Monday, October 31, 2011


Here's a document that all the Miners are aware of, or should be, but the public isn't, so far.  If you have some spare time, and if you're wondering if some open pit mine sites are after something other than what they have told their shareholders..... and the public, all you have to do is go to the end of this document where every Longitude Latitude for the Occurrences of Uranium and Thorium is listed in Beautiful British Columbia, or was once upon a time called   The Best Place on Earth until Christy Clark took charge, ...... and compare that data to where existing open pit mines are operating.... Not that there is any illegal going on, far from it.   Just another piece of trivia.

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And you will get this, if you're interested.   I was.......

Ministry of Energy, Mines and
Petroleum Resources
Hon. Jack Davis, Minister

By Larry D. Jones
A contribution to the CanadaIBritish Columbia Mineral
Development Agreement, 1985-1990

Page 3 of the PDF called OF1990-32 
The geological diversity of British Columbia provides a wide variety of settings for the occurrence of uranium and thorium. The Victoria deposit, a gold-silver-cobaltmolybdenum occurrence south of Hazelton, contains uraninite erratically distributed in narrow veins in granodiorite. The Little Gem deposit, located near Gold Bridge, contains uranium, gold and cobalt in veins within granodiorite. The Verity prospect, near Lampriere, contains uranium-bearing pyrodore in carbonatite. Uranium and thorium occur in amphibolite at the Husselbee showing, located on the west side of Atlin Lake. To the east, north of Surprise Lake, metazeunerite occurs in shears within quartz monzonite at the Purple Rose showing. The Rexspar uranium deposit is in volcanic rocks north of Kamloops. The Vowell and Malloy creek placers of the Bugaboo area contain uranium and thorium minerals in stream gravels produced from erosion of quartz monzonite rocks.
The Blizzard, Cup Lake, Hydraulic Lake, Haynes Lake, Fuki and other stratabound, basal uranium occurrences lie in fossil stream-channel sandstones and conglomerates in the Okanagan Highland and are between 1 and 4 million years of age. Even younger deposits, which are still forming today, include the many surficial uranium-enriched post-glacial organic-rich basins located along the west side of Okanagan Lake. They include the Prairie Flats, Covert Basin, Sinking Pond and North Wow Flat occurrences. 
                                                                                                                                                  Of the 182 known uranium and thorium occurrences in British Columbia, only a few have the grade and tonnage to have economic potential. These include the Rexspar deposit, some of the stratabound, basal deposits and possibly the placer and surficial deposits. Total in situ uranium in British Columbia is estimated at over 7400 tomes of uranium. However, due to the availability of high-grade large-tonnage deposits elsewhere in the World and Canada, such as those in northern Saskatchewan, uranium production from deposits in British Columbia may not be economically feasible in the foreseeable future.

New Info From CTV says that there are 196 occurrences as of 2011.   Which leaves one asking, I suppose, if there's been a Moratorium on Uranium and Thorium in our Province since 1980 why are miners looking for the damn stuff, still.

Page 4.... the Map of .....Uranium and Thorium

HISTORY (pages 13 and 15 of the PDF file)

The earliest interest in radioactivity in British Columbia was in 1914, when the federal government offered cash bonusesfor discoveries of commercial quantities of radioactive minerals to locate radium. The rewards were unclaimed and the offer was withdrawn in 1938. In 1932, an electroscopic survey, which measures
radioactivity, was carried out on the Radium property (MINFILE 092K052) on Quadra Island. Carnotite was identified in seams in volcanic rocks and assayed up to 245 per cent uranium. Little exploration for radioactive minerals was carried out until the late 1940s. The Rexspar deposit (082M021) at Birch Island, first explored for fluorite in 1920, was investigated for uranium mineralization in 1949. By 1977,1.114 million tonnes of reserves were indicated at a grade of 0.068 per cent uranium, with an appreciable content of rare-earth elements.
During the late 1940s to mid 1950s, many properties, previously considered as precious and base metal prospects, were explored for radioactive minerals. The Victoria (093M072), a gold-silver-cobalt-molybdenum property south of Hazelton, contains uraninite erratically distributed in narrow veins in granodiorite of the Rocher D6boulC stock. The Little Gem property (0921NE068) contains uranium, gold and cobalt in veins within granodiorite. The Verity property (083D005) near Lampriere contains uranium-bearing pyrochlore in carbonatite. Radioactive minerals occur in amphibolite on the Husselbee property (104N001), located on the west side of Atlin Lake. To the east, north of Surprise Lake, metazeunerite occurs in shears in granite rocks on the Purple Rose property (104N005). In 1955, radioactive secondary hydrous aluminum phosphate minerals were found in rhyolite dikes cutting quartz monzonite on the Nithi Mountain property (093F012), south of Fraser Lake. The Vowell and Malloy Creek properties (082KNE007,8), near Spillamacheen, contain Recent placer uraninite and pyrochlore, which were tested in 1954. In 1956,11312 kilograms of concentrates were produced, having an average grade of 25 per cent niobium, 0.76 per cent uranium and 13 per cent thorium oxide.
In the late 1960s, uranium minerals were found in pegmatite within gneiss on the Mota property (082FSW212), located near China Creek. In 1%8, Japanese geologists, while conducting a car-borne scintillometer survey, discovered autunite (Fuki deposit-082ENE015) in a Miocene paleochannel beneath a basalt cap in the upper Kettle River watershed. This led to discovery of the Blizzard deposit (082ENE046) and several others, which are referred to as Tertiary basal-type deposits.
From 1975 to 1978, a jointly funded Federal-Provincial Uranium Reconnaissance Program (URP), conducted by the Geologic. Survey of Canada and the British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, investigated the uranium potential of the Cordillera. This program consisted of regional stream water and sediment geochemical surveys, with detailed follow-up studies, including geochemical surveys, geological mapping and uranium resource evaluation and appraisal. Various surveys were completed on map sheets 826 L and M and 104N, 0 and P.
In 1979, post-glacial uranium deposits were discovered in soil in the semi-arid Okanagan Valley. These 'young' uranium accumulations are associated with stagnant or saline waters trapped in hydraulically closed basins. Prairie Flats (082ENW073), located within the Summerland town limits, is one such fluviatile deposit.  It contains about 178 tomes of uranium, and since the glacial retreat, uranium has accumulated at an estimated rate of 23 kilograms per year.
Also in 1979, an inquiry by Dr. D.V. Bates and others was made into the adequacy of existing measures to provide protection to workers and the general public in all aspects of uranium mining in British Columbia. This resulted in a three-volume report entitled "Royal Commission of Inquiry on Health and Environmental Protection into Uranium Mining", with a summary of recommendations.
In February, 1980, the provincial government imposed a seven-year moratorium on uranium exploration and development in British Columbia. The moratorium expired on February 28,1987 and new regulations were established by the provincial government; safeguards on exploration, recommended in 1980 by the Bates inquiry, were put in place. The regulations require that proposals to explore for uranium or thorium or for exploration in certain designated areas must be filed with the Chief Inspector of Mines. Significant uranium or thorium levels must be reported whenever found. This level is defined as 0.05 per cent or more of uranium and 0.15 per cent or more thorium, over a sample length of one metre or more. Consult the regulations (Health, Safety and Reclamation Code for Mines in British Columbia, June 1990) for complete details.

