Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Here's something that would fit nicely into that roll up door space on the back of the truck. $500 Reward Missing Cat: 23rd and Oak

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Before Christy became Leader (Premier); Before Kevin became Finance Minister (Health Minister before); The BC Liberals said this:

Think about this, during the May 2009 provincial election, the BC Liberal had no idea that they needed to implement the HST, it was on their radar, but they had no need to mention it to Voters.  A month rolls past after they win their 3rd mandate is won, and suddenly the HST needs to implemented.

Gordon Campbell is forced out of the Premiership, Christy Clark steps in as Premier, her Finance Minister Kevin Falcon comes out with this Budget and Fiscal plan on May 3rd, 2011 and yesterday, the Finance Minister expectations (finance) is going Down, Down, Down in Revenue.  When is the Revaluation spending and tax measure assumptions of the five year plan going to be implemented to achieve a balanced budget, ever, under the BC Liberals?   Fact is, if any government takes up the reins of these fast spending BC Liberals, can any government ever have a Balanced Budget seeing as how the taxpayer debt burden has DOUBLED since the BC NDP were ushered out of Office.   Deferral accounting practices are good, you say.

Should revenue be lower than that projected,
government would need to re-evaluate the
spending and tax measure assumptions of the
five year plan in order to achieve a balanced
budget. However, should revenue outperform
the forecast, government will have the option of
achieving a balanced budget earlier, enhancing
services, or further reducing taxes for British
Columbians.  -Budget and Fiscal Plan 2011/12 – 2013/14 - B.C. Budget May 3rd, 2011


















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He said B.C. now expects a deficit of $3.1 billion for the 2011-12 fiscal year, up $313 million from the projection he made at the end of the first quarter, just three months ago.
Falcon said he remains committed to the government’s 2013-14 goal if at all possible, but won’t be able to make a clear projection on it until mid-January.
He said he will be watching some key indicators over the next month, monitoring how the international economic situation unfolds and will meet again with independent economic forecasters.
“We’ll get the results by mid-January and I will then be able to know whether we can still responsibly say we’re going to balance in 2013-14.”   Jonathan Fowlie November 29, 2011 - Vancouver Sun

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The BC Liberals have stopped producing Graphs.... anyone want to take a wild guess as to why? .... without mentioning that someone might make a comparison to the BC NDP graphs that were constantly created by the BC Liberals, once in power in 2001.


B.C. now expects a deficit of $3.1 billion for the 2011-12 fiscal year

 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

the Province: 9th criminal struck off Vancouver Police Department ConAir list

Its not like I hang onto every copy of the Province newspaper, but I'd sure appreciate it if the Province newspaper would include in their latest report of the Vancouver Police Department's Conair program, the photo of the fellow who is still roaming our streets.  His name is Harold Richard Lambert.

A search of the Province came up with this.

On June 26, 2011 the original ten person hit list was published by the VPD.   Since then the police have  been busy catching those of our society who need to be shipped home so that their personal trials may begin.

On August 3 the Sixth person Craig Harley Corrigan, 49, was spotted at Oakridge Centre Tuesday afternoon by staff who recognized him from the ConAir wanted poster. - the Province

Full list of the Top Ten Wanted is listed here, photos included:
Four of the Vancouver Police Department’s Con Air fugitives were at Vancouver’s airport Thursday morning where they waited to be flown home to face justice.  - the Province August 4th
Seventh on the list:
Joseph Sheldon Pelletier, who is wanted by Saskatoon police for several outstanding warrants, called cops from a phone outside the VPD's building on Main Street shortly before midnight to say he knew he was on the list and he wanted to turn himself in.   - the Province August 11th
Eight on the list:

This is weird or what, the next item, chronologically is August 10, 2011, but it hops to the ninth which is in this morning's Province newspaper, but there is a name of number eight highlighted below:
...Arrangements are now being made to take Atkinson to Winnipeg. Vancouver Police say the extensive media coverage and overwhelming response from the public resulted in eight of the 10 Conair fugitives being arrested within the first month.
 Ninth on the list of VPD Top Ten

The names in the various stories don't add up.  So who is number Ten on the list of Ten, for YOU, the public, to be looking for?   An  X  does not mark the spot!


Police are still asking anyone who recognizes a Con Air suspect to call 9-1-1 or Crime Stoppers


Friday, November 25, 2011

Hands up Burnaby City Councillors, who was Warner Loat?

I guess the easy way to explain this Topic is by starting with a photo from the Province, January 9th, 1939, by way of the Vancouver Public Library Newspaper clippings department.



















Warner Loat, according to the internet, was a Alderman for Vancouver and an Alderman for Burnaby.  He led a distinguished civic and business career and the City of Burnaby has created a permanent memorial on his behalf.



A provision in Mr. Loat's will specifies that his garden show place north of Burnaby Lake be turned over to the municipality.  The rustic cottage which is on the property will be maintained in perpetuity for the use of old council colleagues whom he often entertained there.  The property will be known as Loat Memorial Park.


Mr. Loat, who was one of the leading members in horticultural circles in the city, took great pride in his Burnaby place, and had often mentioned his intention of turning it over to the municipality

 What I've found on the Internet, is that City Hall has designated a portion of the Loat property as an Off-Leash (Dog) Enclosure (Warner Loat Park) and another part is called Camp Madawaska.

Here's two pages from a Four Page document spelling out Burnaby's part of the bargain:



















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But there's are document on the Internet that includes Warner Loat's name, and in one it says this:
"It is Government policy now that basically all electric power and energy that supplies the Public should be under Public auspices" - W.A.C Bennett August 1961.   

