Sunday, July 27, 2014

To The Gazetteer: Imagine the BC Liberals (BC Socreds) owning the Vancouver Sun: Keith Baldrey 1982 Ubyssey

"There is a club" - RossK's latest Post
Keith Baldrey: Why do idiot bloggers, who have zero established credibility, take personal pot shots at reporters?  Low self-esteem I guess.  
 Just because subscribers and advertisers pay the piper - the press - to represent "our" interests, it doesn't mean that governments will not want to control the press .... and our thoughts.   Or as Keith Baldrey wrote, in 1982:
Someone, almost famous, once said, "Freedom of the press belongs to those who own one."

Next week, students at UBC will be given a chance to own one.  Although students currently fund The Ubyssey, it is by no means a free press.  The paper's budget is controlled by student council.

The situation invites a few comparisons.  Imagine the Social Credit (BC Liberals) government owning the Vancouver Sun.  Or the federal government determining the Toronto Globe and Mail's budget. ....

.... there is no guarantee that something like that could not happen again.  There is no guarantee the student's newspaper on this campus could not turn into a mouthpiece for student council. - Ubyssey March 19 1982  - Page 13 of 16

Looks like the Press was shackled in 1982, too


I told you not to vote Socred - Keith Baldrey

Chris Wong
Sarah Cox
Patti Flather
Tom Hawthorn
Brian Jones
Joan Woodward
Jagdeep Dhami
Keith Baldrey



There was a competitor to the Ubyssey: Then

Wednesday, May 19, 1982


The Conventioner

Page 4 of 8


Coincidentally: Now

Monday, July 21, 2014

"Dikes" coming to the Metro Vancouver aka Lower Mainland: Sea Level Rise and Climate Change

Once upon a time, while working in the shipbuilding industry of Metro Vancouver, I noticed by chance a secretary filling the morning coffee machine with water.  She was being careful to fill the corners of the tank .....   I couldn't keep myself from suggesting that "Water won't find it's own level ...... eh. "

For those who are considering purchasing property, insurance too to cover your flood plain occupancy in Metro Vancouver, one should keep in mind that not only Richmond and other communities currently protected by dikes will be at risk.  Waterfront property adjacent to Burrard Inlet, Coal Harbour, English Bay, False Creek, Wreck Beach, Spanish Banks, Mud Bay, Howe Sound, Long Beach, ...... are not currently protected by dikes....

Money for BC School Seismic Upgrades playing second fiddle to Dike design guidelines - BBC

Last week the the Press  dished out "their" story without giving "their" source a fair bounce, especially when it was a Publicly funded report.  They could have included a small portion of the Introduction (Page 7 of 202):
.... A re-examination of flood levels on the Lower Fraser River is now necessary because of sea level rise, potential climate change impacts on flood flows, and the need to update flood protection standards.  However, the intent of this project is not to develop a new Fraser River dike design profile, but to provide a series of flood level profiles that can be used as a planning tool.   Based on analyses of the best available scientific information, it is expected that the results of this project will help the province, local governments, diking authorities and others understand the relative significance of climate change impacts on Fraser River flooding and the implications of setting higher design standards.

 Simulating the Effects of Sea Level Rise and Climate Change on Fraser River Flood Scenarios
 the link  ........