Saturday, March 31, 2012

1921 ".... the returned soldier...." Growing Strawberries and Raspberries in certian BC Coast sections

A Report on the Cost of Growing
Strawberries and Red Raspberries
in Certain - Coast Sections of
British Columbia during
the season of 1921

Agricultural Department Circular N6.'39
18 pages in length

There's a story out there where I heard Sunshine Coast lots are being made ready for farming instead of the land sitting idle.   Go Organic they say.

But then I thought about Vancouver and their Coach houses in the lanes and the "large" tracts of land between between the Coach House and the Primary House.... couldn't it be converted to raising Strawberries and Red Raspberries with the simplest of ingredients, and energy.

What better method than going back in history, when just after the First World War had ended and our British Columbian forested lands still existed, the land was being given away FREE, no strings attached, to returning soldiers.

   I detract...... but that's what was written in this pamphlet.

For the soldiers and their families they had to cut the trees down, remove the stumps using pry bars and dynamite, plow the land to be made ready for planting what they would need to survive on for the rest of year..... when nothing would grow.

"The growing of raspberries and strawberries appeared to be a type of farming which could be carried on successfully on a few acres of land, which demanded the labour of only one man with the help of his immediate family, which required little initial outlay for equipment, and which in general promised a good return in a short time."

Think about this.   There were no stores called Costco or Rona or Whole Food back then.  The population wasn't what it is today.  There wasn't anything called BC Hydro to provide lighting or run the toaster, nor was there a steady supply of Natural Gas to heat our homes.

Why this sudden thoughts on growing something, anything in the front or back yard..... not just flowers, but vegetables.....

Oh look the yellow forsythia and crocus are blooming which means it's the time to prune roses and fertilize the lawn but for this household, its time to go out and prepare the garden, and purchase PEAS!!!!!!!!! from the nursery.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Who's the Mole in Metro Vancouver's Translink?

Who's the Mole at Translink? Page 2 of 18
Looking for specific information on-line, and still getting lost?  How about this little index where I found that "public bodies are responsible for ensuring that all personal information in their custody or under their control is secure." -  F07-01
Update March 29, 2012:  BC Transit has been visiting this page, so too has Christy Clark's government.  In the above image there are TWO references in the original document which for number 2, dead ends. For your convenience, Dear Readers, here it is in Black and White:

Google Search:  “Key Steps in Responding to Privacy Breaches”OIC
First Result:

Key Steps in Responding to Privacy Breaches - Office of the ...
File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat - Quick View
KEY STEPS IN RESPONDING TO PRIVACY BREACHES. June 2008. Purpose. The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to public bodies and ...
Page 2 of 7 is a great place to start reading: 
Step 1: Contain the Breach
You should take immediate common sense steps to limit the breach. These steps would include: etc.

Vaughn Palmer, of the Vancouver Sun, dedicated his whole column today to "Dix makes significant misstep".

"Someone from the Transit police contacted The Vancouver Sun. They asked me about it and I confirmed it." - Adrian Dix

Adrian Dix, the Opposition Leader of the BC NDP, was given a Warning on March 3, 2012 for not having a Fare card as proof of payment for his ride.  Dix says he bought an all day pass, but when challenged by the Translink Police for proof, he couldn't find it.  Dix says he takes full responsibility for not having the Fare Card, and in future he will put it in his wallet.

I'd like to know whether Translink, who regulates the Police Officers who man our transit system, or ICBC which is responsible for collecting fines and tolls, as to what exactly they are doing to chase down and discover which of their employees has violated provincial laws.   I'd like Translink and ICBC to go after the Vancouver Sun and to discover if tips are being done on a regular basis.

I'd like to know if Translink and ICBC are a step ahead of the Minister of Advance Education in tracking down documents that are leaked into the wrong hands.

Has this Officer, or the Vancouver Sun, never heard of "News of the World" and its demise?   Has this Translink Officer not looked at the Oath he swore?

Once should have been enough for the public to hear this: ""People care about what we do," came the astonishing answer" - Eminata president Randy Cox

Is this the logic that the Translink Police Officer used to convince himself that he had the RIGHT to search company records that are being held in TRUST, and then pass them onto the Press?

Why all the fuss?   Look, as far as Dix was concerned, he accepted the Warning and thought that was the end of it on March 3rd.   Vaughn Palmer seems to think that Dix should have gone public with the Warning even though there wasn't a Fine leveled on Dix.

It appears as though the Press wants to make Dix look bad in the eyes of the public.  Got news for you, the Press only needs to go back to 2003 to find something really worthy of reporting on a politician who comes across the path of a REAL Police Officer:

For Immediate Release - Jan. 10, 2003
Office of the Premier

I have made a serious mistake, and I want to apologize to everyone including my family, my colleagues and the people of British Columbia.

