Tuesday, April 29, 2014

What is a Biologist?

Being a Biologist

Oh but we yearn to travel to the secluded areas of British Columbia where few get to see, place one foot in front of another, or if bumping into a Grizzly, one heal, SLOWLY, behind the other....

Page 3 of 34  Catch and Release

Page 7 of 34  Two Two Who's

Page 13 of 34  Keeping Busy with Caribou in Northern British Columbia

GPS coordinates along bottom
Here's a Source to Convert Geographic Units

Google Map  59.44233055555555N 130.76307777777777W

Page 29 of 34  Where To Hide

Page 34 of 84  Where to Reside, temporarily

Page 35 of 84

Page 38 of 84 Counting, Radio Telemetry, Pitfall Trapping (BC politicians use this)

Page 84 of 84   After doing a sundry of activities its off to home

Monday, April 28, 2014

British Columbia's Malibu "Young Life" summer camp is about to be laid to waste

(especially of a time or place) like an idyll; extremely happy, peaceful, or picturesque.

When I was a kid I kept hearing about the Hollywood (south) actors coming to Hollywood (north) British Columbia  to .... Go Fishing ..... and Partying .... on Forest Baron yachts ..... where one or two, the actors, dared to die (Errol Flynn and Howard Hughes) in Vancouver.
Malibu, British Columbia where..... the facility was open as a premium resort. Visitors included John Wayne, Senator John F. Kennedy, Barbara Stanwyck, Bing Crosby, and Bob Hope. The club faced financial problems due to the limited transportation access and the limited two-month window of good weather ...... 

A more recent bio of Malibu (north):  Vancouver Sun article of THE idyllic location.

 Camp Malibu is an idyllic location on the West Coast, where young people are encouraged to accept Jesus as their personal saviour.  

Premier Christy Clark has had meetings with her Church followers, but, the church of Malibu, is about to be ruined, forever because of Logging:
The Malibu Club is one of Young Life's​ original camping properties. Located 100 miles north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Malibu is situated at the mouth of the world-renowned Princess Louisa Inlet. Surrounded by mountains soaring straight out of the water to heights of more than 8000 feet, Malibu is a place of extraordinary beauty and isolation.

From June through August, Malibu is used exclusively as a Young Life summer camp.  Each summer Malibu welcomes thousands of high school students from across the US and Canada for the best week of their lives.   For more information on summer camping opportunities, contact the Young Life office nearest you.

From September to the end of May, Malibu is available to the public bookings for retreats and conferences of all sizes.  Book your school, church, family, business or non-profit organization's next event at Malibu!  During the school year Malibu is available as a conference and retreat center for groups of up to 350 people.

To this, that's not snow, its the plan:

Planned SE Clear Cut Logging
One would start to think that with all the clear cut logging slated for British Columbia's coastal region, that WE are going to be on the hook for clearing waterfront property for the "new" actors .....

 If you're probably still trying to figure out where Malibu is..... try looking in your backyard

Vancouver   Top Left corner

Texada Island   In the blue just below the Top Right corner

Malibu    Bottom  Middle

The red stuff?  Designated for clear cut logging

Coincidentally, there is an overlap of Private land (maroon border) and Crown Land clear cut logging (red border):

And taking a closer look at the Sunshine Coast privately held land, and Crown land:

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Premier Christy Clark is Insane when she uses her "LNG 101" cheat sheet to explain evaporation of Methane? No harm done!

  September 17, 2015 New Link to 'LNG 101'  fourth time, Clark's GCPE keep deleting source

We interrupt this report with a Message from our Sponsor:
A Guide to British Columbia's Liquefied Natural Gas Sector:  LNG 101.

Take note, all the images are stock photos, must be, no government running on a restraint program would spend, waste, tax dollars to promote themselves, and workers with great big smiles.  They are paid to smile.

Premier Christy Clark's latest message is that "our province is building a new industry .... which will put us among the global leaders".

It goes a long way to explain how the 2013 election platform of Today's BC Liberals mushrooming Ten Billion dollar debt in one year, suddenly ended up at $70 Billion Debt overall in 2014.

