Sunday, June 21, 2020

50 years ago? SFU photo Does it look the same, now? Haven't been there in ....

Maybe 55 years ago?  Soon after Simon Fraser University was completed .....?  I took this photo, and one other on that Friday night.

Squeaky Clean, and Quiet it was, the buildings and the surrounding 'grounds', two o'clock in the morning .....

with this 120mm film camera 
Kodacolor 100  10 second @ f8

Higher Education in British Columbia and a Plan for the Future, by Dr. J.B. Macdonald

Friday, June 12, 2020

If she walks, Huawei's Meng may be scooped up by the United States Air Marshalls

Looking back at Bob Makin's Breaking News: "Huawei's Meng smiled for the cameras ...." I realized that President Donald J. Trump has an ace up his sleeve.  Basically, it doesn't matter how long she stays in Canada while trying to gain her freedom through our Courts, because eventually, she'll walk, straight to the airport.  

But there will be a surprise waiting for her as the plane lifts off of YVR tarmac.

Do you remember the story of the United Nations leader Clayton Roueche, who was on a direct flight from Mexico to Canada and his plane made an unexpected stop in Texas?  He was arrested and whisked away to Seattle to face charges of distributing cocaine.


The flight patterns and the distribution of aircraft over the Lower Mainland is dependent on which runway is active.

Sure is a lot flights crossing over the border

Monday, June 1, 2020

Who Will Bell The Cat? Relatives Of The Murdered In Nova Scotia Might Like To Know. - Robin Mathews

Who Will Bell The Cat?  Relatives Of The Murdered In Nova Scotia Might Like To Know.

By Robin Mathews  June 2020

Dalhousie University Law Professors focussed upon and enlarged the already very large Canadian story of 22 random murders over thirteen hours in Nova Scotia in April by calling upon the (Liberal) premier of Nova Scotia for a Public Inquiry.

They petitioned for a full examination of the (now famous) shooting rampage by 51 year old denturist Gabriel Wortman over thirteen hours on April 18 and 19 in the Portapique area ....  The petition, it would seem, was directed, in part, towards a public "opening up" of the RCMP role in the whole disastrous episode.

RCMP did not ever, for instance, order the Province-wide standard alarm, even, apparently when the suggestion was made to them. Instead, they communicated publicly on twitter, a much more limited means of reaching the public.  Nor, apparently, did the Force inform the public (in any way) that Wortman was driving a replica police vehicle until twelve hours after they received the information. That knowledge itself had it been made widely public suggest observers might well have saved a number of lives.

Behind the story there are hints (probably apocryphal) that Wortman may have had, in some way, a connection or a familiarity with a member or members of the Force.

Whether or not there were mistakes and/or oversights by the RCMP in Nova Scotia, a Public Inquiry into the events would be a reasonable undertaking to provide full accounting to the people of that Province of the horrendous events. But the likelihood of an Inquiry dims as time passes. (Liberal) Premier Stephen McNeil has suggested (on more than one occasion) that the Law professors direct their request to the (Liberal) Prime Minister of Canada since the RCMP is a federal force, and any conclusion of an Inquiry recommending legislation or action of other kinds would require federal initiative. (The petitioners seem to believe that the Province, contractor of the RCMP, has much more power in the matter than the Premier is willing to admit.)

The premier has signified his willingness to have the Province assist a federal Inquiry into the events. (The likelihood that Liberal premier McNeil and Liberal prime minister Trudeau have privately discussed the matter is not beyond possibility.)

It would appear Prime Minister Trudeau has not referred (publicly) to the matter again since his message of condolence early after the event.

At stake, one more time, is the increasingly bludgeoned reputation of the Canada's federal police force, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. With or without an Inquiry into the fatal hours in Nova Scotia that Force cannot escape both deepening criticism and growing unease among members of the public that the horsemen make up a police force in Canada that can (and repeatedly does) escape the close public inspection to which they, and any legitimate police force, must be constantly subject .

What is The Royal Canadian Mounted Police? It is called the National Police Force which contracts, with some Provinces to fill the role of police there, though many cities in provinces with RCMP contracts also have municipal police forces.

The RCMP is, in my judgement, a political arm of the federal Government-in-Power. (Justin Trudeau met with and appointed the present Commissioner of the RCMP without any visible All-Party or independent, public administrative body involved that I know of.) And so it is NOT a national police force, in fact.  When contracted to a Province it semi-switches loyalty and becomes, I suggest, the political policing arm of the Provincial government in question, wearing at least two hats and it may be as honest or dishonest as that Provincial government.

[When, apparently, Stephen Harper Conservative forces used the RCMP to stage a wholly fraudulent Islamic Terrorist Event at the B.C. legislature grounds in 2013, it blew up in RCMP faces (as certified by Supreme Court and Appeals Court judges of British Columbia). It was a perfect disaster, and an ideal opportunity for the incoming federal Liberal government, through a long Public Inquiry to clean up the RCMP.  BUT the Liberals wouldn't touch the subject because (is it possible?) the RCMP might start talking about the unsavoury political uses they have been put to by Liberal governments?]

