Sunday, August 31, 2008

Hurricane Gustav driving Oil skyhigh again

With airlines keeping an eye on Hurricane Gustav its not just their schedules that are being threatened with disruption, so too is the global price of oil.

For a handle on where the least expensive gas is in your neighbourhoods here are two links to Gas Prices for Victoria and Vancouver. Try these links.

Update: Thank You Gary E for your pointing out "Gas Tips" on where to find the least expensive gas on the web for Vancouver Island.

Here's Gas tips for Greater Vancouver and the rest of BC and Canada (I suppose BC is still part of Canada.....)

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Ho Hum HOV lanes Press Release...on a Friday

HOV lanes Expanding September 2, 2008, that's the latest Friday Press Release from the Provincial government.
"The lane is usually reserved to vehicles with three or more occupants, and runs roughly between Westminster Highway south to the Steveston Interchange."


Someone should give Jeff Knight, Public Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Transportation
and Infrastructure, 250 356-7707 a call and explain that the highlighted link in his Press Release does absolutely nothing for "Westminster Highway south" except take you to "Microsoft Windows Live Search Map" with the default locations of Start and End being in Ontario.


The Province newspaper :
"Southbound Highway 99 HOV lane to allow two-occupant vehicles"
Staff Reporter, The Province
Published: Friday, August 29, 2008






I've never understood why southbound occupants of a motor vehicle heading out of Richmond for points south (USA included), via the Deas Island Tunnel, had to have three occupants, but returning via the same route requires only two occupants. It might have been done to assist patrons of the BC Ferries terminal at Tsawwassen heading north to Vancouver so that they wouldn't have to put up with long waits at the tunnel for those returning from the USA or White Rock.

Maybe I'm just a biased (grumpy) north shore resident who's work takes us (two) from the neighourhing haunts spanning the width of West Vancouver from Lighthouse Park to the British Properties to suddenly finding our craftmanships needed in Langley, White Rock and now Tsawwassen.

The 2010 Winter Olympics are not far away and I have to say that this idea of having three lanes going in one direction during its rush hour with the corresponding traffic reduced to one lane has got to be the biggest flaw in Kevin Falcon's plans for the games to go off without a hitch. Maybe the BC Liberals are considering shutting down sea traffic heading up the South Arm of the Fraser River for two months so that they can put in a two lane Bailey Bridge; residents in Greater Vancouver will be told to stay home so that the designated Disaster Routes become the corridor by which the Olympic family will travel. Grrrr!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Failing grade for WORLD TRADE UNIVERSITY CANADA




Three years ago the former CFB Chilliwack had local tour de force of dignitaries that included Environment Minister Chilliwack-Kent MLA Barry Penner, Chilliwack Mayor Clint Hames, and Abbotsford-Clayburn MLA John van Dongen looks over the proposed site for B.C.’s first educational partnership of its kind which includes the City of Chilliwack, UCFV, the UN-based World Trade University, two Chinese universities and other business partners
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I had to look at my calendar this afternoon to check if Friday was the 13th of the month, and if it was December.

Premier Gordon Campbell has left town for China, the Summer Olympics, and internet censorship, therefore the ability for the Press to ask just how much money was put into the World Trade University in Chilliwack will have to wait for four weeks or maybe the new Finance Minister can answer an Olympic size question without saying NO COMMENT.

From the National Post:

B.C. school closes before it opens Brian Hutchinson,
Published: Friday, August 01, 2008


......In legislative debates and Throne Speeches, Gordon Campbell's Liberal government lauded "Dr." Chowdhury. It billed WTU as an "elite" institution that would attract a thousand students from around the world. The school had campuses in operation elsewhere, and was affiliated with the United Nations and the World Trade Organization, or so thought one senior minister at the Cabinet table, Chilliwack-Sumas MLA John Les, once WTU's greatest champion.

WTU was made a legal, tax- exempt entity via a private member's bill that was introduced and swiftly advanced by Liberal MLA Randy Hawes.


However it was in Hansard that the BC Liberals majority set put up what looked like a legal store front appearance to WTU with Maple Ridge-Mission MLA making the motion:

"R. Hawes: I move that this bill be now read a second time.

This bill does establish the World Trade University with its world head office in Chilliwack, British Columbia. When the university concept was first launched, on the occasion of the third UN conference on less-developed countries, it was launched based on the fact that there's a tremendous need for capacity-building within the field of trade and trade-related areas around the world. There are ten proposed campuses around the world for the World Trade University, and as I said, Chilliwack, British Columbia, is going to be the world headquarters.

This did go to committee earlier for some discussion, and at the committee stage, questions were asked and answered such as: where in Canada, when the university first looked, did they look? The answer was that they actually looked in a number of provinces and had offers from a number of provinces but selected British Columbia because it is the gateway to Asia and to trade with the eastern world. The Asia-Pacific trade route…. The door is open in British Columbia to trade with Asia.

Chilliwack was selected. I'd like to congratulate the member for Chilliwack-Sumas(John Les), for his role which was very extensive in promoting not only his community but his entire riding. The mayor of Chilliwack, Clint Hames, was a very important part of attracting the world headquarters to Chilliwack. Both of them need to be congratulated for ensuring that this great innovation did establish in British Columbia.

There are, as I said, ten campuses proposed. They're now establishing a campus in China. There will be campuses in Africa, India, Malta, South America and a number of other places around the world."
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Update:  June 18, 2013


And then, again from R. Hawes, a correction notice to J. Brar:

I think you're talking about the World University, which was going to be centered in Chilliwack, which was, as it turned out, not credible. It has since had its charter revoked, I believe. No students from British Columbia paid any tuition to go there. They never really opened their doors. It was a proposal for an international university that never really got off the ground.    -  March 13, 2013

But one that was strongly supported by the BC Liberals... lots of photo ops...


"..... after months of inactivity, excuses and stonewalling, Mayor Hames and provincial politicians finally acknowledged that WTU is a bust. While not unexpected, the failure reflects badly on the B. C. government. In its rush to promote WTU, the province unwittingly propagated misconceptions about the school's provenance, its operations and its founder, who once claimed in a news release to have been nominated for a knighthood.

In legislative debates and Throne Speeches, Gordon Campbell's Liberal government lauded "Dr." Chowdhury. It billed WTU as an "elite" institution that would attract a thousand students from around the world. The school had campuses in operation elsewhere, and was affiliated with the United Nations and the World Trade Organization, or so thought one senior minister at the Cabinet table, Chilliwack-Sumas MLA John Les, once WTU's greatest champion.

WTU was made a legal, tax-exempt entity via a private member's bill that was introduced and swiftly advanced by Liberal MLA Randy Hawes.

As he now recalls it, Mr. Hawes merely acted on "a request from the Chilliwack boys" in Cabinet, including John Les. A more painstaking route, using B. C.'s new university enabling legislation process, was not taken.  .....  - The Private Networker - The Financial Post


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