Saturday, January 28, 2012

(sigh) If you won the Lotto Max $50 million prize on Friday, you could buy something like this.....

4898 Fannin Avenue, Vancouver, BC built in 1915 with the only thing between you and Spanish Banks is the public road and the public beaches, oh and a cliff.  To the west, a forest, all the way to the BC Endowment Lands.   Did I mention the price: recently reduced to $13,980,000 ( 49.274348° -123.224485°).

Or this charming piece of property, 4883 Belmont Avenue,  with a rustic gate, Hydro is connected to the land, no house yet, for a princely sum of $36,800,000 (49.275173° -123.223499°)'d have a cool $14 million left over to build a Bungalow for $1 million and use the $13 million remainder to pay the property taxes for the next five years.  The advertisement says that the property faces the Mountains, Water, and the City.... not Vancouver.... but West Vancouver, on a clear day on all counts.  On reflection though with more information from the Realtors the land could accept three house, three subdivided lots, splitting the Thirty Six, let's call it Thirty Seven Million into threes.   $12,000,000 and the difference being used to build a Bungalow on each.


We could consult Christy on how she would spend $50,000,000 since she's the expert on how taxpayers dollars are doled out, with a smile.  Heck it was only last year that she went from a Nobody to a Somebody by the members of her BC Liberal Party... not all the Voters of British Columbia.  And when it came to the Bye-Election MLA riding of Vancouver-Point Grey where she REFUSED to attend any ALL Candidates to DEBATE, she smiled and then REFUSED all invitations.  But  "when all 167 ballot boxes were tallied, Clark had pulled ahead with 7,371 votes for 48.92 per cent of the votes cast." - CBC.  An MLA with 7,371 votes gave the lucky lady the right to spend our dollars willy-nilly.

Back to that $50,000,000 Lotto Max, I guess one could live off of the interest, not touching the principal.

One could put it in their Will that the next six family generations would be forced to live off of the interest too..... based on healthy investment returns.  So many questions, going from a pauper to a prince over night and still those properties near Spanish Banks tug at the long held beliefs of being "property rich - cash poor" is the best way to live.   After all, just how many people have $50 million to spend at any one given time?

PS   If you really want to see what you could do with your winnings check, out the almost competed "house" at the corner of Belmont Avenue and Blanca Street ( 49.274334° -123.215285°) from the above two properties for Sale at the West end of Belmont, just meander down to the East end of the same street. This property measures 160 feet wide by 550 feet deep!  If bus tour operators believe that Shaughnessy is the best place to show off Vancouver affluency, times have changed.  Make it an all day outing, and see how more of the 1% live.

Here's an abode of one of the 99%, that lives in Christ's Riding of Vancouver-Point Grey.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Employees Who are direct relatives or permanently reside together: Basi Virk comes to mind, but who else?

After the kerfuffle, or perhaps it happened during the BC Rail Trial that involved David Basi and Bobby Virk, the BC Liberal government quietly went about and rewrote the Standards of Conduct for Public Service Employees, which covered their hand picked Cabinet personnel as well.   Here's a Google keyword search   bc government public service standards of conduct

The Google hit of interest is this, fourth one down:

Standards of Conduct for Public Service Employees
Specifically on page 4:

"Employees who are direct relatives or who permanently reside together may not be employed in
situations where:........"

Okay, Okay, the two press people don't share the same Employer, but, they not only permanently reside together, they WORK together on the same set and are DIRECT RELATIVES.   Just what were the BC Liberals thinking when the Standards of Conduct for Public Employees were Re-cycled-concocted?

 Dave Basi directly related to Bobby Virk......Aneal Basi, mustn't leave out Mr. Basi even though the Charges were stayed against him by the Special Prosecutor in the Six Million Dollar Deal.

There was another connection during the BC Rail Trial, that of an Employee of the BC Liberal Party being a Direct Relative to an RCMP Officer investigator in the BC Rail fiasco.

Okay, Okay, the two don't share the same employer, probably didn't reside permanently together, "they WORK on the same set and are DIRECT RELATIVES".... where have I seen that before?


