Saturday, August 17, 2019

BC Legislative Library

I stumbled upon this BC Legislative Library URL nine years ago and wondered aloud what would happen if I backspaced backspaced backspaced all the way back to public/

If you click on this link today you'll get a 403 retort

The 403 happened right after the BC Liberals went and sat on the Opposition benches, which means to me, that I was not the only one going backspace backspace backspace.



319247 Coastal fuel tank farms siting regulation study 1980.pdf


122728 External trade through British Columbia customs ports_1979.pdf


590119 Self Help Community Groups 1946.pdf


325564  Impact of potential new applications on electric service needs 1980-2005


265628    Fraser River Estuary Study 1982.pdf


BBC Post  2015

345135  Manual of  THE SCHOOL LAW and Regulations Index Yearly_1919.pdf



119525   Cost of new electricity supply in British Columbia 1990 - 1994.pdf

Archives Index
Old BC Leg Library Index

186548 Annual Report / Provincial Library and Archives Index Yearly 1893 - 1957


New and Improved BC Leg Library Index

186548   Annual Report / Provincial Library and Archives Index Yearly 1893 - 1957

Specifically 1913

Theoretically this is available today, unless its been siphoned off by unscrupulous individuals in the BC Legislature, current or past tense... 

Page 4 of 134

 Typus Orbis Terrarum circa 1579 by the famous Ortelius

Authour Ortelius? Eight books at the Royal British Columbia Museum

But not Typus Orbis Terrarum circa 1579

 Page 28 of 134

List of Vessels included ....


Page 134 of 134
Request for Pension and Death Benefits for Spouse
Astronomer  1843




589258 Colonial land, Indian labour and company capital aka HUDSON BAY COMPANY/mackie.pdf

326437 Thorsen Creek small hydro project, Bella Coola 1982.pdf

Outline of steps taken to transfer control of the public domain in BC from Crown authorities to that of the local legislature 1849 HBC.pdf


376655 Provincial General Election Statement of votes taken 1953.pdf

585280 Provincial Apprenticeship Board.pdf


535696   1928 .... within British Columbia by any race or races whose customs or practices or economic standards of living may threaten eventually to lower the recognized Canadian standard of living .....pdf


354584 Premier John Hart Policy for 1945.pdf
Premier John Hart, NOT WAC Bennett's idea
407908    Histories, territories, and laws of the Kitwancool .pdf

************* 1915 Apple Industry.pdf

************* 1942  Spinach Seed.pdf

************* Women's Institutes of British Columbia.pdf

************* List of books for the Women's Institutes.pdf


*************  Making lime sulphur at home


526206 ... Strawberry Culture not to be confused with the Blackberry Culture.pdf


535225 Couch Quack or Scutch Grass.pdf

535202 Canada Thistle.pdf



323198 Mackenzie Market Study 1975.pdf


535652    Chinese, Japanese, & Indian Populations of British Columbia   1901
535650    Nakusp Slocan Railway

535642  Census Telegrams  1893

530904 POWER IN BRITISH COLUMBIA 1968 TO 1975_1975.pdf

535656 Legislature Grounds: Gathering of war veterans, patriotic and other associations 1918.pdf

535655 Teslin Railway  Google

Teslin Railway BC Leg Library 


535491 Silo Benefits for the backyard
Creosote Poles

457529 'South Fork of the Fraser River' Grand Trunk Pacific Railway McBride.pdf


364487 Helicopter use for Forest Survey ... replaced with Drones.pdf


344702 Creation of the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway land grants.pdf


318304_2.   Proceedings of the Centennial Workshop on Ethnomusicology held at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, June 19-23, 1967.


314263   Statement of the case of the municipalities of British Columbia.  BNA Act 70 years old

1937 In Presenting the viewpoint of the Municipalities of BC

265552 Clinton crown land plan 1983_summary.pdf

 Calvert Island Google

Ecological Reserves of British Columbia

A summary of legislation and licencing procedures in the petroleum industry of British Columbia / prepared by Barbara MacDonald.  1977


An earlier population of Hesquiat Harbour, British Columbia : a contribution to Nootkan osteology and physical anthropology / by Jerome S. Cybulski.

