Monday, April 11, 2011

Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002) 853 medals awarded to citizens of B.C.

 UPDATE May 23rd, 2011   The other Golden Jubilee link.

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My Blog has a SiteMeter program which shows that the Government of British Columbia has been hitting my site practically every day.  Didn't know why, until I realized that Premier Christy Clark's PAB have been rewriting the BC Liberal Government webpages of what happened during the three term HST enthusiast, Gordon Campbell.

I won't be upgrading my links, waste of time.  But, by leaving the links in place, it's plain to see just how much British Columbians tax dollars are being wasted today, by the "new" BC Liberal Party, just so the public won't confuse the Premierships of Christy Clark with that of Gordon Campbell.  And it isn't just this blog, the changes that the PAB are making, are rippling through the whole of the internet.



On a previous post I also happened to notice that Premier Christy Clark's PAB staff did a re-write on the last Chief of Staff for the HST Premier.   One day the bio was politically Partisan, the very next day it sounded more palatable for the public to read "Mr. Taylor received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal".  (via the NEW PAB, Mr. Taylor's bio has totally disappeared from the government's websites).

For example:
On October 25, 2010 the last paragraph in Paul Taylor's Bio was this (Link is still good):
"The Chief of Staff is responsible for providing strategic support and advice to the Premier and Executive Council to advance government’s policy and legislative objectives." 
UPDATE: November 6, 2014   Premier Christy Clark's former Chief of Staff Kim Haakstad role in the Ethnic Scandal ........ would seem to indicate that the Premier and hte Executive Council were in the know, eh.


On October 26, 2010 the last paragraph in Paul Taylor's Bio was changed to this (The Link is now broken)(doesn't exist on the internet either):
"Paul Taylor was an Ambassador for Vancouver 2010 and a torch bearer in the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Torch Relay. In 2003, Mr. Taylor received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal."   

For those readers who don't know the Background on the Medal:

Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002)

Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal

The Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal was created in 2002 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the ascension of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to the throne. The Medal was awarded to Canadians who have made outstanding and exemplary contributions to their communities or to Canada as a whole.
The award focuses both on the achievements of those people who, over the past 50 years, have helped create the Canada of today, and on the achievements of younger Canadians who are actively contributing to our future.
In order to ensure all regions of Canada were represented, various organizations were invited to propose candidates, including the federal, provincial and territorial levels of government; national professional, educational and cultural organizations; the military; the Royal Canadian Mounted Police; veterans’ groups; sports associations; and philanthropic and charitable bodies.
Description: a circular gold-plated bronze medal with a thin raised edge:
  • on the obverse of which is an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, wearing the King George IV State Diadem, circumscribed with QUEEN OF CANADA . REINE DU CANADA, and
  • on the reverse of which is a large stylized maple leaf, with CANADA inscribed at the bottom, and 1952 and 2002 inscribed on either side of the Royal Cipher and Crown
  • the Medal is worn suspended from a broad royal blue ribbon, with red outer stripes, and double white stripes with a red central stripe

In the description above: "In order to ensure all regions of Canada were represented, various organizations were invited to propose candidates........"  and here I thought the idea was that it would be these various organizations doing the proposing of candidates, not the other way around by including themselves when it comes to the BC Provincial level of Government.   Every MLA was awarded the medal, along with the Ministers' Deputy Ministers, such as the former short term Chief of Staff when he was the DM to the Finance Minister, Gary Collins.

On one of my searches via Google, I used "Don Bell Mayor Golden Jubilee" as key words, several Mayors turned up as being recipients, not the rest of Council members though unless they belong to another grouping.   Next up in the search was Gary Collins and then every Minister from 2002.


The Comptroller General put out the word for nominations from within the ranks of public servants.

"The Office of the Comptroller General was seeking nominations for the Commemorative Medal for The Queen's Golden Jubilee. This medal was created on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of the Queen's accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada and only 853 medals will be awarded to citizens of B.C.- six of these are available to public servants in the Ministry of Finance.

We are seeking nominations from you for government employees who have made an outstanding achievement or given exemplary service (either within/outside of government).

