Monday, May 30, 2011

Crass Advertising

 Update May 31, 2011

Being a Vancouverite, I always believed that the CPR owned the Waterfront Station.   Wrong.

At the very least, if not CPR, then Translink.    Wrong.

Vancouver?  Wrong.

Province of British Columbia?   Wrong.

Waterfront Properties is owned by Ontrea Inc. (which is wholly owned by the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board), and managed by Cadillac Fairview Management Services.


Please note that no signs or lettering shall be inscribed, placed, or affixed in the leased premises or the building which are visible from the exterior of the building or common areas unless authorized by Cadillac Fairview.

 May 30, 2011

Today was a very busy day down at Waterfront Station, at 601 West Cordova Street.   No cruise ships in port, but still the masses were churning out of the station and heading, mostly, towards GasTown.   The first photo opportunity to catch the tourist's attention is a bronze Angel of Victory Statue:

........ crafted by London-born sculptor Coeur de Lion McCarthy. It was commissioned in 1922 in memory of the 1,100 CPR employees who died in World War I. A plaque that also memorialized those who perished in World War II was added in the late 1940s.     Source

600 W. Cordova CB CPR Station Bronze War Memorial -  Angel of Victory
       - See Note Below on Vancouver Heritage sites

 The Angel of Victory was originally situated at the western edge of the Canadian Pacific Railway Station on Water Street.  In 1978, the statue was moved to the eastern end of the building.

Google Street View. The Angel of Victory is at the far right corner of the building, ground level

May 30, 2011
To commemorate those in the service of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company whom at the call of King and Country left all that was dear to them, endured hardship, faced danger and finally passed out of sight of men by the path of duty and self sacrifice, giving up their own lives that others may live in freedom. Let those who come after see to it that their names are not forgotten.    Source

On this particular day, May 30, 2011, photographers got more than they bargained for.
May 11, 2011           Flags of countries?

May 30, 2011       Menu beside a War Memorial
Coincidentally, or planned, the Menu is exactly at the same elevation as the plaque on the statue.  The Menu couldn't be any closer either, unless the eastern legs were cut shorter.

Read the plaque, look sideways, Read the Menu.

I wonder though, what our visitors were thinking about how we treat our war memorials.


Municipal Heritage Designation

Vancouver Heritage Register
Formerly known as Vancouver Heritage Inventory dated August 1986   Snip

2.1                      A - Primary Significance
Represents the best examples of a style or type of building; may be associated with a person or
event of significance.

2.2                     B - Significant
Represents good examples of a particular style or type, either individually or collectively; may
have some documented historical or cultural significance in a neighbourhood.

2.3                     C - Contextual or Character
Represents those buildings that contribute to the historic character of an area or streetscape,
usually found in groupings of more than one building but may also be of individual importance.
While the category is a useful reference, the key is that whichever category a building is placed
under, it has heritage value.

2.4        Heritage Protection and Recognition
In addition, other notations are found on this listing, including those indicating legal protection
and other formal recognition.
An “M” or “P” following the building evaluation, indicates buildings or sites that are protected
by a legal heritage designation
by the City of Vancouver (“M”) or the Province of British
Columbia (“P”). Some of the municipally designated sites in Chinatown and Gastown may not
have an “A”, “B” or “C” category. However, they may still have historic value.

600 W. Cordova        CB CPR Station Bronze War Memorial -  Angel of Victory
601 W CORDOVA   A(M)   CPR Station             

A sad, beautiful memorial, covered in soot


"They're neglected, they're not taken care of - we aren't proud of them. We think they should be celebrated and preserved, taken care of and cherished. It's something [Heritage Vancouver has] been talking about for a long time, and it's time to take action. Especially since we're hosting the world in 2010 - we don't want people to see the neglect of our commemorative statues and monuments. It's pretty sad."  Vancouver Sun


Update June 2, 2011

Others have written on this topic before:

Masters Planning
The Heritage Vancouver Society

Angel of Victory Monument  Flickr 

Cut-away view of Vancouver Waterfront CPR Station
Montreal, Quebec

Winnipeg, Manitoba


without refinement, delicacy, or sensitivity; gross; obtuse; stupid: crass commercialism; a crass misrepresentation of the facts.

There's got to be a Vancouver City By-Law that covers improper "use" of war memorials.........

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Premier Christy Clark is a "shade" short on bright ideas when it comes to CFL bulbs and Families first.

Update: March 23 2013 Stephen Hume's displeasure of  CFL:  Twice over. One  Two

In the old days, if someone had a bright idea, it was symbolized like this:

Then someone in Victoria had two "great" ideas.      The first resulted in an unexpected backlash against the BC Liberals from the public on the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) intro, and then two years later the ire of the public was raised once again with the introduction of the Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).