Last night, I was returning home from dinner with friends, and the Maui police pulled me over. I was arrested and charged with driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol. I do not intend to contest the charge.
I will make myself available to the media Sunday, Jan. 12, at 3 p.m. at a location to be determined.
Gordon Campbell

The associated mug shot went Viral, and its still easily accessible on the internet, but not for here, not on this blog.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Its no longer a mystery as to why the Radio Attack ads happened before a By-Election in BC.....Chilliwack-Hope and Port Moody-Coquitlam

By-Election Writs for:  Chilliwack-Hope and Port Moody-Coquitlam

General information

Definition of election advertising

Election advertising is the transmission, by any means, of an advertising message
to the public that:
ƒƒ i s transmitted during the period that begins 60 days before a campaign period and ends at the close of general voting for the election, and
ƒƒ promotes or opposes, directly or indirectly, a registered political party or the election of a candidate. This includes taking a position on an issue with which a candidate or registered political party is associated.

Important: The 60 day pre-campaign period only applies for a fixed date general election. For by-elections or non-fixed date general elections not conducted in accordance with section 23(2) of the Constitution Act, the 60 day pre-campaign period does not apply and the election advertising rules only apply to the campaign period itself.

The definition of election advertising is broad, and in some cases it can be difficult to determine if an item or activity is election advertising. Election advertising certainly includes signs, posters, leaflets, billboards, brochures, and advertisements in newspapers, magazines, newsletters, and on television, radio,
and the internet.

s. 228

What election advertising does not include Election advertising does not include:
ƒƒ news, an editorial, an interview, a column, a letter, a debate, a speech or a commentary published without charge in a bona fide periodical or on a radio or television program,
ƒƒ the distribution or promotion of a book for no less than its commercial value, if the book was planned to be made public regardless of whether there was to be an election,
ƒƒ documents sent by a person or a group directly to their members, employees or shareholders, or
ƒƒ the transmission by an individual of their personal political views, on a noncommercial basis on the internet, or by telephone or text messaging. Personal social networking pages and blogs are generally not election advertising, unless they are created to promote or oppose a candidate or a registered political
party, or the blogger is operating their site on a commercial basis. If they are, the sponsor of the content must be registered with Elections BC.

And while we slept, the BC NDP were asking questions without the Minister barking back with her own question like the Leader of the BC Liberal often does during the Opposition's Question Period.




Afternoon Sitting

Snip............D. Routley: The B.C. Liberals have made commitments in the past not to use government spending around elections. In fact, I think that former Premier Gordon Campbell committed to 120 days before an election, not to be spending government money advertising government.
So it seems an important question for these estimates. Would the government communications and public engagement unit be involved in any advertising in Chilliwack or Port Moody in the coming months? If so, what advertising is planned?
Hon. M. MacDiarmid: The previous question from the member opposite was with respect to government activity, and my answer to that question was that government will continue to do its work throughout the province, as is entirely appropriate.
To the specific question about advertising, there are some government initiatives underway at the moment: the jobs plan that we've talked about, the education plan. Those advertising campaigns are province wide, and they're currently underway. So that's happening now, and that's happening in every part of the province.
With respect to what would happen going forward, again, we would absolutely abide by all rules of Elections B.C. when it comes to any by-election or any election in the future.
D. Routley: The promises of abiding by Elections B.C. rules from the current government are difficult to accept when now there have been very well-noted cases of failure to do just that in the recent provincial election and in the 2011 by-election in Point Grey. The previously public affairs bureau, the government communications and public engagement unit, was heavily involved in staging a cluster of announcements in the Point Grey constituency immediately before the by-election.
There were complaints made to Elections B.C. There were letters written. There were questions asked, and it's a matter of public interest. It's something that the government has promised not to do.
Leading up to the by-elections that are upcoming, it would be nice to know exactly what ad campaigns have been engaged. What ad campaigns have been contracted through this ministry over the next three months in the Chilliwack and Port Moody constituencies?
Hon. M. MacDiarmid: Again, the province wide campaigns that I mentioned previously — the jobs plan and education plan advertising — are not specific to any riding. They are underway now. I'm not aware of any other…. There are no other advertising campaigns contemplated, and specific to those ridings, there are no advertising campaigns planned for those specific ridings that the member opposite has referenced.
D. Routley: So we will not see the government communications and public engagement unit involved in staging, say, an opportunity for the Premier to masquerade as a coffee shop waitress in Chilliwack over the next couple of months, or a special announcement of funding for other constituencies to take place in those constituencies and arranged through public resources by the government communications and public engagement unit?
Hon. M. MacDiarmid: The member's been talking about advertising and the advertising budget for GCPE and then talking about events and the work of government as if those things are interchangeable, and they very clearly aren't.
With respect to advertising and the budget for advertising, I've talked about a couple of province wide campaigns that are underway. That information is going out to British Columbians right across the province.
With respect to the work of government — events, with providing information about programs to British Columbians — that work will go on. There's no prohibition for the work of government to go on. The work of government does go on, regardless of where we are in the election cycle. I know the member opposite is aware of that.
The specific rules from Elections B.C. about advertising clearly will be adhered to. We are aware of those rules, and they will be adhered to. But I do think it's important to distinguish between the work of government — events, providing information about programs — versus specific, targeted advertising.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

BC Coal 2011 Great Data......


Page 3 is the Map above.   13 Pages all told with more Maps.