Not to muddy the waters too much here, but using their LNG 101 math ......  the BC Liberals work it out this way:

In one year Christy added $10 Billion of debt, therefore in 30 years we'll be sitting at $300 Billion of Debt, MINUS the $100 Billion in LNG Royalties.... which means we'll be burdened with an $200 Billion of DEBT.     Do you feel better now?

Sigh, here's what Christy Clark thinks about tankers full, even just one, result in "spilt milk" like methane.  No need to wipe it up, its not an Exxon Valdez situation, not a land version.

The Message from the Premier

Update: February 24, 2015: Premier Christy Clark claims that her government will an OPEN DATA regime, however the link to LNG 101 aka http://engage.gov.bc.ca/lnginbc/files/2013/11/LNG101.pdf has been poofed or is that spoofed.

Google Search Criteria:  engage bc LNG101

engage bc LNG101

Engage BC Projects:  http://engage.gov.bc.ca/lnginbc/lng-projects/

Page 6 and 7 of LNG 101

LNG is odourless, non-toxic, non-corrosive and less dense than water.  If a spill were to occur, the natural gas would warm and evaporate, leaving no substances behind.
Natural gas is primarily composed of methane gas.  It can also contain small amounts of ethane, propane, butane and pentanes.


The Source of the above Document came from Page 34 of 34 of this Document: ( Appendix IV: References and Resources)

Cover Page of Document which we used for an earlier Post:
Is this the Port of Vancouver or Kitimat, or Both?  How many vessels per week?
Page 34 of 34
LNG 101:  A Guide to British Columbia's Liquified Natural Gas Sector.


If you missed the headlines this week (April 21, 2014):
B.C. environment minister warned about LNG greenhouse gas emissions Internal briefing note singles out methane as concern, as well as emissions from fracking process.

Internal briefing notes prepared for Environment Minister Mary Polak since she took office last year and obtained by The Canadian Press, single out methane emissions for concern.

On top of emissions from combustion and flaring of natural gas, methane and carbon dioxide escape during hydraulic fracturing process, or fracking, the documents said.

"Methane emissions are a particular concern since they have a global warming impact 21 times higher than carbon dioxide," said one July briefing note.

"A small increase in the percentage of natural gas that escapes can have a significant impact on overall emissions."
Pointingly or more importantly, Christy Clark is amazed at how Government officials have found a Quik Method of loading LNG, AND in much small vessels.

LNG Update
 However, the LNG "Tanker" that Christy is pointing at is NOT an LNG tanker which have noticeable massive Bumps, on their Decks, like this, courtesy of Rich Coleman (on Page 4 of 16) same document:

Or This:

Global News   LNG 101  May 2015
“We’ve been at this three years, and we’re at the threshold for a final investment decisions for at least one or two companies, in the next 10-12 months. If just those two projects went ahead, we’d be talking well over $50 billion in capital investment in our country, which would be the largest investment in Canadian history. I don’t think we’re going slow at all…I’m pretty pleased with the progress to be honest.”

Friday, April 18, 2014

Celebrate the day with Cultured Rabbit Recipes and a Blackberry Culture

Rabbit Culture 

Market Rabbits, Growing Breeders, Dry does, Bucks, Diseases, Slobbers, Ear-cankers... If in need of assistance, apply to the Instructor of your district: -  

J. Allen, District Poultry Instructor, Court-house, New Westminster, B.C.

H. E. Waby, District Poultry Instructor, Salmon Arm, B.C.

G. L. Landon, District Poultry Instructor, Court-house, Nelson, B.C.

J. R. Terry, Chief Poultry Instructor, Department of Agriculture, Victoria, B.C.

Poultry Circular No. 28

Rabbits are a much appreciated article of food, being most nourishing and easily digested.  The meat is inclined to be rather dry, so bacon is often served with it.  Rabbits should be young, feel in the joint of the paw for a little nut, and if this is absent the rabbit is old, and should only be used for soup or pies........   With regard to the latter, it is better to three-parts cook the rabbit before making it into pies, as the time for cooking the pasty in not sufficient.