CFLs are now leading the market for energy efficient residential lighting, and while they do cost more money to buy initially, they save homeowners money in the long run. They use much less energy to create the same level of light and are more energy efficient, which means a lower balance on your electrical bill. -  British Columbia Introduces Energy Efficient Light Bulb Standards 2011
Of course the CFL is "now leading the market", seeing as how the incandescent light bulbs between 75 and 100 watts was wiped off the face of the Best Place on Earth by the BC Liberal Government.

BC Hydro advertising of "Efficient lighting: get the right light bulb for the job" has left my family household with a quandary that isn't going to be solved easily.  The problem is causing a monumental financial crisis as well, even though I can hear Christy Clark's new mantra being repeated over the airwaves by the Press, "Families First".

I have, in my house, nine lights that have Shades on them.  With the old incandescent light bulb, round headed in design, the springy-thing that is built into the Shade allows it to be snapped onto the bulb, but with the new shapes of the CFL bulbs there's a problem.   No Snap, No Bite.

No problem here

Problem here

Lamp shades come in many forms, and price ranges.   $49 to $225

The Premier says that in her books its "Families First" time, why then, has the the BC Liberals rid us of our bed side table lamps, our reading lamps, and our lamp stands, and burdened us with CFL bulbs, when the old stand by lamp stands can no longer wear a shade.

For residents of North Vancouver, if you ever have to dispose of the CFL bulbs........ just hop in your car, and either go to Canadian Tire, or to London Drugs and they'll accept the bulbs.  If the CFL bulbs are broken DON'T throw them in the garbage like the good old days.  Broken CFL bulbs has mercury in them.

BC Hydro diminishes the mercury content in the CFL bulb by comparing it to the mercury in a wrist watch  battery, however, the last time I looked, a wrist watch battery wasn't made of glass!!

I've read somewhere that using green painters tape, one can "mop" up the area, then dispose of the mess, in a sealed plastic bag and then deliver it to ..... Canadian tire, London Drugs, or if all else fails, Home Depot.

What if one breaks?
The federal government’s NRCan site includes the following directions for minimizing the risk of mercury contamination when disposing of a broken CFL:
When a CFL breaks on a hard surface:
  • Open windows (if possible) to ventilate the room for a few minutes.
  • Wear rubber gloves and scoop or sweep up the debris with a stiff paper or cardboard, and then place the debris in a sealed plastic bag.
  • Wipe the area with a damp paper towel and put it all in that same sealed plastic bag.
  • Fill out a Service Request through the Service Desk for pick up by Central Stores or find a recycling centre off campus through the BC Hydro website
When a CFL breaks on a carpet:
  • Open windows (if possible) to ventilate the room for a few minutes.
  • Wear rubber gloves to remove as much debris as possible with a stiff paper or cardboard.
  • Use sticky tape (such as duct tape) to pick up any small pieces of glass or fine particles, and then if necessary, vacuum the area and then immediately dispose of the vacuum bag along with the debris and sticky tape in a sealed plastic bag.
  • Fill out a Service Request through the Service Desk for pick up by Central Stores or find a recycling centre off campus through the BC Hydro website
  • All of this can be done by oneself – no need to call in a hazardous waste team

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Finance Minister Kevin Falcon is still resting on Finance Minister Colin Hansen's laurels. Where's the new Budget for 2011 Kevin?

This is the 2009 "Temporary Deficits (Budget) to protect services" introduced before the election, and then the HST was introduced afterwards, because the BC Liberals had trouble proving that it would only be Temporary.

2009 Balance Budget... Temporary deficits   Slide 11

Then, the Premier and the Finance Minister were made aware of the need to rewrite history because their forecast was just a little bit too steep for even their own bureaucrats to believe in.   Instead of a half a billion deficit it was closer to $2 billion, but what the heck, they won a third term, why not introduce the HST without consulting the voters.

Seven hundred thousand voters were upset with Gordon Campbell, his popularity dropped and he left.  And all because of the HST.

By March of 2011 Christy Clark was in as Premier, and Kevin Falcon in as the NEW Finance Minister, but do you think that he, Kevin, could have at least produced a new REVISED "Balanced Budget by 2013/2014" before the Bold promise of the Premier was introduced yesterday, to show how the HST (Harmonized Sales Tax) would look in a new Slide presentation.  NO!

2010 Balance Budget presentation:    Slide 28

2011 Balance Budget in three years.....                Slide 15

Here's all three Amigo projections    in one photo......

While looking at the three slides, take note of the changing numbers above the line.

Does the "smooth" look of the top left graph, when compared to the next two graphs, more pleasing to the eye........not so harsh?

A glitch on the part of the computer that generated the data, or just plain, outright lying on the part of the politicians?

As to why there's a difference of depth below the line in the last two slides, well there's the kick-back from the Federal government to the BC Liberals for buying into the HST without telling us.

The point is, that while the world was going through a recession in 2008, the Gordon Campbell's BC Liberals painted a picture of everything was all right.  Then, in 2009, just before the provincial election, the Finance Minister saw something on his Radar, maybe an Iceberg, but he didn't pay attention to the berg.  Shortly, and I mean Shortly after being elected without mentioning to the public that there was potential for a change of course economically, it was Tooooooo late.   The BC Liberals were elected, and the Temporary Deficit became a permanent Deficit, but there could be a quick recovery if the HST was introduced without debate amongst the voters.

