Saturday, July 28, 2012

Enbridge's latest oil spill, today, will probably be a result of plump "Pigs" plugging pipe

.......At about 2:45 p.m. Friday, workers in Enbridge Pipeline’s Control Center detected a pressure drop in the pipeline. Control Center operators (in Edmonton, Alberta) shut down and immediately isolated the line, with a capacity of 317,600 barrels per day, and Enbridge emergency crews were promptly deployed to the site, according to a news release from Enbridge.
Officials moved one person from his home for his safety and comfort, said Lorraine Little, Enbridge spokeswoman........ - Winsconsin Rapid Tribune

 As if Enbridge has had enough problems with oil spills, what next, yes, what next..... one would have to say that maybe its the competition to Enbridge who is just waiting in the wings to take over.  But, can they do a better job than Enbridge....

 Google Search Criteria    are Enbridge oil pipelines double walled

Didn't know why we couldn't access this file earlier today, came up with "404 Error: File Not Found" , but.... along the bottom of the first result was    "ALL 2 Versions".....   one of two didn't fly, note Error message above, but..... the second of two versions worked just fine....     What the BBC was not aware of, was the oil spill, as we researched.

Design and contruction of 42-in liquid pipeline batch pig facilities

R Kratsch - 2008 -
... Combined with the Canadian portion of the pipeline system operated by Enbridge Pipelines Inc., the system ... the launcher for launching the pig and for increased draining of the crude oil out of ... Pig signals are positioned upstream of the receiver and on the receiver barrel and to ... - All 2 versions
Link to "All 2 versions" results in this......

Design and contruction of 42-in liquid pipeline batch pig facilities

R Kratsch -
ENBRIDGE'S CURRENT major expansion called “Southern Access” is a 42-in liquid crude oil pipeline running 321 miles from Superior, WI to Delavan, WI in 2008 and continuing another133 miles to Flanagan, IL in 2009. As part of the goal to achieve and maintain a high ...

Design and Construction of 42” Liquids Pipeline Batch Pig Facilities

RW Kratsch - 2008 -
Enbridge's current major expansion called “Southern Access” is a 42 liquid crude oil pipeline running 321 miles from Superior, WI to Delavan, WI in 2008 and continuing another 133 miles to Flanagan, IL in 2009. As part of the goal to achieve and maintain a high ...
Enbridge's current major expansion called “Southern Access” is a 42 inch liquid crude oil pipeline running 321 miles from Superior, WI to Delavan, WI in 2008 and continuing another 133 miles to Flanagan, IL in 2009. As part of the goal to achieve and maintain a high quality pipeline system, an automated batch pig system was required to remotely launch the batch pigs, operated from the Control Center in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada...........SNIP

If Enbridge's Control Centre continues to be located in Edmonton, and Kitimat the final destination, most land EAST of the Canadian Rocky Mountains is FLAT, whereas the land WEST of the Canadian Rockies is NOT flat.  Its one thing for the Edmonton Control Centre to note a drop in OIL pressure, with a further "317,600 barrels of oil per day" chomping at the bit, for Eastward bound oil, but what of our position, that is British Columbia, whereby our terrain is far from Flat, and few highways.

Will Enbridge crews gain access to THEIR BC pipeline, if its broken, as easily as it is in the heavily populated, heavily riddled with highways of their eastern laid pipe lines?   eh......

And come to think of it, if its WINTER conditions, well yes, if one waits until daylight Black on White will make it easy to spot, oil spill that is, runs downhill, but just how are Enbridge's response crews suppose to get to the line............

Yes, yes, yes, looking at a map, A paper map, is flat, so too is our computer monitors, looks easy to cross, but have these Enbridge guys, these politicians, these .....advisers to the politicians and oil companies,..... have they ever left their offices, put on gumboots and hip waders to go looking for oil on the loose?

Monday, July 23, 2012

I had my first experience of facing a Judge today.....

Often we hear through the writings of an Ian Mulgrew, or a Neal Hall, of those from our local communities who find themselves standing before a Supreme Court of BC Judge.  Its through their stories that the Public pieces together what a Judge does in and for, our towns and cities of British Columbia.

Monday, I had my first experience of facing a Judge, but between him and We, stood the Bride and Groom.  The ceremony was to have taken place at West Vancouver's Whytecliff Park, but what with a cold liquid sunshine pouring down for the past two summer days, and more promised till 8pm, Plan B became Plan A.

