Friday, June 29, 2012

Canada Day Parade, time to send a Clear message to the Conservatives. My Back and MY THUMBS DOWN!

"When in Rome do as the Romans do", the meaning is fairly easy to understand....
    eg It is polite, and possibly also advantageous, to abide by the customs of a society when one is a visitor.
Taking it to an old level, the Roman Colosseum days, the crowd determined whether Gladiators would live or die, with a gestured "Thumbs up, or Thumbs Down"


In light of OUR not having a Minority Government which would mean that Harper and his Conservatives wouldn't have won their majority via an alleged, not proven in Court, use of RoboCalls, and the other allegation of donations being made, and repaid for under a company bonus system to show support for a MP, and again not proven in Court, .......then, on this forthcoming Canada Day celebrations, citizens should add more "Rain on the Parade" by TURNING our BACKS to "our" majority elected Conservative MPs.

As my MP for North Vancouver goes rolling by in his convertible "chariot", my silent protest to the Conservative Government for cutting the Kitsilano Search and Rescue station will be he gets to see my BACK.   My Thumbs DOWN answer, if I were asked, by the "Prime Minister" Dictator.

As my MP for North Vancouver goes rolling by, my silent protest to the Conservative Government for cutting scientists just when we need them the most, to protect our environment from the likes of Enbridge, will be, he gets to see my BACK.  My Thumbs DOWN answer, if I were asked, by the "Prime Minister" Dictator.

As my MP for North Vancouver goes rolling by, my silent protest to the Conservative Government cutting EI and OAS and Retirement Age increasing from 65 and going up to  67, will be, he gets to see my BACK.  My Thumbs DOWN answer, if I were asked, by the "Prime Minister" Dictator.


You see, our MP of North Vancouver, one Andrew Saxton, receives lots of emails, but answers very few.  Canada Day Sunday 2012 is the one day that my MP, since his "election" in 2011, is where he will get to see his Constituents, even if briefly, on a wet soggy day in British Columbia.  

Canada Day is where we stand, shoulder to shoulder, to celebrate what Canada is all about.  Last year the Laws of how our democracy is protected, was attacked in the last election, it was a farce from the moment the Writ was dropped.


Bev Oda's $16 Orange juice drinking days, along with her up-changing to a MUCH more expensive hotel, and the limo, and the limo-drivers standing by... sure, its been covered in the Press, but Sunday will be our day to send the message home to our MPs, the Conservative ones.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Sara, Sara, Sara McIntyre, why can't Christy be decisive and stick with ONE Press Secretary for ONE year.

Mar 06, 2012
March 6th, 2012!!!! it's still March 6th, 2012, alllllll day, but Sara's name hasn't been painted on the Phone Directory, let alone her Office Door. Google Search is MDM Key Contact List For the latest on the same day Hiring or ...


Apr 19, 2012
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! 
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Laila Yuile at "No Strings Attached" has the story:

Sara MacIntyre chewed through her job faster than she expected‏

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And by the way, July 1 is Canada Day and its a Sunday, therefore Monday, July 2 is a paid Stat holiday for the working folks, therefore the update on the monies that Christy's various Ministers and Deputy Ministers spent on TRAVEL EXPENSES two months back should be published no later than Tuesday, or at the very least, Wednesday, the Fourth of July.... should be plenty of fireworks.

What we mean by "fireworks" is that Christy should reorganize her Open Information portal to include individuals who can't last one year, in one job description.  To get around that minor detail, Christy shifts them onto a hot seat that has been recently vacated by another shifted OIC appointed employee.

Just how much Budget monies does the OOPsy Premier Minister gets to spend in a year.... OOP being defined as:

Office Of Premier

or 

OOOP

Office of Outgoing Premier

Receiving $1050, before "Donating" $1000 is called what under Election Canada's regulations?

Imagine that, every deposit that is made at ATMs are recorded as an image.  That must be a Revenue Canada regulation just so they can connect the dots when a cheque is issued and a cheque is deposited to an account.

Cheque in the amount of $1,050 drawn on an account belonging to Deltro Electric, owned by MP Dean Del Mastro’s cousin, is alleged by the cheque’s recipient, a Deltro employee, to be reimbursement for a $1,000 donation to Del Mastro’s re-campaign. Images of this cheque and others were captured by the donors’ banks when they were deposited in ATM machines. At the Citizen’s request, the donors asked their bank to produce copies of these images.


By GLEN MCGREGOR AND STEPHEN MAHER, The Ottawa Citizen June 27, 2012

Two donors to Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro’s 2008 election campaign have produced copies of cheques they say were reimbursements paid by a small electrical company owned by his cousin. The cheques show the donors each received $1,050 from Deltro Electric Ltd. of Mississauga, Ont., two days before they made $1,000 donations to Del Mastro’s electoral district association in Peterborough.

Do you think Revenue Canada is going to be doing an AUDIT to determine how the $50 showed up as an expense, and what for?

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Japanese plastic Tsunami debris landing on our Coastline, is it recyclable?

Japanese is not the BBC's first language, unless we're talking about Sushi........  Can you read Japanese?

In a report by the CBC, an EXCLUSIVE report, tracked down NOAA  because that entity, NOAA, is tracking the Tsunami debris that may end up on the North American coastline of the United States of America.

Canada, well who the hell knows what Harper and Canada are doing about the debris from Japan.  The Environment Minister of BC, the Honourable Terry Lake continues to take the same stance that he presented to the House, back in April, when van Dongen was crossing the Floor over the BC Rail Trial debacle......meanwhile Terry, Lake, the Minister of Environment ....like... we'll just wait and see. (the CBC covered the BC Minister too if you want to know what he said, with arms folded.....BODY LANGUAGE is poor).


British Columbians are enthusiasts when it comes to beach combing. Remember that container that floated all the way from Japan, with a Harley Motorcycle inside........?   Just a motorcycle and golf clubs. Maybe.

We've seen, over our lifetimes, the glass blown balls that the Japanese use(d) for their nets, but, what's headed for our shores now, is something that is more immense in scope.