Bake Rabbit

Rabbit with Macaroni

Rabbit and Rice Pie

Rabbit a la Belgique

Rabbit Gateau with Mushroom Salad

Mushroom Salad

Boiled Rabbit with Onion Sauce

Rabbit Sausages

Curried Rabbit

Rabbit Pie

Rabbit Pudding

Rabbit Salad

Rabbit Soup

Jugged Rabbit

Veal Forcemeat

For free supply of hutch record cards, stock record cards, and rabbit bulletins, write Poultry Branch, Department of Agriculture, Victoria, B.C.



BlackBerry Culture in British Columbia
Allan E. Littler
1st  BlackBerry Antenna

Commercial Blackberries have been developed by selecting and crossing various species of wild blackberries (rubus) which are found throughout the north temperated zones of the world.  Crosses from these selections have been grown commercially over on hundred and fifty years.

Because of the variety of native material which has been used in their development, there are many kinds of blackberries.  These include the trailing varieties such as Evergreen Himalaya (Invasive Species Sea to Sky)  and Marion; the upright such as Eldorado and Erie and the various hybrids such as Cascade, Pacific and Olallie which contain the lines of some other berry.

This publication will deal with the culture of thornless Evergreen only since this variety crops well and is hardy both in the Fraser Valley and on Vancouver Island.  The upright varieties are hardy but crop lightly.   The various hybrids have some demand because of their flavour but they do not crop as heavily as thornless Evergreen and are hardy only in sheltered locations in the Fraser Valley or on the southern tip of Vancouver Island.

The fruit of the blackberry is fairly tender and bruises easily.  It should not be transported over long distances since jarring in transit may cause severe breakdown.
Blackberry ..... Severe breakdown... how prophetic!


TidBit of info from e.a.f. (comments) triggered a Google search for Who Eats Rabbits?
Best known for being prolific, rabbits are also herbivores which efficiently convert fodder to food. The whole point of meat production is to convert plant proteins of little or no use to people as food into high-value animal protein.

In efficient production systems, rabbits can turn 20 percent of the proteins they eat into edible meat. Comparable figures for other species are 22 to 23 percent for broiler chickens, 16 to 18 percent for pigs and 8 to 12 percent for beef. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Allan Brooks Artist Naturalist: Haines Ranch 1922, Okanagan

New School: Robert Bateman doesn't "hunt" or, kill to be an artist
           The Old School:  Allan Brooks' friends, did.

 Vaseux Lake Party, 1922.
 Back row - Left to Right,  Allan Brooks, P. A. Taverner, Frank Farley;
Bird Observers xls file
Front row - H. "Mack" Laing, George Gartell, D. Allan Sampson

 ....... On the morning of June 10, we walked down the mountain in advance of the truck, we saw a small hawk topping a large bull pine.  From its dark colour we were sure it was a Pigeon Hawk (Merlin) and not a Sparrow Hawk, so we turned aside to get it.   Travener presently fired and dropped it, then we stood and gloated.  It was a black adult Pigeon Hawk, the coastal form, then considered one of the rarest North American birds in museum collections.  We were standing in the dry belt where a pale-coated Richardson's Merlin might be expected as a stray from the arid plains, but this slately-blue beauty!  We both had the same thought at the same time, what will Brooks think of this, for the pursuit of this dark form on the coast had been his Holy Grail.

It is my considered opinion that Travener was the luckiest man who ever packed a collecting gun afield.  He turned up the most unexpected things, not by special skill but by sheer blundering luck.  To prove my point, next day at base camp near Vaseux Lake he returned from a short walk at midday with a Dickcissel, a bird that anywhere west of Manitoba could be called a rare take.   This was a new record for British Columbia! .......
Allan Brooks

Haynes Ranch

 Farming and Orcharding began following World War I. A government sponsored Soldier's Settlement program was initiated and offered veterans assistance in developing 10 acre units of land. By 1927, a government irrigation system was in place, and the desert hillsides around Osoyoos bloomed. It was soon apparent that this was a perfect spot to grow ground crops and develop orchards. Orchard farming became a general practice, and today we're proudly producing the earliest fruit in Canada.

