Saturday, September 29, 2018

Elephant Hill firepower: The sheer magnitude of Nature

Forty kilometres away from Kamloops

Williams Lake




August 17, 2017

Salmon Arm Observer
 The Elephant Hill fire is still far away but city says its officials are prepared.
Why did the Salmon Arm Observer crop the Top off?




Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Ken Dobell to oversee Rich Coleman's Cabinet papers regarding casino money laundering?

Was British Columbia's Attorney General David Eby grandstanding when asking the BC Liberal's Leader Andrew Wilkinson permission to liaise with former Attorney General  Mike de Jong to have access to their Executive Council / Cabinet meeting Minutes?

Eby wants to review the previous government's documents pertaining to the verbal actions of former Minister Rich Coleman where he claims recently that he did  ...  ‘everything we could’ to crack down on money laundering,”

Why does Eby have to ask for the access?   The first fifteen years after the deliberations took place eg. 2017 + 15, are not open to public disclosure  IF.......  
 Section 12 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
12 (1) The head of a public body must refuse to disclose to an applicant information that would reveal the substance of deliberations of the Executive Council or any of its committees, including any advice, recommendations, policy considerations or draft legislation or regulations submitted or prepared for submission to the Executive Council or any of its committees.
There has been one violation of that Act before, and it was done during the BC Rail Trial!  No waiting for 2003 + 15 years  until  NOW  2018 on the topic money laundering.

Premier Gordon Campbell sent his Deputy Premier, Ken Dobell into the vault holding Executive Council / Cabinet documents to peruse any details that were pertinent to BC Rail trial, and it was done without the permission of the Court, nor was Dobell covered by the Supreme court vetting protocol.

Three senior government insiders were charged with 'accepting bribes, influence peddling and money laundering' in the sale of BC Rail to others.

Here we are in 2018, with a new BC government checking into the previous one on what actions Rich Coleman claims he took to rein in Casino money laundering which leaves the door wide open to as to whether or not the BC Liberal government discussed not only Casino money but also the two topics of 'accepting bribes and influence peddling".

BC Rail Trial

The Province
May 15, 2008

Mike Smyth

... documents could be turned over to police and which would remain secret due to cabinet "privilege."

Ken Dobell knew about this protocol.  Premier Gordon Campbell's Deputy Minister and closest adviser was kept in the loop during the protocol's development, according to a government e-mail trail.

Dobell also knew the seriousness of the situation:  Three former senior government insiders are charged with accepting bribes, influence peddling and money-laundering in the government's $1 billion sale of B.C. Rail to CN Rail.

The revelation that Dobell reviewed several of the most crucial cabinet documents in the case before releasing them to the police is mind-boggling.  He was not covered by the Supreme court protocol.  He did not sign the undertaking not to discuss the evidence.

Vancouver Sun

August 20, 2018

Vaughn Palmer

Liberals should hand confidential money laundering documents over for independent review

B.C. Liberals should consider handing over confidential documents related to the money laundering scandal, but only to a non-partisan committee.

........ “Former minister Rich Coleman has recently said that the previous government did ‘everything we could’ to crack down on money laundering,” wrote Eby, citing the former deputy premier’s response to release of the Peter German report on money laundering.

“In that light,” continued Eby, “I am requesting that the Opposition support our efforts in fighting this criminal activity in B.C. It is our government’s desire to continue to aggressively pursue measures to counter money laundering, but to do so in a manner that does not duplicate unsuccessful efforts from previous governments.”

Scarce resources, you see.

“I am writing directly to seek your support of this effort by obtaining agreement from the members of the previous government to waive cabinet privilege on all documents relating to money laundering.”
Cabinet privilege being the convention, linked to the oath of confidentiality, that shelters cabinet minutes, documents and the like from public scrutiny for decades after the fact.

Not that Eby was suggesting a blanket waiver of the long-standing rule that protects governments of every political persuasion.

Rather: “I can commit on behalf of the government, that information from these documents would remain confidential.”

