Saturday, November 24, 2012

Did Christy use the Public's Treasury to Sucker Punch the Job Training Initative for the BC LIberal Party's election team..... and Ed Mayne said "it" as it is!

In the Leadership Race for the BC Liberal Party, which Christy Clark won, would any of the other candidates be facing the same ...... challenges .... of optics today?

It would appear the BEST one for the BC Liberal Party's GOOD fortunes ..... no baggage.... had the ability to clearly foresee the future of how damaging backroom deals are, and not just during the Leadership race, but afterwards too, like in the recent "run-up" of nominations for Abbotsford.

Could it possibly be that Ed Mayne, the first Candidate to bow out,  is a prophet? Was Mayne able to see the mind-meld going on between Rich Coleman and Mike de Jong as to who would get their singular nod from the TOP down, and not from the Constituencies UP.

As Laila writes it  "the saga continues".

Here's Ed Mayne, with a straight shooting Quote from the hip: 
“People are tired of the old political systems of back room deals and from the premier’s office down, dictation of policy,” he said. “I think people want to see it from the constituencies up, and we’re not seeing that.”  -  By Yolande Cole,

Thank You Ed.


Since the "leadership race, there appears to have been a new door installed at the "sick culture" Victoria branch office, a revolving hiring and firing door which wasn't missed by the Opposition.

From BC Hansard on "Debates,  Wednesday, June 1, 2011, Afternoon Sitting,Volume 24, Number 3"

A. Dix: It's one thing to say it; it's another thing to do it — right? So the Premier had unfettered access and spent $2.7 million firing people, not giving them other places but firing them, so there's a big payout — $2.7 million. She had unfettered access to hire anyone she wanted, and she did. So the question is: how did she do? What's the report out? How did she reflect her own diversity goals when she had unfettered access to hire anyone she wanted? How did she do? 

Hon. C. Clark: As I said, we are working on it. We have a lot of progress yet to make on this. It's an issue that I'm very, very much alive to. I absolutely am committed to making sure that our public service reflects the community that we serve.........

Premier Christy Clark's inner Office hiring and firing seems to speak to the Public of her inability to keep those individuals close at hand.  They're not being paid chump change, they're being paid big bucks out of the British Columbia Treasury just so the Premier can shove her back-of-the-pack-political-party to new heights.  As it is, her only foreseeable destination is being decimated at the polls in May of 2013. 

But what if her original game plan for the top three hirings, of Mike McDonald, Dimitri Pantazopoulos and Ken Boessenkool, was planned from the outset?  That they were hired as "temporary foreign workers" first to have them hired using Treasury monies, to then move on to form an election Team, in preparation for the May 2013 Election.   How else to bring them into the fold when two of them were working in Ottawa?  It would certainly set the tone as to who was running the show, inside and out by first having them re-locating to the West coast from the East Coast. 

Her inner circle has had many tinkerings, recorded in a BBC Post from January 12, 2012:

Office of the Premier executive branch (January 2012)
 MDM Key Contact List
Victoria Office

1 Mike McDonald (chief of staff) Ken Boessenkool
2 Dimitri Pantazopoulos (principal secretary) Mike McDonald
3 Kim Haakstad (deputy chief of staff, operations)

4 Shane Mills (director of communications)Feb 2011 Sara MacIntyre
4A Shane Mills (Director of Issues Management)
Doug Brown (manager, communications and issues management)
Spencer Sproule (Senior Issues Management Coordinator)
5 Dimitri Pantazopoulos (senior advisor)
6 Trevor Halford (senior communications coordinator)
10A Rebecca Scott (communications officer and deputy press secretary)
Barindar Bhullar (Senior Outreach Coordinator)
7 Stacie Diey (communications coordinator)
8 Jessica Hodge (executive assistant to the premier) Gabe Garfunkel
9 Jennifer Chalmers (executive assistant to the chief of staff)
 Vancouver Office
10 Chris Olsen (press secretary)
11 Jim Sheppard (Senior Policy Advisor)
12 Pamela Martin (Director of Outreach)
13 May Lee (Administrative Coordinator)
14 Katherine Bergen (Events Cooridnator)
15 Virginia Bremmer (Exec. Recept. & Admin. Support)
 Another, more recent Post as of September 25, 2012 where Ken Boessenkool had to be replaced by Dan Doyle.

BC's Treasury has been footing the bill for whimsical partisan reasons for far too long, like the notorious one that Campbell and Hanson dreamed up, the lame excuse that the HST was like, you know, "NOT ON MY RADAR".  Check out Norman Farrell's Northern Insight ".... either Campbell and Hansen and support staff were thoroughly incompetent or they were flat-out liars."