Page 19   The Blizzard Deposit

Page 73, 74, 75   The Occurrences, in other words the Longitude Latitudes

Page 77, 78, 79 References

Uranium Mining Moratorium 1980 Order-in-council 44280 aka 442/80 and yellow cake

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Order-in-council 442
Mentioned: (D’Arcy) 3943

MR. D'ARCY: To the Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. Back on February 27 of this year, order-in-council 44280 was passed which orders that the commissioners appointed by order 170179 "shall report their findings and recommendations to date to the Lieutenant Governor-in-Council on or before the 31st day of May 1980." It goes on to indicate the methods by which they shall report and rescinds certain other orders-in-council.
My question to the minister is: since, under this order, there is absolutely no mention of a moratorium on uranium mining and exploration, what is the legal basis for the moratorium on uranium mining and exploration announced on February 27 by the Premier of the province of B.C.?

HON. MR. McCLELLAND: Well, Mr. Speaker, I'm a bit at a loss to understand the urgency of this question from last May. But the legal procedures in which we established the moratorium have been partially put in place by further orders-in-council which were passed following that order-in-council which the member mentions. There is also at the present time an amendment on the order paper which we'll have the opportunity to debate, which sets the parameters along with the regulations for the uranium moratorium.
I don't understand, first of all, whether or not the question is in order, especially since there are some proceedings which will be debated in this House, presumably within the next few days.  
BC Order in Councils on the Internet ONLY go back as far as 1992

As to finding an original Source for 44280 Order in council.... still looking.  Will have to come down to an FOI?

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Statutory Authority: Environment and Land Use, s. 7
The chief inspector under the Mines Act must not
a)  issue a permit under section 10 of the Mines Act in relation to exploration for uranium or thorium
b)  exempt any person under section 10 (2) of the Mines Act from the requirement to obtain a permit under section 10 of that Act in relation to exploration for uranium or thorium.

Did the BC Liberal Government, of British Columbia, ADD the word  "not" to stop mining companies from explorations in our our pristine province?   Where oh Where is copy before this?

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the Executive Council, orders that the Contaminated Sites Regulation, B.C ...

Its 2002, Christy Clark is the Presiding Member of the Executive Council and she, and one onther is busily making a change on Contaminated Sites, INCLUDING Uranium
Without a background of a Physician, with only having ATTENDED various universities around the world, what, WHY are politicians permitted to make such far reaching decisions as these......

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In the Hearing Process as Contemporary Democracy

by Melody Beatrice Hessing

The University of British Columbia 1984...
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Royal Commission of Inquiry into. Uranium Mining. 92. Community Hearings. 92. Technical Hearings ...... of Inquiry which took place in British Columbia from 1979-1980, ...... hearing in order to describe, compare and analyze participation .... by an impartial Commission, which has been appointed by Govern- ...

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     Uranium daughter products       

Sunday, October 30, 2011

BC Mining Explorations Historical Expenditures needs new column: Government Goof $30 million

$30 million to buy mineral rights on Uranium, plus the cost of the legalese people for the mining company and now we learn that there are 15 to 20 others seeking compensation....... time for the BC Liberal government, to change their layout on how Spectacular the mining exploration is going in BC, up to, and including 2010.

How is 2011 going to be presented?

Or how about this for BC Hydro's schematic.... where there are only two sources, in 2009, dam water and thermal.

Two factors are missing from the schematic below. 
TWO:  Smart Meter/Grid

Don't forget the $2.2 billion Deferral Accounts ...............
Key Facts

  • British Columbians enjoy some of the lowest electricity rates in North America, mainly because of the low historic costs of our hydroelectric generation assets.
  • The low cost of heritage resources, electricity trading revenues, conservation and energy efficiency projects and competitive processes for acquiring new power supplies will help to preserve British Columbia’s competitive rate advantage.
  • Our flexible hydroelectric system has generated significant electricity export revenues over the past decade.
  • The BC electricity sector contributes revenues to the Provincial Treasury and property taxes, school taxes and grants-in-lieu to regional districts and local governments.
Achieving electricity self-sufficiency is fundamental to our future energy security. The policies and actions we put into place today will allow our province to achieve a reliable, clean and affordable supply of electricity for tomorrow. Government has committed to being electricity self-sufficient by 2016. Through the BC Energy Plan, government is setting policies to guide BC Hydro in producing and acquiring enough electricity for future need.

