Friday, August 30, 2013

Fair Incendiary Comment? Don't Mix three items: 1) Conservative/BC Liberals Jobs; 2) $8 Billion Shipbuilding; 3) Sulphur/Coal/Chlorine/Wood Chips

UPDATE July 11, 2014 at bottom:

Transportation Act Provincial Public Undertakings Regulation on Bridges, Tunnels, Highways

 Explosives, flammables and corrosives

UPDATE September 20, 2013,  at bottom:  WOOD CHIPS
UPDATE September 22, 2013, right here:
      Table of Initial Isolation and Protective Action Distances
                First Isolate in all directions   
                Then Protect Persons Downwind During Large Spills Day/Night
Google Search Criteria for more info

UPDATE September 25, 2013 Wikimapia of CNR Thornton Tunnel


Photo Source 2010

In 2010, West Vancouver Fire Department utilized 16 of 89 of their Firefighters from three Fire Halls to put out a Sulphur fire.  Evacuations alerts to nearby businesses and homes were performed with the use of PAs (Public Address loud hailers).  They even considered implementing a Canada Amber Alert.   The Amber alert would be displayed on overhead signs for the benefit of Motorists.

Where to go, where would they go, to escape.

Currently, Open hopper sulphur cars are stored between Fell to MacKay and east of the Lions Gate Bridge, North Van
Shipyard Left - Kinder Morgan Vancouver Wharves ahead  SULX 1389
"The sulphur in there was smouldering and causing a moderate amount of smoke.  It wasn't free flaming.  We went in and put it out.  The Squamish Nation and Norgate were put on evacuation warning.  Police went througn with their PA systems and asked residents to shelter in place." Assistant Fire Chief Martin Ernst of  West Vancouver Fire and Rescue played many roles today: media relations manager, firefighter, and coordinator, as sixteen fire fighters worked to extinguish smouldering sulphur in an open box car on the Capilano Reserve.

"We were mobilizing the Can Alert system because the smoke was starting to drift and increase."..... and we also brought in NSEMO.


About 500 homes are on the reserve. As the West Vancouver Fire Department got the situation in hand, Mason said,  the phone campaign to alert residents stopped.

The area of concern covered an 800 meter radius around the spill. Indian and Northern Affairs and the Provincial Emergency Program were kept up to date on the fire. There were no  transportation impacts.


"But what if it had been chlorine?" Shaw asked. (Chris Shaw, a neuroscientist and professor at UBC)

"Had it been a rail accident with chlorine, they'd be evacuating everyone within a couple of kilometers.  Potentially thousands of people.  Let's be happy that's not what happened today.  But it calls into question the transport of dangerous materials through residential areas." - VancouverObserver - Aug 10th, 2010

It's that last sentence, three years ago, that speaks volumes, prophetically:

 "But it calls into question the transport of dangerous materials through residential areas."
Lac-Megantic disaster
Dilbit EpicCentre

Red Lined 800 Meter Radius

Port of Vancouver

 Has BC Disaster Response personnel got it covered, because right now, the highways are out of bound as evacuation routes.  Those highways are the means by which First Responders have jurisdiction.  

North Vancouver Evacuation Radius coloured by stockpiled resource.

Green Ship - Chlorine manufacturer Canexus
Green Line - Chlorine Two Kilometre evacuation Radius

Blue Ship   -  $8 Billion Shipbuilding location

Yellow Bar -  Sulphur open hopper cars
Red Line    -  Sulphur 800 Metre evacuation Radius

Black Ship  -  Coal

Maroon Vent A- 49°16'46.42"N 123° 1'6.12"W
                          CNR Thornton Tunnel Vents into residential area
Thornton Tunnel adits:
South: from Second Narrows Rail Bridge.
North: from one and half blocks West of Willingdon, one and half block south of Lougheed Highway


Or another way of looking, with an interactive map
Wikimapia Thornton Tunnel, North Leg, highlighted with hovering mouse

North Vancouver's Neptune Terminal keep their piled-high-Coal-at-bay by pressure washing the road between CNR rail lines .... but we own the Right-of-Way (BC Rail Deal) and the Administration building's parking lot.  They also have high towers watering the coal, where one is visible in this image from Google Earth.    49°18'24.48"N 123° 3'6.00"W

As to the $8 billion, 30 year possible contract of building Coast Guard and Naval vessels on the North Shore of Burrard Inlet, has anyone, government officials at the Federal and Provincial levels done their homework on Sulphur being a stone's throw away from the $200 million upgrade to the Washington Group's SeaSpan Vancouver Shipyard?