The Invitation to Mr. Wilkinson:

 August 10, 2018

Dear Mr. Wilkinson:

As you know, Dr. Peter German released his independent review of anti-money laundering practices last month.  Our government is acting quickly to implement Dr. German's recommendations.

As we proceed with the work with work of finding the best ways to implement the recommendations I am taking this opportunity to write to you with a specific request.
Former Minister Rich Coleman has recently said that the previous government did "everything we could" to crack down on money laundering.  In that light, I am requesting that the Official Opposition support our efforts in fighting this criminal activity in British Columbia.  It is our government's desire to continue to aggressively pursue measures to counter laundering, but to do so in a manner that does not duplicate unsuccessful efforts from previous governments.

In order to do this work in a manner that makes the most effective use of limited public resources, I am writing to seek your support of this effort by obtaining agreement from the members of the previous government to waive cabinet privilege on all documents relating to money laundering.

 The information found in these document would contribute to our efforts in finding ways to comprehensively end such criminal practices in BC casinos and throughout BC's economy through avoiding failed measures already attempted by previous administrations.  I can commit on behalf of the government, that information from these document would remain confidential.

If you are amendable to this proposal, please indicate your willingness to help and we will proceed with an official request to former Minister Mike De Jong, who is the designated representative of the previous government.

I look forward to your response.

Yours truly,

David Eby, QC
Attorney General


Vetting Reference: BC Legislature:  Question Period

May 8, 2008

Hon. W. Oppal: "I have exercised the responsibility I was given to determine whether to assert privilege on any government documents completely independently, free of any influence. There has been no attempt by anyone to influence my decisions. I have been left entirely to my own judgment to decide these questions, and I have not consulted with anyone other than receiving legal advice from Mr. Copley."
           B. Ralston: The Attorney General should be aware, and I'm sure he is aware, that Mr. Seckel only got involved later on. The initial protocol was different. The protocol was set up to preserve the integrity of the investigation while documents were vetted for privilege.
           Only four people were legally permitted to see those documents. All of them had to sign an undertaking that they would not disclose the document or discuss it. Mr. Dobell was not on that list. He was not permitted under the process sanctioned by Mr. Justice Dohm to see or hear about the documents, but he did.
           The government violated its undertaking, and that is a problem for the integrity of the investigation. The Attorney General, in the independent, non-partisan aspect of his office — the office he holds — has an obligation to protect the integrity of the Crown. How will he exercise that obligation here?
           Hon. W. Oppal: The answer to that question is clear and simple — by letting the court do its work.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Is the symbol/words for the 'Cul de sac' street sign Gender Neutralized? NO!!

 According to scientists, the very first organisms to dare engage in sex were more like Adam and Steve than Adam and Eve. - Seattle Times

Adam and Steve

Eve and Adam


British Columbia highways and municipal streets must adhere to the principal of "Gender-neutral language or gender-inclusive language that avoids bias toward a particular sex or social gender."  

Anatomist James 'Douglas' Pouch' = Cul de Sac
 These Signs are Definitely not Gender Neutral


Google Search Criteria:  cul de sac symbol designed by

One Result:
Cul-de-sacs: Dead Ends in More Ways Than One:    Rule 2 for sustainable communities:   Design an interconnected street system.

The Tyee

Patrick M. Condon   22 Sep  2010

 The major disadvantages of the dendritic system are that almost all trips are made longer than they would be if the system were interconnected and that it is prone to congestion since it provides no alternative routes away from main intersections.
Hmmmmm sounds remarkably like the dilemma seniors face every morning

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Victoria ousts 'Prime Minister' Macdonald. Where is Vancouver City Council on B.C.’s first lieutenant-governor, Sir Joseph William "Trutch Street"?

The First Nation people of Vancouver have long sought out Vancouver City Council to remove the Trutch Street sign.

A Post from 2013:  "Trutch" we never Trusted. How about Truce, Christy?  


A BC Liberal Government Website likes to hang onto the old names database, by listing off their "Alias", like it was a crime, a fraud and to a large degree, they were.   If Grandpa called the best fishing hole in British Columbia "Rum Cache", don't look for it on the map, the name is now Cicuta Lake, south-west of Vanderhoof, well before you reach the Nechako Reservoir.

