Thursday, September 27, 2012

How many Ecological Reserves can Enbridge, and other like minded Energy corporations, destroy just to make a buck or two?

In some ways, Ecological Reserves are a tad more precious that our Pristine west coast.

Things to Do and See  BC Parks via the oil Tanker Route

Hmmmm Groundwater cover Thermal Springs too....    Click on Groundwater then search for Thermal Spings Chapter 7

The first Ecological Reserves as of May 1971

Current batch of Ecological Reserves, 153, all told

1 Aleza Lake Ecological Reserve
2 Ambrose Lake Ecological Reserve
3 Anne Vallee (Triangle Island) Ecological Reserve This ecological reserve is closed to the public.
4 Atlatzi River Ecological Reserve has been renamed to Kingcome River/Atlatzi River Ecological Reserve
5 Baeria Rocks Ecological Reserve This ecological reserve is closed to the public.
6 Ballingall Islets Ecological Reserve This ecological reserve is subject to special restrictions.
7 Baynes Island Ecological Reserve
8 Bednesti Lake Ecological Reserve
9 Beresford Island Ecological Reserve This ecological reserve is closed to the public.
10 Big Creek Ecological Reserve
11 Big White Mountain Ecological Reserve
12 Blackwater Creek Ecological Reserve
13 Blue/Dease Rivers Ecological Reserve
14 Bowen Island Ecological Reserve
15 Bowser Ecological Reserve
16 Brackman Island Ecological Reserve
17 Browne Lake Ecological Reserve
18 Buck Hills Road Ecological Reserve
19 Burnt Cabin Bog Ecological Reserve
20 Byers/Conroy/Harvey/Sinnett Islands Ecological Reserve
21 Campbell Brown (Kalamalka Lake) Ecological Reserve
22 Canoe Islets Ecological Reserve This ecological reserve is closed to the public.
23 Cardiff Mountain Ecological Reserve
24 Catherine Creek Ecological Reserve
25 Cecil Lake Ecological Reserve
26 Charlie Cole Creek Ecological Reserve
27 Chasm Ecological Reserve
28 Checleset Bay Ecological Reserve
29 Chickens Neck Mountain Ecological Reserve
30 Chilako River Ecological Reserve
31 Chilliwack River Ecological Reserve
32 Chunamon Creek Ecological Reserve
33 Cinema Bog Ecological Reserve
34 Clanninick Creek Ecological Reserve
35 Claud Elliott Creek Ecological Reserve
36 Clayhurst Ecological Reserve
37 Cleland Island Ecological Reserve This ecological reserve is closed to the public.
38 Columbia Lake Ecological Reserve
39 Comox Lake Bluffs Ecological Reserve
40 Cougar Canyon Ecological Reserve
41 Det San Ecological Reserve
42 Dewdney and Glide Islands Ecological Reserve This ecological reserve is closed to the public.
43 Doc English Bluff Ecological Reserve
44 Drizzle Lake Ecological Reserve
45 Drywilliam Lake Ecological Reserve
46 Duke of Edinburgh (Pine/Storm/Tree Islands) Ecological Reserve This ecological reserve is subject to special restrictions.
47 East Redonda Island Ecological Reserve
48 Ellis Island Ecological Reserve
49 Evans Lake Ecological Reserve
50 Field's Lease Ecological Reserve
51 Fort Nelson River Ecological Reserve
52 Francis Point Ecological Reserve This ecological reserve is subject to special restrictions.
53 Fraser River Ecological Reserve
54 Galiano Island Ecological Reserve
55 Gamble Creek Ecological Reserve
56 Gilnockie Creek Ecological Reserve
57 Gingietl Creek Ecological Reserve
58 Gladys Lake Ecological Reserve
59 Goosegrass Creek Ecological Reserve
60 Grayling River Hot Springs Ecological Reserve
61 Haley Lake Ecological Reserve
62 Haynes' Lease Ecological Reserve
63 Heather Lake Ecological Reserve
64 Honeymoon Bay Ecological Reserve
65 Hudson Rocks Ecological Reserve This ecological reserve is subject to special restrictions.
66 Ilgachuz Range Ecological Reserve
67 Katherine Tye (Vedder Crossing) Ecological Reserve
68 Kingcome River/Atlatzi River Ecological Reserve
69 Kingfisher Creek Ecological Reserve
