Friday, September 1, 2023

Sunday, August 27, 2023

Thursday, August 24, 2023

The killer side of Cleveland Dam's release of water: Two lives lost downstream


The week BEFORE the loss of two lives, this video shows the uncharacteristic results of a heavy rainfall on Friday where Metro Vancouver had lowered the gate incrementally, until they were satisfied with their results.

Possibly the lives lost the following week was because Metro Vancouver (staff) defaulted to the previous week's lowest settings.




The Greater Vancouver Water District does a 'dry run' drill every six months to ensure that their new warning system is functioning properly by announcing verbally:


I wonder why there isn't an 'invitation' to the general public to participate in the drill process, such as having to get up and leave a freshly laid picnic adjacent to the river;  fishermen standing at the river's edge with a fish on the line.   Metro Vancouver's game plan is LEAVE AT ONCE.  Don't stop to pick up your belongings.  Just drop your fishing gear, leave and seek out the safety of high ground.

In reality, there are NO further instructions for the public posted anywhere.

Two lives lost..... and all that Metro Vancouver has done to protect their employees, and the public, is lip service ("express approval of or support for (something) without taking any significant action.")

Sort of reminds me (1950s-1960s) of the fire drills at school where the Fire Department showed up at Lord Tennyson and later Kitsilano, but we all knew that it was just a drill, and it only happened once a year.

There has Never been a Drill at Capilano River Regional Park, not even for the staff.  

Fire Department / North Shore Rescue training, YES, but that has always been well planned out before hand.

Text Message alerts

the alerts are available to the general public for the real thing, but in the trying-it-out phase twice a year did it actually work? 




Cleveland Dam Safety Enhancements Program Notifications



The Capilano River is an ever-changing and sometimes unpredictable force of nature.

Know the risks of being around the river and learn how to avoid them.

Sunday, August 6, 2023

Vancouver Rioters: It's only been 12 years? Where Are They Now? Fulfilling their dreams, their aspirations?




'Our' Riot provided the means for gathering, and using, the data to prepare for January 6th.

B.C.’s Prosecution Service – Report on the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riot Prosecutions

Page 9 of 21

"Analysts processed the video by “tagging” a suspect depicted committing a criminal offence. The image of the person would be tagged with a description of their personal characteristics and their clothing.

These tags permitted an IRIT investigator to later use a search program, AVID Media Composer, to search the video and photograph exhibits by the personal characteristics and clothing descriptors of a particular riot suspect. The search would return all tagged images matching the description of a particular riot suspect. Through this search process, IRIT investigators were able to uncover the criminal conduct committed by individual suspects without personally reviewing all of the photographic images.

The processing of the video and photographs in LEVA also ensured that evidence of the full conduct of a rioter was located. Some individuals turned themselves into the police shortly after the riot and provided a statement to the police of their conduct during the riot. The processing at LEVA permitted investigators to search all the evidence to ensure the accuracy of these statements. At times the search produced evidence showing that an individual’s self-reported account was inaccurate, and in fact the individual was much more seriously involved."

Friday, August 4, 2023

Thursday, August 3, 2023

E Photo____ Delbrook Plaza Bench


Saturday, July 29, 2023

D Photo____ Capilano River Regional Park






Thursday, July 27, 2023

Monday, July 24, 2023

B Photo____Capilano River Regional Park



Wednesday, July 19, 2023

A Photo_____Capilano River Regional Park




Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Back in 73' Vancouver Planetarium and George Norris' Crab double exposure

I used a ....

Koni Omega camera

120mm Kodacolor 100   

Negative size:     2  1/4"  X  2  3/4"


First photograph:

Linhof Tripod  set atop a pile of gravel where the Music Academy is now


@ 10 seconds  F 8


Reset shutter


Second photograph:

Linhof Tripod set between the Planetarium doors and the Crab


@ 10 seconds F 8


And Thankfully, the fountain was Off, 

And the Parking lot lights On,

And the apartment lighting almost non-existent,

And Thanks to H.R. MacMillan Space Centre,

The Koni Omega was great for weddings because of the film format matched the paper size, no cropping required. 


Link to  George Norris Sculpture backgrounder, and those others images

Saturday, December 24, 2022

There's 'Ancestry Gold' in Wingate's Grange Colliery (14th, October 1906) coal mine disaster, if ....

.. if you're in your late, late Seventies

like I am;

.. if you've been holding onto a 1919 photo taken at Station Town School

like my Mom did, second row from the front, second child to the right of the Teacher.

Sta III    Station Town School   1919


Would tonight be a good time to read 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens (February 7, 1812 - June 9, 1870)?   Not really.   Maybe Dickens didn't get it right when it came to the coal mines.


Check out the Durham Mining Museum (online) where volunteers have assembled a wealth of information on coal mine disasters.  Documented investigations backed up with testimonies.  More importantly, the 1901 census, listing off the family unit.

For example:  James Morrison

James (39) and Catherine (29) and their Children: 10y, 8,y and 10 Months.



 Highlighted in red above is my Grandmother, Catherine

However ......

James Morrison  is not my Grandfather because at the Age of 44 he:

Died:   14th Oct 1906
Accident:   14th Oct 1906 11:40 PM
Year Born:   abt. 1862
Colliery:   Wingate Grange  Colliery


Widowed, Catherine married Joseph H., who is my Grandfather, a coal miner, and a soldier who didn't return from The Great War.


 The Morrison sons, James Jnr. and Thomas, moved their Mother and children to Vancouver, and eventually into this home at 1076 East 11th


Vancouver City Hall has moved the Fire Hydrant closer to the intersection. 

and Home owners have moved the stairs for their Secondary suite tenants.


2022  And another Reno.  Would Grandmother H be surprised? NO!!

The Fire Hydrant isn't going anywhere


Catherine's Maiden name?  Whitwham, from the town of  Whitwham, which leaves me wondering if it was a requirement by the 1901 Census to provide a Surname rather than just plain  .....  Catherine.



The Durham Mining Museum

Information on working conditions: Children workers: boys only; starting at 12 years;  jobs, ages, hours and pay scale in the Pits and its all here: 


Durham Mining Museum

In Memoriam  

 The data has been gleaned from a number of sources, those details that have been verified by newspaper reports etc. are shown in bold face, the remainder have yet to be verified. In some cases we have obtained the names of the sufferers from the sources we have consulted - these can be viewed by following the link in the right hand column.

Collecting and updating this information is an ongoing exercise - any help or information would be greatly welcomed.

The above graph shows the number of fatalities recorded in our database for the period specified. This database covers the northern counties which constitute our primary focus: County Durham, Northumberland, Cumberland etc. It is not representative of the fatalities across the UK - that is outside the scope of this web site.

Disasters - 1900-09

only those accidents where 5 or more lives were lost are shown in the tables