Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Premier Christy Clark is Insane when she uses her "LNG 101" cheat sheet to explain evaporation of Methane? No harm done!

We interrupt this report with a Message from our Sponsor:
 
A Guide to British Columbia's Liquefied Natural Gas Sector:  LNG 101.

Take note, all the images are stock photos, must be, no government running on a restraint program would spend, waste, tax dollars to promote themselves, and workers with great big smiles.  They are paid to smile.

Premier Christy Clark's latest message is that "our province is building a new industry .... which will put us among the global leaders".

It goes a long way to explain how the 2013 election platform of Today's BC Liberals mushrooming Ten Billion dollar debt in one year, suddenly ended up at $70 Billion Debt overall in 2014.


Not to muddy the waters too much here, but using their LNG 101 math ......  the BC Liberals work it out this way:

In one year Christy added $10 Billion of debt, therefore in 30 years we'll be sitting at $300 Billion of Debt, MINUS the $100 Billion in LNG Royalties.... which means we'll be burdened with an $200 Billion of DEBT.     Do you feel better now?

Sigh, here's what Christy Clark thinks about tankers full, even just one, result in "spilt milk" like methane.  No need to wipe it up, its not an Exxon Valdez situation, not a land version.

The Message from the Premier



Page 6 and 7 of LNG 101

LNG is odourless, non-toxic, non-corrosive and less dense than water.  If a spill were to occur, the natural gas would warm and evaporate, leaving no substances behind.
Natural gas is primarily composed of methane gas.  It can also contain small amounts of ethane, propane, butane and pentanes.

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The Source of the above Document came from Page 34 of 34 of this Document: ( Appendix IV: References and Resources)

Cover Page of Document which we used for an earlier Post:
Is this the Port of Vancouver or Kitimat, or Both?  How many vessels per week?
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LNG 101:  A Guide to British Columbia's Liquified Natural Gas Sector.

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If you missed the headlines this week (April 21, 2014):
B.C. environment minister warned about LNG greenhouse gas emissions Internal briefing note singles out methane as concern, as well as emissions from fracking process.

Internal briefing notes prepared for Environment Minister Mary Polak since she took office last year and obtained by The Canadian Press, single out methane emissions for concern.

On top of emissions from combustion and flaring of natural gas, methane and carbon dioxide escape during hydraulic fracturing process, or fracking, the documents said.

"Methane emissions are a particular concern since they have a global warming impact 21 times higher than carbon dioxide," said one July briefing note.

"A small increase in the percentage of natural gas that escapes can have a significant impact on overall emissions."
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Pointingly or more importantly, Christy Clark is amazed at how Government officials have found a Quik Method of loading LNG, AND in much small vessels.

LNG Update
 However, the LNG "Tanker" that Christy is pointing at is NOT an LNG tanker which have noticeable massive Bumps, on their Decks, like this, courtesy of Rich Coleman (on Page 4 of 16) same document:




Or This:


Saturday, April 19, 2014

A Tale of Onni's Two North Shore Towers: 17 and 24 stories high, they're Invisble

Every Saturday the Vancouver Sun comes out with their WestcoastHomes section, and every Saturday the photos on the first two pages makes us go WOW!!!!   Condos even more so than Houses because the view from the top floor is SPECTACULAR, in every direction.  But what if the floor you're interested in is only half way up?  Onni has that angle covered with their North Vancouver CentreView project, bounded by Lonsdale and 13th and 14th.    All you need to do is stand, sit, in one spot in your Living Room and watch your monitor while the world goes by your "front window".  A change of floors is just a quick click of the mouse away; Change directions too, with the mouse to unwind.

We're certainly glad we did a tour after seeing the newspaper version of the display suite's Living room. 