70 Klanawa River Ecological Reserve
71 Klaskish River Ecological Reserve
72 Kotcho Lake Ecological Reserve This ecological reserve is subject to special restrictions.
73 Ladysmith Bog Ecological Reserve has been renamed to Yellowpoint Bog Ecological Reserve
74 Lasqueti Island Ecological Reserve
75 Lepas Bay Ecological Reserve This ecological reserve is subject to special restrictions.
76 Lew Creek Ecological Reserve
77 Lily Pad Lake Ecological Reserve
78 Liumchem Ecological Reserve
79 Mackinnon Esker Ecological Reserve
80 Mahoney Lake Ecological Reserve
81 Mara Meadows Ecological Reserve This ecological reserve is closed to the public.
82 McQueen Creek Ecological Reserve
83 Megin River Ecological Reserve
84 Meridian Road (Vanderhoof) Ecological Reserve
85 Misty Lake Ecological Reserve
86 Moore/McKenney/Whitmore Islands Ecological Reserve This ecological reserve is closed to the public.
87 Morice River Ecological Reserve
88 Mount Derby Ecological Reserve
89 Mount Elliott Ecological Reserve
90 Mount Griffin Ecological Reserve
91 Mount Maxwell Ecological Reserve
92 Mount Sabine Ecological Reserve
93 Mount Tinsdale Ecological Reserve
94 Mount Tuam Ecological Reserve
95 Mount Tzuhalem Ecological Reserve
96 Narcosli Lake Ecological Reserve
97 Nechako River Ecological Reserve
98 Nimpkish River Ecological Reserve
99 Ningunsaw River Ecological Reserve
100 Nitinat Lake Ecological Reserve
101 Oak Bay Islands Ecological Reserve
102 Ospika Cones Ecological Reserve
103 Parker Lake Ecological Reserve
104 Patsuk Creek Ecological Reserve
105 Pitt Polder Ecological Reserve
106 Portage Brule Rapids Ecological Reserve
107 Race Rocks Ecological Reserve This ecological reserve is subject to special restrictions.
108 Ram Creek Ecological Reserve
109 Raspberry Harbour Ecological Reserve
110 Robson Bight (Michael Bigg) Ecological Reserve
111 Rolla Canyon Ecological Reserve
112 Rose Islets Ecological Reserve This ecological reserve is closed to the public.
113 Rose Spit Ecological Reserve
114 Ross Lake Ecological Reserve
115 San Juan Ridge Ecological Reserve
116 San Juan River Estuary Ecological Reserve
117 Sartine Island Ecological Reserve This ecological reserve is closed to the public.
118 Satellite Channel Ecological Reserve
119 Saturna Island Ecological Reserve
120 Sikanni Chief River Ecological Reserve
121 Skagit River Cottonwoods Ecological Reserve
122 Skagit River Forest Ecological Reserve
123 Skagit River Rhododendrons Ecological Reserve
124 Skeena River Ecological Reserve
125 Skihist Ecological Reserve
126 Skwaha Lake Ecological Reserve
127 Smith River Ecological Reserve
128 Soap Lake Ecological Reserve
129 Solander Island Ecological Reserve This ecological reserve is closed to the public.
130 Stoyoma Creek Ecological Reserve
131 Sunbeam Creek Ecological Reserve
132 Sutton Pass Ecological Reserve
133 Tacheeda Lakes Ecological Reserve
134 Tahsish River Ecological Reserve
135 Takla Lake Ecological Reserve
136 Ten Mile Point Ecological Reserve
137 Torkelsen Lake Ecological Reserve
138 Tow Hill Ecological Reserve
139 Tranquille Ecological Reserve
140 Trial Islands Ecological Reserve This ecological reserve is subject to special restrictions.
141 Trout Creek Ecological Reserve
142 Tsitika Mountain Ecological Reserve
143 Tsitika River Ecological Reserve
144 UBC Endowment Lands Ecological Reserve
145 Upper Shuswap River Ecological Reserve
146 Vance Creek Ecological Reserve
147 Vladimir J. Krajina (Port Chanal) Ecological Reserve
148 Westwick Lake Ecological Reserve
149 Whipsaw Creek Ecological Reserve
150 Williams Creek Ecological Reserve
151 Woodley Range Ecological Reserve
152 Yale Garry Oak Ecological Reserve
153 Yellowpoint Bog Ecological Reserve formerly Ladysmith Bog Ecological Reserve

