Tuesday, October 1, 2019

If the letter 't' is missing in a word like 'trump', no great loss, but if a 't' is left out of the word 'matter', a 'spy' emerges

With all the high tech equipment that we work with nowadays its so easy, so comforting, to let the computer do a document spell check and then assume that all is in order, subsequent copies too.

If the President (USA) with all the President's Men (9?) are sitting around the WH Cabinet table reading that PERFECT document regarding the phone call to the President of Ukraine, would one splendid individual raise his hand to point out an error in punctuation, or an extra space?   Would the Donald be happy with the interruption?  Would the 9 confer, immediately, with one another about different punctuation locations?

Of course not.

However if each copy had a unique error for individual participants, a space there, a dot here, a tilde everywhere, then those copies could be traced from one specific individual to say Australia's Rupert Murdoch of FOX news which would have the same flaw.


Emptywheel's post today:
ODNI GC Klitenic: President has sole authority over security clearances, but is not member of intelligence community

Tail end of the third line above and onto the fourth line:

"Mr. Klitenic explained that, as a legal mater, the DNI does not have the authority......"

The source of Emptywheel's quote above
View Page Info

and cc: to five others


Does the Inspector General of the Intelligent Community and Ranking Members have unique errors in their copies?

Does the Press have copies of the copies?

Has the Press created unique errors too in their documents?

... a spy emerges and its not the Whistleblower, it's rump!

Monday, September 23, 2019



 By Robin Mathews/September 2019.

Like a Phoenix Infrequent The Council of Canadians is, sort of in the news again, with a new Executive Director and new Chairperson. Named by whom? (People think of Maude Barlow when they think of the COCO.  More about that later.) From my recollection, the list of founding members of the COC as named in Wikipedia is as fine a romantic, fantasy list as might be available!! The Council seems to attract fabulation. As one of those who was on the ground floor back in 1985 at the founding and was on the first National Board I will tell all.

Just where the new officers come from I cannot tell you.  From being envisaged as a wonderfully democratic organization back in those heady days of the 1980s, the two new officers may have appeared from under a large mushroom. Although I live in a tiny village in B.C. called Vancouver, COC managed to find me, it seems, so it could announce the changes, and ask for money: over and over and over.

Reviewing the past, the recent message from The Centre does NOT SAY the Council of Canadians (begun, in fact, by Mel Hurtig and Walter Gordon: Wikipedia gets much wrong) was created as an actively anti-imperialist organization (nor, or course, does Wikipedia).  The Big Fact at the time was U.S.-loving-Brian Mulroney, full of Blarney and uncertain truth taking Canada into a questionable Free Trade Agreement with the USA. (That was a present symptom: more integration was at stake.) The writers of the recent message skirt the foundational fact about the COC its anti-imperialist roots. Who, in public life in Canada today, would be so crude, so bad-mannered, so boldly forthright as to tell the truth about the formation of the Council of Canadians!

The truth is borne out by the fact that Walter Gordon (important Liberal Party organizer, brief Liberal Finance Minister, and on-going fighter for Canadian independence) began in the early 1960s writing books about foreign (read U.S.) takeover of the Canadian Economy.  He was a key builder of the revived Liberal Party and was made Finance Minister in the government of Lester B. Pearson. As minister he introduced (in 1963) a takeover tax to slow, especially, takeover of the Canadian economy by the imperializing U.S.A.

Lester B. Pearson was attacked by all the powers of Finance in Canada, roiling in fury at Gordon's initiative. Courageous Lester Pearson did not defend his minister. He asked for Gordon's resignation. Gordon agreed to go on condition Pearson would permit the creation of a Task Force to investigate Foreign Ownership in Canada.  Pearson agreed.

To be brief the Task Force (made up of a number of economists, not all progressive ones) reported in 1968 and advocated measures to control investment from outside Canada. 

That takes us one more step towards the formation of the Council of Canadians.

The Watkins Report, issued in 1968 (a year after the widely celebrated Centennial of Canada celebrations) was a major National Event. And it is connected, of course to Walter Gordon, and both are connected to the creation of the 1969 Movement (Mel Watkins, Jim Laxer, Bob Laxer) in the NDP for a swing to the Left and to increased national ownership of the economy. The movement called The Waffle Movement, attracted many, and it fought to take the NDP in a Left-wards direction. Indeed, Liberals Walter Gordon, Peter Newman, and Abraham Rotstein fell together, as a result, to form in the next year The (Liberalish) Committee for an Independent Canada which - on its slightly less militant part - advocated action on the ownership of the Canadian economy and much more.

Just as Walter Gordon and the Watkins Report had much to do with the creation of the Waffle Movement in the NDP [Go Left], they also contributed greatly to foundation of The Committee for an Independent Canada. The Far Right operators of the New Democratic Party at the time were, really, David Lewis and his son Stephen with U.S. Unions-in-Canada providing some of the financial basis of the Party.  And so in 1974, in the Orange Hall in Orillia, Ontario the NDP had a Night Of The Long Knives and drove OUT OF THE PARTY its first progressive, reform movement since its founding in 1960.  The bosses of the New Democratic Party wanted no movement to the Left that the Waffle Movement represented as has been clear ever since which is why the NDP is not characterized as the Canadian Parliamentary Left but as Liberals In A Hurry (and not much of a hurry).

