Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Cleveland Dam 'parking lot' on Cliff Edge


And then there were none....

And before the Drumgate was dropped

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Only in British Columbia: Make a Will Week: October 4-10, 2020 Missed it this year? Can you wait until 2021

Make a Will Week

October 4-10, 2020, was Make-a-Will Week in British Columbia. Its purpose is to encourage the public to write their will or bring an existing will up-to-date.

Check back in 2021 for confirmation that the next Make-a-Will Week has been proclaimed.

Making a will is now even easier following legislative changes in August of 2020 that allow people who are in different locations to use technology to sign and witness a will.  The changes will also soon give electronic wills the same recognition as physical wills.

If you don’t have a will, you’re not alone. According to a 2014 report for BC Notaries, just 55 per cent of British Columbians have a signed, legally valid and up-to-date will.

A will is the best way to ensure that the people, charities and organizations you cherish most receive the benefit of your estate.

If you die without a will, your estate may not be distributed in the way you would have wished and the costs of administering your estate may also be higher.

Having a will helps ensure that important questions for parents – like who will raise your young children if both you and your spouse die – are answered.

The cost to have a will written depends on the complexity of your situation. Ask a notary or lawyer for an estimate. If your situation is straightforward, you may be able to write your own will using a kit from a store or an online service provider. However, obtaining the assistance of a professional is always a good idea.



Cold Cold Capilano Lake Reservoir  2020-11-11


Wednesday, November 4, 2020

2019 US election map, visual, holds true for 2020

 Land doesn't vote, People do.

 Data viz: @karim_douieb
Quote: @politicalmiller

Here is a transition between surface area of US counties and their associated population. This arguably provides a much more accurate reading of the situation.









Monday, October 19, 2020

Keeping track of Trump, and his allies interactions, needs Aolpress WEB graphic ....

 ... for the public (the world) to understand exactly what Rudolph William Louis Giuliani is up to.

 He's flitting here, and there, and everywhere.

America On Line
The MiniWeb is like a 'File Manager' for your Web pages.  It helps organize and manage the files that make up your Web site.  It gives you a graphical view of the collections of files.  this view shows all the pages and any other files (such as images and sounds) and the connections between them.  One page is designated as the home page (it is displayed with a special icon - a spider at home in its web).  If a page links to another page outside the folder, those pages are also shown.

Marcy Wheeler's EmptyWheel keeps the public up to date on all things 'Trump' 

however  ....

at the speed  Rudy is expanding his theories, they are best explained by his using chalk on blackboards, several blackboards.


Harking back twelve years, a 'How To prepare for a proper Transition ....'

11:12 A.M. EST

 Rose Garden

November 5, 2008
10:20 A.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Last night, I had a warm conversation with President-elect Barack Obama. I congratulated him and Senator Biden on their impressive victory. I told the President-elect he can count on complete cooperation from my administration as he makes the transition to the White House.

I also spoke to Senator John McCain. I congratulated him on a determined campaign that he and Governor Palin ran. The American people will always be grateful for the lifetime of service John McCain has devoted to this nation. And I know he'll continue to make tremendous contributions to our country.

No matter how they cast their ballots, all Americans can be proud of the history that was made yesterday. Across the country, citizens voted in large numbers. They showed a watching world the vitality of America's democracy, and the strides we have made toward a more perfect union. They chose a President whose journey represents a triumph of the American story -- a testament to hard work, optimism, and faith in the enduring promise of our nation.

Many of our citizens thought they would never live to see that day. This moment is especially uplifting for a generation of Americans who witnessed the struggle for civil rights with their own eyes -- and four decades later see a dream fulfilled.

A long campaign has now ended, and we move forward as one nation. We're embarking on a period of change in Washington, yet there are some things that will not change. The United States government will stay vigilant in meeting its most important responsibility -- protecting the American people. And the world can be certain this commitment will remain steadfast under our next Commander-in-Chief.

There's important work to do in the months ahead, and I will continue to conduct the people's business as long as this office remains in my trust. During this time of transition, I will keep the President-elect fully informed on important decisions. And when the time comes on January the 20th, Laura and I will return home to Texas with treasured memories of our time here -- and with profound gratitude for the honor of serving this amazing country.

