Wednesday, July 13, 2011

"Red Cross Blood" transfusions for cats / dogs? Not only on the North Shore of Vancouver.

Our cats (indoors) had their prerequisite shots before leaving the North Vancouver Pound eleven years ago and since then, they've been happy as a clam..... that's one human's presumption that a cat can be happy.   Sure they can purr, but there is a medical reason as to why they do it.......

Zoom Groom
Just heard (May 3, 2013) that the fur that is in the zoom  ...  ....... don't put in your garbage ... their feathered friends use it to line their nests ..... in the wild.

They are well fed (raw meat) from All Natural & Exotic Meats, well zoomed groomed (they demand it or I'll hear about it), get as much sleep as they want (I have no say in the matter), and have as much activity as they can endure (chasing each other), but for the first time in ten years one needed a Veterinarian's attention because of this:
Winter Rye

I know why outdoor cats need to chew on grass, but as to why one of MY cats chose to chow down on a rogue strand of winter rye that was brought into the house, uninvited, I'll never know.    I was out for the evening when it happened.

The spike tipped winter rye was one fur ball he couldn't deal with.   Neither could we.

Rough night sleep for the whole household.

We decided that a non-emergency appointment with a Vet could wait till 9:30 the following morning.   If it was  a sort of an emergency,  the cat could have been in by 8:00am,  and still be fine.  If it was something really serious, the door is always open with the Vet.

The Vet did an excellent "survey" of the entire cat, once the cat took ownership over the examination room.  Stainless Steel countertop wasn't the greatest for his claws to hold on to.

The surprise wasn't so much that the cat needed medicine to heal his goughed throat, it was my having to "talk" to others about their pets reasons for being gathered together under one roof..........

Which led me to ask an "icebreaker" of a question........ no, no, no, no   Nothing like "Do cats go to a heaven?".... of course they do.  Their heaven, not mine.

No, the Question was "If my cat needs surgery, is there blood available to replenish his depleted resources, for whatever reason?"   I really didn't want to use the phrase    RUN-OVER    so I just left out the reason I was asking.

To my surprise the answer was a resounding     YES!!!!!

Fact is, the receptionist said, cats and dogs, can donate blood.   Hmmmmmm.   Do I have to sign a waiver?  Does it mean he doesn't have to do any strenuous "work" around the household for a week or two, like chasing rodents?    I was going to say "mice", but mice are pets too, to some folks.

Thank you for your interest in our blood donor program!

Animal ER realizes the entire veterinary community suffers from a shortage of high quality, easily accessible blood products. We established Vancouver Animal Blood Services (VABS) with the hope of helping veterinarians and pet owners alike when the need for blood products arises.  This is a very special program and is a wonderful way for you and your companion to help others in their time of need.   Snip
"I've never thought about that before!"

That's what most people say when they first hear about pets giving blood. They've never considered that pets might need blood transfusions just like humans do. Once they think about it, their next response is usually "Of course! It makes sense that you'd need to have pet blood donors."

Choose from one of the categories to the right for more information for potential donors, veterinarians and to view some of our heroic VABS donors.

Now, if you decide to allow your pet to become a donor, the bonus is this.  Instead of your paying a Vet to check out your Pet, once a year, he'll get: 

    a full physical exam to make sure he is currently healthy.
Before I donate his blood.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Bin laden with goodies that BC Hydro's Smart Meters is intent on catching! Possibly?

While on my walk-about that was the basis for my previous blog talk-about, I alluded to the possibility that the approval by City of North Vancouver Council's on the exchange of our public property, for privately held property, may have been made without the benefit of hearing about noise pollution, by passing CN Railway trains.

This next topic can quite easily be explained away by the authorities, but I've seen their due diligent work around our community where everything, especially since the Crash of 2008, has to be done even more so by the book, by permit, and by inspector.   If a project isn't permitted, then its illegal. Want to build a curb to hold back your flower beds which borders against city property........  city hall goes the whole nine yards (three metres).  Since 2008, we have lived, breathed  Make Work Infrastructure Projects which adorn our neigbourhoods at the Federal, Provincial and Municipal levels of government.

Birds Eye View of a City Works Yard (soon to be old)

A few years ago this new overpass cut a swath right through the City Works Yard, where the north-western part was the majority operational section, the south-eastern portion is only accessible by leaving the main yard and driving down Bewicke Avenue.   The latter is a sort of an out-of-sight, out-of-mind kind of place.  Brambles and bushes.  Run down. Not cared for.  Industrial zoned land that hasn't been developed to its full potential.   Maybe never will be.