92% of 100% Reserve land was put aside for the 1% like Trutch,    by Trutch,    for Trutch!

Page 8 of  279
Land policy under Colonial B.C. 1850 - 1871

The first Indian (First Nation Land) Reserves were created in this period.  These reserves were located on southern Vancouver Island, the Fraser Valley, the Fraser Canyon, Kamloops, the Nicola Valley, the Okanagan,  and the Shuswap Lake areas.  Most of these were set up by Sir James Douglas in the early 1860's.

Douglas' reserve policy generally allowed Indians to select as much land as they wanted.  In 1861 Douglas directed the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works, who had responsibility for laying out these early reserves, to "take measures to .... for marking out distinctly, the Indian Reserves throughout the Colony".  He added that "the extent that the Indian Reserves to be defined" was to be "as they may be pointed out by the native themselves".

This policy was dramatically reversed in 1864 - 1865 by Joseph Trutch.  As head of the colonial Department of Lands and Works, Trutch initiated a policy of reduction of the Douglas' reserves, of reluctance to allot additional reserves, and of non-recognition of the Indian's aboriginal claim  (native title).

An example of Trutch's policy of reduction can be seen along the Thompson River.  The Indians of Kamloops, Neskainlith and Shuswap Lake originally held a reserve along the north bank of the South Thompson River from Kamloops to Shuswap Lake.  This included Little Shuswap Lake and areas around Adams Lake.  In 1866 these reserves were "adjusted" by Trutch by reducing them to approximately their present size.

This policy was extended to the Fraser Valley in 1867.  It is difficult to get precise information on the location and size of the present reserves in the Fraser Valley are only remnants of the original reserves.

To learn more about these early "cut-offs" and other land grievances in the 1850 -1871 period, see the article, "Joseph Trutch and Indian Land Policy"  in B.C. Studies  (1971 - 72) by Robin Fisher.


CBC Lede: Sticker campaign targets Trutch Street signs

..... He (Trutch) also made sure Indian reserves were small, quickly overturning the generous and inclusive decisions of his colonial predecessor, Governor James Douglas.
"He reduced the reserves that Douglas had allowed for by 92% and changed the laws so that a Sto:lo family could only occupy about 10 acres of land," says Kluckner.
Trutch went on to be the first lieutenant-governor of B.C. in 1871, when the province decided to join Confederation.

"His policies and the policies of the government of the time were perfectly in keeping with serving the needs of the British government,” says documentary filmmaker Vince Hemingson.  .......

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Air Quality Index Kelowna (186) vs Vancouver (24) August 13, 2018 Action needed immediately to protect peaches

Notes Training Air Raid Wardens 1941 British Columbia

Effect of the weather in gas attacks  (Page 3 of 59)

The danger from gas is increased or decreased according to the weather.

Calm Mild Weather (with or without fog).  Gas evaporates slowly.  It hangs about in strong concentration and may penetrate buildings if these are imperfectly protected.

Warm Weather.  Gas is given off more readily and mixes more easily with the surrounding air.

Cold Weather.  Gas does not rise so quickly.

Frosty Weather.  Has little effect on non-persistent gas, but may cause the liquid of mustard gas to freeze, which remains a danger if touched.  It will give off vapour again when the thaw sets in.

Rain.  Has little effect on any gas if light in character, but if heavy rain occurs it will remove the gas from the air and also wash away the liquid from the ground.

Wind.  A high wind will soon carry away the gas, as well as the vapour arising from the liquid on the ground, etc.  The rate at which this happens depends largely on the force and direction of the wind.  The gas rarely rises to more than 20 feet.

I always believed that my Grandfather died in France, close to home and the Wingate coal mines.

Recently, I came across a letter that my Mother wrote.  'Dad was MIA  Dardanelles!!!'

Not France???

He was 'recovering' from the effects of the coal dust with not a bright future ahead of him, or the family, health wise on all fronts.   With his last gasp he volunteered to go overseas. 

