Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Imperial Metals Mount Polley Tailings Pond: Worksafe BC does NOT have jurisdiction

 After reading Vaughn Palmer's column this morning on the research that Gordon Hoekstra did on the missing engineering reports for Imperial Metals' Mount Polley tailings pond, a fire alarm bell went off next door.  The bell was in fact, in my mind.  Hoekstra found the missing documents on a disk that had not been squirreled away in the Cariboo Regional District Library, it just sitting there in plain sight.

Library????   Library?  the Bell!

A search at our nearby Local Library newspaper clippings section, using the criteria of 'Worksafe BC reports mining' ......  Headlines:   45 results!
 
We downloaded 9:

1. Committee recommends 'major shift' in workers' compensation
2. B.C.'s mining industry -- some facts
3. New road compliance being tested near Chetwynd
4. Sullivan Mine code amendments aim to ensure mine worker safety
5. Around the province  1 Death (too many)
6. Logging road safety bleak, says report
7. New law for road safety
8. New road rules improve safety in backwoods
9. City will support families request for Inquest: Families of Sullivan Mine victims feel Coroner's Inquest is only way to get to the truth around accident 4 Deaths   (way too many)



From our own past trade work experiences, WorkSafeBC has been front and centre in ensuring that employees are protected and cared ..... Before, During, and After .... work, to assist those who have received a minor or serious injuries and depending upon the healing process, the need to retrain for a new field, or for LONG term recoveries like asbestos (pensioned off?)(Not Bloody Likely).

WorkSafeBC officers visit job sites to look for unsafe procedures, missing signage, lack of documented meetings between Employers and Employees, accumulation of explosive dust, potential Fire sources, Sprinklers functionality, lifting loads by persons, electrical panels are locked out for maintenance of machinery, cranes are inspected for integrity, tank vessels are cleared of pure Oxygen, structural deficiencies in buildings, First Aid centres are properly maintained and run by a ticketed attendant(s) which is dependent upon the type of industry and the amount of employees, and the distance from hospitals.


The mining industry is unique when it comes to the administration of inspections which would indicate that there are serious flaws in the public's safety net.

There are NO visiting inspectors to the mining industry from WorkSafe BC.  If anything, they are excluded by Provincial edict.   It's almost as if there's an agreement when it comes to British Columbia's Resources that SAFETY of workers is a Federal Government jurisdiction, once the BC Coroner and the RCMP have finished their reports like the one that turned up in the newspaper clipping from the local library today "An accident at Craigmont Mines in Lower Nicola has claimed a life."
Worksafe bc does not have jurisdiction over the mining industry, instead, they (the Company) do their own investigation


Mining companies doing their own investigation ????? implies that if any structural defects are spotted in a Tailings Pond dam, by a Grader (Mount Polley???), would the crack need to be reported to an Imperial Metals supervisor who would then be required to write it up in triplicates with the three going to Imperial Metals President?    Bryan Kynoch, remember, he's the one that promised to drink the polluted water by doing a Gordon Shrum-mer.

Drink the contaminated water,  eh.
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What if the statistics that the BC Liberal Government uses (applicants for awards requirement - No DEATHS) to boast about the safety of the mining industry is flawed?

BC's mining industry is the safest heavy industry in the province
 

What if there are no premiums paid by the mining industry for inspections by the Ministry of Mines and the unexpected claims/compensation?   Are taxpayers left holding the bag?


What if criminal charges were suggested by the BC Coroners Office, the RCMP, and the Minister of Mines, would it end up going down the same path that Burns Lake employees found themselves in dealing with WorkSafeBC?   YES, just because.


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What if dam Truckers and Graders at Mount Polley Tailings Pond were informed that forty per cent of 92 'sprinklers' piezometers were malfunctioning (DEAD) in 2010 would they have taken greater interest in the cracks, their lives, their families? Or, just put down their tools and walked off the job?

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Typical Tailings Pond instrumentation
What if the Federal TFW program was designed FOR the mining industry?

