Saturday, May 30, 2015

Highway of Tears deleted emails - Were they part of Versadex / PRIME-BC database? If YES, why accessible by Todd Stone staff

Pre 1979 Highway of Tears RCMP Officers questioning a Victim of Rape: 
"Rape in British Columbia" 1979
BC Attorney-General Did NOT share the Author's view



Versadex?

You may recall the 2009 non-disclosure incident where the local Ontario police used their Versadex database to determine if jurors were suitable or not.... to the Crown's liking ... ONLY

WINDSOR, ONT. -- Windsor police will no longer conduct background checks of prospective jurors on behalf of the Crown unless a specific request is made under the Juries Act, says Chief Gary Smith.

Chief Smith said his decision will hold while he awaits the results of an investigation by the Ontario privacy commissioner’s office, and the further determination of the Ministry of the Attorney General.
“At that point, I will have some written policy and instructions for the officers,” Chief Smith said Tuesday.

The checks are made through Versadex, a confidential database that contains information on any contact an individual has had with police.   Snipped
 National Post

The commissioner is also asking every Crown office in the province to report back and to disclose if it conducted secret background checks into potential jurors in the past three years.  Snipped
National Post  More On This Story
A judge in Windsor ordered a mistrial this week in the prosecution of two men charged with murder, after it was disclosed that police conducted similar checks earlier this spring on the eve of jury selection.

The practice was described as “offensive” by Superior Court Justice Bruce Thomas, who suggested that a formal inquiry might be appropriate.

The Ontario government has refused to call in an independent agency to find out how widespread the practice was by Crown and police in the province.
This week, a judge in Windsor ordered a mistrial two months into a first-degree murder trial after learning of the background checks. The information gathered on the 200 people selected for the jury pool included speeding tickets, pardoned crimes and young offender records, which were secretly used by the Crown.

The conduct of the Crown and police was described as “offensive” by Justice Bruce Thomas.

Despite the judge’s criticisms, Chief Smith stressed his officers did nothing illegal. “For there to be a criminal offence, there has to be criminal intent. There’s no criminal activity we know of,” said the Windsor police chief.

Conducted on Prospective Jurors - Investigation



 Locally under the steady hands of  Vision Mayor and Council in 2009:

Minutes City of Vancouver

Google Search Criteria: Versadex Prime-BC RCMP Highway of Tears


If Transportation staff have access to Versadex and PRIME-BC, does Health officials too?  Firings, were they based on Versadex?   Premier's Office has access?  Party Whip?  Do all of the hand picked GCPE staff, like the one before the courts now with his trial starting in 2016, did he have access?  Do they?

Why?

When constituents write a letter to their BC Liberal Member of the Legislature is there a security check done by the office staff using Versadex, in either format: Private or Invisible?

Is the reason that so many a FOI comes back whited out is because of Versadex software?

Was the suspended with pay Senior executive for Minister Todd Stone's office who has been accused by a former employee of deleting valid FOI request ...... was that senior exec only doing his job because the Ministry wasn't supposed to have access to the Versadex?

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From our October 2012 Post:

Cobweb covered RCMP Reports kept safe and sound by the Legislative Library for 33 years

.... 33 years ago, ten years after the Highway of Tears started to happen in 1969, The Report was published, centering on RAPE in British Columbia, involving mostly young women, some men.

The BC Legislative Library recently scanned their copy of the original Report for a "Patron" of the Library.   Was it for the Press, the Police, or the Public to peruse?   Was it only requested because of a death of that inmate in a prison in the United States of America?  The prisoner's DNA matched the DNA found on victims, but why did it take so long?


The "Report" that the Attorney General of BC          (Garde Gardom 22 Dec. 1975 - 24 Nov. 1979) received in March of 1979, is titled, "Rape in British Columbia", written by Nancy Goldsberry.  The document is available in the BC Legislative Library.

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Don't forget about Versaterm  / PRIME working in conjunction with Versadex 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

BC LNG-Clean and Lean: Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Ltd. and Eel-Grass Patch

It appears as though the Enbridge artists who made 1,000 square kilometres of island vanish from Douglas Channel to gain free access to and from Kitimat are at it again, but this time for Petronas, in partnership with the BC Liberal Government.

Enbridge's pipeline from Alberta to the Pacific Ocean at Kitimat had only one success, highlighting their need to eliminate 1,000 square kilometres of islands to make their project work.

Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Ltd. in conjunction with the BC Government Website:

Fueling B.C.'s Future with LNG

Nothing on the horizon of importance, no islands, no foul weather, it's as if the ocean is covered with a major oil spill.



