on and on… They have conveniently forgotten that most of the major news outlets endorsed Harper (well, the Glub and Money endorsed the party but noy Harper, but, but… OK, I still don’t understand that one). Suck it up, buttercups. You lost. But as Mr. Trudeau has said you are not our enemies, you are our neighbours. You will see a lot more kindness from us that we have seen from you over the past 9 years.
  • Lots of Liberals are asking – how do we ensure t hat a “Harper” doesn’t happen again? Well, you can’t. That is the nature of a democracy. Sometimes you get the good guys and sometimes the not-so-good. What progressives in this country can do is work together to advance a progressive agenda that will benefit al Canadians. And Canadians will reward us at the ballot box in 2019.

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PSA – make sure you are registered to vote!

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Due to their tinfoil hattedness fear of widespread voter fraud, the Harperites may have made it more difficult for many Canadians to vote in the upcoming election.

So, I encourage everyone to share through the hills and dales, the highlands and the lowlands, yadda-yadda-yadda, the address for the Elections Canada site where one can verify if they are on the list and, if not, register on-line.

The site is here: http://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=vot&dir=reg&document=index&lang=e

Don’t forget, though, that you still have to bring ID with you to the polling station. ID requirements are here: http://www.elections.ca/content2.aspx?section=id&document=index&lang=e

 

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I might sound like a broken record…

Friday, June 13th, 2014

…because over and over I have said that Nanos is the ONLY pollster worth watching.

Here is why (emphasis mine):

Some key observations on this evening’s Ontario election:

Here is a recap of a comparison of the only Ontario election survey conducted by Nanos compared to the actual election result (as of midnight):

Party Election Outcome Nanos May 26th
Liberal 38.4% 37.7%
PC 31.2% 31.2%
NDP 24.0% 23.7%
Green Party 4.9% 5.3%

To watch the CBC Power and Politics segment with Evan Solomon click this link.. To see the report by Nanos click here.

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In 1990…

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

I got it wrong. Very wrong.

I have been following – well, more than following – Canadian politics since I was 17… That was 1979. And, except for 1990, I’ve been pretty close to figuring it out. I haven’t been that far off the mark.

But tonight? I have so many conflicting thoughts. This election is so tough to nail down.

The PCs, with a different leader, may have taken this in a walk.

Progressives are pissed at Horwath for voting down a pretty NDP friendly Budget.

And the Liberals have had the spectre of alleged scandal hanging over them.

So, I’m stumped.

I can’t call this one confidently.

But I will anyways…

Um.

Liberal/PC/NDP Majority/minority with a Liberal/PC/NDP Official Opposition.

There ya go.

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Stuff that can influence voter turnout

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

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Watching the Rogers cable debate…

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

… On the Ottawa Orleans race…

And man, Andrew Lister? The PC candidate? He’s as rude, dogmatic and boorish as his colleagues.
Disgusting.

And why does he keep grabbing his fingers? Is it his thing?

Weird.

This guy fits in with the Hudak and Matt Young model of incompetence.

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Ottawa South 2014 – John Fraser deserves the MPP gig

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Predicting election results is a mug’s game. Any prediction of a result outside one’s own riding relies on an analysis of someone else’s polling results. And these have been, um, a wee bit unreliable lately. Do YOU see a Wildrose government in Alberta?

Nope.

So I’m sticking to my riding for now – Ottawa South. I have lived there for the past 11 years and have a pretty good feel for the community and where it leans politically. At least I think I do.

So party by party*, here we go.

Greens:

Gotta love them. Especially on the single school system file. The candidate in the riding, Matt Lakatos-Hayward, seems like a nice guy. The fact that I likely have socks that are older than him shouldn’t matter, but it does. And of all of the parties, I have to admit that I’m attracted to their platform more than any of the others. It is innovative and has evolved into something credible.

Too bad about the not having a chance in hell stuff. Maybe one day…

NDP

Lots of angry NDP supporters out there, eh? Horwath brought down the Liberal government on the Budget – a budget that most Dippers supported. Now they have the distinct possibility of a worse-case scenario being realised: a Hudak government.

Result? Most but the hardline New Democrats will either stay at home or switch to the Liberals strategically to defeat the Hudak candidate, Steve Carrell Matt Young.

The candidate is Bronwyn Funciello, who wants (as she said at the all-candidates meeting) to provide the same type of community oriented service to voters in Ottawa South as she has to the area as a OCDSB Trustee.

Which translates as “sketchy” and “next to none”. Improving on this is what motivated me to run for Trustee opposite her in the least election and why I have not yet 100% ruled out running again.

And, oh – the NDP in the riding? They have just slightly less of chance in hell as the Greens of having a victory party on Thursday night.

