Saturday, July 16, 2016

Just a walk in the parks, every other day from CNV's Tempe Heights

In the last two and half months ........

Its getting more and more difficult to find the time to sit down to write a Post, too busy walking.

eg.  Broadway and Cambie to Tempe: 17  Km  (3 hours)
eg.  12th and Commercial to Stanley Park 8.9  Km
eg.  Tempe to Lions Gate Bridge to Edgemont   15Km
eg.  Tempe to 23rd and Mathers  10.5  Km
eg.  Tempe to 17th and Marine Drive (West Van)  10.4 Km (2 hours)

The incentive?  Exercise, and its not on a treadmill watching someone's else's repetitive route.

Why bother going up to the Grouse Mountain Grind by car when there are plenty of mini-grinders between the north shore waterfront and the mountains  -- Second Narrows to well beyond the First Narrows.

Every green space on the map, within the residential area, has a 'valley' of stairs, maintained by the Parks staff, to climb in and out of east to west, south to north.

Looking up from Mosquito Creek to Upper Levels Highway Bridge

Looking up at the North end of Lions Gate Bridge
Stanley Park Seawall doesn't have a beach at the narrows but ....
No Boat necessary, and no interfering trees from Stanley Park
No People on this side except for a couple of couples

So far the BC Liberal government hasn't cottoned onto the idea of having municipal park visitors paying a fee to reserve a space with them... them being the provincial government.

July:   12 days of walking in 19 days

July 22nd   21.7Km

Thursday, July 7, 2016

BC MLS Home Sales Activity

20 pages of data covering just 19 days of June 2016

The data represents a first, early look at the rate and value of purchases of residential property by foreign nationals people who are neither Canadian citizens nor permanent residents.

Government Release
Property Taxes will just keep going up up and AWAY

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Esquimalt (Canadian) Naval Base is there to keep the First Nations at bay, eh

Relating to the withdrawal of Her Majesty's Ships from British Columbian waters

Order In Council

The Committee of Council have had under consideration the subject of the probable condition of the Province, in view of the facts that H.M.S. Rocket (1883) has sailed for England; that H.M.S. Kingfisher has been ordered South, and that H.M.S. Comus will shortly sail from Esquimalt; and of the report that in future no ship of Her Majesty's Navy will be permanently stationed in British Columbian waters.

The Indian population of the Province, exceeding by at least ten thousand that of any other Province in the Dominion, is largely resident, in scattered groups, along the coast line, and the presence of Her Majesty's ships had not been readily obtainable.  In early days the crews of vessels wrecked on the West Coast of Vancouver Island were not infrequently murdered by the natives, but experience has now taught the latter that deeds of violence will not go unpunished.

The comparative security obtained by the enforcement of law has encouraged the investment of capital in fisheries and other industrial pursuits, which have afforded remunerative employment to and so tended to civilize and improve the native races.  The physical power exhibited by a war vessel has an impressive moral effect on the native mind, and it is to be feared that the withdrawal of Her Majesty's ships from these waters would tend to disturb the peaceable attitude now maintained by the Indians.  By the Ninth Clause of the Terms of Union it was agreed that the influence of the Dominion Government would be used to secure the continued maintenance of the Naval Station at Esquimalt.


The Committee recommend that the attention of the Dominion Government be called to the above matters, and that they be requested to move the Imperial Government to cause vessels of war to be stationed at Esquimalt.  The Committee also recommend that a copy of this Minute be forwarded to the Secretary of State.


By Command.
(Signed)   W. J. Armstrong
Provincial Secretary,
Clerk Executive Council

18th January, 1883

The 13th Clause of the Terms of Union is more interesting, eh.  Kinder Morgan take note ...

13. The charge of the Indians, and the trusteeship and management of the lands reserved for their use and benefit, shall be assumed by the Dominion Government and a policy as liberal as that hitherto pursued by the British Columbia Government shall be continued by the Dominion Government after the Union.

To carry out such policy, tracts of land of such extent as it has hitherto been the practice of the British Columbia Government to appropriate for that purpose, shall from time to time be conveyed by the Local Government to the Dominion Government in trust for the use and benefit of the Indians on application of the Dominion Government; and in case of disagreement between the two Governments respecting the quantity of such tracts of land to be so granted, the matter shall be referred for the decision of the Secretary of State for the Colonies.

Treatment of Hunter Jack, an Indian Chief, by Gaoler in Clinton, British Columbia in 1882 ....

Google Search Criteria:  Hunter Jack

Sunday, July 3, 2016

While Premier Christy Clark Dipsy Doodles around the province .... meanwhile back in Victoria its all about the GPS Doodle Challenge

dipsy doodle: 
a quick dipping motion, such as that made by football players to avoid a tackle.
  • an act or movement designed to evade, confuse, or distract an opponent or competitor.
Premier Christy Clark's flying travel costs are fast approaching $600,000 and if anyone is interested in following along with her three years of flight plans rolled into one map .... there is an earlier example of a British Columbia minister, of Education, that set the copper standard for flying ... the same guy who admitted he didn't see the HST on his Radar:
Since being appointed Education Minister last March, I’ve had the pleasure of visiting 95 schools and half of the province’s 60 school districts. I’ve met with hundreds of teachers, students, parents and administrators.  Hon. George Abbott - Vancouver Province
32 school connecting dots are by no means an exact copy of just where that Minister of Education traveled in eleven months, but they are in a somewhat chronological order of his visits to "95" schools out of public system containing 1,631 and the 345 Independent Schools which he oversees as well.
Abbots Flight Costs Under $3,000

No RCMP security Officer otherwise the expenses would have doubled.