For example, we've all been educated on how to sort our household Recyclables... we flip the bottle, boxes, containers upside down and go looking for the Triangle with the number in side...  right there we have a problem with the flotsam and jetsam that is headed our way.

Can you read this:

 
(プラマーク pura māku)






It looks like a SQUARE???, two arrowed lines, with a .... bow ..... of .... ship....maybe a spotlight on the bow.... which has .... oh I don't know a fish and chips take-out bar.... Right, Wrong?



Try again:








If you haven't clicked on the link above, highlighted in BLUE and is BOLD, then do so.

What you and we (BBC) see is not quite the same as what people who can READ Japanese see and therefore they recognize something as being worthy of recycling, .........and then there is another small matter.....that overheating of a place called Fukushima and its energy rods with saltwater.



Last year the Federal government of Canada rushed monitoring equipment out to British Columbia from Ottawa to record if there has been any increase in RADIOACTIVITY... in the Air, Water, and Salmon and today the Conservative Government has been busy handing out those little pink slips to the SCIENTISTS who would be required to interpret that sort of information.....

Now, a year has taken place, the debris WAS in close proximity to where all the HOT radioactivity action was taking place, and we've all seen Anderson Cooper, live, on Japan's soil getting really concerned (Looking nervous) about his proximity to the Nuclear Reactor... remember...Melting down....... where he stops in his reporting and turns to look off camera to ask if maybe, just maybe they should call it a WRAP and get the hell out of here.....    We, here at the BBC, remembering that footage.....sort of reminded us of a movie where the REPORTER, standing on the deck of a ship, sees the MUSHROOM CLOUD going skyward, and he, or was it a she, knows HE/SHE Has COOKED their OWN GOOSE because they decided to hang around for the best shot.

Getting back to PET triangle with a 1 inside of it, maybe the question that British Columbians should be asking of Canadian and American scientists, is, although the Oregonians are concerned about the marine life, which is totally foreign to North America, and the fact that the Americans have started to annihilated the marine life from Japan, by using FIRE and BRIMSTONE..... will that same methodology work on material that is still Radioactive?.... with a life of .......

There was, once upon a time, a documentary (television) done, way back in the 1960's where some workers, Army folks, were subjected to an A-bomb blast......a couple of guys lived in a trailer.    The ARMY scientists showed up in WHITE suits and tore that trailer to pieces by following the BEEP... BEEP...BEEP...BEEP.     This next image is one of those little compact suckers that is For Sale or Rent!

Special GroundAire

http://national-radiation-instrument-catalog.com/new_page_29.htm
The JEB Model Groundaire was introduced in 1955. It was advertised as “the most sensitive scintillation counter for its price in the world”. The JEB Special contained a 1" x 1" sodium iodide crystal. The JEB Groundaire Deluxe Model contained a 2-1/8” x 1-1/8” sodium iodide crystal scintillator detector. It could be used in aircraft or moving vehicles. It had two time constants, an external probe, and 3.5” meter. It was waterproof, tropicalized and shock mounted. It has 4 ranges from 0-20,000 cps and a indicator reading directly in percent uranium ore. It has controls for zero, calibration, time (fast and slow sample rate), and a multiplier switch for 1, x10, x100, x200, and zero. The unit was 8.75” x 4” x 6.75” and weighed 9.5 lbs. The smaller crystal unit sold for $249.50 and the larger crystal unit sold for $595, both complete with top grain cowhide carrying case.
Will Christy Clark, ......you didn't think we were going to leave her name of this POST, the Photo Op Premier, never, ......commit to making a statement where her own Environment Minister fears to TREAD?

Three other minor details, if the debris is free of radioactivity after crossing the Pacific Ocean, then is the masses of salt water that has been contaminated in Japan from radiation, free, once it mixes in with all of the rest of the water, of the world?

Secondly.... those units of 50 workers who risked their lives inside the reactor buildings, ... did they survive to leave normal lives or .....not?

Third.... in Oregon, the debris is being buried, in the sandy beaches, short sighted in light of how erosion might say otherwise, but the radiation at Chernobyl, had to be encased in CONCRETE, THICK CONCRETE..... will ten feet of wet sand suffice.....?

Export of BC Raw logs from 1966 to 2010, and with a little bit of pressure from overseas imagine....2013

This is the Index Page for Extension Notes:

http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/bcdocs/247010/


This Graph is from Extension Note No. 107 May 2012












Page 3 of 6.

The dip????....

The Index Page for the BC Government: "Risk Management Branch at RISK" where the BC Liberals came on the scene in 2001, and if one were to use LOGS as a barometer against jobs being lost OVERSEAS, well now, no wonder China is doing so well, at our expense!

 http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/bcdocs/160356/

2012
Vol. 20 no.1 Spring/Summer

Page 3:

"We were well into the 2nd year of a global economic crisis, the BC government went from a $4 Billion budget SURPLUS in 2006/2007 to a budget deficit of $2.7 Billion - (Election in May to June to HST Decision 2009)"



















Eight (8) consecutive years in growth of JOBS in BC, under the NDP, and then they lost the election to the BC Liberals who promised NOT to SELL BC Rail, and then they did.  Logs remaining in BC created local jobs.  Logs EXPORTED to China CUTS jobs in BC.

The BC Liberal's Budgets had a $6.7 Billion drop in revenue to the bottom in May election of 2009, and then a further drop till the HST kicked in officially.  Then off went the sales to China, JOBS locally died on the vine.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

"IAW SoM, B Coy will conduct CM1005 IVO Gr 12U QQ 1234 5678."

If you consider yourself to be John/Jane Doe public, have never served in Canada's armed forces, then you won't know what the title of the Post means.

UPDATE: June 27, 2012 These guys would/should know:
Defence Research Establishment-Ottawa (Jun 27 2012 10:34:41am)

Then again if you are John/Jane Doe public, and have read the Province article from June 25, 2012's newspaper (but really written by the Canadian Press) where its called  Easing the soldier to civvy transition subTitle:  "Serving members seek help before being medically released", then you have no right to determine how to ease the soldier into Canada from overseas.

You have no idea what it's like "over there".   Neither do I, but over the weekend, I read a book, and I think I know a little bit more, than you.