If you go into North British Columbia woods today you could be in for a big surprise

Open Information    search criteria     events northern british columbia   fifth hit down and Compiled by:

Laurie and Larry Pearce
Pearces 2 Consulting Corporation
for the Ministry of Health Services
March 2005

89 pages   Links not provided by the Authors Laurie and Larry Pearce!
  A Century of Hazardous Events in British Columbia:


There have been 138 documented hazardous events in the three Health Service Areas of the Northern Health Authority.

Not surprisingly, given the vast area of the Northern Health Authority, most of these events did not cross-Health Services Areas (12) and included hazards such as diseases and drought.

The most notable hazards were: landslides (20), floods caused by rain storms (17), snow-melt floods (11), earthquakes (7), forest fires (6), windstorms (6), and plane crashes (5).

The hazardous events resulting in the most deaths include the 1918 Spanish flu, the 1936 heat wave, the polio outbreak in the 1950s, and the 343 passengers and crew who died when the Princess Sophia went down in 1918.
More recently plane crashes such as the 1963 crash on the Queen Charlotte Islands resulted in 101 passengers dying and the 1952 crash on Sandspit which killed 36. In the early 1900s, avalanches caused a number of deaths, and the Granduc 1965 avalanche killed 26. Avalanches, plane crashes, and rainstorms have killed a number of persons in the last decade.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

March 15th, the Ides of March for the Honourable Harry Bloy and then RossK has to write this: "Budget?"

Christy Clark To People....

"Budget? Me Don't Need No Stinkin' (Office) Budget!"

I just came back from reading RossK's Post and started jotting down these words to track down in Open Information.   Government Communications and Public Engagement (GCPE)

and then my Vancouver Sun email news alert pops on the screen to let me know all about Harry, Harry Bloy's resignation, which to my mind, is a minor detail, not even honourable should be mentioned when the topic at hand is still on Travel Expenses for The Trade Mission to China and India.

When you consider that this kind of data has been made available on Open Information using these three simple keywords:

   (gcpe) travel expense     

Government Communications & Public Engagement

Results in Nine hits in all

First one is paydirt, and please keep in mind here just how penny pinching the BC Liberal Government is.

They claim they know where every taxpayers' dollars are being spent, problem though, their Budget for the Premier's Mission to China and India was out by.......  you'll have to read the document contained within "Questions and Answers" below which was created on March 1, 2012,  32 pages all told.

Right off the bat, Open Information is asking if I meant something else.

Did you mean: (gcps) travel expense     NO, don't try and put words in my search criteria!

[application/pdf] Questions and Answers
... You must be travelling on government business to be ... AJcml1dr"c5i&ta- Travel
Coordinator IGovernment Communications & ... Bata, Alex I GCPE:EX ...
When the pages are questions being asked by someone(s) before the Trade Mission happens, in October 2011, of course they should have this along the bottom:

Strictly Confidential Page 1 of 6
j:\operations\foi\foi requests 2011\2011 requests\gcp 2011-00114\jti responsive record (1) - gcp-2011-00114.docx: 
But there are 32 Pages:

Q 3. How much is the trade mission costing taxpayers?
• The trip is still in the planning stages. We will have an accurate
assessment of cost after the trip is over, and in the interest of
transparency, we will make those costs public. (TBC)
• The estimated budget is $250,000.
• Certainly, the cost of the trip will be more than balanced off by the
anticipated investments that will arise from the relationships being built
with senior government officials and business leaders in China and India.

Further on down the document is this:

 Q: How much did your trade mission wind‐up costing? A couple of weeks ago you said it
would cost around $250,000?
• I do not have a final figure at this time. We’re still tallying the final numbers and will
make it public when available.
• We know that international travel and accommodations come at a cost but I can
assure you we fully respected the use of tax dollars, while trying to build the
necessary relationships and achieve the desired outcomes.
Taxpayers did not pay for the travel and accommodation costs for any of 350
representatives from the companies or organizations who participated on the trade

On page 30:   .......350 on top of the Government guys??????
Here's the link for the Travel Authorization form
And if YOU click on this Iink...#l1 Out of Province Travel,and then go down to #11.5 Foreign Travel, you'll find all kinds of
good information about what you can claim etc.
http;// opera tions/TraveI/Travel Expenses.stm#ll.l%2OApprbvaI%20Reguirements

From: Thomas, Vivian P GCPE:EX
Sent: Wednesday, October 12, 201110:41 AM
To: Bata, Alex I GCPE:EX
Subject: China/Japan
Hi! I'm going to China/Japan with Ministers Bell and Thomson. Like last time, FII is paying, and Kelly has approved my going; but I think I still need to fill out an out-of-country travel approval form - don't I? If so, can you send me the link?

The cost for the Premier's Trade Mission?
$514,895= Christy Clark share


de Jong

Like last time, FII, is paying?  Is this FII  which I covered in an earlier Post:

Forestry Innovation Investment’s (FII) mandate is to support an environmentally sustainable and prosperous forest economy in British Columbia.