Gordon Campbell wasn't the first leader of a political party to nail the lowest single-digit in the category of popularity, but he was a Double recipient of another single-digit, a salute raised by the Public in response to his failed promise that our income taxes were to be cut, which was delayed on his Exit plan and eventually ended up being still-born, which brought Campbell to bend his knee and yield to his inner ambassador charms via a call-to-arms on prime time television to keep the Socialist Horde out.

Christy steps in with a massive infusion of partisan paid advertising, by the BC Treasury .... nowhere near being restricted like that which was written into law in Ontario:

The McGuinty Liberal government's Government Advertisement Act, passed in 2004 and in force as of 2006, eliminates public funding for advertisements whose primary objective is "to promote the partisan political interests of the governing party  Page 7 of 14
 In Vaughn Palmer's column on Friday:   "Liberals' $15-million job ads campaign hidden deep in contingency funding."

All part of a dramatic spike in advertising outlays by the Liberals.  For the last year under Gordon Campbell, the government spent $17.5 million for all categories of advertising and publications.  In Clark's first year, the tally was $35.5 million, a near doubling.

The sooner Christy leaves the Office of the Premier of British Columbia........ call a snap election Christy because your political fortunes are in a tail-spin!
Today, in another Vaughn Palmer Column, there's this:

 ......What actually happened is that the party sent two emissaries to pressure Gill to vacate Abbotsford South. Coleman played the good cop, visiting Gill at his home and urging him to switch to neighbouring Abbotsford-Mission, where Liberal Randy Hawes was retiring.

When Coleman's sweet talk failed to persuade Gill, along came regional director Brian Burley, who told Gill party headquarters would not permit him to run in South and his only choice was Mission.  .....
Here's a finely honed Post by Norman Farrell correcting CBC's Stephen Smart's take on the Angus Reid poll of how the BC Liberals are now the best in the West:

Smart's 5pm news report today was egregious. He suggested the current Angus Reid poll indicates an important shift that gives new hope to BC Liberals. The claim was misleading and not backed up by fact.
Final POST-it-NOTE:  Who sits upon the Treasury Board, representing the interests of the Premier and the  BC Liberal Party?  Well, for a start, the two movers and shakers for John van Dongen's Riding of Abbotsford et al.   Outgoing MLAs Colin Hansen and John Les too.  What is interesting is that when an MLA says they are not going to be running for re-election, the Premier cuts them out..... however, in this case, Christy has left Hansen and Les in place, Pity.

Treasury Board:  Mike de Jong (Chair), Shirley Bond (Vice-Chair), Ida Chong, Rich Coleman, Pat Bell, Terry Lake, Ben Stewart, Colin Hansen, John Les, John Rustad, Doug Horne, Pat Pimm

Sunday, November 18, 2012

"Mother" of inventions, a b-b-b-baby.... my baby, my bagel holder, my bike rack, perfected

Update:  November 21, 2012   Couldn't believe our good luck today, the Canadian Department of National Defense came visiting, again, this time for:       3 hours 56 mins 9 secs   ... however, their interest seemed more to do with the 1964 Chevrolet Malibu than the Bagel Holder or the Bike Rack.  That's the pitfall when you click on one our links... we have it set up so that it opens in it's own Window so that you DON'T lose track of where you got the idea from in the first place.... the latest POST is  HERE!


Maybe the title is just a little bit over the top today, but, "Babies" come in many forms... like:

"how yah doing Baby!"

"this here Robin Egg Blue, 1964 Chevrolet Malibu, is my Baby"

"Oh what a cute Baby"   the real ones  "Kitchy Kitchy Koo"

With each, there are "growing" pains, achievements and dilemmas that need to be conquered, solved, but it's the latter Baby, that really challenges the mind to keep up with his daily developments.   Our family encourages the youngsters, the toddlers too, to do their fare share of the preparations for our meals. Salad making is a great treat because the vegetable seeds were planted by "them", weeded and watered by "them", harvested by "them", to then have "them" prepare the vegetables as a a salad..... or desserts like carrot cake, or COOKIES, gluten free cookies, vegan cookies.

There's the actual preparation, getting out the necessary mixing equipment, like Large spoons, Measuring Cups, large mixing pots, Sheets to cook the cookies upon, flour to be ground, or ground already.  Occasionally there's the BC version of a Mount Everest, not insurmountable, with the Baby crawling, not quite toddling, not quite ready to stand, but is quite ready to be propped up in the highchair while his older sibling, by four, knows all the ins and outs, of cooking...... and cleaning up by .... DOING THE DISHES.  It's better than being IN a bathtub, splashing around, keeps the children's attention too, while the adults daily chores are somewhat accomplished.

Real cookies are oh so more delightful than relying upon one's imagination of a sandbox cookie or the Internet's Cookie.

Each "proving ground" comes with it's own challenges.