Could it be that every one of the suites, south facing, would have the same perspective, looking down onto Burrard Inlet, and so far to the South?  Would the view, with the naked eye, appear be as compact as a captured by a telephoto lens?   Would one really feel comfortable with your back to the Glass wall, one solid piece, floor to ceiling, the width of the space as if you were in the Vancouver Aquarium viewing area, underwater, watching the Beluga Whales?


The Onni newspaper write-up highlights who would be best suited for the CentreView tower:  the two person families; the down-sizing baby boomers; who have long held onto their Single Family home complete with gardens and two car garages, a perfect fit for a new way of living on Lonsdale....... right across the street from the Fire Department and just one block away to the East for the Lions Gate Hospital's Emergency Ward.
Downsizers who already live in North Vancouver form a key component of the potential customer base of the project; many are being drawn to condo-style living after years of being in single-family homes.   - Vancouver Sun


Technology being what it is with those new inexpensive to high priced cameras with their photo merging software within the device and desktop supremo with even greater capabilities, have been a boon for real estate agents who are marketing a building that doesn't exist.   Google Earth, the professional version, must have been used.

We use the Google Earth Free version.  Looking to the South West, two yellow markers plots the approximate positions of the two buildings, South Western one at 17 floors nearest the corner of 13th and Lonsdale. The 24 story Tower is a short half block East of Lonsdale on 14th Street.


Looking towards the South West corner of 13th and Lonsdale.

The Northern Tower (24) has a fantastic view from the 17th floor.  We can't wait until Google Earth programmers find a way to create the view for the next seven floors of Onni's CentralView so that their Spin-O-Rama camera will really have a WOW  WOW factor.

Looking towards the North, sort of twisted to the west.


Here's an artist rendering of the Onni's Centreview building complex as if you were standing on the South side of East 13th in front of either the Blue Shore Credit Union, or the Medical building or cupping your hands to your ears while the City of North Vancouver Fire Hall opens it's mammoth doors as the Fire Trucks exit North towards Centreview...... while the sound of the sirens will reverberate down through the complex's  equally cavernous opening two stories high...., down, down to the underground parking spaces.

Two Towers Onni Centreview looking to the North on East 13th Street
Ahhhhh!   The setting Sun by Onni:



Shadows cast by buildings on the Spring Equinox (March 21) at Noon is the accepted measuring tool.

CNV Website Document for 1308 Lonsdale Page 12 of 30


What surprised us though was the fact that their Spin-O-Rama camera view, taken from the North Tower on the 17th floor, at NOON, never revealed the fact that there's a Southern tower 17 floors high.  It's just not there.

Fact is, if the "camera with it's tripod", is moved down to say the 9th floor or 5th floor ... there's still no South Tower casting a shadow on the North Tower......PLUS the whole Southern Tower is invisible, the view of Burrard Inlet is intact.   What's that old saying about living in Glass Houses?
People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones

Absolutely amazing what technology can do for Real real estate agents.




Friday, April 18, 2014

Celebrate the day with Cultured Rabbit Recipes and a Blackberry Culture

Rabbit Culture 


1928
Market Rabbits, Growing Breeders, Dry does, Bucks, Diseases, Slobbers, Ear-cankers... If in need of assistance, apply to the Instructor of your district: -  

J. Allen, District Poultry Instructor, Court-house, New Westminster, B.C.

H. E. Waby, District Poultry Instructor, Salmon Arm, B.C.

G. L. Landon, District Poultry Instructor, Court-house, Nelson, B.C.

J. R. Terry, Chief Poultry Instructor, Department of Agriculture, Victoria, B.C.
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Poultry Circular No. 28

Rabbits are a much appreciated article of food, being most nourishing and easily digested.  The meat is inclined to be rather dry, so bacon is often served with it.  Rabbits should be young, feel in the joint of the paw for a little nut, and if this is absent the rabbit is old, and should only be used for soup or pies........   With regard to the latter, it is better to three-parts cook the rabbit before making it into pies, as the time for cooking the pasty in not sufficient.

