Wednesday, July 31, 2013

"Archaeological Impact Study" Patterns of change.... for Coast Tsimshian people

THE Study of Archaeological Impact
Photographed by Edward Dossetter, 1881.
Credit - American Museum of Natural History, Negative f42294.

Kitkatla is the oldest continuously occupied village on the Northwest Coast. Today it is the only Coast Tsimshian village with standing traditional poles. The steep rise of the midden to the large house structures would have been typical of winter village sites in the area.

 Archaeological Impact Study: Bulk Loading Facility Environmental Assessment, North Coast B.C.    198?

 Page 116 of 131

...... With the founding of Prince Rupert in 1906, it was generally felt that the harbour would become a major shipping centre.   Accordingly in 1912 a quarantine hospital was built in the harbour on Dodge Island (32) (GbTo-18). The doctor's residence  was built on adjacent land on Digby Island (GbTo-30) and connected to the hospital by a boardwalk.

The expected developments failed to materialize and the facilities were never utilized.  The hospital became a gutted  ruins and the boardwalk collapsed. The doctor's house was maintained as a residence until the l950's when it also was  abandoned.   In recent years, the building has on occasion been used by National Museum of Man 
(refined search for Man) field crews as a base of operations.

A native tuberculosis sanitarium was built on Kaien Island in Miller Bay ( 33), south of the city. A number of large institutional buildings still stand on the site.  In his novel, Mist on the River, Hubert Evans (1954) gives a poignant description of the Indians' dilemma in dealing with  this disease and the sanitarium while still living very much a traditional life style in their villages. Today the  hospital is no longer used as such, but some of the buildings have been adapted as homes by residents of Prince Rupert.

3.8 World War II Facilities

During the Second World War, Prince Rupert, as the closest major North American port to Japan, was considered a likely target of invasion forces. To protect the harbour a number of fortifications were built, submarine nets were  strung across the entrances, and the harbour was mined.  Cement gun emplacements can be found at Barrett Rock (34) on the southern tip of Kaien Island and at Casey Point (35) farther up the island near Prince Rupert.

An observation point was built on the summit of Mount Hays (36) with a wooden stairway up the slope. In 1942-43, major gun emplacements were built at Frederick Point (37) on the southern end of Diqby Island.  Situated on high ground they commanded an excellent view of the harbour entrance. A number of barracks were built at the site to house troops for  manning the operations. This location was connected to a base camp in Casey Cove (38) by a corduroy road, much of which  still exists today.

A submarine net crossed the harbour mouth south of Casey Cove. The camp, a former D.O.T. headquarters, consists of a number of large barracks and administrative buildings. These are at present empty shells though one building is at  present occupied by a civilian family. No military interests remain.  In the Venn Passage a submarine net was put in from Verney Island to Dundas Point (30) (GbTo-35) on Digby Island. 

Barracks were constructed on the point and numerous trenches run across the point, Verney Island, and the mainland by GbTo-34.  Barbed wire and collapsed structures are scattered in the area.

4.  Conclusions

"The history of the northern northwest coast area is one of continuity with the past and adaptation to the present. It is readily apparent that the Coast Tsimshian people have managed to relate their traditional economic pursuits to the introduced European wage economy through continued exploitation of traditional resources for white markets.

Patterns of change can be traced in the varied uses and declining importance of prehistoric territories.

In terms of the white settlers, an inventory of historic locations provides a record of economic developments, failures, and gradual growth in and around Prince Rupert.

Again a continuity can be traced between prehistoric exploitation patterns of important natural resources and the emphasis on development of similar resources today.

5.  Recommendations

As this is only a brief inventory of various historic locales within the terms of reference, it would be of considerable value to have a professional historian evaluate their importance as records of past lifestyles and early industrial developments.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Are Metro Vancouver Bridges protected from trucks hauling Gasoline, petroluem, oxygen, acetylene?

Downright dangerous, all that explosive material being transported over our Bridges, and before you say it ..... Kiewit Highway construction workers, using Explosives are exempted, because of this:

(2)  Subsection (1) (h) does not apply to construction or maintenance equipment that is
(a) owned or hired by the minister, and
(b) working on, or travelling to or from, a worksite.

How many times have you seen a truck rolling along the highway/bridges carrying acetylene tanks, or empty tanks??? that had recently filled with gasoline?   and if they have, and not been steam cleaned, then the alternative for the tanks is that they must be filled with WATER!  Who's checking the payloads?

That water would weigh more than the petroleum products, AND the cost of hauling that water, based on diesel prices, would cut into the trucking company's bottom line.       LNG anyone?...... or is a truck transporting LNG barred from using Metro Vancouver's bridges as well?

Transport the hazardous material by barge?  across Burrard Inlet???? That would drive up the costs to consumers in West Vancouver and Whistler!!!


BC Ferries have their set of rules when it comes to transporting contaminated tanks, and explosive materials:

Pre-Arranged Clearance (Dangerous Goods Information)

Carriers desirable of pre-clearing their dangerous goods must submit their manifests at least 48 hours in advance of the intended sailing time. For such carriers the strict application of the time limit can be waived, providing the document accompanying the shipment is identical to the document submitted for pre-clearance. Ensure that phone and facsimile numbers are included with your faxed document. Terminal facsimile numbers are available through the link provided below.
There is an exception to the regulations..... "contaminated vehicle" is restricted to specific times, AND that "operation" has the Minister Responsible posting a sign on the approaches to the structures.

