Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Cleveland Dam Busters they ain't, but there is power unleashed with too much rain

Typically our excess drinking water is released via Cleveland Dam's Face Tunnel, Base tunnel, By-pass Tunnel (built before the dam was constructed) or the Drum Gate. 

(This video was taken 2020-09-19) 

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 How it Works   -   Floating Drum  - Metro Vancouver

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Before the accident


And then 'Human Error made the Floating Drum Drop'




 Metro Vancouver ousts three workers in wake of fatal water release at Cleveland Dam.
Oct. 1 incident happened during maintenance work on a drumgate and was due to human error, agency says in news release.

Item I. Other business

October 1, 2020 Cleveland Dam Spillway Incident  (Page 7 of 47)

Jerry W. Dobrovolny, Commissioner, provided members with a verbal update on the October 1,2020 Cleveland Dam spillway incident, including Metro Vancouver's full cooperation with the ongoing investigation, multi-jurisdictional emergency response and involvement, counselling and support for staff, and next steps.


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 Since the accident the drumgate hasn't been raised and Metro has started the process of replacing the Drumgate as we know it. 


 
 Just shear volume of water because of the recent rainfall.
 


Thursday, September 30, 2021

..... in dignity and respect, the grave sites of our deceased Canadian prime ministers ......

Overview of the Program

In 1999 the Government of Canada created the National Program for the Grave Sites of Canadian Prime Ministers to ensure the conservation and promotion, in dignity and respect, of the grave sites of our deceased prime ministers. The program also provides Canadians with information on the lives and accomplishments of former prime ministers whose public careers have had a profound impact on the history of our country.

The program includes the preparation, in association with the family and the cemetery, of comprehensive conservation plans for the grave, the installation of a Canadian flag and an information panel on the life and accomplishments of the prime minister resting in the grave, as well as the organization of a commemoration ceremony in his honour. In addition, printed and online documents highlight the contributions of each prime minister.

 https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/culture/clmhc-hsmbc/sep-gra


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Under the National Program for the Grave Sites of Canadian Prime Ministers, the grave sites of ten Canadian Prime Ministers have now been formally honoured and recognized, and plans are under way for the remainder. This program is helping Canadians appreciate important leaders from the nation's past by keeping the memory of our deceased prime ministers alive, and providing information about their lives and accomplishments.
Hmmmmm

 If you are wondering which Prime Minister brought this recognition forward, the National Program for Grave Sites, .... the Prime Minister in 1999, Jean Chrétien - Wikipedia

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 If you are interested and have some time on your hands, and if Covid-19 is forcing you to travel to parts less trampled:

First Up: John A MacDonald


Current Mourning address of deceased Prime Ministers:


 927, Purdy Mills Rd, Kingston, ON

 1016 Colborne Road, Sarnia, ON

 1297 Chemin de la Forêt, Montréal, QC

 1259 South Park St, Halifax, NS

 631 Dundas St. W, Belleville, ON

 3950 Kempt Rd, Halifax, NS

 455 Montreal Road, Ottawa, ON

 280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa, ON

 150 Cain St., St. Marys, ON

 375 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, ON

 St. Michael’s Church, Old London Road, Mickleham, Surrey, England

 Chemin de Hatley, Compton, QC

 101 Diefenbaker Place, Saskatoon, SK

 Chemin MacLaren, Wakefield, QC

 Rue St-André, Saint-Rémi, QC

 

In 1956, Great Britain, France and Israel launched an attack on Egypt aimed at removing President Nasser. The United States had not been informed, and the Soviet Union threatened to use atomic weapons against the assailants. The "Suez Crisis" found its solution when the Canadian Secretary of State for External Affairs Lester Pearson, who had served as President of the United Nations General Assembly in 1952, won support for sending a United Nations Emergency Force to the region to separate the warring parties. This gained him the Peace Prize for 1957.

