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Phase 1 deal signed
The Canadian Commercial Corpora-
tion (CCC) is an arm's length agency
of the Government of Canada man-
dated to assist in the development of
trade between Canada and other na-
tions. CCC has been working closely
with the Government of T&T since
2011 to support them with the devel-
opment and construction of a hospital
and rehabilitation centre in Penal,
This work falls under the auspices
of a Framework Agreement signed
between the Government of Canada
and the Government of T&T on May 1,
2012, to promote co-operation be-
tween our two countries in the health
sector. Under the Agreement, CCC and
the Urban Development Corporation
of Trinidad and Tobago (UDeCOTT)
are designated project co-ordinators
for their respective countries. One of
the principles of the agreement is to
work in a co-operative manner in the
development of projects.
In early 2012, CCC and UDeCOTT
determined the most effective way to
proceed on this project was to split
the work into two phases. The first
phase would concentrate on the de-
sign of the hospital whereas the sec-
ond would be the actual construction
and installation of medical equipment.
SNC-Lavalin approached CCC with an
interest in this project. CCC assembled
a Canadian team, including SNC-
Lavalin and financial institutions, to
develop a comprehensive solution for
a new hospital.
In February 2013, UDeCOTT, on the
recommendation of CCC, signed a
contract with SNC-Lavalin for the de-
sign phase. The design phase of the
project is almost complete and UDe-
COTT and CCC are now working on
the development of a contract for
phase two: to build and equip the hos-
pital and rehabilitation centre in Penal.
The contract for this second phase
has not been awarded.
CCC considers its due diligence re-
view as a critically important step to
make sure the company chosen for
the construction project is able to do
so in a manner which not only satis-
fies the terms of the contract but also
works within the strictest of ethical
standards. CCC is currently carrying
out the due diligence review in terms
of financial, managerial, technical and
CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)
criteria, as well ensuring commit-
ments to ethical business practices.
As yet, no final decision has been
taken on a Canadian supplier, and any
final contract must be mutually ac-
ceptable to both CCC and UDeCOTT.
President and CEO
Canadian Commercial Corporation
Thanks for a
I want to thank Ms Stacii Winches-
ter and Mr Brian Baird for the memo-
rable time my group had in Tobago.
I took some students there recently
to do a music examination but as we
left Trinidad, we did not know what
transportation would have been pro-
vided for us. While I was on the boat,
Ms Winchester texted me and told
me to contact Mr Baird, which I did
when the boat docked in Scarborough.
To our surprise a bus was waiting
for us. When we approached the bus
and met Mr Baird, we all started to
relax. Mr Baird informed us that he
was our designated driver for the
He drove us to our destination and
he even accommodated us by picking
up those who travelled by plane (at al-
most 11 pm). Next morning he took us
to the examination centre and, after
our walk to Scarborough, took us on a
sight-seeing tour and even grocery
shopping. (He was always punctual).
Mr Baird always cooks cow heel
soup on Saturdays. I felt guilty when
he was not able to cook his soup be-
cause of our plans. He did not grumble
or show any negativity. Mr Baird, next
time, we will be able to taste your
Up until departure time he was
there for us. Mr Baird, thanks for all
your support and may God continue
to bless you. Ms Winchester, thank
you for giving us the opportunity.
It's Your Write
Hear the chantwell sing his call
The trick is that we must never
You got to always be the
Like a rousing steelband run
It's really going to raise you
After all them silly men they
Try their best to phase you
Permission to Mash Up the
Place, David Rudder
Trinidad I would rather give it
to David Rudder than to Deep-
Not that I have anything
against Mr Chopra, eh.
I mean, he seems like a nice
enough fellar. And he learn a
clever trick in this here time.
That all these liberal western
people who does go about say-
ing that they don't have no
religion still want some old
magical man from the East to
tell them what to do.
It's because I could call Uncle
Ravi-ji anytime and reason
with him about life and man-
goes, I could be so dismissive
about Mr Chopra. But we for-
get all the wise voices we have
around us. We rather pay big
money to have somebody from
foreign tell us who we are.
If I had US$250 I would give
it to David Rudder to hear him
sing. But even that dollar value
can't quantify the sense of self-
worth that comes from listen-
ing to his music everyday that
the Goddess send.
The papers say Mr Chopra
tell a room-full of people who
could afford to pay twice T&T's
weekly minimum wage, that
too many of us still struggling.
Struggling to be healthy. And
happy in a country where the
politicians have so much con-
tempt for the people you have
to wonder if is mad all of them
mad or stupid all of us stupid.
What a sickness, eh. The
sickness is that we are okay
with educational and social and
spiritual systems that do not
encourage critical engagement
and questioning and I don't feel
Mr Chopra have a cure for
that. If only we listened to our
artists. The ones who have
something to say, I mean. Not
the ones who trying to eat a
food. If only we fell into step
with the way they make the
mundane sublime. With the
way they can take the everyday
things we don't see and make
them a part of the magic that
makes us, well, us.
I do not remember the first
time I heard David Rudder.
But I also don't remember
learning to read. And the litera-
cy people say if you remember
this, it was traumatising in
Some things just live in you.
Like part of your flesh and
blood. In your DNA. Some
things belong to you in a way
that nothing else can. Waiting
for the right moment to mani-
fest. You see, you can't struggle
when you have armour like
that. When you get up in the
morning and listen to kiskidees
quarrel before you turn on the
TV to listen to the news. You
can't struggle when your lan-
guage is your buffer zone and
your sense of rhythm is what
keeps you in time with your
purpose. My mission every day,
no matter where in the world I
am, is to be seen. To be seen
for myself. Unapologetically me.
Nobody can take who I am
away from me. And that is
enough to take away the sting
of struggle. And yea though I
walk through the valleys and
the shadows of Babylondon I
fear no out-a-timing talk
because Rudder is with me.
My favourite song on my
pedestrian playlist is Permission
to Mash Up the Place. It's a
good walking pace and the
sweetness of the music with
David's voice soaring over it
prepares me for any battle. It is
a war cry and boiswoman
chant. A warning that I could
smile sweet but if you get me
vex I will bring the vengeance
of Moko down on your head.
Normal. I could listen to that
song on repeat. Whole day in
the groove between the bass
and doption I am safe.
A calypsonian is a guru. A
poet and a revolutionary. A
calypsonian is an obeah man.
Reminding you of the feel of
leaves on your skin from your
grandmother's bush baths. And
the conch shell of your neigh-
bour's early-morning pujas.
And the feel of lepayed earth
under your bare feet in Iyalor-
isha Melvina Rodney's palais,
with your hands in the air,
singing a response to Shango's
call like you are in the holy
temple of soca.
Wherever you go on this
earth. A Rudder is what roots
you so you can spread your
baccchanal woman branches all
over the world, causing sweet
scandal everywhere you walk.
I not struggling. I reject that
destination. I choose to walk
with my back so straight like if
somebody walking behind me
holding up my spine.
I not struggling. I have a
Rudder. To make me rich. Rich
in myself. Rich in my people.
Nobody could ever rob me of
that kind of riches.
RUDDER OR DEEPAK, HMMM
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