Monday, January 21, 2013

TMI: A new Measurement of Volume: Olympic Size swimming pool



You may have missed the write up in the daily newspapers last week, where they were reporting on a knife-wielding thief who was confronted by a Police Officer (handler), and his Police Dog.  The Police Dog almost didn't make it to his own retirement party in six weeks time.  The "Officer" was stabbed so severely that it became a matter of life or death which was only prevented by the intervention of a Veterinarian.   The story turned out just fine, the "Officer" is recovering with Full Honours that he so richly deserves.   But then it goes off track, because the Press, in their infinite wisdom of balanced reporting, decides to include the Veterinarians comments about how it might not have worked out for the BETTER.

'You see here, this would be a much more efficient way to dispatch an animal.......'.

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This morning, the Press is reporting on "Canada not ready to dispose of mercury-laden light bulbs" - Vancouver Sun  from   The Canadian Press  Dean Beeby 

Mercury-laden CFL:
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Beginning next January, a new regulation will effectively ban the sale of standard incandescent bulbs in favour of energy-efficient versions, most of which contain mercury.

So-called compact fluorescent lamps, or CFLs, will also enter the waste stream as they break or burn out, many destined for landfills where their harmful mercury can get into the water.

Environment Canada (Pages 3 and 11) says the MERCURY contained in a typical thermometer can contaminate five Olympic-size swimming pools to toxic levels.                                         Snip

Imagine that, one Typical thermometer can contaminate FIVE OLYMPIC-SIZE SWIMMING POOLS!   There's no mention, however, of how many Compact Fluorescent lamps can fit into a Typical thermometer............
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From Christy Clark's Minister of Environment, Terry Lake's (fitting last name) desktop:

Did you know that the average British Columbian uses about 490 litres of water each day? If you include the water that is embedded in the food you eat, the clothes you wear and the products you use every day, your “water footprint” may be over 6,000 litres a day. Over the course of a year, that’s almost a full Olympic-sized swimming pool of water per person!  - Living Water Smart
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Maple Ridge uses 4,200 full Olympic sized swimming pools per year, that's 10.5 million cubic meters   .... population 69,000 to 75,000.
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Olympic-size swimming pool is the type of swimming pool used in the Olympic Games, where the race course is 50 metres in length and 25 metres in width. - Wikipedia


Success story

Approximately 2.9 million litres of municipal drinking water is conserved annually with a very basic pipe configuration.  This exceeds the volume of water required to fill an Olympic size Swimming Pool.  Page 4 of 4

There are Three watersheds (drainage and catchment areas) in Metro Vancouver Water District, and whereas they are different in land area, the volume of water is essentially the same.  Population: 2,000,000... Two Million......

Capilano Lake held back by Cleveland Dam....... from an earlier Post.

The math should be easy here, based upon Minister Lake's calculations...... of one full Olympic-sized per person...   Maple Ridge's population versus 4,200 pools....

2,000,000 X 1 = 2,000,000 Olympic Size swimming pools

However:
ONE THERMOMETER can contaminate to toxic levels FIVE Olympic Size Swimming Pools.

400,000 thermometers would be needed to contaminate 2 million Olympic swimming pools

One/Third of Four Hundred Thousand ...... approximately 12,000 thermometers per watershed.

2,400 visitors carrying five thermometers each......

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Could someone please explain why the Federal and Provincial governments are introducing a product that will ... allow terrorists  to contaminate our drinking water with mercury without the means to dispose of the toxic material (mercury), to stop "them", or us?   This insanity must STOP

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 UPDATE  September 26, 2013

The Canadian Press

Published Sunday, April 1, 2012 7:53PM EDT

OTTAWA - Enough nuclear waste to fill more than a hundred Olympic-sized swimming pools could be buried in an underground chamber near the Ottawa River.

The federal government is eyeing the site of the Chalk River nuclear reactor, 160 kilometres northwest of Ottawa, as a radioactive waste site.

Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. says 267,000 cubic metres of low- and medium-level nuclear waste is now stored above-ground in metal containers at the Chalk River site.
   