Definitions of Certain Dangerous Goods Terms

   A propane tank, but is it carrying propane, ...... 30 Litres,  stowed on the car deck... over the engine room.... or how about beside the Anchor Windlass.   How many passengers are permitted to carry their one tank of Propane onto a BC Ferry?

A foot passenger may carry not more than one cylinder of Propane not exceeding 15 kg (30 litres). The cylinder will not be transported as baggage, but must be carried aboard by the customer and must be stowed on the car deck in a location designated by the vessel's officer.

Wheelchairs (motorized): There are no restrictions on wheelchairs when they are in use, but when they are carried as cargo or freight there are some precautions that must be taken. The battery must be securely in place, disconnected, with the terminals insulated to prevent short-circuiting, and the chair itself must be securely anchored so that it will not move.

 Transportation Act Provincial Public Undertakings Regulation
 Explosives, flammables and corrosives
6 (1)  In this section, "contaminated vehicle" means a vehicle that

(a) is transporting any of the following:
(i)  gasoline, distillate or kerosene in tanks, drums, barrels or cans;
(ii)  oxygen, acetylene or butane;
(iii)  fuel oil, road oil, hot roadmix, lubricating oil or grease or solid or liquid asphaltum;
(iv)  explosives or corrosive liquids, or
(b) is transporting empty tanks if those tanks
(i)  had contained gasoline, distillate or kerosene, and
(ii)  have not been thoroughly cleaned with steam or filled with water.

(2)  A person must not operate a contaminated vehicle on or within any of the Agassiz-Rosedale Bridge, the William R. Bennett Bridge, the Nelson Bridge, the Pattullo Bridge, the First Narrows Bridge, the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Bridge, the Oak Street Bridge, the Knight Street Bridge, the Queensborough Bridge or the Port Mann Bridge other than during the time or times specified for that operation on signs posted by the minister on the approaches to the structure.
[am. B.C. Reg. 81/2008.]

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Geology Field School, University of British Columbia

Vacation is just about over, back in Kelowna for a couple of days, decided to take a drive down to Osoyoos..... and on the way.... just before Okanagan Falls, turned Right.... and kept on going.... and going .... past the drop zone for the hang gliders, past the     Mahoney Lake       Ecological Reserve, kept on going.... to this.

A little bit closer.... to the Signage.....

Geology Field School

With the amount of names containing the word OIL, or a derivative of OIL.... could it be that there might have been a spill here, a spill there?

This camp was built with the generous help of the following companies and individuals

 1 Banff Oil Ltd. 
 2 The British American Oil Co. Ltd.
 3 The California Oil Co. Ltd.
 4 Consolidated Mining and Smelting
 5 Dome Petroleum Ltd.
 6 Fargo Oils Ltd.
 7 French Petroleum Co. of Canada Ltd.
 8 John G. Grey
 9 Great Plains Development Co. of Canada Ltd.
10 Gulf States Oil Co. of Canada
11 Honolulu Oil Corporation
12 Hudson's Bay Oil & Gas Co. Ltd.
13 Imperial Oil Ltd.
14 S. Aubrey Kerr   Petroleum Industry Oral History Project (PIOHP) 1980
15 George A. Lundy
16 Mobil Oil of Canada Ltd.
17 Phillips Petroleum Co.
18 Shell Canada Ltd.
19 Union Oil Co. of Canada Ltd.
20 William H. White

# 15 
Oliver Field School (Link Updated 2019-03-12)- Kitchen and Sleeping Accommodations 

Page 7 of 28  very interesting....
From the 1920s on a variety of arrangements were made for instruction of geology students in field techniques. In 1949, field school was run from old mine cabins near Twin Lakes, 15 miles NW of Oliver by W.H. White and R.M. Thompson. The area was considered too high and too wet. From 1950 on, the field school was on land leased from George Lundy on Victoria Creek near Oliver. Geology and Geological Engineering students spent three weeks in camp at the end of third year. Land (90 acres) was eventually purchased by UBC on this site, on the west side of the north-south Fairview-White Lake Road, a few hundred metres north of the entrance to the Suzy Susie Mine, at that time an operating mine. The field school was later directed by R.V. Best until his retirement in 1981 and then by a variety of faculty members.    snip 
Google Map link

# 20  

Geological Engineering students to benefit from UBC’s South Okanagan award-winning field school

An ecologically friendly, small-footprint design for rebuilding UBC's 60-year-old geological field school near Oliver, BC has received a 2012 Award of Excellence from Canadian Architect magazine.

The award winning designs by Battersby Howat Architects will help create a permanent ‘camp campus’ and geological training resource for institutes of higher education in Western Canada, and potentially, internationally.