St. Francis-In-The-Wood Church, sits huddled high on the shores of Caulfeild Cove (couldn't be closer to the Late Len Norris' Tiddley Cove), was the more than perfect setting for a late afternoon wedding of a young couple, and their guests, keeping all, out of the rain.  Rain came again, but in tears of joy.

In past times, St. Francis-In-The-Wood Church, would hold memorials and weddings in the high 80s per year, but with changing times, changing values?? or is it that the few that are young enough to marry, know not of its existence......, its purpose.   This year, the Church use has dwindled down to the mid 20s.  Maybe we can "blame" it on doctors, maybe medical science has delayed our need to have so many memorials...... or....... admit that the data is right in BC census statistics, which show fewer couples are having fewer children, therefore fewer schools......fewer churches.....etc.

The Judge, We thought he was just another government bean counter, there to tabulate more data for the census forms..... but there he stood, facing the Bride and her Father who were exactly one half hour late, as they started to come down the aisle to join the patiently waiting Groom.

Judges are seen, and heard, when a major case is before the Courts..... Judges are seen, and heard when NEW Canadian citizens are being sworn in on Canada's birthday, with great fanfare....but here stood before us, a Judge, who attends three weddings a year, to PERFORM the ceremony, unheard of......, with humour, patience and grace.

What's that saying  "Not only must Justice be done; it must also be seen to be done.

Maybe, what the public needs now, is to have more Judges, like ours this afternoon, in our midst, who are being seen, and heard.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Translink vehicles may use the Lions Gate Bridge, but not "Trucks"

 Truck Route Maps and Regulations   UPDATED: December 2, 2013
Truck Route via City of Vancouver 2013
 Vancouver City Police could be raking in a ton of cash, for the Santa Claus Parade on bikes, in 2014.

"Truck" means a motor vehicle designed or used primarily for the transportation of property.  Page 8 of 92  City of Vancouver  BY-LAW NO. 2849
NOTE: In the link which we have highlighted below in BOLD BLUE   "First Narrow Bridge" via Wikipedia they have written this:  "Trucks exceeding 13 tonnes (14.3 tons) are prohibited"    WHICH isn't true.  NO TRUCKS are permitted because........... read on Dear Readers.

UPDATE:  July 25, 2013

Prohibited vehicles, bicycles and tire chains

9 The following apply to and in respect of the First Narrows Bridge only:
(a) a person must not operate, on any part of the structure or its approaches, a vehicle having a gross weight in excess of 13 000 kg unless the vehicle is a bus as defined in the Motor Vehicle Act;
(b) a person must not operate a bicycle on the roadway of the structure or its approaches;
(c) a person must not operate, on any part of the structure or its approaches, a vehicle equipped with a tire chain or chains.

More and more times we're seeing "trucks" using the First Narrows Bridge, and probably the cause of this sudden influx/outflux is that the drivers, and/or swampers, have a GPS which is telling them that the shortest route between "A" and "B", "downtown Vancouver" and the "North Shore", or visa versus, is via Stanley Park's Causeway, which is true, it is shorter, but.....

There's one catch though, maybe even two catches....... TransLink buses probably outweigh "Trucks" threefold or more in some instances, but the City of Vancouver has determined that although "trucks" may have a lesser GVW than a Bus and the bridges are strong enough to carry both trucks and buses within the allowed GVW per vehicle, they also have right to write a Bylaw, which they did, to designate that the two bridges are NOT Truck Routes.   Passenger cars and cyclists need only apply.

Coast Mountain GVW:
Gross vehicle weight rating – the maximum recommended weight for a vehicle, including: the weight of the vehicle itself, fuel and other fluids, passengers, and all cargo. The manufacturer determines the GVWR. The Motor Vehicle Act Regulations of British Columbia prohibit vehicle operators from loading their vehicle in excess of its GVWR.   - Page 40

For youngsters, once upon a time our beloved Lions Gate Bridge was given a major face lift with the deck replacement, but before that face lift, the bridge had developed a severe "back" strain to its North supporting column..... because of the heavy loads of "trucks" taking the route as their regular route.

That was stopped once the engineers figured out what was going on, or it should have been stopped.

