Saturday, September 7, 2019

The Birthday Of A Gigantic Colony (July 1, 2019). The Indigenous Peoples Of Canada. Part Three. What's To Celebrate? by Robin Mathews


 The Indigenous Peoples Of Canada.

The amount of money spent is huge.  It is accompanied by unending faux comment by the Mainstream Press and Media [half truth, no truth, and sleight-of-hand].  The Fourth Estate bathes itself in the flood of expertise by Social Scientists: Sociologists, Anthropologists, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Suicidologists and more who operate and/or provide the structure of the passionately concerned, humane, sensitive, deeply caring reconciliation, truth and other keenly motivated "Commissions of Inquiry" into the deeply destructive, on-going, un-health and deracination of Canada's Indigenous Peoples from sea to sea to sea.


How has the legislation since John A. Macdonald continued to be destructive of Indigenous life and community?  Why are top Social Scientists unable (?) to fathom the reasons for the unending degradation of Canada's First Peoples?


The hard, hurting short answer to the last question may be because the Social Scientists are, in fact, (even when unaware) unable to find any meaningful solution living as they do in the side-pocket of Power (quite close to its wallet).


What is to celebrate about a sickness in Canadian Society that is more than 150 years old?


The vastness of the subject, its intricacies, its on-going (apparent) insolubility, and the endless publication attempting to deal with it must surely cause many, many concerned non-indigenous Canadians to turn off, to turn away from the subject from sheer confusion. Are they racists?  Perhaps. One cannot say categorically: No, not racists.  But let us say 'Not Racists' merely confused people unable to find a thread they can take hold of to lead them (a) to the core of the problem, and (b) able to see Real Solutions that may be given life.


With the enormous literature on the subject one is lucky to find the core, the key, the heart and soul of the matter in terms that any Canadian may understand.  It is there.  And when it is presented any Canadian (except those who are on the distraction payroll) will say:  Yes, of course.  Now let's begin real change.


Reading the book by Roland D. Chrisjohn and Shaughnessy McKay (with Andrea O. Smith): Dying To Please You: Indigenous Suicide in Contemporary Canada makes everything plain.  [Read also The Circle Game by Roland Chrisjohn and Sherri L. Young , with Michael Maraun].

[Notice the two books are not published either by major University Presses or by major Mainstream publishers in Canada those last being, in fact, U.S. Branch Plant operations in Canada: Gigantic Imperial  Publishers for a Gigantic Colony.]    The publisher is Theytus Books, Penticton, B.C.


The condition we face arises, they reasonably say, out of the nature of our society.  Dying to Please You¦. refers to global developments since Columbus discovered the geography of the Western Hemisphere in 1492 and the rape of South and Central and North America was launched, and (in relation to the lives of the Indigenous Peoples) has never ended.


That is the basis of the argument.  It is that Pizarro, the famous looter/murderer of Indigenous people in the first half of the sixteenth century was simply father and uncle to all that has followed and which continues to this day: the rape and looting of all 'The New Worlds' by Pizarro's Capitalist descendants. The primary cause of the disease attacking the Indigenous in the world and in Canada is called Capitalism.  Genocide follows.


Genocide, write the authors of The Circle Game, is key to the whole story.  Genocide to cover up the wholesale theft of North America from the Aboriginal Peoples, to avoid having to compensate those whose property was stolen, and to obliterate the chain linking specific genocidal actions taken against Aboriginal Peoples, to the legal, political, economic, and social elite that conceived and implemented genocide. (p. 74)


(On that central matter read all the volumes by Anthony Hall and Bruce Clark as very useful further instruction.)


The authors of Dying To Please You. assert that the program has been a shared activity of all The Western Imperial Malevolent Powers. (p. 104)  That is true from at least Pizarro onwards. The authors of the two books before us deal head on with the subject and so we may be usefully brief. The nature of our society is (as the authors record) that it is a Capitalist Society รข€¦ one in which (a) Capitalists, in fact, rule, and (b) in which the goal is to gain possession of and exploit anything and everything that will increase Capitalist wealth.  The problem for Canadian government, now, the authors aver, is how to appropriate indigenous land and property without paying for it.  Moreover, the possibility that indigenous nations maintain their ownership while being compensated for previous outright robberies is not allowed to be raised as an issue.  (p. 106, Dying to Please You.)


