Monday, April 30, 2012

No password Required, just a Library card to take out your favourite reading/listening material

 There's this book in the Provincial Legislative Library that is a must read that covers the topic of Libraries, throughout the Province of British Columbia, starting way, way, back in time.

Author:  Marjorie C. Holmes   1959

Library Service in British Columbia
A Brief History of its Development

Public library service in British Columbia is not a thing of recent growth. We find in reading the journals of the fur-traders that books were playing a prominent part in their lonely lives even as early as 1786.

At that time John McKay, surgeon in the Experiment, one of two ships under command of the explorer James Strange, had his library with him when he remained for some time at Nootka Sound making a study of the native Indians of that region.

Daniel William Harmon, trader with the North West.Company in 1801, makes frequent mention of his pleasure in reading during his years spent at posts in what are now the three western Provinces. The company made a practice of supplying books to its northern posts. As Harmon says in 1813, writing from Stuart Lake, ". . . there are few posts, which are not tolerably well supplied with books. These books are not, indeed, all of the best kind; but among them are many which are valuable."

The Hudson's Bay Company also supplied books to its more remote posts. Many of these volumes are now preserved in Hudson's Bay House at Winnipeg.  SNIP

 Ahhhhh, North Vancouver

City of North Vancouver

Founded in 1924, North Vancouver began with a library of donated books. Membership was free and it functioned with volunteer help. The city gave a small grant for book purchases,  which were supplemented by books from the Travelling Libraries. In 1926 the association owned about 1,300 books and had also changed its quarters several times. At this period a membership of $1 was found to be necessary as funds were scarce, and the Government grant amounted to the large sum of $21.89. The association held book teas to raise funds, and mending bees to keep the books "alive" a little longer. In the thirties the city  discontinued its grant, but later, happily, it was renewed.

Twice between 1945 and 1950 the library moved, and then found the building in which it is now housed. In December, 1950, the ratepayers voted on the question: "Are you in favour of the Council granting to the North Vancouver Public Library aid out of general revenue in a sum not exceeding the equivalent of $1.00 per capita of population of the city according to the last Canadian census?" It passed with a 1,500 majority.

In 1956, North Vancouver appointed its first professional librarian, Mrs. Hero Heyworth, and in that year also it was agreed to spend the North Vancouver Centennial grant on a new library building.  Snip

 And since the non-Premier has called into question the costs of our Justice system going up, and crimes going down....AND the Feds are cutting back on Gaols too, therefore they must have seen similar crime statistics going Down as well.........

Why not do a little research on the internet for Keywords in the Reference of a book?

Why?  Why would the First document in the Reference section of this book have to do with the Inspector of Gaols?     Starting on the bottom of page 23 is a very large section on Institutional Libraries and Conrad Black will be out walking the streets of North America... a FREE man, on Friday.

Without a library in a prison Conrad Black wouldn't have gone stir crazy.

British Columbia. Inspector of Gaols. Annual report. 1945-1956. Victoria, 1946-1957.

Snip ....A small beginning of library service to institutions in the Province was made as early as 1922, when books in print and in raised type were lent to the School for the Deaf, the Dumb, and the Blind, and pictures were given by the Library Commission to the school.

 Books were also sent to the Boys' Industrial School under the usual Travelling Libraries regulations. Tranquille Sanatorium library was well supplied with books of its own, but help was given by the Public Library Commission staff in reorganizing it.

Except for the occasional mention that more books had been sent to the Boys' Industrial School, institutional libraries were not very seriously considered until about 1940. At that time several informal discussions had been held with the Provincial Secretary and the Attorney-General, stressing the need for organized library service in the institutions. In 1942 the Annual Report of the Public Library Commission stated:-

"Very little progress has been made in the matter of library service for Provincial institutions, but a preliminary investigation was made of library facilities at present available, and a memorandum submitted to the Minister of Education. This was also supplied to the Provincial Secretary and the Attorney-General, under whose respective jurisdictions most of the Provincial institutions are  administered. Some interest was evinced in the report but no concrete result had been attained by the end of the year."

In 1943 it was reported that" with the keen interest and appreciated co-operation of the Attorney-General, the Honourable Gordon Wismer, it was possible to start on a project long cherished by the Commission for improvement of reading facilities at Oakalla Prison Farm." For some time past a group of women in the Elizabeth Fry Society had been providing books for the women's ward of the Provincial Goal, but both they and the Commission felt that the library should be the direct responsibility of the prison authorities, and that books should form part of the equipment of the institution and of the rehabilitation process.

This view was shared by the Attorney-General, and in 1943 a start was made and a carefully selected list of books chosen and added to the existing stock. The library was placed under the direction of a trained librarian experienced in penal institution library work, and the cost paid for out of the vote of the Attorney-General's Department.

