Friday, December 30, 2011

The Province (newspaper) Kelowna, sold at newspaper boxes, is old news, all for $2.00

I discovered this morning, the reason why one newspaper, The Province, presents its front page only to buyers without a hint of what's inside when they are on sale at curbside metal boxes.

The Front page was all about the Mayor's foster son being charged and a Santa Claus in his chair reclining advertisement along with iTunes too.

Last night, the Canucks won in Anaheim, at least that's what I heard by phone from North Vancouver last night.

The reason why I was purchasing a newspaper to read was because that's what I like to read, first thing in the morning, a newspaper filled with the latest information.  However, this morning, the newspaper's Sport's section was filled with Filler information.  Not one word written about the Canucks.

I know from personal experience, that it takes less than five hours for a vehicle to travel from Vancouver to Kelowna.  The Game ended by nine last night, breakfast happened at nine thirty, just over twelve hours difference, plenty of time to have The Province published their latest news, ship it up to Kelowna for interested readers.  As it turns out, I want my money back.

A son, or daughter, fostered or otherwise, who crosses the line is not newsworthy enough to reach front page status on a respected newspaper.  Here's a kid who had reached the age of majority, and then some, 21, lived with the Mayor of Vancouver for TWO years and his only crime against a newspaper is that the kid stood on the podium along with foster father when Vision Vancouver won re-election.

I can hardly wait till a new government is formed in 2013, "The newspaper" will have a field day writing stories about those who stood on the podiums when BC Rail was sold off for a pittance of its true value once the Royal Commission on BC Rail starts to unfold with witness' testimony, testimoney that won't be sidelined by buyouts by a former provincial government, buying time to stay in as a government for Six million dollars a trial.

The newspaper that I purchased this morning, had Gregor's "family" on the stage, this was sixteen hours old news, I should have known that I shouldn't have wasted my $2.00 on The Province this morning, but why, oh why does it have FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2011 on it as if it were representative of today's news?

When I get back down to the coast on Saturday, my first goal will be to go to the local library to see their copy of The Province, to compare what Vancouverites receive as NEWS is the same NEWS that Kelownanites receive.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

ASD Code 88.1, 88.2, 58.4.1, 58.4.2, 58.4.3b aka F/V Sparta Antarctica

Fishing areas from down under don't really make much sense to me, but, with the F/V Sparta having punched two holes into its one skinned steel plating, all the world is now focusing on it, and the possibility of a major oil disaster in a part of the world that would never be able to be cleaned by Man.


"88.1"     is the fishing area of where the F/V Sparta has his license, and as a fellow blogger has written over at Tidal Station,  just what was the Captain of this thin skinned vessel doing there, where ICE is a major concern year round and on a daily basis.

The Code above, "88.1", in the title too doesn't receive too many hits in Google, but add in five other numbers (fishing zones) and then punch it all into Google  ASD Code 88.1, 88.2, 58.4.1, 58.4.2, 58.4.3b   Second Hit down in Google used to give this:

05 sabourenkov-appleyard proof.indd

Now to reach this search result requires this Google Search  05 sabourenkov-appleyard proof.indd
File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat - Quick View
by EN Sabourenkov - 2005 - Cited by 4 - Related articles
Table 3: The format of scientific observer logbooks submitted by CCAMLR Members. Note: electronic ... tions and data codes for each fishery and, as the ... (area/subarea/division). Number ... 48.3, 58.4.1, 58.4.3, 58.5.2. 7. 7. 100 ... 48.3, 88.1, 58.4.2, 58.5.2. 13. 13 ... Dissostichus spp. in Subareas 48.6, 88.1 and 88.2, and ...
Page 83 on the indd document is this: 

Bottom of the image, upside down, New Zealand rescuers are the closet country at hand to Sparta.

The License document gives links to the vessels documentation, including photos (not up to date though) especially in the case of F/V Sparta.  The Starboard side of the vessel is wide open in their official photos, but in the news media photos the vessel its been plated in, and includes portlights.  Minor detail, but maybe the owners of the vessel would have spent more money on a second skin of steel where it really mattered, the bow, or a sonar system that would show the Iceberg beneath rather than the fish below..

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

My contribution to creating an IPP in every home on the North Shore of Vancouver.