Households have these cabinets with plenty of doors and cupboards, and there are numerous safety devices to keep the children out, doors and drawers locked.  However, in our household, there is one "invention" that .... is somewhat akin to the development of the Steam Engine.  We all "know" that James Watt "invented the steam engine", when if fact the Steam Engine was invented long before James Watt came along.  What Mr. Watts did, was PERFECT his Baby, by making the Steam engine much more efficient.

On a BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) documentary from 1978 there emerged The Connection,  John Burke was the narrator.  A Great series, it was HIS Baby.  In one of the series, it touched upon the motor engine, which has gone onto be such a great asset for the world today and possibly the demise of the world tomorrow ......   The point here is, where one Man invented his Baby, the Perfume bottle.... for spraying it unto one self, ..... Benz, as of Mercedes-Benz, saw it as something quite different, something that was missing from his Baby, perfecting the motor engine, with an atomizer      "perfume bottle = the carburetor" ......    think cars, think aircraft, think LawnMowers, think Tanks, think compressing LNG to be shipped out of Kitimat for China......with a motor.

We, here, in our household, have done something that is an improvement upon a product that has been around for years.  The Bagel Holder for slicing safely..... which one of us, not me, saw it as something that would allow the Crawler, the Toddler to be involved with cooking.... and not in a pinch.

Right Side up, the Bagel Holder is a Bagel Holder

Upside Down, the Bagel Holder STOPS the drawer from closing, on fingers


My Baby, is the perfection of the bicycle storage in the garage.   All those cars traveling with their bike racks firmly mounted in the trailer hitch, made me stop and think... where am I going to find a place in the garage to hang MY Bike rack carrier, when space within is already at a premium.  Takes up a lot of space, and then I would have to hang the bikes from hooks from the ceiling which is Nine Feet high.  There are always those moments when one goes Hmmmmm!  Like maybe a "Watts" or a "Benz", where they still own the patent, whereas in this day and age of the internet, it's so simple to get a patent, and then share the idea.

What I wanted was just the right achievable height for lifting, horizontally.   One drawback, was the handle grip of the first bike against the wall, is fourteen inches long from the centre.  I wanted the bike as close as maybe the pedal... which didn't happen, the wall is made from 2 X 6.  I cut out a square of Gyproc,  ...... it's only a garage, not a living space.

As to the strength to hold the bike carrier in place, we "back framed" the wall and recreated the trailer hitch, out of sight, out of mind.  We added a 2 X 4, for added support, that is resting on the foundation.

The distance from the floor to the bottom of the wheel "hoops", is five feet, which leaves plenty of room to ... park a car's front hood, under, or as in our case, a table saw and it's outfeed table.

From a commercial point of view, one could make up a metal "cross" to fasten directly to the stud (vertically) and a horizontal bar to straddle the studs on either side, for stability from twisting..... oh, and weld the "trailer" hitch square tubing to the "Cross" dead centre.


Friday, November 16, 2012

Two Men held to a higher standard, one stayed in Abbotsford the other had to get out of "Dodge".

In the Vancouver Sun this morning, Page A16, there is an article written by Rochelle Baker.  It's about a wayward "Abbotsford police officer who was disciplined for paying for sex".   The Vancouver Sun, news media in general, do NOT give links to their sources, publicly-paid-for-sources. If they did, they would be the FIRST news media to do so...... and garner a market of the ever curious reading public.

The officer ----- was not named in the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner's (OPPC) 2011 report released Tuesday  -----  committed the transgression on June 25, 2010.

The officer was also ordered to attend john school, a program that educates those who purchase sex about the effects of exploiting females engaged in prostitution.  The officer also had to take additional ethics training and work under close supervision for a year.


"As soon as we learned of it, we initiated the investigation and contacted the OPCC to oversee it and determine if there was any misconduct," said MacDonald.  The officer can not be named for privacy reasons because no criminal charges was laid, he said.

So there you have it, a law officer, (and teachers), are held to a higher standard, enacted by the Government of BC, but a high flying Premier Office staff member, just walks away.  One set of remedial treatments is required of law enforcers (and teachers), while political Order in Council appointees walk free, less a job, simply because of the damaged optics of how the public would perceive a premier politician with the impending provincial election just around the corner on the Calendar.

There is one common thread, there's no mention of whether the victims were interviewed in either instances, therefore no criminal charges are laid against those who crossed the line.   The information presented to the Public via the OPCC is thorough, the same can't be said about Christy Clark's handling of her Chief of Staff "resignation".  Not a shred of the Incident is recorded!