So here we are, discussing via Town Hall Tele Conferencing, a mere quarter of a million (not necessarily registered voters) , and notes left for the politician to take a look at our scribbles, 4,615 of us, and Kevin and Christy have come up with a Bold solution to the HST, but no Slides to show as a comparison to what they have in store for us over the next three years.

I kind of like the graphs, clean, simple, straight forward, almost impossible to cheat as long as we are comparing apples with apples.

Budget '95 (Province of B.C.)

What is the Deficit?

A government runs a deficit when its spending exceeds the revenue it takes in from taxes and other sources in any one year. A surplus occurs when a government spends less than the revenue it takes in. When a deficit is incurred, it becomes a debt owed by the government. Interest on this debt must then be budgeted each year until it is repaid. Repayment can only occur if the government collects more revenue than it spends in a subsequent year. If the government continues to run deficits over a number of years, government debt will continue to increase.
In British Columbia, reporting of revenues, expenditures, and deficits is done in two ways. The first method, called the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF), covers all expenditures made directly by government and all revenues collected to fund them.
The provincial government's budget surplus or deficit has been reported on a CRF basis since Confederation.
The second method, called the Summary Financial Statements, covers both direct government financial operations and the financial results of all agencies and enterprises owned by the provincial government.
The government's public accounts report financial results on both a CRF and Summary Financial Statements basis. As shown in Chart E1, the choice of reporting method does not markedly alter the surplus/deficit position.
[ Chart E1 -- B.C. Deficit/Surplus ]
Before 2001 politicians used bars, After 2001 politicians use lines

"The last time the government ran such a large deficit was in 2002/03 when it hit $2.6 billion, the year after B.C. Liberals were first elected in 2001."  CBC

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

BC Rail Testimony on who authorized the indemnity clause of 9%. Could someone explain that again?

There's something troubling me on who authorized the 9% compounding interest rate on the $255 million indemnity clause in the sale of BC Rail, to the highest bidder.  Was it the Government, or BC Rail itself? 

British Columbia Railway Act

[RSBC 1996] CHAPTER 36

Waiver of approvals

53  Subject to section 52 (1), the company may, as part of any revitalization agreement or of any disposition referred to in section 52, do any of the following:
(a) sell the undertaking or any part of the railway of the company without seeking or obtaining the permission of the minister under section 29 (1) (d) of the Railway Act;
(b) dispose of any land or property of the company without seeking or obtaining the permission or approval of the minister under section 30 (c) of the Railway Act;
(c) dispose of or otherwise deal with all or any part of the company's undertaking, railway, property and assets without seeking or obtaining the permission or approval of the minister under section 31 (d) of the Railway Act;
(d) enter into an agreement to sell, convey or lease the railway and undertaking of the company, or to amalgamate with a company, as that term is defined in the Railway Act, without seeking or obtaining the minister's approval of the agreement under section 258 (3) of the Railway Act;
(e) give any guarantee contemplated by section 21 of this Act without seeking or obtaining the approval of the Lieutenant Governor in Council under that section;
(f) charge, pledge, deposit or otherwise deal with any securities as collateral security without seeking or obtaining the approval of the Lieutenant Governor in Council under section 7 of the British Columbia Railway Finance Act;
(g) give any guarantee or indemnity without seeking or obtaining any approval or assurance referred to in section 1.1 or 2 (2) of the Guarantees and Indemnities Regulation, B.C. Reg. 258/87.
(g) without seeking or obtaining approval or assurance from this Act

Financial Administration Act

Guarantees and Indemnities Regulation

[includes amendments up to B.C. Reg. 18/2000]

Friday, May 20, 2011

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, all those Rock Hounders, Outdoors persons, Snowmobilers too, and of course Rescuers of......

 "Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost"      J. R. Tolkien

Over the last four years there have been plenty of accidents involving snowmobilers, but it was the one near Rossland/Creston last year that left me shaking my head when it was reported that the exact location of the  abandoned mine's whereabouts was NOT going to be released to the public, even after an intensive rescue operation, and plenty of reporting by the press.

The snowmobile didn't fall down the shaft, although it could have quite easily.  The Snowmobiler, on the other hand, was thrown from his saddle and did fall down the unmarked mine shaft, head first, for 90 feet.  

The starting point for the rescue operation, as reported by CBC, was 49.0582, -117.0416   aka  Kootenay Pass

When it was all said and done, the GPS coordinates of the incident, were turned over to the Inspector of mines of British Columbia to be buried, never to see the light again.

You'd think the Inspector of Mines would know where every one of his "charges" was located in the Best Place on Earth, but that's like questioning other government officials on the subject of dams, and suddenly seeing their look of uncertainty.