Hint:    ISBN Dog tags: 978-1-44340-717-5, Written by Ryan Flavelle.

 SO, HERE YOU HAVE IT.  You are reading the first lines of my first book, the culmination of all my efforts to get a book published.  First of all, I would like to thank you for reading this book ---unless you stole it or are reading the Google Books "preview" -- in which case, go buy my book.  I'm a poor graduate student/reservist.

The title is     "The Patrol",
subTitle is: "Seven Days in the life of a Canadian Soldier in AFGHANISTAN".



Translation of Post Title:
For example, "Bravo Company will conduct a Cordon and Search of suspected compounds near the village of Zangabad" becomes "IAW SoM, B Coy will conduct CM1005 IVO Gr 12U QQ 1234 5678"
It would be easy to provide a link to his book, in Google, but it's even easier to write:  

Stand up, and go to your Local Library!


If you do go to your local library, the authors, illustrators, photographers, publishers, etc. of books in general, receive some compensation, a pittance compared to royalties per book, from the Public Lending Right Commission (Federal)... until Harper gets wind of it.

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Flavell spent SEVEN months in Afghanistan, fighting.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Honest to God, the GCPE finally got it right on what Christy Clark should be seen doing, like something FIRST, for families!!... over the Next 600 Years

Last week, was it only last week, that the BBC asked Christy Clark's GCPE to fix the link to "down memory lane", the one that was to supposedly link John A. Clark to Christy J. Clark.  They've been doing diddly-squat on the taxpayers time.

The Taxpayer all funded benefits packaged GCPE have been to the BBC blog site several times, lost count.   They've been to China, TWICE, on the public's $600,000.   The false start Coast Guard $8 billion launch TWICE while tweeting on government supplied cell phones and iPads chirping about what a GREAT job Christy is doing.  This is the Communication umbrella which preferred to work under Gordon Campbell's PAB moniker because anyone doing a search on the OPEN INFORMATION engine would be taken back to the first day of the invention of computers.

However with Christy Clark's reincarnation as a Minister, Premier, in March 14 of 2011, it was she who orchestrated the change-over to the GCPE moniker, which means, to seekers of everything that is being spun by the BC Liberals, all one has to do is search with GCPE included, and what you are looking at  .... it's all Christy's doing, from March 15 (the Ides of March for her) 2011.


As to the image above.  With the GCPE failure to right the wrong on their link to having the public going down their memory lane of past deeds, they still haven't fixed it.   They could have.  They didn't have to come here and leave a Comment and right a wrong.   All they had to do was to put the FIX IN.

They're good at that, putting the FIX IN.  We've seen it happen just lately, like telling the public that they are taking away a bonus and then secretly rolling it into the wage part, of some high paid appointees of the BC Liberals.

(Update) The Gazetteer:  CLBC Bafflegab Continues...Won't You Listen To What The Snook Says?

El Gordo started it first by telling his Ministers that they were going to be docked 10%, unless they cut enough from their allotted Budget that would equal them getting their bonuses, because the only place their money was going to come from, was to Cut, Cut, Cut till the Knife went too Far with Children.

The image is found here     The BBC found it by taking their GAG line, their last line and edited it: 

A trip down memory lane

Back in April 1954, a B.C. delegation of 60 strong took off from Vancouver and landed at Haneda Airport in Japan for a Trade Mission. To find out more about the 1954 mission and it’s connections to the Asia Trade Mission in 2012, click here: www.bcjobsplan.ca/ourprogress/a-trip-down-memory-lane/

www.bcjobsplan.ca/ourprogress/a-trip-down-memory-lane/    and reduced it all the way back to here:

http://www.bcjobsplan.ca/

There are four headings on the above link..... the last one is Follow Progress

When we got there, The GAG was on Christy's Mouth,... Great Start!   Wait, Christy Gag act will show up.  In the meantime, down below, on Follow Progress, there's this:


In September, 2011, the BC government released the BC Jobs Plan, with many concrete actions. This is the place to find out more about those actions. There will be many milestones along the way, and it will be important to share and highlight those in one place.

In the gallery below you will see a timeline of actions to date, summaries of online discussions, the 6th month progress report, and stories about how the BC Jobs Plan relates to real British Columbians and what it means to their lives, their communities, their industries, their businesses and their families.

The BBC clicked on "timeline of actions", where it goes from the one hour mark of Christy Clark's inception of ACTION to ........ Wait..... Wait...... to 388 years short of the BC Rail being sold to CN Rail for 990 years.

Yep..... Christy's GCPE has put a time frame of her non-achievements spanning out from October of 2011 to 2611!






Thanks to Christy's GCPE they have provided a time line of their marked achievements in absolute STUPIDITY!



The public has to understand something about the BC Liberals, they are masters of spreading innuendo, paid for by the public.   The Finance Minister said it first two days ago by telling Christy's Ministers that they must run their announcements past him first, just to make sure the numbers are right..... Kevin, if you remember, IS the Finance Minister.   There is no control at the top (Christy) for wayward ministers... Bloy is as Good example.

The Ministers are great at making public announcements, all to show just how good they are..... its like looking at a PYRAMID.     As soon as one makes a Press Release, its soon covered with gobbly-gook by others.   Before too long, they all disappear, except for the one on Top.

Christy's GCPE Timeline sort of clears the air, but only for the Office of Premier aka OOP

Check it out.......  The GAG on Christy was a complete FLUKE

And as an experiment, there's a slide bar along the bottom of the TimeLiner.... its great.... except its blank from late 2012 to 2611.

Maybe someone needs to do a FOI just to find out how much money Christy spent, of our TAX dollars, to produce this garbage.
PS

Whatever happened to Alberta's Wildrose party graphic artists who placed their leader's image on the side of a bus, with wheels on either side of her..... Ah, they were hired by the BC's GCPE leader.




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Friday, June 22, 2012

H.R. 1505 creates Wilderness dead area 160.9344 Kilometres due south of Canada

This is only a supposition here at the BBC, but since the U.S. has now voted on H.R. 1505, to erect a fence on their property along the International Border to defend themselves against terrorists and drug cartels, .....Canada can now boast that its side will continue to remain the LONGEST undefended border in the WORLD!