The library in the men's gaol was not satisfactory from any viewpoint, a fact which was fully realized, but in 1943 efforts were concentrated on bringing up the library in the women's gaol to a proper standard before tackling the situation in the men's gaol. This was commenced in 1944, and the change was immediately apparent.
British Columbia. Legislative Library. Reports. 1894, 1898, 1899/1900, 1900/1901, 1902/1903, 1904, 1907, 1909. Typewritten.

British Columbia. Provincial Library and Archives. Reports. 1915/1916, 1916/1917, 1918, 1919, 1921. Victoria, 1916- 1921.

British Columbia. Public Library Commission. British Columbia Library Survey, 1927-1928. Victoria, 1929.

British Columbia. Public Library Commission. Libraries in British Columbia, 1940. Victoria, 1941.

British Columbia. Public Library Commission. A preliminary study of adult education in British Columbia. Victoria, 1941.

British Columbia. Public Library Commission. Programme for library development in British Columbia, 1940, 1945, 1950, 1956. Mimeographed.

British Columbia. Public Library Commission. Reports. 1919-1926. Typewritten. 77

British Columbia. Public Library Commission. Reports. 1926/1927- 1957. Victoria, 1927-1958.

British Columbia. Public Library Commission. Survey of union libraries in British Columbia. Victoria, 1956.

British Columbia. Travelling Libraries. Reports. 1911-1918. Typewritten.

British Columbia. Public Libraries Act. Victoria, 1947. Mimeographed.

British Columbia Historical Quarterly, July, 1947. Victoria, 1947.

British Columbia Library Association. Bulletin. 1938-1956.

British Columbia Library Association. Quarterly. 1957-1958.

British Columbia Library Association. Looking backward, 1936-191l. Typewritten.

Canadian Library Association. Bulletin. July, 1951; February, 1954; April, 1956.

Cotton, Miles. History of the Vancouver Public Library. 1926. Typewritten.

History of the New Westminster Public Library. n.d., n.p.

Library Journal, v. 78, no. 12, June 15, 1953.

Lowe, John Adams, and Richards, John S. Report of a survey of the Vancouver (British Columbia) Public Library to the Board of the Vancouver Public Library. Chicago, A.L.A., 1949.

Miyazawa, Jean. A study of the extension services of the British Columbia Public Library Commission. Thesis, University of Washington, 1956.

New Westminster Public Library. Reports. 1950-1956. Mimeographed.

Okanagan Historical Society. Story of libraries in the Okanagan, by Muriel Page Ffoulkes. 19th annual report, 1955.

Smith, Brian. A social history of early Nanaimo. Thesis, University of British Columbia. 1956.

The Vancouver Public Library, report on a brief survey. Chicago, Public Administration Service, 1957.

Victoria Public Library, past, present, and future, n.d. Mimeographed.

Victoria, B.C. Annual reports, 1882-1956.

Correspondence files of the Public Library Commission, Victoria.

Powell River Digester.

Trail Daily Times.

Victoria Daily Colonist.

Victoria Daily Times.

Vancouver Daily Province.

Vancouver Daily Sun.


Saturday, April 28, 2012

Oil tankers, and if there is a spill, who will pay these guys "1403300 2403035 193432 1406628"?

Four sets of numbers, gleaned from the internet, after NOT looking for them in any particular way.  I started out this morning looking through several Directories on my hard drives of "items" that I have saved (BookMarked) for a rainy day.  Today it wasn't raining, but it sure looked like it might, so, I went and did some house keeping.

Google Search Criteria   1403300 2403035 193432 1406628   generates six Results.

Third and Fourth are the same, Third in English, Fourth in French, Fifth makes you stop, and wonder.

Just what is the BC Liberal Government doing, to protect our coastal waters from the north end of Vancouver Island and all points SOUTH, if Premier Christy Clark is not going to take a stand against Oil Tankers and Pipelines from Alberta?    Is she going to hop on her Government Jet plane, with floats, and hop from one island to another claiming AFTER the FACT, that she will be there for US?....... after disaster strikes like that which has been happening up in Burns Lake and Prince George Saw Mills?

It isn't just the pristine waters of Burrard Inlet that is at stake here, its Wild Salmon too which are not marked on any map that I've found today.

"Marine Finfish  Aqualculture (with LF)" .... slow loading but lots of detail and inside the PDF file its called differently, once the file is opened up on your monitor:

"Saltwater Aquaculture Facilities in British Columbia   December 2010 (with Crown Land Fish Number)" or there's this:

another source for the same sort of information but with a different  title altogether

0 10 20 30 40 50 Kilometers - Ministry of Agriculture and Lands ...

 Shades of Boss Power settlement, Energy Minister Rich Coleman will take care of it, he knows the procedures on how to settle on the Court House steps.