The Crown corporation is looking at building an enormous depository 500 to 1,000 metres underground to bury the detritus of six decades of nuclear testing at the Chalk River site.


UPDATE October 4, 2013

Sir Adam Beck Generating Stations downstream at a rate that would fill an Olympic sizedswimming pool every five seconds
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UPDATE November 3, 2013

Trans Mountain Pipeline aka Kinder Morgan   "Did you Know":

Approximately three million barrels of crude oil travel through Canada’s crude oil pipeline network every day, enough to fill more than 475 million one-litre milk cartons or almost 200 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Factoids
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UPDATE  November 13, 2013

 Natural gas industry accused of illegal water use in B.C.
Environmental groups say Encana should have to pay for water used in fracking process

The environmental groups say as Encana proceeded with the fracking process to extract natural gas from underground reserves, it drew 880 Olympic swimming pools worth of water over three years from the Kiskatinaw River, which supplies drinking water to the city of Dawson Creek.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Press Release: "It's a secret." - Liberal Government Caucus office shreds Ben James Directive Memo.

If you haven't read "Long Gone" Vaughn Palmer column today, he's back, reporting on what the NDP plans are for logs (exports).  In the fourth paragraph's last line, there's this nugget:

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...trumpeted the Friday morning's press release from the Liberal (government) caucus office: "It's a Secret."
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Palmer then leaves that quote lingering in our minds, moves on, without further ado.   We expected that "the Dean" would have jumped all over the source of the Secret press release.   The "Secret" that the Government Caucus is telling Christy Clark to use in her speeches isn't about what the NDP would do with log exports, the "Secret" is why the hell is the Ben James' memo being ignored by the Liberal (Government) Caucus!..... again.   And that's the Secret that the Press should be screaming about, and so should you!

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"I take the situation quite seriously," added Ben James, director for government caucus communications. "We're here to represent the B.C. Liberal MLAs, and this is something I don't practise. And it's not something that's happening while I'm here. This is a very serious situation for me."  -  Cassidy Olivier  -  the Province  November 18, 2012
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"Standards of Conduct Policy Statement" ....... "Where Ideas Work" on company time for partisan politics


The Attack Ads that have been going on for the past year, were set up by the Government Caucus Research Team with the assistance of a non-OIC-appointee-@-$10,000-a-Month contractor paid from Taxpayers Treasury.  The groupie has proven once again that they apparently don't have a whole brain between them.

They are NOT permitted to use Taxpayers  time to participate in partisan politics.
They are NOT permitted to use Taxpayers Resources to participate in partisan politics.
They are NOT permitted to use Taxpayers Equipment to participate in PARTISAN politics.

And yet.... they do.

Over to Ben James, or has he left already.... because that's what he promised if this nonsense happened again on his watch.     (LegB4Wicket) on Twitter


Liberal Government Caucus Secret
This sort of "presentation", the image above, by the BC Liberals is typically found on THEIR own Website, not on a Government paid website like  http://governmentcaucus.bc.ca/news/ndps-new-log-export-position-its-a-secret/

Risky Dix website fallout prompts B.C. government memo

B.C. Liberal caucus workers who are paid to spend their days highlighting the efforts of Liberal members of the legislature are being told to keep their noses out of Liberal Party attack ads while on government time.

Liberal caucus spokesman Ben James says caucus workers were reminded Monday their caucus duties do not include doing party work during their day jobs.

James says a caucus-wide note was issued after emails surfaced indicating some members of the Liberal caucus helped produce a Liberal Party website criticizing New Democrat Leader Adrian Dix. - CBC
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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Sometimes we miss the boat, with a POST.....

UPDATE: October 16, 2015
We sort of lost track of a link to the 'boat being cut almost in half by the Russians / BC Pilot' but, since there has been a fair bit of traffic to this Post lately:


WayBackMachine  Sourced


Seven Sisters
Video of Actual Collision

Screen Shots from Video










Video: other collisions of the BC Ferries fleet
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....... but better late, than never.

It's a balancing act whereby the Vancouver Sun (PostMedia out of Toronto) permitted one of many attentive Readers to set the record straight when an earlier published Letter, written by a Northern Vancouver Island resident, just got it wrong.

