Sunday, August 28, 2011

Fast Cat Ferries cost $500 million, Pity. BC HST cost us six times as much at $3 BILLION.

The SFU Library Editorial Cartoons Collection

One of  27 cartoons with the subject 'Pacificat (Ferry)', sorted by date.

Vancouver Sun   Vaughn Palmer  July 20th, 2009

The fast ferries began their slow but relentless voyage to oblivion almost 10 years ago. The starting point was March 1, 2000 and the cabinet room of the then New Democratic Party government.

The father of the fast ferries, Glen Clark, was gone from the premier's office. A new minister for ferries, Joy MacPhail, was trying to explain why the close to half a billion dollars Clark had spent on the project was mostly gone along with him.
"A failed experiment," she called the project. Her briefing supplied new premier Ujjal Dosanjh and his ministers with the ugly details.   Snip

The BC HST began its slow but relentless voyage to oblivion almost two years ago.  The starting point was May 12, 2009 and the cabinet room of the then BC Liberal Party government.

The father of the HST, Gordon Campbell, was gone from the premier's office.  A new minister for finance, Kevin Falcon, was trying to explain why the close to $3 billion dollars Campbell had spent on the project was mostly gone along with him.
"A failed experiment," he called the project.  His briefing supplied new premier Christy Clark and her ministers with the ugly details.    Snip

 Glen Clark is gone to a hard earned private job, locally.

Gordon Campbell is gone too, still not far enough away, to a cushy job in the United Kingdom as OUR High Commissioner of Canada paid for by Canadians...... this includes British Columbians who are still paying for the HST at the tills for another two years.


Still craving more of those old cartoons........ like this from the SFU Library.....

285 cartoons with the subject 'Campbell, Gordon, 1948-', sorted by date.

The SFU Library Editorial Cartoons Collection

Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Federal $1.6 Billion incentive for BC to join the HST bandwagon SEESAW repayment plan C

Canada to the Left ----British Columbia to the Right

Oh for goodness sakes, was the Gordon Campbell government so dense about their 2009 election promises not to realize that they were far greater in debt than the promised $500 million, or was it the $1.6 billion from the Federal Harpies that they saw in advance of the election that would save their bacon..... day?

Look, it was the provincial government that created this HST mess for themselves because of their limiting belief of a Balanced Budget Act.   They were so sure that they would never see a deficit that they NEVER planned for the possibility.   They still don't recognize that the world, in 2008, had a recession.

If anything, after the BC Liberals won in 2009, they should have put it to a vote, by Referendum to go to a Harmonized Sales Tax.  But they didn't!  There's a perception on the public's part that the BC Liberals lied about our financial position before, during and after they won the election until the point that a deputy financial minister said .... HELLO...... we need more money to fulfill the government's promises, and/or change the law of a Balance Budget or both.

In steps the Federal knight in shining amour with a carrot, $1.6 billion worth to save the day, not cold, hard carrots, nor dollars.  The $1.6 billion monies has to be borrowed with one catch, borrowing fees costing close to $3 billion over ten years is tacked on top, from all Canadians or was it from an Account marked "British Columbia future payments."

HST Referendum results comes along on August 26, 2011 and Finance Minister Falcon says with the extinguishment of the HST, the $1.6 billion will either have to "negotiated" with the Feds or paid back in whole.... and the borrowing fees over the next ten years are not even mentioned.... eh.

I sure with I could borrow a paltry $1 million without any borrowing fees..... I could invest it and earn a ton of loose cash, even at 3% per year.... what a sweet deal.....

Canada borrows $1.6 Billion to loan to British Columbia via the HST Incentive Carrot
HST Referendum Yes side wins to Extinguish the Tax

British Columbia borrows $1.6 billion to pay Canada back for the Carrot recieved

No one mentions the borrowing fees

Nor the length of time of the borrowing fees

All that Finance Minister Falcon says is that it will be paid off in two years

Just before the next provincial election

Friday, August 26, 2011

Rites of Passage for Seniors: PNE $8 ; BC Ferries Rides Free Monday to Thursday; Energy spent on exercising our right's to rid us of the hated HST implementation


This info from Elections BC MUST be important because they've split their web page into two sections, left to the HST, right to everything else.   Maybe this is the NEW Elections BC where every time there was a new announcement by the OLD Elections BC they would hide it in one of their myriads of sub-directories, especially if its BAD news info, on, a Friday...... almost sounds like a true blue, not dyed in wool, BC  Liberal Government organization.
Don't stop reading here, move along folks, move along, there's more photos below........