Bake Rabbit

Rabbit with Macaroni

Rabbit and Rice Pie

Rabbit a la Belgique

Rabbit Gateau with Mushroom Salad

Mushroom Salad

Boiled Rabbit with Onion Sauce

Rabbit Sausages

Curried Rabbit

Rabbit Pie

Rabbit Pudding

Rabbit Salad

Rabbit Soup

Jugged Rabbit

Veal Forcemeat

For free supply of hutch record cards, stock record cards, and rabbit bulletins, write Poultry Branch, Department of Agriculture, Victoria, B.C.

1925

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BlackBerry Culture in British Columbia
1974
Allan E. Littler
1st  BlackBerry Antenna

Commercial Blackberries have been developed by selecting and crossing various species of wild blackberries (rubus) which are found throughout the north temperated zones of the world.  Crosses from these selections have been grown commercially over on hundred and fifty years.

Because of the variety of native material which has been used in their development, there are many kinds of blackberries.  These include the trailing varieties such as Evergreen Himalaya (Invasive Species Sea to Sky)  and Marion; the upright such as Eldorado and Erie and the various hybrids such as Cascade, Pacific and Olallie which contain the lines of some other berry.

This publication will deal with the culture of thornless Evergreen only since this variety crops well and is hardy both in the Fraser Valley and on Vancouver Island.  The upright varieties are hardy but crop lightly.   The various hybrids have some demand because of their flavour but they do not crop as heavily as thornless Evergreen and are hardy only in sheltered locations in the Fraser Valley or on the southern tip of Vancouver Island.

The fruit of the blackberry is fairly tender and bruises easily.  It should not be transported over long distances since jarring in transit may cause severe breakdown.
Blackberry ..... Severe breakdown... how prophetic!

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TidBit of info from e.a.f. (comments) triggered a Google search for Who Eats Rabbits?
Best known for being prolific, rabbits are also herbivores which efficiently convert fodder to food. The whole point of meat production is to convert plant proteins of little or no use to people as food into high-value animal protein.

In efficient production systems, rabbits can turn 20 percent of the proteins they eat into edible meat. Comparable figures for other species are 22 to 23 percent for broiler chickens, 16 to 18 percent for pigs and 8 to 12 percent for beef. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Allan Brooks Artist Naturalist: Haines Ranch 1922, Okanagan

New School: Robert Bateman doesn't "hunt" or, kill to be an artist
 
           The Old School:  Allan Brooks' friends, did.

 Vaseux Lake Party, 1922.
 Back row - Left to Right,  Allan Brooks, P. A. Taverner, Frank Farley;
Bird Observers xls file
Front row - H. "Mack" Laing, George Gartell, D. Allan Sampson


 ....... On the morning of June 10, we walked down the mountain in advance of the truck, we saw a small hawk topping a large bull pine.  From its dark colour we were sure it was a Pigeon Hawk (Merlin) and not a Sparrow Hawk, so we turned aside to get it.   Travener presently fired and dropped it, then we stood and gloated.  It was a black adult Pigeon Hawk, the coastal form, then considered one of the rarest North American birds in museum collections.  We were standing in the dry belt where a pale-coated Richardson's Merlin might be expected as a stray from the arid plains, but this slately-blue beauty!  We both had the same thought at the same time, what will Brooks think of this, for the pursuit of this dark form on the coast had been his Holy Grail.

It is my considered opinion that Travener was the luckiest man who ever packed a collecting gun afield.  He turned up the most unexpected things, not by special skill but by sheer blundering luck.  To prove my point, next day at base camp near Vaseux Lake he returned from a short walk at midday with a Dickcissel, a bird that anywhere west of Manitoba could be called a rare take.   This was a new record for British Columbia! .......
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Haynes Ranch

 Farming and Orcharding began following World War I. A government sponsored Soldier's Settlement program was initiated and offered veterans assistance in developing 10 acre units of land. By 1927, a government irrigation system was in place, and the desert hillsides around Osoyoos bloomed. It was soon apparent that this was a perfect spot to grow ground crops and develop orchards. Orchard farming became a general practice, and today we're proudly producing the earliest fruit in Canada.