The first Letter claimed that Active Pass has allowed the passage of Oil Tankers for the past 100 years. ........  Hmmmmm

It made us go WTF, but only because of our having spent 26 years working in various shipyards in Metro Vancouver, and knowing first hand the consequences of one foolhardy venture, in Active Pass even though there has been many.   The difference between the One and the Many, is in the first instance, there was the loss of Three Lives.

The original Letter to the Editor in the Saturday's Edition of the Vancouver Sun started out by heaping ridicule upon Southerners (Metro Vancouver) by letting us know that it's not only Kitimat's Enbridge (creating long term jobs and local wealth) but so too for KinderMorgan with it's proposal to doubling of it's pipelines to berths in Vancouver's Burrard Inlet.

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....... Douglas Channel is at least four times as wide at it’s narrowest point as Active Pass near Victoria and Burrard Inlet in Vancouver where there is at least 100 times more marine traffic than in our northern waters.

Oil tankers have made their way safely through Active Pass        into Burrard Inlet for the past 100 years........
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Here's a refresher Course, from an earlier Post, of the size of an Oil Tanker compared to a typical BC Ferry with the latter having permission to use Active Pass on it's run from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay and back again.
An Enbridge Oil tanker going through Active Pass?

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If you missed it on Monday morning, there's a report in PostMedia's newspapers of  an upcoming trial dealing with the sinking of the Queen of the North, seven long years ago, with the loss of 2 lives, and the Vessel.

As to that earlier incident, 43 years ago in Active Pass where Oil Tankers have been supposedly using it for 100 years, the BC Ferry "Queen of Victoria" ended up colliding or visa versus, with a Russian Freighter in 1970.

Highlighted below is the route that large vessels take, have been taking, for a long time.   One other detail is to realize that in narrow channels like Active pass, it's far better to have Two Screws (propellers) operable independently if need be and a Bow Thruster.    Vessels, like the Russian freighter in 1970 was propelled by a Single Screw, Right hand twirling.  No Bow Thruster.  Maneuverability best done with the Assistance of a Retard Tug and that luxury only happens in the confines of a Harbour, like Vancouver's Burrard Inlet.
BurnabyNewsLeader

Large vessels were discouraged from using Active Pass as a short cut between Victoria and Vancouver's Burrard Inlet because the "savings" were mere minutes,  the risk just isn't worth it.

Active Pass is downright narrow, the hairpin turn at Helen Point leaves ships blind to oncoming vessels, Enterprise Reef forces vessels to stay clear and there was, in 1970, an extra measure of a deterrent ..... fishing boats, both private and commercial.   With Active Pass being the designated route for BC Ferries to/from Swarzt Bay, year round, there are typically three vessels transiting Active Pass in quick succession.   The Russian freighter's BC Pilot counted two, but he knew there was still one missing.......  Result:


The Russian freighter, Sergey Yesenin (344' long), collided Midships with the Queen of Victoria (426.4' long).



For armchair mariners, and lawyers, there is a comparison to be made here, not between which route is better, Douglas Channel with four times the width of the mouth of Burrard Inlet, but rather the consequences of what happened, happens after the accident.

Formal Investigation into the circumstances surrounding the collision in Active Pass, B.C.
 on August 2, 1970
  Between
 "Queen of Victoria"  AND "Sergey Yesenin"
December  3, 1970 
Vancouver, BC.

Read the whole Report, and once done doing that, apply yourself to looking at the Queen of the North Trial with an open and clear mind, or for that matter, any Trial that is before the Courts.


Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sic itur ad astra "thus one goes to the stars"

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Delhi Durbar 1911


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"thus one goes to the stars"

Mr. Justice Archer Martin   of   Ballinahinch (Victoria BC)


And if you're wondering what the connection is between Victoria's Ballinahinch and the Chief Justice of British Columbia Court of Appeal and the residence, his residence, ...... he named it after his Great Grandfather "Richard Martin, owner of 200,000 acres of wild and rugged countryside in western Connaught .... from His castle at Ballinahinch."   More detailed info on Page 9 of 14