Google search criteria     rossland gps snowmobiler rescue abandoned mine

This Post started when I was researching for the "Golden Jubilee Medal" information when I came across something that made me sit up and go WOW!

The Gazetteer once said, that I had great Data Mining capabilities, and this time I came across a golden nugget, the size of a fist.   I looked at the data, a spreadsheet, and a sensation of Klondike Cabin Fever, hoarding, came over me for a month and a half.   I didn't want to share it, with anyone.

Tomorrow is the Rock Hounder Rendezvous 2011  which is happening in Princeton, BC, so today is a good enough time to come out of my Cabin and go for an excellent refreshment at the Cowboy Coffee - Bean Around the World.   The Cowboy Coffee was typically incorrectly marked on Google Map, and Google Earth because the two software programs use the address of the building and doesn't really zero in on unit #9, therefore the markers end up being planted in the middle of the road a block away from the highway.

Cowboy Coffee - Bean Around the World, is within eyesight of the highway, with plenty of free parking.    49°27'29.16"N 120°30'23.99"W

Did I mention the In House Made Sandwiches and Baked Goods?   I should have, they looked absolutely delicious.

Getting back to the data, it consists of every mine in British Columbia.  It lists off the commodities (minerals) at each mine.  The longitude latitude.   And if you want to narrow the search to say ABANDONED, the spreadsheet will do that for you to!

Or how about narrowing the search to just South Western BC?

How about Prince George?

Prince Rupert?

The word Golden?

Longitude latitude, for a radius of 50 kilometres of your specific location?

The data can be loaded into Google Earth/ Google Map / GPS (of course).

In Google Earth, paths, roads, clear-cuts of yore that once upon a time went undetected, can now be seen to be as part of something greater.  With the data from this spreadsheet it all starts to make sense.

Just remember, the mine properties could be private, so too the roads, even so, they should be properly marked to prevent any unforeseen accident from happening.

Brochure page 11 of 12 has this, these, warnings.

If the provincial government is NOT going to be providing the public with an up to date database of where the pitfalls are in the Best Place on Earth, how about sending that info to one central location, a blog.

The Source of the Spreadsheet:   all depends on how many requests I get over the next 46 hours due to the long weekend. 

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Does British Columbia need a "Political Party Codes of Conduct"?

Election Advisory Committee
April 6, 2004

Political Party Codes of Conduct:

Harry Neufeld commented that he had received a number of comments from the public recently regarding ethics of political parties. He advised that most were related to the pending federal election but raised his awareness that people expect Elections BC to respond to ethical issues associated with party conduct.

Members were asked to consider whether a code of conduct should be developed in British Columbia.  Copies of the Code of Conduct for Political Parties (Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance - IDEA), and the Shared Code of Ethical Conduct for Manitoba’s Political Parties were provided for reference.

Questions were raised about the kinds of issues that would fall within a political party code and whether or not there would be sufficient deterrents to regulate activities. It was agreed that District Electoral Officers deal with most issues of this nature during general elections. However, some problems are escalated to Elections BC’s senior management and parties need to be contacted for resolution.

Party leaders will be asked to provide to Elections BC, before the 2005 general election, the name of the contact person within their organization who is responsible for resolving ethical complaints. It was agreed that the process of appointing a party contact person should be used and that the possibility of developing a code of conduct could be revisited after the 2005 general election.

This Riding is just to the East of Vancouver-Point Grey

The photo above isn't Vancouver-Point Grey Riding, but if it was, can you imagine how many of those little squares containing 400 (potential) voters each, would be in the Riding?  If you go back to a previous post showing Vancouver-Point Grey, (in Google Earth with the Voting Places marked), imagine Vancouver-Point Grey being blocked off into those little squares of 400 votes each, doesn't it look like there were a lot of voters that were "disenfranchised", by Elections BC, by there being a lack of a places to go to, and vote close to home?

One Voting place on 16th Avenue, that's it! 

Could it be, as in the article down below implies, "Electoral district redistribution is based on total population; voting area redistribution is based on the number of registered voters."   In other words, is the area lacking in Voting Places, based on the possibility that there weren't enough registered voters in those areas for Elections BC to spend the monies to provide Voting Places?   And who's fault is that?
If you click on the caption below the "Voting Area" for Vancouver-Point Grey, the link will take you to Elections BC and you can zoom right in as close as you want to. 

Redistribution   (also called redistricting)

Redistribution is the redrawing of an electoral map, and the reassignment of voters based on that map. It is also called “redistricting”. There are fundamental differences between electoral district redistribution and voting area redistribution. Electoral district redistribution is based on total population; voting area redistribution is based on the number of registered voters. This is because redistribution in each case is intended to address a different issue. In the case of electoral district redistribution, the intent is to ensure equitable representation of the population
by their elected representatives. In voting area redistribution, the intent is to ensure that each team of voting officials serves a similar number of registered voters, and that accessibility to the voting place is given appropriate consideration.