Date: December 23, 2011

Location: Riverway Golf Course (owned and operated by Municipality of Burnaby)

Reason:  Company Year end Dinner

Why not talk shop, why not brainstorm, on the very last day of the year before we meet again for the daily grind on January 2nd, 2012.  Christy will be doing the same thing, Thinking, and being paid handsomely for her efforts.  Whereas we six, will be paid on our own dime.

I put it to the plumber in the crowd "What's the water pressure going into a house?"  "Depends" he said "on where you live."   "North Shore"   "80 lbs."

Google Search Criteria    Water pressure to houses on the north shore of burrard inlet
Its one thing to ask a simple question like water pressure going into a house without realizing where OUR water comes from in the first place.  "A TAP".... good guess, try again.   "The north shore?"  Partially right.  There's a bit of geography involved here, like why is Stanley Park's Prospect Point still there, after an IceAge has flowed off from a continent to finally settle a small portion of itself into English Bay and Georgia Strait....

Why oh Why is Prospect Point still there, after the Ice Age?   Why doesn't every harbour have a Prospect Point?

The year is 1889, the date is March 26:  The data that follows was prepared by Researcher: Roy J.V. Pallant
Surveys for the tunnel were simplified by the fact that the
centre of each shaft was visible from the other. - Page 9
· Ground level at the south shaft in Stanley Park some
distance back from the foreshore was twenty-three feet
above sea-level and conditions for open excavation were
most favourable. For the first sixty-five feet, the shaft was
in clay hardpan, the balance of the 400 feet in sandstone.
The shaft was timbered to a depth of twenty-five feet, after
which a concrete lining was used. After excavation of the
shaft and after the tunnel was driven several hundred feet,
a pump to lift 200 gallons per minute was installed and a
weir built which in fact sufficed until the tunnel was
Pearson Scott Foreman


A plug of concrete, twelve feet thick, was placed at the bottom of the Caisson, to stop it from moving and sealing it to the bedrock.  The miners then drilled a hole through the concrete, and another 400 feet down through the bedrock

With the site fixed by the point where underlying sandstone
was at the least depth below sea level sinking of the north
shaft presented problems. To begin with, several feet of
water at average tides covered the location. That
necessitated a caisson within which sinking would be done.

 Driving the tunnel was quite as routine as an ordinary
mining tunnel, the only essential difference being that the
bore was located 400 feet below sea level. While miners
pegged away with drill and jackhammer, great ocean liners
and noisy tugs steamed back and forth through the
Narrows entrance of one of the world's busiest harbours.
Three shifts of eight hours were worked continuously and
every round of holes fired marked an advance of seven or
eight feet. Use of extra powder broke up the muck so that it
was easily handled by hand labour loading small cars and a
locomotive hauling them to the south shaft where the spoil
was raised.  (Page 11)
 From the earliest days of the development of Vancouver
and district water supply, the submerged mains, now
, have been considered a rather precarious link.
Years ago the Vancouver City Council instructed the later
Col. T.H. Tracy, first city engineer, to report on the
feasibility of a tunnel. Proposals were even put forward for
a bridge to carry the supply mains. (Page 13 of 14)

Homeowner operated  IPP suggestion?    Why not hook up a micro water driven hydro generator to the incoming water line to every household?  Why not have larger users of water eg. Hospitals and Rec Centres, use the incoming pressure of water to supplement their electricity needs?

Monday, December 26, 2011

Friday, December 23, 2011

German built BC Ferries and "the Doors", can only be re-built in Germany

I've got a suggestion about the Coastal Inspiration repair job.

The Coastal Inspiration was launched on August 31, 2007 and departed Flensburg on February 9, 2008, transited the Panama Canal on March 7, 2008, and arrived in Nanaimo, British Columbia at Departure Bay on March 25, 2008.

Therefore BC Ferries' Coastal Inspiration, with her doors removed and slid inside and secured for rough seas transit, it could, theoretically, have steel panels welded across its mouth to make it watertight so that it could leave Victoria on January 1, 2012 and arrive at the Panama Canal by January 18th, transit the Panama Canal and arrive at Flensburg by February 18th.  It could be quicker trip if the vessel forgoes the advertising plug it put in London for Vancouver's 2010 Winter Olympics.

The doors would be ready to install, let's give the Germans a Week at the most, then it would leave Flensburg on February 25th, skip London, transit the Panama Canal on March 14th and arrive in Victoria on April 1, 2012.