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Every emloyer
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This is what's required with WorkSafe BC

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Mount Polley's Sibling mine Red Chris:
Piezometer Red Chris Mine aka Imperial Metals

Red Chris should be reviewed!


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Capping the profit margin on BC Health Care costs: Landlords/Managers of BC doctors' offices

We were requested to check out who the landlord is for BC Speaker Linda Reid's MLA Constituency Office in Richmond.     No joy there.

There is an ElectionBC list of those who donated to Ms. Reid's elections to be a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA).      Nothing to see there either.

Except.......

There's one entity on the List of Contributors that caught our attention:

 Carestation Health-Centres Ltd


Which led us to these articles:  Doctors take over clinic operations - North Shore News - Jane Seyd

and this:  Patients walk in but Doctors and Support staff walk out - The Province - Cassidy Olivier

and this: Investor sues clinic - 24 hours Vancouver


and:  In the Supreme Court of British Columbia   Hycroft Medical Building


From our understanding, Finance Minister Mike de Jong is always complaining about the need to increase the Public's share to his Medical Service Plan premium fees to balance his Health Budget.

Bitter Pills
We do have a National Health Care system in Canada, so maybe the Finance Minister can explain why there's no cap on services paid to third parties (Landlords/Management) who lease/rent offices to Doctors?

The BC Liberals made it abundantly clear to the teachers, and the public, that they didn't appreciate that they got the short end of the stick when they went into arbitration that benefited the Doctors, and because of that loss, they refused to go to arbitration when it came to Teachers (Nurses forthcoming negotiations too???).

Every facet of costs involved in the Education of our children is known now that negotiations are settled.

Is every facet of costs involved in Health care known?  Is there a third party to the Health Budget that is left out of the equation?    The Landlords

eg.
Ratio 160:500,000
44,000 teachers compared to 160 doctors/specialists/et al, with about the same amount of 'patients'

Then again, those 160 doctors/specialists are in the same gene pool as the other 10,840 Doctors in British Columbia, can you just imagine how many patient visits there are for the whole year? 

Hmmmm 160 doctors..... 500,000 patients ..... 60 patients per week (52)  ....  12 per day




What doctors in B.C. and Canada earn. What your doctor makes.  -  Pamela Fayerman - Vancouver Sun
...... While Blue Book data for family doctors is usually an accurate reflection of billings, in the case of some specialists, the amounts may appear inflated. That occasionally occurs when doctors collect gross billings on behalf of clinic associates and then divide the proceeds.

Getting back to the other national report, compiled by the Canadian Institute for Health Information, it’s based on 2010/2011 billings. Average, fee for service payments to family doctors are $240,356 in B.C. Nationally, the figure is $241,077. The figures are for gross earnings, before overhead expenses which can take as much as 40 per cent out of the fee sum. ....

Overhead expense???? is anywhere from 25 to 40 percent out of gross earnings .... eg. on $240,356 25% would be  $60,089;  40%  = $96,142

Everyone has to have an Office, and Gross Billings delivered to Mike de Jong desk, via Terry Lake, to be tallied up and then ship the cheques off to the Doctors, Specialists and others, is quite the eye opener when you browse through these books:

Blue Book 2012 payment of practitioners starts on Page 7 of 50  $3,764,516,600.31
Blue Book 2013 payment of practitioners starts on Page 7 of 51  $3,776,388,138.16

Index to   MSC Financial Statements ("Blue Book")

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It seems logical to us that Mike de Jong should be able to take a page out of  Rich Coleman's book who has found ways of keeping the financial lid on providing shelter for the homeless via BC Housing corporation.

Why doesn't Health Minister Terry Lake remove the middle man, the Landlords for Doctor offices, and save a billion or two per year?

In who's interest are the Public being served?