Haynes Ranch 



Living Landscapes

The name of Allan Brooks was a household word in Canada thirty years ago. His illustrations in Taverner's Birds of Western Canada, a series in the National Geographic magazine, calendars, cards issued by the National Association of Audubon Societies, and covers on Keystone school exercise books all familiarized Canadian children and adults not only with North American birds and mammals, but also with the work of this eminent zoological illustrator.

For residents of the Vernon area Major Allan Brooks, walking with his military bearing, dressed in tweed jacket and plus fours, often with a gun under his arm, was a familiar figure, for Okanagan Landing was his home from 1905 until his death in 1946. To the end of his days he loved nothing better than rambling over the Commonage or Rattlesnake Mountain, checking on the wildlife, hunting in season. He was a superb marksman and a member of the Vernon and District Fish, Game and Forest Protection Association, donating his pictures as prizes for their crow and magpie shoots. There are some who remember his participation in Okanagan Landing and Kelowna regattas. SNIP
Then and Now

49° 5'28.52"N 119°31'49.64"W

 Haynes Ecological Reserve

Source Link

Map Link

Location and Maps

Any maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Adjacent to N end of Osoyoos Lake, 6 km NNW of Osoyoos

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Christy Clark's LNG 100,000 jobs plan by 2021 is a BUST..... with Employers "putting more Skin in the Game"

Grant G.,  over at the Straight Goods, has been THE most outspoken critic of Christy Clark's fictitious creation of 100,000 jobs that was used to convince the undecided, to vote for the BC Liberals in the 2013 provincial election.

On March 31, 2014 the truth was released via a MOU between Canada and British Columbia 

.... By requiring employers to put more skin in the game, the Canada Job Grant will result in training that leads to guaranteed jobs....  Credits:
Jason Kenney and Shirley Bond
... and for Good Measure .. 
Stevie Harper and Christy Clark.
"put more Skin in the Game" - Jason Kenney & Shirley Bond
The main issues surrounding "skin" or excess "skin" is the principal–agent problem whereby transparency and fiduciary obligations are disregarded by principals who have capital or excess capital (skin) tied into an entity. - Wikipedia
100,000 jobs eh.

If this is the way the Clark government counts, then everyone should be taking a much closer look at Mike de Jong's Budget numbers!

Skip  the first paragraph in the Press release because those numbers are for ALL of Canada.

Second paragraph:  Christy Clark grabbed onto the low hanging fruit of 100,000 jobs without noticing, or did, and ignored, that one requirement of the 100,000 jobs would only happen if there were FIVE (5) fully functioning LNG plants by 2021.

Well that's not quite true, if we're talking about JOBS, Direct, that will last.

39,000 jobs would be created each year within those nine years and not every one of those FIVE (5) LNG plants would be under construction at the same time.  Using their math  39,000 X 9 = 351,000 would be created.  Maybe another reading Grant Thornton LLP numbers is that at the end of each year 39,000 will be lost, and overnight 39,000 will be re-created.  In other words there are no additional jobs being created on top of the initial 39,000.

Five LNG plants will have 75,000 job openings once they are all operational....... 75,000 / 5 =  15,000 jobs.   "- more than 100,000 jobs in total."

39,000 + 75,000 = 114,000  jobs in total, not all at the same time, and not really enough of an encouragement, an incentive, for workers from outside of northern British Columbia to up roots locally, and move UP there, to buy a house, pay a mortgage, and sell eventually.

The second coming of Ocean Falls.      If you're wondering what a community would look like with 15,000, including dependents...... there are 39 all told in British Columbia to name a few like: Bowen Island, Fort Nelson, Grand Forks, Harrison Hot Springs, Keremeos, Sparwood, Tumbler Ridge, Ucluelet, Oliver, Clearwater.  OCEAN FALLS is not on the list!

 Governments of Canada and British Columbia take action to create jobs
Finalize agreement on the Canada Job Grant

Quick Facts (Page 1 of 5)

In the next 10 years, Canada is expected to need 319,000 new workers in the construction sector, with another 145,000 new workers in the mining sector and 130,000 new workers in the petroleum sector needed by 2020.

Accounting and business advisory firm Grant Thornton LLP concluded that a liquefied natural gas industry in British Columbia, based on five plants operating by 2021, could create more than 39,000 jobs annually over a nine-year construction period and approximately 75,000 jobs once the plants were fully operational — more than 100,000 jobs in total.