Has Municipal governments been involved?

Has Transport Canada's Rail Investigators been involved?  Or, are they still busy working on the:

Lac-Megantic disaster

Wayback Machine to FOLC Additional Info

Additional information: Sulphur handling related incidents/evacuations


Conveyor Belt from Three piles of Wood Chips to waiting ship.
  $8 billion worth of shipbuilding to the Right

Piles of Sulphur to the left, Wood Chips (FIRE) side by side to $8 billion investment in Vancouver Shipyards at the foot of Pemberton.

There's a Win/Win situation here.  Ask Wood Chips company Fibreco, directly west of Vancouver Shipyards, to shift their Vancouver Port business to Robert's Bank and Fibreco would benefit, Canada too.   Shorter distance for Overseas Bulk Carriers to a Fibreco Dock, less time for Truckers hauling chips from the Interior of British Columbia thereby avoiding the congestion on Metro Vancouver Highways, and the overloaded traffic on the Second Narrow Bridge.

The Canadian Government owns the Japanese built Panamax Floating Dry Dock, not Burrard Dry Dock, not Versatile Pacific, and not Seaspan. Write your MP asking that Seaspan's Vancouver Dry Dock needs to shift on over to the foot of Pemberton, West side (Currently Fibreco).  The floating Panamax Dry Dock Repair business would then be side by side to Vancouver Shipyard's $8 Billion New ship building Contract, for 30 Years.   There's a lot of benefits for Seaspan, their workforce wouldn't be split in Two, therefore greater control, with less management involvement.  One warehouse too.

This photo isn't quite clear as to the size of the Vancouver Dry Dock but it's one third of the original facility.   One third!

Seaspan Vancouver Dry Dock Photo

Preferably, for the Residents and Visitors to the North Shore, more open space to the waterfront would be better than having a fully operational shipyard right next to Condos.  The Black highlighted upside down "U" is Vancouver Dry Dock property.  The area to the Right, the white topped building, is a temporary structure that was built solely to house the Three Fast Cat Ferries under the flag of Catamaran Ferries International.

City of North Vancouver  Waterfront Project(Edited)

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.]

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Is Reading (including Monopoly's railway) Brands on a "Critter" similar to deciphering Tattoo Branding?

 There's a record of George Washington, the first president of the United States, having branded his cattle using the brand G W on either the shoulder or the hip of cattle.

 And here we thought G W was a Brand for a Jean manufacturer.

Branding Critters (1972)


BC Government Database search Criteria:  Why Brand

File Name:  captm120-05 (Marking Procedures)


Hot branding has been used in a number of instances to imprint identification numbers on the horns and skin of wild mammals. This method produces third-degree burns which lead to the production of visible scar tissue. Because of the pain associated with this procedure, this method is not commonly recommended.
Freeze branding (cyro-branding) appears to be more acceptable than hot branding for marking wildlife because it is less painful and the possibility of infection is minimized. This technique, which was originally developed for the identification of livestock, has been used with varying results in several wildlife species.


Tattooing is a common method of identification and has been used successfully in many species. Tattoos have been applied to the inside of the lip, the ear, and the thinly-haired area of the groin. The location and proper application of the tattoo will influence its future readability. In most cases, the animal must be recaptured or examined after death in order to read this type of mark.

Toe, Ear and Tail Clipping

Techniques that involve the removal or damage of tissue, such as toe, tail, or ear clipping are forms of mutilation. These procedures may have adverse effects on the behaviour and survival of wild animals and their use in marking free ranging wild species cannot generally be condoned. It is strongly recommended that alternative marking techniques be used in field research. However, in those few instances where removal of tissue is not judged to impair the normal activities and survivability of the marked animal and does not cause bone damage, pain or severe blood loss (e.g. ear notchings of small rodents), these marking techniques can be utilized. When toe or tail clipping are felt to be the only methods that can meet the requirements of a particular study, their use should be appropriately reviewed and approved by a review or animal care committee before implementation.
The removal of toes must never be performed on animals that use them for activities such as burrowing (ground squirrels) or climbing (red squirrels), or on animals where important bone structures have to be removed. When toe clipping is used is used as a marking technique, no more than one toe per foot should be removed.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Chisel, Chisel, Chiselers of the high standards of Canada's National Parks via portable fossil saws and helicopters