Emerging economies in China, India and other areas of Asia have significantly increased demand for natural gas further globally, and created an opportunity for British Columbia to grow a brand new LNG industry in Canada

2014
Image supplied by Bill Bennett for advertising purposes, but ........


We are on the verge of making our province a world-leader in natural gas production and supply. - Premier Christy Clark
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The clean LNG proposal that the BC Liberals are promising will reside on Flood Plains 

LNG Tank farm built at, or below Sea Level (climate change)


The Bigger Picture

The LNG tanker will rise with the tide and Tsunami, but the tank farm will not.



BCOGC interactive map

Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Ltd. Project  Search Results
Eelgrass Patch Page 53 of 124

Eelgrass in the news

Saanich Inlet Study:  Eelgrass habitat

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Powerpoint promise from Christy Clark

Hypothetical LNG Plants

Existing LNG plants

Snohvit  Norway

Freeport  US

Sabine Pass US

PlutoAustralia

Australia PacificAustralia

Gorgon Australia



Tuesday, May 19, 2015

"Alluring British Columbia" 1931: Department of Mines: or "Land of the Golden Twilight" 1930 (Standard Time)

In the years where a computer wasn't necessary ...... nor politicians needing to create nonsense reports to hide their handiwork today; selling off British Columbia resources for ...... a song




Alluring British Columbia                                          1931
British Columbia-Canada                                           1931
British Columbia's Picturesque Highways                 1932
Come to British Columbia                                          1931
Manual of British Columbia                                       1930
Land of the Golden Twilight                                      1930
Rod and Rifle in British Columbia                             1932
Synopsis of Hunting and Fishing Regulations           1933


Left Side down Blue-Prints and Ozalid Prints


Right Side down  Photostats





Page 2 Right Side UP

Minister of Mines N. S. Lougheed


Pre-Emptor Series:


Lands No. 1 How To Pre-Empt Land

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  Publications of the Government of British Columbia   1871 -1947 

Alluring and Auto Camps     Page 124 of 251

  

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Premier Christy Clark: LNG is safe when released to the Atmosphere; However the Ammonia Refrigerant Incidents say othewise

Seven out of Twelve Incidents: Ammonia

Minor 2014



Premier Christy Clark and Energy Minister Bill Bennett invites British Columbians to Explore their LNG projects

19-10-33

2016



Imagine this as the New and Improved LNG Plant - Tilbury Island on the Fraser River, or any of the other 18 projects  or TEN approved NEB or 33 project partners of LNG might want to ship their products off the shores of British Columbia.  

eg. Low Cost - High Efficiency and Low Emissions

BC Hydro electricity will be supplied for a pittance, or free, from Site C, as the means to super cool the LNG so that it can be transported to the Ports in refrigerated rail tanker cars eg. CNR and CPR, and if luck was on our side it would have included money losing BC Rail.

Leader Christy Clark has been raving about the safety aspect of transporting LNG on the basis that if there was a leak on land or at sea, the LNG would just evaporate into the atmosphere.  No harm done.

As it turns out there's an arm of government called the British Columbia Safety Authority which has an annual duty to state where we are when it comes to the:

 State of Safety Reports

One of the Safety Authority's specialties is dealing with past incidents involving passengers tripping off of platforms or falling on escalators, sudden lurching to a STOP with a gash to the forehead.  There's also a large section on Ammonia, a refrigerant, the one that LNG needs, to be kept super cooled.  The report for 2014 is for data between 2007 and 2013, in other words prior to the boom of 2016 LNG shipment start-ups.

The Safety Authority provides a backgrounder to incidents on many fronts but also on Ammonia:

Page 23 of 138

Ammonia Release Incidents Reported to BC Safety Authority
2007 to 2013









Lower Mainland (A2-4); Northern Vancouver Island (A2-5); Okanagan Valley (A2-6); Central-Northern BC (A2-7)

The three years prior to 2007 there wasn't any Ammonia Incidents to report.

Wikipedia on Health Effects of specific cargoes carried on gas carriers

 Hazards of Ammonia

1. Exposure to more than 2,000 ppm – fatal in 30 minutes, 6,000 ppm – fatal in minutes, 10,000 ppm – fatal and intolerable to unprotected skin.

2. Anhydrous Ammonia is not dangerous when handled properly, but if not handled carefully it can be extremely dangerous. It is not as combustible as many other products that we use and handle every day. However, concentrations of gas burn and require precautions to avoid fires.