For the Abbotsford Police Officer:
Substantiated Allegations
(Concluded between January 1stand December 31st, 2011)
Abbotsford Police Department
The officer while off duty attended a common bawdy house and paid money for sex.
Defaults: Discreditable Conduct
Date of Incident: June 25, 2010
Ordered Investigation – Request by Dept
OPCC File 2010-5659
o Attend and successfully complete an approved program designed to expose offenders to the impacts of exploiting females through prostitution;
o Attend and successfully complete approved ethics training;
o Suspended without pay for 2 days (20 hours); and
o Work under close supervision for a period of 1 year
If you're looking for this particular incident in the OPCC Annual Report for 2011  Page 43 of 58

If you're looking for all of the Annual Reports from the OPCC

There is this though, the Statistics pages:

5 of 58,  9 of 58,   31 of 58,  31  To  58

Page 35
2011  Alphabetically and Percentages of incidents to Population:

Abbotsford            92     Pop.  170,191   % of Pop.  .05 
Central Saanich     12     Pop.    15,936   % of Pop.  .08
OCABC                   0
Delta                     80    Pop.   99,863    % of Pop.  .08
Nelson                   16     Pop.  10,230    % of Pop.  .16
New Westminster  60     Pop.   65,976    % of Pop.  .09
Oak Bay                  5     Pop.   18,015    % of Pop.  .02
Port Moody            21     Pop.   32,975    % of Pop.  .06
Saanich                 61     Pop. 109,752     % of Pop.  .06
SCBCTAPS             73
Stl'atl'imx               1      Pop.     4,000    % of Pop.   .03
Vancouver          560      Pop.  603,502    % of Pop.   .09

Victoria              103      Pop.   80,032    % of Pop.   .13
West Vancouver    38      Pop.   44,000    % of Pop.   .08

Nelson and Victoria are the surpises, eh, but Abbotsford, since 2006 has increased by six fold, whereas Vancouver has "only" DOUBLED.

Note as to the ABC acronyms:

Organized Crime Agency of British Columbia (OCABC)

South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority Police Service (SCBCTAPS)


Alternative Dispute Resolution

Depending on the circumstances of the complaint, there may be an opportunity to resolve the concerns informally or through the assistance of a  professional mediator.  Mediation, or informal resolution, is an alternative method to resolving a complaint and is often a more effective and efficient way of dealing with the issues.  Mediation is a completely confidential process where, if required, a professional neutral mediator helps citizens and officers talk and listen to each other.  Often informally resolving the complaint can be more satisfying for both parties as the best resolution to most problems is usually one worked out by the people involved.

Monday, November 12, 2012

"End Notes" yield up such nuggets as "Dr. Fred and the Spanish Lady: Fighting the Killer Flu" 1918 Vancouver

Practically every book written, in its last pages, has a section called either "End Notes" or "Reference" to keep the reader abreast of from where quotes were taken for research in THE book.

Look at it this way, the book may be new, but the data at the back of the book is a GOLD mine of information just waiting to be re-discovered.   Those References, those End Notes, those Bibliographies, were written before the NEW book was even thought about, probably written before the Author was born.

In an earlier Post, Friday, November 26, 2010, which we called: 

"Appropriation, Taxes and Tolls" and now Shadow tolls, Some things never change

 We mentioned this book:    "The Coast Connection, R.G. Harveyavailable in your local library, but its now available on-line via Google  under something called What????:   

THE Eusmesnm/G ms nrurs OF CANADA
File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat - Quick View
by RG Harvey - 2001 - Related articles
Scottish born, Bob Harvey graduated in civil engineering from the University ...... In The Coast Connection, R.G. Harvey examines the history of road construction ...

 So here I am today reading:


This is Page one of three 

1 Task Force on Crown Timber Disposal, “Forest Tenures in British Columbia,” (Report prepared by the Task Force on Crown Timber Disposal, 1974), i; British Columbia, Forest Service of British Columbia, Timber Tenures in British Columbia: Managing Public Forests in the Public Interest ([Victoria]: Ministry of Forests and Range, 2006), 2.
2 British Columbia, Ministry of Forests, Timber Tenure System in British Columbia ([Victoria]: Ministry of Forests, 1997), 1.
3 Donald Mackay, Empire of Wood: The MacMillan Bloedel Story (Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1982), 19; Cortex Consultants Ltd., “A Quick Reference: British Columbia’s Timber Tenure System,” (Accessed 4 June 2009).
4 Construction needs in the colony and export markets in California fuelled early demands for Vancouver Island timber in the 1850s. For a history of the early timber industry on Vancouver Island see W. Kaye Lamb, “Early Lumbering on Vancouver Island, 1844-1866 [Parts I and II],” British Columbia Historical Quarterly Vol. 2 No. 1 (1938), 31-53, 95-121.
5 “An ordinance for regulating the acquisition of Land in British Columbia,” in Ordinances Passed by the Legislative Council of British Columbia (New Westminster: New Government Printing Office, 1865).
6 Ministry of Agriculture and Lands, “Crown Land Factsheet,” (Accessed 4 June 2009); David Haley and Harry Nelson, “British Columbia’s Forest Tenure System in a Changing World: Challenges and Opportunities,” Vancouver: BC Forum on Forest Economics and Policy, 2006), n.p.
7 Mackay, Empire of Wood, 15; Richard A. Rajala, Clearcutting the Pacific Rain Forest: Production, Science , and Regulation (Vancouver: UBC Press, 1998) , xviii. The terms of BC’s entry to Confederation in 1871 guaranteed provincial control over lands and resources, including timber. Previously, the colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia controlled disposals of lands and resources since acquiring these rights from the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1860.
8 British Columbia, Final Report of Inquiry on Timber and Forestry 1909-1910 (Victoria: King’s Printer, 1910), D11; Statutes of British Columbia [SBC] (1888), ch. 16 s. 8, 18; SBC (1891) ch. 15 s. 13.
9 British Columbia Sessional Papers, “Public Accounts, 1899,” (Victoria: Queen’s Printer, 1900), 20.
10 Rajala, Clearcutting the Pacific Rain Forest, xviii, xix. Between 1888 and 1891, Crown land leases were for thirty-year terms at an annual rental rate of ten cents per acre and royalty rate of fifty cents per thousand feet of trees cut. British Columbia, Final Report of Inquiry on Timber and Forestry 1909-1910, D11.
11 SBC (1901) ch. 30 s. 6. No longer issued after 1905, pulp leases were subsequently renewed and converted to Special Timber Licenses in 1926 and 1927. British Columbia Forest Resources Commission, “A History of Forest Tenure Policy in British Columbia 1858-1978” (October 1989), 3. The 1912 Forest Act created pulp licenses allowing the cutting of wood for the manufacture of pulp. SBC (1912) ch. 17.
12 SBC (1903) ch. 30; SBC (1905) ch. 33.
13 SBC (1905) ch. 33.
14 British Columbia, Final Report of Inquiry on Timber and Forestry, D13.
15 Ibid., D7, D43-D44, D54-D55.
16 SBC (1912) ch. 17 s. 4.
17 SBC (1912) ch. 17 s. 12, 25.
18 British Columbia, Royal Commission on Forest Resources in British Columbia, Timber Rights and Forest Policy: The Report of the Royal Commission on Forest Resources in British Columbia (Victoria: Queen’s Printer, 1976), 3.
19 British Columbia, Report of the Commissioner Relating to the Forest Resources of British Columbia (Victoria: King’s Printer, 1945), Q127, Q143.
20 Ibid., Q127.   Sixth hit down, I think, are you still clicking and reading here folks
21 SBC (1947) ch. 38.
22 Province of British Columbia, Department of Lands and Forests, “Report of the Forest Service, 1948,” (Victoria: King’s Printer, 1949), LL81; Province of British Columbia, Department of Lands and Forests, “Report of the Forest Service, 1953,” (Victoria: King’s Printer, 1955), 131.
23 Rajala, Clearcutting the Pacific Rain Forest, 87.
24 British Columbia, Report of the Commissioner Relating to the Forest Resources of British Columbia [Two Volumes] (Victoria: Queen’s Printer, 1956), 399-400, 416, 528.SNIP

Or how about this Reference, on pages 7 and 8 (items #1 through to #39)