A top RCMP officer, for instance, made clear to a Quebec journalist that every crime the Force was guilty of in the (1970s) FLQ Crisis was ordered from very high up in (the Liberal) government. So touchy was that matter prime minister Pierre Trudeau appointed Liberal and friend David McDonald of Alberta to undertake the most expensive Royal Commission (to that date) in Canadian history in order (I believe) to smother knowledge of the actions (and interactions) of the Canadian government and the RCMP in that Crisis.

Canada has never had as political a policing event as the so-called FLQ Crisis in Quebec. So much so that close observers are not sure who (other than the publicly accused, unnamed, unidentified FLQ members) murdered Pierre Laporte, acting premier of Quebec at the time of his kidnap (October, 1970). Was Laporte murdered by  members of the military? By hired assassins? By the RCMP? (Madam Laporte rejected a large funeral, believing Pierre Laporte was dispatched by the Canadian State. Nonetheless, Pierre Trudeau held a major, public funeral for Laporte in the grand Notre Dame Cathedral of Montreal.)

In the provinces of Canada, I am very sorry to suggest, the RCMP may sometimes exist as a corrupt force when contracted.  When the New Democratic Party took government in British Columbia in recent years, they discovered a major use of gambling locations for Gigantic money-laundering operations.  The RCMP of B.C. reported that it didn't have the personnel to cover gambling establishments and so knew nothing of the matter. (It had been re-contracted to B.C. policing for twenty years by the Liberal government that preceded the present NDP government.)

The Law professors at Dalhousie University are correct: a full-scale Public Inquiry into the murder of the 22 Nova Scotians absolutely must he held which is the reason it will probably never be held.


Contact: Robin Mathews

Monday, May 25, 2020

British Columbia Government paper trail on Covid-19 available at the Legislative Library

May 27, 2020

117 Results

not all listed here, because, well just because, there IS the library

and beside this is the source the news media uses and they won't necessarily provide all of the information.   You know, the mundane stuff.

OFAA protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic : a guide for employers and occupational first aid attendants.

Virtual health COVID-19 accessible solution toolkit / Provincial Health Services Authority.


Policy statement : COVID-19 pandemic / BC's Office of the Human Rights Commissioner.

COVID-19 Action Plan : B.C.’s first steps to support people, businesses / Office of the Premier.

Infection prevention and control for novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


Order of the Minister of Citizens' Services : Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, ministerial order No. M085 / Province of British Columbia.

Child care options for essential services workers during COVID-19 : frequently asked questions / Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Essential services.

Temporary eviction moratorium and rent adjustment notification / BC Housing.

Information for housing providers / BC Housing.

Information for homelessness service providers / BC Housing.


Fact sheet on responding to COVID-19 / BC Housing.


As the situation around COVID-19 evolves, work on the Columbia River Treaty continues.


Protecting BC farmers and farm workers during the COVID-19 pandemic / British Columbia.


COVID-19 sales tax changes : Carbon Tax Act, Motor Fuel Tax Act, Provincial Sales Tax Act and Tobacco Tax Act.


Guidelines for intubation of suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients : / .

COVID-19 : where we are. Considerations for next steps / prepared for the BC Ministry of Health.


BC COVID-19 go forward strategy.


COVID-19 information for u-pick operations in BC/ British Columbia, Ministry of Agriculture.

British Columbia COVID-19 daily situation report.

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Friday, May 22, 2020

Getting back to the normal news: PontyPool is on Fire; Third time in Three Days; Kawartha Lakes Railway blamed for lackness of Caboose spotting platform

DownTown Pontypool  (Ontario)

The Kawartha Lakes Railway was created in 1996 to assume the operations of the Havelock and Nephton Subdivisions of the Canadian Pacific Railway which serve the Peterborough, Ontario area.

Fire crews are battling a large fire along a railway line in the City of Kawartha Lakes which broke out Friday afternoon.

Kawartha Lakes Fire and Rescue are on the scene of several fires along the railway tracks in Pontypool near Highway 35.

According to freelance photographer Colin Williamson, the fire stretches along almost two kilometres along the tracks.
@KLFireRescue are on the scene of several fires alongside the railway tracks going through Pontypool again toady the fires stretch almost 2 km along the tracks. Reminder if you see green flashing lights please move over as they are volunteer firefighters responding

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Pontypool is an unincorporated village within the southernmost part of the amalgamated city of Kawartha Lakes, Ontario.

Prior to amalgamation, Pontypool was an unincorporated village within the township of Manvers, in the county of Victoria.

It has a grocery store, convenience store, LCBO, Chinese restaurant, gas station (destroyed by fire in April 2008, and since rebuilt), pharmacy, community centre, church and post office and a siding on the Canadian Pacific Railway. The town used to be an old Jewish vacation spot with a big camp ground by the big pond on the outskirts of town. There is also a baseball field and a public park.
Its post office services locals with lock boxes and 3 rural routes.

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Pontypool Community News

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Does Covid-19 travel through connecting High Rise Tower / Apartment Exhaust Vents?

One fire?   Exhausts on multiple floors?