Public Service Oath Regulation


What sent me off, to look for this particular piece of info was something that was, is, contained in the Blues that Christy Clark.....oops, the Premier was speaking from  



Afternoon Sitting


 just above line 1605

The Chair: Premier, just a reminder that no electronic devices are supposed to be used during estimates.

 What's this, no RIM Blackberries?   No iPhones?

For those who haven't delved into the whole of the BLUES, now would be a GREAT time to do so.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Second largest importer of LNG is....... South Korea

If natural gas is the “wild card” in the total energy picture of North America, then liquefied natural gas (LNG) could well be the ace waiting to be played. LNG offers Canada, the United States and Mexico the chance to supplement their domestic production with relatively low-cost natural gas purchased from a diverse range of countries. The LNG infrastructure is already in place in North America, with existing LNG import terminals operating in the United States providing critical incremental natural gas supplies for peak seasonal use. The global LNG industry is increasingly competitive, transparent, efficient and flexible, and new LNG import facilities that are under development, planned or proposed in each of the three countries of North America will undoubtedly add impetus to these trends.
Even the most conservative forecasts call for Canada, the United States and Mexico to allocate new and larger sums of dollars and pesos for domestic natural gas resource development in the years ahead. The nature of these investments will help dictate the growth rates of the three largest economies of North America. LNG deserves careful scrutiny, as do issues such as pipeline capacity, operating specifications, and defining the scope of environmental responsibility. And while the precise road map remains to be charted, the ultimate goal is clear: a North America where open, competitive and transparent markets contribute to supply demand balances and long-term energy security.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Susan Heyes comes to mind with this: "Indeed in one early Canadian case an owner was put out of business through injurious affection but without redress since the injury was to his business and not to the land." BC Royal Commission on Expropriation 1963

In 1963 I didn't pay too much attention to Expropriation Laws in BC, especially one that was reviewed by a BC Royal Commission that year, but having said that, and having seen what Susan Heyes has gone through, the loss of her customer base, having to move to another location, and then the Supreme Court of Canada turning a blind eye to justice not being seen......  you see, there's this little problem I'm not understanding, that is, how Susan Heyes has been Royally ripped off by the Government(s).

From the Vancouver Sun
The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear an appeal from Vancouver clothing store owner Susan Heyes in her six-year-old fight against the Canada Line builders.
The country's highest court, as is its practice, did not give reasons for refusing to hear the landmark B.C. case.
In February, the B.C. Court of Appeal overturned a $600,000 award Heyes won from B.C. Supreme Court in the David-vs.-Goliath battle she launched in 2005.
A three-justice panel unanimously found that the owner of Hazel and Co. was not entitled to compensation for business losses incurred when Canada Line construction impeded traffic in the area.
The panel said the construction companies behind the $2-billion megaproject were legally authorized to disrupt Cambie Street to complete the project.
"In short, the Canada Line could not be built without significant disturbance to many citizens' use and enjoyment of their property," the appeal court said.
"There was no construction method that provided a non-nuisance alternative in building the Canada Line."

The claim that the Canada Line couldn't be built without significant disturbance doesn't give them the right to ruin a perfectly sound business of Susan Heyes.   The fact that the Supreme Court of Canada didn't have to give a reason as to why they wouldn't make a ruling in Ms. Heyes case, could be construed to mean that they knew that its already covered by BC Provincial.

"Indeed in one early Canadian case an owner was put out of business through injurious affection but without redress since the injury was to his business and not to the land."

Report of the
1. The term "expropriation", as used in this Province, encompasses not only the compulsory acquisition of property but also injurious affection to property resulting from the exercise of powers of expropriation. Compulsory acqUisition provides for a transfer of property rights carried out under statutory compulsion and is therefore analogous to a contract for the purchase of property. Injurious affection denotes the causing of damage to property, irrespective of whether property is acquired from the owner, and is therefore analogous to an injury giving a right of action for damages. These two matters will be dealt with separately in this report, but they both come within the area of law covered by the term "expropriation".