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Speaker MLA Linda Reid's faux pas: Canadian Parliamentary Review: 'Constituency Offices in Focus'



In with the new, including security alarms, video surveillance cameras (in the public loo too??), front store bullet proof window with that added deterrent of a tank resistant bench to sit upon but doubles as a barricade to stop terrorists.  The Speaker had an unofficial author, report on necessary changes, a friend (mentioned three times in the Legislature by the MLA), a retired (2009) rcmp officer.

The official RCMP version of security needs stated that they only made suggestions to the Speaker and never insisted that changes be made.  That role, that jurisdiction, that decision, is the BC Legislature precinct Speaker herself who tells MLAs if there is money in the kitty, which is on the shelf, in the cupboard, that was bare, a couple of years ago.   Ahhhhh!  Here we go, Earmarked for Richmond Constituency Office: ..... $79,000

Vancouver Sun

Richmond News

MLA Reid, as the Speaker of the Legislature, has meetings to attend to outside of Victoria and Richmond, like being the 2nd Vice President for Canadian Parliamentary where she is a featured speaker in their Review, Volume, No. 2  Summer 2014    Page 20 of 72


 
Editor intro to Speaker Linda Reid:
With 36 per cent of its MLAs now women, British Columbia currently has the highest proportion of women parliamentarians in Canada. Moreover, women hold key decision-making positions in the province as Lieutenant Governor, Premier and Speaker.   While celebrating these milestones, in this article, B.C. Speaker Linda Reid warns against complacency and urges parliamentarians across Canada and the Commonwealth to continue implementing changes designed to facilitate a level playing field for women interested in political life.   - Page 20 of 72  

It would appear that there 'level playing field' has tipped slightly heavier to one side when comparing office expenditures between men and women MLAs.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Kinder Morgan Foundation Restrictions: Political causes, candidates or lobbying efforts, except for BC Liberal Party

Amazing, Kinder Morgan has guidelines that stipulate on how it's Foundation will dole out money upon application for eg. K - 12, eg. within a community eg. Burnaby but with a few restrictions such as:

Political causes, candidates or lobbying efforts 

"Political causes, candidates or lobbying efforts"
 British Columbia Liberal Party
Not more than once per year
Not multi-year commitments

2006 - $3888
2006 - $5000

2008 - $2000
2009 - $1000
2010 -  $ 500
2011 - $4000
2012 - $4000
2013 - $4000

ONE Exception
 Or

Are there more "grants"? 

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Newsletter Burnaby October 2010
Modified  July 13, 2014

Page 3 of 6

Cut down mature trees on Burnaby Mountain, "restore" with a sprout, here and THERE
Page 3 of 6
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June 2014 Interview ...... CEO and Chairman Kinder Morgan

CEO's kinder Kinder Morgan thoughts on their success on raising from the ashes of  Enron of 20 years ago.  Hopefully they've kept the urns containing Enron ashes, prominently displayed on their family mantles.

Midstream Business Interview June 2014
or as Rich Kinder says in the interview above:
What's the old saying?  Even a blind pig finds a mushroom once in a while.


Do Not Does  Page 2 of 39

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There is a discrepancy between Elections BC stats (above) and that which was reported in the North Shore News:
..... The NDP also received donations from mining, forestry and energy companies, including $14,000 from Encana. Encana also donated $144,000 to the Liberals. Kinder Morgan donated $4,000 to the NDP. .....

No record of the NDP receiving donations from Kinder Morgan in up to and including 2013

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A master limited partnership (MLP) is a limited partnership that is publicly traded on a securities exchange. It combines the tax benefits of a limited partnership with the liquidity of publicly traded securities.
As to his salary Kinder earns $1 per year which looks good to his shareholders, but then he has 24% of those shares in a company that's worth over $148 Billion!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Kinder Morgan Security agents Flip loaded coins in decision of Grandmother's guilt, or guilty.