Meanwhile back in Today's Sick Culture of Victoria (May 31, 2016) government employees are ensuring that before they set off for the wilds of British Columbia looking for new Coal deposits destined to China, its best to learn how to use a Government Issue (GI)  GPS with clear instructions and in ideal weather conditions.

Meet at on the Empress lawns: .......

GRCT GPS Doodle Challenge

GRCT Doodle Map of Victoria  An hour and a half from Start to Finish


Our challenge is to, in teams of 3 or 4, create a GPS doodle by walking around downtown Victoria with an iPad and GPS app. You will use your GPS track to draw a picture. Bragging rights are on the line.   Best drawing, most creative, most legible, most business like, most (?) – we’ll collectively judge our work afterwards around a table over dinner and drinks. Need some inspiration? Check out these examples (don’t get too overwhelmed – this guy puts hours of thought into this stuff and cycles around):

“It’s all connected” • A doodle for the CAO

For the past few days, I’ve been cycling about in the nation’s capital – Ottawa, Canada – creating a doodle on behalf of the Canadian Association of Optometrists, or CAO.

Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, the doodle underscores a key message of CAO’s new campaign, “It’s All Connected” – namely, that an eye exam by an optometrist can reveal health issues elsewhere in the body, like brain tumours, hypertension and diabetes.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Dear God

Last month you took my favourite musician Prince.

Last week you took my favourite boxer Muhammed Ali.

This week you took my favourite hockey player, Gordie Howe.

I just want to let you know that my favourite presidential candidate is Donald Trump.

Sincerely yours,

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Mount Polley: Post-Event Environmental Impact Assessment Report June 3, 2016: 30 days for Public to respond, however as of now its six days

It was 30 days from June 3rd.  Now the public has  ten days, six business days, to respond

Golder and Associates Report

Eighteen Days later Premier Christy Clark and Minister Bill Bennett, or was it the Speaker of BC Legislature Linda Reid who sat on the report for 18 days....

BC Liberal Press Release
June 21, 2016

Public invited to comment on Mount Polley environmental impact report.

Williams Lake - British Columbians have 30-days to comment on Mount Polley Mining Corporation's Post-Event Environmental Impact Assessment Report (PEEIAR).

Google Search Criteria:  Post-Event Environmental Impact Assessment Report (PEEIAR)

There are only three hits world-wide and they all have to do with Mount Polley


Mount Polley Updates - Imperial Metals
2016 June 2 Community Update
May 13 1Q2016 Report for Post-TSF Breach
Jun 18, Post Event Environmental Impact Assessment Report (Summary).

Jul 22 Polley Lake Sampling

Videos are all upbeat, accompanied with  ...... ukuleles 

Ukulele Moon

Dear Little Pearl

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Part V: Hard Rock Cafe @ 30.96 Hastings: Annual Rock and Gem Show : Children Activities too: June 25th & 26th

Hastings Centre Rockhounds Annual Rock and Gem Show
You are invited to attend the Hastings Centre Rockhounds Annual Rock, Gem, and Jewellery Show on Saturday June 25 and Sunday June 26.

The show is held in the gym at the Hastings Community Centre, 3096 East Hastings Street, Vancouver. Admission is by donation.  Hours are 10 am to 5 pm each day.

We are very proud to show the public our unique and beautiful treasures our members have crafted with their own hands.  Each piece represents skill and patience along with a bit of creativity. We will also have various demonstrations in cabochon making and Jewellery making. Stop by and see how the craft is done!

Along with our members' tables, we have invited others in the rock and lapidary community to sell their products that are of interest to our hobby. You will find rough rock, mineral specimens, slabs, tools, finished products like tumbled stones and jewellery, as well as books and findings.

The Silent Auction, Grab Bags, and Spin and Win ensure that everyone can go home with something special.

We offer fun for the entire family and children can partake in a unique experience and take home their own hand made crafts. This year we will be continuing the highly popular soapstone carving and tumbled stone picture frame making. See our brochure for details on these activities: children's activities brochures.

Our concession table has lots fresh and tasty goodies available to indulge the senses and satisfy your taste buds.   Playing with rocks always work up an appetite.   Our annual show is also membership drive which connects us with people who may become active new members in our club. We welcome your interest and questions.

Please make plans to attend our show and bring all your friends and family since everyone is welcome. We look forward to spending time with you.