203106   Tuberculosis Control Index_1935.pdf

323532 Lillooet-Fraser Heritage Resource Study_vol2a.pdf



75771 Budgets of British Columbia 1908 to ......_1963.pdf

Budgets of British Columbia   from 1908 to 2018


326199 Stikine Hydroelectric maps of British Columbia_maps.pdf


The cost of new electricity supply in British Columbia / Resource Planning, Corporate and Environmental Affairs. --  1990   to 1994



528143 Wood Preservative on the farm

British Columbia Power Commission   Ten Years of Progress (1947)
Science Council of BC

1982   Multicultural Society


Water Powers of British Columbia  1962  to 1967

************* Approximate statement of amounts required on account of unfinished contracts 1876.pdf


498700 Handbook of British Columbia Canada: History Topography Climate Resources Development.pdf

*************   1979

  In 1986, the younger Bennett retired from politics and his successor was Bill Vander Zalm. Under his leadership, he and his party became increasingly unpopular.  Wikipedia

Monday, July 22, 2019

Downtown Vancouver Japanese Home addresses prior to repatriation: Database available online

 Check out your address to see if the property was originally owned by .....

Naturalized Canadians Repatriated to Japan 1946     005-1142.27.003.pdf

home addresses prior to repatriation

Property prior to
Page 1 of 71     78 W. 7th Ave., Vancouver

Atagi, Ishimatsu;    Internment Camp:   Kelowna, B.C.

Property prior to
Page 3 of 71      1130 Stewart Ave., Nanaimo

Kashimoto, Morinosuko   997 Howe Street, Vancouver

Tashme Internment Camp 

Tashme, a mountain valley 22 kilometres southeast of Hope

1)      Prince Rupert
2)      997 Howe Street
3)     Nanaimo            
4)     Steveston
5)     342 Powell Street
6)     763 East Cordova Street
7)     Steveston
8)     504 East Hastings
9)     753 East Cordova


Yoho National Park road and campsites, built by Japanese residents of BC,  or German prisoners of war.  The Cooking spaces at Yoho are falling into disrepair, is it because of Shame or

“While women and children were sent to internment camps, what is little known is that about 1,700 able-bodied Japanese-Canadian men aged 18 to 45 years old, were sent to road camps to build Highway 3, the Hope-Princeton Highway, Highway 1, Revelstoke-Sicamous Highway, and…Highway 5, as forced labour,” said Laura Saimoto, who worked on the legacy sign project as part of the Japanese Canadian Legacy Committee. 

“These highways were deemed a priority for national security by the Canadian government. And in the case of Hope-Princeton Highway, the government saw it as an alternative route to Highway 1 in case of enemy sabotage.”


Vancouver Sun: 
Dan Fumano: Reclaiming and redress highlight new conversation about historic wrongs
Opinion: The idea of the Japanese Canadian community reclaiming a stolen property in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside has been given more weight by recently launched official consultations on redress.   July 21, 2019

Globe and Mail 
     Trio of cabins marks Japanese internment camp
 When the time came to disperse the thousands of ethnic Japanese from their enforced stay amid the Pacific National Exhibition's odorous cattle barns, wartime authorities wanted them out of sight, out of mind.


In September, 1939, the site was reclaimed by the Department of Defence and adapted for use as Kananaskis Internment Camp #130, a prison camp for civilian internees and enemy merchant seamen.  Two years later, the majority of these detainees were sent to facilities in eastern Canada and the site was enlarged and fortified for use as a prisoners of war camp.  The camp detained combat officer personnel from late 1942 until 1946, when the camp closed.  During their time in detention, the internees engaged in numerous activities, including clearing the valley that now forms the bed of Barrier Lake.  There were 26,000 prisoners of  war interned in Alberta during the Second World War - more than were interned in any other province.  The Colonel's Cabin is one of the few structural reminders of this chapter in provincial history.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Vancouver's Stanley Park's Second Beach's Swimming Pool: Trespassing OK when Pool Open?