Then there is this minor glitch..... when Campbell/Clark shifts Cabinets around the PAB hit their keyboards and Blair Lekstrom's name remains in the Text but he looks Older in the photo, and not as slender either.

Oooops, its Rich Coleman to the rescue.

Have British Columbians become complacent about Uranium mining of yore (1980's)?

 $30 million for a Blizzard in one haystack......,   there's more

Radioactive material dumped in Alice Arm, aka Nisgha people's Kisault

Uranium dumped near Atlin

As to Boss "15-20 explorers who were affected by the ban, but that Boss was by far the most advanced."


Moratorium on exploration and mining (McClelland) 6605 (Passarell) 6604
Placer Development Ltd., Atlin mine, uranium production (Passarell) 6042
Sale of by Premier on visit to Commission of the European Communities (Barrett) 6555
Transportation of through province, government action on (Rogers) 6000 (Skelly) 5999
Transportation, storage, provincial policy on (Skelly) 6000
Uranium Exploration and Mining, An Act to Prevent. See name of act

Uranium Exploration and Mining, An Act to Prevent
(Bill M201) (Passarell) 1R, 4307; 2R, 6604-5
Speakers: McClelland 6605; Passarell 6604-5
Amax of Canada Ltd. disposal of uranium in ocean (Passarell) 6605
Moratorium on uranium exploration and mining (McClelland) 6605 (Passarell) 6604
Placer Development Ltd., uranium production and storage (Passarell) 6605

Hansard    Afternoon Sitting of TUESDAY, JULY 7, 1981 on the topic of uranium production and storage....
 MR. PASSARELL: What we will see with this moratorium is that a company like Placer Development could start a moly operation in the community of Atlin and, through their tailings, withdraw 500 pounds of uranium per day. Under this order-in-council it would be legal for Placer Development to put the 500 pounds of uranium in plastic-lined tailing ponds for the duration of the mine operation, 20-some years. This bill, if it was accepted and voted upon by the Legislature, would outlaw an operation like Placer Development going ahead and withdrawing uranium and radioactive materials to be placed in plastic-lined tailing ponds. The bill, if accepted, would outlaw an operation like Amax from dumping radioactive materials into the ocean. It's dangerous and unneeded; that should be accepted by both sides of the House. We don't need nuclear power in this province, Mr. Speaker, and we don't need the problems that radioactive materials cause to the health and well-being of the society of British Columbia. These radioactive materials brought out of the ground in British Columbia might end up in some foreign country as mass-destruction weapons. I urge all members of this House to accept this bill as a humanitarian act for the protection of future generations in the province of British Columbia.

 Amax, dumping radioactive material into the ocean?  

MR. PASSARELL: To bring the Chairman into line here, it appears the minister and his two support staff behind him forgot to look at the mining regulations. To give you gentlemen an idea of what to look for so you can help this minister out of the bind, chapter 265, subsection 5 of the mining regulations, section C, states: "...exercise power...the minister necessary for ensuring the health and safety of persons employed in and about the mine...." That's exactly what we're talking about here. When I'm talking about the World Health Organization and this government ignoring the fact that there's radioactive waste going into Alice Arm, this minister has the audacity to stand up and say: "Oh, we have nothing to do with this."
 The Nishga people, at Alice Arm, have been exposed to waste containing radon 226, cadmium, lead, mercury, arsenic, nickel, zinc, copper, iron, molybdenum and uranium?
MR. PASSARELL: Thank you for the guidance, Mr. Chairman. Concerning this particular subsection that I addressed earlier concerning the minister's responsibility for safety, the feasibility studies done by the company show that the waste contains radon 226, cadmium, lead, mercury, arsenic, nickel, zinc, copper, iron, molybdenum and uranium. Now under the subsection in the mining regulations I referred to, this minister has a responsibility to protect the people in this particular area — Alice Arm — against uranium. It wasn't that long ago, Mr. Chairman, that this minister had a PR gimmick concerning mining and exploration of uranium in this province — something I supported that minister on — and I would certainly hope he would foster it further through legislation by accepting my private member's bill outlawing any type of mining and exploration of uranium in this province.
But further regarding Amax, Mr. Chairman, we have seen a total disregard for the concepts, beliefs and the livelihoods of the people of the area, the Nishga people.
55°28'2.11"N 129°28'55.30"W

And before we leave this topic, there's one thought that was spoken aloud  in the BC Legislature... that a mining outfit  "could start a moly operation in the community of Atlin and, through their tailings, withdraw 500 pounds of uranium per day".......

What's stopping an Open Pit Mine operation, or an underground Tar Sand operation, TODAY, from skimming out from the mega TONS of material being shifted, to separate gold, silver, copper, "moly", or uranium from the mix?

There is a restriction on uranium production in British Columbia, not an outright ban though.... there is a loophole that allows some uranium to be produced.....

Now where did I leave that Source?

Do you know where it is, the loophole?

As to Atlin:  59°34'40.93"N 133°41'22.31"W


For Immediate Release
April 24, 2008
Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources


VICTORIA – The Province will not support the exploration and development of uranium in British Columbia and is establishing a “no registration reserve” under the Mineral Tenure Act for uranium and thorium, Minister of State for Mining Kevin Krueger announced today.

“By confirming our position on these radioactive minerals, we are providing certainty and clarity to the mining industry,” said Krueger. “B.C. is an attractive place for mining exploration and investment, and we are committed to fostering a healthy, productive industry.”

The “no registration reserve” will ensure any future claims do not include the rights to uranium. Government will also ensure that all uranium deposits will remain undeveloped. These changes support the BC Energy Plan commitment of no nuclear power.