The quote comes from this thesis:      Just type "Loat" within the document and you'll end up on page 38

Class conflict and political factionalism : a history of Local 213 of the

 The quote from W.A.C. Bennett is on page 41


But really, the whole of the document..... or at least the up to page 42, deals with the History of BC Hydro (and BC Telephone) and all of the surrounding intrigue to go along with them until 1961.

The real nuts and bolts on researching on the internet, on any topic starts here on page 280 of the document because if you think THIS document ("Class conflict and political....") is OLD hat, the last section of any document is where you find out if the Butler really did it or not.... just kidding.  What you find is the books and documents that were used to write the thesis before this one, and they're really OLD, and concise.

Its a gold mine of Key Words because you can go to your local library, or the VPL, and rummage around for books that haven't seen the light of day since .... ten year after they were written.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

In 1988 the Fraser Institute coined the word "Corporatization" and the phrase Privatize Prisons, and so The Conseravatives will by 2012.

From the Vancouver Sun, Wednesday, January 13, 1988









The recent breakout at Oakalla prison which went unreported for weeks is a good reason to privatize the prison system, says Michael Walker, director of the Fraser Institute, a Vancouver-based think tank.

Walker told Vancouver Rotary Club members in a speech Tuesday that prisons in Canada should be privately run as some are in the U.S.

Describing public sector services as "overcrowded and underfunded," Walker said events at Oakalla are a manifestation of a problem within the prison system . . . a problem that exists throughout the public sector."

He added: "The problem with the prison system, as we shall see, is that they (prisons) have been demonstrated to be incompetent and have been rewarded with more funding and more staff.

"It can't be claimed that the public sector does a better job providing prisons than the private sector. They (the B.C. government) should take the opportunity to privatize the prisons along with everything else."

Walker said increased privatization is a worldwide phenomenon and has nothing to do with politics or attacking unions.

He said left-wing governments such as New Zealand, where it is called corporatisation, are doing it "in a more aggressive and Draconian way than anything we can do in Canada."

He got a laugh from his audience when he suggested that if highways and bridge maintenance operations on Vancouver Island are indeed sold to an employee group, "the fact that many of them are (in) unions will cause them to decide not to be unionized.

Snip

Walker produced some statistics, which he accredited to the University of Victoria, in support of contracting out municipal services such as garbage collection.

In a survey of 100 municipalities, Walker said it was determined that those that did their own garbage collection paid an average of $42.29 per household. Where the work was done by private contractors, the cost was $28.02.

He said in Richmond, for example, which contracted out its garbage collection since March 1983, the cost has gone down from $52.71 per household to $31.72. Productivity was 65-per-cent higher under private enterprise, from 6.2 tonnes of garbage collected per-crew person-per-day to 10.25 tonnes-per-person-per-day.

"On a straight, factual level, it's cheaper to do it in the private sector."



The photo of the report was "extracted" from the Newspaper clippings department of the Vancouver Public Library, downtown Main Branch, Fifth Floor.   The date, as well as the name of the newspaper, along with the Public Libraries ProQuest software program brought up the full story.

Now here's the rub on the New Zealand scheme of things, and if you do take the time to read it, BC Ferries and David Hahn will start to creep into your thinking...... especially when you read that to increase profitability in the Corporatisation plan.... bonuses  were decided to be the best way to make things work...... for the Corporation.  BC Hydo comes to mind too.   

Search Criteria in Google    New Zealand, where it is called corporatisation    third hit down under the heading of "Failure"

And before you start to ask the question of where does BC's Auditor General hail from......., you're close in your thinking but ... Wrong Continent.


And to add one more piece to this puzzle, I found this at the same library too......, and on another newspaper clipping was the name Larry Bell