And so, for the Indigenous Peoples, Dying to Please You. recommends they come to grips with the domination of our lives by capitalism (p. 138).  But, surely, a real solution will only come about when all Canadians come to grips with Capitalism and reconstruct 'the present system', excluding the power and the tools of Capitalism.


Education in our time as The Circle Game points out, is, in fact, training to accept the Capitalist Status Quo.  We have probably gone backwards.  In the 1950s and 1960s debates about Capitalism were fairly common on university campuses.  And the Communist Party of Canada was visible and was dumping on (and educating about) Capitalism.  Marxist Study Groups were fairly common.  Now Canadian university campuses are firmly and richly in the hands of the Capitalist State, as is every legislative body and almost every visible Political Party in the country.


One of the very best ways to protect Capitalism is to establish as Absolute Truth that any examination of, and/or any reference to Marxist Thought can only come from filthy, vile, near-mad, immoral, humanity-hating, gross, vile, anti-community, self-seekers (when, in fact, the description may, rather, describe perfectly almost any serious Capitalist.)


None of that bodes well for the real condition of Canada's indigenous peoples OR for the indoctrinated population standing, apparently helpless, in the face of on-going extermination on-going genocide.


What a strange and sorry tale to tell about Canada on the occasion of its 152nd Birthday Party.  The greed of its Capitalist Class, the existence of  barely disguised Capitalist government, added to the ignorance of non-Indigenous Canadians (and even many of the Indigenous) delivers a continuing condition of oppression, gross misunderstanding, and genocide.


Come the Revolution as people used to say, things will change!  But the Revolution seems farther and farther away.  Except one of the characteristics of Revolution, we are told, is that often, unexpectedly, the chain of consent snaps and the community is in revolutionary change almost as a result of what seemed to be the unnoticed nature of the society.  Hope, as Alexander Pope wrote, "hope springs eternal in the human breast."


  Contact: Robin Mathews



Saturday, August 17, 2019

BC Legislative Library

I stumbled upon this BC Legislative Library URL nine years ago and wondered aloud what would happen if I backspaced backspaced backspaced all the way back to public/


If you click on this link today you'll get a 403 retort

http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/recentlyscanned/holmes_project



The 403 happened right after the BC Liberals went and sat on the Opposition benches, which means to me, that I was not the only one going backspace backspace backspace.



WaybackMachine: https://web.archive.org/web/20110308181027/http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/





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319247 Coastal fuel tank farms siting regulation study 1980.pdf

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122728 External trade through British Columbia customs ports_1979.pdf

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590119 Self Help Community Groups 1946.pdf

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325564  Impact of potential new applications on electric service needs 1980-2005

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265628    Fraser River Estuary Study 1982.pdf

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 545966 LIST OF REGISTERED MOTORIZED VEHICLES 1912.pdf


BBC Post  2015
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345135  Manual of  THE SCHOOL LAW and Regulations Index Yearly_1919.pdf


1893

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119525   Cost of new electricity supply in British Columbia 1990 - 1994.pdf
 

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Archives Index
Old BC Leg Library Index

186548 Annual Report / Provincial Library and Archives Index Yearly 1893 - 1957

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New and Improved BC Leg Library Index

186548   Annual Report / Provincial Library and Archives Index Yearly 1893 - 1957
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Specifically 1913
http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/bcdocs2015/186548/1913/index.htm

Theoretically this is available today, unless its been siphoned off by unscrupulous individuals in the BC Legislature, current or past tense... 

Page 4 of 134

 Typus Orbis Terrarum circa 1579 by the famous Ortelius


Authour Ortelius? Eight books at the Royal British Columbia Museum

But not Typus Orbis Terrarum circa 1579
 
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 Page 28 of 134

List of Vessels included ....

