Thursday, October 30, 2014

Drought stricken Money Tree: BC Liberals 'Prosperity' has been promised twice in the past twelve years

Hope and Prosperity for the next decade and beyond.
Ten years has passed, prosperity never achieved under Gordon Campbell's thumb, and we're right back where we started ten years ago.  BC Rail sold off.   Ethnic Vote scandal bought off.  We're now into the BEYOND stage of the II Prosperity platform used in Christy Clark's 2013 election under the banner of  LNG Trillion Dollar royalties and 100,000 jobs.


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New Era promise of Prosperity
Restore consumers' right to Hydro rates that are independently set by the B.C. Utilities Commission, and not artificially inflated by government interference. 
Artificially inflated, by the BC NDP and NOT the BC Liberals

Artificially inflated by independent power producers who's product is MORE expensive that non-IPP

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BC Liberal Government Community"-led trade missions" $10,000 signing bonus if ... gaming funds not audited

Community    a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.

Barriere, BC


Huffington Post's Dermod Travis reported: Christy Clark's India Trade Mission Weighed Down By Puzzling Delegates:

India October 2014
....... Premier Clark, on the other hand, is being accompanied to India by Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk and a diverse group of 72 traveling companions from nearly a dozen different economic sectors, two countries, and two provinces.

Previous year comparisons to her latest fling are recorded in detail by the BC Government being all boastful without a hint of the dramatic drop in attendance records  (School Boards would be up in arms, low attendance creates lower per student funding from the BC Liberal Government):

Jobs and Trade Mission - China, Korea, Japan 2013 No mention of how many traveling companions she had in 2013, and there might be a good reason for that:

VANCOUVER - Premier Christy Clark announced today that she will lead a 13-day trade mission to China, Korea and Japan to deepen British Columbia's relationships with those key Asian markets.
The Premier-led mission, which will depart Vancouver on Thursday, Nov. 21 and arrive in Beijing on Friday, Nov. 22, will advance liquefied natural gas (LNG) development opportunities and promote the province as a stable and attractive destination for trade and investment, including the establishment of Asian corporations' North American headquarters in B.C
 Japan, Korea and the Philippines, May, 2012Factsheet:Trade Missions:BC NEWS

The trade mission to Japan, Korea and the Philippines focused on promoting British Columbia's natural resources and clean technology to Asian investors.
Approximately 104 delegates representing 75 companies, organizations and community groups took part in the mission.

China and India, November, 2011:

Roughly 350 delegates, representing some 150 companies, organizations and community groups, participated on the mission to China and India, making it the largest international delegation in the province's history.

There is no FactSheet: 2013, but there was an offer made, Received and duly Filed by the 'targets' selected by the Clark Government which encouraged municipalities to participate in the trip, with one rider, the 'community-led trade missions'.  We've only found one occurrence, doesn't mean there isn't more.   Clark ordered her staff to offer $10,000 (max) from the BC Treasury to any municipality or organization who would match the offer, from their coffers.  If the local government or others wanted to spend more, it was on their dime.

There were regulations on how the money was dispersed under the banner of Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and a condition that priority be given, tied, to the economic goals of the BC Jobs Plan:

The funding came out of 'gaming' grant proceeds:
Eligible for HOTELS???

These costs do not include travel and accommodation

There is one other condition of Gaming Grant Funds ..... 2014
 Used within British Columbia


Did Premier Christy Clark pad her Trade Mission cost numbers by using money from ....other sources?

Did the Premier mention that Gaming Funds were used for international trade missions?

Monday, October 27, 2014

Good Bye Shimushir - underway, escorted by Prince Rupert Port Authority AND Smit Clyde

These Prince Rupert Port Authority Rescue Vessels are supposed to protect our coastlines from Tanker distress?

Vessel Report from PRPA as of October 26, 2014

Shimushir  Oct. 27, 2014 17:56pm
22:02 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) in your local time

Shimushir Oct. 28, 2014 12:01

Then again there's the loop de loop at the beginning, why do it in such tight quarters, without or without Smit Clyde

Upon closer inspection of the image above .....  the ferry route from Prince Rupert to Skidgate is called Yellowhead Highway # 16 .... shouldn't the ferry be FREE?

Checkmate: Russian Naval Fleet land locked? 

 Anonymous  October 27, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Did we mention that it's an LNG tanker?