PC

I deal with MPPs and MPs and their offices from time to time and I have tried imagining what it would be like dealing with Matt Young MPP. I take off my partisan hat, forget about Tim Hudak and picture what it would be like approaching Mr. Young for:

– some help with funding a day care facility for at-risk families

– assistance in helping my Parent Council to access monies for a new playstructure in our yard to replace one that was torn down by the Board

– ideas to better connect with the community through outreach events

– partnerships with the City to improve local facilities like parks and community centres

And you know what? I picture a smirk, a handshake and a see-ya-later.

Extreme conservatives like Matt Young and his boss are all about the bottom line. Nothing matters more. I’ve known and worked with guys like these in various capacities over my adult life and I have always found them with a single-minded purpose – $$$.

If Mr. Young is elected – and even worse, as part of a PC government – the next few years will be very difficult for we who call ourselves “community activists”.  And hard for those who rely on an MPP with a sympathetic ear.

Another, and important reason why I could not support Mr. Young is his lack of street creds. His lack of involvement in our communities. I had never seen him at a community function, before the by-election. Never on a Board of some community group. Never reaching out and offering help at a community event. Nada. Nothing.

He just appeared out of nowhere. No one I know had ever even HEARD of the guy.

Is someone like THAT worth supporting??

Liberals

I want to make a few points clear, here.

Yes, I am a Liberal – but not a card-carrying one as I am federally.

And yes, a main reason why I do not carry a card or donate to the party is thanks to their stance on school system reform – specifically, merging the Catholic and public boards. And yes, I resent them for this wrong and discriminatory position.

Yes, of course, the allegations about the gas plants bug the hell out of me. But they are still allegations, people! No matter what the PC and the Dippers would have you believe. Funny how Hudak’s conservative buds on the Hill can get away with being the most corrupt government in Canada’s history but colour them red and white and the Ontario Cons are all over them like a Doberman in a sausage factory!

Yes, I think the Budget that spelled the demise for the Wynne Government was just fine, thank-you. And their estimates with regard to when deficit spending would end were pretty realistic, in my quite-well-informed-and-educated opinion.

Yes, I think that Wynne is a fine Premier

But the main reason I support John Fraser in Ottawa South is because of the great work he has done here for his community.

If you are not involved in your community, as I am, you likely don’t see the work that your local MPP, MP or City Councillor does on a daily basis. Being a politician is the most thankless of thankless jobs around. But people like John carry on and do whatever they can to facilitate problem-solving, offer advice and connect the right people to the right people to arrive at solutions for the community.

John has done this as MPP and did this while his former boss was the Premier. When you’re the Premier, you have to hand the constituency work over to a trusted senior staff person. And John was that person.

I can deal with John and his office. I can’t imagine that with Matt Young.

And I certainly cannot imagine dealing with a Hudak government.

Vote Liberal in Ottawa South. Mr. Fraser has earned it.

*sorry to the Communists and the other smaller parties…

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Ottawa suburbs? NO LRT for YOU!

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Voters in the ridings of Ottawa-Orleans, Ottawa West-Nepean and Ottawa South?

Yeah, you guys. Pay attention to who you vote for next week.

You know that LRT thingy that would be extended to your neck of the woods in Phase 2 of the project?

Ain’t going to happen if Timmie is Premier.

For the first time since this provincial election began, Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak was clear about whether a PC government would fund the second phase of light rail in Ottawa — and the answer was a resounding “No.”

“No, we can’t afford it,” Hudak said simply when asked about the project at a campaign stop in Ottawa South on Thursday morning.

While Hudak has said that he wouldn’t yank back the $600 million already approved for the 12.5-kilometre section of LRT currently under construction — it will run from Tunney’s Pasture to Blair Station — the PC leader said he won’t support the $1 billion of funding needed from the province to extend rail to Orléans in the east, Bayshore in the west, and Riverside South (with a possible airport link).

And his minions like Matt Young  are falling dutifully in line… though they must be cringing at the timing of this…

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A Premier Hudak would put Ontario’s education system back to the Dark Ages…

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

…aka, The Harris Years.

Anyone with school age kids are really worried about the impact that a OPC government would have on our kids. As someone who has been involved with a not-for-profit childcare centre and my kids’ Parent Council for a number of years, I have seen firsthand the great things that the Liberals have done for our schools and our daycares. I know what I am talking about.

My Liberal MPP, John Fraser was key in securing funding for a daycare in a Ottawa Community Housing building; a daycare that has allowed several at-risk mothers on social assistance to find and hold down jobs. How can that not be a good thing? A Hudak government would undoubtedly sunset this funding and those families would be back to where they were before the Liberal government stepped in and did what was right.

But there is room for improvement – improvements that only the LPO can make happen.

The only people I know who think that cutting education is a good thing are those that either a) don’t have school age children b) are blinded by their dogmatic attachment to conservative “values” or, c) put finances above all else and damn the consequences.

 

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