Search Criteria in Google:
"bc systems corporation" Larry Bell Deputy Minister

Add to the search:  Larry Bell BC Hydro




But.........FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 1988   Hansard:
MR. WILLIAMS: I suspect that the Minister of Energy has an interesting taste in his mouth these days; it's either that of sweet revenge or sweet irony. Let's remember that the
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present Minister of Energy was one of Dal Grauer's whiz-kids at the old Electric Co. when it was a private corporation.
MR. BLENCOE: That's a long time ago.
MR. WILLIAMS: A long time ago. The venerable minister is still handling things very well.
At the same time, it's fascinating that a group of very different whiz-kids is operating at B.C. Hydro these days. Those whiz-kids had a meeting at Whistler December 5 and 6 last year, and it was there that we first learned the phrase: "Let's strip B.C. Hydro down to the wires. " The brains trust that met at Whistler - the chairman of B.C. Hydro and his colleagues - December 5 and 6, discussed this whole idea of stripping down the Crown corporation.
Interjection.
MR. WILLIAMS: Mr. Larry Bell, yes.
There is no accident in the drafting of this legislation -no accident at all. It's no accident that, as my colleague from Vancouver says, it means they could sell the corporation off dam by dam.
AN HON. MEMBER: The whole damn thing.
MR. WILLIAMS: The whole damn thing, yes.
The amendment that's on the order paper doesn't seem to fully deal with the loophole in terms of the electrical division. There are significant parts of the electrical division. The earlier study carried out for the former minister in charge of privatization, the member for Vancouver South, was carried out by another former Deputy Minister of Finance, just as Mr. Larry Bell was - Mr. David Emerson. In that earlier study, they looked at some of the options for selling off chunks of the corporation. They looked at the Kootenay canal project, for example, on the Kootenay River between Nelson and Castlegar, and at what their cost was on the books and what they might get if they sold it off. They talked about selling it off to West Kootenay Power and Light in that report of April of this year.
So it's no accident that the legislation was drafted the way it is. This is a conscious program in terms of being ready to sell off, in effect, the rivers of British Columbia. That's what that represents: selling off the birthright, the rivers of British Columbia.
We know what a storm there was in the Kootenay region and in the Okanagan with the sale of West Kootenay Power and Light. The Consumers' Association that our new colleague is familiar with has thousands and thousands of members opposed to the selling off of British Columbia rivers, opposed to foreign ownership of these important natural resources. These are the rivers of British Columbia.
The minister sort of kicks Hydro. This is an administration of 30 years in this province, basically running this corporation, the B.C. Hydro and Power Authority. And you're saying, in effect, that you and your colleagues in the past have been monumental failures in terms of running a public enterprise. You are saying you're incompetent and just have to get out of the business. You're incompetent, but the people of British Columbia have to put you out of the business. This isn't the way to do it.
I remember when I first came here. W.A. C. Bennett was Premier. I was young then, like the minister was young at the electric company. I thought, "Let's listen to what this old chap has to say, " and I wondered if he really had much to deliver. He was talking about B.C. Hydro actually. I have to admit that I was impressed - I didn't come here expecting to be impressed by Mr. Bennett; that changed over times, but in many ways I was impressed by him. He talked about Hydro and said: "My friends, you never sell off the equity. You never, ever sell off the equity. " He said: "That's the birthright of all British Columbians. We can borrow. We can take out bonds and all the rest. We can do borrowings, but we never, ever sell off the assets." The assets are the rivers of British Columbia. That's really what the plan has been here: to piece by piece, in effect, loot the province of British Columbia. That's the way I see this privatization game. All too often it's a looting of the public assets of the province.
MR. LOVICK: Like vandals.
MR. WILLIAMS: That's right. The business of selling off West Kootenay Power and Light in the Kootenay canal project is the sixth- or seventh-largest operation in the province. Can you imagine selling that off to a Missouri corporation, UtiliCorp? That is seriously being looked at by the advisers to the ministry. They estimate the annual revenue out of that at something like $88 million. They suggest that they might actually have a value of $1 billion in the Kootenay canal project. I suspect that a billion dollars looked very tempting to Mr. Bell and Mr. Emerson.
Then you start thinking about the other assets of this corporation: Peace Canyon, Bennett, Seven Mile, Revelstoke, John Hart and all the others. We're talking, truly, about a great natural heritage here in the province. The potential losses to the Crown over time would be absolutely monumental.
The Hydro Rail idea, as the member for Kootenay says.... How much sense does it really make to sell off Hydro Rail - even to Mr. Emerson, an ideologue of your ilk? It didn't make any sense to him. It made some sense to look at merging it with B.C. Rail, but it didn't make any sense to him to sell it on a standalone basis.
The minister has since privately and publicly said: "We're not going to sell off the right-of-way." I'm not entirely sure what that means, but we don't have any protection in this legislation against selling off the right-of-way, Mr. Minister. That right-of-way proved incredibly beneficial when building SkyTrain through Burnaby and the east side of the city to New Westminster. That right-of-way was provided free for a commuter system. In the same sense, Hydro Rail can provide a commuter system from Surrey to Chilliwack, south of the river - the fastest-growing area in British Columbia. It makes all the sense in the world to use that rail line as an extension - surface commuter rail that's not expensive for the growing south side of the river.
The question of whether that's going to be available or not is a neat question. We obviously have to have access to the tracks and have use of the tracks in terms of a timetable for rush hour and all the rest. The people at Hydro Rail all say that it's workable, that they tested it during Expo and it was successful. That they can do that in the fastest-growing area of the province makes absolutely no sense. As the member for Kootenay (Ms. Edwards) said, they have strategic control with respect to the right-of-way out of Roberts Bank and Annacis Island, important industrial areas in the heartland of our economic bread-basket in British Columbia - exclusive rights-of-way to those places.
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The communities served are North Surrey, North Delta, Kennedy, Newton, Cloverdale, Langley, Fort Langley, Abbotsford and Chilliwack, and it simply doesn't make any sense. The assets on the books are $47 million, and just in terms of commuter rail values it far exceeds that figure.
Think about the R and D division in terms of separating this group: 90 percent of their work is for B.C. Hydro. The logic of privatizing is clearly not there. Mr. Emerson makes it abundantly clear as well. He said that it had a weak potential for privatization. That's Mr. Emerson, the former Deputy Minister of Finance, speaking in April of this year, saying it has a weak potential for privatization, but you're proceeding regardless.
The gas division, Mr. Minister: about 9, 000 kilometres of pipe in the lower mainland. You have a contract, as I understand it, with Westcoast Transmission to last until 1991. It's not a good contract. As soon as you're out of that contract, the opportunities. . . . You talk about freezing prices for three years in terms of customers of the gas division. In 1991 they are out of unsatisfactory contractual relationships with Westcoast Transmission, and presumably the opportunities then of cheaper gas from the fields will be available on a throughput basis to the system in the lower mainland. That should leave a very healthy margin for the new corporation, a very healthy margin that either would have gone to the consumers or to B.C. Hydro, the Crown corporation, but will flow through to this company during this time period. That's the sleeper in the deal for the gas division.
The current arrangements, which are unsatisfactory based on older gas prices compared to the potential of new gas prices in the field. . . . The whole exercise gives one an uneasy feeling around the area of privatization in this province. There's a kind of looting mentality that pervades the government ranks. It was there in the sale of the public assets of the Expo lands. When you reflect on the kind of deal that was made, where two-thirds of the price of the lands will be paid in the last three years of the deal, some 15 or 20 years later, then you realize the kind of looting that represents in terms of decent pricing of public assets.
The other test operations in the Okanagan and elsewhere sold for a pittance, justified by the Premier in his recent to trip to Alberni. On the CBC, he said to the workers at the mill in Alberni:
"You want to maintain your present level of wages; you want to have the present level of services we have in British Columbia. If you want that, then you've got to accept the privatization of all of these other activities, because we can't maintain services in British Columbia at their present levels unless we privatize and we can't maintain wage levels in British Columbia unless we privatize. "
What kind of voodoo economics is that, Mr. Speaker? What kind of phony scare tactic is that to try and peddle to the public of British Columbia' We are a wealthy province with great natural resources. If we don't squander them the way you want to squander them currently under these various programs, we can see to it that in the future all British Columbians will have a better economic chance than they have today. None of this poor-mouthing of British Columbia. We have a gross national product that increases annually; we have a gross provincial product that increases annually. We are a wealthy people here. We do not have to sell off our birthright to pay the bills and to pay decent wages.
The intent here was clearly a carte blanche to allow the new prodigies over there in B. C. Hydro under this Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources to sell off the outfit piece by piece-, indeed, "to take it down to the wires" -that's their quote, Mr. Speaker, not ours. Those are the top people in B.C. Hydro talking about taking Hydro down to the wires. That's their quote, that's their view of the operation and that's their measure of the failure of this administration in managing a public enterprise and Crown corporation.
I have to reflect again on Mr. Bennett and those early days in this chamber. He had profound and simple advice for us. He said that we should never. ever sell off this birthright; we should never, ever sell off the equity. That's why we're opposed to this bill. It's very clear what the strategy of government is, and it flies in the face of administrations in this province for decades.
We urge the minister to reconsider the amendment that he's got. It clearly needs tightening. Then we might have some assurance that the pieces of the electrical division will not be lost. We are not assured at this stage by the decisions made to date or by the statements of the Premier.