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Inside Story of why Gordon Campbell brought "Harmony" to the Provincial Sales Tax

According to the BC Liberal Party's Biography on their former Premier:

Mr. Campbell has been awarded the Simon Fraser University “Distinguished Alumni” Award and the Inter-Faith Brotherhood “Man of the Year” Award. Mr. Campbell was also granted the rare honour of being given a First Nations name by the Ahousaht First Nation in recognition of his efforts to improve the lives of First Nations people.  Campbell’s First Nations name is Chamatook, which means: “The one who is able to do the right thing and bring harmony.”  Mr. Campbell is also the author of a children’s book, "Tuaq: The Only One" which was published in 1995.   He was born in Vancouver.
All kidding aside there's this:
From the Legislative Library of British Columbia: Books by BC MLAs:                                     In addition to serving in politics, Members of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia have authored numerous books. The following bibliography lists works authored or edited by current and former provincial MLAs.* If you know of a title to add to this list, please contact the library.  This bibliography does not include theses, journal articles, chapters in books, or government reports.

 Barlee, N. L.         other search results in Google

Gold Creeks and Ghost Towns of Northeastern Washington: Covering Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Chelan and Kittitas Counties.

 Similkameen: The Pictograph Country.

 Lost Mines and Historic Treasures of BritishColumbia.

 The Guide to Gold Panning.

 Gold Creeks & Ghost Towns.

 The Best of Canada West.

Dave Barrett    and William Miller. Barrett: A Passionate Political Life.


 Bawlf, R. Samuel. The Secret Voyage of Sir Francis Drake, 1577-1580.


 Berger, Thomas R.  

One Man's Justice: A Life in the Law.

 A Long and Terrible Shadow: White Values, Native Rights in the Americas Since 1492.

 Village Journey: The Report of the Alaska Native Review Commission.

 Fragile Freedoms: Human Rights and Dissent in Canada.

Brown, Rosemary. Being Brown: A Very Public Life.


Campbell, Gordon. Tuaq: The Only One.


Seeking Balance: Conversations with BC Women in Politics.

Cranbrook: 100 Years of Heart and Soul.


Evans, Corky. Return of the Ruling Class: A Collection of Letters, Essays & Stories.


Gardom, Garde B. and David R. Williams. Love Game: A Personal History of the Vancouver Lawn Tennis & Badminton Club.


Gibson, Gordon, ed.

Fixing Canadian Democracy.

Plan B: The Future of the Rest of Canada.

Thirty Million Musketeers: One Canada, for all Canadians.


Harcourt, Michael and Ken Cameron. City Making in Paradise: Nine Decisions that Saved Vancouver.


Harcourt, Michael and John Lekich. Plan B: One Man's Journey from Tragedy to Triumph.


Harcourt, Mike with Wayne Skene. Mike Harcourt: A Measure of Defiance.

The Passing of a Race and More Tales of Western Life.

The Mystic Spring, and Other Tales of Western Life.


Loenen, Nick. Citizenship and Democracy: A Case for Proportional Representation.


Lovick, L.D. Tommy Douglas Speaks: Till Power is Brought to Pooling.


McDiarmid, Howard. Pacific Rim Park: A Country Doctor's Role in Preserving Long Beach and Establishing the New Wickaninnish Inn.


Why I am Still a Socialist: And It's Not Because I Don't Know Any Better.

Outrage: Canada's Justice System on Trial.

Alex in Wonderland.

“My Dear Legs—”: Letters to a Young Social Democrat.


McGeer, Patrick and Enoch Durbin, eds. 

Methane: Fuel for the Future.

Politics in Paradise.


What the Bleep is Going on Here?

Over the Mountains: More Thoughts on Things that Matter.

Hard Talk.

Rafe: A Memoir.

Still Ranting: More Rants, Raves and Recollections.

Rants, Raves & Recollections.

Canada, is Anyone Listening?

The Last Cast: Fishing Reminiscences.


All Aboard!: The Canadian Rockies by Train.

W.A.C. Bennett and the Rise of British Columbia.

Succession: The Political Reshaping of British Columbia.


Perry, Thomas L. A Citizen's Guide to the Skagit Valley.


Tyabji (Wilson), Judy. Political Affairs.


From War to Wilderness.

Think wood!: The forest is an Open Book; All We Have to do is Read it.

From Snowshoes to Politics.