Electoral district redistribution is governed by the Electoral Boundaries Commission Act. This Act was passed in 1989 and was the result of the B.C. Supreme Court decision in the Dixon case, declaring the electoral boundaries of BC to be unconstitutional. The Dixon case was based on a challenge of the electoral boundaries and dual member ridings that were in effect at that time. In the 1986 election, there were 52 electoral districts, returning 69 members. The “dual member ridings”, providing some voters with two votes for MLA, and the significant disparity of population between electoral districts were the key issues in the case. The landmark case was heard by then-Chief Justice McLachlin, who determined that “relative equality of voting power is fundamental to the right to vote enshrined in s.3 of the Charter.” The tabled, but not yet acted upon, report of the Fisher Commission used a variance of plus or minus 25% from an electoral mean, and the judgment suggested that it would be an acceptable benchmark in the Canadian context.

The Electoral Boundaries Commission Act requires that an Electoral Boundaries Commission
be established after every second general election to review the population of existing electoral districts and make recommendations regarding boundary placement and electoral district names. The Electoral Boundaries Commission is comprised of a judge or retired judge of the B.C. Supreme Court or Court of Appeal, the Chief Electoral Officer, and a third person recommended by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly. When a Commission is established, they have one year in which to make a preliminary report. They then have an additional six months in which to conduct public hearings and submit their final report to the Legislative Assembly. The Legislative Assembly must then decide whether they wish to act on the Commission's recommendations and pass amendments to the Electoral Districts Act. The legal descriptions and names of electoral districts are established in the Schedules to the Act. Generally speaking, changes to electoral districts take effect upon dissolution of Parliament.

The establishment and redistribution of voting areas is the responsibility of the Chief Electoral Officer. Section 80 of the Election Act requires that each voting area contain no more than 400 registered voters, unless the CEO determines that a larger number will facilitate conducting the vote. In establishing voting areas, consideration must also be made of the boundaries of municipalities, regional districts and federal electoral districts. The convenience of voters must also be considered. Accessibility to one's voting place is of primary concern when establishing voting area boundaries. Voting area redistribution takes effect at the discretion of the Chief Electoral Officer.

Voting areas are the key administrative element used for election planning and administration, both by election administrators and political strategists. When establishing voting areas, we consider traffic patterns, local mobility preferences, public transit, geographic features, “communities of interest” and other boundaries. By observing municipal and federal boundaries, we facilitate the sharing of voter data. By recognizing reserve boundaries, we can ensure that community of interest and accessibility needs are met.

Some voting areas are established as “special voting areas”. A special voting area (SVA) is a statutory definition, which permits general voting to be administered in circumstances which would ordinarily require absentee voting with a mobile team. Special voting areas are generally single addresses, such as long-term care facilities, where voters are ordinarily resident but may have mobility problems. Locations such as work camps, jails, and acute care hospitals are not suitable selections for SVA status, as they are not the usual residence of the voters. (The Election Act specifically prohibits the use of a penal institution address for residential address purposes under the Act.)

During an election, voting areas may exceed the 400 registered voter maximum and require
“splitting”. “Splitting” a voting area is not redistribution. The boundaries and number of the voting area do not change. The voters list is split alphabetically into two or more parts, and a separate voting station is established for each portion of the list. In preparation for an election, voting areas that have over 400 voters and that will require splitting for voting purposes are considered for redistribution. Accessibility issues arising from the placement of voting area boundaries in previous elections are also reviewed and addressed prior to the next election. District Electoral Officers are asked for input for voting area redistribution, and are responsible for proofing the resulting maps. DEOs are also responsible for assessing the impact on voting area assignments to voting places following any type of redistribution.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Heal the Bay The Ultimate Beach Party

2012 and its count down time for the REALLY BIG SHOW, the Ultimate History of Heal the Bay organization


I should have checked my flight schedule against the entertainment happenings for Thursday evening of May 19, 2011


Bring Back the Beach is almost sold out!

For wait list tickets, please contact us.

Heal the Bay invites you to celebrate the ultimate beach party at our annual Bring Back the Beach gala benefit on May 19, 2011 at The Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica.
Legendary Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson, one of the most influential composers and performers in rock and roll history, will play a full-length set of hits. Big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton and his wife Gabrielle Reece, the beach volleyball star and model, also will make a special appearance.


2011-04-28 / Dining & Entertainment
Environmental group Heal the Bay will host a trio of beach culture icons to entertain guests at the organization’s 20th annual Bring Back the Beach outdoor gala dinner titled “The Ultimate Beach Party” on May 19 under the stars at The Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica.

Monday, May 16, 2011

We know of the sandwiches being delivered to #9, but what of the others?

UPDATE MAY 17, 2011
bottom of page 63 and top of page 64

 "Candidates are not permitted to be present at any voting location while voting is being conducted — except to vote."

Christy Clark was not permitted to be present at any voting location while voting is being conducted, no exceptions.   If she made the deliveries to the other 16 voting locations in the same fashion, then Elections BC should be revisiting their fact finding decision.  Elections BC wrote the Guidelines for all Candidates to adhere to.

