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    Interesting situation. I wonder what prevention might have cost and if it could have been identified earlier.

    Edmonton Catholic School board in talks with province to address mold issue | Metro


    "With plans to move students from Good Shepherd School to neighbouring schools, ECS will be undertaking a major renovation to the school to a tune of $5.5 million to address mold concerns first identified in September 2013."

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    Alberta Hansard April 10, 2014

    Infrastructure Planning and Maintenance

    Mr. Barnes: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. As of November the Good
    Shepherd elementary school in Edmonton was listed as having a
    good facility condition rating by Alberta Infrastructure, yet – yet –
    the roof was leaking and dangerous black mould was growing.
    This government’s negligence resulted in students’ learning being
    disrupted as they were forced to relocate. This comes on the heels
    of sewer backups at the Wainwright hospital and significant
    deficiencies at the Misericordia hospital in Edmonton. Will the
    minister of black mould and sewer backups tell Albertans why
    these are not government priorities? [interjections]


    The Speaker: Really? Really, hon. member? How old are we? Do
    you want to rephrase that question in a proper way, or would you
    like me to just shut it down right now?

    Mr. Barnes: Will the minister responsible for the black mould
    and the sewer backup please tell Albertans why this isn’t

    The Speaker: I assume there is some minister here who knows
    what he is talking about. Go ahead and answer, Minister of

    Mr. McIver: Well, Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for
    pointing out in the course of his question the wide range of
    infrastructure that this government provides for the citizens of
    Alberta: many schools, many hospitals, and many other things.
    Part of that process is to get the most life out of those facilities
    that we can. The other part is to look after them. The hon. member
    does point out a legitimate problem at the Good Shepherd school.
    We are working on it. He is right to point out that it has caused
    some disruptions. The fact is that we’re dealing with it, and we’ll
    get the kids back in the classroom. It’s an important issue.

    The Speaker: The hon. member.

    Mr. Barnes: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Talk is cheap. Given that
    this school was rated as good and given that by this government’s
    own standards students were sentenced to attend a school infested
    with black mould for an unknown amount of time, will the
    minister explain why this government prioritized $250 million on
    PR consultants rather than providing a safe environment for our
    children and our students?

    Mr. McIver: Well, actually, Mr. Speaker, the hon. member
    pointed out that we had the children out, so we did provide a safe
    environment. What we’re sentencing Alberta children to are new
    classrooms, improved classrooms, classrooms that he and his
    party wouldn’t be building if they were here. [interjections] We’re
    building Alberta. We’re putting the infrastructure in place because
    Alberta’s kids matter. We have done that, and we’ll continue to do
    that as part of building Alberta. The member should get onboard.
    His constituents might even appreciate the support for the schools
    that they need. [interjections]

    The Speaker: Hon. Member, as soon as the rest your caucus
    silences a bit, why don’t you proceed with your final statement.

    Mr. Barnes: Mr. Speaker, we would build and balance the
    Given that this government has not been a good shepherd to the
    students at Good Shepherd elementary or a good steward of
    Alberta’s provincial infrastructure, when will this PC government
    eliminate the $817 million in deferred maintenance to the
    province’s schools and the over $1 billion in deferred maintenance
    to our hospitals?

    Mr. McIver: Well, again, Mr. Speaker, Albertans will want to
    know that our operating budget is fully balanced.
    The hon. member talks about what they’d do, but their plan has
    a $4 billion hole in it that they cannot explain. Our government,
    meanwhile, continues to build new infrastructure and look after
    the old infrastructure. I can tell the hon. member and all Albertans
    that we will never be fully caught up on our infrastructure repairs
    because Alberta keeps growing. We keep building new things, and
    we keep going back and repairing the old ones. It’s a process that
    won’t end, and thank goodness we’re here to do it.
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    These things happen with the best monitoring. Still, years ago there was a flood in downtown Chicago that cost millions upon millions in damage because the city had cut back on making a simple $10,000 repair. That's one of the best examples I've encountered of being "penny wise and pound foolish" but I'm sure there are many, many more.

    Unfortunately, just like the ramifications the 1990s cuts to infrastructure maintenance caused, the public has no way of knowing whether a point of no return is being reached in terms of abusing inspection, maintenance and repair until its too late.


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