There's a story from ten or eleven years ago where a trucker arrived in downtown Vancouver a half hour ahead of time after coming over from Vancouver Island, where upon he climbed into his sleeper compartment for a nap.   When queried as to why he arrived so early when he shouldn't have arrived EARLY at all..... they discovered he had used the First Narrows Bridge......the Lions Gate, to cross over Burrard Inlet.   OOOOPS!    The Driver should have used the Second Narrows Bridge which would have taken a half hour longer.....and made him on time for his destination.


For Trucks:

Total width no greater than 2.6m(8’6”).
Total height no greater than 3.81m(12’6”) on any street or 4.3m(14’1”)on any truck route.
Total length (inclusive of load and front and rear bumpers) no greater than:
• 12.5m(41’) for a single vehicle.
• 23m(75’3”) for a vehicle with 1 trailer.
• 25m(82’) for a vehicle with 2 trailers.

If the Vancouver City Hall wants to earn more cash, and create a safer driving experience for motorists, then there should be fines collected.   In the case of the First Narrows... Lions Gate Bridge, there are options by which over size, TRUCKs, could learn from their experience.... of receiving multiple fines.   Stanley Park Causeway, north bound, is not the end of the road for Truckers, they could take the off ramp just before heading for the bridge deck... and take a tour of Stanley Park...and eventually end up on the Second Narrows Bridge.  If they continue to cross the bridge, then a Two Hundred Dollar Ticket should be enough of a carrot to deter them in the future....   South Bound truck traffic, same story.   No officers required.  All that is required is a system similar to the Port Mann Bridge, and only three lanes need monitoring.

The Ticket, is in the Mail.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Blueberries, Blueberries, Blueberries harvested all summer long.

 UPDATE: July 28, 2017  Onnink's business    GONE

Yesterday we used the word "Organic" in our Post title........ which was wrong.....

From the BC Blueberry Council website here's a list of Farms covering Langley, Surrey, Richmond, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Lister, Duncan, Pitt Meadows, Prince George, Delta, Port Coquitlam, Powell River, ....

Our destination on Saturday was for Abbotsford's Cedar Berry Farm (Onnink).  We had purchased last years supplies from them as well...not only for ourselves, but for others in the Lower Mainland....two or three other families.   Its close to 130 kilometres round trip from the North Shore, so why not Save Mother Earth......some grief.

We had driven out to Onnink's at 30151 Downes Road, Abbotsford after having called them at 604-856-1465.  It was the first day of replenishing our year supply of beloved blueberries by purchasing them directly from a farm.   So far, we've had to contend with WholeFoods supply of Blueberries, and always seemed to miss the "boat" on the first day of
 B L U E B E R R I E S.....    .   WholeFoods is ORGANIC, or close as you may come to it.....except their Blueberries weren't Organic, and being the only game in town, we purchased them there anyway.

Along came yesterday, the first day of sales, directly from a Farm, and after we had hauled our blueberry-booty home, and to others, to the North Shore, and started the rinsing and freezer bag process, we realized that the boxes that the Blueberries came in were not stamped with "ORGANIC".

An email last night and a phone call early this morning, came back with the results we wanted to hear.

Their blueberries are:

NOT treated with herbicides,
NOT treated with pesticides,
NOT treated  with fungicides

AND they grow them under the same conditions as if they were ORGANIC.

That's good enough for we three at the BBC!

The scanned images from yesterday were not easily readable because ....well just because of the way we were trying to scan a multitude of images.   And we know, Dear Readers, you'd reverse the order of consumption of these Blueberry goodies ...... but each to their own TASTE, eh.

And if you are wondering just how this type of crop, and other berries, started in British Columbia......

"collections of tolls AT the Port Mann Bridge" is about to become $9

We can almost feel the BC Liberal Government squirming under the weight of so many questions being directed at them on the question of TOLLING the new Port Mann Bridge, whereas there hasn't been a TOLL on the old bridge, no sweat, for the politicians of old.

Somewhere during our research of the past two years, we came across a contract that said that the BC Government will in effect be collecting monies from the Port Mann Bridge TOLL.   In other words, if the Christy Clark government settles on a $3.00 charge per passenger vehicle, a part of that money will be kicked back to the government coffers....... which will be collected by a third party.

What the BBC has found in dealing with the BC Government, just like the Defense lawyers for Basi and Virk and Basi discovered, was the documents submitted during the Disclosure portion of the Pre-trial were scanned, in other words, images.  Which means, sure there are plenty of software programs out there that convert the images into a document, but, that doesn't mean that the "converted document" is suitable for presentation to a Court of Law.    It also meant that every document that was originally written in Microsoft Word has been shredded, which only left Hard Copies to be Scanned.

