Friday, September 22, 2017

BC Hydro Study 1976. Dams on the Peace River @ Site C, E (at border) and D for Donvegan (Alberta)

Albertans have been trying to wean themselves off of coal fired generations of electricity for years and they had the chance when Site C first came on the horizon in 1976.  Albertans were offered the Dunvegan Site.  British Columbians were offered C, no D, but there was an E on the BC/Alberta border.

2015 Alaskan Highway News edition has their take on the benefits of the Dunvegan Site

Let's put Fort St. John's Site C on the back burner and shift the workforce downstream to Dawson City which has a much smaller footprint to match our current and future needs without costing 9.99999 Billion (includes modest cost over runs).

BC Legislative Library:

B.C. Hydro Sites C & E Hydroelectric Development Proposals : Lower Peace River Environmental Study / Thurber Consultants Ltd

Volume I  Page 24 of 563

Volume I Development Proposals and Resource Inventories
Volume Ia Appendices to Volume I
Volume II Impact Assessment of Basic Alternatives
Volume III Supplementary Assessments

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Not all BC communities are serviced by BC Hydro eg. Kelowna electricity comes from Fortis. BC Hydro head cheese Brad Bennett lives in Kelowna


 Fortis Electricity Drop Box: Castlegar, Creston, Grand Forks, Kelowna, Oliver, Penticton, Princeton, Trail

Why is BC Hydro donating funds to the community of Kelowna when Fortis is their service supplier?

Does BC Hydro donate to the others, or NO?

Google Search Criteria: bc hydro donates to Kelowna

BC Liberal safe riding?  Made safer by using the power of BC Liberal Governments Executive Councils run by Premiers Gordon Campbell and Christy Clark as a natural resource?

Made even safer by having the head cheese, Brad Bennett, running BC Hydro when he was never a ratepayer to BC Hydro?

Google Search Criteria: bc hydro donates to Kelowna

Fortis Service Areas
 BC Hydro concurs with Fortis as to who has jurisdiction when it come to electricity:

Schedule 1 – Map of BC Hydro Service Areas

BC Hydro purchases electricity from Independent Power Producers outside of its jurisdiction

This is what started us thinking about how money has been squeezed out of BC Hydro for political gains of the BC Liberal Party.

Why is BC Hydro donating money to anyone?   Is it the billions, or in the millions?

FortisBC buys their electricity from BC Hydro.

Would that be the same electricity that BC Hydro buys from the IPP guys at an outrageous price and then sells it at a loss? Norman Farrell has the answers and its a YES!!!!!


BC Hydro Application for Approval of New PPA with FortisBC

Page 7 of 372

Executive Summary

BC Hydro currently supplies electricity to FortisBC pursuant to a Power Purchase Agreement dated October 1, 1993 and a the EMBEDDED rates set out in Rate Schedule (RS) 3808.  The 1993 PPA expires on September 30, 2013.

In 2005, BC Hydro and FortisBC began preliminary negotiations for a new power purchase agreement to replace the 1993 PPA upon its expiry.  The Parties re-launched negotiations in 2009, and have reached agreement on a new power purchase agreement dated May 21, 2013 (Just after Christy Clark won her first and last government) and associated agreements to replace the expiring 1993 PPA.

The New PPA does not change the basic parameters of the service BC Hydro has been providing to FortisBC for 20 years under the 1993 PPA.  The New PPA continues to provide for up to 200 MW of capacity and 1,752 GWh/year of associated energy for FortisBC to meet a portion of its load service obligations.

The New PPA and associated agreements modernize the terms and conditions of this service by introducing improvement for current industry practices and current circumstances including the development of the Waneta Expansion (WAX) Project as a new capacity resource available to FortisBC.  The energy price for the service provided under the New PPA will be a two-step price with the first tranche set at an embedded cost price and the second tranche set as a proxy for BC Hydro's LONG-RUN MARGINAL COST aka (LRMC) of new supply.

Footnote:  FortisBC Inc. was first known as West Kootenay Power and Light Company, Limited.  The company subsequently changed its name to West Kootenay Power Ltd., then to UtiliCorp Networks Canada (British Columbia) Ltd., then to Aquila Networks Canada (British Columbia) Ltd. and, finally, to FortisBC Inc.   Irrespective of its actual name at any time, the company is referred to throughout this application as "FortisBC"



Historical info from the WayBack Machine:

Why are BC Hydro ratepayers donating money to anyone?

The Vancouver 2010 Bid

BC Hydro has a history of giving back to BC's communities through various sponsorships and community initiatives. Working together with the Vancouver 2010 Bid Corporation is just another example of that. Over the last two years, more than 30 Bid work groups have been planning and preparing for every aspect of the games, and BC Hydro will continue to be an integral part of this planning process.
Read more on the 2010 Bid web site.