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada:

6 Vents - 6 Apartments
If the Exhaust fans are connected, and they are in this apartment, then, is the fresh air supply connected in the same way and from a single source?

And just not in Vancouver.

Friday, May 8, 2020

"The Lions" have always practiced social distancing. In light of Covid-19, Metro Vancouver renamed them "2M"

A re-sign of the times.

Most days, the other surrounding geographic features are shrouded in clouds, which, if you maintain your position while looking at 2M, their names will be revealed too.

"Help Keep Parks Open"
"Pass in Single File"
"Keep to the Right"
"Stay 2M Apart"
"Do Your Part"

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Stanley park 125 years From Trails to Roads to Trails. Roads now for Cyclists and horses - POLICE

Making Stanley Park car free has been a “tremendous success” in transforming people’s experience of the park, according to the general manager of the Vancouver Park Board.
Malcolm Bromley said Tuesday that the board is learning from its move to limit the seawall to people on foot, move cyclists onto Stanley Park Drive, and ban cars in the park. The change came into effect on April 8.  - Vancouver Sun  Covid-19 speeds up change of access to park

These Images collated on occurrences of Motor Vehicles

January 1905

Auto traffic is prohibited between 2:00pm to 5:00pm daily due to concerns of the vehicles frightening horses which "might take flight."  A court decision says that the Park Board has no power to regulate auto traffic in Stanley Park.

The next step will be shutting down one lane, on the three lane bridge for cyclists, and the sidewalks reserved for Pedestrians instead of having to share the narrow space with cyclists.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Capilano River Hatchery deals with Covid-19 by providing accessible portable toilets, for some

For those that are able body, fit, definitely not in need of a wheelchair, acting on behalf of The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries (Hatchery included)) who closed the Capilano River Hatchery's two public washrooms due to the pandemic, and then arranges for replacement 'facilities' with the delivery of two portable toilets, 'curb' side .......
 "wheelchair accessible restroom that can also be promoted ....... as a family-sized restroom. It has a patented flat floor system for easy wheelchair access and maneuverability."
Where's that other 'patented flat ramp system from the road, up over the curb, and onto the pee gravel?
Capilano River Regional Park  -  Federal Fish Hatchery

 Of course, it may have been the person who delivered the portable washroom, acting on behalf of .....

Its a long haul from this side but the Green 'Can' is blocking access to the Grey 'Can'

"Can you hold it a jiffy longer John?"

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Depressing!!!! With gas prices oh so low; and tankers sitting off shore, where is Tidy Tanks in our backyards

Too bad our car gas tank only gets us 425 Kilometres, but there is a way to save for the future.


Off shore tankers sitting idle, no room for storage on land, no room at gas stations...

Gas Buddies     Best Gas Prices


And all we need is a Tidy Tank to tide us over for ......... a year

But without jobs, for the foreseeable, why bother......... but, but.....

Would this be considered something akin to purchasing 'three truckloads of toilet paper", and not for personal use?

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

A more Graphic message of Social Distancing than Six Feet or One Metre; is ....














Monday, April 20, 2020

Covid-19 with a made in British Columbia Earthquake CHASER? "Non-perishable food: three-day to one-week supply, with a manual can opener"

With all this spare time on our hands ........ and .....

Looking back on the need to prepare our home resources for the 'big one' in British Columbia, compared to today's experiences with Covid-19, how long would we have lasted without water, heating (house, cooking) and highway infrastructure?

How many bottles of water were to be squirreled away?

Forget the luxuries of the toilet, shower, and bath.


Natural Gas

Time for a revamp of provincial government preparedness for the general public

Household Emergency Kit

Emergency Kit Supplies

Put your supplies in one or two containers, such as plastic bins or duffel bags. Store them in an area of your home that’s easy to get to, such as a hall closet, spare room or garage. 
  • Non-perishable food: three-day to one-week supply, with a manual can opener
  • Water: four litres per person, per day for drinking and sanitation
  • Phone charger, battery bank or inverter
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • First-aid kit and medications
  • Personal toiletries and items, such as an extra pair of glasses or contact lenses
  • Copy of your emergency plan, copies of important documents, such as insurance papers
  • Cash in small bills
  • Garbage bags and moist towelettes for personal sanitation
  • Seasonal clothing, sturdy footwear and emergency blanket
  • Dust masks if you live in an area that's prone to earthquakes
  • Whistle
For seniors in British Columbia, you may need to think about preparedness actions above and beyond the “basics”. Extra considerations include:
  • If you rely on a prescription, talk to your primary care provider about how to keep an extra supply or valid prescription in your emergency kit or grab-and-go bag.
  • A whistle or personal alarm to call for help.
  • Written instructions for special medical or mobility equipment.
  • Extra eye glasses, hearing aids and hearing aid batteries.
  • Spare footwear with any special orthotics.
Most importantly, take time to create a trusted support network of at least three people to assist during an emergency. Give them keys to your home and add their contact information to a shared emergency plan. You should also advise members of your support network of any health conditions or medications, and show them how to operate specialized medical or mobility equipment.