In the Globe and Mail newspaper this morning (August 9, 2013) is an article written by Carrie Tait on the findings of a NEW fossil bed found in Kootenay National Park, at the foot of Stanley Glacier:

Fossil hunters Jean-Bernard Caron and Robert Gaines walk through the wreckage of a forest fire, cross a creek by balancing on logs, hike up loose mountain rocks and lateral moraines above the treeline – all to reach the bottom of an ocean.


Sounds like they are pretty prudent, respectful, of their surroundings, eh?

They chisel, chisel, chisel the length of the middle of a rock until they see a fracture. Then they do the same at the fracture until the grey rock splits in two. The researchers inspect the face of the split rock, and if nothing excites them, they toss it aside and repeat the process. The repetition can be dull until they find new shapes – forms of life last spotted half a billion years ago.

“Usually there is a swear word and everyone turns around,” Prof. Caron says.


 Profs. Caron and Gaines are even more keen on another new fossil find. This new discovery, however, makes them cagey. They won’t reveal its location, save for hinting it is near the Stanley Glacier site. The newest Burgess Shale-like discovery further increases diversity in this neighbourhood of the animal kingdom, they say, and the quality of the preservation makes them giddy.

Even at the Stanley Glacier site there is plenty more work to do. A German adventurer found the first fossil here in 1996 and reported it to authorities. Preliminary scientific legwork followed in 2007, and the first expedition, led by Prof. Caron, started chiseling away here in August, 2008.


Profs. Caron and Gaines believe that expedition only scratched the surface. They did not have permission to camp near the site, so they had to trek to the fossil find, about two hours each way. The daily hike meant they returned home with fewer fossils, and fewer inches around their waists – they dubbed it the Burgess Shale Workout.

Next time they are allowed back to the field – they need Parks Canada’s permission to search for and remove fossils – the scientists would love to trade their chisels for jackhammers to get further inside the mountains. Prof. Gaines, who conducted his PhD research in western Utah, puts the potential in perspective.


UNESCO World Heritage Centre

World List UNESCO long list

Canadian Rocky Mountains UNESCO short list

Now here's the rub, with the Globe and Mail story, because of an earlier story on the same "Chisels", in 2010.  In the report above, the scene is set whereby the scientists are using hard labour to get to and from the site AND not leaving anything behind at their campsite .... that might damage the environment.... nothing foreign to taint the high standards expected from a UNESCO billing... 

Pomona College

New Fossil Bed Discovery by Royal Ontario Museum/Pomona College Team Challenges Assumptions

About Famous Fossil Site  By Cynthia Peters 4:09 pm September 2, 2010 Research, Faculty

Robert Gaines, professor of geology at Pomona College, is part of an exploration team that discovered a new fossil deposit whose existence challenges long-held assumptions about the Burgess Shale, which is famous for its exceptional preservation of soft-bodied fossils of the Cambrian-era, during the dawn of animal life.

The discovery, “A new Burgess Shale-type assemblage from the ‘thin’ Stephen Formation of the southern Canadian Rockies,” was reported in the September 2010 issue of Geology. (Abstract)

“The classic Burgess Shale deposits,” explains Gaines, “are found at the base of a large underwater cliff. What is preserved there is extraordinary: We find eyes, antennae, guts and other soft body parts that normally stand no chance of fossilization. The cliff was thought to be important in producing mudslides that transported the organisms from their living environment to a habitat that was hostile but great for preservation. The new locality challenges that assumption.”


Chisel, Chisel, Chisel

Fossil hunters Jean-Bernard Caron and Robert Gaines walk through the wreckage of a forest fire.....

If you've clicked on the link to "Pomona", the article is all fine and dandy.... for Kootenay National Park... but the two bottom images included with that article and copied here...above..... are from Yoho National Park!  Beyond and below the helicopter, the valley bottom, is the Kicking Horse River, that flows out of Wapta Lake, which is hemmed in to the east, by the Continental Divide.  The "loop", down below, to the left of the helicopter, on the other side of the river, is the road for the overflow camping area of Kicking Horse Campground.