The new field school will be a complete rebuild of the facilities. Old buildings will be replaced by new wood frame and plywood/sheet metal cladding construction that expands the capacity of the school to 90 people while minimizing the impact of the site, which is adjacent to a provincial park???????. Buildings will be consolidated and a novel canted wall design staggers sleeping bunks and maximizes use of the building volumes.

Since the 1950s, UBC has based its primary geological field school on a site near Oliver. Thanks to the generosity of alumni and industry partners (including companies such as Mobil and Shell) the University was able to formally purchase the property in 1961. Facilities on the site range in age from 35 to 60 years, and are in urgent need of replacement.

Making the project possible is a planned $3 million UBC Geological Field School redevelopment and teaching and learning fund, which will not only revitalize the current site, but also ensure that students have increased access to the training opportunities prized by the minerals industry.


An artist’s concept of the award-winning design of the South Okanagan field school
A high-resolution version of this photo is available for download here.

An artist’s concept of faculty offices at the South Okanagan field school
A high-resolution version of this photo is available for download here.

An artist’s concept of a dormitory at the South Okanagan field school
A high-resolution version of this photo is available for download here.

An artist’s concept of the dining hall at the South Okanagan field school
A high-resolution version of this photo is available for download here.
Award winning design worth $3 Million: in 2012 Dollars hasn't changed .... it's more like....

TWISTED Dinosaur fossils are often found with sharply curved necks, but that doesn't mean that they died in agony. Credit Mike Beauregard New York Times

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Yeah, but, how did a Terrorist get to sit in the BC Liberal section of the Gallery in 2012?

Nothing to see here, walk on.  Look out for that Podium will ya!
...... Security at the legislature has been tightened over the years, especially after a mob of environmental protesters broke through security barriers in 1993, and again after the 9/11 terror attacks in the United States.

Following those events, computer security locks were installed on legislature doors, preventing public access to parts of the building. Gates and video cameras were also installed on vehicle access driveways. ....... Michael Smyth - the Province

Jaspal Atwal walked into BC Legislature Gallery on February 21, 2012, slipping under the elite radar software program called Prime-BC.   Didn't stop him from gaining access, .... just like Mr. Nuttall .... both should have been on Prime-BC list, or would they?

Rest assured, Mr. Nuttall's name is at top of the list, now.

These are TWO incidences on Premier Christy Clark's watch.

If the RCMP have been tracking these two individuals for so many months, what's with the Grand Standing, the Photo Op, the Churchillian speech .... "we will fight them on the beaches ...."  why allow them to just walk right in?

Rumours have it that Prime Minister Stephen Harper is about to shuffle his Cabinet because of the unrest with the Canadian people over HIS Senate appointees spending scandal .... first to be going, reportedly, is Public Safety Minister Vic Toews.

Does CSIS need evidence?

A Catch them in the Act scenario?

Why let two individuals show the world how easy it is to target our communities?


RCMP co-operation key Federal Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said the arrests were the result of close work between police and security agencies.


Evidence in alleged B.C. terror plot

The investigation, dubbed Project Souvenir, was launched in February 2013 and co-ordinated by the RCMP-led Integrated National Security Enforcement Teams, which include investigators from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and Canada Border Services Agency.

"The success of this operation was due to the close collaboration of our security and law enforcement agencies, including CSIS, said Toews in Ottawa on Tuesday afternoon.

"I would like to applaud the RCMP-led Integrated National Security Enforcement Teams — known as INSET — and all of the partners for their outstanding work on this investigation." Ah, could it be the WestSide-Kelowna By-Election that's the driving force?


That "mob" breaking into the BC Legislature in 1993:

JULY 27-AUG. 2, 1983

Restraint program prompts massive union backlash

In one of the largest demonstrations in the city's history, more than 20,000 people gathered in downtown Victoria Sunday to protest the Bennett government's restraint program.

The defiant mob filled the legislature lawn and spilled into the surrounding streets as union leaders vowed to fight the Socred government's bid to downsize the civil service. 


Premier Bill Bennett started that Riot, will Premier Christy Clark's Restraint program send 40,000 to the Sick Culture of Victoria?

Could it be that the reason that RCMP delayed the arrest until July 1, was due to a Conspiracy involving the Americans...... and their bomb experts?


Down in the USA, it's being reported:.... more pressure cooker "bombs", which turned out containing food:

An abandoned pressure cooker closed down a stretch of Highway 50 in Northern California near South Lake Tahoe for two hours earlier this week.

Two pressure cooker bombs were detonated at the finish line of the Boston Marathon two and a half months ago, killing three and wounding hundreds.

A local dispatcher received a call about the pressure cooker at the Lakeview Commons beach on Sunday near Highway 50, reported the Sacramento Bee.

Security staff and police cleared the beach and traffic was diverted.

A local bomb squad unsuccessfully attempted to detonate the pressure cooker with a robot. However, the cookware was ultimately destroyed with by a bomb squad member with a P.A.N. Disrupter water cannon, reported KOLO-TV.

Authorities said that the pressure cooker was not a bomb and had food inside.

Last week, a pressure cooker was placed near a fuel pump in Concord, New Hampshire, which also triggered the evacuation of homes and businesses, reported the Union-Leader.

Officials found that the device was a small deep fryer and was not a bomb.