This is most bizarre..... "Voting results will be available after the close of counting"

The Press have been saying that the due process will be that Elections BC will release the HST info to the Speaker of the Legislature, yesterday (Thursday), then it will be simultaneously released to the Public and the MLAs  on Friday morning......

The counting closed on Thursday, why the dragging of the heels?  The key word is AVAILABLE

Oh, its Friday.

Starts on Monday

Monday, August 22, 2011

ICBC had its (NDP) "political masters". BC Hydro, for the past decade, has been run-down by (BC Liberal) "political Masters" too, preaching IPP




Issue No. 14

ISSN 1499-4194



Review of Crown Corporations: Insurance Corporation of B.C. 191

N. Geer
G. Prior
B. Goble


Chair: * Ken Stewart (Maple Ridge–Pitt Meadows L)
Deputy Chair: * Harry Bloy (Burquitlam L)
Members: * Pat Bell (Prince George North L)
* Susan Brice (Saanich South L)
* Daniel Jarvis (North Vancouver–Seymour L)
* John Les (Chilliwack-Sumas L)
* Harold Long (Powell River–Sunshine Coast L)
* Barry Penner (Chilliwack-Kent L)
   Rod Visser (North Island L)
* John Wilson (Cariboo North L)
* Patrick Wong (Vancouver-Kensington L)
   Joy MacPhail (Vancouver-Hastings NDP)    * denotes member present

Clerk: Craig James

Committee Staff: Audrey Chan (Committee Research Analyst) 

  • Nick Geer (President and CEO, Insurance Corporation of British Columbia)
  • Bill Goble (Insurance Corporation of British Columbia)
  • Geri Prior (Insurance Corporation of British Columbia)

Barry. Penner: I understand your challenge of dealing with that shopping centre (Surrey Place Mall), because the whole project has been described as the fast ferry project on land. I'm not asking you to comment on that, but I realize you have a significant problem to deal with that was not your own making, that was foisted upon you by previous political masters.
           N. Geer: We'll make the right business decision for our customers and properly manage it. It's a wonderful building. I hate to use derogatory terms, because we're attempting to lease it. When you attempt to lease it to a new customer and you use derogatory terms, it's self-defeating. I don't want to get involved in derogatory terms as we're attempting to make a good business decision — if we could, Barry. - Crown Corporations Page 210  near bottom  Link  UPDATED August 30, 2013
Bold printing mine   for    "the fast ferry project on land"

 We'll skip the hypothesis if there will ever be a Select Standing Committee called into discuss the Why's of the Sale of BC Rail, let's just move right along and call for a Select Standing Committee to discuss BC Hydro's multiple high wire ACTs that were passed onto BC Hydro president Dave Cobb by the BC Liberals ....... on the importance of not being careful with tax payers dollars, especially when it came to the implementation of the Smart Meter program or Infrastructure monies long gone to the BC Treasury....... instead of of supporting BC Hydro long term goals of cheaper electricity and the stupidity of needing to reach a Carbon Free status on Sustainable electricity generation that would require ratepayers ponying up to FOUR times the going rate, by purchasing IPP contracts by the K-zillion, by 2016"

 What do you say to that Mr. Cobb?

BC Hydro president Dave Cobb has told his staff that he expects Victoria to soon abandon its current energy self-sufficiency policy, a move that would free Hydro from buying hundreds of millions of dollars worth of electricity that it doesn’t need from independent power producers. Vancouver Sun Chad Skelton   
Link Updated 2017-09-16

BC Hydro head predicts end to energy self-sufficiency

Friday, August 19, 2011

Human guinea pigs, that's what we are about to be....."Salmon caught off the coast of BC to be tested for traces of radiation....."