It will be a stirring sight to watch President Obama, his wife, Michelle, and their beautiful girls step through the doors of the White House. I know millions of Americans will be overcome with pride at this inspiring moment that so many have awaited so long. I know Senator Obama's beloved mother and grandparents would have been thrilled to watch the child they raised ascend the steps of the Capitol -- and take his oath to uphold the Constitution of the greatest nation on the face of the earth.

Last night I extended an invitation to the President-elect and Mrs. Obama to come to the White House. And Laura and I are looking forward to welcoming them as soon as possible.

Thank you very much.

END 10:23 A.M. EST

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Capilano River Cable Pool Fishing, Flagged: "IF YOU DON'T KNOW WETHER IT'S A TROUT OR A SALMON, LET IT GO!"

a castrated ram.
 Inside the open Hatchery are the "Thankfully Missed by Fishermen fish":

The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson PC, MP, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard


One other minor detail for the Fisheries Minister to correct forthwith: Metro Vancouver's Capilano River Regional Park has provided flush toilets during the whole of the time of Covid-19, up at Cleveland Dam.

Why are visitors to the Fish Hatchery subjected to Portable Toilets, still.




Women and Men treated alike

The Hatchery is OPEN and the washrooms inside the building have garbage cans blocking the MEN and WOMEN locked doors.    Surely there's enough staff inside the facility to wipe things down each evening/morning.   ..... and the soap dispensers in the two portable toilets are DRY, always.  

Why is there a double standard?

Monday, July 27, 2020

Metro Vancouver's Capilano River Regional Park modified Covid-19 sign: 'Do Your Part If You ....'

Serious signage

May 8, 2020  Cleveland Dam - Capilano Lake


Relax, try fishing with time to .....
July 27, 2020 Cable Pool @ Hatchery

.... write poetry

Sunday, July 26, 2020



By Robin Mathews, July 2020

When the fake news producing Mainstream Press and Media in Canada want, really, to massage Canadian brains, they (often) choose, it seems, a U.S. person working in Canada the one here at McGill University in Montreal.

The U.S. writer, David Shribman, [JUST WATCH THEM] is given a page of the Globe and Mail [June 20, 2020, p.03] to compare someone (I would say) he obviously knows very little about Pierre Elliott Trudeau, with someone he might know a little about” U.S. president Donald Trump.  He finds in Trudeau someone who acted against an apprehended insurrection showing elegance and proper behaviour while president Trump, threatening to use the U.S Insurrection Act, reveals the very opposite.

Prime Minister Trudeau
David Shribman apparently doesn’t know that during Trudeau’s time at Harvard University (1944-45), more than twenty years before he became Canada’s prime minister and invoked The War Measures Act, Pierre Trudeau wrote an essay in which he foreshadowed his later action.

Indeed, Trudeau makes quite clear in his essay that a leader with power should not worry about legalities and should be willing to use the full extent of his power to gain his ends. [Read Max and Monique Nemni, Trudeau Transformed, The Shaping of a Statesman, 1944-1965, M&S, 2011]

The Nemnis point out that in his long and serious essay sympathetic to political violence Trudeau sets out (p.33) three criteria. The method shall be chosen that is best apportioned to the desired end.   Secondly: The method shall be applied implacably.  And thirdly: That method shall be subject to perfect control.  Trudeau writes: 'the best trick of all is to succeed in licking the opponent at his own game: for cheating is not wicked when the game is to cheat.'   And (p. 34) 'If an action has been singled out as the most appropriate one in the circumstances, it is sheer stupidity to begin belly-aching over its illegality.'

That proposition conveniently invalidates any obligation on the part of the State that might be imposed by adhering to The Rule of Law.[When a top RCMP officer in Quebec, John Starnes, insisted to a radio Canada journalist that all the illegal acts of the RCMP in the October Crisis were ordered from very high up we may see his remark as historic, especially since the RCMP was taking the brunt of the censure for having frequently acted outside the law during the period.]

The Globe and Mail writer doesn’t mention that Trudeau was looking into The War Measures Act months before he employed it.  Strangely though, David Shribman reports John English “former Liberal MP and pretty well recognized as a Liberal Scribe“ as having written an authoritative biography  without mentioning the absolutely key work by Max and Monique Nemni close friends of Trudeau, with complete access to his papers  and determined to tell the truth as nearly as they were able to do.