The Americans are going to make the area south of the border, for 100 miles ( 160.9344 Kilometres), void of any natural habitat and ecosystems.   No Moose, no Grizzly bears, no Wolves and no Beavers, no Loons, no Eagles, no SeaGulls either.  First Nation People who recognize their lands are not to be divided between two countries, well too bad for them as well.

The Americans are going to bulldoze and Concrete over any natural wilderness site like the Olympic  National Park, and Mount Baker is going to be capped from steaming, they are going to stop visitors (therefore terrorists too) from visiting Glacier Park Wilderness, Cabinet Mountain Wilderness, Glacier National Park (Canada will be there for you though) Theodore Roosevelt Park (gone).   Voyageurs  National Park, toast, Boundary Waters Wilderness is to be flooded, Picture Rocks National Lakeshore, forget about Climate change, the Americans can't wait to raise the lakes......Cuyahoga  Valley National Park between Detroit and Pittsburgh, forbidden, ......Bristol Cliffs Wilderness... nope..Wild River Wilderness, fenced off, White Mountain National Forest north of Boston, gone....and Acadia National Park sits at the 99 miles from Canada, too bad, No one, not even the President of the United States of America, the once MOST powerful country in the world will be able to venture into the wilderness areas.


Businesses north of the US/Canada border have been trying to discover a way for Canadians to buy their products in Canada, but if one waits long enough,...... all we had to do was to leave it to the House of Representative to pass a Bill on Wednesday to give Canadians something that Ottawa and Victoria have refused to do.

Residents living along the border, including Bellingham, Seattle, Detroit, and possibly Columbus and Pittsburgh too, will have to head SOUTH if they want any Wilderness activities.  No SnowBoarding or Climbing, or hiking or ATVing, but Hey!!!!! Canada is open for business......

According to the PEW Environmental Group..... and the Vancouver Sun  who has the write up on Page B1 of the newspaper this morning..."U.S. bill would cause havoc on sensitive borderland habitats, opponents say."

 Contintental U.S. - H.R. 1505

Thursday, June 21, 2012

LifeLabs service is the pits, in North Vancouver. We are not all healthy enough to stand in line!

UPDATE JUNE 30, 2013
 
LIFELABS ADVISES PATIENTS IN KAMLOOPS B.C. OF POTENTIAL INFORMATION DISCLOSURE

Vancouver, B.C. (June 24, 2013) -- LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services (LifeLabs) today announced it is advising some of its patients in Kamloops, B.C. that their personal information, including personal health information, may have been compromised.  snipped....


 CBC

The personal information of about 16,000 patients of a medical lab service in Kamloops has gone missing, says the company's president.

LifeLabs president Sue Paish said Monday a computer was sent to their main office in Burnaby for servicing in January, but when it was returned, the hard drive was missing.
The hard drive held the results of ECGs, or electrocardiograms, gathered at three local facilities between 2007 and 2013.

"There was no financial information whatsoever included in the data, no ability to access any financial records or other financial-related data," said Paish, who admitted the drive did include personal information like the patient's name, address, height, age, gender, the ECG results and health care number.  snipped
Google Search Criteria:
 Lifelabs in Kamloops loses a hard drive containing 16,000 patients’ information.


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UPDATE November 26, 2012
 In a recent "visit" back to LifeLabs, we discovered some "Life" has back  into the North Vancouver location at 19th and Lonsdale.  Still no Take-a-Number, Still wait in line.... but there is a sense of cleanliness in the air of something NEW.  The drab brown Carpet is gone, replaced with Linoleum.  LifeLabs have painted the walls and ceiling.  The glass walled off desk has been replaced with a very respectable counter, a mini office for those working behind the scenes.  Maybe one day they'll tear a page out of London Drugs Pharmacy department (19th and Lonsdale), sort of... they have waiting line-ups too, but once you are being served...it's take a load off your feet ..... but we think that they have an ulterior motive at London Drugs.   The staff, the Pharmacists, are better off in doing their jobs if they get a chance to sit down and type the personal information AND that of Prescriptions ordered by the Doctors into their computers.

There is of course the OnLine ability of making an appointment that is HOT-Damn great.  Pick a time, arrive five minutes early.... to get through that waiting line.... and Bob's Your Uncle.  The OnLine bookings are spaced five minutes apart.... which means that those who DON'T have an appointment, DON'T have access to a personal computer at home, or work, then they are the ones "being left out in the cold" in this new age of appointments.

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The-take-a-number routine has stopped happening at the North Vancouver LifeLabs at 19th and Lonsdale along with your wait-for-the-number-to-be-called.   No one could jump ahead of you.

Its been replaced with a CBC type of Peter Mansbridge fellow standing at a podium, scooping your MSP card out of sight out of mind, but only after you've been standing with your toes behind a yellow line as if you are waiting for your fish and chips order to be taken.

Not everyone who goes to a Laboratory for tests to be done, is in the greatest of health.

What's the problem you might be asking here?  In LifeLabs own words:


For almost 50 years, BC doctors and their patients have relied on our lab testing and information services to help predict disease, determine the best course of treatment, monitor its effectiveness and support chronic disease management programs. etc.


All has been changed at this franchise lab, and who ever changed the ground rules for the patients without first doing an in-house survey, doesn't understanding one thing about repetition.   For the past 19 years the take-a-number-machine method which had been attached to a post in the middle of the waiting room worked fine, from our side and and NOW,  NOTHING.  No machine.  NOTHING!

Its like having to punch in your code to authorize a credit card purchase.   Everyone around you, as your fingers start to press the buttons, are glancing away from memorizing your secret password, WHEN all the merchant had to do was do a survey.  They would have found out that way, that all they had to do was provide a screen so the customers can see the hottest impulse buying items on the counter, just waiting to be purchased.... but no... the purchaser waiting in line looks at the walls, the ceiling, their feet, their cell phones, talk to the stranger behind them.......  Its a missed opportunity to sell something, or inform someone of an upcoming event!