Now contrast all of the above to what we observed on a trip into Lake O'Hara this past month: No transportation (no bikes either) except for two shuttle Private buses managed by Yoho National Park staff, on a Private road owned by a Private Lodge in a Public park, with a Jasper National Park like quota system on visitors, 42 day timers not including overnighters (campers/lodge and bungalow guests).

Once a week scientists billeted in Canmore, take the bus up to Lake O'Hara, with all their gear.... then backpack all of their computer equipment, cables, inflatable 2 person zodiac, oars too, up to Lake Oesa, take their readings from the depths, and then cart all of their equipment back down again.  one way = 3.2 Kilometers (2 Miles); 240 Metres (787 feet) .... A helicopter carting the fossil spoils would be fine... but.... this isn't Kootenay National Park.

The scientists are NOT permitted to leave any of the equipment on site.  They're not even permitted to STAY in the Park because of the Quota system.... which is great... for the environment.

Helicopters are a No go.  Outboard engines..... are a No go.

The apparent difference between Yoho/Kootenay Park's fossil beds and Yoho's Lake O'Hara is that the Lodge owner has it in writing that their pristine surroundings remain out of bounds for airborne  equipment, ......  a no-fly-zone.

Google Search Criteria:  Jean-Bernard Caron and Robert Gaines


Heaps of Fossils From Evolutionary ‘Big Bang’ Discovered

souggy,  Aug 31, 2010 16:09 EDT (2 years ago)  on  (Original Article
---Quote--- By Alexandra Witze, Science News August 30, 2010 | 5:28 pm | Categories: Biology, Earth Science Image: 
One of paleontology’s most revered fossil sites now has a baby brother. Scientists have discovered a group of astonishing fossils high in the Canadian Rockies, just 40 kilometers from the famous Burgess Shale location. A paper describing the find appears in the September issue of Geology. Since its discovery in 1909, the Burgess Shale has yielded many thousands of fossils dating to 505 million years ago — a period often called “evolution’s big bang,” when animals were exploding in diverse body plans. 
....the creatures unearthed also include eight taxa previously unknown to science. They include an unnamed worm; Stanleycaris hirpex, a segmented shrimp-like critter known as an anomalocarid; and an arthropod with big eyes dangling on stalks from its head shield. Until now, paleontologists had thought one reason the Burgess fossils were so well preserved was because they settled in thick deposits at the bottom of an ancient ocean protected by a submarine cliff. But the Stanley Glacier fossils weren’'t formed in the presence of such a cliff, suggesting that creatures can be fossilized in amazing detail in other environments. 
In May, after studying new Burgess fossils from one of the original sites, Caron and colleagues reported new details on a creature that may be one of the earliest known relatives of octopuses, squid and other cephalopods. 
Image: Looking towards Stanley Glacier, site of the new fossil deposit. Flickr/judemat. Read More Heaps of Fossils From Evolutionary ‘Big Bang’ Discovered | Wired Science | ---End Quote--- Burgress Shale is on one of my destination lists. :hmm: Maybe this one as well.


Walcott Peak

Parks Canada

Yoho National Park

The Burgess Shale

Friday, August 9, 2013

Quincunx System: "Planting Plans and Distances" 1924 M.S. Middleton B.S.A.

Commercial orchards are staked out and planted according to one of our systems. Square, Quincunx, Rectangular or Hexagonal
 Ever wonder how, orchards, gardens, were laid out, in Kelowna and the rest of the Okanagan Valley?
Planting Plans and Distances
Quincunx ??????? ... images .... Google

Link Updated 2017-07-19


Quincunx .....  ferrebeekeeper    examples of Quincunx  ... a roll of a die.... five dots or a coat of arms decoration:


M.S. Middleton (Morrice Middleton), the author of the above Bulletin. .... piqued our interest.... what else has he left for us.

Mr. Middleton... no relation to "Our Kate"?


compiled by Kalamalka Women's Institute 1951

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Janet Middleton, Water Colours and Silk Screen prints, Instructor at the Banff School of fine Arts

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Old Indian Settlement .... Map Page 18 of 38

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The late Morrice MIddleton, District Horticulturist for the Okanagan Valley, fathered the standardization of commercial varieties of apples.

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Art and Treasury Gallery at Jadebay: local pottery, weaving, silvercraft and paintings displayed and sold