Monday, August 30, 2021

From that first Monday to this Monday: 18,262 days has passed, together

Why count in years of marriage when its the days, one by one, that connects us, and family

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Nine years ago the late Ian Reid @ 'The Real Story,' predicted that President Joe Biden would shut down China's access to Alberta's Oil Sands

.... because of China's dependency on foreign oil

https://web.archive.org/web/20120112074856/http://therealstory.ca/

"China’s on an oil buying binge.  And Canada is where China likes to shop.

Since 2002 China, through four state owned oil companies, has spent over $65 billion dollars to purchase oil and gas fields and production facilities around the world.

Almost 15% of China’s expenditures went towards securing oil from Canada’s tar sands, according to a joint 2011 report of the International Energy Agency and the OECD.  China now owns significant stakes in Northern Lights Oil Sands, MEG Energy, Athabasca Oil Sands, Penn West Energy and Syncrude.

China’s buying spree isn’t an accident.  It’s a government policy that’s developed haphazardly since the late 1980’s.  China is determined to ensure that it continue to grow an economy that is increasingly dependent on energy from oil and gas.

In 2009, China imported 53% of its oil.  By 2035 that’s expected to grow to 82% or 12.8 million barrels each and every day.  China’s foreign policy is, in part, determined by the need to resource that growth. " Snipped

Sunday, May 30, 2021

North Shore Mountains ---->>> Helicopter touch down locations


If the local news media coverage of Fissile Peak rescue didn't quench your thirst for all the details of the NSR in action, then check out Knowledge Network's 5 episodes to see how they use helicopters for long line deliveries of material, rescuers and patients out safely.


May 29, 2021

North Shore News   NSR 3 Calls in one day 

 NSR deployed its Talon helicopter for what turned out to be three  incidents in the Seymour Mountain area

10:45 a.m  Pump Peak Trail - Back Injury

11:00 a.m. Mystery Lake Trail  - Knee Injury

11:45 a.m. Elsay Lake Trail - Ankle Injury

 

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Locations of the data:

http://geoweb.dnv.org/data/

 

HELICOPTER LANDING SITES

Point locations representing helicopter landing sites. These locations are either natural clearings or man-made landing pads. Mainly located in the alpine area where emergency access is limited. Used primarily by North Shore Search and Rescue.

 

 

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 There are 48 Helicopter landing sites


Cleveland Dam's  #45, includes coordinates, so pop all them into your GPS for future reference.  Just in case.





Bird's eye view from the Lions
       





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Red Lines are

Trails for Public Use

Trails that are maintained by the DNV, and are sanctioned for public use. These are known trails on the North Shore, Bowen Island and in Lions Bay. Most trails have been collected through GPS survey.

  

 



 


Pads and  Trails 




Sunday, May 16, 2021

KML file links to Historic Trails of British Columbia: via government Datasets

 Search Datasets  Trails

generates  68 results

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Narrow the field down 

Second Search  Trails kml 

 28 results

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The exact title? One result

Historic Trails of British Columbia

This dataset contains spatial and tabular data on non-archaeological historic trails in B.C. Some of these trails, or sections of trail, are defined or protected under...
 
View in BC Gov iMapBC


 
 

URL: https://openmaps.gov.bc.ca/kml/geo/layers/WHSE_HUMAN_CULTURAL_ECONOMIC.HIST_HIST_TRAILS_SVW_loader.kml

 
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Thursday, March 4, 2021

A First Book of Knitting for Children - New - 2020 Edition - Bonnie Gosse and Jill Allerton

 


A First Book of Knitting for Children
written by Bonnie Gosse and Jill Allerton
with photography by Eric Furman and Dave Gosse

A knitting book with a difference!  Rhymes and photos combine to bring a thorough introduction to knit stitch and purl stitch, followed by simple, enticing patterns for animals.  The patterns are easy and exciting to make and the completed projects are fun to play with. Further instructions and more complicated patterns follow in the latter half of the book.

Thoroughly revised, combining both the original A First Book of Knitting for Children together with the authors’ follow up title Knitting for children, this book is great for both children and adults, an invaluable resource for anyone learning how to knit.  The clear instructions, the interesting patterns and artistic photographs make this book a must for all who have an interest in knitting.