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so if you know of someone deserving of this recognition, please contact me immediately for further information (package) and a nomination form.

Criteria:

To be eligible to receive the medal, a person must:

* be a Canadian citizen, not necessarily resident in Canada at the time of awarding

* have made a significant contribution to Canada or to a particular province, territory, region
or community within Canada, or have made an outstanding achievement abroad that brings credit to Canada and

* have been alive on February 6, 2002, the fiftieth anniversary for Her Majesty's accession to
the throne.

Guidelines:

* the recipients should be exemplary B.C. Public Servants whose service and achievements extend over a period of years

* recipients' names and who selected them will be part of the public record

Public Record????

I thought that the easiest way to find out who the other Recipients of the Golden Jubilee Medal were, would to be to use the the keywords of "Golden Jubilee Medal" along with other words like "Chief of Staff".   Mr. Taylor's bio popped up, on my blog too, then I found two hits, one titled  211 names, then second one a Toastmaster congratulations to one of their own, but nowhere could I find one list that covered all 853 medals, nor those who selected them, or possibly each other in the case of the MLAs.   There is, of course the Governor General list, but to use that database you have to know the name of the Recipient or just take a wild guess.  I tried, using names of my various neighbours, nothing.   I finally did it (Golden Jubilee) by just looking for everyone who was a recipient and living in the Province of British Columbia and skipping the given names section.

Under the Premiership of Gordon Campbell, 853 medals were awarded, however the Governor General database lists 4,644 British Columbians recipients

Here's one from Gordon Campbell's Executive Council biographies and Mr. Falcon doesn't mention the Medal, only Minister Coleman does (and Its interesting-to-note-that-the-photo-of-Premier-Christy-Clark is now attached to this document and she wasn't even an MLA, or Premier, when this Executive Council was assembled)

MINISTER OF HEALTH SERVICES

Kevin Falcon was first elected in 2001 to represent the riding of Surrey-Cloverdale, and was re-elected in 2005 and 2009. He initially served as minister of state for deregulation.

He previously served as Minister of Transportation since January 26, 2004, overseeing a capital program that included the Kicking Horse Canyon, the Sea-to-Sky Highway and the William R. Bennett Bridge, among many others.
Minister Falcon's leadership recently earned him recognition in Vancouver Magazine’s annual ranking of the city’s 50 most influential leaders.

Before his election to the Legislative Assembly in 2001, he was president of Access Group, a corporate communications firm he founded in 1998. He has also worked in the real estate development industry and was vice-president of Northwest Investment Properties. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Simon Fraser University, and his real estate education at the University of British Columbia."
 Kevin Falcon 2002 recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal with the Governor General

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Plaque recognizes and immortalizes Sea to Sky workers

Premier Campbell thanks workers for four years of hard work

""The commemorative plaque we unveil today includes the names of 2,124 people who were involved in the six years of planning, engineering, design and construction of the vastly improved Sea to Sky highway from West Vancouver to Whistler," said Campbell in front of about 100 who turned up on the sunny afternoon."


"Campbell said if the highway was awarded recognition, the workers should be as well."We decided it was time to recognize workers – one of the things we want is for this to be lasting," he said. "It's the workers of British Columbia that are actually here not just on beautiful days like this…but the really crummy days, the rotten days, the days when you really wish you weren't here."Within a year, this will just be the road, but remember this – in 50 years, if you want to, you'll be able to drive along that road and say to your kids and your grandkids 'I did this' and you'll be able to prove it.""  




50 years, the same criteria for the Golden Jubilee Medal of 2002 and nine years later the public can't find one place on the provincial government internet highway website that lists off all 853 recipients ...... let alone the other 3,791 medal recipients in British Columbia and who selected them, for the public record.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yes, the BC people certainly remember, the sea to sky highway scam. That bill was also given to the people to pay, for twenty-five years. Seems Campbell's wealthy friends, didn't want to pay a toll for their own road. Thousands of BC people will never use that highway, but, we have been shafted anyway, as usual.

Laila Yuile had an excellent article, on that scam. Everyone should read it. It was dirty pool, right from day one.