In 1988 BC Hydro sold its Gas Division which distributed natural gas in the lower mainland and Victoria to Inland Natural Gas

Wilhelmus Nicholaas Theodore Marie "Bill" Vander Zalm

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

BRDO = Jobs and Investment Board

32 Jobs Seeked for via
 BrainHunter.com for BC Government

Advertised Vacancies


Jobs and Investment Board  
The 60 day,   The 50 day Deadline has come, and Gone

Oh Christy.........isn't it time for a few more Appointments








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Here's Two out of 32 in desperate need of being filled


Various Police Boards - Provincial Members (Standing Invitation)

 Pacific Carbon Trust

 One condition, must be a close relative of a bridesmaid

Check out pages 33 and 34 of this British Columbia Utilitiies Commission 2001 Annual Report on....COMPARISONS WITH OTHER JURISDICTIONS

BCUC  Page 29 of 118 Document Logging and Tracking

British Columbia Utilities Commission 2001 Annual Report











COMPARISONS WITH OTHER JURISDICTIONS BCUC

Sometimes you really have to wonder what the BC Liberals are doing..... Who are they working for .... On who's behalf are they exercising due diligence.....

Christy Clark is talking about Asia as being our future........  Look, if you have gone to the link above on "comparison with other jurisdictions bcuc   you may have found nothing, but I found this for 2001 and 2005 where the BCUC are beating their chests on just how efficient they are when it comes to comparing themselves to others in North America (mostly Canadian, one USA state of Washington (in US funds)).  

I look at Alberta from afar and see it as the second coming of Texas, tons of oil and gas is being discovered, but Water??? its a desert compared to the green hills and mountains of British Columbia.  In the 2001 Annual Report for the BCUC, on page 33, they show that the Cost per capita to run their organization is $0.81 compared to Alberta's Utilities Commission's $1.31 per capita.... BUT

....under the heading of STAFF, BCUC sits at 19, Alberta has 32 Staff looking after Utilities and 728 STAFF looking after "oil and gas".

Yes the Budget is different in size, $3.3 million for BC; $94.0 million for Alberta

Four years later, the BCUC Annual Report has the STAFF at 23, Budget of $5.0 million; Alberta has a STAFF of 50 for Utilities and 768 STAFF for Oil and Gas costing $130.4 million.

The 2005 Annual Report has BC's population sitting at 4.196 million; Alberta 3.202 million

Now, if this is the kind of exploration that is going on in Alberta, just what is Christy Clark's government doing to ensure that our interests are being looked after?

The BC government also needs to hire many more field officers to stringently, conscientiously police and effectively monitor the oil and gas industry in BC’s northeast energy sector. Such provisions, in addition to new legislations, will help stimulate and initiate the highest international standards applied to protect the earth’s surface and aquifer sources.  Will Koop, coordinator of the B.C. Tap Water Alliance
 

 Now here's an easy topic to search for in Google  PETROLEUM TITLES SYSTEM - CODE TABLE DESCRIPTIONS filetype:pdf

In this 487 page document: The following list of 468 companies...are possibly fracking

Its the first 10 pages that you'll want to peruse.


You can do what I started to do on Sunday.... check the names of the 468 Companies on this list against Elections BC FRPC Search Contributions to see how much money has been donated to the coffers of the BC Liberals.

Sort of leaves you wondering if the BC Liberals really want to cut off the monies coming to themselves if they were to hire more staff out in the field.....

A car was going well over 110 on the Upper Levels.......this morning, and it wasn't the dealership doing the driving.