Current News Releases

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Is there a correlation between Fraser Institute's academic performance vs Vancouver Sun's Lead in drinking water?

 The Vancouver Sun's page A 12/13 "Schools taking action on lead in drinking water"caught our attention and we immediately thought of the Fraser Institute.   Has the institute's yearly report on where to enroll your child been skewed because of 'other factors' not taken into consideration?

Fraser Institute's:  Compare the academic performance of your child's school

British Columbia: Elementary  

British Columbia: Secondary


Vancouver Sun's:  More than half of B.C.'s school districts had unsafe lead levels in drinking water sources in 2016


 School Boundaries Wall Map

Google Search Criteria:  bc ministry of education metal lead in drinking water

Google Search Criteria:  Districts with fountains and sinks that exceed the maximum acceptable lead concentration in 2016/17 tests

Google Search Criteria:  “Report for Testing Lead Content in Drinking Water of School Facilities” 


#79 School District:  Report for Lead Testing March 2017(1) - SD79


Example of tests done at Discovery Elementary


School District boundaries of BC


We are not suggesting that Discovery Elementary students / teachers / support staff are at risk.  The above information is only for guidance of finding more information on the subject regarding your school catchment basin.  The Ministry of Education under the guidance of the BC Liberal government offered no direct links to the reports.  Tthe Vancouver Sun offered no direct links to their sources either, except for "Ministry of Education"



Thursday, September 14, 2017

BC Liberals need to show respect to British Columbia's Speaker of the Legislative Assembly or be bannished by him

The Speaker is a key figure in the Legislative Assembly.
The Speaker is an MLA elected in a secret ballot by all Members of the Legislative Assembly to preside over debates and ensure that the Assembly's established rules of behaviour and procedure are followed.
The election of the Speaker is the first item of business for a new parliament and is open to all MLAs except cabinet ministers. It takes place on the first sitting day after each general election or when a Speaker resigns, retires or dies. If there is not a Speaker in place, the Legislative Assembly cannot proceed with its business until one is elected. The election of the Speaker is presided over by the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly.
The Speaker is neutral, responsible for making sure that all MLAs, no matter what party they belong to, are treated fairly and impartially. He or she votes only to break a tie.

The Speaker as MLA

The Speaker, when elected, does not stop being an MLA. That means that while remaining neutral and avoiding taking public positions on politically controversial matters before the Legislative Assembly, the Speaker must still continue to listen to the people of his or her constituency and to effectively represent their interests. The Speaker does this by making private recommendations to government and organizations on issues affecting his or her constituents. The Speaker, however, does not attend caucus meetings.

The Speaker as Presiding Officer

Balancing the right of the majority to conduct business with the right of the minority to be heard is one of the Speaker's most important responsibilities.
The primary role of the opposition is to question government actions and present alternatives to government positions. While this kind of adversarial system is a cornerstone of democracy, debates can, like a hockey game, sometimes get heated. The Speaker serves as a very necessary referee, ensuring fair play by all MLAs.
It is the Speaker's job to enforce the Standing Orders — the rules of parliamentary procedure adopted by the Legislative Assembly, which are designed to make sure that debates in the Chamber are properly carried out and that all MLAs have the opportunity to participate.
These rules require all MLAs to show respect for the Speaker and for each other. For example, members must not speak unless "recognized" (allowed to speak) by the Speaker and must not interrupt when the Speaker is speaking.
In addition, to discourage personal attacks, MLAs must address the Legislative Assembly through the Speaker at all times, rather than addressing each other directly. When referring to one another, they must use the name of an MLA's constituency (e.g., "the honourable member for Victoria–Beacon Hill") rather than the MLA's actual name.
This helps maintain order and decorum in the Legislative Assembly. In a spirited debate, the Speaker can act as a buffer between members, and heated words may be less inflammatory when directed through the Speaker. The Legislative Assembly is a forum for robust debate, not merely a polite debating society.
If an MLA does not obey the rules and makes inappropriate or discourteous remarks, the Speaker will ask the member to withdraw those remarks. If the member does not comply with the Speaker's instructions, the Speaker has the power to order the MLA to withdraw from the Chamber for the day. For more serious offences, the Speaker "names" the MLA, which means the MLA may be suspended from the Legislative Assembly without pay for anywhere from one to 15 days.
If the MLA refuses to leave the Chamber as requested, the Speaker may ask the Sergeant-at-Arms to remove the member. In such a case, the offending member may be suspended for the balance of the session.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Rich Coleman's secret swearing words dictionary reserved for BC Liberal Caucus: Loudly #2: Traitor!!! Silently #1: Quisling

I was born in the early 1940's where 'traitor' was used extensively; 'quisling' less so.