Has anyone had time to check out the Budget for FII and if they have been picking up the tab for trips overseas for all of our Ministers and supporting cast?  Is that why the Travel Expenses for the Ministers don't match with the hidden costs of Trade Missions to China, India and Duabai!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

BC Mary's blog lives on, and in good hands.

At my post of 1820 to 2006 "Historical News Search" via Open Information.  1984, the first death of a Snowmobiler.   Kootcoot left a comment, and when I clicked on his name, I found that it linked to his profile where he has these Blogs listed:

My blogs

That's right, BC Mary's   "The Legislature Raids" is being looked after by Kootcoot.

Under the heading of "Contributors" is this:


Thank you Kootcoot!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

1820 to 2006 "Historical News Search" via Open Information. 1984, the first death of a Snowmobiler.

This morning's Vancouver Sun report of an avalanche killing a snowmobiler at Whistler triggered putting a query to Open Information.  "other supplies" has opened up many doors to what the BC Government has stashed away in no particular order, or in a neat chronological order, latest to oldest.

Using      snowmobiler      creates 341 weekly incident reports........ What I was looking for was something more of a historical nature, so I used "other supplies" and roadrunner.    RoadRunner is a provincial government Transportation magazine, and I thought it might have some substance.

Search Criteria in Open Information:     "other supplies" roadrunner    Four hits, second one down is this:

Page 1. Flooding and Landslide Events Northern British Columbia 1820-2006 ...

 Flooding and Landslide Events Northern British Columbia 1820-2006
D. Septer
There's just one hit when a search is done for "other supplies", this:

July 15-18, 1974
Event type: Spring runoff flooding.
Precipitation: Dease Lake (34.5 mm/1 day), July 16, 1974.
Source: The Vancouver Sun, July 19, 23 and 24, 1974; Coates 1992 (pp. 252-56).
In the middle of July, torrential rain and late melting snow caused floods and washouts in northwest and northern British Columbia. There had been exceptionally heavy snowfalls the previous winter. The following summer was cool, and mountain snowmelt slow. Warm weather arrived in early July, to be followed by exceptionally heavy rainfall starting on July 15.
The Alaska Highway experienced some of the worst flooding in its history. Within a matter of hours, dozens of miles of the highway had been rendered impassable. The storm continued, interrupting telecommunications and stranding hundreds of travellers. Of the people stranded in the washed-out sections, 50 were at Summit Lake, 50 at Toad River Lodge, others at isolated sites, and the largest group, 175 trapped at Muncho Lake. The Provincial Emergency Planning Group, assisted by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, flew food and other supplies (as well as a social worker and a public health nurse to the group at Muncho Lake) to the stranded travellers.
The word Roadrunner doesn't exist in the document at all

Christy Clark's Open Information database is Flawed..... who was hired to create the information?

If you're still reading here, there's one more step in the "looking", the researching, the data mining, and its this.  If you copy a part of the title of the manuscript.....Flooding and Landslide Events Northern British Columbia into Google..... you get 71,500 hits.... but its the first one that makes you  say YES!

Hydrometeorological thresholds for landslide initiation and forest ...
File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat - Quick View
by MJKHO Lange - 2006 - Cited by 15 - Related articles
recorded in Northern British Columbia, including approximately. 50 deaths on July 6, 1881 ... discharge, estimated flood volume, and event intensity were used ...

A picture is truly worth a thousand words:

And this report only focuses on what you see in the photo above, it doesn't cover the rest on the trek east to Alberta's oil sands!

The following are just the one liners but the "Historical News Search" includes the full stories as well, and also the newspapers that wrote them

Appendix 3 - Reported fatalities caused by slope failures and snow avalanches in northern British Columbia.