Sunday, September 23, 2012

BC Premiers Bill Bennett and Bill Vander Zalm have similarities but.....siblings??

Bill Bennett was born on August 18, 1932
  In office as Premier on  December 22, 1975 – August 6, 1986

Bill Vander Zalm was born on  May 29, 1934
          In office as Premier on August 6, 1986 – April 2, 1991

Their similarities would end there, except for the merest of coincidences because they were both members of the same political Party.

  • Bill Bennett is older than Bill Vander Zalm by almost two years
  • Bill Bennett joined the BC Social Credit Party before Bill Vander Zalm
  • Bill Bennett was Premier of BC before Bill Vander Zalm
  • Bill Bennett was Premier longer than Bill Vander Zalm
  • Bill Bennett left Office before Bill Vander Zalm assumed Office

While researching down at the Vancouver Public Library, and reading specifically the BC Report magazine (covered earlier in the BBC) we came across something that made us all go Hmmmmmmmm!!!

If some postage stamps can be so rare, because of an error in their printing that they are now worth millions, if not Billions of dollars, why not a magazine?    One Postage stamp is printed in a far greater number for the use of a Country's citizens than one magazine publishing for it's readership in one Province, therefore the value of a printing error in a magazine could be more valuable, depending largely on the topic, of course.

A postage stamp that has an image upside down and the printing right side up, is rare!

Famous Stamps

Once a magazine or book is published, in hard copy, how can they possibly be clawed back from the public domain?    The online version can be removed or "modified" except for the cache version.

In the case of the BC Report magazine, what would be the value of their limited copies, from a once upon a time, robust, four issues per month publication,  now reduced to a state of non-existence?

To the best of our knowledge there are only TWO known copies in existence of this typo:

SNIP                                     Steve MacNaull

Who knows, maybe the typo was what brought about the sudden end to the BC Report magazine.

Friday, September 21, 2012

"Nestucca" Take II Sequel would now include Fish Farms areas harmed by an Enbridge Oil Spill

This document is 110 pages in Length.

Plenty of maps, plenty of details of marine life being killed off.

Plenty of data of just how deep, how wide, how long the Bunker C oil was around the West Coast of BC.

Participants in the study was composed of the Federal and Provincial Environment Ministries and the Federal and Provincial Fisheries Ministries.

Back then, there were no Fish Farms like there are today.   The north west corner of Vancouver Island has them aplenty  now just like we wrote back on April 28, 2012  

Oil tankers, and if there is a spill, who will pay these guys "1403300 2403035 193432 1406628"?

 The question remains the same, except now we would like to know who will be cleaning up the mess, and its not going to be done for free.

Or another way to put it...... if there is a spill, and the experts claim that it's only a matter of time, will one spill be enough to stop the flow of tankers between Kitimat and Asia, or will the pubic accept many more, always with the goal being it's more revenue for BC Government's Treasury?   More money for Alberta's Treasury?   More money for Canada's Treasury?