UPDATE: 1:39 this afternoon I received an inquiry as to the motor vehicle in question, and within forty-five minutes it was dealt with by West Coast Ford Lincoln Customer Relations Coordinator, Laurie Bozek.  Great!   Great for them to take notice, great of them to deal with the issue.   I'm satisfied.

I've edited the dealership's name out of the title, rewritten the body of the Post to its normal size, un- bold, un-blue print too.

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I was on my way to Vancouver this morning, via the Upper Levels Highway, when I noticed that the traffic "pack" (caused by the merging vehicles from the BC Ferries terminal  + Horseshoe Bay proper & Whytecliff & South West Marine Drive, AND the Sea to Sky Highway motorists) just south of Horseshoe Bay, left me far behind by the time I was was nearing 23rd.   I noticed in my rear view mirror that there was one car coming up fast in the centre lane.   By the time I reached 15th, that car was passing me at 7:46am and to my wonder, the car didn't have one of those little, almost obscure, rental signage details on the back, but the WHOLE of the car on the passenger side was painted from the front hood to the rear bumper with:  West Coast Ford Lincoln

The motorist may have been given the loaner because the dealership had taken more than one day to repair his vehicle, but that's rare in this day and age.  It may be one of those situations whereby there was MAJOR damage done to the motorist's car or maybe the motorist was out for a spin on the Sea to Sky Highway to do a little bit of Advertising.... but this particular vehicle was from Maple Ridge.  Then again, maybe it was a salesperson or..... someone higher up the food chain, out for a drive at quarter to eight in the morning.

Why, oh why, would someone drive someone else's car like it was their own without realizing the ramifications that by passing other motorists at high speed, well beyond the posted speed limit, not think that their actions would go unnoticed?

Someone driving their own vehicle, with the only tell-tale sign of who they are is the license plate, probably knows that the chances of that information being noted would be slim on a highway,  whereas ...... and I have to say this, I didn't see the license plate, the car was moving too fast, but I did see this: West Coast Ford Lincoln


I remember someone, from many years ago, who had one of those magnetic signs attached to the side of his van, his boss's company.  The idea was that the employee would use the sign during business hours so that he could park in restricted areas that needed proof that the vehicle was there on business, it was also there on the vehicle to do a little bit of advertising for the boss.  There was this job on the west side of Vancouver, Point Grey, and the employee was heading home to his South East Vancouver digs during the afternoon rush hour.

The employee barely got in his front door when the phone started to ring (no cell phones in those days).  His employer was on the line, and it was his Employer that described every twist and turn, every short cut that the Employee had taken to get home, and he was amazed....... because for every instance of an illegal act, someone had written down the phone number and phoned the Employer... thinking it was he! who had such atrocious driving habits.

In the case of today, West Coast Ford Lincoln obviously can't remove the sign, but maybe, just maybe they might have words with whomever was driving their vehicle along the Upper Levels Highway to .......their place of business, because its 57.4 km long and 52 mins to drive from the North Shore!  Or next best thing is to put a governor, or governess, on the gas pedal....... in the meantime the dealership should check their GPS equipment on board their vehicle for the speeds posted from A to B.   It should be 52 minutes overall.........

















or  2.4 km in 2 mins from A to B!








Or, West Coast Ford Lincoln could add a phone number to their cars advertisement, so that if someone wants to report a readily apparent driving infraction by the operator of their vehicle, then its just a BlueTooth command away.

Monday, November 21, 2011

New Council for the City of North Vancouver: High Rise Corridor and Mineral Rights

 Abbotsford decided on the Weekend NOT to go for a P3 Water project costing close to $100 million.


In a CNV Council meeting in 1973, duly recorded in the Local Newspaper, it was settled where High Rises were to be built based on a forecasted maximum population of 55,000.   Here it is 2011, 38 years later, and the OCP has changed all that,  so too on where to place the population in excess of 55,000.

Keep on reading the write-up in the newspaper, its the last bit that had me really interested.
  



In Other Business, council decided to spend $3,500 to buy up five private mineral claims on 160 acres of Crown land within the city's watershed at the headwaters of the Lynn Creek.

The claims, owned by the Boston, Mass based Lynn Valley Copper Co., date from before the First World War and have not been worked for many years, if ever.

Another 11 claims, totaling about 500 acres, are thought to remain within the watershed.  Council has adopted a policy of buying up claims as they become available and has previously purchased a total of 92 acres.

The city watershed, which is separate from the adjoining Greater Vancouver Regional District watershed, cover about 1,000 wooded acres.

Abbotsford, are you listening, in 1983 CNV SOLD their own privately held water supply to the Greater Vancouver Regional District and now the residents PAY to have their own water supplied back to them.  Go figure. 

My questions are: Who owns those Mineral Rights, did they go with the Watershed sale?   And if its the City's, have they forgotten they own the Mineral Rights and can they be sold on the open market or can it be expropriated by the BC Liberals?

And to Abbotsford:  Did your municipality go down that same path with your existing watersheds, that is, who own the MINERAL RIGHTS and what's in them?


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PS

North Vancouver
Non-Emergency RCMP #
Not in the Phone Book
Anywhere!

IS

Found a Stolen bike - lost pet Found

Don't call 911


Gendarmerie Royale Du Canada

 

 

If, you're still wondering why we have a New BC Liberal Leader and why the HST was sooooo important....

"It's time for a new person to lead. I am asking the party to move as quickly as possible to organize a leadership convention. I intend to ensure a smooth and orderly transition. My goal is to return public attention to what is important to British Columbians - their jobs, their families and how government can best support them.