Uranium is present in many areas of the province and can be encountered while exploring for other mineral resources. Therefore, the Province will also amend the Health, Safety and Reclamation Code concerning exploration for minerals where uranium or thorium are incidentally encountered. The amendments are designed to enhance the protection of workers and the public during exploration-related activities. The amendments also ensure that B.C.’s standards for exploration are consistent with national standards and guidelines.

Today, there is no uranium mining in the province. Development and mining of uranium in Canada is regulated by the federal government through the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. The only uranium mines operating in Canada are in Saskatchewan.

But having now read that there is no uranium mining in the province there is an OIC that spells out miners protection when it comes to Health risks.....don't know why this would come into play in 2008.... if there's not mining of uranium why would there be a law stated that there's a limit to how much exposure one cannot go over.....

Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday, October 28, 2011, Elections BC, Two Plea Bargains, One from Sall and Khanna who pleaded Guilty, The other plea from the attending News Media.

My goodness, I thought that I knew where the Courtrooms were in Vancouver, turns out I was wrong.  All I knew was where the BC Rail trial took place.  Then I discovered that there is a whole bunch more courtrooms due north from the BC Supreme Court building, but NOT the one that I was supposed to be at by 2:00pm that Bill Tieleman mentioned on his blog

Can you imagine the plight that some people might experience because the Attorney General just can't come out in black and white and state where each courtroom is for those who want to see JUSTICE being SEEN to be DONE under the letter V?

The above snapshot of the official list, a list that is both posted on the walls INSIDE the Court House, AND published on-line... therefore NOT inside the Court House.  The AG is mixing apples with oranges, old age paper technology with On-line computer technology.

The snapshot above contains 1  The name of the Court;  2 that it is a Public Access Adult Court List; 3   that the room is 514 and the Date   4  Before the The Judge so-and-so.   5.... there is no 5 which should be listing the ADDRESS!

Vancouver Law Courts  (Supreme Court only)

Law Courts, 800 Smithe Street  NOT Sall and Khanna venue
Vancouver, B.C. V6Z 2E1
Tel: 604 660-2847
Fax: 604 660-2420
Sheriff Services
212-800 Smithe Street, Counter 212
Vancouver, B.C. V6Z 2E1
Tel: 604 660-2601

Vancouver Court Services (Provincial Criminal Court)

222 Main Street               YES   Sall and Khanna venue
Vancouver, B.C. V6A 2S8 
Tel: 604 660-4200
Fax: 604 775-1134
Sheriff Services
Tel: 604 660-4200
Fax: 604 775-1134

Vancouver 'Robson Square' (provincial small claims, family, youth courts & traffic)

Box 21, 800 Hornby Street  NOT Sall and Khanna venue
Vancouver, B.C. V6Z 2C5 
Tel: 604 660-8989
Registry Fax: 604 660-8950

Sheriff Services

100, 800 Hornby Street
Vancouver, B.C. V6A 2S8
Tel: 604 660-7810
Fax: 604 660-8922  
 222 Main Street is one block north of the Vancouver Police Department station on Main Street.  Parking??? Don't ask me, I was riding the Seabus from North Vancouver, Sky Train to Burrard Station, then a fast walk to the WRONG Courtroom as outlined above.   As to where The Honourable Judge J Galati was presiding, I was told by security staffing the counters that he does double duty, both "here" and "there", there being 222 Main Street.   The time of this discussion was 1:31 and I was told that if I phoned 604-660-4200 and pressed 1   1, I would be told where The Honourable Judge J Galati would be as presiding.   What I received was a recorded message that I should phone back during normal working hours.   Hmmmm.

I then headed for Granville and Georgia to catch a bus going EAST.  The last of four buses, the one that stopped for me, was an Oak Street bus....heading north  "Do you head east?"  Yes came the reply, along Pender Street.  "Great" said I and got on board.    Problem, though, one block past the Vancouver City College it turned southward and I got off.   I was a block and a half away from the Stadium/China Town Sky Train Station.

I bailed out at Main Street, caught a Stanley Park Bus heading north, and...... it turned left onto Pender going West.  Once again, I bailed out of the bus... and walked to 222 Main Street.

Just in case you're all wondering which building 222 Main Street is, its directly north of the Police Station.  Its Five Stories High, made of SOLID concrete.

I had with me a back pack containing my lunch and writing utensils.

For those readers who have NEVER been to Court, but have seen highlights of the BC Rail Trial, that one took place back at  800 Smithe Street.   The two locations, Smithe and Main, are like night and day, both in surroundings, and security.    800 Smithe Street has FOUR Starbucks nearby, 222 Main Street has NONE.  800 Smithe Street has TWO Sheriffs, 222 Main Street has 6 guarding the entrance way to the building and doing double duty of searching all bags, persons and a scanner that you have to walk through to get to the other side where another Sheriff, not counted already, runs a wand all around your body... then asks you to turn around for another sweep of the "junk".

 The "person" in front of me was from legal aid.   Her briefcase was chock-a-block full of papers and the Sheriff kept asking her if she needed all of the paperwork...... couldn't you leave some of it here with us.......for safekeeping.   Hmmmmm   I could see where I was headed, but it wasn't clear what.

 I had to surrender my backpack for scanning, it was tagged, I received a similar numbered tag and ushered on through, with NO explanation of what was happening to my back pack.   Now consider this, at NO time was I ever treated in the same fashion at 800 Smithe Street, before, during, or after the BC Rail Trial.

I don't think I ever saw a legal aid lawyer..... it would be easy to make the distinction, the one I saw today wasn't wearing any of those fancy robes, fact is none of lawyers in Courtroom #54 #514 were wearing robes, except for the court officials and The Honourable Judge J Galati who would be presiding.

Elevator trip up to the fifth floor.   Hallway ended at a cluster of news media folks close to the door of #514, which was locked, for security reasons, I suppose.