I found it because I was walking on the overpass, looking for a particular angle for the camera of old city industry mixing with city public housing.

Then this angle caught my attention, and upon closer inspection there was something out of place in all the order that City Hall imposes on its lands, and us.  A heavy duty electrical cable running from the base of the lamp pole that serves to light the road on the overpass, which is not the way City Hall allows their wiring to be done.

I wouldn't suggest that a homeowner or a business owner try to tap into this source of "free" electricity.   BC Hydro's Smart Meter Program is on its way to us,....... but is BC Hydro going to apply their new standard of measuring equally to the public roads lamps as well? eh?

We all know that Osama Bin Laden is dead, but this Bin .... Laden with what?   Why does it need a heavy, constant source, of un-traceable electricity?  Does the contents of the Bin need tending?  Is there a circuit breaker inside that Bin .... Laden with what?

Saturday, July 9, 2011

CNV new works yard. Has anyone consulted WorkSafeBC on behalf of the workers?

UPDATE July 11, 2011, at bottom

Down at the Lynnwood Inn (Mountain Highway and Barrow Street in North Vancouver (District) there's a couple of things I would like to draw your attention to.   One is the restaurant, great service, great price, great food.  The other thing is the BC Rail line which has a high wall in place to keep, ..... well I can't quite remember why the high concrete wall is there, unless of course its to ensure that nothing falls off the rail cars and onto the Lynnwood Inn parking lot below.  But if that were true then surely traffick moving, with people living, breathing, inside their vehicles on the road below the overpass would be first in line for a barricade.

Must be another reason, like maybe the view from the Lynnwood Inn would be ruined by customers having to look at Chlorine tankers and boxcars all day long.

Then again the wall could be there to stop the sound of the railcars as they rumble on by.   I know for a fact that a wall is missing from all the drawings that have been done that sold City Hall Council on agreeing to flip the old City works yard for a new one, complete with buildings being provided by the developer of the old city works yard.   Its a good deal, but......

The deal is done, the first apartment to be built south of Marine Drive in North Vancouver (City) received approval on July 4, 2011.

I see one huge problem, and I only know this from doing a walk-about today (July 8th), something City Council and its Engineers probably should have done themselves.   Their decision making was probably done within the confines of their soundproof bunker.


Page 32 and onwards for the drawings, link below photo

Rail line is directly south of the new City Works yard, in fact, the rail line is the southern boundary

A mighty long CN Rail train came by today, I was caught walking on the south side of the proposed new City Works Yard location, and it wasn't just the fact that I had to wait close to eight minutes for it roll on by, it was something else that disturbed me.

A long time worker, at a business south of where the new Works yard is to be located, pointed out that as the train blocked road traffic in its tracks here, on Bewicke (runs north and south), the overpass traffic to the west,  at Fell (running north and south), was backed up as too.... something akin to chock-a-block.  He said it was all the traffic from Bewicke, and the traffic on the overpass will probably quadruple, once the hotels go in at Harbourside.

The other problem was the sound of the CN Rail. There's been plenty of CN Rail car accidents since they took over BC Rail freight operations. The fault?  The trains are too long, and in this particular case today, I would have to agree, not because there was an accident here, but because of the lay of the land.

From Mackay and Welch (new pedestrian overpass of the rail lines) the tracks are straight as an arrow going east to just past Fell Ave where it starts to curve towards the waterfront..... and then the screeching starts, and it lasted close onto eight long minutes.

Its the binding of metal wheels against steel rails.

Can you imagine city workers who were once upon a time insulated from the sound of a working rail line by the distance of two city blocks to then being exposed for the rest of their working lives to the daily exposure of this kind of screeching that will require, not just ear plugs to stem the sound, but ear muffs as well.   Raising ones voice to communicate was the only way I found out the long history, 25 years, of what happens when the train comes to town.

This is a 13 second clip from a noisemaker that lasted for eight minutes

And what of WorkSafeBC and their responsibility to workers on the question of soundproofing CN Rail's cars or will there be a wall erected on either side of the line, just like over at the Lynnwood Inn.

Was WorkSafeBC even involved in the proposed location by City Hall or is it a matter for the Labour Relations Board of British Columbia? So far everything is going full speed ahead and its wait, for the you know what to hit the fan.
The City has had plenty of problems with vandalism of its almost remote Cemetery on Lillooet Road.

What will happen to the First Nation Cemetery on Bewicke, where there is no fencing, and just across the street to the east, from this new City Works yard with its one entrance/egress?