1 The estimated death toll varies, ranging from about 20 million to 40-50 million, to 100 million. J.K. Taubenberger, D.M. Morens, “1918 influenza: the mother of all pandemics,” Emerging Infectious Diseases [serial on the Internet], January 2006. Available from See also John M. Barry, “The site of the original of the 1918 influenza pandemic and its public health implications,” Journal of Translational Medicine 2: 3, (2004). “Ten things you need to know about pandemic influenza”, Weekly Epidemiological Record, No. 49/50 (December 2005).
2 Janice P. Dickin McGinnis, “The impact of epidemic influenza: Canada, 1918-1919,” in Medicine in Canadian Society: Historical Perspectives, ed. S.E.D. Shortt, (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1981), 447.
3 McGinnis, “Impact of Epidemic,” 449.
4Ibid., 451.
5 Ibid., 458. Public Health Agency of Canada, The Chief Public Health Officer’s Report on the State of Public Health in Canada, (Ottawa: Chief Public Health Officer, 2008), 11.
6 Susan Goldenberg, “Killer Flu,” The Beaver 86, Iss. 5 (Oct/Nov. 2006). Eileen Pettigrew, The Silent Enemy: Canada and the Deadly Flu of 1918, (Saskatoon: Western Producer Prairie Book, 1983) 13, 134.
7 McGinnis, “Impact of Epidemic,” 460.
8 “An Act Respecting the Department of Health” was assented to on June 6, 1919. Betty O’Keefe and Ian MacDonald, Dr. Fred and the Spanish Lady: Fighting the Killer Flu, (Surrey, BC: Heritage House, 2004), 183. Pettigrew, Silent Enemy, 134.
9 O’Keefe, Dr. Fred, 159-60. Pettigrew, Silent Enemy, 71. [Medical Health Officer], “Report of the Medical Health Officer [1918],” in Corporation of the City of Vancouver Annual Report 1918, (Vancouver: The Corporation, 1919), 72.
10 B.C. OIC 2399/18. “Health Act,” RSBC 1911, ch. 98, sec. 13. Margaret W. Andrews, “Epidemic and Public Health: Influenza in Vancouver, 1918-1919,” BC Studies 34, (Summer 1977), 30-34. BC OIC 2400/18. [Medical Health Officer], “Report of the Medical Health Officer [1918]”, 73.
11 British Columbia, Department of Education, “Annual Report 1919,” in Sessional Papers British Columbia Vol. 1 – 1920, (Victoria: [n.p., 1920], A18.
12 British Columbia, Provincial Board of Health, “Report of the Provincial Board of Health [1919],” in Sessional Papers British Columbia Vol. 1 – 1920, (Victoria: n.p., 1919) B6.
13 “Fifty thousand is cost of ‘flu’ for province to date,” Victoria Daily Times, 18 November, 1918, 8.
14 O’Keefe, Dr. Fred, 85, 92, 96-97. [Medical Health Officer],“Report of the Medical Health Officer [1918]”, 72. British Columbia, Provincial Board of Health, “Report of the Provincial Board of Health [1919],” B6. McGinnis, “Impact of Epidemic,” 455.
15 British Columbia, Provincial Board of Health, “Report of the Provincial Board of Health [1919],” B6. [Medical Health Officer],“Report of the Medical Health Officer [1918]”, 73.
16 British Columbia, Provincial Board of Health, “Report of the Provincial Board of Health [1919],” B5.
17 World Health Organization, Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response: a WHO Guidance Document, (France: WHO, 2009), 13. N.J. Cox, “Global Epidemiology of Influenza: Past and Present,” Annual Review of Medicine 51, (2000), 413. Michael Tibayrenc, Encyclopedia of Infectious Diseases, ([n.p].: Wiley-Liss, 2007), 206. “Ten things you need to know about pandemic influenza”, Weekly Epidemiological Record, No. 49/50, (December 2005).
18 Edwin D. Kilbourne, “Influenza Pandemics of the 20th Century,” Emerging Infectious Diseases, Vol. 12, No.1, January 2006, 10.
19 The basis for this statement was unclear. The statement was made in the “R.E. Dyer Lecture” published in Public Health Reports in 1958. The author was Dr. Richard E. Shope, a professor and member of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research. Richard E. Shope, “The R.E. Dyer Lecture: Influenza: History, Epidemiology and Speculation” Public Health Reports 73, no. 2, (February 1958), 165.
20 Canada, Dominion Bureau of Statistics, Influenza in Canada: Some Statistics on its Characteristics and Trends, (Ottawa: The Bureau, 1958), 6.
21 Canada, Department of National Health and Welfare, Annual Report 1958, (Ottawa: The Department, 1959), 59.“Asiatic flu vaccine here Oct. 1,” Times, 15 August 1957, p. 1. ‘No flu threat in BC-Martin,” Times, 17 August 1957, p.1.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

1918 Bulletin #79: Oats and Wheat and Barley Grow and there's a Bonus: our ANCESTORS listed off as Farmers of BC.

Update: "Movember" 9, 2012:   "Cow-Testing Association of British Columbia 1926"

What is unique about this file, and we don't mean to Butter you up with too many details... but it's back to that old Ancestry stuff, and locations of Ranches, Farms...etc.  Page 3 of many.... AND names of Cows... so if you're looking for a new name... like "Katie" or "Jersey" or "Tibby Two" why not take a look?

 J. A. Higginson, Sardis.
Raine & Carmiehael, Chilliwack.
C. Kerr, Chilliwaek.
Raine & Carmichae!, Chilliwaek.
Raine & Carmiehael, Chilliwack.
Fleming Bros. & Ileeee, Sardis•
W. L. Maeken, Chilliwaek.
W. L. Macken, Chilliw.ack.
E. Unsworth, Sardis.
I. W. Clark, Sardis.
P. Travis, Sardis.
P. Travis, Sardis.
E. Unsworth, Chilliwaek.
C. Kerr, Chflliwaek.
Fleming Bros. & Bocce, Sardis.
li'leming Bros. & Reeee. Sardis.
Raine & Cariniehsel, Chilliwaek.
Fleming Bros. & Reeee, Sardis.
I. W. Clark, Sardis.
Fleming Bros. & Reece, Sardis.
Fleming Bros. & Reeee, Sardi


Farmers!  Can't live without them.  Especially if they're Organic!  Consumers are willing to pay a higher price just to be free from pesticides, and other such chemicals.   When we saw Bulletin #79 at the BC Legislative Library, it made our hearts sing with a childhood song:

Oats and wheat and barley grow,
Oats and wheat and barley grow,
But not you nor I nor anyone know
How oats and wheat and barley grow.