Ca. 1852 A glacial outburst flood “destroyed several Indian villages and killed countless people,” including a settlement at the confluence of the Alsek and Tatshenshini rivers.
July 6, 1891 Debris avalanches near Port Edward killed 41 people at the Inverness cannery and nine at the North Pacific cannery.
Winter 1915-1916 A snow avalanche on the southeastern shoulder of Mount Cronin killed a man carrying mail for the Cronin mine.
December 28, 1917 A snowslide killed two mining employees on their way up to Rocher de Boule mountain.
October 1, 1922 A debris avalanche at Eicho Harbor near Ocean Falls killed five people and buried some houses.
May 4, 1931 The locomotive and three fish cars derailed when an eastbound train No. 6 hit a rockslide east of Amsbury. One trespasser riding on a fish car was killed.
Ca. February 20, 1932 Snowslides buried three men at the Jumbo mine near Wrangell, Alaska, killing at least one of them.
March 25, 1939 Ice jams caused the Murray River to suddenly overflow its banks west of Dawson Creek, taking a total of nine lives.
October 19, 1940 A passenger train plunged off the flood-weakened bridge across Lorne Creek. The engineer, fireman, and two passengers were drowned. According to another source, five lives were lost.
February 11, 1943 A series of three snow avalanches at MacLean Point west of Terrace killed three men and injured 12 others in the camp of the Tomlinson Construction Company.
January 15, 1947 A CNR foreman was killed when his speeder struck a rock on the track near Pacific.
October 27, 1953 A rockslide near Dorreen killed one miner at a placer mine at Lorne Creek.
May 15, 1954 A fireman was killed west of Prince George after a CNR passenger train dropped into a deep washed-out culvert caused by the breaching of a beaver dam.
October 18, 1954 A debris slide killed two construction workers at Mile 28 on the rail line between Terrace-Kitimat.
October 6, 1955 A PGE speeder hit a rock and jumped the tracks at Stone Creek south of Prince George, killing two members of a bridge and buildings crew and injuring two others.
November 21, 1957 A debris avalanche on Mount Oldfield near Prince Rupert killed seven people and destroyed three houses.
March 21, 1959 An eastbound freight train hit a slide west of Smithers and derailed, killing the engineer.
April 7, 1959 A snow avalanche at the Torbrit Silver Mine near Alice Arm killed one miner.
December 4, 1959 A rock and snowslide killed one employee and injured another on the Stewart/Cassiar Road project north of Stewart.
September 7, 1960 A mud and debris slide down a steep ravine 18 mi. (28.8 km) west of McBride killed three highway construction workers. Another man was injured while a fifth man escaped.
November 18, 1962 A snow avalanche on Hudson Bay’s Glacier Gulch near Smithers killed one mine employee.
July 21, 1963 A section of roadway north of Fort Nelson and just inside the Yukon Territory, gave way and buried a truck with two men, killing one and injuring the other one.
January 13, 1965 A snow avalanche on Mt. Caro Marion near Ocean Falls wiped out two duplex homes, killing seven and injuring five other people.
February 18, 1965 A snow avalanche on the Leduc Glacier near Stewart killed 26 and injured 20 workmen in the Granduc Mining Co. camp.
February 10, 1966 Heavy snowload on the roof of a welding shop in Kitimat collapsed, killing one man.
November 24, 1968 A massive slide of “overburden” of a mining operation west of Natal on Highway 3 killed two motorists and their small dog.
March 14, 1973 A snow avalanche on Nine Mile Mountain near Hazelton killed one snowmobile operator.
January 22, 1974 A snow avalanche wiped out a service station and motel/restaurant complex on Highway 16 west of Terrace. Seven people were killed.

 On January 22, a “dry” avalanche came down 28 mi. (45 km) west of Terrace. It wiped out a service station and motel-restaurant complex North Route along Highway 16. The service station had been built in 1964. It was located in the run-out zone of large avalanches that would probably occur once in about 15 years (Stethem and Schaerer 1979). According to a National Research Council report, tree growth patterns and broken wood in the area demonstrated that avalanches had reached the highway through two narrow gaps before the café was built. The North Route buildings stood directly in the path that dry, rapidly moving avalanches would be expected to take. “Unfortunately, the hazard was not recognised when the service center was built,” the report states. “And later, when avalanches did come close, the warning went unheeded.” (Terrace Standard, January 21, 2004). Several vehicles were also buried. Seven people were killed. *2)
The snow mass was estimated at 400 ft. (120 m) long, 100 ft. (30 m) wide, and 30 ft. (9 m) deep. The avalanche traveled 500-600 ft. (150-180 m) down and 1,000-1,500 ft. (300-450 m) across. D.D. Godfrey, Highways Department regional engineer for Burnaby, estimated the speed at which it traveled to be over 100 mph (160 km/h). The estimated speed of the avalanche when it hit the buildings was 108 km/h (Stethem and Schaerer 1979).
The avalanche snow ranged from 1-8 m in depth and was strewn with housing debris and trees up to 0.5 m in diameter. The average depth was 1 m, but the snow in the area surrounding the buildings was up to 8 m deep. The avalanche ran out on the ice of the Skeena River, with the tip of the deposit 250 m past the service centre. On several trees between the railroad and the river, snow was plastered on the north side of the tree trunks up to 30 ft. (9 m) above the tracks. Snowfalls at the accident site are usually greater than those at the Terrace airport. At the North Route site, the snowfall was probably greater by one third (Stethem and Schaerer 1979).
Earlier that morning, a Canada Post mail truck driver and only survivor, heard “a bunch of noise rattling outside.” He was told not to worry as “it’s way up in the hills.” Just after 8 a.m., the slide hit. “I heard it – just like a cannon shot,” he said. It pushed him through the wall of the coffee shop and 50 ft. (15 m) beyond.
During the rescue operations, a smaller slide occurred about a mile (1.6 km) from the disaster site. At 2:45 p.m., almost seven hours later the first body was found under 3.6 m of snow. Zobel was the second victim found, and he would be the only survivor. It was nearly 20 hours after the slide hit that the last bodies were found. The only other survivor was a husky. The dog was under a building and crawled out a couple of days later.
 The coroner’s inquiry found that logging carried out by the service station owner was a contributing factor to the slide. He had logged off an area above his property on Highway 16. Warmer temperatures loosened the heavy snowpack on the mountain above the highway triggering a fast moving powder snowslide. (The Vancouver Sun, March 21, 1974).