The proceedings began close to 2:00pm, but as to what happened during the Guilty Plea today, I leave to Bill Tieleman to describe because after just an hour of the Prosecutor saying his piece on the good, the bad, and whatever...and the defense counsel agreed with the Crown Prosecutor description of the same The Honourable Judge J Galati decided he would make his decision known after the afternoon tea break.  In other words the break started at 3:20pm and would last till ten to four pm.   Long way to walk to the Sea Bus..... but.... before that happened a Media person approached the BAR and asked a question of the Judge... to their having access to the PLEA bargain material.  It was a matter of court record, the Judge agreed, all that had to be decided was how the Media would get their the same time, or what... it was, I'm quite sure, resolved.

I have to back track here, not because I forgot something at the beginning, but more having to do with a Media punch line that began at the beginning, shortly after we had taken our seats when we had stood when The Honourable Judge J Galati had entered the courtroom.  There was a question raised by the MEDIA....."could we please Sir, TWEET, during the proceedings?"   The Honourable Judge J Galati smiled, I think it was a smile, and said "NO" and did go on to explain why the answer was NO..... which left me thinking about splitting of hairs.... because I, as a NON-media person didn't dare ask the same question, but if I had......?

Going UP in the Elevator was a piece of cake.... going DOWN reminded me of a movie from the 1960s where the hotel had a history of failures.  I stepped in, The Crown Prosecutor stepped in, A Defense Counsel stepped in, another Defense Counsel stepped in, then..... Sall.    Between floors 2 and M the elevator skidded to a halt...... all quiet in that metal box.....on a Friday afternoon....and Sall said............when asked......but then the elevator continued to M.    Note to the AG, more money for the Elevators please.

As I was leaving the building, or trying to leave the Court House, I was in desperate need of my back pack contents, for I had not had time to have a lunch..... five Halloween Mars Bars.   Problem was the three double doors leaving the building were marked "Do Not Enter", "Do Not Exit", and "Exit".   The latter led directly outside.... oh what to do, what to do...... I asked a Sheriff in a VERY secure room......inside the building to my left.... "Just go outside through these two doors says EXIT, then GO BACK INSIDE... and get your bag by surrendering your numbered stub".

One of the well read Vancouver Sun reporters on crime issues, was just starting to go through the process of emptying his pockets, holding his briefcase up for inspection when a Sheriff turned to me, I gave him the tag, and he deftly gave me my back pack..... I couldn't resist the temptation to ask him about the security...going outside to go inside to get the back pack.. to which the reply came...."Everyday we are improving...."

BC Ratepayers on the hook for $2.2 billion in public debt, this year; add another $1 billion next year for Smart Meters.

UPDATE:   list of deferred accounts that BC Hydro uses, under the watchful eye of the BC Utility Commission.
 search for    Non-Heritage Deferral Account      and then look at all of the other deferral accounts

In the October 29, 2004 BCUC Decision, the BCUC approved the creation of four deferral accounts to capture the differences between
10 forecasts used in setting rates and actuals. The forecast used in this deferral account report
11 is from the F2011 RRA Negotiated Settlement Agreement (F11 RRA NSA).
13 The transfers out of the HDA of $27.9 million are largely due to lower market electricity purchases due to lower domestic load requirements.
14 A decrease in hydro generation due to lower water inflows also contributed to lower heritage energy costs compared to plan.
16 The transfer into the NHDA of $218.5 million is largely due to an adjustment to the baseline in accordance with the terms of the F11 RRA NSA
17 (Appendix B, Schedule 4.0). An annual baseline adjustment of $223 million was necessary to maintain the rate increase at 6.11 per cent.
19 The transfers into the TIDA of $80.5 million are higher than forecast primarily due to lower gross profit as a result of depressed loads, spreads and overall
20 energy prices associated with the economic downturn impacting the Western US economies.
22 Per Order No. G-16-11 dated February 10, 2011, the BCUC approved the transfer of BC Hydro's portion of the regulatory account balances on the books of
23 BCTC and the remaining balance in BC Hydro's BCTC Deferral Account to the NHDA, and the subsequent termination of the BCTC Deferral Account.
25 Revenues collected via the Deferral Account Rate Rider (DARR) are used to amortize (reduce) the deferral account balances.
26 The reduction is allocated to each deferral account based on the proportion of the ending F2010 deferral account balances.
28 Interest is calculated on the ending monthly balance (before interest) in each deferral account. The interest rate used is
29 4.47 per cent, which is BC Hydro's weighted cost of debt for the prior fiscal year-end as agreed to
30 in the F07/F08 RRA Negotiated Settlement Agreement (F07/F08 RRA NSA).
32 Due to minor rounding some totals may not add.............................................

There is a spelling error in the Covering letter: Rulse SB Rules

And if you can understand this jargon below, from the above link, then please explain all of it here in layperson language.

 "Point-to-Point wheeling charge to Powerex"
I take it to mean       wheel barrows loads of bonuses going to upper management.......