Time passed  The Waffle Movement in the NDP was crushed. The Committee for an Independent Canada folded its tents. Brian Mulroney took power the Trudeau Era was over and Big Negotiations were on for a Free Trade Agreement with the U.S.A. Many saw that (with Brian Mulroney fronting the action) as, very probably, a danger to Canadian independence.

Walter Gordon was aging and, in addition, ill. So Mel Hurtig was front and centre in the call to a meeting at the Four Seasons Hotel on Bloor Street in Toronto in 1985.  When I walked into the meeting, I found myself in the company of the people I knew in all the fights for Canadian Independence over the previous twenty years.  And from his sick-bed Walter Gordon came for a brief few minutes to the meeting to give the new departure his blessing.

(A side piece of information of a disturbing nature: talking not long after the meeting to Mel Hurtig, he informed me that while the meeting was going on downstairs, his room in the hotel was entered, ransacked, and all his belongings and papers were messed with and scattered around the room ... in evident disarray. I was alarmed and puzzled. Who?  Mel smiled: the RCMP leaving its calling card he opined.)

Out of the meeting came The Council of Canadians. It was to be a democratic organization meeting every two years in a major Canadian centre where policy would be shaped and officers democratically selected.  As I remember it, Mel Hurtig was the first (naturally) head of the Council, and was re-voted in at the next meeting (was it Winnipeg?). Remember? Mel Hurtig flew over the U.S. ship travelling through the Canadian Northwest Passage (without permission) and dropped a Canadian flag on its deck to remind it, (Canadian government being too reticent to do so!!)

A little later, Maude Barlow became the energetic and effective leader of the Council. From then on there were no more bi-annual meetings to shape policy and to elect the leader. Because two-year periods repeatedly passed without meetings, Ms. Barlow was not, obviously, the elected Chair and so for some years she signed communications as Voluntary Chair of the COC.  Members of the Council of Canadians have not met ΓΆ€¦ have not jointly made policy and have not voted for top officers for at least 25 years.

The fight for Canadian independence has been erased until the Council is now well What is it now??

There may not, in fact even be members anymore maybe just contributors.  Who elected the two named as Chair and Executive Director in the recent communication?  And so who is the Council in the phrase The Council of Canadians and who made Maude Barlow Honorary Chair of the Council of Canadians? (Not you.  Not me.)

Behind all the history considered here a larger question seems to loom. Canadians (beneath the surface) seem to want a Canadian independence party one that rejects, for instance, the me-too / U.S.-ordered hatred of Russia, of Venezuela, of Iran, of Middle East countries, of now Cuba ALL OF WHICH Chrystia Freeland, Canada's Me-too! Us-too! Foreign Affairs minister embraces as if she were, herself, a born-again citizen of the U.S.A.

No wonder the urge for something different, for an independent Canadian path surfaces over and over until maybe one day Canada will create a winning and triumphant Party of Canadian Independence and Decency.  Obviously The Council of Canadians created to urge forward that purpose, has chickened out ....  And so ... the field (ladies and gentlemen) is open again.

Contact: Robin Mathews

Saturday, September 7, 2019

The Birthday Of A Gigantic Colony (July 1, 2019). The Indigenous Peoples Of Canada. Part Three. What's To Celebrate? by Robin Mathews

 The Indigenous Peoples Of Canada.

The amount of money spent is huge.  It is accompanied by unending faux comment by the Mainstream Press and Media [half truth, no truth, and sleight-of-hand].  The Fourth Estate bathes itself in the flood of expertise by Social Scientists: Sociologists, Anthropologists, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Suicidologists and more who operate and/or provide the structure of the passionately concerned, humane, sensitive, deeply caring reconciliation, truth and other keenly motivated "Commissions of Inquiry" into the deeply destructive, on-going, un-health and deracination of Canada's Indigenous Peoples from sea to sea to sea.

How has the legislation since John A. Macdonald continued to be destructive of Indigenous life and community?  Why are top Social Scientists unable (?) to fathom the reasons for the unending degradation of Canada's First Peoples?

The hard, hurting short answer to the last question may be because the Social Scientists are, in fact, (even when unaware) unable to find any meaningful solution living as they do in the side-pocket of Power (quite close to its wallet).

What is to celebrate about a sickness in Canadian Society that is more than 150 years old?

The vastness of the subject, its intricacies, its on-going (apparent) insolubility, and the endless publication attempting to deal with it must surely cause many, many concerned non-indigenous Canadians to turn off, to turn away from the subject from sheer confusion. Are they racists?  Perhaps. One cannot say categorically: No, not racists.  But let us say 'Not Racists' merely confused people unable to find a thread they can take hold of to lead them (a) to the core of the problem, and (b) able to see Real Solutions that may be given life.

With the enormous literature on the subject one is lucky to find the core, the key, the heart and soul of the matter in terms that any Canadian may understand.  It is there.  And when it is presented any Canadian (except those who are on the distraction payroll) will say:  Yes, of course.  Now let's begin real change.