February 17, 1974 an avalanche on Mica Mountain west of Valemount killed one man and seriously injured two others.
October 30, 1978 A mudslide coming down in the BC Rail yard north of Prince George killed two employees. One man was buried alive and the second died of a heart attack while attempting to rescue the other.
November 2, 1978 Part of a CNR work train plunged into the Skeena River, killing an engine man and a conductor.
July 1980 A debris avalanche in the Beaver Valley near Terrace killed an equipment operator. The vibration of a caterpillar tractor set off the accident.
September 28, 1981 A mudslide killed a 25-year old man working on the new BC Rail line near the Tumbler Ridge coal site.
January 12, 1982 A snow avalanche at slidepath Rockface west of Terrace killed a 53-year old CNR section man and injured three other CNR employees.
February 13, 1984 An avalanche in the Red Fern Lake area south of Fort Nelson swept down a five-man snowmobiler party, killing an 18-year old Fort St. John man and a 20-year old man from Taylor.
February 22, 1985 An avalanche on Onion Mountain near Smithers killed a 29-year old man snowmobiling in the darkness.
March 29, 1986 An avalanche on the Cariboo Mountain trail south of Valemount killed four Alberta snowmobilers.
March 23, 1987 An avalanche near Blue River in the Cariboo Range killed seven heli-skiers. Another five skiers, who were trailing behind the group, escaped.
January 28, 1989 A snow avalanche near Telegraph Creek wiped out two houses, killing an 80-year old woman.

March 25, 1989 A piece of falling ice on Highway 16 at Carwash Rock west of Terrace killed the driver of a pick-up truck.
November, 1989 A logging truck driver was killed when his truck left Highway 37A after hitting a rock fall at the entrance to Little Canyon near Stewart.
June 11, 1990 A van carrying eight tree planters plunged off a partly washed out bridge over George Creek, killing four occupants.
November 27, 1991 An avalanche coming down Twin Falls near Smithers killed one ice-climber and injured four others.
January 3, 1992 A snow avalanche on Thornhill Mountain near Terrace buried and killed two local snowmobilers.
November 19, 1993 A small debris flow on the eastern shore of Alan Reach south of Kitimat buried and killed one logging employee.
May 22, 1994 A small snow avalanche killed one member of a ski-mountaineering group near Europa Lake south of Kitimat. The victim was swept over a 360-metre cliff.
September 28, 1994 A heavy equipment operator was killed when a section of road under construction at Kiseadin Creek near Greenville gave way.
May 17, 1996 An avalanche down the slope of Cerberus Mountain about 70 km from Bella Coola killed four skiers.
April 16, 1997 In West Quesnel, shifting soil snapped a gas line and caused an explosion that killed five people and injured 20 others.
January 7, 1999 An avalanche near Meziadin killed two Terrace-based Ministry of Transportation and Highways avalanche technicians.
December 28, 2002 Two Alberta snowmobilers got caught in an avalanche south of Valemount. One of the victims was killed.


If I find later details, they'll be posted here, and/or links to them.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

North Vancouver's Cleveland Dam isn't generating any electricity. What a waste of water!

The Cleveland Dam was never meant to generate electricity, the idea then, was that there were plenty of other dams in the province that would create electricity.   This dam was to be used solely as a source for drinking water, or for sprinkling the lawns all summer long, or Fire fighting when the need arose.

Does anyone know why the Greater Vancouver Regional District is dropping the level of the water on Capilano Lake?

With all these IPP's getting top dollar from BC Hydro for Run of the River Generating plants, why hasn't this dam's gateway been converted?  

It's hard to know where to draw the line when it comes to Vetting in the Christy Clark's government

March 6th, 2012!!!! it's still March 6th, 2012, alllllll day, but Sara's name hasn't been painted on the Phone Directory, let alone her Office Door.    Google Search is MDM Key Contact List

For the latest on the same day Hiring or Firing Press Releases regarding Sara MacIntyre  or


Premier Christy Clark has hired Prime Minister Stephen Harper's former press secretary, the Vancouver Sun has learned.

Sara MacIntyre will become Clark's director of communications starting March 6th. Current director of communications Shane Mills will become Clark's new director of issues management.
Shane Mills will become Clark's new issues manager........ LOL.... LOL..... LOL...... LOL.

Is this why Christy said she wouldn't be available until Tuesday, because she has to introduce the new person on just how things are done in a BC Liberal Government, and its just a coincidence after the Budget 2012 vetting fiasco that the chairs are being moved around?

This list should remain constant, almost constant..... otherwise there's bound to be more severance payouts and that just won't do.