Meanwhile back at the LifeLab post, now that's where the instruction should be posted... you know, like HI, you're looking for a way of taking a number (and do it in all of the known languages that are relevant to Metro Vancouver).  We have changed our way of serving you.  Ahead, on the floor, there is a YELLOW line.  Go there, wait till we're ready to serve you.  If no one is there (and it the case of many, NO ONE WAS THERE) please take a seat till our Coffee Breaks are over.

Problem: If someone comes in AFTER you have sat down, to wait, they don't know that you ARE first in line.  They look at you, as you try and get to be first in line, as an interloper... maybe they should have one of those machines that hands out numbers (only for seated, waiting, patients).

Don't go up to where you used to go to answer questions, and prove you are entitled via your MSP card,  because LifeLabs have placed glass partitions to stop you DEAD in your tracks.   Move along, move along, form a line behind the YELLOW LINE!

And for those unable to stand in a line, there's only one alternative, find another Lab!


LifeLabs offers Nothing in the way of assistance on how to queue up, except they are relying on the current bunch of patients to explain the procedure.

Give your head a shake on this one.


BC GCPE please fix this link to "A trip down memory lane"

A trip down memory lane

Back in April 1954, a B.C. delegation of 60 strong took off from Vancouver and landed at Haneda Airport in Japan for a Trade Mission. To find out more about the 1954 mission and it’s connections to the Asia Trade Mission in 2012, click here: www.bcjobsplan.ca/ourprogress/a-trip-down-memory-lane/
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Unfortunately, the link that you've followed doesn't work.
Christy, is there a connection between your Asia Trade Missions of 2011 and 2012 and John A. Clark?

Now that would be interesting, an unbiased comparison of the benefits, and costs, of the ONE trip in 1954 to TWO trips in 12 months, eh.

Were there political goals involved back in 1954, like your forth coming election date of May of 2013?

Monday, June 18, 2012

Remember when the HST cause was lost by the Christy Clark government, they should have reflected on..."..when you're at the bottom of a valley, anywhere upslope looks higher"

Two hours ago the search for a NEW topic started something like this.

Google Search Criteria:  spread history that we talked about earlier on the interest rates for bond issues

Modified

 Google Search Criteria: British Columbia Government  spread history on the interest rates for bond issues

First of many results was this:

Debt Management - Ministry of Finance - Government of British ...

www.fin.gov.bc.ca/PT/dmb/faq.htm
Government of British Columbia Home page ... Ministry of Finance Internet site ... short-term debt outstanding and fixed issue debt that has been converted ... For bonds, the province contracts to pay the bondholder a stipulated rate of interest on ... Therefore, the cost is spread out over the life of the assets and shared by all ...

But before you click on the above, to get to the fact that "S & P" affirms Province of BC Ratings remained unchanged after REJECTION of the HST......... didn't BC Finance Minister Kevin Falcon come out with pencil stubs blazing about what a GREAT job the Christy Liberals had done.... and during the run up to the VOTE on the HST he was blaming the Public if they did vote to abolish the HST...., the Triple ratings would be TOAST?   The added debt would be shouldered by the Pubic, not of his doing...., Stupid PST Tax commentary too...... etc.

And to understand why this search came about...., it was initiated by a peek at a SiteMeter recording where googlebot.com was doing their hacking into another nook and cranny on the internet:


Domain Namegooglebot.com ? (Commercial)
IP Address66.249.73.# (Google)



















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Which sent the BBC off to see what the BBC wrote on ....Christy Clark, of course... which as it turned out, it wasn't on Christy Clark, just a prediction of what the future was holding for Christy Clark and the BC Liberals.

G. Farrell-Collins: How would I characterize the government's continued comments on the bright future of British Columbia's economy? I suppose, when you're at the bottom of a valley, anywhere upslope looks higher than where you are at the present time. For the minister (J. MacPhail) to say that a number of indicators in the last quarter have started to trend upwards. . . . I think that while it's nice to hear, it's going to be an awful long time before we get anywhere near where we were prior to the downturn. - BC HANSARD  JUNE 1, 1999
June 1, 1999, and it took another TWO years before the BC Liberals would make its way into being government by promising NOT to SELL BC Rail......



Nine years passed before the shocking November 2010 announcement that there was about to be an impending Power change at BC Liberal Supreme headquarters.  Gordon Campbell was forced, indirectly to pass the torch to his former Deputy Premier, one Christy Clark, in March 2011.   It's taken her ONE year to set her party on the same course that Gordon Campbell started down in 2010, .......and by another YEAR, based on Polling numbers for the past year and half......it will be the Mandatory time for another government.  ... All because of the BC Rail deal that still STINKS!

Sooner would be better for a new government with a clear mandate.

I suppose, when you're at the bottom of a valley, anywhere upslope looks higher than where you are at the present time. - Gary Farrell-Collins aka Gary Collins, June 1, 1999
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"Bottom of the Valley" is best seen at the bottom of this POST, not long to go folks...... there are links for you to visit, to read in between, but sometimes a photo is equal to a Thousand Words....at the "Bottom of the Valley" there's a silver lining where there's "typically no more than $5 Billion maturing in any given year - Christy Clark & Kevin Falcon"


Debt Management News (2012)


Bottom of the Valley begins here:

 Frequently asked Questions of which this one is worth opening up


 "Net Debt Maturities" (Graph)

This image makes it appear that over the past eleven years the BC Liberals have put us so far into debt it doesn't matter who becomes the Next government in 2013.  Even the BC Liberals wouldn't be able to put us into further debt, or could SHE.

Her BC Liberal Party has accumulated close to $37 Billion in Future DEBT shared out between the Province directly, Crown corporations which have been told to create Deferral Accounts, and agencies.   It doesn't include the hypothetical Indemnity clause that the BC Liberal Government promised to CN Rail in the wake of clinching the sale of BC Rail...... which currently sits at close to $700 million, owed.

Debt maturity dates... clarified in lay-person language.  The BC Liberals don't declare their debt as we merrily go along, they believe that the debt only matures on the final day.... like POOF, and its there to be seen by our GrandChildren.

eg.  Sea to Sky highway..... $2.1 billion not seen until 35 years after 2008 (contract began) = 2043

eg. Port Mann Bridge ..... $3.1 billion not seen until 40 years after 2013 (bridge opens) = 2053
Should be on the schedule but obviously its going to take a little longer than 40 years, ENJOY another lie!