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Page 134 of 134
Request for Pension and Death Benefits for Spouse
Astronomer  1843




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318304 Proceedings of the CENTENNIAL WORKSHOP ON ETHNMUSICOLOGY.pdf


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589258 Colonial land, Indian labour and company capital aka HUDSON BAY COMPANY/mackie.pdf



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326437 Thorsen Creek small hydro project, Bella Coola 1982.pdf

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Outline of steps taken to transfer control of the public domain in BC from Crown authorities to that of the local legislature 1849 HBC.pdf

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376655 Provincial General Election Statement of votes taken 1953.pdf

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585280 Provincial Apprenticeship Board.pdf

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535696   1928 .... within British Columbia by any race or races whose customs or practices or economic standards of living may threaten eventually to lower the recognized Canadian standard of living .....pdf

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354584 Premier John Hart Policy for 1945.pdf
Premier John Hart, NOT WAC Bennett's idea
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407908    Histories, territories, and laws of the Kitwancool .pdf


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http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/recentlyscanned/holmes_project/529426 1915 Apple Industry.pdf

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http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/recentlyscanned/holmes_project/528964 1942  Spinach Seed.pdf

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http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/recentlyscanned/holmes_project/529423 Women's Institutes of British Columbia.pdf

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http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/recentlyscanned/holmes_project/529422 List of books for the Women's Institutes.pdf

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http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/recentlyscanned/holmes_project/530592.pdf


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http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/recentlyscanned/holmes_project/529427.pdf
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http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/recentlyscanned/holmes_project/529409.pdf
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http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/recentlyscanned/holmes_project/529408.pdf
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http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/recentlyscanned/holmes_project/529072.pdf
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http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/recentlyscanned/holmes_project/526208.pdf  Making lime sulphur at home

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526206 ... Strawberry Culture not to be confused with the Blackberry Culture.pdf

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535225 Couch Quack or Scutch Grass.pdf

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535202 Canada Thistle.pdf

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350444.pdf
History_of_Saanich_peninsula_railways.pdf

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http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/bcdocs2014/349123/provincial_parks_survey_technical_report.pdf

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323198 Mackenzie Market Study 1975.pdf

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http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/bcdocs2013_2/254567/planning_act_discussion_paper.pdf


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535652    Chinese, Japanese, & Indian Populations of British Columbia   1901
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535650    Nakusp Slocan Railway

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535642  Census Telegrams  1893

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530904 POWER IN BRITISH COLUMBIA 1968 TO 1975_1975.pdf

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535656 Legislature Grounds: Gathering of war veterans, patriotic and other associations 1918.pdf

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535655 Teslin Railway  Google

Teslin Railway BC Leg Library 

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535491 Silo Benefits for the backyard
Creosote Poles
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457529 'South Fork of the Fraser River' Grand Trunk Pacific Railway McBride.pdf


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364487 Helicopter use for Forest Survey ... replaced with Drones.pdf


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344702 Creation of the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway land grants.pdf

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318304_2.   Proceedings of the Centennial Workshop on Ethnomusicology held at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, June 19-23, 1967.

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314263   Statement of the case of the municipalities of British Columbia.  BNA Act 70 years old

1937 In Presenting the viewpoint of the Municipalities of BC
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265552 Clinton crown land plan 1983_summary.pdf

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 Calvert Island Google
 1981
http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/bcdocs2013_2/265541/calvert_island_crown_land_plan.pdf

Ecological Reserves of British Columbia
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A summary of legislation and licencing procedures in the petroleum industry of British Columbia / prepared by Barbara MacDonald.  1977

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An earlier population of Hesquiat Harbour, British Columbia : a contribution to Nootkan osteology and physical anthropology / by Jerome S. Cybulski.

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254502     BIRDS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA.pdf
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203106   Tuberculosis Control Index_1935.pdf

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323532 Lillooet-Fraser Heritage Resource Study_vol2a.pdf

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184902 CAVE RESOURCES OF BRITISH COLUMBIA.pdf

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75771 Budgets of British Columbia 1908 to ......_1963.pdf

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Budgets of British Columbia   from 1908 to 2018

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326199 Stikine Hydroelectric maps of British Columbia_maps.pdf

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The cost of new electricity supply in British Columbia / Resource Planning, Corporate and Environmental Affairs. --  1990   to 1994

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http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/bcdocs2013_2/406103/chilcotin_plateau.pdf