We eat salmon, all of the time, so how is it that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency knows that now, is the right time to do their testing on Salmon that may have had a close encounter with the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant meltdown contaminated coolant water?

Salmon caught off the coast of British Columbia will be tested for traces of radiation from the nuclear disaster in Japan, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has announced. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on the northeastern coast of Japan failed following the earthquake and tsunami that hit the country in March. The power company that owns the reactor said highly radioactive water (about 100,000 times the normal level) from the reactor had leaked, contaminating nearby water and the air.

Friday, August 12, 2011

All's quiet at Cleveland Dam in North Vancouver except for the gushing.....

There's two ways to make your way onto the dam's topside.  One is to park your car/bus/camper in the dedicated public parking lot as early as 7am, and just walk on over the man made berm to the concrete dam, but beware, don't be late leaving the lot, the gate is locked at 10pm.

Or secondly, approach the top of the dam by road, no walking necessary, as an authorized Metro Vancouver employee/Contractor, with a motor vehicle, they have unlimited access.   The padlock is kept snapped shut on top of the metal gate.  Nice and handy.   
Do you See the padlock on top of the gate?

All that the employees have to do, during the day, is drive up to the gated fence, stop the car, leave the motor running, approach the gate, lift the latch, swing the gate open, drive in, close the gate and then latch the gate (but not locking with the padlock provided), to keep the unauthorized people from entering illegally.

The security of our precious drinking water is on an Honour system.

The area is under camera surveillance, with the ONE camera pointed directly at the Coca Cola vending machine, half way to the dam.    If someone who is not authorized to be in the area, with their motor vehicle, they're safe till the Coca Cola machine.  So just act nonchalant, drive up near the Coke machine, put your money in, and Enjoy.   Proceed driving to the top of the Dam.   Illegally.

While I was there today, there were three vehicles making their get-away.........  in the space of half an'd think that a security person would be warranted for such a delicate situation.  Cleveland Dam provides  40% of Vancouver's drinking water.

Capilano Reservoir
North Vancouver’s Capilano Reservoir supplies 33 per cent of the region's drinking water and is contained by the Cleveland Dam (also operated by Metro Vancouver). Visitors can view the reservoir from Cleveland Dam at the north end of Capilano River Regional Park.

 Take a tour of the Capilano watershed



Sunday, August 7, 2011

Would you leave a Hogshead in your Will? In 1665 Turnpikes were owned by Trusts (we call them Concessionaires today)

Family trees, we all came from somewhere.  Most of us know of our Parents and Grandparents, but beyond????? them?

Anne, not my Anne (1665 - 1714)

Way back in 1665, My Great Great Great Great Grand Mother Anne understood the spoken word, but not the written word, so she put her trust in her lawyers to do her bidding on legal matters.

This 1665 ancestor of mine knew that an X was her written authority that said she understood that her lawyer had acted on her behalf, and here we are into the tenth year of the BC Liberals being the Government of British Columbia, and we're still signing with an X, and not  trusting their lawyers how they spend our tax dollars.

Our family has one document from 1665, signed with an X by Grandmother Anne, it is her Will:
"In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this three and twentieth day of February in the eighteenth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord King Charles the Second over England Anno Domini 1665."  Anne _______,X

Interesting isn't it, that way back in 1665, 346 years ago, it was a requirement of lawyers to know that they were in the Eighteenth year of the Sovereign Lord King Charles II.... and now, if Wills were signed in the same fashion, it would be Queen Elizabeth the Second reign  ....let's see, every BC MLA in their landslide victory of 2001 gave themselves the Queens Jubilee Medal in 2002 based on her 50th year of ascension to the throne of England in 1952.... plus nine  years.... makes it 59 years 5 months 26 days as of August 2, 2011.    Let's just call it Sixtieth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth the Second over England Anno Domini 2011.

Charles II was restored as King of England in 1660.

However, as you read further here, there is a partial timeline of English History.   You'll discover that King Charles the Second became King in 1660, which sort of puts a lie to his reign over England as being 18 years... Right?  To explain, and I'm no Historian, but a guy by the name of Cromwell, Oliver Cromwell, came along after the death of Charles the Second's Father (Charles I) and disrupted the normal procedure of King to King.