Now compare this image with the one above, and then go to this Blog of Alexandra Morton's  who created the image/document below for more information.  

 Update:   April 29, 2012


This spreadsheet has been sorted by Crown Landfile numbers

Laugh Out Loud

      the file is dedicated to the Aquaculture Management team of Fish Farmers who see themselves as "Ensuring Sustainable Fisheries"....... as their product is decimating the natural habitat!!!!    Did they get their spin doctoring degree from Master Spin Doctor Rich Coleman when he was busily planting the Province's Six Billionth Tree and then continued to watch our Province's forests being decimated by the Mountain Pine Beetle..... and then..... and then...... hasn't a word to say on two explosions in two Saw Mills?

Oh yeah, he passed the portfolio file onto Steve Thomson the New Minister of Forests.... and where is he, Thomson, on the two explosions in the Saw Mills?  Was he pre-empted by Christy for another one of her Photo-Operations.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Does BC Health Minister have a Black Belt in Lean?

Several bouts of verbal attacks by the BC NDP, against the BC Liberals during Question Period in the House in Victoria on the topic of C-Dificile, had me looking a little closer at the topic of cleanliness in our hospitals.

Why is it cropping up now?

There's a document called "Lean in British Columbia's Health Sector" which is closely adhered to by our Provincial Government.   Have the BC Liberal used the same Lean methodology in more than one Ministry?
Lean is a method that improves processes through continuous improvement (kaizen) and elimination of waste. It is the North American equivalent of the Toyota Production System. The foundation of Lean Manufacturing is leveling of production, known as Heijunka. Simply put, the work load each day is level. Building upon that foundation are two main pillars which represent "Just-in-time production" and "Automation with a human touch".
Just-in-time production means only product required is produced. Automation with a human touch signifies that machines are equipped in such a way that they can detect small errors when processing and have the ability to stop the process. These two pillars are joined by a respect for humanity which means associates are respected and viewed as valuable contributors. Applying Lean principles can greatly improve efficiency as well as quality. A key aspect of this system is the building of quality into the process; do not pass a defect on to the customer (the next process). Through application of this fundamental rule, problems are highlighted immediately and addressed just as quickly.
 A search in Google using these keywords:  Lean Manufacturing Junction BC Health
Lean in British Columbia's Health Sector File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat - Quick View Lean in British Columbia's Health Sector : Annual Report 2010-11 · 1 ... working groups, and the production of an inventory of Lean events and an annual report ...... prevent missing an operation ( [LMJ], n.d.).

Using Google again, but with these keywords Lean Manufacturing Junction BC Forestry

 Using Google.... keywords   BC Lean Manufacturing Pilot Project

FICBC Sponsors Lean Manufacturing Pilot Program

July 23, 2011
 A type of process improvement, Lean Manufacturing has the potential to find cost savings and increase product quality. Widely used internationally, Lean is a system and philosophy which Toyota implemented in the 1990′s to become one of the world’s largest automakers. Literally to trim the fat or waste on anything that does not add value to the consumer, Lean harnesses the knowledge of production workers to improve quality, eliminate waste, reduce time and reduce costs.
The Food Innovation Centre of BC (FICBC) recently carried out a Lean Manufacturing pilot program. Learning To See Consulting (LTS) was contracted to custom-design and deliver the Lean Manufacturing pilot program to a selection of small and medium BC greenhouses, nurseries, and floriculture operations in the Fraser Valley and the Okanagan. From December to March 2011, a total of 168 industry employees received Lean Training and support for implementation of Lean at their operations.
After having read the "Lean in British Columbia's Health Sector" document it appears as though our Minister of Health doesn't even have a White Belt.  To rid our hospitals of C-Dificile the Minister needs a Lean Team assembled in the cleaning departments.  Failing that maybe he should go for a Poka-Yoke. 

Poka-yoke (ポカヨケ) [poka joke] is a Japanese term that means "fail-safing" or "mistake-proofing". A poka-yoke is any mechanism in .....


Lean Six Sigma

 Lean Six Sigma is a synergized managerial concept of Lean and Six Sigma that results in the elimination of the seven kinds of wastes/muda (classified as Defects, Overproduction, Transportation, Waiting, Inventory, Motion and Over-Processing) and provision of goods and service at a rate of 3.4 defects per million opportunities (DPMO) .  snip

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Christy Clark's Cabinet Committees aren't Leaner than Gordon Campbell's

When Christy Clark came into Office she said she would have a smaller Cabinet, maybe so, but her Cabinet Committees has "Super Sized" when compared to Gordon Campbell Cabinet Committees: 

The Campbell era link is from August 14th 2010 AND there's an added BONUS too in that link... The WayBack Machine:

Cabinet Committees

Cabinet Committees

Agenda and Priorities Committee
Priorities and Planning Committee

Premier Gordon Campbell (Chair) 1 Premier Christy Clark (Chair)
George Abbott
2 Rich Coleman (Vice Chair)
Rich Coleman
3 George Abbott
Michael de Jong
4 Pat Bell

Kevin Falcon
5 Michael de Jong
Margaret MacDiarmid 6 Kevin Falcon
Joan McIntyre
7 John Les

8 Mary Polak

9 Ben Stewart

Treasury Board

Treasury Board

Colin Hansen (Chair) 1 Kevin Falcon (Chair)
Shirley Bond (Vice-Chair) 2 Shirley Bond (Vice-Chair)
Stephanie Cadieux
3 Ida Chong

Ron Cantelon
4 Rich Coleman
Ida Chong
5 Michael de Jong
Steve Thomson
6 Colin Hansen
Ben Stewart
7 Randy Hawes
Pat Pimm

8 Terry Lake

9 John Les

10 Mary McNeil

Cabinet Committee on  
Cabinet Committee on 
Climate Action and Clean Energy
Families First

Premier Gordon Campbell (Chair) 1 Mary McNeil (Chair)
John Yap (Vice Chair, Climate Action) 2 Stephanie Cadieux (Vice Chair)
Bill Bennett (Vice Chair, Clean Energy) 3 George Abbott
George Abbott
4 Marc Dalton

Pat Bell

5 Dave Hayer

Shirley Bond
6 Gordon Hogg
Rich Coleman
7 Margaret MacDiarmid
Iain Black

8 Joan McIntyre
Barry Penner
9 Don McRae

Naomi Yamamoto
10 Jane Thornthwaite
Eric Foster

Dan Doyle (ex officio)

David Emerson (ex officio) 13

Cabinet Committee on 

Jobs and Economic Growth

1 Pat Bell (Chair)

2 Moira Stilwell (Vice Chair)

3 Donna Barnett

4 Harry Bloy

5 Shirley Bond

6 Rich Coleman

7 Rob Howard

8 Blair Lekstrom

9 Mary Polak

10 Ralph Sultan

11 Steve Thomson

12 Naomi Yamamoto

Environment and Land Use Committee
Environment and Land Use Committee

Barry Penner (Chair)
1 Steve Thomson (Chair)
George Abbott
2 Terry Lake (Vice Chair)
Pat Bell

3 Pat Bell

Randy Hawes
4 Bill Bennett

Kevin Krueger
5 Murray Coell
Terry Lake
6 Rich Coleman
John Slater
7 Eric Foster

8 Randy Hawes

9 Don McRae

10 Pat Pimm

11 Mary Polak

Cabinet Committee on 

Open Government and Engagement

1 Margaret MacDiarmid (Chair)

2 Blair Lekstrom (Vice Chair)

3 Stephanie Cadieux

4 Ida Chong

5 Gordon Hogg

6 Kevin Krueger

7 Richard Lee

8 Don McRae

9 John Slater

10 Naomi Yamamoto

Legislative Review Committee
Legislative Review Committee

George Abbott (Chair) 1 Blair Lekstrom (Chair)
Barry Penner (Vice-Chair) 2 Terry Lake (Vice Chair)
Bill Bennett
3 Shirley Bond
Michael de Jong
4 Ida Chong

Norm Letnick
5 Michael de Jong
Moira Stilwell
6 Douglas Horne
Jane Thornthwaite
7 Norm Letnick

8 John Rustad

9 Ralph Sultan

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

"We have nearly as much natural, diverse forest as we had 150 years ago - Rich Coleman

     .......  while at the same time our forest sector is delivering long-term economic benefits to British Columbians.” -         Coleman's exact words in 2008
The trouble here is, since before 2008, the BC Liberals were busy "pruning" the funding to the point that they weren't keeping up with the pine beetle devastation.   All they did was plant ONE tree in Kelowna.
Then the Secret Government Report was injected into the mix today which shows that the pine infested trees have been rotting on the ground for five years.

Meanwhile back in April of 2008.................

For Immediate Release
April 17, 2008
Office of the Premier
Ministry of Forests and Range


KELOWNA – Premier Gordon Campbell and Forests and Range Minister Rich Coleman were joined by local community and industry leaders in a ceremony today to celebrate the planting of the six billionth tree in British Columbia since reforestation programs began in the 1930s.

            “This tree represents an incredible milestone in our ongoing commitment to sustainable forest management here in British Columbia,” said Campbell. “British Columbia’s forests are a critical economic engine for our province, a treasured part of our natural heritage and a powerful ally in our fight against climate change. Since reforestation began in the 1930s, we estimate the seedlings planted have sequestered two billion tonnes of CO2 over their lifetime. As we move towards our goal of net-zero deforestation in B.C., we’ll further build on this legacy of reforestation, and further strengthen our forest resource.”