Recommended for all ages!

 

Wriggly Snake is One of 38 patterns in this book

Contents

Dedication and Acknowledgements          
History of Knitting          
Yarn                      
Tools          
Making your own wooden knitting needles          
Disappearing knot           
    Disappearing knot verse          
Finger knitting          
How to begin knitting           
    Holding the needles           
    Casting on           
        Casting on verse           
    Knit stitch           
        Knit stitch verse          
 Knit stitch problems – where they occur and how to correct them
    Knitting the latch by mistake           
    Forgetting to knit the last stitch           
    Putting your needle in the wrong place           
    Knitting backwards           
    Undoing knitting           
        Undoing a stitch           
            Undoing stitches verse           
        Undoing a row           
    Recovering a dropped stitch           
    Another way of fixing a dropped stitch           
    Slipped stitches          
Shaping your knitting by decreasing          
Shaping your knitting by increasing           
    Increasing at the beginning of a row          
Changing colours          
Dividing work to make 2 or more sections           
    Using a stitch holder or safety pin          
Rejoining yarn          
Casting off           
    Casting off verse          
Weaving in ends          
Sewing up projects          
Stuffing projects          
Making a pom-pom          
Patterns using knit stitch only           
    Butterfly           
    Striped ball
    Rabbit           
    Lamb           
    Lion           
    Mouse           
    Pig           
    Raccoon           
    Elephant           
    Doll           
    Horse                     
Purl stitch           
    Purl stitch verse          
Stocking stitch          
Ribbing          
Purl stitch problems – where they occur and how to correct them           
    A mistake in stocking stitch           
    Mistakes in ribbing           
    Forgetting to change the yarn location          
Patterns using knit stitch and purl stitch
    Cat           
    Gnome          
More skills
Reading a pattern          
Abbreviations          
More shaping your knitting by decreasing           
    Decreasing - purlwise (p2tog)                      
More shaping your knitting by increasing           
    Increasing in a stitch           
    Make 1 (m1)          
Pass slipped stitch over (psso)          
Picking up stitches          
Using different colours           
    Hints           
    Creating simple stripes           
    Fair Isle knitting           
    Simple 2 colour pattern           
    Dancing men pattern          
Knitting in the round          
Turn          
Wrap and turn (going the wrong way to market on purpose)          
Double casting off          
Firm casting on          
Knit one, slip one (k1,sl1)          
The challenge patterns
    Leaping cat           
    Boy with hands in his pockets           
    Girl with hands in her pockets           
    Hat with rolled brim           
    Hat with ribbed brim           
    Lily the Lamb           
    Mother Sea Otter           
    Baby Sea Otter           
    Wriggly Snake           
    Coiled Snake           
    Howling Wolf           
    Slipper socks in three sizes           
    Hand dolls           
        Granny and Grandpa pattern           
    Clothes for your doll           
        Pleated skirt           
        Plain skirt           
        Granny skirt pattern           
        Trousers           
        Jacket or shirt           
        Granny’s pullover sweater           
        Hat with rolled brim           
        Hat with knitted brim           
        Baseball cap           
        Grandpa cap or plain hat          
Biographies          

 Wynstones Press

ISBN 9780 946206 87 2

168 pages, colour throughout with numerous photographs and illustrations.
Size 235 x 215 mm, 9½ x 8½ inches.

 

Knit Stitch Verse 

 

In through the front door,


Dance around the back,  


Peek through the window,


And OFF jumps Jack

 

 

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Page 26 Knit Stitch problems - Where they occur and how to correct them

If you go through the front door latch as well as the front door, you will be making an extra stitch and your knitting will become wider and wider.

To correct this problem of your knitting becoming wider .....


knittingforchildren.ca

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 Play Episode CBC Review (audio)  2021-04-03

North by Northwest with Sheryl MacKay

 "In this episode Bonnie Gosse talks about a book she co-wrote about teaching children to knit ..."