One problem exists though, and its probably the reason why BC West Coast shipyards "can't" build the doors here.  It turns out that the three BC Ferries were NOT wholly built in Germany.  It was a consortium affair using the modular component theory whereby the deck houses, which contained the all important mechanisms that control the vessels movements eg.  preventing Hard Landings, was built in a shipyard in Gdansk, Poland.

Copenhagen  won the contract to build a scale model and tank tested for durability.

In other words the Doors were not built in Flensburg, Germany, but rather Gdansk, Poland.

As soon as the Renaissance is moved outside, where the finishing work will be done, workers will get busy on the Inspiration. The first modules are in pre-assembly, and the first checks have already been done on components such as bow doors and rudders. -  From birth to berth: The making of a ferry - By Times Colonist (Victoria) March 21, 2007
.....has already gone through basic testing on computers and, at a lab in Copenhagen, with a scale model.
The model is used to check for propulsion capability and maneuverability, based on the requirements of the terminals at Port Hardy, Prince Rupert and Skidegate.
The computers at Flensburger allow designers to take three-dimensional tours through the vessels long before steel is cut, making it easier to spot and correct potential problems.
It appears that Hard Landings was not considered to be a potential problem, heck Duke Point, wasn't even included as a required Port of Call!

After leaving Flensburg, the ferries will be taken through the Kiel Canal then along the European coast to Gibraltar. They will then go to the Canary Islands, across the Atlantic to the Panama Canal, then up the coast.

Coastal Inspiration
Dec. 19, 2006 Steel cutting
April 23, 2007 Keel laying
Aug. 31, 2007 Launching
Dec. 19, 2007 Trials to be completed
Jan. 18, 2008 Departure
Feb. 21, 2008 Arrival in B.C.
March 2008 Training begins
April 2008 In service Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay
Coastal Celebration
April 10, 2007 Steel cutting
Sept. 3, 2007 Keel laying
Dec. 14, 2007 Launching
April 16, 2008 Trials to be completed
May 9, 2008 Departure
June 23, 2008 Arrival in B.C.
July 2008 Training begins
July 2008 In service Swartz Bay-Tsawwassen
 Month and a half from Germany to Victoria.

The 160-metre Coastal Inspiration is expected to be out of service for at least a month, she said. A new part has to be made in Germany, where the ship was built.

While in for the "tune up" maybe the shipyard could check out the rest of the ship for any damages that might have resulted because of the Hard Landing.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Vancouver Province newspaper has two versions for December 22, 2011 when it comes to a "thrown speech"

Sometimes the news media get it right, if not the first time, then the second time around.  The hard copy, had this to say:

 In her thrown speech in October, Premier Christy Clark said televising the proceedings of the court cases involving those accused of participating in June's Stanley Cup riot was going to be a top priority of her government.

Whereas the On-line version said this, and in fewer words:

In her Oct. throne speech Premier Christy Clark said televising the court cases of those accused of participating in June’s Stanley Cup riot would be a top priority of her government.

I'd would have thought the Vancouver Province would have stuck to their guns and called the speech as being THROWN, because that's the appearance of how it was put together.

The fact is, that by having two mediums by which the newspaper may throw their weight around, mistakes can happen.  This one is the misspelling of a singular word, but the implications go far further than just a miscue, its what the readers discern from the words they read, and if its the coffee drinking-wake-me-up kind of attention grabber that the Vancouver Province is preaching, then the Vancouver Province certainly got my attention first thing this morning.

Its the other topic, front page news, whereby the Vancouver Province newspaper is reporting on Governments failure on the prohibition of marijuana.

A group of B.C. health officials are throwing its weight behind the cause of marijuana legalization, arguing that the government's costly enforcement activities are making little difference.

One only needs to go back to December 16, 1926 to find something else, eerily similar:

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Re-cycling the 35mm Film Canon F1 2.8 100mm lens and SpeedFinder. Don't do this in the District of North Vancouver!

Long before Digital cameras came along (twenty-two years ago), film cameras were the in-thing to photograph with.  These photos were taken, late afternoon, at the North Vancouver District Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge.

The "two" riders, closet to the camera, are the same person, the one at top of the image made it across, and NOT by swinging his leg off of the bike at the end of his run.  There's a method to their madness it seems, if I tell you how they do it I would be charged by Christy Clark's law enforcement officers for aiding and abetting 24 year old "juveniles".

It was the cyclist at the top of the image that gave me the idea of capturing the second cyclist.... both cyclists, in my humble opinion, were totally out of their minds.