“For the People”: The Autobiography of British Columbia’s 28th Premier.

Vander Zalm's Northwest Gardener's Almanac.


Wilson, Gordon F. D. A Civilized Revolution: Meeting Tomorrow's Challenge with the Progressive Democratic Alliance.


Wilson, Judi Tyabji. Daggers Unsheathed: The Political Assassination of Glen Clark.


Waddell, Ian. A Thirst to Die For: A Political Mystery.

Monday, January 16, 2012

If Kitimat LNG tanks, will Texada Island LNG take over?

 In case you missed the UPDATE to the West Coast LNG Project and Proposals, here is the UPDATE (below) and the Original.... here:

As to who owns what on Canadian soil at the proposed Kitimat LNG site
1/15/10 – Apache acquired a controlling 51% stake in Kitimat LNG, with Galveston LNG (SOLD out to EOG Canada) retaining 49%. 1/21/10 – Kitimat signs MOU with ‘major’ Japanese firm after MOU with Mitsubishi expired. EOG Canada acquires 49% from Galveston LNG Inc (May 2010). 10/27/10 – Korea Gas has begun commercial production at the Jackpine field in Canada, in which it holds a 50% stake. March 2011 – Ownership ships so that:
40 %Apache Corp., 30% EOG Resources Canada Inc., 30% Encana Corporation. KM LNG is the operator. 4/27/11 – Haisla Nation and LNG Partners of Houston have joined to propose an LNG export facility just north of Kitimat on Douglas Island in Bish Cove. The project will cost between 360 and 450 million dollars and will move about 125 MMcf/d. The project is scheduled to come online in 2013.

Texada Island LNG
On June 6, 2006 Westpac filed its official Project Description with the Prince Rupert Port Authority, formally beginning the regulatory review and environmental assessment process for the project. 8/1/07 – WestPac LNG Corp. has abandoned plans for a $350-million liquefied natural gas terminal in Prince Rupert, B.C. and has proposed a $2-billion LNG terminal and power plant on Texada Island in the Strait of Georgia. WestPac
LNG plans to file a detailed Project Description with the BC Environmental Assessment Office and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency in early 2009. WestPac plans to put off filing its project description until the company has a better sense of new greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations that may come into effect.

It would be kind of "nice" to see something from whomever is running roughshod over the LNG line to Kitimat as to who the Shareholders are, now, and the background on them, and the same for any LNG site on the West Coast of North America.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Why does China need our Natural Gas when they have more beneath their own soil?

It looks like the BC Liberal government of Christy Clark has missed the boat when it comes to shipping liquid natural gas off to China via Kitimat.   As early as April of 2011 reports have been coming out of China announcing their intention of tapping into their own shale reserves via Fracking, one hitch though, a lack of fresh water.

Maybe they'll start to tap into converting salt water into fresh water, thereby killing two birds with one stone.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

December 2, 1926 "Review: Will Search for "Death Tree" in Heart of Africa"

North Vancouver Museum and Archives has, what one could call, bizarre headlines from the newspapers of old, probably not as bizarre as to what bloggers use today.  This item is 85 years old, and perhaps the source of the story died with one man's quest in Africa.  Most of the stories in the Review, like most small town newspapers in British Columbia, from the early 1900's, came from anywhere BUT our Province.

A man who is searching for what is termed the "Death Tree" arrived in South Africa this week.  He is Alex Clive, and he intends to penetrate into the heart of Africa to seek for the tree which means death to those who dare to sleep beneath.  The death tree, Clive declares, grows somewhere in the heart of Africa.  It gives off a very powerful perfume which probably means death to an unwary person in its vicinity, for if anyone rests beneath it he is overcome by the scent and falls asleep never to wake.

This tree, Clive believes, contains some powerful drug which might possibly  mean a great deal to science and humanity, but the death tree is not the only reason for the expedition, as he is also keenly interested in entomology, geology, and botany, and intends to collect specimens for exhibition in London, which, he hopes, with luck, to reach in about eighteen months, and will place his specimens before the board of scientific research.