Haynes Ranch 
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MAJOR ALLAN BROOKS of OKANAGAN LANDING

JEAN WEBBER

Living Landscapes


The name of Allan Brooks was a household word in Canada thirty years ago. His illustrations in Taverner's Birds of Western Canada, a series in the National Geographic magazine, calendars, cards issued by the National Association of Audubon Societies, and covers on Keystone school exercise books all familiarized Canadian children and adults not only with North American birds and mammals, but also with the work of this eminent zoological illustrator.

For residents of the Vernon area Major Allan Brooks, walking with his military bearing, dressed in tweed jacket and plus fours, often with a gun under his arm, was a familiar figure, for Okanagan Landing was his home from 1905 until his death in 1946. To the end of his days he loved nothing better than rambling over the Commonage or Rattlesnake Mountain, checking on the wildlife, hunting in season. He was a superb marksman and a member of the Vernon and District Fish, Game and Forest Protection Association, donating his pictures as prizes for their crow and magpie shoots. There are some who remember his participation in Okanagan Landing and Kelowna regattas. SNIP
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Then and Now

49° 5'28.52"N 119°31'49.64"W
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 Haynes Ecological Reserve

Source Link

Map Link

Location and Maps

Any maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Adjacent to N end of Osoyoos Lake, 6 km NNW of Osoyoos

BC News April 16, 2014 4:22pm



A recent study has found that women who carry a little extra weight live longer than the men who mention it.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

LNG Pipeline Compressor Stations locations should be a concern to residential areas, eg. Summit Lake's 850 m radius

LNG Compressor Station Sites are coming soon, to a neighourhood near you, in your BACKYARD

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Senior Project Administrator for Pacific Trail Pipelines
Summit Lake, BC
Final Report
RWDI # 1302054
February 7, 2013

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The construction of the Pacific Trail Pipelines Project (Project) will enable Pacific Trail Pipelines LP (PTP) to transmit natural gas from the existing Spectra Energy Transmission pipelines located near Summit Lake, British Columbia (BC) to the proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) Facility at Kitimat, BC.  

An Environmental Assessment Certificate for the PTP Project was issued in June, 2008 under the previous Kitimat to Summit Lake Looping (KSL) Project name . This approval enabled PTP to increase the capacity of the existing  atural gas transmission pipeline to meet shipper demands, and to reverse the direction of flow so that the existing pipeline and the new pipeline loop can flow natural gas in a westerly direction.  Since the certificate was issued, an amendment was requested to increase the pipeline diameter from 36 to 42 inches.  Also, the compressor station was changed from the earlier proposed mid-point location to immediately east of the community of Summit Lake, BC. This location is approximately 500 m southwest of two existing compressor stations owned by Pacific Northern Gas (PNG) and Spectra Energy Transmission (Spectra).........


No matter the medium, all circular "Graphs" look alike, eh

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 Summit Lake, BC,  Compressor Station Site

Compressor station Site AND Community of Summit Lake, 850 m between
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The Main part of the community of Summit Lake, where the closest residence are located, is approximately 850 m to the west of the proposed compressor station.
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Why is it imperative for a Compressor Station Plant to be so close to a community when there are kilometers and kilometers (miles and miles) of  land, everywhere?

Oh, because there's two Existing stations: PNG and Spectra

 We'll ask again:

Why is it imperative for Compressor Station Plants to be so close to a community when there are kilometers and kilometers (miles and miles) of  land, everywhere?


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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Deloitte & Touche (eg. Senator Mike Duffy audit) defines Christy Clark's "Non-Executive Chairperson" status with RCI Capital.