Reception - Louise Ross
Chief of Staff - Ken Boessenkool
Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations - Kim Haakstad
Principal Secretary - Mike McDonald
Director of Communications - Shane Mills
Senior Issues Management Coordinator - Spencer Sproule
Senior Communications Coordinator - Trevor Halford
Senior Outreach Coordinator - Barinder Bhullar
Communications Coordinator - Vacant
Executive Assistant to the Premier - Gabe Garfinkel
Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff - Jennifer Chalmers

Premier's Vancouver Office
World Trade Centre, Suite 740 - 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC, V6C 3E1
Senior Policy Advisor - Jim Shepard
Director of Outreach - Pamela Martin
Administrative Coordinator - May Lee
Events and Projects Coordinator - Katherine Bergen
Support Staff - Virginia Bremner
Deputy Minister to the Premier and Cabinet Secretary - John Dyble
Linda Pink - Executive Administrative Coordinator
Deputy Minister, Corporate Priorities and Planning - Neil Sweeney
Alisha Olson - Executive Administrative Coordinator

Say CHEESE for up to and including February 26th, 2012   official photo

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Where oh where did I find the basis for this Post? The "de-professionalization of teachers"? It emerged from my Last Post, and now I think I hear a Chorus.

 I remember hearing "The Last Post and Chorus" on CBC (Radio), must be thirty years ago.  The commentator for the show explained that the words were wrong.    "Did the bugles sound the last post and chorus", it worked because it had everything to do with the "rhyming and timing".   I liked it so much..... reminded me of one of my Grand Fathers........ I went out and bought the tape.   Still brings tears to my eyes.

Willie McBride's  Did the bugle sing The Last Post And Chorus; Did the pipes play The Flowers Of The Forest? Did you leave a wife or a sweetheart behind; In some faithful heart ......

And here I find that the BC Liberals use rhyming and timing to soothe the public when it comes to Public Education.... and they've been doing it ever since 2001.  It turns out that the Public Library search criteria that I found that worked in the last Post, works exceedingly well for Google Searches too. 

Or maybe its just pure luck!


 The above link creates TWO THREE hits, its the last one that is crucial to what's happening in our Province, has been happening in our BC schools, and causing all of the turmoil by the BC Liberal Government since Christy Clark was Minister of this Title:

 The evolution of professionalism:
educational policy in the provinces
and territories of Canada
Adrienne S. Chan
Donald Fisher
Kjell Rubenson

"We argue that the types and quantities of legislation since May 2001, when the Liberal government took power, has been designed, in part, to undermine the BCTF and to deprofessionalize teachers. Under the guise of creating a more flexible system and with the slogan of “putting the children first”, the government has made education an essential service, created a legitimate space for parent volunteers to work in classrooms, created school planning councils that bring parents into a professional decision-making role, given more power to the school boards in labour disputes, increased class size, and redefined the powers of BCCT by changing their mandate and governance structure.

Three other trends characterize the de-professionalization of teachers: the home school movement, the expansion of independent schools, and the increasing emphasis on skills....."

And please keep in mind here that the Government rubs their collective hands together every time they hear a new Private or Independent school is opening its doors, because the government gets to cut half the monies that students would have received if their parents had chosen to keep them in the public school.  But wait a minute, it was Education Minister Christy Clark who declared that it was the Child's right to choose which school they wanted to go to.  Imagine, the government leaving the serious business of where children should be going to school, its children making that decision, not adults, but Children who don't even have the right to VOTE.

Its Saturday, plenty of spare time to do some reading...... British Columbia starts on page 11.

Its been reported by the Mainstream News Media that the BC Liberals have the power, the clout, be the bully to ram their legislation through to ensure that every teacher shows up for work on Monday.  Clark and Abbot chose not to, money in the bank.  They could have invoked Closure and they didn't.  The reason our children are not going to school on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday is not a one sided as the BC Liberal government makes out.

The Conclusions to  The evolution of professionalism: starts on page 219:

"........The BC Liberal Government, too, followed the course set by Alberta and Ontario, and made radical funding reforms one of its hallmarks, reducing education funding by approximately $200 million in 2001 and 2002 (BCTF, 2002)......"


 Evolution 20071203.indd
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by AS Chan - Cited by 6 - Related articles
table was developed for each province and territory for all the themes, as well as a thematic table ..... office on June 5, 2001, under Premier Gordon Campbell. The Liberal ...... that each school district receive the exact same funding per student, which has been ...... Campbell, Gordon, 19, 234. Canada ... Clark, Christy, 20 ...


Adrienne S. Chan, Donald Fisher, and Kjell Rubenson

This book takes a policy studies approach to documenting both regional and pan-Canadian changes in educational policy directed at schooling from the late 1980s through 2005. Our intent is to map the relation between the most important socio-political-economic-structural forces and these policies. The focus is on the production of policy within changing policy environments.

Our work began as part of larger five-year national study1 aimed at gauging the impact of structural change on teaching in Canadian schools with the added objective of helping shape future educational policy.      SNIP

Friday, March 2, 2012

Who invited Jaspal Atwal to the Legislature or more to the point which MLA would have stood up and introduced Mr. Atwal?

Of course we'll never know from the Legislative floor unless we work in reverse because of this:

The House met at 1:40 p.m.
[Mr. Speaker in the chair.]
Routine Business
Mr. Speaker: Hon. Members, considering the amount of guests that we have here today, if we allowed introduction of guests, we might be here for some time, and the Minister of Finance might not get to deliver his today. So on behalf of all the members, I want to welcome you here today. And all those special guests that are sitting on the floor: welcome.