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http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/bcdocs2013_2/527879/pollination_and_fruit_set_in_tree_fruits.pdf
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http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/bcdocs2013_2/528086/agriculture_vancouver_island_gulf_islands.pdf
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528143 Wood Preservative on the farm

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British Columbia Power Commission   Ten Years of Progress (1947)
http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/bcdocs2013_2/530798/ten_years_of_progress.pdf
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Science Council of BC
http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/bcdocs2013_2/418448/twenty_to_one_payback_by_bc.pdf
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1982   Multicultural Society
http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/bcdocs2013_2/256818/report_of_the_advisory_committee.pdf

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Water Powers of British Columbia  1962  to 1967
http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/bcdocs2013_2/530905/index.htm

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http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/bcdocs2013_2/264737/present_geological_hazards_soil_sensitivity_to_earthquake_movement.pdf
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http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/recentlyscanned/holmes_project/530103 Approximate statement of amounts required on account of unfinished contracts 1876.pdf

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http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/bcdocs_holmes/526205/blackberry_culture_1946.pdf


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498700 Handbook of British Columbia Canada: History Topography Climate Resources Development.pdf


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http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/bcdocs2012_2/162752/crown_land_marketing_catalogue.pdf   1979


  In 1986, the younger Bennett retired from politics and his successor was Bill Vander Zalm. Under his leadership, he and his party became increasingly unpopular.  Wikipedia








Monday, July 22, 2019

Downtown Vancouver Japanese Home addresses prior to repatriation: Database available online


 Check out your address to see if the property was originally owned by .....


Naturalized Canadians Repatriated to Japan 1946     005-1142.27.003.pdf

home addresses prior to repatriation

http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/005/f2/005-1142.27.003.pdf




Property prior to
Page 1 of 71     78 W. 7th Ave., Vancouver
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Atagi, Ishimatsu;    Internment Camp:   Kelowna, B.C.

Property prior to
Page 3 of 71      1130 Stewart Ave., Nanaimo
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Kashimoto, Morinosuko   997 Howe Street, Vancouver

Tashme Internment Camp 

Tashme, a mountain valley 22 kilometres southeast of Hope






1)      Prince Rupert
2)      997 Howe Street
3)     Nanaimo            
4)     Steveston
5)     342 Powell Street
6)     763 East Cordova Street
7)     Steveston
8)     504 East Hastings
9)     753 East Cordova


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Yoho National Park road and campsites, built by Japanese residents of BC,  or German prisoners of war.  The Cooking spaces at Yoho are falling into disrepair, is it because of Shame or






“While women and children were sent to internment camps, what is little known is that about 1,700 able-bodied Japanese-Canadian men aged 18 to 45 years old, were sent to road camps to build Highway 3, the Hope-Princeton Highway, Highway 1, Revelstoke-Sicamous Highway, and…Highway 5, as forced labour,” said Laura Saimoto, who worked on the legacy sign project as part of the Japanese Canadian Legacy Committee. 

“These highways were deemed a priority for national security by the Canadian government. And in the case of Hope-Princeton Highway, the government saw it as an alternative route to Highway 1 in case of enemy sabotage.”

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Vancouver Sun: 
Dan Fumano: Reclaiming and redress highlight new conversation about historic wrongs
Opinion: The idea of the Japanese Canadian community reclaiming a stolen property in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside has been given more weight by recently launched official consultations on redress.   July 21, 2019

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Globe and Mail 
     Trio of cabins marks Japanese internment camp
 
 When the time came to disperse the thousands of ethnic Japanese from their enforced stay amid the Pacific National Exhibition's odorous cattle barns, wartime authorities wanted them out of sight, out of mind.





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In September, 1939, the site was reclaimed by the Department of Defence and adapted for use as Kananaskis Internment Camp #130, a prison camp for civilian internees and enemy merchant seamen.  Two years later, the majority of these detainees were sent to facilities in eastern Canada and the site was enlarged and fortified for use as a prisoners of war camp.  The camp detained combat officer personnel from late 1942 until 1946, when the camp closed.  During their time in detention, the internees engaged in numerous activities, including clearing the valley that now forms the bed of Barrier Lake.  There were 26,000 prisoners of  war interned in Alberta during the Second World War - more than were interned in any other province.  The Colonel's Cabin is one of the few structural reminders of this chapter in provincial history.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Vancouver's Stanley Park's Second Beach's Swimming Pool: Trespassing OK when Pool Open?