Verse 1

First the farmer sows his seed,
Then he stands and takes his ease,
And he stamps his feet and clasps his hands,
While the sun shines on the land.


Oats and wheat and barley grow,…..etc
The BC Legislature Library isn't all bad news.  There are some exceedingly high points.... like this one.  To you, it may be dry reading, but if you persevere, you'll discover a Silver lining in this Document.   It starts out like this;


But there's a catch though, both in the emotion of what is to unfold in three days time, memories of those who were lost to all wars.   94 years ago World War One ended on November 11th.  The folks at home, parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends too, had been working for four long years on their fields, to support those who Volunteered for the War in Europe.


Returning Soldiers, not necessarily as sound as when they left, were given a stake in Canada, free land, forested land, land that needed to be cleared of trees and trunks, land to be plowed, harrowed, and leveled in preparation for "Oats and Wheat and Barley to Grow", but the first crops were Strawberries and Raspberries.

In the closing pages, starting at Page 14 of Bulletin No. 79, there are thirteen pages:

"A list of the winners in the Field-crop Competitions conducted during 1917":

What you have in the Document above, is a history of where our Ancestors were, before 1918.  The data above is an image, a ScreenShot, which means anyone looking for their Ancestors won't find this Blog, however..... we've started to type in the First of Thirteen Pages, in our "spare time".

Names and Residences, like this.... with a few links too and using GeoBC you can find where the old towns are and what they are called now:   Westholme

Cowichan Solley, I.F. Westholme
Cowichan Kingston, F.L. Duncan
Cranbrook Taylor, L. Wycliffe
Cranbrook Smith, A.B. Cranbrook
Cranbrook Clarke, F. Wycliffe
Cranbrook Fleming, C.S. Wycliffe
Cranbrook Mitchell, John Cranbrook
Crawford Bay Bayliss Bros. Port Crawford
Crawford Bay Palmer, O. Port Crawford
Crawford Bay Richardson, H. Port Crawford
Crawford Bay Johnson, M. Port Crawford
Crawford Bay Kean, J.W. Port Crawford
Eagle River Anderson, A. Malakwa
Eagle River Somerville, B.F. Malakwa
Eagle River Johnston, J. Malakwa
Eagle River Humphrey, J.M. Malakwa
Eagle River Erickson, E. Malakwa
Grand Forks Little, J. Grand Forks
Grand Forks Laws, E.F. Grand Forks
Grand Forks Padget, T.  Grand Forks
Grand Forks Heaven, C.C. Grand Forks
Grand Forks Lawrence, J.T. Grand Forks
Hendon (River?) Parkhurst, Fred R.R. #1, Salmon Arm
Hendon Buchart, D.B. R.R. #1, Salmon Arm
Hendon Andrews, W.J. R.R. #1, Salmon Arm
Hendon Hoover, Willie R.R. #1, Salmon Arm
Hendon Curtis, A.J. R.R. #1, Salmon Arm
Kelowna Fleming, W.H. Kelowna
Kelowna Hereron, M. Kelowna
Kelowna Crawford, W. Kelowna
Kelowna Walker, W.D. Kelowna
Kelowna Taylor, F.A. Kelowna
Kootenay River Tarry, F. Tarrys
Kootenay River Pratt, Wm. Thrums
Kootenay River Power, R.I.M. Thrums
Kootenay River Scheavan, L. Shoreacres
Kootenay River Richards, E.A. Thrums
Lake District Blair, T. Vanderhoof
Lake District Lampitt, O.R. Vanderhoof
Lake District Bice, I. Vanderhoof
Lake District Hargraves, J. Vanderhoof
Lake District Seager, F. Vanderhoof
Langley Mead, J.J. Langley Fort
Langley Stockdale, W. Langley Fort
Langley McIvor, K. Langley Fort
Langley Simpson, Geo. Langley Fort
Langley Gay, F. Langley Fort
Maple Ridge Laity, R. Hammond
Maple Ridge McIver, J. Hammond
Maple Ridge Tapp, A. Hammond
Maple Ridge Reddcliffe, R. Hammond
Maple Ridge Laity, J.H. Hammond
Matsqui Israel, J.I. Mount Lehman
Matsqui Jackman, Phillip Denman Island
Matsqui Aish, Thos. Matsqui
Matsqui Towland, W. Mount Lehman
Matsqui Bailey, W. Denman Island
Martin's Prairie Amey, Jones A. Pritchard
Martin's Prairie DeLeenkeer, Pete Pritchard
Martin's Prairie Deroo, Pete Pritchard
Martin's Prairie Matthewson, Wm. Pritchard
Martin's Prairie Charlton, Wm. Duck Range

Google Search Criteria:  Unincorporated settlements in British Columbia 1918

There's this too from and earlier Post here at the BBC

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Retard assists Oil tankers in Puget Sound page 21

"Retard Assist" aka "Retard Maneuver", calls for Tugs to slow down large vessels by trying to divert them, rather than STOP.   See link at bottom.