The death benefit pension provided by the British Government created  the means for the widower with three children to travel to Vancouver and start a new life............

Page 58 of 59

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Mueller III vs Trump; Trump vs Eisenhower or Kennedy or Washington


Military Service of United States Presidents

George Washington

1775–1783 – Continental Army 
1798–1799 – United States Army
Rank Major 1752–1754
 Lieutenant Colonel 1754–1755
 Colonel 1755–1758
 General 1775–1783
 Lieutenant General 1798–1799
General of the Armies of the United States 1976–present (posthumous)
Commands heldColonel, Virginia Regiment
General and Commander-in-chief, Continental Army
Commander-in-chief, United States Army


Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dates of rank[edit]

Source - Official Register of Commissioned Officers of the United States Army, 1946. pg. 205.
No pin insignia in 1915Second LieutenantRegular Army: June 12, 1915
US-O2 insignia.svgFirst Lieutenant, Regular Army: July 1, 1916
US-O3 insignia.svgCaptain, Regular Army: May 15, 1917
US-O4 insignia.svgMajorNational Army: June 17, 1918
US-O5 insignia.svgLieutenant Colonel, National Army: October 14, 1918
US-O3 insignia.svgCaptain, Regular Army (reverted to permanent rank): June 30, 1920
US-O4 insignia.svgMajor, Regular Army: July 2, 1920
US-O3 insignia.svgCaptain, Regular Army (discharged and reappointed): November 4, 1922
US-O4 insignia.svgMajor, Regular Army: August 26, 1924
US-O5 insignia.svgLieutenant Colonel, Regular Army: July 1, 1936
US-O6 insignia.svgColonel, Army of the United States: March 11, 1941
US-O7 insignia.svgBrigadier General, Army of the United States: September 29, 1941
US-O8 insignia.svgMajor General, Army of the United States: March 27, 1942
US-O9 insignia.svgLieutenant General, Army of the United States: July 7, 1942
US-O10 insignia.svgGeneral, Army of the United States: February 11, 1943
US-O8 insignia.svgMajor General, Regular Army: August 30, 1943
US-O11 insignia.svgGeneral of the Army, Army of the United States: December 20, 1944
US-O10 insignia.svgGeneral, Regular Army: November 19, 1945
US-O11 insignia.svgGeneral of the Army, Regular Army: April 11, 1946
Note - Eisenhower retired from the Army on May 31, 1952 and resigned his commission on July 18, 1952 to run for President. He was restored to active duty on March 30, 1961.[24]

Orders, Decorations and Medals[edit]

United States[edit]

Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Distinguished Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters (1920, 1943, 1945, 1948, 1952)
Navy Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svgNavy Distinguished Service Medal (1947)
Legion of Merit ribbon.svgLegion of Merit (1943)
Mexican Border Service Medal ribbon.svgMexican Border Service Medal (1918)
World War I Victory Medal ribbon.svgWorld War I Victory Medal (1920)
Bronze star
American Defense Service Medal with "Foreign Service" clasp (1942)
Silver star
Bronze star
Bronze star
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one silver and two bronze service stars (1942)
World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svgWorld War II Victory Medal (1946)
Army of Occupation ribbon.svgArmy of Occupation Medal with "Germany" clasp (1947)
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with one star (1953, 1966)

John F. Kennedy

Kennedy's military decorations and awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Medal; Purple Heart Medal; American Defense Service MedalAmerican Campaign MedalAsiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with three 316" bronze stars; and the World War II Victory Medal.[1]
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Navy and Marine Corps MedalPurple HeartAmerican Defense Service Medal
American Campaign MedalAsiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
with three stars
World War II Victory Medal


Donald Trump

Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Organization honors and awards[edit]

A ceremony in which Trump receiving the 2015 Marine Corps–Law Enforcement Foundation's annual Commandant's Leadership Award. Four men are standing, all wearing black suits; Trump is second from the right. The two center men (Trump and another man) are holding the award.
Trump receiving the 2015 Marine Corps–Law Enforcement Foundation's annual Commandant's Leadership Award in recognition of his contributions to American military education programs

State or government honors and awards[edit]