Since its launch in 2007, the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers has helped over 4,100 unemployed older workers in British Columbia.
15,000 permanent jobs seems like a lot of overhead.   Three shifts, Two shifts??? 5,000, 7,500?? per LNG Plant

The Question, is Answered by the BC Government asking their own loaded Question at Canada Starts Here:
BCJobs Plan:
Share your Ideas
Question How can BC communities and businesses get ready to seize the opportunities coming with liquefied natural gas (LNG)?

In February 2012, government released a natural gas strategy – called British Columbia’s natural gas strategy: Fuelling BC’s economy for the next decade and beyond – and a complementary strategy that focus on developing our province’s crucial new LNG sector.

Based on current plans, industry is projected to invest up to $48 billion in LNG facilities and pipelines from 2013 to 2022, diversifying BC’s natural gas sector and facilitating new economic opportunities. Construction of three large LNG facilities and more than 1,500 kilometres of pipeline could result in 1,400 long-term jobs. Indirectly, the new LNG industry will also support thousands of spin-off jobs in the fields of transportation, engineering, construction and environmental management.
Quite a leap in job creation numbers with Three LARGE LNG plants to Five LARGE LNG plants, eh.    1,400 to 15,000 per

Hugh, in the Comment section, has the answer to the 75,000 jobs!, the TILMA agreement between Alberta and British Columbia that was signed in 2007 claimed there would be 78,000 new jobs.   Here it is seven years later, and depending on how one wants to do the Math, we're either short by 3,000 or 25,000.  If it's the latter number then that would fit right in with the Five LNG Plants needs of maintenance, sort of, for the next 30 years when the Five LNG plants will have to be replaced.  If it's the latter, the higher number, there will be 22,000 on the dole.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

BC Forest service airborne fire fighting equipment: Planes and Helicopters ~ Osoyoos ~

In light of the fact that there is a forest fire happening across from Osoyoos, Right Now, ... water bombers from Kelowna are being called in.....  ..... a wee bit of background history to the British Columbia Forest Service airborne firefighters is in order:

B.C.F.S.  Airplanes
Landing was Not West Vancouver, but West end of Vancouver (Downtown)

Page 3 of 18, a link to explaining the above image: “Aircraft and Their Use in Forestry in B.C.: 1918 – 1926” with this snippet on page 5 of 22: 

In September of 1919, the first aerial discovery of a forest fire in B.C. took place over Duncan. The pilot of a Curtiss JN - 4 (possibly during an air mail flight) spotted the fire and landed at Duncan to report it to the Forest Branch , who then took suppression action. ...... 


An earlier Post:  Before Telus, Before iPhone, there were pigeon "phones"


B.C.F.S   Helicopters

29 pages

Past Summer, Lemon Creek fuel truck dumps load, destined for ....... Perry Ridge Photo and Maps

1778 Captain Cook cuts ships spars 

  1788  Captain Meares exports spars to China

2014  "Captain" Clark exports what's left to China

Change Masters  -  Chief Foresters

Canada's Past Senate Speaker and Craig James don't know whether they stayed at Kokoro Lodge, or Keekorok Lodge

Dan Hays (retired Senate Speaker) and Craig James (currently the Clerk of the BC Legislature) missed the errors in the Blues, and proceeded to skip the Whites, as well.

Delegates sometimes fail to notice errors in reports, some delegates just mix names up with so many other trips, paid for, by us.   Dan Hays says:
 Should you encounter any obvious errors, please let us know


The conference included a visit to Kokoro Lodge in the Masai Mara game reserve and ended in Mombassa.
Kenya and France (January 2006)
The Honourable Dan Hays, Speaker of the Senate of Canada, and a delegation from the Senate traveled to Nairobi, Kenya to attend the 18th Commonwealth Speakers and Presiding Officers Conference January 3 to 8, 2006. Afterwards, the delegation travelled to Paris, France January 9 to 12 to meet with representatives of the French Senate.