To now hear BC Liberal Temp Leader Rich Coleman using the word 'Traitor' to describe Darryl Plecas, a fellow caucus member, simply because he put his name forward to be the Speaker of the Legislature begs the question:

"Has the 'Temp Leader' silently used the word Quisling to label his former Leader/Premier who assisted the opposition with a First, Made in BC, Clone Throne Speech by stealing election planks from the British Columbia New Democrat Party and the British Columbia Green Party?"

quisling: a person who helps an enemy that has taken control of his or her province

Thursday, September 7, 2017

With Climate change, rising tide height, why build either a bridge or a tunnel in a flood plain protected by dikes?

Traffic lines coded in green lines mixed with amber lines mixed with red lines is from 2015.  Things have changed since.  There is MORE traffic.

Nothing like commanding the high ground, a bridge over a tunnel option, but when the whole area that the traffic is flowing through is protected by a single line of defense, a dike, all hell can break loose in Richmond and Delta .....  good name that flood plain delta.

Every route leading up to Deas Island Tunnel, and a proposed replacement bridge, will face the same consequence if the BIG ONE hits Metro Vancouver.  The corridors will be awash in water, water everywhere.

Flood Plains can be a pain
 $3 billion debt in the Red for a bridge, to replace an aging tunnel?

 The new Pattullo Bridge takes off from the high ground of New Westminster and touches down on Surrey soil that is protected by a dike.

Port Mann Bridge?  Low ground to the north, high ground to the south.

Second Narrows Ironworkers Memorial Bridge?  High ground to the South, low ground to the north.

Suggestion:  Get out of the cars and use public transit built like Skytrain, and Canada Line, which are raised well above the flood plains.


BC Liberal Laurie Throness demands for his new leader:  Fraser Basin Council Lower Mainland Flood Management Strategy

Suggestion: Environment Item # 5 of 65 total topics

Saturday, August 26, 2017

DNV: 'Fish-Ladder-Go-Cyclist' or is it 'Cyclist-Ladder-Go-Fish'?

The District of North Vancouver's 'New Delbrook Recreation Centre' facility is open along with their plaza art waterworks of a salmon riding a bike, without, a certifiable helmet.

From the perspective of this tradesperson, its not unsettling to see the use of two stainless steel, six foot diameter, discarded lumber saw mill blades as a bicycle wheel for an oversize fish. 

What is unsettling is that circular and table saw blades turn counter-clockwise.

Circular saw cuts into wood that is stable.

Wood is fed into a fixed table saw blade.

Counter Clockwise rotation
To make the fish cyclist move forward, the saw blade has to move in a clockwise direction which is opposite from table and circular saws.

New Delbrook Community Recreation Centre

Moving forward - Reading backwards:

A sign of the DNV time$  You are now leaving  ......

A wooden sign for Murdo Frazer Park has been visible from the road for pedestrians and motorists, and CYCLISTS for at least the last twelve years, so why spend a ton of cash building a sign that is not visible to anyone, a hundred feet into the woods and doesn't match any other park sign in the District?  Are there more park sign changes in the work?   The collected property taxes are paying for these sign changes.

Murdo Frazer Park: Black sign: cut-out Lettering on a Forest Green background.  At night its Black on Black even with the lighting
The trail was upgraded so that LED lighting could be installed, and then the cyclist faction on District Council got involved because of the environmentalists were complaining about the destruction of the vegetation on the side of the stairs.  The answer:  loose gravel so cyclists couldn't navigate.

Result: Bike Trough needed for the concrete stairs to accommodate the cyclists.

At that point, DNV should have hired a Rocket scientist to figure out their bike trough logic because of the existing concrete stairs didn't run in a straight line.

The experts have one thing in common, bike troughs only work along straight run.  

Bike Troughs don't Zig, and then Zag, they do in DNV.

Wikipedia Bike Trough
WashCycle  Bike Trough
Cycle Works Ltd. Bike Trough
  Seattle Bike Blog  Bike Trough
  Seattle has finally done it. They figured out how to build a functional stairway “runnel” that also includes railings required to meet accessibility guidelines.

Do both wheels of a bicycle follow the same path?

Bike Portland

Do both wheels of a bicycle follow the same path?
DNV Murdo Frazer Park stairs: 'crooked like a Dog's hind leg'

Moving along: Same topic: Stopping a tank with steel and concrete?

Concrete abutment strong enough to stop a tank.  Same design at the top.
There was  ONLY    ONE    sign stipulated in the specs, and its for the top of the stairs which is 100 feet away from the road.  A sign at the bottom would be ridiculous when the nearest road is four blocks away.  The contractor built the forms complete with underground wiring, had it inspected by DNV, poured the concrete, only to discover later that no sign was contemplated for the bottom one.

Grinder to the rescue.

Galvanized Steel is rusting.

The Sign:

You have now arrived at .... steel plate lettering cut our with a laser?