Planting the six billionth tree symbolizes our approach to sustainable forest management,” said Coleman. “We have nearly as much natural, diverse forest as we had 150 years ago, while at the same time our forest sector is delivering long-term economic benefits to British Columbians.

“We are proud to have the six billionth tree planted in our community because it’s a great reminder of how we can all make a difference to make the world a better place,” said Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd. “In Kelowna, we are working to ensure that our policies support a greener city for future generations.”

“This is a major accomplishment on the part of many people – tree planters, nursery workers, forest companies, professional foresters and technicians, scientists and researchers, and governments,” said John Allan, president of the Council of Forest Industries. “The forest industry helped build this great province and, by planting hundreds of millions of trees every year, we know our forests and forest industry will remain a vital part of our future.”

The six billionth tree is a ponderosa pine, a native B.C. species and ecologically suited to growing in the Okanagan. It took 51 years from the time the first seedling was planted in British Columbia in 1930 to the first billion milestone in 1981. The second billion mark was reached in 1989, the third billion in 1993, the fourth billion in 1997 and the fifth billion in 2002. In the 2008 throne speech, government committed to pursue a goal of zero net deforestation. In addition, the Forests for Tomorrow program will plant an additional 60 million seedlings over the next four years.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

BC FOI requests from July 1, 2011 to January 1, 2012, but nary a one asking for monies spent by Christy Clark on her Trade Mission that required Interpreters and Translators being supplied FROM China, India and Japan!

A list of all general FOI requests sent to the central government from July 1, 2011 to January 1, 2012.



One Hundred and Fourteen Pages long with 21 FOIs per page.... which makes it  Two Thousand Three Hundred and Ninety-Four FOIs long!

And, if you enter "Description" as a search criteria in the PDF document, you'll end up going from page to page without having to click on the Down key.   Other words to search for, highlighted in bold printing are Premier (Boring) Christy not so boring but you do get to see Dave Basi and Bobby Virk, Indemnity, GCPE, Asian Trade Mission, China, spreadsheet, Campaign Research, NRG Research, Barinder Sall, November 04, 2011, November 16, 2011, Pamela Martin, twelve telephone town hall, Harry Bloy, SLAPP, September 23, 2011, Athana, GCPE staff, rural lens, BC Autism, Lyme disease, Parliamentary Secretary, Chief of Staff, Deputy Chief of Staff, Falcon, Frankfurt, Paris, Zurich, Huckleberry Mine, Art Gallery, HST fight, cleaning/washing/mending, .... this last one may seem kind of petty, flaky, but those are the EXACT words that were used to search for in the Premier's Mission Report to China and India and Japan.

Premier Christy Clark was gone for fourteen days on a Trade Mission, with brand spanking new clothing, so too for her Ministers, and someone turns around and is trying to find out via an FOI if they spent any money on Mending of clothing..... MENDING?!

What the public and the media, should be asking themselves is why.... WHY Premier Christy Clark had to hire interpreters and translators IN China, to interpret and translate what the Chinese government officials were saying to her, and her BC Government entourage as they settled down to signing $1.3 Billion in Trade deals.

Not one of Christy Clark staff,  had a clue as to what was really being said to her, or them.

Here, just sign here, okay, okay.  We want Wood, LNG, Uranium.......

What Christy did to be able to "understand" what the Chinese officials were saying, was to hire someone from China, for $14,107 for interpreters and Translators, for eleven days, from November 5th to November 17, 2011.

The Lucky Lady, Christy Clark is soon to be off to her second Trade Mission, 2012, along with her even luckier  GCPE staff without a one of them speaking a second language from Asia!

Monday, April 9, 2012

"I'm sure you can understand that we don't want comments made in front of a private audience made public," said Garfinkel, executive assistant to Premier Christy Clark.

We now know that Premier Christy Clark's Nina Chiarelli as a hand-me-down from the Conservative's 2011 War-room participant.   Whether the Conservatives were actively engaged in the Robo calling scandal, that decision lies with Elections Canada and the RCMP.   Did Canadians have a Fair and Just election on May 2nd last year or are we just another Banana Republic as the Late Councillor Ernie Crist often referred to the North Shore (the District in particular)?  The question now is what's the status of Clark's young Executive Assistant to the Premier of BC after his blunder last Tuesday evening?

Over at Paying Attention writings of Paul Willocks on the topic of:

'When the premier speaks, we would rather her comments not be reported'

It was he, Paul Willcocks, via The Gazetteer's BlogCrawl, who sent me over to see what the North Shore News Sunday edition had to offer up on Monday morning's coffee break at the BBC.