From the third quarterly report from BC Hydro for this year, 2011:

As a rate-regulated utility, BC Hydro applies various accounting policies that are acceptable under Canadian generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for rate regulated enterprises but differ from enterprises that do not operate in a rate-regulated environment. These policies allow for the deferral of amounts that under GAAP would otherwise be recorded as expenses or income in the current accounting period. The deferred amounts are either recovered or refunded through future rate adjustments. - Page 3 under the heading of CONSOLIDATED RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

From the Vancouver Sun, Vaughn Palmer first of two columns today:

As the B.C. Liberals tried to duck the auditor-general's damning report on their handling of BC Hydro finances Thursday, they discounted the findings as little more than a critique of bookkeeping methods.
Cost deferrals. Generally accepted accounting principles. That sort of snooze-inducing thing.
But Auditor-General John Doyle exposed a reckless and systematic pattern of abuse, with real-world consequences for taxpayers and ratepayers alike.
And from others who write for the Vancouver Sun:

Questionable bookkeeping methods by BC Hydro have put ratepayers on the hook for $2.2 billion in public debt – with no apparent plan in place to recover the money, Auditor General John Doyle warned in an audit report on Wednesday.
Doyle said that if Hydro stays with the practice of deferring large debts rather than paying them back and balancing their books each year, the total debt will swell to $5 billion by 2017.
At $2.2 billion, Hydro would need a one-year rate increase of 60 per cent to pay off the debt. At $5 billion, the increase would be 150 per cent. - By Scott Simpson and Doug Ward Vancouver Sun

Hon. R. Coleman: …and get a smart grid. We need to know where our load loss is. We need to know, if there's a windstorm on Vancouver Island, where we can send our people safely with the right equipment to the right spot to fix the power lines because it's part of a smart grid, not just a smart meter.
We need to know, also, that we can actually have meters that will last us for the next generation of power as we modernize the system to make for clean energy and to have the outcomes we need in British Columbia for power, and we can do that with this program. Almost 120,000 meters are now installed in British Columbia, with less than 0.015 percent of people having a concern about them.-  Hansard October 6, 2011

As it stands the Minister of Energy, without the Smart Meter, doesn't know where BC Hydro is losing loads.
BC Hydro, according to Rich Coleman, doesn't know where windstorms are, on Vancouver Island.
Rich doesn't know how to send men safely or with the Right equipment.
The Minister doesn't know where the Right Spot is to fix the power lines.......'s part of a smart Grid.... its not JUST a Smart Meter concept, costing ratepayers $1 billion dollars, we have to understand that its the overall grid that we are paying for.

We need to know, so says Rich, that these Meters will last us for the next generation of power....... as he modernizes the system.... which is supposed to be a Smart Grid  concept already.    Just how much smarter can this equipment be, one that HAS to be clean.

BC Hydro says it is continuing with its plan to install more than 5,000 smart meters every day despite the vocal opposition from people with health and privacy concerns.
BC Hydro vice-president Greg Reimer says 250,000 smart meters will be installed by the end of October, and all 1.8 million will be installed throughout the province by the end of 2012.
Reimer acknowledges some customers have expressed concerns about the smart meters, but says that's just a small fraction of the utility's customer base.
"We've had a couple of thousand people indicate that they don't want a smart meter or have concerns about a smart meter. That represents about 0.15 per cent of our customer base," he said.  - Oct 18, 2011 CBC

TWO THOUSAND people have indicated that they don't want a smart meter .... hmmmm.  Sounds to me like the balance, the over one million yet to be installed, by 2012, Smart Meter home owners might be turning their backs on the politician who came up with this bright idea of communication proliferation.


BC Hydro continues to be a thought leader in the proliferation of communication technologies for grid automation applications,” said Elik Jaeger, vice president of RuggedWIRELESS, in a statement.
Jaeger said that the company is delighted that BC Hydro chose to work with RuggedCom on this key Smart Grid infrastructure pilot project and looks forward to successful completion of the field trial and the future roll out over the BC Hydro service territory.  snip  By Anil Sharma TMCnet Contributo

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Tracking noise polluting airplanes to and from YVR and possibly planes that don't quite make it, try using a flight tracking tool

There's this noise pollution tracking program that is available to Metro Vancouver residents if a plane has flown too close to their tender ears.   Its not in real time, but like Google Earth, you can pick a date, and time, and.... get to see which plane came nearest to you on their flight path.

Its at:

They provide a simulated photo of what it could look like, like this one for October 27, 2011, around about 7:48pm

Source: Vancouver Airport
Vancouver International Airport (YVR) today became the first airport in Canada to offer a new online tool that allows members of the public to see real-time and historical flight and noise data collected by the Airport Authority’s aircraft noise monitoring and tracking system.
WebTrak for YVR allows residents to see for themselves flight activity over much of Metro Vancouver. Using radar data received from NAV CANADA and noise data collected at 20 noise monitoring terminals stationed throughout Metro Vancouver, WebTrak displays a map of the region and current flight and noise activity. A simple visual key identifies aircraft type, elevation and noise level, and whether the aircraft is arriving or departing. With easy-to-use features and menu options, anyone with access to the Internet can replay historical flight activity within the past 30 days, locate their residence on the map to determine the distance from aircraft in flight, and, if they wish, register a comment or concern about a particular flight. SNIP


There was a Red plane (not shown in photo above, off the bottom left corner) going East to West, but it did a 180 on its course and then went West.   The plane in Red going west appears to have been in perfect alignment with the YVR runway.   Google is everywhere when it comes to mapping applications.


VANCOUVER -- A Kelowna-bound twin-engined airplane operated by Prince George-based Northern Thunderbird Air crashed late Thursday afternoon just shy of the east end of the south runway at Vancouver International Airport.


City of North Vancouver BEAR ALERT

And here I thought the bears had moved up hill from the Upper Levels Highway.......  This Bruiser was just a strolling past my back door, and then went STRAIGHT through the fence knocking out two boards.   I guess he's too fat to go over it.

Just for clarification     The BEAR,      BLACK in Colour, is headed towards Tempe Crescent as of 6:28pm and BEAR WATCH Has been notified by this one frightened spectator.

If you see a bear in your neighbourhood, report the sighting to the North Shore Bear Hotline: 604-990-BEAR (2327). If the bear is threatening, persistent or aggressive call a Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277 or the RCMP at 911.   -  City of North Vancouver

I'm not quite sure what I would do if I was caught walking between  my garage and the house........

one thing is for sure, the above numbers are NOW in my phone, not just on the City's website!