No one is suggesting that Enbridge's oil tankers, carting Alberta's petroleum resources to foreign ports of call, should be denied by a fellow province.... accept by Premier Christy Clark.   No one is suggesting that these huge oil tankers will be making a U-Turn in Douglas and Principe Channels, nor is there a suggestion that they will be running these ships at open Pacific Ocean speed.

Many, actually all of the images that Enbridge has produced for public consumption, show our British Columbian waters as idyllic (extremely happy, peaceful, or picturesque).

Enbridge promises that there will be two tugs assisting the tanker(s) from the Pacific Ocean to Kitimat empty, save for ballast..... and again from Kitimat to the open Pacific Ocean, fully loaded with sand laden with oil.

One tug, as depicted in the cartoon below is to the Port of the slow moving tanker.  The second tug is Astern of the tanker and that tug  is reversing the whole distance from the Pacific to Kitimat and back again.... under idyllic coastal water conditions.  We know the Astern tug is in reverse because the sharp pointy end of a boat, the Bow is going in the opposite direction as the vessel that it's tied to.    The blunt end is called the Stern and it's facing the Stern of the oil tanker.  This method, that Enbridge has displayed in their artist rendering, this Cartoon, below, is a sure-fire way to send many a good seamen to their watery graves.  The steel hulled Tug, NOT DOUBLE HULLED, will reach the bottom of either of the two channels, before you can utter.... Holy-cow.  Plus if there is a rescue attempt made, it will be akin to the demise of the Atlantic Convoy stragglers.  The "other" tug, in this case, couldn't leave their charge, the massive oil tanker, alone in treacherous waters!

Because of their huge mass, tankers have a large inertia, making them very difficult to steer. A loaded supertanker could take as much as 4 to 8 kilometers and 15 minutes to come to a full stop and has a turning diameter of about 2 kilometers.

EVEN the tugs, will have Quieter Engines
The only way in which Oil tankers and the assisting tugs could have Quieter engines is if they were to use Lithium created energy for propulsion like that of Foss Hybrid Tug.

Here in Vancouver, Canada, ships entering our Harbour have two THREE tugs, Two at the Stern of the oil tanker, facing the same direction as the larger vessel's direction.... Third tug at the fore.

Everest Spirit

On this February day, the 249-metre Everest Spirit is harnessed to one tugboat in front of it and two tugs at the rear – together they have enough pulling power to keep the massive tanker on course no matter what might go wrong with its engines or steering.

Large loaded tankers must be accompanied by three tugs from Westridge through the Second Narrows and past the Lions Gate Bridge to English Bay.

 And if you missed the headline August 23, 2012, Globe and Mail:

"The ship currently docked at Kitimat looking like a prizefighter with a broken nose is an ugly reminder of the threat posed by proposed pipelines and tanker traffic to the territory of the Gitga'at First Nation," said the statement issued by the band, which is based in Hartley Bay, on Douglas Channel.
Last but not the Least, of importance is this handy-dandy booklet that we found by using this search criteria in Google:    how powerful has a tug got to be to stop an oil tanker

Retard Assist Page 21 of 154

Something else you should be looking at, is the speed of an Oil Tanker out in open Pacific Ocean:

12 knots = 13.8094 mph = 22.224 km/h

To put this all in perspective, British Columbians have heard about the BC Ferry system which run  out of Horseshoe Bay and over to Departure Bay is 23 knots pushing 10,034 tonnes along.....  those Oil tankers, the ones plying to and fro our coastal waters,  like a Suezmax Tanker,  Loaded, to 125,000 dwt is TWELVE times larger, in weight, than a BC Ferry... built in Germany.
Enbridges says in their "cartoon" up top that "tankers travel slowly but the speed will be reduced".
The speed of the Tanker isn't the problem here, it's the stopping, or Retarding capabilities like this vessel travelling at 12 knots (Pages 57, 58, 59 of 154):  854.3 feet long etc

"Retarding Maneuver",  NOT stopping,  means that this particular vessel, with Rudder problems, will travel 6,000 feet forward, and another 6,000 feet to Starboard.... but on the diagonal..... Hmmmm where did we leave our Grade 8 Math of  Pythagoras Theorem?  

C = 8,485.28 Feet