Children Activities

Club Website


Past Posts

Part I Hard Rock Cafe 30.96 Hastings  MetalWorks Forum; Torch Fired Enamelling; SilverSmithing 

Part II Hard Rock Cafe 30.96 Hastings  Torch Fired Enamelling; Silversmithing; Blacksmithing

Part III Hard Rock Cafe 30.96 Hastings   Books

Part IV  Hard Rock Cafe 30.96 Hastings  Days of Old, Days of Gold

Part V Hard Rock Cafe 30.96 Hastings  Annual Rock and Gem Show : Children Activities too

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Christy's answer to Single Mother Maya on Welfare regarding her bullying abusive spouse Roy: "We'll Train you for a new job so you can hire your own lawyer."

June 10, 2016  Premier talks about sexual violence.  Gardener Brian Minter

Starts at @17:23
"My focus is to get single mom's into the work force .....  18:22

Training and jobs that they need @21:23

Leaving abuse - Legal Aid of BC (Budgets cut for ten years)

Premier: Get a job Mother Maya!!!!

Whether its Roy or Robert ..... There's help for him too

BC Corrections Directions : Reduce Reoffending, Protect Communities

Rediscovering Heritage Through Treatment
Roy or Robert didn't remember what started the fight with his girlfriend.   Maybe it was because he didn't take out the garbage in the morning or how he came home intoxicated at 3 a.m. or maybe it had something to do with how he parked on her lawn.  Whatever the reason, it was lost in the static of his memories.  The only mental image he had from that night was his girlfriend clutching her stomach and sobbing on the kitchen floor and the police knocking on his door.  That's all Robert, or Roy, remembers on the night he was charged for uttering threats and assault.... against Maya too.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Far fewer pedestrians die from jumping off bridges than pedestrians being struck (killed) by cars. Politicians Answer ....

The Answer: .... Build suicide prevention fences on bridges ....  instead of providing treatment at Riverview.

Moot point here, but if the impact of a pedestrian falling onto the still waters of either Burrard Inlet or False Creek and doesn't kill them, but they are found to have died by drowning, then that statistic (drowning) is not included in official reports because it falls within one of the three realms of "natural causes, suicide, or homicide".

If the point of installing suicide prevention fences on Metro Vancouver Bridges is to save lives why doesn't the three levels of government go the extra kilometres and  fence in the interfaces between pedestrians and motor vehicles?   Streets and Sidewalks.  One example: Stanley Park Causeway

Huffington Post
Each year in B.C., about 65 pedestrians don't survive a collision with a vehicle.

The Pedestrians that do survive end up at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) with cameras rolling.  And if they don't survive?... its not like ICBC will step in and do a complete rebuild like they'll do with the car that caused the death, or will ICBC just write-off both?

Knowledge Network:  Emergency Life and Death

Sampling of Burrard Bridge's Suicide Prevention Fences and Nettings:

North Shore News
More people jump to their deaths from the Lions Gate Bridge each year than any other bridge in the province. They continue to do so despite a recommendation more than five years ago from the B.C. Coroners Service to retrofit the five bridges where people most commonly jump to their deaths with some kind of suicide barrier or netting.

In 22 years between 1991 and 2013, government statistics point to 78 people ending their lives on the Lions Gate Bridge. 

 About one person a year dies from suicide by jumping from the Burrard Bridge, according to Vancouver Coastal Health.

 Pedestrian drowning statistics
BC Drowning Report

 Includes only preventable (unintentional) deaths, not deaths due to natural causes, suicide, or homicide.

BC Coroners Service Child Death Review Panel
A Review of Road-Related Pedestrian, Cyclist and Boarder Deaths in Children and Youth

A net would have been a more efficient means for the prevention of suicides happening on Bridges.

As it is all that has to happen is to take one step ladder, or one part of an extension ladder, and just for safety, .... handcuff it to the fence.  Then wait for the police to arrive, meanwhile all the traffic would be at a standstill.

BC LNG Guru: On Time; On Budget; On Jobs; On Revenue;

Construction Employment         All Five Plants (FTEs)

"British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas"

Employment impact review

File: Grant Thornton - LNG Employment Impacts

No mention of LNG Un-Employment Impacts

No mention of an LNG Guru Gordon Wilson


 "British Columbia. Ministry of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas"

File: Grant Thornton Potential LNG Revenue To The BC Government

LNG will pay for Site C

Friday, June 10, 2016

Good BC Liberal Government? Illegal Drug Deaths Up, Up and Away: 2002 (172); .... 2015 (484) and six months of 2016 (308)

The BC Coroners Service has released updated statistics regarding the number of illicit drug-related deaths in 2016.

From January through May 2016, there were 308 accidental illicit drug overdose deaths in British Columbia. This is a 75% increase over the number of deaths occurring during the same period in 2015 (176).

Preliminary data suggests that the proportion of illicit drug overdose deaths in which fentanyl was detected (alone or in combination with other drugs) increased to approximately 56% in the first four months of 2016. In previous years, the proportion was:

 2012 = 5%
 2013 = 15%
 2014 = 25%

Illegal Drugs

For the years 2007 up to May of 2016

Fort St. John has had 5 over the period of 2007 to 2016, but then so has Metro Vancouver's  Coquitlam.

With the advent of a major infusion of a new workforce for BC Hydro's Site C, and along with the BC Liberals election LNG promises of 2013, will the RCMP Ft. St. John's office be increasing the size of their workforce as well?