 If that one spill becomes the be all that ends all, what other route will Alberta Oil sands take and then the question has to be asked "Why isn't it being proposed now rather than taking the risk of abusing the pristine shoreline of Beautiful British Columbia first?"

Google Search Criteria    nestucca oil barge report federal   Page 2 of Results

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stricken barge, Nestucca, the B.C. provincial and federal Ministers of Environment, the Hon. Bruce Strachan and the Hon. Lucien Bouchard, asked for a full ...

Was there ever a Final Report for the Nestucca Oil Spill?  Who knows, but there is this gem:


It seems obvious that this emergency is quite complex. One could literally speak of several crises happening conjointly, or at least several problems, as opposed to viewing the Nestucca as one single emergency. These include the environmental pollution covering 130 km of Canadian coast in spots; the death of about 50,000 ocean birds in Canada and the United States; damage to marine plants, wildlife and the marine ecosystem in general; a public uproar, expressed through a mounting riot atmosphere in some communities, death threats issued against CCG officials and the visit of two federal ministers to calm things down; a legitimacy crisis for the CCG triggered from the public and the media's criticisms and an official blame by a government's official, the CCG changing its on-scene commander during the crisis; the fishermens' difficulties after the closing of six large fishing areas for several weeks; the despair and disgust felt by local residents over a gluey and smelly black substance intruding their home and the feeling of having to have been let down by their government; the pressure and financial burden on the tanker's owners, Sause Brothers, and its insurance company; the tarnishing of the oil industry being, one more time, identified as a polluter; or some international tensions between the United States and Canada over the towing of the Nestucca and errors in information. etc Page 3 of 24
Source for the above

On Page 3 of the Google Search Criteria, there's this:  

What Crises Could Teach Us about Complexity and Systemic ...
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by I DESCHAMPS - 1996 - Cited by 11 - Related articles
date of the Nestucca's collision, and ends on March 22,1989, the date when ... communities, death threats issued against CCG officials and the visit of two federal ..... more than 100 reports per month on oil spills of all sizes compared to about ...
Page 19 of 24 has this dire warning from1996:

"..... learning seems quite urgent in Canada as the massive exploitation of North Sea oil and the gigantic oil sands resources lying in Alberta and Saskatchewan are on their way [66, 70]."

You mean Alberta isn't the only province that will be riding 

roughshod over our Province? 

Further selected reading on Nestucca... Google Scholar  nestucca report federal

Effects of an oil spill and freeze event on Intertidal community structure in Washington. Final report

MN Dethier - 1991 -
... the coast of Washington; (2) to document the effects of the Nestucca oil spill ... Resource Type: Technical Report. ... FORECASTING; FREEZING; HABITAT; SEASONAL VARIATIONS; TEMPERATURE EFFECTS; DEVELOPED COUNTRIES; ENERGY SOURCES; FEDERAL REGION ...

Conservation of ecological areas: The economic bottom line

D Stanley, FPP Council - 1997 -
... to the Nestucca Oil Spill. Final Report presented to the British Columbia Ministry of Environment, Victoria. 13. NOAA. 1993. Report of the NOAA Panel on Contingent Evaluation. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Department of Commerce. Federal Register ...

Report of the NOAA panel on contingent valuation

K Arrow, R Solow - 1993 -
... passive-use values in litigation arising from state and federal statutes designed to protect natural resources. Since Ohio v. ... capacity or regenerative power could be expected to report a Page 17. 16 ... the Nestucca oil spill limited their sample to households in ...

Stalled offshore

D COOK - 2005 -
... In March of 1989, after the infamous Exxon Valdez oil spill and the Nestucca Barge spill ... Since 2001, BC has taken a number of steps directed at ending the federal moratorium. The first step was the commissioning of the Whitford Report in October 2001, a technology review ...
Google Search Criteria
 Whitford Report in October 2001, a technology review conducted by Jacques Whitford Environment Ltd.