Riding Map obtained from Elections BC

SNIPPed Bottom, sorrrrry.  Trying to conserve space here.  Access to the full map is in the link along the top.

I took someone's advice and developed a Google Earth map, without circles, of exactly where the Voting Places were on May 11, 2011 for Vancouver - Point Grey provincial Riding.

There were 3 Voting Places in and around Kitsilano Secondary High School

The most Eastern borderline of the Vancouver  Point Grey provincial riding, is Arbutus, but Voting Space #10 is to the East of the border, in other words, its not in the Riding of Vancouver - Point Grey.  See photo below.

Item #6 is centered along 16th Ave with three great huge areas between #6 and #17, #8, and #3.

Seems odd that Elections BC couldn't find some other schools, churches or community areas to have a provincial Voting Place.

16th Avenue is the Southern Boundary, until the Pacific Spirit Regional Park, and then it goes South.

(2) A voting place must be in the electoral district unless the district electoral officer considers that another location will be more convenient for a majority of the voters.

There is a school at the corner of 7th and Arbutus inside the Riding

On the full width Google Earth Maps above:

Advance Voting Place polls pins are Red
General Voting Place Pins are Yellow


Advance voting will be held from Wednesday, May 4 to Saturday, May 7 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.     
  1. Jericho Hill Centre, 4180  4 Ave W, Vancouver, B.C.
  2. Kitsilano Community Centre, 2690 Larch St, Vancouver, B.C.
  3. St. Anselm’s Anglican Church, 5210 University Blvd, Vancouver, B.C.


General voting - Voting places will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 11, 2011.     
  1. Bayview Community School, 2251 Collingwood St, Vancouver, B.C.
  2. General Gordon Elementary School, 2896  6 Ave W, Vancouver, B.C.
  3. Kitsilano Community Centre, 2690 Larch St, Vancouver, B.C.
  4. Kitsilano Neighbourhood House, 2325  7 Ave W, Vancouver, B.C.
  5. Kitsilano Secondary School, 2550  10 Ave W, Vancouver, B.C.
  6. Lord Byng Secondary School, 3939  16 Ave W, Vancouver, B.C.
  7. Old Barn Community Centre, 6308 Thunderbird Blvd, Vancouver, B.C.
  8. Point Grey Community Church, 3512  7 Ave, Vancouver, B.C.
  9. Queen Mary Elementary School, 2000 Trimble St, Vancouver, B.C.
  10. St. Augustine’s Church, 2028  7 Ave W, Vancouver, B.C.
  11. St. James Community Square, 3214  10 Ave W, Vancouver, B.C.
  12. St. Marks Anglican Church, 1805 Larch St, Vancouver, B.C.
  13. Steeves Manor, 1985 Wallace St, Vancouver, B.C.
  14. Student Union Building, 6138 Student Union Mall, Vancouver, B.C.
  15. University Hill Elementary School, 5395 Chancellor Blvd, Vancouver, B.C.??????
  16. University Hill Secondary School, 2896 Acadia Rd, Vancouver, B.C.
  17. West Point Grey United Church, 4595  8 Ave W, Vancouver, B.C.
The question marks on Item # 15 is there because it looks like there's no building, just wide open forested lands on Chancellor Blvd.   I used both Google Map and Google Earth to find the address, and, if, voters were being led to the Voting Space by their GPS ......... maybe they never got a chance to vote.


There's been much talk by Elections BC as to where voters get to cast their ballots.   Its been described as a Room within a Building and that the Area surrounding the Building is not the Same as being too close to the Voting Booth area even though it violates the intent of why 100 metres was the benchmark set way back in the dark ages of when the Elections Act was created.

From the Elections Act's Definitions page which includes this Index if you want to read up on the Act:

Division 2 — Arrangements for Voting

Voting areas       "voting area" means an area of an electoral district established as a voting area under section 80;

80  (1) The chief electoral officer must establish voting areas for each electoral district.

"include in each voting area no more than 400 voters, as shown on the Provincial list of voters, unless the chief electoral officer considers that including a greater number will facilitate conducting voting proceedings for the voters."

Voting places      "voting place" means a voting place under section 75 for a general voting opportunity or under section 76 for an advance voting opportunity;

81  (1) So far as reasonably possible, a voting place must be in a convenient location for a majority of the voters and must be easily accessible to individuals who have a physical disability or whose mobility is impaired.


Voting stations      "voting station" means a location referred to in section 82 (1);

82  (1) A voting station is a location where an individual may vote at a voting opportunity.

"........................................ no more than 400 voters are assigned to each voting station."  


Voting screens

83  (1) For each voting place there must be one or more voting screens.


Voting books

84  (1) The chief electoral officer must arrange for the preparation of voting books and their delivery to the district electoral officer.


Ballot boxes

85  (1) A ballot box must be constructed so that ballots can be inserted into it, but cannot be withdrawn unless the box is opened.