Its like this document here on Page 4/5 of 7 transportation_investment_corp_gle.pdf

The only tolling equipment will be AT the Port Mann Bridge, and we've all seen with our own eyes the scanners on the South side of the Fraser River.

The hue and cry from the public has been that those that are being forced to pay a toll where none existed before, shouldn't be bearing the brunt of the cost of one lousy bridge, over the next 35 years.

Going back to that research of over two years..... somewhere.... the BBC read about the original contract that was being offered by the BC Liberal Government.   It said something like this:   The "contract is for 37 kilometers from the South end of the Second Narrows Bridge to Langley" and it was in relation to an outfit called MacQuarie of Australia...... who participated, and recently sold "their" interest in the Sea to Sky Highway to another third party.  NOTE:  Found it, here   and its inside 2011/2012 on page 6 of 64!

Transportation Investment Corporation
Annual Report


From the document, on page 2 of 7, there is mention of an agreement between the Government and the Concessionaire in regards to the Tolling system and the Toll collections and Future modifications to the Toll........ one has to wonder if once the election is over in 2013, and whomever forms the next government, that British Columbians might find ourselves in DIRE financial consequences, so much so, that the whole of the Port Mann Bridge improvements, from the South end of the Second Narrows Bridge to BEYOND Langley will need TOLLING.

Which means of course, more tolling equipment at every access and egress points on the 37 kilometre stretch of the "port mann bridge".  You use it, you'll be tolled for the section that you drove on.

$3.00 for the Port Mann Bridge, another $3.00 from Langley to the Bridge, and another $3.00 from the Second Narrows Bridge, unless you off ramp at McGill or to access Hastings Street, to the Port Mann Bridge which means the tolling will be gone in ten years.


$1.00 for each one third section.

 Won't the municipalities on either side of that 37 kilometer stretch be happy with the added traffic, eh.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Thursday, July 5, 2012

"The media is the surrogate of the public." - Associate Chief Justice Anne MacKenzie

Here at the BBC we know that the Public reads Court decisions, not all decisions, but we have a tendency to keep a close eye on the high profile ones, like the BC Rail Trial which just doesn't want to die.

After the dust settled with the appearance of a BC Liberal buy-out using $6 million of taxpayers monies to secure guilty pleas that killed the BC Rail Trial, the Press went to bat for the public, or did they?

Has the Press been that Mother/Father to the Public, or have they been more interested in what's in it for them and their corporate or political sponsors?

What are we ranting about here today?  Its this closing statement by Associate Chief Justice Judge MacKenzie on June 2, 2011 as to how she views the Public, perhaps how all Judges view the Public, as being cared for by the News Media.

Ruling on Application for Release of Materials                                          [29] The fact the Materials have already been released strongly supports Mr. Krog’s submission that there will be no harm to the administration of justice if they are also released to him. The media is the surrogate of the public. Mr. Krog is a member of the public with a responsible position or role to fulfill. I cannot assume he brings this application in bad faith, or intends to harm the administration of justice. For these reasons, I grant Mr. Krog’s application in the same terms as the February Media Order.

The media has never asked the Associate Chief Justice for the BC Rail Trial, and all things related, just what she meant by  "The media is the surrogate of the public." so they must be in agreement with her thoughts on how the Public is "cared for", lovingly, by  Mother Media and Mother Judges to boot.

Here's a background document for the basis of MacKenzie's "Surrogate Media" people.
 The media is the public’s surrogate, observing and reporting on matters of interest and concern to the public.We’ve all heard it said that justice must not just be done, it must be seen to be done.  -   The Canadian Justice System and the Media

For the Lay Person:

A Google search for surrogate definition


  1. A substitute, esp. a person deputizing for another in a specific role or office.
  2. (in the Christian Church) A bishop's deputy who grants marriage licenses.

surrogate n. 1) a person acting on behalf of another or a substitute, including a woman who gives birth to a baby of a mother who is unable to carry the child. 2) a judge in some states (notably New York) responsible only for probates, estates, and adoptions.

One other minor detail regarding MacKenzie's.... "The media is the surrogate of the public."    The Media turned a blind to .......

"...a Mountie decided to treat Bornmann as a witness after admitting to bribing a public official"