Ramdane Abane has been disabled in the Dardanelles.
The incident occurred today in the Canakkale Strait around 9 am local time. The vessel was turning the Kilitbahir narrows, Dardanelles' narrowest point when it suffered an engine failure.
The 274-metre vessel is laden with 80,000 tonnes of LNG and was accompanied by three tugs during the incident. The cause of the blackout is still unknown. Having been assisted by the tugs, the captain of the LNG tanker was able to control his vessel.
Ramdane Abane (IMO number 7411961 and MMSI 605076080) was built in 1981 and is registered in Algeria. The deadweight of the vessel is 83,296 DWT.


October 31, 2014 Update from Anonymous Comment

 Map shows where the Emergency Towing System is deployed across Alaska/. (Alaska Dept. of Environmental Conservation)

Friday, October 24, 2014

May 2013 BC Liberal Platform: Saddled British Columbians with "dark days of DEBT" to 2063

$29 Billion  Courage to Change - Gordon Campbell
Preventing Future abuses????  Political Supporters hired by BC Liberal Premier/Leader Christy Clark  eg. Bonney et al    or   Fire Public Service Health Researchers?

Amazing, for a Governing party to tell voters in 2013 that British Columbians would be debt free in fifty years the BC Liberals have increased that deadline by one year afterwards and will continue to do so as each year passes until the next election. The last big bump in monies owing is slated to be 2045 and then four years later Surprise, Surprise of calm, no Debt for 2047 and 2048 until 2049 where it spikes again.

BC Liberal Contributors (Albertans) Advertising Dollars spent on Non-existent British Columbians to convince us that we will be smiling, all we have to do is Vote for Today's BC Liberals.

A Failed Jobs Plan to an equally Failed Prosperity Fund
Strong Economy Secure Tomorrow
                                                 Debt Free BC
                  Christy Clark                                   Today's BC Liberals

Time for the Reality Check:
As of June 2014 Gross Debt $ 50.587 Billion

As of June 2010 Gross Debt $36.651 Billion


BC Government Publications
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British Columbia Debt Picture

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Death of Canadian Soldier: MP Jason Kenney's Press Release $ 50% of Twitter's 140 letter character limit

 a TWEET??! Press Release for an unarmed soldier's DEATH

MP, Minister, Jason Kenney should be fired for being so insensitive, and especially for not going through the proper officials so that they can determine the facts, and then break the news to loved ones first.
 ".... the minister's tweets are outside of the commissioner's jurisdiction because his is also a personal Twitter account.  Thomas told HuffPost he thinks ministers should be allowed to have their own Twitter accounts. “[But] when you have a federal government minister communicating official information about government services than that should be made clear that this is the official twitter account of the minister. mere mortal man.”
For instance, Twitter allows a 140 letter character limit, which is something not known to many people. This is just to show you what 140 letter characters look like, which can be a few spaces to compose all your thoughts.

MP Jason Kenney has tweeted that the soldier shot has died.  This has not been confirmed by official sources in Ottawa. Three people are in Ottawa Hospital.  The hospital has confirmed that two of the three victims are in stable condition.  They are not confirming the condition of the soldier and are referring the media tho the Department of Defence.  The soldier who was shot at Ottawa’s War Memorial is a reservist serving with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders - CJCS 1240
MP Jason Kenney has tweeted that the soldier shot has died.  This has not been confirmed by official sources in Ottawa. Three people are in Ottawa Hospital.  The hospital has confirmed that two of the three victims are in stable condition.  They are not confirming the condition of the soldier and are refferring the media tho the Department of Defence.  The soldier who was shot at Ottawa’s War Memorial is a reservist serving with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders - See more at:

May we expect more Press Releases done in this fashion from our politicians, oh wait, they're already doing it, on a daily, hourly, minute basis.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Marine Traffic Trending up on BC coast; Environmental protection is where?

Can anyone explain why there hasn't been a 2008, or 2009, or 2010, or 2011, or 2012, or 2013 or even a 2014 'Environmental Trends in British Columbia Report'?  Was 2007 the ONLY one that has ever been done?
Page 34 Source: Environmental Trends in British Columbia 2007

Not exactly the clearest indication as to where the MV Simushir was plying it's trade from Everett, Washington to Russia (which ice-free port).  The image just shows the volume of marine traffic as of 2003.

British Columbia Ministry of Environment July 19, 2013  West Coast Spill Response Study Volume 2: Vessel Traffic Study

Why was the Russian freighter traveling so close to Haida Gwaii when it's destination was Russia? Red line the approximate routes.