Its too late to change the agreement, not too late to change the design.   If you have any suggestions please contact your City of North Vancouver Council:

Mayor Darrell Mussatto
Councillor Pam Bookham
Councillor Rod Clark
Councillor Bob Fearnley
Councillor Guy Heywood
Councillor Craig Keating
Councillor Mary Trentadue

One last item, these new highrises of five and six stories, the fact that there aren't any apartments south of busy Marine Drive and two blocks north of the busy CN Railway with its high pitched sound making rail cars, will there be a flurry of complaints after the residents have moved in?

UPDATE July 11, 2011
After re-reading this Post, it occurred to me that the Federal, Provincial, City just spent mega-dollars to ensure the safety of pedestrians/cyclists/wheelchairs to cross over the train tracks at MacKay and Welch .... but here at Bewicke, where the New City Works Yard is to be, the City is encouraging the public to use Trail Networks and Trail Heads as a means to Cross the BC Rail Right of Way to the waterfront with the only barrier being a Stop sign.   No warning of any approaching train,especially if CN Rail is shunting untended box cars over three sets of tracks!

Is City Hall out of their mind!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Last Week a Mud Slide, yesterday Sky Train down (2nd time in as many weeks), BC Hydro Toppled Tower 49°13'6.70"N 122°49'35.98"W . What Next?

 UPDATE July 14, 2011   link below   Fire in Stadium-China Town Station

"A June 11 BC Hydro discovers a tower supporting a 500-kilovolt transmission line on the south side of the Fraser River has been damaged, presumably by a barge or other river traffic. BC Hydro secures the tower and plans for repairs." - Vancouver Sun  July 6, 2011

The Lions Gate Bridge has this to stop marine vessels from bumping into its towers at the First Narrows.  Just how dense are the designers at BC Hydro for not realizing that Marine traffic, or barges, do have the potential to bringing down their hydro lines?

Memo to BC Hydro employees and BC Liberals:   Google Map and Google Earth photos are not in real time.   The photo above with, or without booms, prevent the towers from being damaged, whereas without booms around your hydro towers on the Fraser River, there IS a proven possibility.

Yesterday's shut down of the Sky Train line wasn't the first time that it happened. Three three weeks ago a "bus bridge" was initiated between Waterfront Station and Broadway and Commercial because Sky Train operators lost track of a train in the tunnel, and here it is happening again, same tunnel.

Today's fire at the Stadium-China Town Station July 14, 2011 - Vancouver Sun

A year before the Olympics, BC Stadium had its roof ripped asunder because of a malfunction, a tear in the roofing material, which resulted in a make-shift repair to to get us through the 2010 Winter Olympics with a large sigh of relief.  And now the Provincial government is bankrolling a new roof.

Is there a 25 year curse on our past infrastructures, ones that should have been cared for by the current bunch of provincial politicians instead of their billion(s) dollar spending spree on the Sea to Sky Highway and the Port Mann Bridge Projects and PPP3's?

Last year there was a mud slide near Oliver which resulted in 14 homes being damaged, if not destroyed.  The highway was cut in two by the mud slide which created a Provincial Report card on other reservoirs that need caring for.   What now, BC Hydro's placement of towers in rivers, not on banks adjacent to rivers, to be looked at via another Report?

Richmond, surrounded by dykes, is it at risk of flooding?

BC Hydro is a member of the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) and its regional reliability organization – the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC). We plan and operate the transmission system in accordance with NERC and WECC standards.
NERC defines reliability as comprising both adequacy and security:
  • Adequacy is the ability of the transmission system to supply the total amount of electricity required to meet the needs of its customers at all times, taking into account any scheduled and/or reasonably expected unscheduled outages of system elements. 
  • Security is the ability of the system to withstand any sudden disturbances such as an electric short circuit or an unanticipated loss of a system element.

Mandatory Reliability in BC

In August 2003, a wide-spread blackout affecting central Canada and the eastern United States shook the electric utility industry.  Lasting several days and affecting an estimated 50 million people, the blackout led President Bush and Prime Minister Jean Chretien to establish a joint Canadian-US Task Force to review the incident.  The Task Force recommended that reliability standards be made mandatory and enforceable, with sanctions for non-compliance.
We are currently leading a project on behalf of government to implement MRS standards in British Columbia and develop a compliance monitoring and enforcement framework for the province.  Over the next few months, BC Hydro will be consulting with other B.C. utilities (e.g. FortisBC), Independent Power Producers and other industry participants to develop a better understanding of the implications of implementing MRS in B.C. and to get input into the options for compliance and enforcement.