3. Mild exposure can cause irritation to eye, nose and lung tissues. Prolonged breathing can cause suffocation. When large amounts are inhaled, the throat swells shut and victims suffocate. Exposure to vapours or liquid also can cause blindness

SNIP

Fraser River WesPac Turntable


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Fortis' Tilbury 'DoughBoy' Island LNG Tanker Turntable smack dab in the middle of the Fraser River Shipping Channel

WesPac Tilbury Jetty Project Tilbury Island Delta BC

Fraser River is world renowned for Salmon.

If Mount Polley Tailings Pond failure doesn't kill the Salmon run, then surely having a 2,200 Cubic Metre LNG Carrier or a 90,000 Cubic Metre LNG Carrier turning around in the middle of the Fraser River Shipping Channel, will.




WesPac Midstream LNG tanker scaled to land based Tank.  Isn't the vessel's deck suppose to be spheres, not flat decked?


LNG 2,200 Cubic metre vessel looks like a Barge:

Who are these bozos who come up with ideas like this?

Premier Christy Clark's 2013 Election Promise to Fortis was that Translink will build a bridge, tolled, to replace Deas Island Tunnel (Free) for Fortis' deeper draft LNG vessels.  Removing the tunnel will be a challenge all by itself.  Chunk by chunk, unless the intent is to cordon off each section to then reverse the order before they were sunk.  What then?  Sell the components to the lowest bidder, to then be bought back by the BC Liberal  Transportation Ministry (Todd Stone) at twice the amount and then use it further up the coast?.




These photos reminds us of Enbridge's missing 1,000 Square Kilometres of Islands in Douglas Channel (Kitimat)
836 metres from the South shore to the North

536 metres between the two shores either side of the Deas Island Tunnel

420 metres at the narrowest part, downstream

Then there's the hairpin turn at the Exit/Entrance


Suggestion to Fortis:  send the mammoths upstream Stern First, assisted with four tugs

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

From the BC Liberal Government shared website with WesPac:  LNG in BC



There is always that question, how safe is LNG? Here is one Study, but it doesn't really fit the bill when compared to Tilbury Island LNG plant because it's in the middle of a highly populated area.

Page 3: Harvard:
What is in fact the public risk associated with handling liquefied natural gas? The answer for any particular facility clearly depends on its design, size, location, and management. Perhaps the best way to put these issues in perspective is with an example — an analysis of the proposed La Salle Terminal, a marine terminal and LNG vaporization facility planned by the El Paso LNG Co. and its subsidiaries in Matagorda Bay, Texas. Matagorda Bay, approximately 120 miles southwest of Houston on the Texas Gulf coast, is a sparsely populated area. The proposal is to receive, process, and distribute LNG from Algeria, delivered to the terminal by a fleet of LNG carriers. There would be approximately 143 carrier arrivals per year, each carrier delivering some 125,000 cubic meters of LNG; total production would be about one billion cubic feet of natural gas per day.

Monday, May 11, 2015

BC Hydro's WAC Bennett Dam flooded Tutu and Parsnip Bands territories: compensation: $36,950 for lost traplines

Making a deal with the Devil, once was enough:

BC Hydro
BC Government
WAC Bennett Dam
Williston Reservoir


No need for Site C on the Peace. 

BC Hydro Heritage Funds have paid billion of dollars to the BC Liberals to balance their books, and what were the people paid for the loss of their land forever?

Christy Clark wants to do it again with Site C
Summary of Compensation Payments made for Traplines and Improvements Thereon Related to Flooding of the Finlay and Parsnip River Valleys by B.C. Hydro


In 1968, B.C. Hydro built the Bennett Dam, west of Hudson Hope on the Peace River.  The impact of the dam was the flooding of the Finlay-Parsnip River area and the formation of Williston Lake, which is 1070 sq. km. in size and has a shoreline of 1770 km.  Large quantities of timber stands were flooded along with the Sekani reserve at Fort Grahame, known as Finlay Forks I.R. No. 1, as well as a nearby sawmill which employed 33 Indians.  About forty Indians lived permanently in Fort Grahame, while most lived in trapping cabins along the Finlay River.

In exchange for the flooded Finlay Forks reserve, two reserves, Tutu Creek and Parsnip were set aside in 1969 for the Finlay Forks Bank.  They are located fairly close to the new town of Mackenzie. 

Unfortunately the Indians were not happy with these reserves; Tutu Creek was never inhabited, and, while four families did move to Parsnip, it was abandoned a few years later.  Most of the members of this Band have squatted on Crown Lands at Ingenika because they much prefer the more isolated location.  The remaining members of this Band have settled at Ware and McLeod Lakes. 