Sometimes, we, Bloggers/Public/Press, use words without understanding its TRUE meaning, and as it turns out, Premier Christy Clark is described as a Non-Executive (or nonexecutive) of a RCI Capital subsidiary, in receipt of no payments..... denial, denial, denial..... of Conflict of Interests.

                        however.....

The word "nonexecutive", attributed to British Columbia Premier Christy Clark, has been used EXACTLY in the correct context.. .... because of this definition:
Times of crisis.  Another situation when boards often consider appointing a NonExecutive chair is when the company's performance has deteriorated or if finds itself in an ethical scandal or other crisis.  During a time of crisis, the nonexecutive chair can serve as a credible and independent voice, especially when addressing shareholders and government agencies.

"I'm not always a proponent of the nonexecutive chairman role because it can create confusion about who is the real leader of the company," says Edward Kangas, nonexecutive chair of Tenet Healthcare Corporation and the former chairman and CEO of Deloitte & Touche.  "But the role can be instrumental if the company is in trouble.   When a troubled company is dealing with the government, it is important to have someone completely independent who can vouch for the honesty of the company."- Spencer Stuart

Well now Christy Clark as a former MLA, a high flying Minister of all portfolios, billed by Burrard Communications as a stellar person to work with, with them, who .... oh gee whizz ..... the  definition above fits Christy Clark to a tee.  ... someone "completely independent" who can vouch for the honesty of the company.     a company dealing with the government

And if you're thinking what I thought... YES!!!!    Deloitte & Touche is the SAME auditors who checked out Mike Duffy et al and their Senate Expenses.   touche Christy!  ask Nigel Wright how it feels under the spotlight of an auditor.
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 In Bob Mackin's Tyee column:
The RCI contract making her the non-executive chairperson of subsidiary RCI Pacific Gateway Education Inc. was signed on Sept. 27, 2007 -- a full month after she began her Monday to Friday, 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. full-time talkshow on CKNW. The first of three annual director's fee installments of $4,000 was due to be paid her within 120 days of her RCI appointment. The two-year contract included incentives and bonuses.
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 Source of Nonexecutive:
http://content.spencerstuart.com/sswebsite/pdf/lib/Cornerstone0108.pdf

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Non-Executive (or NonExecutive) appointment is when the company's performance has deteriorated or if finds itself in an ethical scandal or other crisis.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Partners talking shop: "Hi Honey, any new contracts we need to talk about before we become tangled?" - Christy Clark

Simpleton     a foolish or gullible person

If we see the headlines blaring out that there is no conflict of interest via "private interests" of an MLA, or an MLA as a Minister, or an MLA as the Premier, or an Ex - MLA for 24 months, with an outsider, then we have to take it at face value because there is ABSOLUTELY no way to discover if the Conflict of Interest Commissioner has deemed otherwise, or advised, or ruled, or ... left notes, like from the Late H.A.D. "Bert" Oliver.

For example, MLA Jenny Kwan is back in the NDP fold, willingly (always) working for the poorest Constituents in Canada even though she was unaware of her former husband's dipping into the deep end of the pooled funds held by Portland Hotel Society, in Trust, to fuel his gallivanting ways around the world.

For example,  Thanks to Rich Coleman, he reached in with his fat thumb and pulled out a PLUM, of a prize.

For example, Michael Smyth assertion: "If only she (Jenny Kwan) had noticed something, she could have blown the whistle on this obscene betrayal of the poor, not been part of it." April 10, 2014

For example, Premier Christy Clark smirking over her government stealing $100 from Jenny Kwan's constituents, and other poor, single mothers.   (Michael Smyth take note)

For example, Premier Christy Clark being bombarded with questions lately with claims that she worked for Burrard Communications after retirement of September 17, 2004, only for a few months, nod/nod, tsk/tsk, due to family matters.  No remuneration for her stellar efforts whereby her "job" was to convince others, eg. Douglas College Staff Execs, Students, more Staff, protesters, banners, the we deserve-demanders like Harry Bloy, that they had to deal with MP James Moore and MLA Iain Black on the Evergreen Line.   Eventually, the former MLA, as a former Deputy Premier, came back to the BC Liberal fold, willingly, opened the said project, Evergreen, with much fanfare to her credit.  