Garfinkel was an aide to federal Liberal MP Joyce Murray who came over to the provincial payroll when Clark won the leadership.)   Paul Willcocks, Paying Attention

In the meantime it took one INVITED journalist, Benjamin Alldritt, to the riding of MLA Advanced Education Minister Naomi Yamamoto Canada Starts in North Vancouver shindig promoting Premier Christy Clark as the star attraction, to get a notable quote from Clark's Executive Assistant to the Premier, one Gabe Garfunkl, Garfinkel.  As Journalist Alldritt was shown the door by Garfinkel, for not being the right kind of person to be in attendance at a private function put on by the Government........ paid for by the taxpayers of British Columbia, little did Garfinkel realize that the note pad/recording devise was running full tilt that captured the quotes!

I doubt Clark said a solitary thing that we haven't all heard before in ye olde campaign/ fundraising speech. Or maybe I'm completely wrong. I suggest you ask Mayor Richard Walton, or Coun. Don Bell, or any one of the literally hundreds of people who were entrusted with secrets that you and I must never hear. If you're feeling lucky, you could even ask your MLA directly: "What's with the secrecy?" - Clark's words for some ears only    By Benjamin Alldritt, North Shore News April 8, 2012

Just to give you the status of the elected municipal participants: Mayor Richard Walton, is the District of North Vancouver head honcho whereas Councillor Don Bell is a newbie, a first timer, to the Chambers at City of North Vancouver after having been a long time participant at the District of North Vancouver and served one term as an elected Federal Liberal.   

Who wasn't mentioned in dispatches by Journalist Alldritt was Mayor Darrell Mussatto, not?????? a BC Liberal, didn't get the invite?   I supposed Alldritt's report is slightly flawed in that he shouldn't have included the titles of Mayor and Councillor.  These gentlemen were at the gig just because they are strong BC Liberalites not strong municipalites!

I've tried to find the right words to describe the kind of person that Premier Christy Clark has hired, on taxpayers's dollars, to eject from hearing her speak to the selected masses:
1. A thug hired to intimidate or harm opponents.
2. A stupid or oafish person.

Pick up your pens, sit down at your typewriters or keyboards and write a letter to Mayor Richard Walton of the District of North Vancouver and/or Councillor Don Bell and ask for a report on what was said at the Evening meeting of April 3rd, 2012.

Or at the very least, those of us who have not been invited to places like the Pinnacle in North Vancouver make a sojourn to the respective Council chambers and rise during the "Public Question period" and ask for a report.

And just for clarification, this from the North Shore News too by the same Journalist (Alldritt):

Your loyal correspondent wasn't getting rowdy, and the unfailingly friendly Pinnacle staff had no part whatsoever in my ejection. The problem was that the B.C. Liberals can't even throw a little party these days without throwing in a collection of blunders.  - Benjamin Alldritt - North Shore News
As to who was actually picking up the tab for the shindig, would the Premier of the Province of Beautiful British Columbia lower herself to Partisan Politics on the Taxpayers Dollars during a time of two By-elections taking place nearby?

Friday, April 6, 2012

Historic list of BC Mines, Inspected in 2000 has a Bonus, Coal Slurry Pipelines

What good is a Treasure hunt without a Map, eh? The link to the Map which contains the data is along the bottom!

Tell me again, why are they, Harper and Clark, in such a hurry to put in pipes to, and from, the Tar Sands in Alberta? oh yes, their Pipe Dream of shipping our never ending supply of petroleum resources to China and other points East.

The public is being sold an idea, a bill of goods, which is, ONLY Tar Sands being piped out of North America.   WRONG!

There's a second commodity, one which was supposed to be moved via CNR on BC Rail tracks, over the next 990 years.  Its not going to happen, by rail that is.  There's a far easier method, and again its another one of those Pipe Dreams of Harper and Clark.

I found this comment about eight months ago, I put it on the back burner, for a later Post.   I was house cleaning my Blog last night, to see what Drafts I had left behind.   Well over sixty Draft Posts waiting to be perused.

Studies are being conducted to assess the feasibility of a coal slurry pipeline from the Mount Klappan coal mine site (project #1081) to the port of Stewart or Prince Rupert.

 Today I refined the above search in Google to something like this:  British Columbia coal slurry pipelines development economics and application

Tons of hits, first one is interesting, especially Pages 11.2. YES, Page 11 decimal point 2 and you find it by searching for British Columbia in Slurry Pipelines (Quick View).

Looking for Oil Sands, that's on Pages 11.4 and Page 11.9.

The  coup d'état  is this, in the Reference section under Editorial Articles:
   "Moving Mountains through a Slurry Pipeline" (1994 technology).

File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat - Quick View
have been developed. The economics of preparing the slurry at the feed point of the ... pipeline was commissioned at Homestake Eskay Creek, in the north of British ... In fact, one of the longest slurry pipelines is the ETSI coal pipeline, built in ..... coal slurry mixture by applying hot air to accelerate the evaporation of water ...