Because of the flooding the composition and quantity of wildlife in the area has been greatly affected by the creation of the Lake according to the Department of Environment.  This has, in turn, impacted on the guiding and trapping area of the Indians.  The people of Ingenika and McLeod Lake now have to travel much further than in the past to reach the animals, and then find a reduced quantity.  Access to what is left of the traplines is very difficult.

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Although the Sekani were known to be within the boundaries of Treaty 8, no agreement was ever signed by representatives of the Ingenika Band.   The Sekani and the Carrier up to the present)have never signed a Treaty of Agreement concerning their traditional lands. 

Both Commissioner O'Reilly and the 1916 Royal Commission allotted a number of Reserves to these Bands.  

The Royal Commission reported that the majority of the Carrier and Sekani were progressive, intelligent and were fairly well off, except that the decline in the fur prices were greatly affecting their way of living.  The Indians of this region were employed in fishing, hunting, trapping, stock-raising, gardening, picking and working for wages.


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Trappers go out in October, after freeze-up and first snow, for beaver and muskrat and by November, all furs are legally open for harvesting.  The traplines are worked until March, when winter fur season closes, with the exception of two months (March-April) period for muskrat and beaver.   From May to mid-June is bear season, both grizzly and black.   Mid-June to September is the Summer slack, a time for community lief, with occasional opportunities for logging and construction jobs.   September is a month traditionally spent getting ready for Winter fur season.  Equipment must be cleaned and oiled, cabins built or refurbished, dried food stocks laid in and ski-doo readied for haul to the trapping cabin.

Before the establishment of schools the entire family might go out on the trapline.  The Winter fur operation represented a major family relocation from the main settlement.  It should also be noted that the majority of Bands covered by the Carrier-Sekani claim still rely heavily on trapping, fishing and hunting for subsistence.

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Graph Maker: 
Hugh Brody is the Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia.

 Prior to 1960                                                                                           After 1960





The Treaty 8 Commissioners were handicapped at the beginning of their negotiations as the Indian Affairs Department could not provide them with reliable information as to the manners, customs and characteristics of the northern Indians.  Also, there was uncertainty concerning treaty boundaries and questions arose as to the number of B.C. natives who should  be involved in treaty negotiations.  It is difficult to ascertain those Sekani in the Treaty 8  area who could have adhered to treaty  because of the nomadic nature of the Sekanis and the confusion as to the nomenclature of bands or tribes (eg. at one time there was a Finlay River Band, but this has been supplanted by the Fort Ware and Ingenika Bands).  It is certain, however, that the following Sekani Bands did not adhere to Treaty No. 8: Fort Ware, Ingenika, Liard River, Bear Lake and Takla Lake.

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Prior to 1960

"McLeod's Lake, Fort Grahame and Lake Connelly Bands of Sikanees number ninety-five, ninety-nine and one hundred and nineteen, respectively.  They are nomadic, live in wigwams, fish, hunt and trap in and about the localities named.  Their trapping grounds are very much depleted of fur-bearing animals."  -   Department of Indian Affairs, Annual Report 1895


TBC





Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Part I: NSMiBsHA Trails Goal: Public Pit toilets for everyone on the North Shore

North Shore Mountain irritable Bowel syndrome Hiker Association (NSMiBsHA) 

 Nature provides a free lunch, but only if we control our appetites.
~William Ruckelshaus, 

North Shore Mountain Bike Association (NSMBA) webpages have plenty of photos,    videos too, of their endeavours to turn our rough hewn trails of the 1920s to fill their needs to speed.   More power to them, creates this:

Before        and          After
Free 'Lunch' trails for Hikers  < >  'Eight course meals' for  Mountain Biker appetites

Trail Building A, B, C, D's

What is not readily known to the general public, nor publicized by mountain bikers, is the proliferation of pits (4' diameter  X 4' Deep) dug into the mountains within six feet of either side of the trails to get to their building resources.

And then leave these pits as is because there's nothing to put in them:
Note from NSMiBsHA to NSMBA:  Is there a 'Pit' Maintenance Cover Charge paid to DNV?
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There is a penalty for others if a log is involved:
Kraal has been charged with setting or placing a trap with intent to injure, mischief by obstructing use of property, and mischief endangering life.  - North Shore News
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Mountain bike trail blazers:

Don't Hear of the dangers they've created by digging pits for dirt and boulders.
Don't See the need to post warning signs of their completed pits.
Don't Speak to others of the damage to the environment and public property.

More importantly they are not into documenting with game cameras of: 
setting or placing a trap with intent to injure, mischief by obstructing use of property, and mischief endangering life

Advice to mountain bikers:
Here at the District's Environmental Department we do our best to protect the integrity of the beautiful natural environment of the North Shore, while working to ensure any development is as sustainable as possible. However, we cannot work alone. Everyone can do their part to protect our natural resources. Simply by being mindful of the effects of our actions on the environment we can begin to restore the environment’s natural beauty.