"That is what the decision on the HST was all about. I hope that my announcement today will allow British Columbians to move forward and fully consider the HST and the alternative on their merits between now and September 2011.  - Premier Gordon Campbell

Okay, Christy Clark is the Premier, and she is oh so different than Gordon Campbell.... or is she?

Gordon's goal by resigning was to have the public attention move to focus on what is important to British Columbians, like JOBS,   FAMILIES and how best the government can support them.

Christy's goal appears to be EXACTLY the same as Gordon's.

Can it be said though, that the secretive decision (not on our Radar) by Gordon and Colin on the HST was all about JOBS, FAMILIES and how the government can best support them?   Did anything change while the candidates for the BC Liberal's top job was up for grabs?   Did anything change after Christy won, and continued on with her leadership election promises of    FAMILIES FIRST and JOBS? 

Christy continued to promote Gordon Campbell's vision of the HST.  A majority of voters had their own idea about the HST.

It would appear then that everything that drove Gordon Campbell from HIS Office of the Premiership, are exactly the same things that Christy Clark is using to promote her stay today.   Doesn't make sense.

Source of Campbell's quote above is from the Terrace Daily OnLine Site Index

look for    resigns  

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Where I'm different is having brought families to the centre of the agenda," she said. "We're talking about how important families are and the valuable role that they play in communities."

Two: "We've been talking a lot about jobs and enabling the creation of jobs across the province - which is a different economic focus than my predecessor had."  ????????

Three: "I think we have made some big strides in open government."

Sunday, November 20, 2011

With the BC Rail Trial over, why wasn't CLIFF called to the Stand to explain the missing timelined documents?

We've all heard of the shredding of Government documents that took place while the 2009 Election was going on.  It seems that someone within the BC Liberals "honestly" thought that the BC NDP were going to win, and if they did, then the NDP would follow through with their Election Promise to bring all the details of the BC Rail sale to light.

We've seen from The Trial just how long it took for the Government to come up with all of the required Disclosures, and one would think that if the concern of the two Deputy Ministers, who came up with the $6 million deal, was to curtail the length of The Trial at the end, why didn't they have that belief at the very beginning?  Why did the Government, when they scanned all of the documents into images not convert them back into Word Documents so that the Defense team could just look for specific words?  You'd think that Judge Bennett would have stipulated that the Disclosed documents wouldn't be images of documents but the Real Thing.

Look, its one thing for the BC Government being told to turn Disclosure documents over to the Defense Team and Guaranteeing that they are the bona fide articles, but not even a software program like ABBYY FineReader is perfect, it makes mistakes, which in a Court Room environment, they're just not acceptable when a Defendant's reputation is at stake. The Defense Team had to read every image......


I've been tuning in to the Legislature proceeding this past week where the Attorney General of BC was responding to questions from the Opposition on the topic of the Auditor General not getting his hands on ALL of the documents in regards to the $6 million that was paid out by the Government ..... to stop the BC Rail Trial in its tracks.   Her stance, sort of reminded me on an old joke.....   My name is CLIFF, why don't you drop over some time........  she didn't say that, but just why is the Government stalling when the Auditor General has to do his job without interference, without stalling, on the part of the Government?

Earlier this week, I was looking through Open Information again and I came across a document that had included the word  CLIFF  in Recently Released FOI request.   CLIFF isn't just a piece of software that tracks correspondence, it has many other facets, qualities that can be used to do this:  Performance Measure Methodologies  Check out the Table of Contents at the bottom of the previous link on Performance Measure Methologies.

CLIFF is so well written that it can track, sort, and hold onto any piece of information that the Government receives, or creates, no matter how many times its accessed by anyone..... which leaves me asking   Where's the Timeline capabilities of the software program that is squirreled away that would reveal every Disclosure Document that was ever created, handed over, and DELETED?

ORCS e-Reference Library


Office of the Premier and Executive Council
This ORCS establishes a classification system and retention and disposition schedule for the operational records created by Executive Council and its president, the Premier.  The Executive Council consists of the Premier and all Cabinet Ministers.  The Executive Council determines government policy and is held responsible by the Legislative Assembly for the operation of the provincial government.  The Office of the Premier, and Executive Council with its committees and their secretariats, spans parts of several ministries and is under the charge of several different deputy ministers.

These records relate to the formulation and integration of planning and policy directions for the Province; coordination of the response made by the Government to correspondence received by the Premier from the general public, other jurisdictions, industry and corporations; issues on the development, maintenance, monitoring and inspection of various projects and programs of the ministries of the Government of British Columbia in relationship to provincial, territorial, federal and international governments and organizations; and provision of support functions to the Premier in his or her capacity as Premier.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
SECTION 1 10000 – 10999 CABINET OFFICE
SECTION 2 11000 – 11999 CORRESPONDENCE
SECTION 3 12000 – 12999 INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS
SECTION 4 14000 – 14999 OFFICE OF THE PREMIER
APPENDICES APPENDIX A BRITISH COLUMBIA MINISTRY CODES
APPENDIX B PROVINCIAL AND TERRITORIAL NUMBERS
APPENDIX C FEDERAL AGENCY CODES
APPENDIX G STANDARD CODING SYSTEM
APPENDIX H TABLE OF PROVINCIAL STATUTES
APPENDIX I SUGGESTED TOPIC HEADINGS FOR ISSUE AREAS
APPENDIX J INFORMATION SYSTEM OVERVIEW: CORRESPONDENCE TRACKING SYSTEM (CLIFF)
APPENDIX K INFORMATION SYSTEM OVERVIEW: CERTIFICATE PRODUCTION DATABASE
INDEX
PREM ORCS Schedule 881099 Approval date:  7 July 1994
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Bookmarked CLIFF
SUBJECT HEADINGS PRIMARY NUMBERS Office of the Premier and ...
Office of the Premier and Cabinet ... - Government of British Columbia
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Order 02-18 MINISTRY OF ATTORNEY GENERAL 1.0 INTRODUCTION [1] In ...
More... - McKinnell Consulting
Attorney General Correspondence Unit
w = week m = month y = year