File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat - Quick View
enhanced oil recovery applications. ... An example of a slurry pipeline water to transport coal in the United States is the “Black Mesa. Pipeline” ... 1983: Alberta Economic development “planned” coal slurry line from Hinton to Pacific ... coal. – B.C. coal eventually went to Pacific via train. 3.2 Moving Coal via Coal/Water and ...

This image of a Resource Treasure Hunt is a reminder of what does exist in Northern British Columbia, and the commodities which will be moved by pipe, not a rail line and with least amount of on hands to do it too.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

All those rules regarding FOIs to the BC Government and are stymied by Cabinet Privilege


Records relating to the establishment, organization, and functions of Cabinet committees and related deputy ministers’ committees. This primary also includes ministry and agency submissions prepared for Cabinet or its committees, with the exception of Treasury Board.
Records types include correspondence, submissions, draft submissions, supporting documentation, notices, agendas, minutes, records of decision, reports, presentation handouts, and other types of records as indicated under relevant secondaries.
NOTE: The retention period in this primary takes precedence over those in the Special Schedule for Executive Records (102906).
NOTE: Cabinet Operations holds the master versions of Cabinet submissions. It is the policy of Cabinet Operations that ministry copies of Cabinet submissions and draft submissions are to be kept secure to ensure no unauthorized access. Substantial drafts should be kept locked in the deputy minister’s or minister’s office.
Requests from the public under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for information filed under this primary must be referred to your manager of information and privacy who will refer the request to Cabinet Operations.
For Cabinet directives, see secondary 195-02.
For deputy ministers’ committees not related to Cabinet, see secondary 200-20.
For Treasury Board submissions, see primary 1250.
non-OPR NOTE: Offices will retain non-OPR copies of records for SO nil DE
Records Series OPR

201-00 Policy and procedures FR = Cabinet-related policy and procedures will be fully retained by the government archives because they document ministry/agency-specific policy, procedures, guidelines, and instructions regarding the Cabinet submission process. The records have significant evidential and informational value. SO nil FR
201-01 General CY+3y 12y DE
201-02 Cabinet submissions (from other ministries) SO nil DE
201-20 Cabinet committees CY+3y 12y DE
201-30 Deputy minister Cabinet-related committees DE = Upon authorization of the Records Officer, cabinet and deputy minister Cabinet-related committee records are eligible for destruction. Records of Cabinet committees and deputy minister Cabinet-related committees are fully retained under the Office of the Premier and Executive Council ORCS (881099). CY+3y 12y DE
201-40 Ministry/agency cabinet submissions
(includes final drafts of submissions, developmental drafts, correspondence, working papers, and other records leading to the preparation of cabinet submissions by the ministry or agency) FR = The government archives will fully retain Ministry/agency Cabinet submissions because they document the development of information that goes before Cabinet or its committees or that is incorporated into a Cabinet submission or used as the basis for developing a Cabinet submission. The records have significant evidential value.
15y = The retention period ensures that records of the deliberations of the Executive Council or its committees are retained by the ministry or agency until such time as the records no longer qualify as exceptions under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) (RSBC 1996, c. 165, ss. 1 & 2). The retention period takes precedence over those in the special schedule for executive records 102906.
FOI: In accordance with FOIPPA, the head of a public body must refuse to disclose to an applicant information that would reveal the substance of deliberations of the Executive Council or any of its committees until the information has been in existence for 15 or more years. This includes advice, recommendations, policy considerations, or draft legislation or regulations submitted or prepared for submission to the Executive Council or any of its committees.
NOTE: In the event of a change of government, the records of the previous Executive Council and its committees will be accepted by the central records management agency for semi-active storage immediately and retained with authorized access limitations for a combined total active and semi-active retention period of 15 years, at which time they will be ready for final disposition.

So in 2013...... backtrack here..... in 2001 plus 15 years, makes 2016!  BC Liberals came to power, therefore the records of the Executive Council of the NDP still exist to 2016!   In 2013 the Executive Council records of the BC Liberals will remain intact for a "combined total" until 2028.... I mention all this because I'm getting really curious about what John van Dongen is talking about when it comes to the SALE of BC Rail.

Cabinet Office on 881099 link above
You and I can't look at the documents in storage but...... if someone is granted AUTHORIZED ACCESS RESTRICTIONS, hmmmm.... you mean like the Auditor General rather than a Royal Commission, or both.....

