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.

Saw Mills in Burns Lake, now Prince George, are those that purchase their Mountain Pine Beetle resin damaged trees in for their own "Big Bang". Just a theory.

We've all seen the logs piled up around the saw mills, whether it be Burns Lake or Prince George, Princeton, but here's a Sawmill database   that lists off over 190 across Canada, but the bulk of them are home grown her in British Columbia.

WorkSafeBC has sent out their marching orders to the sawmills to clean up their act.

BUT, what about consumers of the milled products, ARE WE AT RISK?

Will the BC Liberal Government, the one who keeps flying around British Columbia to reassuringly say that she is going to be there for the Saw Mill operators, their employees, and the towns, who are so dependent upon the one resource, going to say to US, that she will be there too?

Is the Premier going to take the next step and order that those that the saw mills sell to, will be forewarned to a potential life threatening experience in their own shops, commercial or otherwise?

Will China, or perhaps the question really is, Has China, already been experienced their own catastrophic explosions at their Saw Mills and haven't complained to their "supplier" of the raw logs Mountain Pine Beetle as to being perhaps a contributing factor?

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

Thursday, April 19, 2012

2011 Pine Beetle Infestations

  1. Able to be maintained at a certain rate or level.
  2. (esp. of development, exploitation, or agriculture) Conserving an ecological balance by avoiding depletion of natural resources.

All the time that the BC Liberals have been in power, they must have been watching the pine beetle maintain their pace, eating their way through our trees throughout southern BC.

With Christy Clark at the helm, all those flights to northern British Columbia, they must have been filled her with anxious moments, knowing that there wasn't a single thing she could do to stop the Beetles.

She couldn't even start to plant new trees without first harvesting the trees that were dead.

Or, one long hot, expensive forest fire season, to control the burn, to spare the people and their towns.

Off to China, to Asia, to find markets for the trees, maybe even two trips, or three.

For more information:

BC Government Publications Index for:

British Columbia.

Forest Practices Branch Summary of Forest Health Conditions in British Columbia

2011    Page 16 of 88

2010  Page 16 of  80

2009  Page 16 of  79

2008  Page 16 of  85  
    Six billionth tree was planted here by Coleman

2007  Page 16 of  81

2006 etc.






"Planting the six billionth tree symbolizes our approach to sustainable forest management,” said Coleman."     "our" being the BC Liberals.......... and Gordon Campbell.

Tweet po_macintyre, does this mean Piss Off Macintyre to her media scrummers

po_macintyre     Premier's Office Sara MacIntyre

We can all remember the CBC media scrum, where the reporters were told to BACK OFF!!!!

For goodness sakes, we could all see the Premier, standing alone except for one fellow, and we heard you say  PO!!!! macintyre.    We didn't know you were giving us your Tweet account so that we could contact you via our Blackberries for a chance to stand at the podium to ask ONE question, and not a supplemental.

Another Tweet account, is that what they're called Tweet account?

gabebarf gabegarf      Gabe Garfunkl
     NOTE:   CBC has been to this blog, is there a breaking story here?

kimhaak  ......       Kim Haakstad   Deputy Chief of Staff

And before you ask   yvr is Vancouver   yyj is NOT Japan, try Victoria.

I need some more input here to find out just how many BC Liberal Staff are Tweeting.  And couldn't they be doing something else with their time, OUR tax dollars.

Social media shouldn't be part of the political landscape.  Its getting more and more difficult to know whether or not a GCPE Employee(s) of the BC Liberal Government (not mentioned by name(s) here) is using a Government issued Blackberry, on Government time, to plug the Premier, with some of the Public being possibly swayed into believing that the said Tweetee (GCPE) writings are somewhat BIAS of the GREAT job that Christy Clark is doing.

And the other thing, there's a tremendous amount of tax dollars being spent each and every time the Premier and her Principal Secretary hops on a plane along with her Section.22 (redacted)  read RCMP passenger.  The other person(s) are the professional camera technicians.   If the Premier is so tight with which photo op is the best one, including the paid for, FULL TIME professional photographer at the ice rink, where "pop" and "mom" (not related) watched the kids and the Prime Minister and hockey mom Premier, still not related, were whispering about how the traded employees are coping.... why then have camera/cell phone-slinging staff go off and post on the Internet, photos that they've taken, and then added inappropriate Captions that may be detrimental to the well being of the PREMIER.

If you go to the link below, on top of the first photo, of the YVR wintery look, you'll find plenty of captions from one GabeGarf like this:

"Out of the mouths of Babes" like Gabe and Kim, a Deputy Chief of Staff!!!!! no less, with their ramblings.