@22:00  to 30:00


Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Cleveland Dam 'parking lot' on Cliff Edge



   




And then there were none....


And before the Drumgate was dropped


Thursday, November 12, 2020

Only in British Columbia: Make a Will Week: October 4-10, 2020 Missed it this year? Can you wait until 2021

 

 

  https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/life-events/death/wills-estates/make-a-will-week

Make a Will Week

October 4-10, 2020, was Make-a-Will Week in British Columbia. Its purpose is to encourage the public to write their will or bring an existing will up-to-date.

Check back in 2021 for confirmation that the next Make-a-Will Week has been proclaimed.

Making a will is now even easier following legislative changes in August of 2020 that allow people who are in different locations to use technology to sign and witness a will.  The changes will also soon give electronic wills the same recognition as physical wills.

If you don’t have a will, you’re not alone. According to a 2014 report for BC Notaries, just 55 per cent of British Columbians have a signed, legally valid and up-to-date will.

A will is the best way to ensure that the people, charities and organizations you cherish most receive the benefit of your estate.

If you die without a will, your estate may not be distributed in the way you would have wished and the costs of administering your estate may also be higher.

Having a will helps ensure that important questions for parents – like who will raise your young children if both you and your spouse die – are answered.

The cost to have a will written depends on the complexity of your situation. Ask a notary or lawyer for an estimate. If your situation is straightforward, you may be able to write your own will using a kit from a store or an online service provider. However, obtaining the assistance of a professional is always a good idea.


 

 


Cold Cold Capilano Lake Reservoir  2020-11-11

 

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Capilano River Cable Pool Fishing, Flagged: "IF YOU DON'T KNOW WETHER IT'S A TROUT OR A SALMON, LET IT GO!"


a castrated ram.
 
 
 Inside the open Hatchery are the "Thankfully Missed by Fishermen fish":
 
 
 
 

The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson PC, MP, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

 

One other minor detail for the Fisheries Minister to correct forthwith: Metro Vancouver's Capilano River Regional Park has provided flush toilets during the whole of the time of Covid-19, up at Cleveland Dam.

Why are visitors to the Fish Hatchery subjected to Portable Toilets, still.

 


 

 And 

Women and Men treated alike


The Hatchery is OPEN and the washrooms inside the building have garbage cans blocking the MEN and WOMEN locked doors.    Surely there's enough staff inside the facility to wipe things down each evening/morning.   ..... and the soap dispensers in the two portable toilets are DRY, always.  

Why is there a double standard?  


Monday, July 27, 2020

Metro Vancouver's Capilano River Regional Park modified Covid-19 sign: 'Do Your Part If You ....'

Serious signage

May 8, 2020  Cleveland Dam - Capilano Lake


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Now

Relax, try fishing with time to .....
July 27, 2020 Cable Pool @ Hatchery





.... write poetry

Sunday, July 26, 2020

FAKE NEWS CANADIAN STYLE By Robin Mathews


FAKE NEWS      CANADIAN STYLE

By Robin Mathews, July 2020

When the fake news producing Mainstream Press and Media in Canada want, really, to massage Canadian brains, they (often) choose, it seems, a U.S. person working in Canada the one here at McGill University in Montreal.


The U.S. writer, David Shribman, [JUST WATCH THEM] is given a page of the Globe and Mail [June 20, 2020, p.03] to compare someone (I would say) he obviously knows very little about Pierre Elliott Trudeau, with someone he might know a little about” U.S. president Donald Trump.  He finds in Trudeau someone who acted against an apprehended insurrection showing elegance and proper behaviour while president Trump, threatening to use the U.S Insurrection Act, reveals the very opposite.

Prime Minister Trudeau
David Shribman apparently doesn’t know that during Trudeau’s time at Harvard University (1944-45), more than twenty years before he became Canada’s prime minister and invoked The War Measures Act, Pierre Trudeau wrote an essay in which he foreshadowed his later action.