LNG north america "Rich Coleman" "douglas channel" Keywords to search on Google

LNG north america "Rich Coleman" "douglas channel"

Sometimes its easier to  -   just keep it simple stupid   -  when searching on the internet for a particular topic.

I started out with    LNG  north america then added Rich Coleman (energy minister)    and having found an additional topic that related to the coast of BC I added in douglas channel.......     We, call it Kitimat.  We call it Alberta Tar Sands

And its under three pages of Google hits.... talk about narrowing the field.

There's another way of searching, and that is by using the name of the file that the data below came from which was     H0405pm-03    but make it this:     bc h0405pm lng which generates the top hit of a Globe and Mail article like this one paragraph:

The math works like this: Western Canadian gas currently fetches roughly $3.65 per million BTU. BC LNG estimates that it can pipe gas to the coast for 75 cents, liquefy it for $3 and ship it across the Pacific for $1 or less. Add up the costs, and Mr. Taitham believes gas can be delivered for less than $8.50 to Asia – where right now in Japan and South Korea, for example, it sells for roughly $11.
 But the BC Liberal Government of Christy Clark could tweak the number higher, and gain more REVENUE for the citizens of BC.   And after watching Energy Minister explaining the ins and outs of how to negotiate the Blizzard deal on the steps of the Court House yesterday in the House of the BC Legislature, I'm quite sure he'll try and get the best possible DEAL for BC.........non-renewable resources.  Or as Former Energy Hon. R. Neufeld put it......

Here's the Hansard report from the search criteria above contained within the the three pages.   Ministers come, Ministers go, but the topics remain the same.... so.... one needs not to look for Rich Coleman, but for LNG.  Searching Hansard for LNG or Douglas Channel, will give this:

G. Coons: Thank you, Chair — nice to see you.
Again, as you are talking about tankers heading up
Douglas Channel, I've got a letter from the hereditary
chief of the Eagle clan of Hartley Bay, who had a real
concern. Perhaps you can dispel the concern. He said
there's a rumour that in less than a few months there
could be tankers headed up Douglas Channel with
cargos slated for Kitimat rail and ultimately headed to
the Alberta tar sands. Who has researched the safety,
and who has come to talk to the Hartley Bay people?
I'm just wondering if you can respond to the letter from
this hereditary chief from Hartley Bay.
Hon. R. Neufeld: The project that's close to Kitimat
— that's LNG. That's liquefied natural gas that they
would be bringing in and putting into the pipeline that
already exists in Kitimat, and will just reverse the pipeline
— instead of gas coming from the northeast part of
the province to the south. At Prince George there's a line
that takes off to Prince Rupert that serves that community.
They would just reverse the flow of natural gas in
that line and send natural gas — reconstituted back into
natural gas from LNG — in the line back again.
This process is in the environmental assessment.
I'm a signatory to it, so I'm going to be very careful
about what I say. I know that that process is ongoing,
and as far as I know, there have been discussions. I'm
not sure who all the discussions have been with in the
environmental assessment process in regards to that.
There is another project which is not in the EA, environmental
assessment. It's not a project yet, but it's a
plan by a company called Enbridge to build a pipeline
from Edmonton. It actually comes out of the tar sands
to Edmonton, straight across Alberta, and borders
Highway 16 over to Kitimat, also, to take tar-sand
crude out of the tar sands to markets around the world
by tanker. I don't know whether that's going to be a
project, at the end of the day, but I do know that the
company working on that is actively saying they have
a project. I think they're getting everything ready to
enter an environmental assessment process.  Cont'd  ----->

Premier is paid for full time work, but skips "school" Question Periods - October 27, 2011

A famous quote to remember:  By Premier Christy Clark:

"I haven't been in the house every day for question period but the days that I have been here, I have watched as the men in the NDP caucus ask almost all of the questions on the economy and then they throw a few questions to the women about the social issues,"                 -  By Jonathan Fowlie  The Vancouver Sun.

So, Premier Clark doesn't attend "class" everyday, especially when she is facing a Test day like Question Period.  

Its time that Legislation was introduced so that our MLA's are forced to attend, otherwise their out-of-sight pay should be reduced accordingly.    

48 days, the House sits.  24 in the Spring of 2011, 24 days in the Fall of 2011, and now the public learns from the Premier's own mouth that she hasn't been in the house every day for Question Period.

What is she afraid of?

Where's the Teacher when the School House needs one?

May we have a Teacher here to write a Report Card on Christy Clark?

I can imagine one such card, like "..... she plays well with others as long as the parents provide her with lots of cash to throw around to stay elected through the Fall of 2011"

Tuesday, October 4, 2011, Afternoon    Full Hansard Report

Oral Questions

Hon. C. Clark

B. Ralston

S. Simpson

N. Macdonald

Hon. S. Thomson

B. Routley

L. Krog

Hon. S. Bond 


Wednesday, October 5, 2011, Afternoon      (Vol. 25,  No. 4) Hon. C. Clark is present and accounted for


Thursday, October 6, 2011, Afternoon      (Vol. 25, No. 6)
No questions directed to Hon. C. Clark, but if they were, she doesn't have to stand up and answer the question.  That's why she appointed Ministers to her Government.... to answer questions... that might be embarrassing to the government of hers.  The Hansard Camera only focuses on the person who has been recognized by the Speaker.
Monday, October 17, 2011, Afternoon
    (Vol. 25, No. 8) Hon. C. Clark is present and accounted

Debates of the Legislative Assembly (Hansard)

4th Session, 39th Parliament   etc.

While looking at the Videos of our Legislative House of British Columbia you'll probably see some of the participants reading from Notes, others not.....   Here's some background on that unique feature..