One minor detail: the Colour scheme: its totally the opposite from street signage.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

British Columbia Low Cost Housing: Take a GPS discovery tour of your local Flood Plain





Gauges Metro Vancouver to Hope

Gauges Metro Vancouver to Pemberton

Kamloops to Monte Creek Dykes

Kelowna to US border Dykes


Before Upgrade

Friday, August 11, 2017

New Order In Council (OIC) 249 - Justices of the Peace; (OIC) 258 - Rescinds Colin Hansen appointment

Number 32

 Full Text PDFs

OIC 247

OIC 248   Appointment of ....

OIC 249
Jade Allnutt
Maha Arnaut
Ola Athans
Janine Balogh
Liza Biggin
Donna Bigras
Lindsay Christian
Harjit Dhinjal
Amanda Ferguson
Kelsey Gray
Deborah Henry
Barry Lai
Danica Raguz
Shelley Stewart
Michelle Thomson
Nurgul Toichubekova
Alisa Tortolano

OIC 250

OIC 251

 OIC 252   By Striking out ...

 OIC 253  Appointment of ....

OIC 254  Appointment of ....

OIC 255  Appointment of ....

OIC 256

OIC 257

 OIC 258   Appointment Rescinded    Colin Hansen and Others

Google Search Criteria:  Clifford William Neufeld, Transportation Investment Corporation
Google Search Criteria:  Anne Marie Stewart, Transportation Investment Corporation
Google Search Criteria: Daniel Patrick Doyle, Transportation Investment Corporation

MO 259  Emergency Program Act

Thursday, August 10, 2017

WAC Bennett: 1958 Centenary; Revenue from Road-Users;

British Columbia document:  Revenue from Road-Users requires the public to know Google is capable of misspelling.  eg.  "Public In QIuiries Act" aka Public Inquiries Act

Google Search criteria: British Columbia Provincial Revenue from Road-users 1957

Columbia, 1948, entitled, "Public In Qluiries Act, " it is ... - BC Laws
Page 1 of 28

BC Legislative Library Horizon search: Public Inquiries Act  72 titles found


Royal commissions and special commissions appointed by Order in Council with returns relating thereto, 1946-1948. --

West Coast Oil Ports Inquiry??????
    ...... Proceedings at inquiry / West Coast Oil Ports Inquiry. -- by West Coast Oil Ports Inquiry (Canada), Thompson, Andrew R., 1925-, Allwest Reporting Ltd

The report for the hearings May 4, 1977 [v. 1] entitled: Preliminary hearings into the Kitimat Oil Port Inquiry : proceedings at preliminary inquiry.
Added title: v.2-17, 19-20, A public inquiry pursuant to Order-in-Council PC 1977 - 597 dated March 10th, 1977; v.18, 21-30, A public inquiry pursuant to part 1 of the Inquiries Act R.S.C. 1970, C.I-13 into proposed marine terminals and associated oil tanker traffic on the west coast of Canada.
A.R. Thompson, Commissioner.

Another link from the above:

West Coast Oil Ports Inquiry (Canada)


British Columbia Motive Fuel License Plates -


An important component of the road user revenues collected by the provincial government were taxes levied on the sale of gasoline.  In 1957, it was estimated that, of all the vehicle related revenue collected, the gas tax accounted for approximately 70.9%.
Policy-makers were concerned, however, that users of diesel were unfairly benefiting from the greater efficiency afforded by this fuel type, estimated to be between 40-65% more miles per gallon than cars or trucks of the same weight using gasoline.  It did not help that diesel-powered trucks were also seen to place an extremely heavy burden of the road system .
In order to ensure that diesel users .......



Thursday, August 3, 2017

Former BC LNG Advocate Gordon Wilson was hired on as a plumber but spent all his time installing light fixtures? A BC Jobs Plan graduate

 No wonder there are no written reports from Gordon Wilson.

Does Gordon Wilson have two trade tickets: Plumber (Pipefitter) and Electrician? Is he a member of a trade union or is he non-union?   BC Jobs Plan info

Did Premier Christy Clark hire an LNG plumber, or a BC Hydro electrician?
"I wasn't hired to write reports," Wilson said in an interview Tuesday.  "It's a bit like evaluating the work of your plumber by counting the number of light fixtures they put in.  My job was to act as an advocate for B.C. businesses, both First Nations and non-First Nations."

What is a non-First Nation?
Wikipedia:  In Canada, a non-status Indian is a legal term referring to any First Nations individual who for whatever reason is not registered with the federal government, or is not registered to a band which signed a treaty with the Crown.

Is a 'non-First Nation' the same as a 'non-status Indian'?

Is a 'non-First Nation' person everyone else who is neither 'First nation' nor 'non-first nation'?

Or the distinction Gordon Wilson is trying to make is that he advocated for First Nations, with a signed Treaty,  and with First Nations with a non-treaty status aka without a Treaty status?