Historical Firsts for Women in BC Politics without an Honourable Mention being made of those in close support

Only in British Columbia, you say?       Last updated April 2010

 Women Members of the Legislature of British Columbia (1991)
Historical Firsts

1 First woman MLA in BC Mary Ellen Smith Jan. 24, 1918 (B)

2 First woman Independent MLA in BC Mary Ellen Smith (Bio Aug, 16, 2013) Jan. 24, 1918 (B)

3 First woman to be elected Liberal MLA in BC Mary Ellen Smith Dec. 1, 1920

4 First woman cabinet minister Mary Ellen Smith Mar. 24, 1921 without portfolio in the British Empire

5 First woman to act as Speaker in BC Mary Ellen Smith Feb. 22, 1928

6 First general election no women were elected July 18, 1928. since franchise extended to women in 1917

7 First woman CCF MLA in BC Dorothy Gretchen Steeves July 14, 1934 (B)

8 First woman Conservative MLA in BC Tilly Jean Rolston Oct. 21, 1941

9 First woman BC MLA to run federally Dorothy Gretchen Steeves June 27, 1949

10 First woman elected Speaker in Commonwealth Nancy Hodges Feb. 14, 1950

11 First woman MLA to cross the floor in BC Tilly Jean Rolston Mar. 29, 1951 (Mary Ellen Smith, who had been elected in 1918 as an Independent, ran as a Liberal in 1920, but did not apparently "cross the floor")

12 First woman Social Credit MLA in BC Tilly Jean Rolston May 2, 1952 (Joined the Social Credit Party) June 12, 1952 (Elected as a Social Credit member)

13 First woman cabinet minister with portfolio Tilly Jean Rolston Aug. 1, 1952 in Canada

14 First woman BC MLA to die in office Tilly Jean Rolston Oct. 12, 1953 (She had lost the 1953 election but was still in the Cabinet.) Buda Hosmer Brown Aug. 12, 1962 (She was sitting as an elected Member and Cabinet Minister.)

15 First woman BC MLA to become a Canadian Nancy Hodges Nov. 5, 1953 Senator

16 First woman NDP MLA in BC Margaret Frances Hobbs Sep. 4, 1962 (B)  (The name of the CCF 8 party was changed in 1960 to "New Party" and in 1961 to New Democratic Party. Some candidates ran as New Democratic Party-CCF to ensure that voters knew who they were.)

17 First woman BC MLA to run federally and win Winona Grace MacInnis Nov. 8, 1965

18 First black woman elected to a provincial Rosemary Brown Aug. 30, 1972 legislature in Canada

19 First woman to be acting President of the Eileen Elizabeth Dailly Sep. 26, 1972 Executive Council in BC

20 First woman to be appointed Deputy Premier Grace Mary McCarthy Dec. 22, 1975 in BC

21 First woman BC MLA to become a federal Kim Campbell Jan. 30, 1989 cabinet minister for Canada (Minister of State) (Minister of Justice) Feb. 24, 1990 (Minister of Defence) Jan. 4, 1993

22 First woman Premier in Canada Rita Margaret Johnston Apr. 2, 1991

23 First woman MLA of East Indian-Canadian descent Judeline Kim Mary Tyabji Oct. 17, 1991

24 First MLA to give birth while in office in Judeline Kim Mary Tyabji Mar. 14, 1992 British Columbia

25 First woman BC MLA to become Prime Minister Kim Campbell June 13, 1993

26 First women MLAs of Chinese-Canadian descent Ida Chong May 28, 1996 Jenny Wai Ching Kwan May 28, 1996

27 First woman MLA subject to Recall petition Evelyn Marie Gillespie Feb. 12, 1998 (petition failed)

28 First BC Cabinet Minister to give birth Christy Clark Aug. 26, 2001 while in office

29 First woman Democratic Reform B.C. MLA in BC Brenzinger, Elayne Jan. 27, 2005

30 First openly lesbian BC MLA McGinn, Jenn Oct. 29, 2008 (B)

31 First woman MLA with a disability Cadieux, Stephanie May 12, 2009

- Author: Janet Frost - Reference Librarian for the BC Legislative Library

With the links attached to each name, readers can now gain more insight into the politicians of yore. For example, Mary Ellen Smith's husband was the Liberal Government's Finance Minister:

 Mary Ellen Smith was the first woman elected to the B.C. legislature, winning a by election following the death of her husband Ralph Smith, the Liberal government’s finance minister. The daughter of a copper miner, Smith won re-election in 1920 and 1924, becoming the first female cabinet minister in the British Empire in 1921 (minister without portfolio) and the first female Speaker of a legislature in the British Empire in 1928. Snip  - Vancouver Sun  "This day in history: January 24, 1918" Research by The Sun’s news library

Ralph Smith served as Minister of Finance in the government of Premier Harlan Carey Brewster, and died in office on February 17, 1917. His wife, Mary Ellen Smith, succeeded him in the subsequent by-election (held January 1918) as an Independent Liberal Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA). She subsequently became the first female cabinet minister in the British Empire.   Ralph Smith was a supporter of women's suffrage, which was enacted in the province shortly after the Liberals came to power after ten previous attempts over the years had failed.  wikipedia