Indeed, Trudeau makes quite clear in his essay that a leader with power should not worry about legalities and should be willing to use the full extent of his power to gain his ends. [Read Max and Monique Nemni, Trudeau Transformed, The Shaping of a Statesman, 1944-1965, M&S, 2011]


The Nemnis point out that in his long and serious essay sympathetic to political violence Trudeau sets out (p.33) three criteria. The method shall be chosen that is best apportioned to the desired end.   Secondly: The method shall be applied implacably.  And thirdly: That method shall be subject to perfect control.  Trudeau writes: 'the best trick of all is to succeed in licking the opponent at his own game: for cheating is not wicked when the game is to cheat.'   And (p. 34) 'If an action has been singled out as the most appropriate one in the circumstances, it is sheer stupidity to begin belly-aching over its illegality.'


That proposition conveniently invalidates any obligation on the part of the State that might be imposed by adhering to The Rule of Law.[When a top RCMP officer in Quebec, John Starnes, insisted to a radio Canada journalist that all the illegal acts of the RCMP in the October Crisis were ordered from very high up we may see his remark as historic, especially since the RCMP was taking the brunt of the censure for having frequently acted outside the law during the period.]


The Globe and Mail writer doesn’t mention that Trudeau was looking into The War Measures Act months before he employed it.  Strangely though, David Shribman reports John English “former Liberal MP and pretty well recognized as a Liberal Scribe“ as having written an authoritative biography  without mentioning the absolutely key work by Max and Monique Nemni close friends of Trudeau, with complete access to his papers  and determined to tell the truth as nearly as they were able to do.


We might be quite certain that the ragtag members of the FLQ were not about to undertake an insurrection and so Trudeau told Irwin Cotler(ex-Liberal MP) that, in effect, one can apprehend an insurrection though an insurrection is not likely. (Shribman, incidentally, only quotes Liberals for any serious comments on Trudeau’s activities.)  Of course, one can apprehend anything one wants and Trudeau did (pressuring Quebec authorities to arrive at the same apprehension in order to make possible the use of a military and any other available hammer to flatten what was (at core) a legitimate push for Quebec independence.


The actions suggested in Trudeau’s 1944 Harvard essay were put into full play in the so-called October Crisis of 1970.  David Shribman at McGill University quotes John English as saying Trudeau’s action was an appropriate response in the period.    What else is a Liberal supposed to say, that Trudeau messed up completely and was faking a crisis he could then use illegitimate power to end?


David Shribman, I would say, serves the machinery of Fake News admirably even attractively almost as if he knows what he is writing about.


But the matter goes very, very much deeper than David Shribman has the ghost of an idea of perceiving. Madam Laporte attributed her husband’s murder to the Canadian State not to unidentified members of the FLQ. One of the doctors assigned to Laporte’s autopsy refused to sign the Report submitted. And James Cross, British Trade Commissioner (not as Shribman reports a British diplomat), may have been kidnapped by the Canadian State.  If he was not, the RCMP very quickly removed the occupants of the apartment adjoining the one in which Cross was held, (did not release him) and watched and bugged all the activities connected to that address for the whole term of the long so-called kidnap of Cross  during which time, of course, the police forces of Canada (Canadians were told) were vainly searching for Cross and his kidnappers!


But facts don’t matter a lot in the Shribman article, I would suggest. The article JUST WATCH THEM isn’t (apparently) about fact or history. It is, in my opinion, a fake news essay in which a fake reading of Canadian History is used by a U.S. writer in Canada to write about unappealing contemporary events in the USA (making P.E. Trudeau look good so that Donald Trump can be made to look bad.) AND, in the process, the writer [remember this, in my judgement, is fake news] idealizes a person and his actions which honest assessment would probably find underhanded, divisive, evilly manipulative,  dishonest  and even murderous to such an extent that Donald Trump’s actions in comparison might look  say  like exercises in boyish vanity.


Maybe assessing and assessment is what Fake News is all about.  Fake news is in its way a kind of political violence and as Pierre Trudeau wrote the method shall be chosen that is best apportioned to the desired end.



Contact: Robin Mathews