The second cyclist pushed past me, on the east side of the bridge, I snapped the first picture, then 3.5 seconds later (or as quickly as I could advance the film and compose the field of vision) I snapped the second photo.

I had the two images merged in a photo lab, took a day to have it done, plus one day shipping it out, another day to return.  THREE DAYS!

Today I used two "pieces" of modern technology, one an Epson Perfection 4490 Photo Flatbed Scanner to convert the colour negatives to positive images, to then using another software bundled with Nikon's PictureProject I merged the two photos via ArcSoft Panorama Maker.   Done in under five minutes for the two processes and then up to the BBC for more editing.

There's only been one pedestrian who has survived a fall from this bridge, and she was totally intoxicated, too drunk to know what she was doing, where she was doing it, with her two friends, at three o'clock in the morning.  I suppose that if you don't know the hazard that could befall you, you  can sort of relax.  Totally, and she did....... and she had the additional luck of the afternoon's being HOT, melted the mountain snow which then created high water in the canyon far, below.

Cyclists who do this sort of activity during any hour, and call it "fun", are out of their minds.

Digital Cameras are in, now, but back then it was this that caught the action!   A Canon F1, with a 2.8 100mm lens.  The F1, made of brass, had all the capabilities that no one could afford except for this:  The Speed Finder.

The conventional prism viewfinder on the F1 was designed to be REMOVED, then replaced with the SpeedFinder.  The benefit of this feature allows the cameraman to take the camera right down to the ground, and then looking straight down through the "top" viewfinder, as though it were a Hasselblad, the most unique photographs can be taken.  Optionally, the camera could be hoisted overhead of a crowd, then aimed down, to see the 'target' beyond the ring of rioters.

Changing from straight down to conventional is just a push of a button, then a twist either clock-wise or counter clock-wise.

Most photographs are done from eye-level, the Speed Finder allows for a different level of a photograph to be attained with a minimum of fuss.

Hopefully, what with all the speed bumps in North Vancouver to calm the traffic, the same holds true for the North Vancouver Suspension Bridge to STOP cyclists from speeding, when they should be walking, across the bridge.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


Note this along the bottom December 21, 2011:

Coal mines

14  The company may acquire and operate coal mines in British Columbia, and acquire all necessary and convenient land in connection with them.
Eight Royal Commissions into BC Rail already, why would Premier Christy Clark call another one?
But first there was this one regarding land surrounding Vancouver's English Bay being sold to a company called Railway Syndicate, to someone who went by the name of  J. M. M. Spinks.  And it goes a long to explain why there is a Davie Street in downtown Vancouver..... that's the former Honourable Alex E. B. Davie, Attorney General of British Columbia
Report of Commission of Enquiry concerning the genuineness of an alleged transfer, dated the 23rd of June, 1884, from certain Indians to one J. M. M. Spinks. -- 

49               VIC. REPORT OF COMMISSION - GREER CASE.          '217
Concerning the genuineness of an alleged transfer, dated the 23rd day of June, 1884, from certain Indians to one J. M. M. Spinks.
VICTORIA, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, QUEEN:
Defender of the Faith, &c" &0.,,&0.

To the Honourable Sir MATTHEW BAILLIE BEGBIE, Knight--~ GREETING.

ALEX. E. B. DAVIE, Attorney-General} WHEREAS by an Act passed in the forty-eighth year of Our 'Reign, intituled "An Act to authorize the appointment of a Commission of Enquiry concerning the genuineness of an alleged transfer, dated the 23 day of June, in the the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty-four, from certain Indians to one J. M. M. Spinks," after reciting that during the investigation by a Select Committee of the Legislative Assembly of claims to lands in the vicinity of Coal Harbour, a document had been produced purporting to be a transfer of the alleged rights of two Indians to certain lands and improvements at False Creek to one J. M. M. Spinks, and dated' the 23rd day of June, in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty-four

And that the genuineness of such document had been impugned, and that it was desirable that a Commission of Enquiry should be appointed for the purpose of ascertaining whethel' such document was genuine or not.
It was enacted, that it should' be lawful for the Lieutenant.Governor, by commission under his hand and seal, to appoint some person to be a Commissioner to enquire into and concerning the genuineness of the said document.