NOTICE  No Trespassing When Pool Closed location

Google Search Criteria: trespass defined in law British Columbia
The Trespass Act (B.C.) says that a person found inside enclosed land without the consent of the owner, lessee or occupier is a trespasser. So is someone who remains if asked to leave, or who re-enters after having been asked to leave and having done so.

Google Search Criteria:  Trespasser Act definition of trespasser
In the law of tort, property, and criminal law a trespasser is a person who commits the act of trespassing on a property, that is, without the permission of the owner. Being present on land as a trespasser thereto creates liability in the trespasser, so long as the trespass is intentional.

Trespass Act (B.C.)
 (2) A person found on or in premises that are enclosed land is presumed to be on or in the premises without the consent of an occupier of the premises or an authorized person.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Craig James: "An Earthquake off Scotland would be more devastating than a combined one of British Columbia/Washington State!"

I still can't get over the fact that a former Judge of the Supreme Court of Canada would side with  Craig James' version of the need to take his international guests, and wives, on a Washington whale watching expedition and a baseball game to show off a phantom earthquake.

British Columbia has Earthquakes!

Craig James' testimony: I'll repeat, for your benefit Judge, what I said to my guests in the boat.   'Imagine, if you will, the feel of the land below ourselves, rising and falling, being shook side to side, with the same intensity, the identical experience of those Washingtonians who stood tall, on land, against the devastating 2001 Nisqually EARTHQUAKE!'
British Columbia:  Recent Significant Earthquake Reports 2019


The question: Have the British Isles guests from Scotland a long history on devastating earthquakes that would require a self appointed authority figure, such as our former Clerk Craig James pretended to be .......... to offer them a free trip, trinkets included.

Britain's 2017 earthquakes felt in Scotland.
The two largest British earthquakes of last year were both felt in parts of Scotland. A quake with a magnitude of 4.0 M in Moidart on 4 August was felt from Inverness to Glasgow and out west on Islay in the Inner Hebrides.  Jun 25, 2018

fault lines in Scotland earthquake activity
 A Scottish town was today shaken by an earthquake measuring 2.9 on the Richter scale. The tremor in Dumfries and Galloway, lasted a few seconds and no one was injured. Bennett Simpson, seismologist at the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh, said the that the quake occurred at 9.27am.


Intensity: The Modified Mercalli Scale (MM)


 fault lines in Scotland earthquake activity
THREE !!! in Scotland  1932  to  2019
2001 Nisqually earthquake with colleagues from the Washington State Legislature in Olympia


Craig James 2001 Nisqually earthquake with colleagues from the Washington State Legislature in Olympia   ??????????????????????????????


Examples of Successful Seismic Safety Advocacy


Present geographical hazards soil sensitivity to earthquake movement 


 1989 George Massey Tunnel No. 1509 Response to Earthquakes

Blog Borg Collective 2014 Post:
 With a 8.0 tremor, would the Williston Reservoir create a Grand Canyon II in Alberta/NorthWest Territories?

Geological Survey of Canada Open File 5539: Significant Canadian earthquakes 1600-2006


A fellow traveler on the whale watching / baseball gaming aka EARTHQUAKE had this to say:

Keep Calm, And Carry On: Business Continuity Planning In Parliaments
Tommy Lynch

For several years a group of legislatures have been working together to create guidance that will help similar organisations in considering business continuity planning necessary to maintain operations in the event of unexpected events or a crisis. In this article, the author outlines the progress of the work and explains how interested parties can get hold of the resulting guide which will be available from January 2019.

In May 2014, the Clerk of the Scottish Parliament, Sir Paul Grice, met with his counterparts in Ottawa where the topic of business continuity cropped up. It became clear during the discussion that there would be mutual benefit if the House of Commons and the Scottish Parliament began sharing information on strategic plans, resources and approaches to business continuity.

Over the following months there were conference calls, regular email correspondence and the bilateral sharing of information between Ottawa and Edinburgh soon expanded to include representatives from the Canadian Senate, the UK Houses of Parliament in London, Provincial Legislative Assemblies based in Toronto and Victoria and, most recently, the House of Representatives in Wellington, New Zealand.