Take our word for it with this next one:
Historical Publications and Maps by the BC Government

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Exxon Valdez we've heard of, but what about Nestucca?

Down in the Bunkers, the Stacks, of the Vancouver Library Main Branch, there are bounded volumes consisting of four weekly editions of a magazine called  the "British Columbia Report".   Here at the BBC, we stumbled upon the BC Report purely by chance because it was part and parcel of a larger collection of newspaper clippings on some one called Andrew Rose.  If the name Rose is not familiar to you, then please check out CBC's Fifth Estate documentary on "Someone got away with Murder"... two murders that is, that happened on October 6, 1983, near Chetwynd, BC.   

Tracking down the original BC Report from the one clipping required a look on the Internet, so too a visit to the BC Legislative Library, because it sounded as though the BC report was a Public Affairs Bureau (PAB) production, but in fact the magazine was far, far removed from the GCPE aka PAB.  The Report was more of a "right-wing or Conservative" editorial stance or a private enterprise political Pit Bull.

The BC report was around when the BC Socred Party were going down in flames.  Bill Bennett had been at the helm; Bill Vander Zalm took over...but a hat lady called Faye came along with an offer that was pure Fantasy; and then Rita Johnston took over, without a parachute.

We found the VPL BC Record Stack volumes loaded with material that is still relevant today, like this one called "Slick Manoeuvres", authored by Quentin Dodd, who still contributes to the Tyee.

The BC Government does have it's own version of what happened when the Nestucca Barge Spilled oil, and with it the ensuing Clean-up, which was left to volunteers here on the Canadian side of the border.   It all started in the State of Washington when the tug that was pulling the Nestucca, lost it's tow line and then while two crew members were climbing on board the barge, the Tug punctured the hull in its forward starboard corner.

To the public at large, this sound like an environmental disaster on high seas, within our Coast waters, but our high flying Premier, Christy Clark and her PAB, considers that this man made disaster NOW belongs to the Ministry of Labour and Citizens' Services!   Go figure!

How will the public be able to find any information on the Northern Gateway pipeline if we now have to look under the heading of Ministry of Labour and Citizens' Services?

Ministry of Labour and Citizens' Service

Nestucca Barge Oil Spill

January 16, 2016  Update: Turns out the BC Liberal Government doesn't want to show one of their Five Conditions that pipeline companies have to adhere to IF they have an oil spill.  WayBack Machine to the Nestucca
Image retrieved from the WayBack Machine

Shoreline clean-up of oil from the Nestucca barge
The collision occurred approximately 3 kilometres off the coast of Washington, near Gray’s Harbor. Oil came ashore in discontinuous patches mainly in Canada on Vancouver Island - from near Victoria in the southeast to near Cape Scott in the north.
Time and Date of Incident
December 23, 1988 in the early morning.
Product/Quantity Spilled 1
An estimated 87,400 litres (5500 barrels) of Bunker C oil.
Incident Overview Reports:
Incident overviews provide information on significant spills of oil or hazardous material in British Columbia. These overviews are not situation reports, but summaries about the incident location, scale, cause, response actions, and environmental impacts.
New, 2016, URL for BC Spill Incidents

Also URL for all spills eg. Mount Polley too
 Reports indicated that as many as 56,000 seabirds were killed.  And the clincher to the government's readiness, in protecting our shores environment, was this:

There was no attempt made at open water recovery by Canadian or U.S. authorities. High seas and currents precluded the use of containment booms. An inter-agency response to the incident helped to reduce the damage caused by the spill. An outcome of the Nestucca oil spill — and the Exxon Valdez spill that occurred 3 months afterwards — was the development of Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment Teams. These teams assist in the process of assessing and recommending cleanup/treatment and/or constraints for each shoreline unit affected and also determine end-points for cleanup. The internationally used and proven Incident Command System (ICS) was adopted by the Ministry of Environment — and by 1995 for the province — as the incident management organization for spills and other emergencies.