Now KOW YOU, that having every confidence in your prudence, ahility and integrity;  We do hereby, in pursuallce of the powers contained in the said Act, and of every other power or authority Us in that behalf enabling, constitute and appoint you, tho said Sir Matthew Baillie Begbie, to be a Commissioner to enquire into and concerning the genuineness of. the said document; hereby requiring you to report in writing to Our Lieutenant-Governor of Our said Province of British Columbia the result of your deliberations..... Snip
Digitized:   March 29, 2010 date stamped:
Report of the Commissioner Appointed to Inquire into the Grievances of the Settlers Within the Tract of Lands Granted to the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway Company. --
Report re the Pacific Great Eastern Railway / by W.A. Galliher, Commissioner. --
Report of the Royal Commission on the British Columbia Railway : addendum : XI, statutory revision / Lloyd G. McKenzie, chairman, Sydney W. Welsh, commissioner, David H. Chapman, commissioner.

Part 1 A New Constitution 11
We have noted in our final report that even though the railway imposes the same burden as uther business operations on all levels of government, yet it has been exempt from most federal and provincial taxes.
By section 149(1) (d) of the Income Tax Act of Canada, it is exempted from federal income tax on its operations. This is consistent with the tax-free status of all crown-owned companies, including other transportation-oriented companies such as CN, Air Canda and B.C. Ferries Corporation.

At the provincial level, BCR is freed of all tax obligations by section 2 of the Pacific Great Eastern Taxation Exemption Act (SBC 1926-27 c.52) as amended. This exemption confers freedom from income taxation, and freedom from taxation on real property, including municipal, regional, school board and r.ospita1 board levies. This exemption applies to all railway land except for lands and improvements held under' lease from BCR and land which has been, subdivided into parcels of one acre or less. BCR is also exempted from provincial sales tax and fuel taxes.

We are convinced that BCR should no longer be exempted from the tax obligations which are imposed on other businesses, including railways, in B.C. As a component of the business sector it should be liable for its share of those obligations. As a business, in competition with other businesses, BCR's value to its  shareholders and to the economy would thus be more truly represented. We feel that the railway should no longer be exempted from provincial and local property taxes because such exemption places an unrealistic burden on municipal, school district and regional taxpayers in those taxation districts in which the railway polds property; its exemption imposed a burden on municipal taxpayers alone of $1.8 million in 1978. BCR also should be subject to fuel tax like investor-owned transportation companies purchasing fuel products in B.C., since 12 STATUTORY REVISION Ch. XI development of an optimum transportation system in B.C.depends on equal treatment to all carriers. The performance of the: railway over the last 20 years provides no indication that BCR1s untaxed use of these depleteable resources has provided any benefit which would offset the loss in revenue to the public.  Snip

 In the Tax Exemption category, as mentioned above, it leaves one wondering WHY the BC Liberals sold off BC Rail to CN Rail when.......this was possible:

Coal mines

14  The company may acquire and operate coal mines in British Columbia, and acquire all necessary and convenient land in connection with them.

Purchase of stock in other companies

15  The company may acquire and dispose of stock, shares, debentures, bonds and securities of other railway companies, and of hydraulic, electric, irrigation and other companies.

Tax exemption

16  The exemption from taxation conferred by section 2 of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway Taxation Exemption Act, S.B.C. 1926-27, c. 52, as enacted by the Pacific Great Eastern Railway Taxation Exemption Act Amendment Act, 1929, S.B.C. 1929, c. 49, and further modified by section 6 of this Act, extends to every subsidiary, but this section does not exempt any subsidiary from liability for income tax.

OOP-2011-00457 Early Christmas Presents for Premier Clark's "Premier" hired hands who JUST have to have an iPad tablet


Christy Clark's Open Information on iPads via an FOI was released to the public on November 23, 2011.  The Vancouver Province published it on October 4, 2011, two weeks earlier.

Christy Clark can you explain why you caved in and provided Athana Mentzelopoulos and John Dyble and Dimitri Pantazopoulos and Sandy Wharf and Jennifer Chalmers and Mike McDonald with iPads at $953.33 each and a Monthly service fee of  $22.40, while Gabe Garfinkel's iPad cost  $986.93 and a monthly service fee of $22.40. 

Why is Gabe Garfinkel treated differently?

More to the point, why, in an FOI, why did your government leave out mentioning the minor detail of the 267 Tablets in Open Information?

More Search results for BC Government iPads, in Google, happens if you use these keyword/numbers  OOP-2011-00457, first four hits apply.

Read all about it in the Vancouver Province.....