We might be quite certain that the ragtag members of the FLQ were not about to undertake an insurrection and so Trudeau told Irwin Cotler(ex-Liberal MP) that, in effect, one can apprehend an insurrection though an insurrection is not likely. (Shribman, incidentally, only quotes Liberals for any serious comments on Trudeau’s activities.)  Of course, one can apprehend anything one wants and Trudeau did (pressuring Quebec authorities to arrive at the same apprehension in order to make possible the use of a military and any other available hammer to flatten what was (at core) a legitimate push for Quebec independence.

The actions suggested in Trudeau’s 1944 Harvard essay were put into full play in the so-called October Crisis of 1970.  David Shribman at McGill University quotes John English as saying Trudeau’s action was an appropriate response in the period.    What else is a Liberal supposed to say, that Trudeau messed up completely and was faking a crisis he could then use illegitimate power to end?

David Shribman, I would say, serves the machinery of Fake News admirably even attractively almost as if he knows what he is writing about.

But the matter goes very, very much deeper than David Shribman has the ghost of an idea of perceiving. Madam Laporte attributed her husband’s murder to the Canadian State not to unidentified members of the FLQ. One of the doctors assigned to Laporte’s autopsy refused to sign the Report submitted. And James Cross, British Trade Commissioner (not as Shribman reports a British diplomat), may have been kidnapped by the Canadian State.  If he was not, the RCMP very quickly removed the occupants of the apartment adjoining the one in which Cross was held, (did not release him) and watched and bugged all the activities connected to that address for the whole term of the long so-called kidnap of Cross  during which time, of course, the police forces of Canada (Canadians were told) were vainly searching for Cross and his kidnappers!

But facts don’t matter a lot in the Shribman article, I would suggest. The article JUST WATCH THEM isn’t (apparently) about fact or history. It is, in my opinion, a fake news essay in which a fake reading of Canadian History is used by a U.S. writer in Canada to write about unappealing contemporary events in the USA (making P.E. Trudeau look good so that Donald Trump can be made to look bad.) AND, in the process, the writer [remember this, in my judgement, is fake news] idealizes a person and his actions which honest assessment would probably find underhanded, divisive, evilly manipulative,  dishonest  and even murderous to such an extent that Donald Trump’s actions in comparison might look  say  like exercises in boyish vanity.

Maybe assessing and assessment is what Fake News is all about.  Fake news is in its way a kind of political violence and as Pierre Trudeau wrote the method shall be chosen that is best apportioned to the desired end.

Contact: Robin Mathews

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Not a Word

Metro Vancouver's Capilano River Regional Park

Get Out and Enjoy



 Langley Strawberries 


Delbrook's upside down mismatched Urinals

Don't know why

Never noticed 











The Urinals?

No Silly



Sunday, June 21, 2020

50 years ago? SFU photo Does it look the same, now? Haven't been there in ....

Maybe 55 years ago?  Soon after Simon Fraser University was completed .....?  I took this photo, and one other on that Friday night.

Squeaky Clean, and Quiet it was, the buildings and the surrounding 'grounds', two o'clock in the morning .....

with this 120mm film camera 
Kodacolor 100  10 second @ f8

Higher Education in British Columbia and a Plan for the Future, by Dr. J.B. Macdonald

Friday, June 12, 2020

If she walks, Huawei's Meng may be scooped up by the United States Air Marshalls

Looking back at Bob Makin's Breaking News: "Huawei's Meng smiled for the cameras ...." I realized that President Donald J. Trump has an ace up his sleeve.  Basically, it doesn't matter how long she stays in Canada while trying to gain her freedom through our Courts, because eventually, she'll walk, straight to the airport.  

But there will be a surprise waiting for her as the plane lifts off of YVR tarmac.

Do you remember the story of the United Nations leader Clayton Roueche, who was on a direct flight from Mexico to Canada and his plane made an unexpected stop in Texas?  He was arrested and whisked away to Seattle to face charges of distributing cocaine.


The flight patterns and the distribution of aircraft over the Lower Mainland is dependent on which runway is active.

Sure is a lot flights crossing over the border