On a side note, the Nestucca was included in a report involving the Federal Government's abandonment of Lighthouses throughout Canada .   Page 41 / 42 in this:

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first to report the Nestucca oil spill drifting toward western Vancouver Island in 1988; his early warning was said to ...... Quentin Dodd, as an individual. Friday ...

The tale of the Nestucca was further abused when the Federal Government of Canada hired someone to do a report and when the petroleum industry claimed that the recommendations were too harsh, $$$$, the Government of the day promptly buried it.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Before Telus, Before iPhone, there were pigeon "phones"

 "......In an era without airports........." and only this morning the Vancouver Sun has a way back then thingy on YVR "new" airport.... hard copy only, it seems.

For those of Vancouver who only see Jericho Beach ...... as a beach, for iPhones, there was an earlier history whereby it was a beach that was ideal for float planes use, militarily speaking.......

Sometimes we come across images that are absolutely astounding!

If you're looking for more information, ask your local Public Librarian. 84 pages.....


Updated Link: 2022-07-27

Jericho Beach Air Station




 The Jericho Beach Flying Boat Station 1920-1947.

Four separate veterans' organizations, 801 (Vancouver) Wing, Air Force Association of Canada; Air Crew Association (Vancouver Branch); Air Force Officers Association and the British Columbia Veterans Commemorative Association, have a formed an informal to erect an educational monument to record the little known story of the Jericho Beach Flying Boat Station, constructed in 1920 through the auspices of the Federal Air Board of the day. Jericho Beach was the first Canadian Air Force and, in 1924, the first Royal Canadian Air Force station in British Columbia, marking an important milestone in Air Force history. The station also has a rich history in pioneering aviation and in the development of British Columbia's remote coastal communities via the civil flight services provided to various Federal and Provincial government ministries. These services include patrolling, mapping, inspection and transportation, encompassing all areas of British Columbia's rugged coastal waterways during the 1920's and early 1930's. In the years leading up to the Second World War the station played a vital role in expanding British Columbia's coastal air defences and, with the establishment of Western Air Command, was responsible for all Royal Canadian Air Force activities in Western Canada. With the replacement of flying boats by long-range land-based aircraft at the end of the war and Jericho Beach Air Station closed in March 1947, the base was taken over by the Army as a military centre. In 1969 the military vacated the former Jericho Air base property when it was transferred to the City of Vancouver. In the ensuing years the property was developed as a park under the jurisdiction of the Vancouver Parks Board and the hangars, personnel quarters and most of the other facilities were removed and the station's role in history disappeared along with its structures. Another interesting element of the Jericho Beach story involves third-generation major British Columbia ship-builder, Clarence Wallace, builder of the Second World War "Victory" ships, who later became Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia (1950 - 1955), had four sons in the Royal Canadian Air Force. In 1944 he presented the station with a sports field in the name of his four sons, all serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. His oldest son was a Hurricane pilot in the Battle of Britain and was lost in action over Europe a year later. Two sons were Spitfire pilots and both were shot down in 1944, one over Albania, the other over France just after D-Day, surviving the war as Prisoners of War. The presentation was marked by the dedication of a cairn and plaque, the event widely reported by the media. In the years following the transfer of the property the Wallace Field was incorporated into the extended sports field area and, sometime around 1980, the cairn was demolished and the plaque disappeared, another piece of history was erased. In the late 1990's and early 2000's, interest in the missing plaque was revived and through efforts of 801 Wing the plaque was unexpectedly discovered (2000), after narrowly escaping disposal as unwanted metal trash. It was turned over to 801 Wing after consultation with David Wallace, the last surviving son, subsequently leading to the current effort in conjunction with Second World War veterans to restore the Wallace Monument and plaque, also include plaques recognizing the historical importance of the Jericho Beach Seaplane station and the contribution of all military personnel who served there. This has now been achieved. This memorial was dedicated on Sunday, 19 October 2008.