Enforcing environmental bylaws alone is not enough to protect the environment. The Earth’s natural resources need to be preserved, and everyone can do their part. In this section you will find information and links to resources on how you can do your part. You can make many simple changes in your own home and day-to-day activities that will contribute to a more sustainable environment.

Nature is not our property, it is our community. The Environment Department hopes to continually educate people about trees, soil, and water, as well as sustainable living and sustainable building.  We hope to promote responsibility and coexistance with nature around us.    DNV


Dirt doesn't grow on trees, or bridges, but .... it does for NSMB




Roach Hit Bridge Rebuild


Where is all this dirt coming from? 
Ask Kever
Chain Saw Massacre



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Home Depot Bucket Brigade

Need a tree, Cut a Live Tree


How many Pits have been dug on Fromme, Seymour and Cypress to fuel the NSMB cravings?

Ask this guy?

NSMB Director of Trails
DIGGER: If I hadn’t started building trails I’d probably be an alcoholic, boozing all the time or be fat. I think it is fantastic sport. It gets people out in the environment.
Brown's Social House menu is not Cheap

Free Hub Mag Video
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Then there's this crowd:
MTB Cypress and its’ advocacy message is clear: “Share”, “Protect”, and  “Stewardship”. (like the above photos not provided just like NSMB)

 On behalf of the current MTB Cypress supporters, riders from around the world, trail builders, shops, and beer makers … we are here to Share, Protect, and provide Stewardship for the Advanced Trails for Future Athletes on Cypress.


War in the Woods is not between Hikers and Mountain Bikers

War in the Woods is between Mountain Bikers and the Environment

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Corporate Sponsors?  Why is BC Hydro in the Platinum Category when they are supposed to be building Site C?  Why isn't the Independent Power Producers in the Platinum Class?

Monday, May 4, 2015

Knowledge Network told to toe the line on respect for taxpayer's dollars. And then there's Christy GCPE and Friends

Boy oh Boy former Advance Education Minister Amrik Virk sure has stirred up a hornet's nest of marching orders for everyone heading up Public Sector Organizations after his KPU screw up by working behind the scenes to manipulate the compensation of his Executives.

Mandate Letters have been flying ever since he was promoted to look after the documents that really need to be shredded before someone thinks that there's a need for an FOI.

The key wording is public sector organizations, not, all those expensive untendered contracts which just manages to slip under the wire of respect for the taxpayer's dollars.


To Knowledge Network

Dear Miss/Mr/Mrs:

One of government's core values is respect for the taxpayer's dollar.  It is critical that public sector organizations operate as efficiently as possible, in order to ensure British Columbian are provided with services at the lowest cost possible.




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June 2014  Vaughn Palmer1
“Provincial public sector organizations will operate under new principles that strengthen accountability, promote cost control, and ensure they operate in the best interest of taxpayers.”
Really? Weren’t these folks elected 12 years ago on a promise to do all that and more, being the party that was going to manage the heck out of every one of your hard-earned tax dollars?

Still, there was no mistaking the current date on the release, nor the up-to-the moment vow from Premier Christy Clark.
“One of this government’s core values is respect for the taxpayer’s dollar,” she was quoted as saying. “We received a mandate to control government spending and ensure the best possible use of government resources.”

She and her colleagues did indeed get a mandate to do that. It was right there in the 2001 election platform, point #10 on the vision statement, promising: “Responsible, accountable management of your public resources and tax dollars.”

Capers? WholeFoods? Recipes for Egg-plant Fritters Curried & Macaroni Stew using a "Forcing House" 1918

Egg-plant and Pepper Growing in the B.C Dry Belt.  (1918)

THESE two crops require practically the same treatment, about the only difference being that the egg-plants are not quite as hardy; hence the plants require more careful handling, and when setting in the field they require rather more room than the peppers. The seeds for these crops should be started in greenhouse or hotbed early in March, and should be given the warmest part of the house for starting the seeds, as well as afterwards for the growing of the plants. A night temperature of 55F to 60F (13C to 16C) degrees, with an addition of 15F (10C) degrees during daylight, is not too much for good growth, provided a little ventilation is given every day when weather will permit. 

Egg-Plant Fritters and Macraroni Stew


Forcing House
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The above 1918 circular has been prepared by J. L. Hilborn, Kill Kare Fruit Farm, West Summerland, B.C., at the request of the Horticultural Branch.