 Time to go hunting for PREVIOUS "BC Net Debt Maturity Data", eh.

Oh Gee Look, in Open Information  Two files....  the http we already know, above, but this CSV file allows you to be a.... Finance Minister .... forever!

BC Finance - British Columbia Debt Maturities

British Columbia provincial net debt maturities and schedule of maturities projected to 2050. The province manages it debt maturity so that there is typically no more than $5 Billion maturing in any given year. Data current to September 30, 2011

More Information

http://www.fin.gov.bc.ca/PT/dmb/ref/netD...

Download Files

Finally, if there's "typically only $5 billion maturing in any given year" over each of the next 50 years, doesn't that mean that we owe..... $250 BILLION?

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Thank you Dean Del Mastro for highlighting the efficiencies of Elections Canada Records

Cousins, aren't they great!

Most Canadians wouldn't even have thought about checking in with Elections Canada, and their records.

The public has been leaving that up to the News gatherers, until now.  And then there's the CBC comments page, where as of June 18, 2012, 2:15pm PST, its(374) results.




 Efficient, right.

No addresses though, but that doesn't matter, because if you go to Elections Canada and look up any Candidate who wants to become a Member of Parliament of Canada (MP), all of their donations are listed, and tallied, on a sheet like this, for one    Del Mastro, Dean.

Why do a tally?  Well there are laws in this country that sets a maximum spending limit on how much a Candidate can have to run a ....fair.... not the right word....a   chance...... to win a Seat.   If someone were to have the use of an unlimited amount of cash, for advertising purposes....anyone could win an election, including daffy duck.

The only thing that is ACTIVE on the real document on the results above, is the Name of the Donor.   A click on the name generates the town and the province, AND a Postal Code that the donor resides at.

The BBC is from the west coast of Canada, any Ridings east of the Rockie Mountains is unfamiliar territory, except for the high profile ones, like Peterborough, now.

 Each Riding has a different spending limit, supposedly based on many different factors.  Population, the ease of meeting and greeting the voters, weather conditions, etc.   What else could be a factor?

Elections Canada Online | Final Candidate Election Expenses Limits

www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=ele&document...dir...
6 Jun 2011 – Final Candidates Election Expenses Limits: 41st General Election.

2008 eg.   Code 35071      Peterborough                 92,566.79

2011 eg.   Code  35071     Peterborough                  95,207.51
          population of 116,626 with 91,709 registered voters and 245 polling divisions.


Equivalent, something familiar to the Readers of BC in two election years:

2008 eg.  Code    59024     Saanich–Gulf Islands     91,825.23

2011  eg.   Code  59024     Saanich–Gulf Islands     95,460.07
         population of 115,724 with 93,380 registered voters and 228 polling divisions.


2008   eg.  Code  59020     Okanagan–Coquihalla     91,800.38


2011  eg.  Code  59020     Okanagan–Coquihalla     95,494.58
          population of 107,316 with 86,195 registered voters and 203 polling divisions.



Interesting, the last one eh, must have been a lot of last minute sign-ups around Kelowna in the above


There is another program within Election Canada which spells out which Postal Code is in which Riding, and in the instance of Peterborough there were many, from the list of 19 donors who reside outside of Peterborough and funnily there were two that the Postal Code was too close to call.  Turns out the Postal Code is not good enough, the mailing address would be needed.


From La Presse.ca there's this Interactive Map in conjunction with Google Earth.  All you need to do is select from the Province, which Riding you want.  The object here for La Presse was to show how each Political Party fared in an Election.... like in 2008.

















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Then there's this screenshot above, of a Google Earth Map showing the Postal Code donation locations, that poured into Peterborough from outside, and from within the Riding.   As someone said, "we're only three hours away",  actually  Google Map says that from L7K 0X3 to Peterborough its    189 km, 2 hours 21 mins.......  That's pretty impressive although that might be a TOLL Road.




For British Columbian readers, that's like driving from Downtown Vancouver, BC to halfway between Britton Rest Stop (just past the Summit) on the Coquihalla Highway, and Merritt, BC....... Yeah, Yeah, we know, after Hope and not quite to Downtown Merritt, nobody lives on that stretch of the Coquihalla, whereas the Peterborough Riding has a population of 116,626 with 91,709 registered voters.


From the photo way up top, there were 19 donations to Del Mastro, Dean.  The ones on the map above are for the Ten who donated $1000.    What's curious is that in the Montreal Gazette article "Larry" says he and his wife, daughter-in-law and his son, each contributed $ 1,000, but the last two don't show up on the list up top.  If they did contribute then there should have been 21 names, not 19.   They must have donated to the CPC instead.


Finally, here's Wikipedia showing the Peterborough Riding.  The RED is not an indication of the political party standing in 2008, its just for the purpose of  highlighting Peterborough from the other Ridings that are in White with black boundary lines.


File:Peterborough, riding.png
Wikipedia    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peterborough_%28electoral_district%29

And finally this is a closer look at Peterborough in 2008.   Hey there is a stretch, or two, that is similar to the Coquihalla.





Friday, June 15, 2012

Open Information Report Cards, so Christy says

Search Criteria like this:    Report Card Data www.gov.bc.ca/citz/iao/  generates a haphazard lot (Garbage IN Garbage OUT) of answers to WHERE ARE THEY, that is the whole lot of Posted FOIs that the BC Liberal Government claims that seekers (Lawyers, Media, Individuals, Political Parties) pay for, the Government posts them for FREE for others to read and then .......what?

There's a Rider though....... they're up on the screen at Open Info for the briefest of times, then they are dumped.

Its one thing to find a singular specific FOI , but to find a Report Card for every year that the BC Liberal Government has fought tooth and nail not to be an Open and Transparent government....., you'd think that just listing off every FOI that has been generated would come with a Description of what is contained within it.   But oh no, that's not they way they do business.