86  (1) A ballot must not include any of the following:

(a) an indication that a candidate is holding or has held an elected office;

(b) a candidate's occupation;

(c) an indication of a title, honour, degree or other decoration received or held by a candidate.


Scratch pad on how votes were tallied   128 of 130 and then Whoops!!!!!!!   150 of 167

We know that there were 17 Voting Places during the General Election on Voting Day of May 11, 2011

We also know that there were 3 Voting Places during the Advance Voting.

And then there's the Mail-in Ballots to be counted as well.  Which might include those citizens who are incarcerated.

37 ballot boxes not up front and centre?

But the math does work out below if there were three Voting Stations (3 Ballot Boxes) per Advance Voting Space over Four days = 36.    The last box is waiting for dated votes delivered by Canada Post.

Advance voting statistics
Advance voting for the Vancouver-Point Grey by-election occurs Wednesday, May 4 to Saturday, May 7, 2011 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Day Total Number of Voters Who Voted at
Advance Voting Locations
Wednesday, May 4 1,101
Thursday, May 5 634
Friday, May 6 583
Saturday, May 7 1,053

 Which leaves the 130 boxes being evenly spaced out between 17 Voting Places.

Which equals 7.647058823529412

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Press were present before Christy Clark showed up with the brown bag lunches, too bad they told her where to stand

Note: There appears to be some confusion over just how close the Premier of British Columbia was standing when she visited the Voting Places on Election Day as a Candidate (not permitted to be within 100 metres).

Photo by Nick Procaylo

Note:  Looking for those juicy photos of politicians and rioters, just find the photographers names on the credits of the photos and do a search via Google   Images.

Elections BC is confused the most, and because it is the leading authority on defining/deciding the difference between facts and myths of complaints, here is a clarification of what type of measurement we use in Canada.

Just to be clear, 100 metres is not equal to 100 feet!

Source: Canadian Metrication  by Joseph B. Reid, President Emeritus, Canadian Metric Association

100 metres = 328.083 feet                   100 feet =30.48 meters
Update May 15, 2011

Complaints regarding contraventions of this Act etc

277  (1) If the chief electoral officer receives a complaint alleging that this Act or a regulation under this Act has been contravened, the chief electoral officer must consider whether to investigate the matter.
(2) The chief electoral officer must refuse to investigate a complaint that in the view of the chief electoral officer appears to be frivolous, vexatious or obviously unfounded.
(3) If a complaint is made in writing and the chief electoral officer decides not to conduct an investigation, the chief electoral officer must notify the complainant in writing of the reasons for the decision.

Subversion of election by an official

 (1) An election official or voter registration official who contravenes this Act, a regulation under this Act or a direction of the chief electoral officer commits an offence if the official knew or ought to have known that the contravention would likely affect the results or validity of an election, whether or not it in fact has that effect.

Individuals who may be present at voting proceedings

93  (1) Except as provided in this section, an individual must not be present at a voting place while voting proceedings are being conducted.

(3) Other than for the purpose of voting, a candidate must not be present while voting proceedings are being conducted.

Is it any surprise at all, of how Elections BC has been responding to questions regarding the legality of why the Premier of the Province of British Columbia has been allowed to just waltz up to within 50 metres, and closer, to a voting booth, without her staff ensuring that she stays to the maximum limit of100 metres?

She had the election aced, or did she?  Is that why she chose to stand at the only entrance to the Voting Place?

All this fuss about Candidate Christy Clark showing up with bags of lunches for her workers (Scrutineers).

There's this one small problem with the timing of her arrival, well actually two problems, and its the last one that we can all blame on the Late Pierre Elliott Trudeau for:

I asked myself, why didn't every one of her workers take a brown bag lunch with them when they knew that they were going to be there all day, from the moment before the voting polls opened, till well after they closed.

How did they know when to come out of the building to pick up their bagged lunches, when no cellular phones are permitted?

Was Christy doing the rounds of all of the voting buildings?

She certainly couldn't go in with the lunches, Candidates are barred from going in, except to vote, once.

How did the Press know which voting building to show up at, and at what particular time?

Over at Laila Yuile's blog Elections BC did provide an answer:

”Hi Cheryl,
you are correct, candidates are only allowed within a voting place if they are voting. We have reviewed the facts and determined that lunch was delivered to campaign workers outside the building where voting was being conducted. At no time did Christy Clark go within the voting place.

Thank you for bring this to our attention.

Chris Roberts
Elections BC"
There were plenty of campaigners working on behalf of all Candidates, why did Christy take it upon herself to deliver the bagged lunches instead of delegating the job to someone else..... who wasn't a Candidate who has to carefully walk the line when it comes to rules and regulations?  Is Christy another one of those micro-managers, like Gordon Campbell?