Just Askin,    Lesslie ...... but your tanks are camouflaged desert sand and ... this next image is signed, and forest green


We Spy with our beady little eyes ....
Part I

We can almost understand Kinder Morgan's Westridge Marine Terminal attitude on security concerns towards terrorists, overseas, but when it comes to attacking a non-raging grandmother, a Burnaby citizen preparing for a presentation from the National Energy Board on a pipeline/tank farmer/shipper, does ..... her "drive-by" photography shooting, complete with her visible licensed motor vehicle ..... constitutes the corporation's right to target Grandmother with their security agents?

One word comes to mind:
 Idiots!

Did these highly trained security agents skip the first section in their training manuals: 'The Lost Art of Diplomacy'?

It's being reported that these agents were playing a game .... seriously.....  "I SPY with our little beady eyes  ..... in broad daylight, a parked car, grey haired intruder, holding a camera, just beyond the razor topped chain link fence ....  on public land".

In response to the 'threat', the agents flipped their loaded corporate issued coins into the air, to decide on the guilt or innocence of the intruder, and amazingly, the two coins landed: "GUILTY" side up.

Call the cops!


It was a moment wasted by Kinder Morgan officials, an opportunity lost to show diplomacy.  The officials could have stopped the security agent supervisors from taking the next step after the appearance of the 'terrorist'.  Call in the RCMP et al????, and they did, by screaming:
     
We are under attack!

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With their former corporate name being Enron (much distrusted by the public already), there should be more emphasis by those who run their gong show now, learn to turn their cheek, not ass cheeky, to be seen as a more understanding corp, a  'Kind    -   er Morgan' not the old Kinder Morgan/Enron.

Grandmother questioned after photographing (Kinder Morgan) oil tanks  - Vancouver Sun

..... The News Westminster citizen, who is doing research for an upcoming National Energy Board hearing into the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, took the photos in early August.  The $5.4-billion pipeline would double the storage need for incoming Alberta bitumen oil.
Company security guards spotted her activity, and ten days later she got a visit from two RCMP officers at her home. .....
Those involved:

Grandmother
Kinder Morgan tank farm security forces
Kinder Morgan Supervisors
National Energy Board (NEB)
Integrated National Security Enforcement Team
CSIS
Canada Border Services Agency
TWO  RCMP  Officers
Burnaby-Douglas MP Kennedy Stewart
(Questioning the Conservatives for Targeting Opponents to the Kinder Morgan Pipeline)
House of Commons drawn into the debate
Hapless Harper ... no comment
Grandmother's children and their children

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Part II 

We can almost understand Kinder Morgan's Eastern division facility's concern about Askin's photographs because it could lead to a surprise ruling by the Government of Canada's Transportation department.  Cover up!!!!   Not in the sense you're thinking, but there was until August 2013 an open-hopper-top mentality for Kinder Morgan'ss Western division facility at Vancouver Wharves which accepts among others resources, Sulphur, which has a history, documented, of catching on fire.
August 30, 2013  Fair Incendiary Comment?

The hopper carloads are now COVERED!!

The thing is, that as much as Hoppers full of sulphur has been covered ... up ..... why hasn't the same been done for hoppers full of Coal?


Part III

CNR and CPR prefer to use Dust Glue, or other such products to stop the coal dust from being blown onto areas near their railines.

 The method they use, TWICE, once at the Coal pits and then again at say Tappen, near Kamloops is autmoatically done:

At the 40 second mark ......
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx0semsQW_k 

and CP has their theory on what is clean....

Keeping it clean

After it has been mined and processed, the coal is loaded on CP rail cars at Fording River, Elkview, Line Creek and Greenhills, and departs for its destination from there.

“All the mines are equipped with what we refer to as railway loop track where the coal is loaded directly onto the rail cars of a coal train,” explained Hrysak. “All rail cars loaded with coal are sprayed at each mine and then again en route to the Coast at our Tappen re-spray facility, which is the midpoint between the mines and the port.”

The chemical sprayed on the coal is a glue-like polymer and Hrysak said that it acts as a crusting agent to keep the coal pack firm while in transport; it limits any potential of coal dust escaping as well.