Now, what would you Think if you knew that CLIFF was set up to include categories to cover the Premier's "PEN PAL" = "FREQUENT CORRESPONDENCE"    CLIFF NO. 11100

Would the emails that were shredded have included these two categories and just who's names would have been included in the Premier's PEN PAL list while BC Rail was being sold off to the Lucky winner.

CLIFF is smart, real smart. Here's a source that could be pulled into creating a correspondence TIMELINE.


One other thing about CLIFF........ type this into Google   PCQRB =  Patient Care Quality Review Board

Add CLIFF to PCQRB and you'll find that the Government is using CLIFF to track........ personal records...

Does this mean that someone who is a Public Servant, and has access to CLIFF, is higher in trustworthiness, when it comes to Privacy Rights, than the Auditor General of British Columbia?

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BCUC  Page 29 of 118 Document Logging and Tracking

British Columbia Utilities Commission 2001 Annual Report

Friday, November 18, 2011

Wonder why Kevin McCullough is pointing his readers to BC Mary's Legislature Raid's BC Rail

An Anonymous commentator, below, left this on BC Mary's blog on May 23, 2010.  By mid October, 2010, the deal was done.

McCullough was so effective with Brown - who continues on the stand Tuesday - that it makes you wonder if the SP will offer a favourable deal just to shut McCullough down and save the government worse attacks in the coming weeks. Worth thinking about.


SP is short for Special Prosecutor!

Kevin McCullough's Website  has this to say:   "Bloggers Comment on Kevin McCullough"
  which goes to BC Mary's Legislature Raids commentary.


Without moving his lips, is this "smoking gun", pointing to the $6 million payout by the BC Liberals?


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Regrettably, Doyle did not name names there either. But mindful of his frustrations with the indemnity policy, it must have been tempting to name one or two of those rodent nuisances after certain foot-dragging bureaucrats or perhaps the key figures in the BC Rail case.
vpalmer@vancouversun.com
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What was being said on Other blogs, around May of 2010

http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2010/05/24/LibsBCRailSale/

 http://therealstory.ca/2010-10-20/bc-liberals/why-the-bc-rail-deal-sucks-and-why-you-should-care#comments   By Ian  Why the BC Rail deal sucks. And why you should care

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells $ingle all the way, Oh what fun we will have..... So if you get a Christmas Card from Christy & Ministers, they didn't pay for them.

C.19.1 Christmas Cards

The Deputy Minister of Citizen's Services, by way of a memo, informs Cabinet Ministers of the procedures for ordering of Christmas cards.
The Premier and Cabinet Ministers are the only government officials entitled to the purchase of Christmas cards with government funds. 

 And all this time I thought that the Christmas Cards I received from the El Gordo was on his dime, not ours!


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The Auditor General is an officer of the Legislature, independent from government, with authority to obtain information to carry out the mandate of the office. The Auditor General is directly entitled to access to information under section 16 of the Auditor General Act. Any concern about access to personal information by the Auditor General needs to be directed to a ministry director/manager of Information and Privacy. The disclosure of personal information that may be contained in records requested by the Auditor General is authorized under sections 33.1(1)(c) and 33.2(f) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
  1. Information requested by the Auditor General to perform the mandate of the office must be promptly provided, except information that is subject to:
    • public interest immunity; or
    • solicitor-client privilege.
  2. If a ministry in possession of information requested by the Auditor General is unsure whether or not public interest immunity or solicitor-client privilege applies to that information, the ministry should consult with the Comptroller General and obtain legal advice from Legal Services Branch, Ministry of Attorney General on the question.
  3. If information requested by the Auditor General is subject to public interest immunity or solicitor-client privilege, refer to specific guidance in section 18.4.2.

18.4.2 Guidance for Auditor General Information Requests
  1. If information requested by the Auditor General is subject to public interest immunity or solicitor-client privilege, the government's options are to:
    1. Disclose the information unconditionally
      If the information is subject to public interest immunity, this option requires a decision not to assert the immunity. If the information is subject to solicitor-client privilege, a decision to waive the privilege is required. Part b below describes who can make those decisions.
    2. Disclose the information conditionally
      This option involves asserting the immunity or privilege and only disclosing the information to the Auditor General on the condition that the Auditor General agrees not to disclose the information outside the Office of the Auditor General without first giving enough notice to the government to take appropriate action. Part c describes how the terms for conditional disclosure are to be entered into and outlines sample language for conditional disclosure.
    3. Refuse to disclose the information
      This option may involve refusing to disclose entire documents (where the privilege or immunity applies to entire documents) or only portions of documents (where the privilege or immunity only applies to portions of documents that can be severed prior to disclosure).
  2. For information that is subject to public interest immunity, the decision on which option in Part a to choose is to be referred to the Cabinet Office. For information that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, the ministry with possession of the information and Legal Services Branch, Ministry of Attorney General must jointly decide on which option in Part a to choose. If they cannot agree, the decision may be made by the Attorney General if litigation is involved or otherwise by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.
  3. The terms for conditional disclosure must be entered into through Legal Services Branch, Ministry of Attorney General. Sample language for a letter setting such terms is a follows:
    This letter is to confirm that it is the government's position that the documents you have requested are confidential and subject to [public interest immunity/solicitor-client privilege]. This letter is also to confirm the terms on which the government is providing the documents to your office and which reflect the usual arrangements for the provision of such documents to take into account your office's policy of circulating for comment draft versions of reports to interested parties.
These terms are as follows:
  1. Your office will notify us if it plans to disclose to anyone outside your office (including as part of your office's policy of circulating for comment draft versions of your reports to interested parties) any information in or about the documents not already in the public domain so that the government may consider whether it has any objection in the circumstances to the planned disclosure.
  2. Such notification will be provided sufficiently in advance of any planned disclosure of the information so that there will be time for meaningful consultation between your office and the government or for other actions as may be necessary in the circumstance.