For example, James Moore handing out Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medals.

For example, MLA John Van Dongen raising an issue over fellow MLA Christy Clark "private interests" regarding BC Rail, which opened up the door, just a crack, to just what a former, Late, Conflict of Interest Commissioner (CIC) did to earn his keep, and if there's a Conflict with the current CIC then the CIC gets to pick his successor to do the heavy lifting for the CIC.   Page 4 of 41

For example, MLA John Van Dongen managed to exorcize a document, Page 41 of 41, privately held, for many years that was used as a defense tool by MLA, Premier Christy Clark.   Thank Goodness she did.

For example: If MLA Jenny Kwan is guilty of not knowing what her husband, separated, was doing with "his" business dealings with Portland Hotel Society, then surely Christy Clark is innocent because she does did know everything that her husband, formerly, was doing with his/her dealings of Burrard Communications.... and of course, we mustn't leave out her Brother Bruce Clark.  A close knit family, open books for three for free.  It's all there in the one page report on the CIC Diary of Christy Clark.  Page 41 of 41.

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For example: In a Vancouver Sun article written by Jeff Lee on November 29, 2003 one month prior to the Raid on the BC Legislature:
..... One might think that this is a perfect marriage of politicians; he's got a pipeline straight to 24 Sussex Drive and she is surrounded in cabinet by strong federal Liberal supporters like Finance Minister Gary Collins, Attorney-General Geoff Plant and Health Services Minister Colin Hansen.

But according to both, they go to extraordinary lengths to keep their political and government connections from being tangled.

Marissen, who operates Burrard Communications, even has a clause in every contract he signs with new clients that says he won't do any work involving the provincial government. .....  - Jeff Lee

For example: Page16 and 17 of 41 from the Conflict of Interest Commissioner:

[46] By letter dated February 16, 2001, Ms. Clark advised Commissioner Oliver that her husband had commenced the practice of including a paragraph in each contract for services entered into by Burrard.  It read as follows:

"Burrard Communications Inc. is a company that focuses on strategic communications development, helping clients to achieve their goals in the public arena.  It does not, and will not represent clients to be the provincial government of British Columbia or its agencies.  It will also not provide advice regarding provincial government legislation, policies or programs."

[47] Ms. Clark sought advice of Commissioner Oliver regarding this business practice developed by her husband.

[48]  By letter dated March 21, 2001, Commissioner Oliver replied in part:

"I believe that the new contractual clause is a wise addition: care should be taken to resist any temptation to circumvent it in practice.  I have no suggestion to make as to any alternative wording; it appears well thought out and should serve its intended purpose."

[49]  Mr. Marissen testified in response to questioning in this area that he declined any offer of business from any department or agency of government during the period of time that his wife has served as an elected official.

For example, we're not looking at the top of an iceberg scenario being visible with the vast potential of "what ifs" drifting below that is squirreled away by the CIC office filing cabinets ........, a more comparable view, from the top, would be along the lines of  NOAH, yes THAT Noah, after 40 days and 40 nights, stepping off the Ark and finding Everest beneath his feet, eh.

Appendix "A", (is an image therefore no Control-F) Page 41, lists of the times that MLA Christy Clark approached Commissioner Oliver to resolve possible conflicts .... February 17, 1998 to September 13, 2004 limited to the Complaint.