As we shared information, there were clearly areas of overlap. Moreover, some legislatures had particular areas of strength that other participants could learn and benefit from. Representatives from most of these organisations agreed to meet in Toronto in June 2015 to continue our discussion and gave our group a name – Legislative Assemblies Business Continuity Network or LABCoN.
Our first set of meetings focussed on direct comparison of our approaches to business continuity. We shared stories, noted our successes, and also lessons learned from work that could have gone better. The group created a questionnaire based on the international standard for business continuity, ISO 22301.

The Toronto meetings were very positive and the group, as well as sharing expertise and enthusiasm for business continuity, also hit it off personally. The extent of what we learned over those two days drove home the value of this information exchange to the group – there are undoubtedly other legislatures that could benefit from the knowledge and experience of participants if it could be captured and shared in some fashion.

Over the following months we agreed that creating a business continuity guide specifically for legislatures was the way forward. The guide would be based on sound business continuity planning processes. We believed real value could be gained from exploring legislature-specific aspects of what has worked well and instances where things haven’t quite turned out as planned.

Martin Fenlon formally of the UK Houses of Parliament and now working as a consultant, created our technical guide. His draft was reviewed by the group at a three-day meeting in Edinburgh in August 2016 where we also discussed what other areas could and should be included in our guide. Training on incident communications and incident management occurred during this gathering as well sessions where we explored how to look after the welfare of Members, staff and visitors at a Parliament after a disruptive event.

One of the main outputs from the Edinburgh meetings, in addition to the technical element of the guide, was a determination that each of us to concentrate on capturing “case study” information to help show the resources, approaches, challenges and benefits that business continuity thinking and planning could bring to a legislature.

When meeting in Victoria, British Columbia in August 2017, the group reveiewed this material and also had the opportunity to explore the planning and resources that BC’s Legislative Assembly use in its earthquake planning. Moreover, we discussed the impact of the 2001 Nisqually earthquake with colleagues from the Washington State Legislature in Olympia; these staff had to carry out extensive repair work to their capitol building and decant their Chambers during that time.

The most recent LABCoN conference, in Ottawa during July 2018, focussed on completing content for the guide. In addition to the technical BC chapter, it includes also includes chapters on:
  • Governance & Resources
  • Planning Approach
  • Assessing Business Continuity plans
With the content of the guide now complete, we are applying the finishing touches to give it a bit of style, translating it into French and creating a hub website for the work we have been doing. The website will also have information to allow people interested in LABCoN to contact the authors and ask questions about what has been set out. We are aiming to “publish” this guide in early 2019 and LABCoN members will be using contacts established by their own organisations to advertise the availability of the guide.

All participants in LABCoN have benefitted from our discussions, sharing information and the opportunity to work across legislatures with colleagues in a very specialized area. As Michelle Hegarty, Assistant Chief Executive for the Scottish Parliament, offered: “I hope that the information in our guide can help other legislatures plan for the delivery of their services and make their overall operations more robust, not just for their benefit but to also demonstrate that to politicians and to the public. I think all of us who have been involved with the work have learnt a lot and we look forward to making that available to others”

Next Steps
LABCoN members would love to hear from other legislatures if this guide interests them and for feedback on how the guide can be improved over time. LABCoN is also keen to continually improve the quantity and quality of knowledge and information available on legislature-specific aspects of business continuity, resilience and other related topics. Depending upon interest and feedback, LABCoN may schedule a conference focussed on education for interested legislatures, later in 2019.

Contact Information
Since its creation, LABCON Tourista has been supported by the following legislatures:
Visit our website at:

Keep Calm, Plan On for Vacation

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The Birthday Of A Giant Colony: What's To Celebrate? July 1, 2019. Robin Mathews

Everywhere. There are symbols of Canada's Colonial Status.  Everywhere.  One on-going symbol, of course, is the life of the wholly dedicated Globe and Mail: half truth, no truth, and sleight-of-hand. Rule No. 1: Never tell the truth about Canada. [The Globe and Mail is representative.]

There is, however, more pressingly at the moment another example to deal with.  It goes by the short name: Meng Wanzou, Chief Financial Officer of China's Huawei Technologies.