Reverse means we can cross MLA Kash Heed off of the list because he was one of two BC Liberals who approached the Speaker.  We can cross the Speaker off the list because he acted....... but was too late?

The BC Liberals have already admitted that the seat was for one of their guests, substitutions are still guests, still have to be vetted, and he wasn't.  What would the criteria have been used to ban Mr. Atwal if he wasn't permitted to sit in the House, as a guest?  Would there have been an uproar, of discrimination, and duly reported by the Press?   Would Mr. Atwal have made a fuss of being ejected?   He didn't have to make a fuss though, did he, the fuss came to him afterwards.   No Comment.

The House met at 1:40pm and the Speaker immediately says "...the Minister of Finance might not get to deliver his today" if introductions are made.

Not including the Speaker, 49 MLAs, sometimes the same speakers, rose and spoke for less than two hours altogether.

The House adjourned at 3:19 p.m.

A minute under Two hours to conduct the business of the House, where normally the House sits long after 3:10pm, so what was the rush on this particular day?

Not enough time to introduce the guests!

Were there too many guests in the House?  Was the House in violation of the BC Fire Code?

Now if I had a little money set aside I'd hire myself a polling firm, or a Rack9,  to do a robocall to the MLA's and ask them who they were going to introduce on Budget 2012.  Just give us the names for the record, the Fire Marshall needs an accounting of how many people were in the House..... and where they sat.

Or a far worse scenario....legislative building's earthquake readiness   which I witnessed via the live telecast late last year, the ringing of many bells, the House was open, but closed, MLAs and staff were hiding beneath their desks, or giving interviews...about the Great Shake Out.

The question isn't who Invited Jaspal Atwal to the Legislature, the question is who was going to INTRODUCE Mr. Atwal, and then turn and ask the House to make him welcome?

Would the MLA have risen from the Government side of the house, front and centre, with the Minister of Finance to their right, the Minister of Mines and Energy to their left,......look up, nod to Tariq Ghuman, then looked to the next gentleman in the next seat, look to their MLA's speaking notes and read out his name and acknowledge ..... A.......

Those speaking notes!  Have they been shredded?


On the Public Tour of the Legislative building here's a note on Safety:

To protect the sprinkler system, tent poles or stakes cannot be driven into the ground or lawns.

What is under the that lawn, what is the load capacity:



What better time than to troop off to Victoria on Monday, to protest the Government's handling of the Teachers negotiations.  For Seniors, its free ferry service.....  oh, do we need to reserve a seat Inside the Legislature, and how do we go about that.... contact our local MLA.... you might get introduced, made welcome, if there's enough time.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Heavier Tanker traffic, which way is it going to and from Kitimat and Vancouver?

Tanker Traffic Density page 34
UPDATE photo at bottom

On page 123 there's this:  "Figure 6. Aquifers vulnerable to contamination and with reported groundwater quality concerns."   Then ask yourself "Where is all this hydraulic fracturing for Christy Clark's Natural Gas exploration taking place so that she can have it shipped off to China?"  Ask yourself why BC Hydro Billion Dollar Smart Meter's are going in and then ask yourself why the majority of our electricity is going to be used to convert natural gas to LNG to be shipped off to China through the narrowest of Channels?

And while I have your attention this morning check out this document from down under, on page 28  under the heading of Hutton Sandstone.  I found it because I was looking with this search criteria in Google... Liquid Natural Gas AND Range of Values of Hydraulic conductivity and permeability, the Hutton Sandstone info is the seventh eighth hit down:

Australia Pacific LNG Project
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Australia Pacific LNG Pty Limited ABN 68 001 646 331 ..... proponents for EIS purposes use values of hydraulic conductivity of between 0.01metres/day ... accepted values for confined units in the GAB generally range between the 1x10-4 to 1x10- ... result in a lowered local permeability in the aquifer, which would manifest ...

On page 28 the topic is Ground Water without a hint, or a concern, of the quality of the harm that is being done because of hydraulic fracturing to squeeze out the natural gas..... destined for China:

Hutton Sandstone
The estimated hydraulic impact zones for the injection trials into the Hutton Sandstone are shown on Figure 7. The best estimate for the hydraulic impact zone of a likely trial scenario
(60 days continuous injection) is a hydraulic influence of approximately 9km from the injection bore. Should injection continue at the maximum rate for 365 days, the worst case scenario for the hydraulic impact zone is estimated to be approximately 46km from the injection bore.

There is one word that is used in both  studies in British Columbia and Australia.... Aquifier!


One of my readers has pointed out that its not a diameter of 9km, but a RADIUS of 9km! 
Red is 9km and Green is 46km from atop of Vancouver's Little Mountain

That's the saturation, the impact zone, that the extraction of natural gas requires to squeeze it out of the ground at the bore point.  And no, petunias and cauliflower will never grow again in your backyards.

If you can't get your head around how Vancouver relates to where you live in, like in Northern BC, here's Fort St. John with just ONE injection bore site.  Can you just imagine just how much British Columbia's pristine land is being destroyed for untold future generations just so China can have Fracked Natural Gas to generate even more climate changes.