Edited,  colour coded for Clarity, here's the original on Page 41 of 41:

Page 10 of 41:
.... A review of Commissioner Oliver's files confirms to me that he often provided this type of advice in writing to Ms. Clark and other members of the legislature. ....
Page 15 of 41:
.... An extensive file exist in the office of the Conflict of Interest Commissioner for the Province of British Columbia in relation to Ms. Clark, as is the case in respect of most MLA's of long-standing. ...
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[43] Ms. Clark gave evidence that at all material times she consulted with Commissioner Oliver regarding all matter that she felt might constitute a conflict of interest on her part during the period of time that she served as an elected member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly.  She further informed me that every client acquired by the company Burrard Communication Inc. ("Burrard") was a subject for opinion to Commissioner Oliver.  My review of the Office's record confirms that she was diligent in this regard.
[44] Burrard was a company owned and operated by her husband, Mark Marissen.  Burrard provided clients with strategic and public relations advice for a fee.

[45]  Both Mr. Marissen and Ms. Clark testified that they jointly agreed early on in Ms. Clark's political career that every client acquired by Mr. Marissen or his company would be vetted through the Office of the Conflict of Interest Commissioner to confirm that there was no conflict of interest issue by reason of Mr. Marissen or Burrard having that particular client.   The file maintained at the office of the Conflict of Interest Commissioner confirms that assertion - attached as Appendix "A" to this Opinion is a copy of the interchange of the correspondence between Ms. Clark and Commissioner Oliver over the period of time indicated in the Appendix.

Surprisingly, the person who's job it is to keep a lid on this type of activity, the Conflict of Interest Commissioner, did absolutely NOTHING to forewarn MLA Jenny Kwan as his Office did for MLA/Minister Christy Clark.   A double standard?  Or, does the CIC not keep track of Spouses jobs, business interests, Directorships, that could potentially cause grief?  Even Honorary Directorships like the article published today in the National Post on behalf of Matthew Millar.   

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September 17, 2004 Christy Clark's status as an Minister was definitely in her rear view mirror, free as a bird to mingle and not consider the appearance of tangled to the Public purse, or Oliver because of this:   Appointment rescinded by OIC 905/04, September 20, 2004

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And those Contracts between Burrard Communications AND Government Agencies that are funded by the Treasuries of Canada and British Columbia funding?????  TransLink ... Evergreen :


 Matthew Millar with Vancouver Observer

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Hansard Question Period on RCI subsidiary, the founding Director, Chairman Christy Clark
Search Criteria within:  A. Dix

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Money for British Columbia School Seismic Upgrades playing second fiddle to Dike design guidelines?


British Columbia School Seismic Upgrades plays second fiddle to Dike design guidelines


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Little Jack Horner ....


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And there goes the view Martha.... and our Back Yard lawn.   Sea Level Rise Primer????

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Christy Clark's LNG 100,000 jobs plan by 2021 is a BUST..... with Employers "putting more Skin in the Game"

Grant G.,  over at the Straight Goods, has been THE most outspoken critic of Christy Clark's fictitious creation of 100,000 jobs that was used to convince the undecided, to vote for the BC Liberals in the 2013 provincial election.


On March 31, 2014 the truth was released via a MOU between Canada and British Columbia 

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.... By requiring employers to put more skin in the game, the Canada Job Grant will result in training that leads to guaranteed jobs....  Credits:
Jason Kenney and Shirley Bond
... and for Good Measure .. 
Stevie Harper and Christy Clark.
"put more Skin in the Game" - Jason Kenney & Shirley Bond
The main issues surrounding "skin" or excess "skin" is the principal–agent problem whereby transparency and fiduciary obligations are disregarded by principals who have capital or excess capital (skin) tied into an entity. - Wikipedia
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100,000 jobs eh.

If this is the way the Clark government counts, then everyone should be taking a much closer look at Mike de Jong's Budget numbers!

Skip  the first paragraph in the Press release because those numbers are for ALL of Canada.

Second paragraph:  Christy Clark grabbed onto the low hanging fruit of 100,000 jobs without noticing, or did, and ignored, that one requirement of the 100,000 jobs would only happen if there were FIVE (5) fully functioning LNG plants by 2021.