He states that he is proceeding to Bloemfontein and Durban from Cape Town, and thence to Loureneo Marquis, Beira, Mombasa, Nairobi and on to the Victoria Falls and Nyanza where he will cross the lake to Kampala.  At Kampala his quest for the death tree begins in earnest, as he will have to strike inland on foot.
1 Cape Town  -33.932147° 18.423132°
2 Bloemfontein  -29.118349° 26.224920°
3 Durban  -29.857876° 31.027581°
4 Lourenco Marquis aka Maputo    -25.968945° 32.569551°
5 Beira  -19.833333° 34.850000°
6 Mombasa -4.043477° 39.668206°
7 Nairobi  -1.292066° 36.821946°
8 Victoria Falls  -17.933333° 25.833333°   nearby is (Dr.) Livingstone
9 Nyanza     -2.349610° 29.751290°

10 Kampala  0.307127° 32.580300°

Personally I would have skipped Victoria Falls altogether, if not, then I would have headed for the Falls from Lourenco Marquis aka Maputo.  However, its after Kampala that Clive says he has to strike inland "on foot" so perhaps all of this traipsing around before the serious stuff begins, has been by ship and plane.  Maybe what Clive was up to was that he wanted to see where THE good Scottish Doctor Livingstone, I presume, was lodged, its only nine kilometers away from Victoria Falls to Livingstone's abode and it had been 55 years ago compared to 1926.  Whereas compared to today, its been 141 years.  Who's up for a special Anniversary for the celebrated Doctor and Explorer in nine years time?

Henry Morton Stanley, who had been sent to find him by the New York Herald newspaper in 1869, found Livingstone in the town of Ujiji on the shores of Lake Tanganyika on 27 October 1871, greeting him with the now famous words "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" to which he responded "Yes, and I feel thankful that I am here to welcome you."

As to the Death Tree, the Acacia  perhaps.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

"I think a stalwart peasant in sheepskin coat, born on the soil whose forefathers have been farmers for ten generations, with a stout wife and a half a dozen children, is good quality."

OUCH, what a Title, but that search on Google, garnered a lot of hits, 14,300 in 0.65 seconds.

This morning I was down at the Vancouver Archives, adjacent to the Vancouver Planetarium, where the latter is Pay parking, the first has FREE parking, as long as you're doing business at the Archives, researching.

Vancouver Maritime and its Library, is a block away, where their parking is PAY, unless you park wayyyyyy to the West, adjacent to Kitsilano Park, and do it on the street, seaside of the block.  Everything else is Windshield Displayed Permit Only.

"How Vancouver Grows!" 1934 is from the "Sun Directories", there's a multitude of other Directories of Greater Vancouver available at the Vancouver Archives.  There's also a newspaper clipping section where the data is cross-referenced on the old, and I mean OLD catalogue system (library style) where they are then linked to a Micro-fiche database,  TONS of them, AND, if the micro-fiche is not good enough, then the ORIGINALS are in the cavern, neatly glued to a cardboard backer,  and only accessible by the staff, ........ for you.

The Archives "bunker" green roof is undergoing a major refit that covers the cavern that holds all of their records.   The Reading Room, where the open data work is done, where you can really spread all of the information out, has two computers for accessing their website AND free internet for those who have their laptops with them, as long as you're researching.  No coffee (liquid) or food permitted, at any time for visitors.   Plus, or maybe its a minus today, the HEAT was off in the Reading Room, something to do with the Re-construction.  There's Four Micro-fiche readers, spooler capabilities too, along with what appears to be a digitizer hook up.

Assistance by the Staff, phenomenal!  but leave your back packs and other sundry items in the open storage racks or the lockable variety.   There's also a Gallery area for OLD photos, which, while I was there, was being rearranged by two staffers.


I took one look at this particular page of the Directory and was amazed at how the population in Greater Vancouver didn't "spike" altogether, Vancouver did though in 1912 -  122,100, the year before (1911) it was 100,409, so I asked myself, or rather I asked Google....."what happened in 1912 that drove the population higher" and realized that I had to refine my search to "what happened in 1912 that drove the Canadian population higher" and found well over 8 million hits.  The Fourth hit down caught my attention....   5. The Immigration Boom 1895-1914 - Canadian History Portal - HCO

From the Sun Directories 1934

Before going to the "Immigration Boom" link, I went here which is the photo below, to reinforce my suspicion that Greater Vancouver, that is Vancouver, South Vancouver and Point Grey, did have a spike in its population... I was half right...... Vancouver alone had the spike, the three "municipalities" weren't amalgamated until January 1, 1929.