NOTICE  No Trespassing When Pool Closed location

Google Search Criteria: trespass defined in law British Columbia
The Trespass Act (B.C.) says that a person found inside enclosed land without the consent of the owner, lessee or occupier is a trespasser. So is someone who remains if asked to leave, or who re-enters after having been asked to leave and having done so.



Google Search Criteria:  Trespasser Act definition of trespasser
In the law of tort, property, and criminal law a trespasser is a person who commits the act of trespassing on a property, that is, without the permission of the owner. Being present on land as a trespasser thereto creates liability in the trespasser, so long as the trespass is intentional.

Trespass Act (B.C.)
 (2) A person found on or in premises that are enclosed land is presumed to be on or in the premises without the consent of an occupier of the premises or an authorized person.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Craig James: "An Earthquake off Scotland would be more devastating than a combined one of British Columbia/Washington State!"

I still can't get over the fact that a former Judge of the Supreme Court of Canada would side with  Craig James' version of the need to take his international guests, and wives, on a Washington whale watching expedition and a baseball game to show off a phantom earthquake.

British Columbia has Earthquakes!

Craig James' testimony: I'll repeat, for your benefit Judge, what I said to my guests in the boat.   'Imagine, if you will, the feel of the land below ourselves, rising and falling, being shook side to side, with the same intensity, the identical experience of those Washingtonians who stood tall, on land, against the devastating 2001 Nisqually EARTHQUAKE!'
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British Columbia:  Recent Significant Earthquake Reports 2019

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The question: Have the British Isles guests from Scotland a long history on devastating earthquakes that would require a self appointed authority figure, such as our former Clerk Craig James pretended to be .......... to offer them a free trip, trinkets included.


Britain's 2017 earthquakes felt in Scotland.
The two largest British earthquakes of last year were both felt in parts of Scotland. A quake with a magnitude of 4.0 M in Moidart on 4 August was felt from Inverness to Glasgow and out west on Islay in the Inner Hebrides.  Jun 25, 2018


fault lines in Scotland earthquake activity
 A Scottish town was today shaken by an earthquake measuring 2.9 on the Richter scale. The tremor in Dumfries and Galloway, lasted a few seconds and no one was injured. Bennett Simpson, seismologist at the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh, said the that the quake occurred at 9.27am.

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Intensity: The Modified Mercalli Scale (MM)


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 fault lines in Scotland earthquake activity
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THREE !!! in Scotland  1932  to  2019


https://www.bgs.ac.uk/discoveringGeology/hazards/earthquakes/UK.html
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2001 Nisqually earthquake with colleagues from the Washington State Legislature in Olympia

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Craig James 2001 Nisqually earthquake with colleagues from the Washington State Legislature in Olympia   ??????????????????????????????



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Examples of Successful Seismic Safety Advocacy

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Present geographical hazards soil sensitivity to earthquake movement 

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 1989 George Massey Tunnel No. 1509 Response to Earthquakes
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Blog Borg Collective 2014 Post:
 With a 8.0 tremor, would the Williston Reservoir create a Grand Canyon II in Alberta/NorthWest Territories?


Geological Survey of Canada Open File 5539: Significant Canadian earthquakes 1600-2006


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A fellow traveler on the whale watching / baseball gaming aka EARTHQUAKE had this to say:



Keep Calm, And Carry On: Business Continuity Planning In Parliaments
Tommy Lynch

For several years a group of legislatures have been working together to create guidance that will help similar organisations in considering business continuity planning necessary to maintain operations in the event of unexpected events or a crisis. In this article, the author outlines the progress of the work and explains how interested parties can get hold of the resulting guide which will be available from January 2019.

In May 2014, the Clerk of the Scottish Parliament, Sir Paul Grice, met with his counterparts in Ottawa where the topic of business continuity cropped up. It became clear during the discussion that there would be mutual benefit if the House of Commons and the Scottish Parliament began sharing information on strategic plans, resources and approaches to business continuity.