Well that's not quite true, if we're talking about JOBS, Direct, that will last.

39,000 jobs would be created each year within those nine years and not every one of those FIVE (5) LNG plants would be under construction at the same time.  Using their math  39,000 X 9 = 351,000 would be created.  Maybe another reading Grant Thornton LLP numbers is that at the end of each year 39,000 will be lost, and overnight 39,000 will be re-created.  In other words there are no additional jobs being created on top of the initial 39,000.

Five LNG plants will have 75,000 job openings once they are all operational....... 75,000 / 5 =  15,000 jobs.   "- more than 100,000 jobs in total."

39,000 + 75,000 = 114,000  jobs in total, not all at the same time, and not really enough of an encouragement, an incentive, for workers from outside of northern British Columbia to up roots locally, and move UP there, to buy a house, pay a mortgage, and sell eventually.

The second coming of Ocean Falls.      If you're wondering what a community would look like with 15,000, including dependents...... there are 39 all told in British Columbia to name a few like: Bowen Island, Fort Nelson, Grand Forks, Harrison Hot Springs, Keremeos, Sparwood, Tumbler Ridge, Ucluelet, Oliver, Clearwater.  OCEAN FALLS is not on the list!

 Governments of Canada and British Columbia take action to create jobs
Finalize agreement on the Canada Job Grant

Quick Facts (Page 1 of 5)

In the next 10 years, Canada is expected to need 319,000 new workers in the construction sector, with another 145,000 new workers in the mining sector and 130,000 new workers in the petroleum sector needed by 2020.

Accounting and business advisory firm Grant Thornton LLP concluded that a liquefied natural gas industry in British Columbia, based on five plants operating by 2021, could create more than 39,000 jobs annually over a nine-year construction period and approximately 75,000 jobs once the plants were fully operational — more than 100,000 jobs in total.

Since its launch in 2007, the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers has helped over 4,100 unemployed older workers in British Columbia.
15,000 permanent jobs seems like a lot of overhead.   Three shifts, Two shifts??? 5,000, 7,500?? per LNG Plant

The Question, is Answered by the BC Government asking their own loaded Question at Canada Starts Here:
BCJobs Plan:
Share your Ideas
Question How can BC communities and businesses get ready to seize the opportunities coming with liquefied natural gas (LNG)?

In February 2012, government released a natural gas strategy – called British Columbia’s natural gas strategy: Fuelling BC’s economy for the next decade and beyond – and a complementary strategy that focus on developing our province’s crucial new LNG sector.

Based on current plans, industry is projected to invest up to $48 billion in LNG facilities and pipelines from 2013 to 2022, diversifying BC’s natural gas sector and facilitating new economic opportunities. Construction of three large LNG facilities and more than 1,500 kilometres of pipeline could result in 1,400 long-term jobs. Indirectly, the new LNG industry will also support thousands of spin-off jobs in the fields of transportation, engineering, construction and environmental management.
Quite a leap in job creation numbers with Three LARGE LNG plants to Five LARGE LNG plants, eh.    1,400 to 15,000 per
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Hugh, in the Comment section, has the answer to the 75,000 jobs!, the TILMA agreement between Alberta and British Columbia that was signed in 2007 claimed there would be 78,000 new jobs.   Here it is seven years later, and depending on how one wants to do the Math, we're either short by 3,000 or 25,000.  If it's the latter number then that would fit right in with the Five LNG Plants needs of maintenance, sort of, for the next 30 years when the Five LNG plants will have to be replaced.  If it's the latter, the higher number, there will be 22,000 on the dole.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Is this the Port of Vancouver or Kitimat, or Both? How many vessels per week?

Final Report
One or Two tugs?

Water is ALWAYS calm?

The once pristine Fjords  of 
Douglas Channel's mountains
 will soon to be
Encapsulated
in SMOG