Meng Wanzou was arrested in Vancouver on December 1, 2018, at the request of U.S. authorities as a first step undertaken to fulfill the terms of an Extradition Treaty that Canada has with the USA. (China, apparently, has similar treaties with many foreign countries.)

What has followed?  A total Colonial farce and tragedy has followed: Xi Jinping, the (in fact) autocratic leader of China has (like a spoiled child) refused to speak with Canada's Prime Minister. China has imposed ridiculous sanctions on Canadian agricultural products destined for China.  And much worse China has seized and is holding, under torture conditions, Canadian citizens as revenge!

That last tells all anyone needs to know about China. Whatever else may be good about China, it is a Rogue Nation (like Saudi Arabia) where The Rule of Law is a farce and the whim of the powerful can erase the Human Rights of anyone the Powerful choose to target!

Grinding salt into the Canadian wound (and never mentioned by a single commentator in the Canadian Mainstream Press and Media) the Actions inspired by Chinese anger are wholly the responsibility of U.S. actors.

Get it all clear in mind.  Canada [observing The Rule of Law] acted on a U.S. request to detain Meng Wanzou, Chief Financial Officer of China's Huawei Technologies.  Canada acted to fulfill terms it has in a treaty with the U.S.A.  China should, if it believes it has been wronged, be attacking the U.S.A in every way it sees fit for the Meng Wanzou incident.  On its part, U.S. authorities should be demanding of China "in the loudest voices" that it end all sanctions against Canada: loudly, persistently, and at the highest levels of power.

But that, alas, isn't how Colonialism works. Canada accepts the blame for the U.S. action as a good Colonial Servant and takes all the sanctions as if Canada is at fault.  The U.S. pretends that Canada is at fault as a normal Imperial Master should do.  And - in a fit of generosity - the U.S. president hints he might intercede with the Chinese dictator-for-life, Xi Jinping on Canada's behalf and express regret that China is holding Canadian citizens as hostages under torture conditions.

Very, very few Canadians see the picture: a perfect Colonial Picture.  The U.S. creates an International Conflict and dumps the responsibility onto its forelock-tugging Colony Canada.  The injured nation, China, not wanting yet another conflict with the U.S.A., is happy to continue the fakery by taking a number of steps to punish Canada.

Canadians have underscored for them the world they will have to live in as long as they accept a role as Colonial Servants To The USA.  The story is not new.  One of Canada's first major English-language poets, (1860-1943) Charles G. D. Roberts, wrote against Canadian colonialism: How long the ignoble sloth, how long The trust in greatness not thine own?

Every leader of every federal political party in Canada has taken the Colonial Oath: I swear I will never speak or act in any way to change Canada's role as a dependent servant of the U.S.A. and U.S. Imperial Policy. If that means allowing Canadian citizens to be jailed falsely and kept in torture conditions, I will accept all that on behalf of the greater power and privilege of the U.S.A., So Help Me God!  [Notice that not one of them says: this is the doing of the U.S.A. Why are we taking the flak and punishment for the U.S.A.? Why are they not shouting that in the House of Commons and elsewhere? You know the answer.]

Quietly, we may all observe that the Globe and Mail [the Globe and Mail is representative] does nothing, ever, to expose the truths of Canada's colonialism.  That is the long, rich tradition of the Globe and Mail.  In the famous 1891 Election the great, great grandfather of the Globe and Mail, called The Toronto Globe, worked like a beaver to help elect a government dedicated to the integration of Canada into the U.S.A. (and lost, despite all its dedicated, even dishonest - efforts).

Why doesn't the Globe and Mail tell you [the Globe and Mail is representative] what I tell you here?  Because Canada's Mainstream Press and Media is a Colonial Press and Media serving the Imperial Master.  And so it feeds you what a Colonial population is always fed: half truth, no truth, and sleight-of-hand.

 Contact: Robin Mathews


China maintains extradition treaties with 40 nations. Among them are:

2002 Speaker Claude Richmond expells two journalists because 'minimal dress requirement' not observed

Made of the Right Stuff: Speaker Claude Richmond tosses two 'journalists' from Gallery

Office of the Speaker
Legislative Assembly of British Columbia


November 27, 2002

I wish to comment briefly on the events which took place in my office on Monday, November 25, 2002 between myself, Darren Atwater, editor of Terminal City Weekly, and Brian Salmi, also variously known as Godzilla and Satan.