Over the following months there were conference calls, regular email correspondence and the bilateral sharing of information between Ottawa and Edinburgh soon expanded to include representatives from the Canadian Senate, the UK Houses of Parliament in London, Provincial Legislative Assemblies based in Toronto and Victoria and, most recently, the House of Representatives in Wellington, New Zealand.

As we shared information, there were clearly areas of overlap. Moreover, some legislatures had particular areas of strength that other participants could learn and benefit from. Representatives from most of these organisations agreed to meet in Toronto in June 2015 to continue our discussion and gave our group a name – Legislative Assemblies Business Continuity Network or LABCoN.
Our first set of meetings focussed on direct comparison of our approaches to business continuity. We shared stories, noted our successes, and also lessons learned from work that could have gone better. The group created a questionnaire based on the international standard for business continuity, ISO 22301.

The Toronto meetings were very positive and the group, as well as sharing expertise and enthusiasm for business continuity, also hit it off personally. The extent of what we learned over those two days drove home the value of this information exchange to the group – there are undoubtedly other legislatures that could benefit from the knowledge and experience of participants if it could be captured and shared in some fashion.

Over the following months we agreed that creating a business continuity guide specifically for legislatures was the way forward. The guide would be based on sound business continuity planning processes. We believed real value could be gained from exploring legislature-specific aspects of what has worked well and instances where things haven’t quite turned out as planned.

Martin Fenlon formally of the UK Houses of Parliament and now working as a consultant, created our technical guide. His draft was reviewed by the group at a three-day meeting in Edinburgh in August 2016 where we also discussed what other areas could and should be included in our guide. Training on incident communications and incident management occurred during this gathering as well sessions where we explored how to look after the welfare of Members, staff and visitors at a Parliament after a disruptive event.

One of the main outputs from the Edinburgh meetings, in addition to the technical element of the guide, was a determination that each of us to concentrate on capturing “case study” information to help show the resources, approaches, challenges and benefits that business continuity thinking and planning could bring to a legislature.

When meeting in Victoria, British Columbia in August 2017, the group reveiewed this material and also had the opportunity to explore the planning and resources that BC’s Legislative Assembly use in its earthquake planning. Moreover, we discussed the impact of the 2001 Nisqually earthquake with colleagues from the Washington State Legislature in Olympia; these staff had to carry out extensive repair work to their capitol building and decant their Chambers during that time.

The most recent LABCoN conference, in Ottawa during July 2018, focussed on completing content for the guide. In addition to the technical BC chapter, it includes also includes chapters on:
  • Governance & Resources
  • Planning Approach
  • Assessing Business Continuity plans
With the content of the guide now complete, we are applying the finishing touches to give it a bit of style, translating it into French and creating a hub website for the work we have been doing. The website will also have information to allow people interested in LABCoN to contact the authors and ask questions about what has been set out. We are aiming to “publish” this guide in early 2019 and LABCoN members will be using contacts established by their own organisations to advertise the availability of the guide.

All participants in LABCoN have benefitted from our discussions, sharing information and the opportunity to work across legislatures with colleagues in a very specialized area. As Michelle Hegarty, Assistant Chief Executive for the Scottish Parliament, offered: “I hope that the information in our guide can help other legislatures plan for the delivery of their services and make their overall operations more robust, not just for their benefit but to also demonstrate that to politicians and to the public. I think all of us who have been involved with the work have learnt a lot and we look forward to making that available to others”

Next Steps
LABCoN members would love to hear from other legislatures if this guide interests them and for feedback on how the guide can be improved over time. LABCoN is also keen to continually improve the quantity and quality of knowledge and information available on legislature-specific aspects of business continuity, resilience and other related topics. Depending upon interest and feedback, LABCoN may schedule a conference focussed on education for interested legislatures, later in 2019.

Contact Information
Since its creation, LABCON Tourista has been supported by the following legislatures:
Visit our website at: www.labcon.network

Keep Calm, Plan On for Vacation

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The Birthday Of A Giant Colony: What's To Celebrate? July 1, 2019. Robin Mathews



Everywhere. There are symbols of Canada's Colonial Status.  Everywhere.  One on-going symbol, of course, is the life of the wholly dedicated Globe and Mail: half truth, no truth, and sleight-of-hand. Rule No. 1: Never tell the truth about Canada. [The Globe and Mail is representative.]