One other minor housekeeping duty here......  If Blackberries and iPhones were not permitted in the House the Sitting days would be twice, even thrice as long.  In the old days the answer would be forthcoming the next day, or far longer, ..... doesn't mean though that our elected politicians should sit less.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Putting aside the Third Party financial "harm" that was caused by the BC Liberals; putting aside the issue for not allowing government employees to follow their statutory responsibilities; there's this other problem, the Pandora's Box of Radioactive substances being strewn across public land!

While down at the Vancouver Public Library yesterday, I came across many articles, one in particular caught my attention.... a newspaper clipping on the BC Royal Commission of Inquiry on Uranium (RCIUM), Chaired by University of BC Epidemiologist, Dr. David Bates on February 16, 1979.

Let's put aside the $30 million that was the means by which Premier Christy Clark was able to stop a cold winter "Blizzard" in its tracks last week.  The fact is, in 1913, an Austrian Doctor reported that 276 of 665 miners had died of lung cancer.... the cause...... Uranium mining!   1913!

I've had it just about up to here from these special interest groups who say that they have the right to smoke, butt out they say to me, when the long term effects of their choosing to continue to smoke is detrimental to the well being of MSP of British Columbia.   The same holds true for those in the Canadian Government who support the use of Asbestos.  A quarter of my lungs are still feeling the effects, and I didn't even ask to be involved in the process.

The write up in the Vancouver Sun on February 25, 1987, written by Glen Bohn, (and there's only one original copy in existence... plus my photo shots now (without a flash)) makes it quite clear just how serious Uranium mining is to the health of anyone who comes into contact with the mineral.

For instance, inside the municipal boundaries of Summerland (Prairie Flats), before the Moratorium of 1980, boring, by augering, was done for Uranium.   28 auger holes.    The contents were strewn across the land without a care in the world as to what would happen to it.   Lake Okanagan is downstream from the exploration site, air surrounds the whole site, rain is on top of the site.   I respectfully suggest that novices, including MLA Krueger, do some reading, all 202 pages, of a thesis done by a Ms. Rebecca Jane Abbott.

If anyone deserves compensation from the Government of BC, it should be those who now live on the property that has been soiled, and if not, then the people who have been eating the cattle that has been grazing on the land, should be tested for being exposed to the effects of Uranium.........
49º 35' 37" N   119º 41' 21" W

Controls at Prairie Flat (Summerland)
Bill Bennett was Premier in 1979, Social Credit Party was the government.

Mr. Bennett appointed the BC Royal Commission, then squashed it with Order-In-Council 442/80 which was the announcement of a seven year moratorium.

Seven years rolls past and Bill Bennett is gone, Bill Vander Zalm is in as the Premier.

In the Vancouver Sun article, written by Glen Bohn,  he uses keywords (for me)  like Dr. David Bates and a Dr. Ian Gummeson (Chair of the BC Medical Association) which gives a great means of searching the internet for more info.... like the Thesis done by Ms. Rebecca Jane Abbott..... which then allows for more searching.... or as RossK would say   Data Mining.

We've all heard about Blizzard, but just where is it........what was it... was there TWO instances of exploration?   In one document, and the links to the documents are along the bottom of the attached photos there is even a statement regarding that the workers were exposed to readings on the spectrometer levels 125 to 175 counts per second.   Hmmmmmm.

Radiation dose limits
Radiation dose limits are prescribed for exposures above natural background levels. For occupational exposure, the effective dose should not exceed 20 millisieverts (mSv) per year averaged over five consecutive years, or an effective dose of 50 mSv in any single year. The equivalent dose to the extremities (hands and feet) or the skin should not exceed 500 mSv in a year.

Fear not for where the Rock from Blizzard will be stockpiled.... its some place called Lassie Lake

  Page 7 of this document names the employees:
On June 11, 1980, the core burial program commenced and was completed on June 13, 1980.
The following personnel assisted in the project :

E. Larabie , P.Eng., Field Superintendent
T. Turner, P.Geol., Exploration Supervisor
Peter Olinger - John Deere tractor operator loaded core boxes on f latbed trucks .
John Olinger - Caterpillar 966C front end operator, core burial site.
Mike Larabie - assistant (loading and unloading) .
Buster Dillon - catepillar TD 20C operator, preparation of buria1 site and covered core boxes with minimum of two metres of overburden.
Kevin Jenaway - temporary help , banding core boxes, loading and unloading.
Keith Cooper - temporary help , banding core box2s, loading and unloading.
Darel Barker - temporary help , banding core boxes, loading and unloading.
Eric Swinders - temporary help , banding core boxes, loading and unloading.

Remember the movie 2001: A Space Odessy?   Monkeys, after being defeated in battle, sleep overnight in a small exposed rock crater, and awake to find that a black monolith has appeared in front of them..... and then later on when Man is on the Moon, Tycho Crater where the monolith is emitting a powerful ............. well, at the Blizzard Burial Site, they've done the same thing, but its uranium that is emitting a powerful signal from Page 9:

Radiometric measurements were taken over the burial site upon the completion of the program at 15 metre intervals.  Spectrometer levels ranged from 125 to 175 counts per second. This is considered normal background levels since readings taken along the baseline where no radioactivity was encountered in drilling  produced readings within this range.  A more detailed description of the URTEC spectrometer is included in the appendix.

Upon completion of  the placement of the core in the excavation, a large post (a monolith) was placed vertically in the center of the excavation prior to the burial. The position of this post was then measured from the surveyed baseline.  All equipment, the core storage facility, and two trailers were removed from the Lassie Lake campsite upon completion of the core burial program. The concrete foundations were covered with the surrounding glacial material.

Upon a closer inspection, the Storage area for the Rock from Blizzard goes DOWNSTREAM to Beaverdell!

Hopefully the BC Liberal Minister responsible for Health is going to notify health officials, in and around Bearverdell, that .........the Environment Minister will be doing a fly-over of the situation.