Christmas travels for Government is just five weeks away.   The BC Government has this handy dandy website:
Your one stop source for government travel information.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The reason that Christy Clark is building the Port Mann Bridge has changed from the Gordon Campbell era

"The workers building the Port Mann Bridge know they aren't just building it for the Lower Mainland - they are building if for families in places like Woodstock, Ontario so they can get auto parts delivered from Asia."  This is what Premier Christy Clark told the Vancouver Board of Trade....... However, auto parts being made in Asia, for a Toyota plant in Woodstock, Ontario will never pay a TOLL for their products to cross the Port Mann Bridge, fact is, those products will be transported across Canada, by RAIL.

Its British Columbian families that are paying for the TOLL on the Port Mann Bridge, not the families in Ontario.

Premier Christy Clark













BC owned Port Subdivision rail line IS, of course, BC Rail.....

Source for the above is here  "Look for November 9, 2011"  Office of the Premier

D37542211A_Response_Package_OOP-2011-00418.PDF

BC Rail was supposed to be winding Down and here the Province of British Columbia is plunking down $50 million to improve the BC owned Port Subdivision rail line.


And, for the latest Open Information ...... Information Releases within 30 days......

Monday, November 14, 2011

Pickton and the Missing Women since June 1983 to 2002. Between May of 1987 and December of 1992, Paul Bernardo was at large, found guilty and a Commission completed by 2006.

SUMMARY
REPORT OF MR. JUSTICE ARCHIE CAMPBELL
JUNE 1996

34 pages in length

Clifford Olsen is the only Canadian mentioned in this REPORT, all other monsters are from "other" countries, and yet Pickton WAS at large before, during and after Paul Benardo was sent to jail.  Here it is 2011 and its only just NOW that there is a Commission being held in in British Columbia.

Will the police forces of Canada ever learn anything from the findings of these Commissions?

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Between May of 1987 and December of 1992, Paul Bernardo raped or sexually assaulted at least eighteen women in Scarborough, Peel, and St. Catharines and killed three women in St. Catharines and Burlington.

Paul Bernardo is a unique type of criminal, a determined, organized, mobile, sadistic serial rapist and killer who demonstrates the ability of such predators to strike in any Ontario community. The tragic history of this case, and similar cases from other countries, shows that these predators pose a unique challenge to the systemic investigative capacity of local law enforcement agencies throughout North America and Europe. The Bernardo case proves that Ontario is no exception.

This is a review of the work done by local and provincial law enforcement and forensic agencies during the Bernardo investigations.

The Bernardo case, like every similar investigation, had its share of human error. But this is not a story of human error or lack of dedication or investigative skill. It is a story of systemic failure.

It is easy, knowing now that Bernardo was the rapist and the killer, to ask why he was not identified earlier for what he was. But the same question and the same problems have arisen in so many other similar tragedies in other countries.

Virtually every interjurisdictional serial killer case including Sutcliffe (the Yorkshire Ripper) and Black (the cross-border child killer) in England, Ted Bundy and the Green River Killer in the United States and Clifford Olsen in Canada, demonstrate the same problems and raise the same questions. And always the answer turns out to be the same - systemic failure. Always the problems turn out to be the same, the mistakes the same, and the systemic failures the same.

What is needed is a system of case management for major and interjurisdictional serial predator investigations, a system that corrects the defects demonstrated by this and so many similar cases. A case management  system is needed that is based on cooperation, rather than rivalry, among law enforcement agencies. A case management system is needed that depends on specialized training, early recognition of linked offences, co-ordination of interdiscip linary and forensic resources, and some simple mechanisms to ensure unified management, accountability and co-ordination when serial predators cross police borders.

There were times during the separate investigations of the Scarborough rapes and the St. Catharines rapes and murders that the different police forces might as well have been operating in different countries. As one Metro investigator said about the way the Scarborough rapist looked in 1992, before Bernardo was identified:

“This boy is better than we might give him credit for, or he's fallen through the cracks.”

Because of the systemic weaknesses and the inability of the different law enforcement agencies to pool their information and co-operate effectively, Bernardo fell through the cracks.

The Bernardo case shows that motivation, investigative skill, and dedication are not enough. The work of the most dedicated, skilful, and highly motivated investigators and supervisors and forensic scientists can be defeated by the lack of effective case management systems and the lack of systems to ensure communication and cooperation among law enforcement agencies.

Some of the systemic weaknesses have been identified and corrected in Ontario through changes in investigative procedures and advances in the application of forensic science. Other systemic weaknesses urgently require correction in order to guard against a tragic repetition of the problems that arose in the Bernardo investigations.  SNIP

Willie Pickton broke through that guard, and there were tragic repetitions.