There is, however, more pressingly at the moment another example to deal with.  It goes by the short name: Meng Wanzou, Chief Financial Officer of China's Huawei Technologies.



Meng Wanzou was arrested in Vancouver on December 1, 2018, at the request of U.S. authorities as a first step undertaken to fulfill the terms of an Extradition Treaty that Canada has with the USA. (China, apparently, has similar treaties with many foreign countries.)



What has followed?  A total Colonial farce and tragedy has followed: Xi Jinping, the (in fact) autocratic leader of China has (like a spoiled child) refused to speak with Canada's Prime Minister. China has imposed ridiculous sanctions on Canadian agricultural products destined for China.  And much worse China has seized and is holding, under torture conditions, Canadian citizens as revenge!



That last tells all anyone needs to know about China. Whatever else may be good about China, it is a Rogue Nation (like Saudi Arabia) where The Rule of Law is a farce and the whim of the powerful can erase the Human Rights of anyone the Powerful choose to target!



Grinding salt into the Canadian wound (and never mentioned by a single commentator in the Canadian Mainstream Press and Media) the Actions inspired by Chinese anger are wholly the responsibility of U.S. actors.



Get it all clear in mind.  Canada [observing The Rule of Law] acted on a U.S. request to detain Meng Wanzou, Chief Financial Officer of China's Huawei Technologies.  Canada acted to fulfill terms it has in a treaty with the U.S.A.  China should, if it believes it has been wronged, be attacking the U.S.A in every way it sees fit for the Meng Wanzou incident.  On its part, U.S. authorities should be demanding of China "in the loudest voices" that it end all sanctions against Canada: loudly, persistently, and at the highest levels of power.



But that, alas, isn't how Colonialism works. Canada accepts the blame for the U.S. action as a good Colonial Servant and takes all the sanctions as if Canada is at fault.  The U.S. pretends that Canada is at fault as a normal Imperial Master should do.  And - in a fit of generosity - the U.S. president hints he might intercede with the Chinese dictator-for-life, Xi Jinping on Canada's behalf and express regret that China is holding Canadian citizens as hostages under torture conditions.



Very, very few Canadians see the picture: a perfect Colonial Picture.  The U.S. creates an International Conflict and dumps the responsibility onto its forelock-tugging Colony Canada.  The injured nation, China, not wanting yet another conflict with the U.S.A., is happy to continue the fakery by taking a number of steps to punish Canada.



Canadians have underscored for them the world they will have to live in as long as they accept a role as Colonial Servants To The USA.  The story is not new.  One of Canada's first major English-language poets, (1860-1943) Charles G. D. Roberts, wrote against Canadian colonialism: How long the ignoble sloth, how long The trust in greatness not thine own?



Every leader of every federal political party in Canada has taken the Colonial Oath: I swear I will never speak or act in any way to change Canada's role as a dependent servant of the U.S.A. and U.S. Imperial Policy. If that means allowing Canadian citizens to be jailed falsely and kept in torture conditions, I will accept all that on behalf of the greater power and privilege of the U.S.A., So Help Me God!  [Notice that not one of them says: this is the doing of the U.S.A. Why are we taking the flak and punishment for the U.S.A.? Why are they not shouting that in the House of Commons and elsewhere? You know the answer.]



Quietly, we may all observe that the Globe and Mail [the Globe and Mail is representative] does nothing, ever, to expose the truths of Canada's colonialism.  That is the long, rich tradition of the Globe and Mail.  In the famous 1891 Election the great, great grandfather of the Globe and Mail, called The Toronto Globe, worked like a beaver to help elect a government dedicated to the integration of Canada into the U.S.A. (and lost, despite all its dedicated, even dishonest - efforts).



Why doesn't the Globe and Mail tell you [the Globe and Mail is representative] what I tell you here?  Because Canada's Mainstream Press and Media is a Colonial Press and Media serving the Imperial Master.  And so it feeds you what a Colonial population is always fed: half truth, no truth, and sleight-of-hand.



 Contact: Robin Mathews





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