Maybe that's being a tad too polite.

Charles Father was EXECUTED at Whitehall on 30 January 1649, at the climax of the English Civil War.

Cromwell then defeats Charles II in battle (He's called Charles II because the Parliaments of Scotland and Ireland voted in favour of Charles as King, but the English Parliament, run by Cromwell, over-ruled those two.)

Charles II flees to France with Cromwell assuming a Dictatorship of England until his death in 1658.  Richard Cromwell steps in as the Dictator of England after his Father's death and within a year "Tumbledown Dick" is gone.

As to the math not being right:
"After 1660, all legal documents were dated as if Charles had succeeded his father as king in 1649."

At this point I'm starting to wonder why Anne took so long to make a Will, or maybe she had to.

My Will's contents are far different than what Anne left, especially where it came to assets in her Will:
Item I give unto my daughter Mary the sum of Three Pounds, one
          Emptio half hogshead and one pair of sheets.
(Emptio meaning to give via a contract eg. a will)
(A Hogshead = 52.5 Imperial gallons of wine, therefore half would be 26.25 Gal)  not bad!

And for the princely sum of Three Pounds that Anne left, one pound could buy:  Click on this next link to find other products that could be purchased:  17th Century Prices in New England
Malt, one hogshead          1£

One Pound!!!!!

Item I give unto my grandson John the sum of Three Pounds to be paid out of the money which is due to me from my son-in-law John.
Item I give unto my grandchild Christian the other Three Pounds which is in John hands
Item I give unto my grandson Thomas Twenty Shillings to be paid him out of the Forty Shillings which is in his father's hands.
Item I give unto my grandson John the other Twenty Shillings which is in my son Thomas his hands.

You might be asking here .... isn't Anne planning on clawing back, from her grave, money that was borrowed by her Son and Son-in-Law, but never returned, when she was alive, and needed?   Yes!
Item I give unto John S   five children which he had to my daughter Susannah Five Shillings each of them one.
Item I give unto my son Thomas the bedstead which is in my fore chamber
          and half a crown in money.
Hmmmmm, I give my son in law John S. five children ........   Gee whiz, I think I know how I would react if I was told by my mother-in-law that she gave me five children.

And the bedstead, just what were people sleeping on if it wasn't a bed or a bedstead?

  A half crown in 1665 is best explained here:
Milled halfcrowns were issued with the portrait of Oliver Cromwell in 1656 and 1658. Those of Charles II started in 1663, and the halfcrown was issued regularly until 1751, during the reign of George II. All in this period have the regal year inscribed on the edge.
Oliver Cromwell Half Crown
I'd say it's similar to how the BC Liberals have put our children's children into debt (when they promised not to in 2001) with all their billions of dollars of infrastructure programs going on.    Payments will be coming from our pockets to the day we die, and our children's children too, via tolls and shadow taxes.

And now the HST repayment program, YES or NO, written by Finance Minister Kevin Falcon, will take the gouging to the third generation of British Columbians!

If you're wondering as to what else was happening in Jolly Old England in 1665 which might have driven Anne to write a've seen a bit of it above regarding Charles I through to Charles II:

Robert Boyle publishes his great work The Sceptical Chemist

The Royal Society (a Scientific organization) is given its charter by Charles II Charles II marries a Portuguese princess, Catherine of Braganza
The Act of Uniformity is passed

The first turnpike road is opened. (Turnpike roads were owned by turnpike trusts that maintained them. You had to pay to use them).

Plague in London. This is the last outbreak of bubonic plague in England. The second Anglo-Dutch war

The Great Fire of London. Most of the city is destroyed but it is soon rebuilt. 1667 John Milton publishes Paradise Lost

Hudsons Bay Company is formed

The Bank of England was founded. Which probably means that GrandMother Anne had no way of having a Bank Account to save her money in 1665, therefore she lent the money to her Son, and Son-in-law, knowing that one day it would be "collected" by her Grandchildren from them.

For enthusiasts of the Napoleonic era and much later, the writings of Douglas Reeman/Alexander Kent series on Bolitho:

The Battle of Trafalgar Admiral Lord Nelson at the helm... didn't happen until October 21, 1805