The Green bar off of Haida Gwaii and Vancouver Islands - Tanker Exclusion Zone
The TEZ is just a line drawn on a map WITH the expectations (politically??) that surface vessels have the capabilities of leaving their havens of safety to rescue TANKERS who cross the line, maybe, if they knew where all the TANKERS were at any given time, eh

Was the Russian Freighter inspected by USA authorities before it left the port of Everett?

 Lloyds Registry
 Port state control is the inspection of foreign ships in national ports to verify that the condition of the ship and its equipment complies with the requirements of international conventions....

Is there a requirement for port authorities to check the Engineers log books?

On Page 3 of 106 of the Environment West Coast Spill Document from 2013:
.... This report is the first such extensive analysis of vessel traffic performed for this area. It compiles three different sources of Automatic Identification System (AIS) data for the area, including satellite AIS, and brings in information on barge movements (not included in AIS data) based on data from the Canadian Coast Guard and key informant interviews. With AIS data, we were able to examine vessel movements instead of just port calls, thereby including vessels moving through the area to or from US ports in Alaska and, more significantly, Washington.

The movement of vessels with AIS transponders was compiled for six passage lines that essentially frame the BC coast. Key information was then collected for each vessel to ensure accuracy and allow us to analyze the specific vessel type, size, age, flag state, and other information for more than 54,000 vessel tracks across those passage lines over the two-year period.

The vast majority of vessel transits (78%) occur in southern BC through the Strait of Juan de Fuca at the Neah Bay and Point Roberts passage lines. This percentage is somewhat shaped by the fact that there is a high percentage of overlap between these two lines. .......
Does the MV Shimushir have AIS capabilities?

ETA October 27, 2014  Shimushir's destination after being repaired at Prince Rupert is PROVIDENIYA

Why wasn't the Shared program of vessels transitioning through our combined waters being tracked by AIS

Update: October 23, 2013
Vancouver Sun - Letter to the Editor
........ Only a few weeks ago the ship, Simushir, was the subject of an inspection at a Chinese port. The inspection is reported to have found that the ship had serious engine and steering problems but the Simushir left port without attention to these problems. It is not known whether the inspection was routine or triggered by a Chinese concern for the vessel’s seaworthiness.

In any event, the freighter left without attention to the problems and crossed the Pacific to Everett, Wash. There is no evidence that repairs were made there. Finally the Simushir broke down in Canadian waters 16 kilometres off Haida Gwaii. Thanks to Canadian and U.S. rescue efforts, the ship was towed safely into Prince Rupert........  Source:  Russian ship had serious problems
Is China part of Lloyd's?

Lloyd's Register Asia  Based in Hong Kong, SAR of PR China, provides a full range of services in Asia.  Lloyd's Register North America, Inc.  Based in Houston, USA, provides a full range of services in the USA and Canada.

Environment Minister Mary Polak and Energy Minister Bill Bennett and Minister of all things 'Obscurity Rich Coleman' haven't shown us is how much the category of Large Commercial Vessels in Northern BC is going up 2013 - 2032:

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Supervisors Kinder & Morgan:If your company is REALLY serious about Safety, WorkSafeBC regulations and posters are FREE

Dreadlocks - a hairstyle in which the hair is washed but not combed and twisted while wet into tight braids or ringlets hanging down on all sides. 
Two weeks in a row now, Two brochures from Kinder Morgan.

Last week:
Side One: "Our constant aim is to have a world-class Emergency Response Plan that's never used."
Side Two: "24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Kinder Morgan's goal is to ensure the safety of the public, our workers and the environment. ....."

... without mentioning the flood of black gold from Hastings down to Burrard Inlet.

This week, today:
Side One: "We've been loading tankers safely here for sixty years" - Senior Director, Marine Development"
Side Two:  "Safety is something we take seriously.  Everyone around here is a neighbour or a friend." - Millwright complete with pipe wrench and a hard hat atop of dreadlocks?????

Looks like the worker is wearing ear plugs under the Dreadlocks, not the same caliber as EAR MUFFS

Dreadlocks - Images

Dreadlocks Hardhats - Images

WorkSafeBC Dreadlocks - Hazard Alerts

In the five years between January 1, 2006, and December 31, 2010, 350 workers were injured when their clothing, gloves, jewellery, or hair was caught by moving equipment or machinery parts. Fifty-six of these workers received fractures and another 67 of them had to have their fingers or limbs amputated. Here are some examples of the serious injuries that can happen:
  • A worker had her hair caught in a single-spindle automatic screw machine and suffered serious upper body injuries.