Voting places "are usually rooms within buildings that are publicly accessible within a community," he said. "In this case, the candidate delivered lunches to campaign workers outside the building in which the voting place was located. At no time did the candidate enter the voting place."  The Tyee

The Election laws state that no signs are permitted within 100 meters of the voting place.  Elections BC says that the voting rooms are within buildings, therefore one could assume that elections signs will, at the next provincial election, be measured from the election booths!  Too late, that's the case already.

Restriction on election campaigning near election offices and voting places

(2) While advance voting or general voting is being conducted at a voting place, an individual or organization must not do any of the following in or within 100 metres of the building where the voting is being conducted:
(a) post, display or disseminate   SNIP

Now here's the problem for me, and which Elections BC hasn't properly answered.  There were 130 tallies being made on election day, does that mean that she approached the voting areas with enough food to fill the bellies of all her campaign workers?    Did she violate the laws of British Columbia not once but 130 times?  Or were the Press only there for one voting building/booth?

You see, way back when PET was Prime Minister of Canada he introduced the metric system to Canada, and British Columbia along with all the other provinces and territories in Canada.  A lot of people still have trouble understanding how much longer one meter is than a foot. 

I've been told that a Google Earth Image is worth a Thousand words when it comes to silly rebuttals from Chris Roberts or his boss Craig James over at Elections BC.

We've all seen the photographs of Christy Clark, along with her entourage of paparazzi working for the local media at the gates to the schoolyard, but here's one photo that says that Elections BC should annul the blissful wedding of one Christy Clark to the status of MLA.
There's a yellow measured line going from the centre of the building

The little yellow line in the Google Earth photo above is 99.27 meters long, but the distance to stay away from the voting booth is a radius of 100 meters!

With boxed brown bag lunches

The proof that she was well within the 100 metres is in every photograph that has been taken by the press when compared with a map.  This isn't rocket science, its facts, the kind of stuff that Elections BC normally thrives on.

No brown bag lunches in sight.  There's a voter walking towards the Voting Place.  There's a Voting Place sign well within the 100 metre radius.  What's Ms. Clark doing standing on her "soapbox" where Elections BC signs are visible?

I'd say that the NDP candidate won the election in Vancouver - Point Grey, wouldn't you?

Friday, May 13, 2011

2 3/4 hours flying time to LAX from YVR and who do I happen to meet: Michael Owens and Phil LaDuca

Update January 5th, 2012   Know thy airplane seating pros and cons with  Seat Guru  . eg. Red seats, over the wings, mean they DON'T recline... I didn't know that.  Seat Guru shows which seats have the most luggage space under the seat in front of you.

If you're going to be flying south, after noon, make sure you pick your seat to be on the Port Side/Left Side, otherwise the Starboard Side/Right Side will be with the sunshade pulled down for the whole of trip till your plane starts to make its U-turn into the lead up to the run way at LAX.

The West Jet attendants, upon our landing in Los Angeles, took the lions share of credit for the fifteen minute ahead of schedule flying time with a footnote of a compliment, that included the pilots and engineer, and of course the secret servicing Air Marshall with his sniffer dog curled up under My seat.



Down here in LA where the population is close to eleven million, and without a single highway toll or Shadow Toll .... to be seen....   Highways are five lanes wide in each direction.  I saw one CHiP yesterday writing a ticket.  HOV lanes are empty, except for the vehicle I'm in and I can see another vehicle about twelve blocks ahead.

Yesterday I went to a place where $25 would buy a customer two sheets of Russian Birch Plywood, 5' X 5'.  Great for cabinet makers, with lots left over for other projects.   Pacific Western Wood Products

Then there's a look alike of Metro Vancouver's Lee Valley Tools, and outfit  Rockler, woodworking and hardware since 1954.   I've got their catalog, and bringing it home to compare to LVT.

Here I am with so many places to go, places to see, like the Tar Pits, but fate intervened, just now and back in '54. Can't he remember what happened in '54, oh yeah, traffic jam trying to get to see a Golf game and involving some guy called Bob Hope.

 I was told that Alberta's got something much better and bigger, its called the Tar Sands and it will be coming to British Columbia via Enbridge, FREE OF CHARGE, for the next 990 years.

I'm missing my Monday and Friday morning two hours workout at Harry Jerome Rec Centre, but just watching one of my off-springs doing her bi-weekly dance work-out at a place called Hama's Dance Center on Moorpark Street, Studio City, left me short of breath.   I've seen plenty of local shows at the Vancouver Stanley Alliance Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, and Queen Elizabeth Theatre (La Traviata) , but today I got to see a different kind of show, a solid work-out lasting an hour an a half at the Hama's Dance Center,              by professionals.

Michael Owens was the "teacher".    Phil LaDuca was just one of the professional "students" in a class of fourteen.   LaDuca I've heard of before, many times, from my daughter, because of the character shoes she has purchased over the years.

  LaDuca shoes, she says: "they feel like they're part of your feet".


The Gamble House tour, I had last year, went back today to take a closer look at their book store contents which was the two car garage for the homeowners.   Gamble, as in "Proctor and Gamble", almost had their house torn down, but was saved.  The architects were Greene and Greene.