For example, the only thing that is even remotely open, it's the section below, Ministry by Ministry, as in "Office of the Premier", where you might find this "OOP-2011-00472":

  "OOP-2011-00472"   doesn't tell you anything than what you see, no frigging Description, HOWEVER, if you copy it into Google and add this    "gov.bc.ca"  in front, you get this as of June 15, 2012:

gov.bc.ca  OOP-2011-00472    and you get two results, possibly Three like this:

  1. Report Card Data

    www.gov.bc.ca/citz/iao/.../Report%20Card_OOP_Fiscal_11_12.pdf
    File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat - Quick View
    1 May 2012 – EndDate Range= April 01, 2011 to March 31, 2012. Status= Closed .... OOP-2011-00526. 22. 31-Oct-2011 ...... OOP-2011-00472. 30. 12-Oct- ...
  2. [PDF] 

    FOI Request: #CTZ-2012-00011 Requests Received

    docs.openinfo.gov.bc.ca/D14527212A_Response_Package_CTZ-20...
    File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat
    posted on www.openinfo.gov.bc.ca and which ones will not; If there are no written copies of the ...... All records related to the August 26, 2011 publication on OpenInfo.gov.bc.ca of FOI request OOP-2011-00244. Labour ...... OOP-2011-00472 ...
  3. [PDF] 

    Report Card Data

    www.gov.bc.ca/citz/iao/down/.../HighLevelDetailedViewFY10-11.pd...
    File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat
    CRITERIA: EndDate Range= April 01, 2010 to March 31, 2011. Status= Closed ...... CFD-2010-00472. 44. 15-Apr-2010 ...... OOP-2011-00040. 11. 11-Feb-2011 ...

UPDATE: June 16, 2012.... Government GCPE have been busy overnight by launching two items.    Try this as a Search Criteria   gov.bc.ca  "OOP-2011-00472" 

Third one down has the right number but the title of the File is way off the mark, but what the heck, the Government isn't making this easy so why not hit the Fourth Link, eh.

Once inside that document you have to use your Control F keystroke and enter OOP-2011-00472

And this is what you get for your effort:

Description: The Outlook Calendar of the Director of Communications for the timeframe September 1, 2011 to September 30, 2011.

Don't you think Christy would make it a lot easier on everyone and just give us the Information on one page.
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  Freedom of Information Request Statistics

TIMELINES REPORT CARDS

2011/2012
       Yearly Archive


The following quarterly trend line reports (PDF) have been refreshed as of January 01, 2012.

QUARTERLY TRENDS

2011/2012
January - March
Quarterly Archive

ONE YEAR TRENDS

2011/2012
Yearly Archive


10 YEAR TRENDS

2002-2012
10 Year Archive

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UPDATE June 16, 2012
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January 1 to December 31 2011
All FOI Requests
No links to documents though
Search Criteria

FOI Requests Received

docs.openinfo.gov.bc.ca/D6103112A_Response_Package_CTZ-201...
File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat - Quick View
Data refreshed: January 16, 2012 ... questions: How many veterans are there in BC who file income tax returns; ..... PSA-2011-00169 ..... All records related to the processing and handling of FOI requests OOP-2011-00265, FIN-2011-00116, ..... mid-March launch of its new www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca Website: The project ...
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to July 12, 2011
No links to documents though
 

FOI Requests Received SSB-2011-00024

docs.openinfo.gov.bc.ca/D25518811A_Response_Package_SSB-201...
22 Jul 2011 – CRITERIA. Start Date Range: to July 12, 2011. Category: Formal. Category: General. Applicant Type: Other Governments; Other Public Body ...
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1. =  January 01, 2010 to March 06, 2012

  1. CTZ-2012-00024 Coroner's Service of BC Requests Received

    docs.openinfo.gov.bc.ca/D10341212A_Response_Package_CTZ-20...
    File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat - Quick View
    FOI Request Number: CTZ-2012-00024. Coroner's Service of BC. Requests Received. Date Range Queried: January 01, 2010 to March 06, 2012. Criteria: ...
  2. [PDF] 

    FOI Request: #CTZ-2012-00011 Requests Received

    docs.openinfo.gov.bc.ca/D14527212A_Response_Package_CTZ-20...
    File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat
    FOI Requests\CTZ-2012-00011\CTZ-2012-00011 (Jan, 27, 2012).rpt ...... Federal Crime Omnibus Bill on BC: The Office of the Attorney General including all staff, ...
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BC Hydro: 45% of the cost savings benefit to be derived from the (Smart Meters) SMI project will be from theft detection.

Our BC Hydro rates are 45% too high right now. Why? Theft.

Smart Meters will change all that.

In other words, if your Hydro Bill, on average, has been $200 per month  ($26,400 for the past eleven years) and the Government of the BC Liberals knew that, via their Core Review,  in 2001, why did they continue to siphon off money from BC Hydro every single year, just to Balance their budgets and get re-elected?

Why didn't Campbell act, decisively back then when he had a landslide victory?

What did Campbell do, he started to split BC Hydro asunder, to save money, he said.

Why the band-aid approach?

One household, BC Hydro Bills would have been reduced by $13,200, or there abouts.

There are how many  Households in BC  1,748,845 times $13,200 =  $23,084,754,000

$23 Billion!!!!!
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Google Search Criteria for this quote
Charles Reid, president and CEO (acting), BC Hydro -
"Our goal is to keep rates as low as possible for our customers and we are going to continue looking for opportunities to become a leaner and more efficient organization going forward so that we can keep rates low while delivering the investments in our system for future generations."  UPDATED November 24, 2012  Source


"Leaner" means a fatter spending BC Liberal Government who have shoved their multi-year-should-have-been-deficits onto the shoulders of British Columbians children's children, something that Gordon Campbell often used to blame the Opposition of doing.

Look at it this way, all the money that Gordon and Christy have been spending to keep themselves in Office has come from future Generations of British Columbians.

$60 billion debt to build infrastructures in the last ten eleven years;

$5 billion of deferred accounting at BC Hydro because the BC Liberal Finance Ministers needed the hard cash to balance their books.