8.7 Instruction The employer must ensure that a worker who wears personal protective equipment is adequately instructed in the correct use, limitations and assigned maintenance duties for the equipment to be used.
8.8 Supervisor's responsibilities The supervisor must ensure that appropriate personal protective equipment is (a) available to workers, (b) properly worn when required, and (c) properly cleaned, inspected, maintained and stored.

8.10 Personal clothing and accessories
(1) The personal clothing of a worker must be of a type and in a condition which will not expose the worker to any unnecessary or avoidable hazards.

(2) If there is a danger of contact with moving parts of machinery or with electrically energized equipment, or if the work process presents similar hazards

(a) the clothing of the worker must fit closely about the body,

(b) dangling neckwear, bracelets, wristwatches, rings or similar articles must not be worn, except for medical alert bracelets which may be worn with transparent bands that hold the bracelets snugly to the skin, and

 (c) cranial and facial hair must be confined, or worn at a length which will prevent it from being snagged or caught in the work process.

Post Script: Kinder Morgan used Canada Post Snail Mail to deliver the brochure then they encourage the public to use Twitter to send the company feedbacks. How many characters, including spaces are allowed in Twitter?

Post Post Script:  Christy Clark's Work BC advertisement:

Looking for a job as a Millwright?  Page Not Found

Friday, October 17, 2014

The gloves are off Northern Gateway, there's a vessel in distress off of Haida Gwaii. Where's the tug?

There has been a vessel in distress for the past 36 hours just off the western shore of Haida Gwaii (southern island).  The ship is small compared to those promised Enbridge hired Oil Tankers sailing into and out from Kitimat via the Douglas Channel, but eventually, they all have to go through some mighty fine, pristine, ecological zones.      Map/Chart

The MV Simushir (Russia registry) is:

.... about 440 feet (135 meters) long, was carrying "a range of hydrocarbons, mining materials and other related chemicals." That included 400 tons of bunker oil and 50 tons of diesel.  The vessel is not a tanker but rather a container ship. In comparison, the Exxon Valdez, spilled out 35,000 metric tons of oil.  -  Wand17

In other words the Simushir is just a tad shorter than the BC Ferries 'Spirit of Vancouver' (tonnage difference would have to be explained by others):

 The Retard Tug boats (2) that will be assisting the Enbridge vessels will look like this:

Vancouver Sun

As to the current situation, there is a Canadian Coast Guard Ship in attendance, the Gordon Reid, built in 1990 at Burrard Dry Dock:

Type: Mid-shore patrol vessel
Tonnage: 880 GT
Length: 49.95 m (163 ft 11 in)
Beam: 11 m (36 ft 1 in)
Draft: 5.2 m (17 ft 1 in)
Propulsion: 4 × Deutz SBV 9M628  2776 horsepower
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Range: 2,500 nmi (4,600 km; 2,900 mi)
Endurance: 28 days
Complement: 14
CCGS Gordon Reid

A tugboat from nearby Prince Rupert, on the northern B.C. coast, was expected to reach the container ship by early Saturday morning. Royal Canadian Navy Capt. James Clark said Friday evening that the coast guard vessel Gordon Reid was on the scene, but its first attempt to secure a tow line to the Simushir was unsuccessful. Clarke said doing a tow at sea is very challenging and noted the 5 meter (5.5 yard) seas on Friday.

The U.S. Coast Guard had a helicopter on standby in the event that the entire crew needed to be pulled off the ship. Officials said the captain was evacuated, but they were given no further medical details. - Wand17
Enbridge may believe they have the inshore coastal waters covered, but what's going to happen to any further distances?

Will there be a requirement to protect CANADA's jurisdictional limits of 12 miles or 200 economical nautical miles?

Up to date (sort of... the Simushir is nowhere to be seen) Live Ships Map and an Earlier Post

MV Shimushir owner website on THE latest news

MV Shimushir Stats  

SASCO 'Sakhalin Shipping Company', one of Russia's largest fleet


Vladimir J. Krajina Ecological Reserve

Vancouver Sun: on the top left Vaughn Palmer; bottom right Letter Writer Greg Middleton; Health Firings vs Mount Polley in one Edition

We don't quite know how, or as to the why's, but what is it with the BC Liberal government spending countless hours, and money, involvement of the RCMP (who are still in denial as to their current involvement) to discover the loss of data/personal information/money in the Health Ministry that ended up with firings and a suicide, to then turn around and settle out of court in most cases, flowers of condolences not sent to the last resting place with 'great remorse' and 'apology' forever yours, to then have Vaughn Palmer having access to a 'private and confidential' terms of reference dated October 3 2012 that shed's a non-renewable battery operated light on all of the shenanigans .... on Editorial page B6!