The link to the "Immigration Boom" suggests that the Brits weren't sturdy enough to withstand the cold weather of Canada, and that they either went back to the old country, or went South, to the United Stated of America.

But what caused the "spike", again from the "Immigration Boom", it was someone called Clifford Sifton, Laurier's Minister of the Interior.  He was a "PULL FACTOR"
NOTE: whoever wrote the information on Clifford Sifton, goofed, just a touch: 

"Clifford Sifton

However, perhaps the most significant pull factor was Clifton Sifton,...."  Clifton Sifton????

Initially, Sifton and his agents sought immigrants from the British Isles, thinking that they would have the least problem adapting and also brought the additional advantage of helping to distinguish Canada from its southern neighbour. That strategy proved to be unsuccessful as many of the British immigrants found life too difficult in Canada, and many left to return home or migrated south to the U.S.

Sifton therefore changed his thinking. British immigrants had proven not to be ideal. He desperately wanted immigrants with farming experience who also had some familiarity with the rough climate on Canada's Prairies. His new ideal immigrant was best captured in his own words. 'I think a stalwart peasant in sheepskin coat, born on the soil whose forefathers have been farmers for ten generations, with a stout wife and a half a dozen children, is good quality.'

As a footnote here, its Sir John A's 197th birthday today, he was our First and our Third Prime Minister and in recognition of him, the Federal Government renamed the Bank of Montreal building across from Parliament Hill ........

Crude Awakening - Restarting an oil refinery after an emergency shutdown

From an Annotated Bibliography
Biba, Erin. "Crude Awakening." Wired 18.10 (2010): n.pag. Science Reference Center. Web. 12
Apr. 2011.
The article discusses ways to save oil refineries in the U.S. after they've experienced an emergency shutdown. It explains that the process of restarting is slow and hazardous and goes into suggestions to make it go more smoothly. In reference to rebooting the hydrocracker, Biba warns that if not checked over thoroughly explosions may escape from the equipment. This warning is relevant to the paper and provides a possible limitation to the proposal. The source this article is from is a reputable and credible magazine, and overall the information is fairly relevant to the paper, therefore it rates a four on a scale of one to five, five being the most helpful.   -  Crude Awakening   Erin Biba

Sunday, January 8, 2012

".......through which 20 per cent of the world's sea-transported oil flows."

From the Vancouver Province this morning, there's this story of an American warship to the rescue of a pirated fishing vessel in the Strait of Hormuz:

"....... through which 20 per cent of the world's sea-transported oil flows."

What if, when the pipelines containing crude oil, or LNG finally makes it from Alberta's tar sands to Kitimat .... will there be occurrences whereby the US Navy will be called in to the narrow Douglas Channel to deal with pirates running rough shod over Canadian fishermen who's vessels have been spirited away by a bunch of local no-gooders?

We often talk about the Douglas Channel and the ships that will eventually ply these waters without understanding the difficulties.  In the Vancouver Sun newspaper on Saturday, they ran a comparison of a Super oil tanker to a Super BC Ferry, frightening all by itself, but one must keep in mind the depth to which these Super tankers will be exposed to, Twice, once going to their destination in local waters empty except for a ballast of sea water.  Secondly on the way out, fully loaded.

Do you think, that the pipeline proponents goal is to sway public opinion to the point that "they", the proponents, will simply extend the pipeline out to the coastline, well away from our "pristine" inner waters, so as to negate the polls?

Douglas Channel

Google Map

Hartley Bay, the rescuers of the survivors of the Queen of the North, are in Harms Way because of this.

Active Pass, BC Residents know about this corridor, and the history of accidents that have happened here with BC Ferries.   Douglas Channel? Most of us don't even know where it is, but all it took was one Exxon Valdez........... for us to learn of "pristine" Prince William Sound's fate.

Oil sands truth