As to the "crusting agent", residents of Delta beg to differ, eh:

At the begining there's just a hint of something coming off the Coal train, but at the One MINUTE position it's clear that something is amiss for the whole length of the train.


Sprayed coal doesn’t shed coal dust? How about this video of a coal train through Delta to prove that WRONG



Divide and conquer we say.  If the Kinder Morgans of this world don't approve of one person photographing their facilities, what would they say about more photos being posted online my many?

It could turn out worse than kicking a loaner dog in an elevator which is monitored by a camera, eh.

Friday, September 19, 2014

BC Hydro should know to Never, NEVER, mix electricity with water AND Children (or the children in us)

BC Municipalities practice due diligence when it comes to the safety of their communities, but why is it that Crown Corporation BC Hydro can run amuck like it's a Kinder Morgan / Enbridge corporation.

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Buried beneath busy  West Vancouver's Marine Drive, between 17th and 18th, there's Larson Creek salmon habitat complete with a mural-on-the-pavement camouflage to the north.


and this:

Grating covers reveal a free to flow Larson Creek below

and this:


Further downstream, between 17th and 18th, between Bellevue and waterfront, BC Hydro has their Cypress Transmission substation with it's own generating plant waiting for the moment when Rich Colman's Billion Dollar Smart Meter program is called upon because of the ever inevitable windstorm.

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BC Hydro has it's way of cordoning of their dangerous components like:

Barb wire topping a chain link fence:
A chain link fence separating Mother and Child from ..... in West Vancouver ..

Isn't there a required setback between pedestrians, motor vehicles (metal)?
that should look like this one in South Vancouver?
Vancouver: north-west of Knight and East 49th
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.... Plastic to keep the heavy oil from leaking out of the 45 gallon barrel drums, and onto, into, the gravel beneath. 

And then seeping into the ground water, to Larson Creek Salmon run. Why store it here at all?

A River Runs through Cypress Substation
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Serene green setting?????  Guard rail separating sidewalk from .... Larson Creek
Looking to the South East
Looking South-ish
BC Hydro Cypress Substation to either side
There's a readily available pedestrian bridge, no guard rails, just north of the BCRail Right-Of-Way.    No guard rail either side of Larson Creek to stop children from falling in, not climbing out.  And what about those pesky trees ?????? ...... within a BC Hydro Facility?

According to BC Hydro's Pest Management Plan     report:



Page 7 of 61

Putting aside the missing razor topped chain link fence around the WHOLE facility, why is it still situated a half block away from a million dollar waterfront views, " blocked" by two privately held residences no more than two stories high, when it should be sitting in an industrial area or UP THERE near the Hillcrest Substation?

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Copy Names from the list and put it into Google Earth

Thursday, September 18, 2014

If Kinder Morgan was still a BC Crown corporation, would we have rulings breaking by-laws of Burnaby?



 How we got screwed:  Rafe Mair   2005

................ First a bit of the history. During the Vander Zalm years the Gas division of BC Hydro was hived off and privatized making a hell of a pile of money for many investors. Nothing wrong with that, I suppose, except I didn’t get in on it. At that time foreign ownership was limited to 20 percent, meaning that at least BC Gas would be under local control and management and, one assumes, attuned to what their shareholders wanted.

This 20 percent rule wasn’t popular for the big kids in the game because it made it difficult to raise money on share sales and unpalatable for corporate takeover – which, of course, was the whole point of the restriction. Always on the lookout for campaign donations, the Campbell Liberals eliminated the 20 percent rule and BC Gas, now called Terasen Energy, was ripe for the plucking.  .....



Rafe Mair Online



Can BC Hydro and BC Education, be far behind, ..... hived off to the Private Sector to help balance the budget, once?


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Fear For Canadians was France's Quebec, replaced???? by Scotland's Nova Scotia

It was mentioned this morning, over Brunch at the End of the Universe of the possibility that three Canadian Provinces will have to redraw their flags .... because of the outcome of the "Vote" in Scotland.