Vaughn Palmer: The plot just thickened on those mysterious government health firings
Unit specializing in fraud is investigating ‘suspected financial improprieties in procurement, contracting’
....... The ongoing investigation is looking into “suspected financial improprieties in procurement and contracting procedures in the pharmaceutical research division of the ministry of health.”

It is being conducted by the investigation and forensic unit, specializing in fraud and fraud prevention, in the office of the government internal financial watchdog, the comptroller general (Stuart Newton). ..... and Dan Peck
A typical FOI Response from the watchdogs:
A typical FOI result Sections 15 and 22 invoked

Letter to the Editor writer Greg Middleton (Page B7) 'Has Victoria gutted mine oversight?'

Did B.C. Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett actually say he has been unable to discover an explanation for the sudden drop-off in inspections during the past two years? He is the minister. If he can’t find out, he should resign or the premier should fire him and get someone who can. And if she can’t or doesn’t fire him, she should resign.

This looks like a blatant coverup of a lack of oversight caused by the government’s cost-cutting. Stonewalling isn’t going to work. At some point the dam has to break and we will eventually see how the government has so gutted it’s own regulatory oversight it has stopped functioning.
Minister Bill Bennett remains in place.  He sends in his Superintendent of Mines to investigate the failings of Mount Polley, and possibly many other Tailings ponds around the province instead of sending in Stuart Newton, Comptroller General who would in turn send in Dan Peck, Director, Investigation and Forensic team to do an audit on how the BC Liberals cut funding for the inspections of mines. (Results protected by FOI sections 15 and 22 AND Caucus Minutes confidentiality).

The Superintendent route is tasked with that duty with a report due out in a year or two.   Meanwhile Minister Bill Bennett cannot comment because the Superintendent has ordered a blank FOI response.

Three years later, after the Next Provincial election, the report is presented.   Mary Polak response '... it's before the Courts'.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Site C was a piece of cake.... how about Site cc aka Elaho River Project? Reservoir name? Jervis Inlet dumping?

If Billion Dollar Crown Corporation BC Hydro's new Peace River Dam site is listed by the British Columbia Government as a size 'C', how will they grade the Elaho River dam size if it were built by an Independent Power Producer?    Is there a common grading method?   Will the First Nation People want to have a last look at their land before being submerged forever?

In the name of holding back the flood waters through Squamish, and dumping into Jervis Inlet ..... We name thee Site CC

Court Scheduling: Basi Virk trial lasted six years, Alleged Port Moody Election violators could last longer

the Province

According to the Province caption writers...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

What happened to Kelowna's KLO's Heritage 577 acres of ALR property? Developed into high rise towers!

On our many trips to Kelowna we've always taken it for granted that their 'KLO Road' sign was an acronym for ..... Kelowna Lake ..... Orchard??????.    Almost right on two out of four, not including 'Road'.

The answer is quite interesting when looking-back to the early 1900's where forward-looking community 'councils' saw the need to hold onto farmland long term for locally grown food.   Today's City Councils appears to be working hand in hand with developers and provincial politicians to bury prime Agriculture Land under highrise buildings and parking lots and at the same time, fine tune family home footprints into sprawling monster homes.   WARNING:  Drought in California Food prices to RISE, and Kelownians?? still turn a blind eye.

The answer? Council has gone for Higher property taxes through densification versus low taxation via ALR properties, so far.

The meaning of:

In May, 1904, the Kelowna Land and Orchard Company purchased 6700 acres southeast of Kelowna for subdivision.  The company reserved 577 acres for its own agricultural operation.  The first fruit trees were planted in 1905 and by 1912 the orchard covered 200 acres.  - Kelowna - Self Guided Tours  1860 - 2007

Municipalities in British Columbia have been encouraged to keep track, hold onto, claw back their Heritage upbringing through the recognition of green spaces, street names and Buildings.  Another way would be to provide documentation (maps) showing the lay of the land back then, survey pins (GPS geocache) of exactly where the outer limits of the 6700 acres.  Is it either side of the KLO road?  More fun would be to discover Where the highly coveted 577 acres that were once reserved by the KLO Company?    Already trashed..... to make way for Condos?

The Long Green Line - hypothetical

There is a Heritage registry Website, which includes the Kelowna Land and Orchard Company Manager's Residence, sitting high upon the brow of the hill overlooking Okanagan Lake, and a logical explanation to the history of a three road intersection, complete with an original, antiquated, gas station with the massive in swinging Doors.

What is even more interesting is the Heritage site list of these other buildings: