Friday, December 24, 2010

"Tricks, Tips, Work Arounds, Hints, Secrets and Ideas" that the BBC uses

Christmas Eve, the presents are under the tree, family is coming over for dinner, time to relax, and going for a nice long hike today requires me to take a refresher course on how not to get lost.... no.... not on the internet.... not to get lost, on our North Shore mountains of Greater Vancouver, which can be as confusing as finding one's way around the BC Liberal Government web site.

I've spent a long time looking for a website full of information pertaining to the Global Positioning System, and for me, this is THE Best.

for the Garmin nüvi GPS (and others)


" have probably already discovered, the Garmin Quick Start Manual and the on-line Operations Manual for your unit are not quite enough. Some procedures are not covered in adequate depth and many procedures are not covered at all.
You will be surprised at the many extra operations that you can accomplish with your nüvi of which the general population is not aware. You have come to the right place."

Sunday, December 19, 2010

How many consultants did the Government need to start building the Sea to Sky Highway Improvement project on February 6 2004?

Update  January 25, 2011  When I first wrote this Post, the search criteria of  "macquarie sea to sky xls" yielded ten hits on the first page of Google.  The phrase "Attendee List" sat at the #4 position, then moved down to #6, down again to #7, and now, today, its sitting in #1 position.   I can understand why it was going down on the list initially, that's because my Blog post was inserting itself above the #4 position.  Today, however ... ATTENDEE LIST is #1, front and centre, and the reason is pure as driven snow.  Partnerships BC has finally given the public what's ours to see.   Partnerships BC data has always been there, its just that Google wasn't interested in the data until their search program started to be swamped via search requests from you dear readers (Ottawa RCMP too), with just a little bit of help from this blog.

When searching the internet for information, one needs to know a few keywords, those words that have been prominently used by the BC Liberal government, or the Press, or Bloggers, for the past nine years.  Take for example:  macquarie sea to sky highway xls            xls because there are spreadsheet data files out there;   sea to sky highway because, oh I don't know, maybe because I'm looking for a possible connection that happened just after the sale of BC Rail to CN Rail, like follow the money of $166 million that ended up bankrolling the test section on the Sea to Sky Highway Improvement Project,    macquarie because that name was involved in financing the sea to sky highway improvement project, and for the next twenty-five years via Shadow Tolls.

The result is this:      macquarie sea to sky xls   and copied into Google, has ten hits on the first page.

Fourth, then Sixth, now Seventh item down on the Google list is the only one that has Sea to Sky AND Macquarie, but the title is kind of wierd.   Attendee List as a PDF file

Attendee List is dated February 6, 2004 and to give readers here an understanding of just where on the Timeline of BC Rail and Sea to Sky Highway that date is, you have to leave here and go to another blog.

I'm Laila Yuile, and This Is How I See It

Glad you're back, and you're about to say that the Sea to Sky Highway isn't on Laila's Timeline list, but you have to admit her list is very thorough.

"Attendee" is defined as  "A person who attends a conference or other gathering".   I don't know if there's a word called Attendeed, as in past tense of Attendee, but the important thing here is that it doesn't matter whether or not the names on THIS Attendee List  attended the conference on February 6 2004.

Its the fact that the Government of British Columbia put the names on the list, a short list, covering nine pages, of those companies/individual that they wanted to work on the Sea to Sky Highway Improvement Project.

Now here's the thing, if you copy from the PDF file, as I've been copying, (not the photo above) the names of the company into Google, in conjunction with    sea to sky   , there's a hit every time, except for ONE.   I wonder why.

The date of creation on this document properties is 08/03/2004, the Author is kkennedy

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

“The people I sent the documents to were friends,”

Now you might think that its only the "Best Place on Earth", British Columbia, where people in politics share document amongst their few chosen friends to gain favours in exchange for information that no one else has seen.  Nope.  Not only Victoria, but Ottawa, as well.

"A Conservative staffer who leaked confidential finance committee documents to five lobbyists had approached all of them previously in an attempt to land a job."

Conservative aide leaked budget files to ‘friends’ he’d tapped for jobs

"Russell Ullyatt's testimony provides glimpse into close ties with lobbyists"

search criteria    globe and mail lobbyist leak

As it turns out Dave Basi and Erik Bornman(n), (who still wants to be is a lawyer), considered they were "friends" as well and chose to ignore the fact that Dave, being an employee of the BC Liberal Government  was not permitted to accept monies in exchange for information he had, to pass on to a third, and fourth party.

Dave, if you can recall from way back in 2003, saw himself as working for the BC  Federal Liberals, with a little help from his friend, Erik Bornman(n).

Russell Ullyatt, on the other hand, at the Federal level of politics saw a step up would be to become a Lobbyist, and why is that?

More on this later, here.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Private Power Watch..... you've got to see this to see Why our BC Hydro Bills are going sky high

Not my information, not my website/blog from where I found it. The gentleman who has compiled this data can be reached here: Contact

Private Power Watch   Website


In the fall of 2002, the British Columbia government released the BC Energy Plan. As part of this plan, BC Hydro, our publicly owned electric utility, is restricted from developing new generation facilities other than those in which it has already made significant investments. Furthermore, the BC Energy Plan instructs BC Hydro to acquire new supplies from the private sector. According to the Plan, 50% of new electricity needs are to come from conservation; however, much of the focus to date has been on developing new privately owned generating facilities."  SNIP

and his blog:

Private Power Watch     Blog

"Water Licences & Land Use Applications"

Openness and Accountability of BC Hydro

Financial Information Act Return

Shareholder's Letter of Expectations

 BC Hydro has paid out:
Grand Total$951,819,870
Last Updated ( Saturday, 19 April 2008 14:56 )

Thursday, December 2, 2010

CIBC Historical Effective Prime Rate, another nail in the coffin of the BC Rail trial

Updated Prime Interest Rate for CIBC:  Current prime rate 2.70% as of July 16, 2015

During what is known as the Basi, Virk, Basi trial, a question was posed by Kevin McCullough, the lawyer for Bobby Virk, to Crown Witness Brian G. Kenning, on what was the going interest rate on an indemnity ($255 million), to which the reply came back that he had no idea, besides, the Board of Directors for BC Rail didn't put that into the agreement when it came to clinching the deal on the sale of BC Rail to CN Rail.   Who did?   The government of Gordon Campbell, of course.

For a layperson to go looking for the going prime rate, whether it be on the internet or even going so far as to ask a bank for such historical data, the first method is FREE, the second..... well I'm quite sure there would be a price tag attached, especially during the trial.

Election BC to the rescue, not that I was looking for that particular data last night, a month and a half after the $6 million payoff, I just found it at their wonderful website while doing some Dry reading where every once in awhile something makes you go WOW!!!!.   The reason I was looking for this particular information was because I wanted to know how Elections BC counted political donations.  I've kindly highlighted in Bold below, "Prime Interest Rates".    Prime Interest Rates

"Prime Interest Rates

If a loan to a political party, constituency association, candidate, leadership contestant or a nomination contestant is made at an interest rate less than the prime rate of the principal banker to the Province of British Columbia at the time the interest rate is fixed, the benefit derived is a political contribution. The interest rates that should be used when completing the Loans and Guarantees Received (S-L1) form to calculate the amount of interest payable at the prime rate are located at the following sites:
Historical interest rates –
Current interest rate –

If you have any questions, please contact the Electoral Finance program area at
Elections BC."
 I clicked on the Historical interest rates without realizing there was "fin" in the link which took me to this page's contents:

"The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) is considered to be the Province’s principal banker for interest rate reference purposes. As the need to determine the prime rate of the Province’s banker arises under various enactments and instruments across government, the historical record of CIBC’s prime lending rate can be referenced below. The rates are listed from 1974 and will be updated on a periodic basis. Please refer to CIBC's Web site for the most recent rate.
View the Historical Effective Prime Rate table."

I went Hmmmmmm.   Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) and wondered aloud as to whether CIBC World Markets was related to CIBC.   Would you make the same observation?   Would you be tempted to take the next step in the link to View the Historical Effective Prime Rate Table that goes back to 1974 and is updated on a periodic basis.   I did.

On page 2 of the document, top right corner... April 14, 2004, the going interest rate was 3.75%!!!!!

The indemnity that the Executive Council (Cabinet) signed off on the sale of BC Rail to CN Rail was a whopping 9%, and the really interesting thing is that the numbers show that the Prime Rate peaked on July 11, 2007 at 6.25%, and went into a steady decline, all through 2008, till September 9, 2010 at 3.00%.

So could you tell me this again, Premier Gordon Campbell, and Finance Minister Colin Hansen, and all those who are currently in the running to be the next Premier, via the BC Liberal Party, just when did you decide to implement the Harmonized Sales Tax?   Just when did the Deputy Minister of Finance become alerted to the need to Harmonize with the rest of Canada?

The government has plenty of graphs, plenty of GDP to compare to various streams of information, but just looking at the Prime Rate is good enough for me.

For more information on the background  on how the public was hosed:  The Gazetteer  The Real Story

Last Update: January 13, 2014 still no change since September 9, 2010

CIBC Current prime rate 2.70% as of July 16, 2015 

Monday, November 29, 2010

If the BC Rail Trial was still going through the Court Hoops would we be having a leadership race for the BC Liberals

Let's stop and think about this for a moment.

If two Deputy Ministers for the British Columbia Liberal Government hadn't made the decisions, on their own initiative, to pay Six Million Dollars to the three defendants, not two, would we be looking from the outside of the inside workings of a political party seeking a new leader, a new British Columbia Premier?

Would the fallout from the testimony from Gary Collins sunk the hopes of many of those who now seek to be the Premier?

Has the pay-off (two words), cleansed the British Columbia Liberal Party enough even with the assistance of the British Columbia Supreme Court, in the minds of voters?

There is one group, the Fraser Institute, in October of this year, who thought that Gordon Campbell was the BEST Premier in all of Canada, but how can that be true, because within the same month of the publication, he tenders his resignation?

Measuring the Fiscal Performance of Canada's Premiers

Not every Premier had a railway company to sell, not every Premier had an HST to impose, not every Premier had the opportunity to appoint an Acting Elections Chief, non-partisan who appears to have done just about everything to prolong the British Columbia Liberal Party's existence, well beyond the best before date.

Or as the Globe and Mail says of the Fraser Institute:

"This budget scorecard was rigged"
"The Fraser Institute’s comparison of the fiscal performance of provincial governments, released on Monday, is a blunt instrument that favours the premiers of resource-dependent economies."

Friday, November 26, 2010

"Appropriation, Taxes and Tolls" and now Shadow tolls, Some things never change

Continuing on with the book I borrowed from the Vancouver Public Library called "The Coast Connection", by R.G. Harvey, I've found that the Bibliography is a great source for searching on the internet.


Title: "Frontier to Freeway A short illustrated history of the roads in British Columbia"

"Paying for the road system has gone through many changes over the years. The first official appropriation for road building was $500 in 1854. By 1954, appropriation had risen to $36 million. By 1984, it was $570 million, and in 1989 it was more than $1 billion.

The first appropriation was raised mainly by a tax on liquor, but this was inadequate to cover the heavy expenditures in the wagon road phase and later phases.

Bonded issues and tolls paid for the Cariboo Road. The tolls remained in place for many years. Some of those tolls were collected directly by the contractors building particular sections of the road, as part of the payment for their work.

From 1860 to 1866, statute labour was required even though the original English law had been repealed many years before. Under this system, settlers had to spend six days a year on road work for no pay, or pay the government the financial equivalent. This unpopular measure was repealed in 1866 and replaced with a road tax of $2 per year from each resident male and non-resident property owner. Arrears were charged at 18 per cent interest.

Tolls were again revived in the 1950s to assist in constructing large, expensive bridges and tunnels but were removed in the 1960s. An exception is the Coquihalla Highway, which has had tolls since its opening in 1986. The money collected goes to the province’s general revenue from which, since the 1950s, highways expenditures are drawn."

Search for:  A short illustrated history of roads in British Columbia 1980

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Monday, November 22, 2010

"Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive" - Sir Walter Scott

Dear Reader, you're probably too young to remember the old details,
heck, I'm starting to forget about the new details, just shadows now.

Bill Bennett (the Premier) decided to have Expo 86

Gordon Campbell decided to continue on with the Olympics 2010

Bill decided to build the Coquihalla, Bill's brother bought the land, just before, construction began

Gordon sold BC Rail, used US$166m to upgrade S2S,  Gordon's aides pocketed small change Via BC Rail

Bill, and his older brother Russell (Bennett) and Doman (Scandal) lost $1 million, eleven year later

Gordon's HST let his popularity sink, BC Rail trial needed to be stopped in a blink, cost $6 million, seven years later

Bill resigned, Bridge named after him, by Gordon

Gordon resigned, but not before cutting/uncutting a 15% personal income tax break

                                  Bill's successor was Bill Vander Zalm

Gordon #1 enemy till the end of February Bill Vander Zalm

Saturday, April 17, 2010