Our Culture - Nova Scotia

 


Ontario



As Premier Christy Clark flees off to our Commonwealth country of India, will she take the time to call for a Royal Commission on the design of a new flag, or has the untendered contract been awarded to Kimbo?

BRITISH Columbia


Monday, September 15, 2014

Oh Balls! Environment Minister Polak suggests eating no more than one cup of gonads per day

Using Olympic size swimming pools, or elephants as a means of comparison is okay for the BC Liberal Government, but on a much smaller scale there's the common, ordinary, measuring cup:

Media Relations, Ministry of Environment 
September 10, 2014

Mount Polley fish tissue results consistent with provincial data 
..... a person would need to consume one cup of lake trout, rainbow trout or whitefish liver and gonads in one day to exceed the high consumption threshold

 Half a cup will do! Thank you....
gonads????:  
The gonad is the organ that makes gametes. The gonads in males are the testes, and the gonads in females are the ovaries.


 
Two things you should know about so-called 'Sea Urchin Roe':1) It's not actually roe. Much like the splendidly named prarie oyster, which is 100% testicle and titled purely to appease squeamish diners, the sea urchin meat you'll tuck into at terrifyingly expensive restaurants like Nobu is comprised entirely of gonads. In fact, two-thirds of the average urchin itself is made up of testes and ovaries. That's quite a hot date.
2) It's a right bugger to get hold of. ..... etc.

U: Urchin gonad linguine

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Google Search Criteria: Recipe for using one cup of liver and gonads


And for dog lovers:  "Is this a balanced homemade dog food recipe?" using gonads

Medicinal report on over-dosing on gonads

Friday, September 12, 2014

As Rick Mercer would say: If you happen to be in Vernon on Sept 13 & 14; Take in Allan Brooks Nature Centre all weekend Garage Sale fundraiser

We had a bit of spare time on our hands two weeks ago while visiting Vernon, so we took in what turned out to be one non "event".  "Non" because the heritage Mackie House was not open to the public, but we got a 20 minute tour thanks to onsite Manager C.  There are many unique features about this house, but three caught our attention straight away:

DumbWaiter from Kitchen to the Basement through the hardwood flooring!!
 
This shelving arrangement is adjustable every 1 1/2"

Root Cellar could double as a bomb shelter with it's convex/barrel ceiling/roof


Mackie House Jnr. (R) contributes to Nature
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The main event though, to use the pun, to 'copp' a hilltop view of Allan Brooks Nature Centre, turned out that the ABNC volunteers were getting ready for their Garage Sale in two weeks time.  But now it's Now!!!!  Tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday.
Disorganized ......  Spic and Span for tomorrow
Where is the Allan Brooks Nature Centre?

Barracks and Highway below

 Have you ever noticed while approaching Vernon from Kelowna, or leaving Vernon for Kelowna, looking to the west, the White, squarish, building flying the Canadian flag atop the highest hill which is still part of the Army barracks and parade grounds (Department of National Defence Camp)?

After the Wars I, II, Korea, Cold, a Government (of Canada) built a Meteorological building up there and continued existing until 2000 when MP Sheila Copps, Liberal Heritage Minister downsized it and with a Photo Op shovelful of dirt awaiting, Allan Brooks Nature Centre was born.  Copps' embossed name, not like the once polished politician, is almost readable, at the bottom right hand corner.




The Allan Brooks Nature Centre hours: Open Monday to Saturdays from 9am - 4 pm, Closed Sundays.  
Allan Brooks Nature Centre
There are warning signs aplenty, majority reserved for Nature crossings and exorbitant prices.....








Major Allan Brooks bio

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There was one treat in store for us after we left the Tourism Office in Vernon, their Museum which is the depository for over 70 original paintings/sketches on display by Allan Brooks!

Like these http://thecanadasite.com/art/art55_brooks.html