Like this:  Page 21 of 132  Search for "Deferral"

BC Hydro operates in a rate regulated environment where accounting policies allow the use of regulatory accounts to defer amounts for future recoveries or refunds, subject to the approval of the British Columbia Utilities Commission. In the absence of rate-regulation, these amounts would be included as revenues or expenditures when incurred.  BC Hydro is ordered in some cases by the British Columbia Utilities Commission or given special direction from the province, to defer certain amounts, in order to minimize rate fluctuations and provide a stable return to the shareholder.

Some regulatory account additions, such as the deferral of energy variances, will fluctuate between positive and negative amounts over the years, and can be offsetting over time, but deferred to allow smoothing of rates. Other regulatory accounts, established for the purpose of matching current costs to future benefits, such as expenditures related to Smart Metering and Infrastructure, will be recovered through the rates at a future time when the benefits to the ratepayers from the investment are being realized.


Page 91 of 132   Keep searching for "Deferral"

Rate Structures

BC Hydro rates are competitive with other comparable jurisdictions.

However, there may be the perception of unfairness in the revenue/cost ratios between customer classes. In addition, a number of the objectives for the rate structures, although identified in relevant legislation (Clean Energy Act, UCA) and policy (Energy Plan), are not given clear priority or ranking. This can lead to competing objectives, because a rate structure designed to achieve one objective may compete with the achievement of another objective. As well, rate structures are not always proficient at supporting the achievement of the objectives. For example, some rate structures do not inherently support conservation, simplicity of billings or low rates to large families.

BC Hydro designs and BCUC approves the rate structures for each customer class. Although each rate structure is different, they all include Basic and Energy charges. The Basic charge, a flat daily rate, is aimed to cover customer care costs and does not depend on electricity consumption levels. The Energy charge, based on consumption levels is intended to cover all other costs within the customer class. Some rate structures (for classes with demand metering in place) also include a demand charge, which recovers the costs of building the transmission systems based on peak load requirements, using a tiered rate for kW demand. In addition, there is a Rate Rider charge applied to all customer classes, used to pay down BC Hydro’s deferral accounts.

The Residential rate structure is set on an inclining block (or stepped) basis whereby the customer pays a higher cost per unit for energy consumed above a certain threshold. The Small General service rate structure (for small businesses) is flat which results in the consumer paying the same rate, regardless of consumption levels. Neither of these rate classes has demand meters in place, so their rates do not include a demand charge element.

The Medium General and Large General Service rate structures are more complex. They include declining block structures, where the rate drops above a certain consumption level, and the introduction of an additional energy charge or credit that aims to encourage energy conservation. This model allows for an energy charge (at a higher rate) if consumption exceeds pre-determined levels, or an energy credit (reduction) may be applied if the energy consumption is lower than the customer’s normal level. This additional charge/credit mechanism is being phased in over three years for the Medium General Service class, so not all customers in that class are currently impacted.

Page 117 of 132 Keep, Keep searching for "Deferral"

 Regulatory/Deferral Accounts

There has been recent significant growth in BC Hydro’s net regulatory asset balance, and this growth will continue for several years, adding additional pressure and reduced flexibility to BC Hydro’s efforts to keep rates competitive while addressing new cost pressures. The future annual impact is not clear, as amortization policies are not always known, but the impact will likely be significant, and there is concern for future ratepayers
who are expected to cover these deferred costs, even in cases where the benefits were realized by current ratepayers.

BC Hydro operates in a rate regulated environment where, with BCUC’s approval, accounting policies allow the use of regulatory accounts to defer amounts for future recovery/refund. In the absence of rate-regulation, these amounts would be included in the net income when incurred and could result in volatile rate swings.

Deferred amounts are often large and/or unexpected income or expense due to factors beyond BC Hydro’s control (e.g., annual inflows into BC Hydro’s reservoirs), would cause BC Hydro’s rates and ROE to be unstable. The industry, in general, and regulators want stable rates for customers and returns to investors. To reduce rate fluctuations, BC Hydro is sometimes ordered by the BCUC, or given special direction from the province, to defer certain amounts. The deferred costs are recorded as regulatory assets, to be recovered from future ratepayers; deferred income is recorded as regulatory liability, to be refunded to future ratepayers. SNIP

Actually the expense is incurred by the BC Liberal Government to cover their asses in slopping bookkeeping methods.  Gordon and Christy have been spending way beyond their allowable limits.

"deferred costs are recorded as regulatory assets, to be recovered from FUTURE RATEPAYERS"

After Eleven years of the BC Liberals the FUTURE is here NOW.


Page 119 of 132  Search for   "Figure 3.5.1"  or copy and it paste it to here

Keep reading once you jump to page 118 and to the end of the line.

A picture is worth a thousand words, eh....2011, last year right, looks rosy, but by 2012 the reports from the Auditor General paints a totally different picture and the BC Liberals claim thing are just fine, its all under control without a whisper of admitting that they've been ripping BC Hydro's ratepayers off, and the rates are about to go sky high just so the BC Liberals can stay in power.   Think HST.  Think how much the public was told about the incoming HST, and then it was implemented for FOUR years.  Still don't get the picture, well here it is:




Page 123 and 124 Time of Use Rates

The benefits of having differential pricing (Time of Use rates) for peak and non-peak times is to encourage conservation. BC Hydro states on their website that this differential pricing may be considered after the completion of the current Integrated Resource Planning process. The planning process will determine if there is any need for Time of Use rates to meet BC Hydro's future capacity needs. If voluntary time of use rates are not implemented, a small amount of the savings estimated in the business case may not be realized, however even without time of use there would be positive payback, as theft detection and operational efficiencies makes up 93% of savings while time of use is only 7% of savings according to the business case.SNIP but keep reading to the bitter end!

Like this on page 126:  SMI  Smart Meter and Infrastructure


BC Hydro estimates that approximately 45% of the cost savings benefit to be derived from the SMI project will be from theft detection. This has been supported by independent research from the University of the Fraser Valley Center for Public Safety and Criminal Justice Research.  If these estimated benefits are realized over the long term, ratepayers will receive a return on their investment in SMI through lowered energy costs.
Smart Meter AND INFRASTRUCTURE!!!!!... the latter hasn't even begun to take place.