The meeting was at the request of the editor of the weekly newspaper to discuss Mr. Salmi's application for membership to the Legislative Press Gallery.

Freedom of the press is not an issue nor did I make it an issue.  I have no interest in attempting to influence comments and opinions expressed about the politics, politicians and events which occur in the Legislature.

At no time were Mr. Atwater or Mr. Salmi requested to sign anything in my office.

Two basic questions were addressed with Mr. Salmi and his editor:

1.  They were asked about a column written by Mr. Salmi that contained outrageous and derogatory statements of a deviant sexual nature regarding officers of the Legislature.  My question to them was simply were they prepared to show some respect for the institution of Parliamnet?

2.  In the previous week, Mr. Salmi had arrived dressed in a manner that would not meet the requirements for the Legislative Assembly Chamber and Speaker's Corridor to which press have access.  They were asked if they were prepared to accede to the minimal dress requirements presently being observed by the Press Gallery members?

Both questions were answered in the negative.  At the end of the meeting, having reached no agreement and being out of time to discuss the matter further, both Mr. Salmi and Mr. Atwater said, "I am not going to leave this office".

After requests to leave were refused, it became apparent that it would be necessary to have the Sergeant-at-Arms staff remove them.  Upon their continued refusal to leave the Speaker's Office, they were in fact removed.  At this point the matter was simply treated as a "sit-in".

Events that occurred after they were removed from my office were entirely within the hands of the Sergeant-at-Arms and the local police and were conducted in accordance with the law.

I wish to clearly state that I have absolutely no interest in or authority over what is reported by the Press Gallery and to suggest the above events amount to an attack on the freedom of the press is, in my view,  to distort what happened.  I continue to support and provide for the Press Gallery and its operations within the Parliament Buildings.  Traditionally, the only guidelines are those of dress and decorum in the Legislatvie Assembly Chamber and Speaker's Corridor.  Application for membership to the Press Gallery is determined by that body.

Hon.  Claude Richmond
Which leaves me to wonder why other 'Press' persons wishing to have access to the Press Gallery, all they need to do is Dress properly.  Over to you Bob Mackin -TheBreaker

BC Leg Library: Search Criteria:  bcdocs_speaker

Item 11
Media statement / Office of the Speaker, Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. --

Item 3
 Media kit : Day of Mourning, April 27, 2007. --

Item 13
Speaker's statement re: parties : official opposition status. --

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Father's Day Fundraiser event: Tagged rocks and trees on Capilano River's Pacific Trail

Was it an 'overzealous' volunteer taking for granted that it was okay to use a carcinogenic material, not just on the gravel, but immovable objects too?

This Stump holds the Trail from slipping over the edge. Why use an arrow?
Take One Rock and Paint begone, so too the stump, 2019-07-01

Volunteer organizations and their sponsors using Capilano River Regional Park for running events should take the time to educate their supporters on the importance to  LEAVE NO TRACE, especially the notorious graffiti.

BC Cancer fundraiser on Father's Day was divided into three legs.

First Leg was from Ambleside to just south of the  Upper Levels Highway on the Capilano River;

Second Leg up to the top of Cleveland Dam   GRAFFITI

Third Leg Cleveland Dam to the Peak

Seek the Peak   BC Cancer  Fundraiser
VPG Realty

Its unbelievable that no official for the group did a walk, a run, through the trails afterwards to ensure everything was cleaned up.
Given time the arrow in gravel will be scuffed away by boots


Neither scuffing nor rain will remove this from a rock

This live root had no need to be marked

Visitors to the park can't turn right, south, to Ambleside?


For the amount of volunteers involved in these events there is absolutely no need to spray paint on any of the trails nor do it the MEC way of stapling their maps to the Park directional Posts.  All that organizers have to do is plant a person at the turning points for three hours to cheer the runners on.


The time has come that these groups not be permitted to post signs.  That responsibility should be left to the professionals, the park rangers.

2019-06-27  Raining All Day and the Paint Remains

2019-07-06 Red Arrows Gone