Reading the book by Roland D. Chrisjohn and Shaughnessy McKay (with Andrea O. Smith): Dying To Please You: Indigenous Suicide in Contemporary Canada makes everything plain.  [Read also The Circle Game by Roland Chrisjohn and Sherri L. Young , with Michael Maraun].

[Notice the two books are not published either by major University Presses or by major Mainstream publishers in Canada those last being, in fact, U.S. Branch Plant operations in Canada: Gigantic Imperial  Publishers for a Gigantic Colony.]    The publisher is Theytus Books, Penticton, B.C.

The condition we face arises, they reasonably say, out of the nature of our society.  Dying to Please You¦. refers to global developments since Columbus discovered the geography of the Western Hemisphere in 1492 and the rape of South and Central and North America was launched, and (in relation to the lives of the Indigenous Peoples) has never ended.

That is the basis of the argument.  It is that Pizarro, the famous looter/murderer of Indigenous people in the first half of the sixteenth century was simply father and uncle to all that has followed and which continues to this day: the rape and looting of all 'The New Worlds' by Pizarro's Capitalist descendants. The primary cause of the disease attacking the Indigenous in the world and in Canada is called Capitalism.  Genocide follows.

Genocide, write the authors of The Circle Game, is key to the whole story.  Genocide to cover up the wholesale theft of North America from the Aboriginal Peoples, to avoid having to compensate those whose property was stolen, and to obliterate the chain linking specific genocidal actions taken against Aboriginal Peoples, to the legal, political, economic, and social elite that conceived and implemented genocide. (p. 74)

(On that central matter read all the volumes by Anthony Hall and Bruce Clark as very useful further instruction.)

The authors of Dying To Please You. assert that the program has been a shared activity of all The Western Imperial Malevolent Powers. (p. 104)  That is true from at least Pizarro onwards. The authors of the two books before us deal head on with the subject and so we may be usefully brief. The nature of our society is (as the authors record) that it is a Capitalist Society ΓΆ€¦ one in which (a) Capitalists, in fact, rule, and (b) in which the goal is to gain possession of and exploit anything and everything that will increase Capitalist wealth.  The problem for Canadian government, now, the authors aver, is how to appropriate indigenous land and property without paying for it.  Moreover, the possibility that indigenous nations maintain their ownership while being compensated for previous outright robberies is not allowed to be raised as an issue.  (p. 106, Dying to Please You.)

And so, for the Indigenous Peoples, Dying to Please You. recommends they come to grips with the domination of our lives by capitalism (p. 138).  But, surely, a real solution will only come about when all Canadians come to grips with Capitalism and reconstruct 'the present system', excluding the power and the tools of Capitalism.

Education in our time as The Circle Game points out, is, in fact, training to accept the Capitalist Status Quo.  We have probably gone backwards.  In the 1950s and 1960s debates about Capitalism were fairly common on university campuses.  And the Communist Party of Canada was visible and was dumping on (and educating about) Capitalism.  Marxist Study Groups were fairly common.  Now Canadian university campuses are firmly and richly in the hands of the Capitalist State, as is every legislative body and almost every visible Political Party in the country.

One of the very best ways to protect Capitalism is to establish as Absolute Truth that any examination of, and/or any reference to Marxist Thought can only come from filthy, vile, near-mad, immoral, humanity-hating, gross, vile, anti-community, self-seekers (when, in fact, the description may, rather, describe perfectly almost any serious Capitalist.)

None of that bodes well for the real condition of Canada's indigenous peoples OR for the indoctrinated population standing, apparently helpless, in the face of on-going extermination on-going genocide.

What a strange and sorry tale to tell about Canada on the occasion of its 152nd Birthday Party.  The greed of its Capitalist Class, the existence of  barely disguised Capitalist government, added to the ignorance of non-Indigenous Canadians (and even many of the Indigenous) delivers a continuing condition of oppression, gross misunderstanding, and genocide.

Come the Revolution as people used to say, things will change!  But the Revolution seems farther and farther away.  Except one of the characteristics of Revolution, we are told, is that often, unexpectedly, the chain of consent snaps and the community is in revolutionary change almost as a result of what seemed to be the unnoticed nature of the society.  Hope, as Alexander Pope wrote, "hope springs eternal in the human breast."

  Contact: Robin Mathews

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.

WaybackMachine: https://web.archive.org/web/20110308181027/http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/


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


http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/recentlyscanned/holmes_project/529426 1915 Apple Industry.pdf

http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/recentlyscanned/holmes_project/528964 1942  Spinach Seed.pdf

http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/recentlyscanned/holmes_project/529423 Women's Institutes of British Columbia.pdf

http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/recentlyscanned/holmes_project/529422 List of books for the Women's Institutes.pdf


http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/recentlyscanned/holmes_project/526208.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



http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/recentlyscanned/holmes_project/530103 Approximate statement of amounts required on account of unfinished contracts 1876.pdf



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


http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/pubdocs/bcdocs2012_2/162752/crown_land_marketing_catalogue.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: www.labcon.network

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