Which Lodge?  Elks or Masonic?  Kokoro or Keekorok, one is in Central America, the other Central (eastern) Africa.  Flying distance is considerably different depending on whether the flights are from British Columbia or Ottawa to Costa Rica or Kenya. 

A Costa Rica Conference doesn't exist, but the one to Paris, via Kenya's Nairobi to Mombassa did happen, along with these two star billings: 
"Managing Parliament with Civility" (Presenter: Craig James, Clerk of Committees and Clerk Assistant, British Columbia). .... (Document does NOT exist)
A business session also took place, during which the 13-Member Steering Committee was elected and it was agreed unanimously that India should become a separate region, as in the CPA (note: The CSPOC has its own organization separate from the CPA).

The conference included a visit to Kokoro Lodge in the Masai Mara game reserve and ended in Mombassa.

Hmmmmm Syllablalized:

Ko ko ro   sure sounds like     Kee ko rok
Kok oro    sure sounds like     Keek orok

There is a Kokoro Lodge, easily found.     There is a Keekorok Lodge, easily found.

There is NO Kokoro Lodge in Kenya!       There is a Keekorok Lodge in Kenya

Keekorok Lodge and Masai Mara game reserve:   191 kilometers between Nairobi and a landing space to access Masai Mara game reserve.  Or drive from Nairobi to Masai Mara game reserve lodges.
One satisfied client to Keekorok Lodge (not a Senator or Speaker or Clerk):
Unique Quality: Like many places in Masai Mara, I imagine, we humans are the visitors on the home turf of the animals, so compared to a resort in a big city, the unique aspect of this property was having wildlife share space with us during our entire stay. On the first night, a guard took us to the back of the property where we stood less than 50 feet from a mama and baby elephant, who ran from the trees and headed out into the dark of night. The next night, while getting escorted to our room by security, a zebra was hanging out in front of our room. We were only about 10 feet away from it and he seemed completely uninterested in our presence. Such incredible, unforgettable moments!

Former Speaker of the Senate of Canada, Dan Hays has traveled, 13 trips in 2005, around the globe to democratic (sic)........ countries, like:
People's Republic of China (June 2005)

The Honourable Dan Hays, Speaker of the Senate of Canada, and a parliamentary delegation travelled to the People's Republic of China from June 6 to 10, 2005. This official visit was at the invitation of Mr. Wu Bangguo, Chair of the National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China.
The delegation was comprised of the following members:
The Honourable Dan Hays, Speaker of the Senate and Mrs. Kathy Hays;
The Honourable Lowell Murray, Senator, P.C.;
The Honourable Patricia Carney, Senator, P.C.;
The Honourable Marie-P. Poulin, Senator;
The Honourable Mac Harb, Senator;  Senate expense scandal nominee
Mr. Kevin Guerin, Chief of Staff; and
Ms. Michelle A. Tittley, Secretary to the delegation.

Mexico trip personnel.... beefed up

2006 was a slow year, the Senate Speaker's last, of a six year term.
Yellowknife, Northwest territories (January 2006)

The Honourable Dan Hays, Speaker of the Senate of Canada, and a delegation from the Senate traveled to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories to attend the 23rd Presiding Officers Conference in January, 2006. The visit was at the invitation of Speaker Paul Delorey of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories.
Just so you know, we're not complaining about the jet-setting ways of our Senate, Commons, Legislatures or the Clerks who man the desks in each, but just how many of these fine persons are traveling First/Business Class?   Why not Economy?  Commercial?

Transporting 45 delegates and 5 ... spouses 300 kilometers and back again to Yellowknife started off with a brief excursion to the outskirts of town for some dog sledding, hot tea and tube rides (GHG) followed up with a visit to a Diamond Mine:
Delegates and partners were invited for a tour of the Diavik Diamond Mine on Thursday, January 19. Diavik is a diamond mine located about 300 kilometres north of Yellowknife. The area was surveyed in 1992 and construction began in 2001, with production commencing in January 2003. In 2005, the total operations and construction workforce at Diavik was approximately 740 persons. The mine is owned by a joint venture between the Aber Diamond Corporation and Diavik Diamond Mines Inc.
New source (Page 51 of 70) for "Managing Parliament with Civility"

The Real titles is:

"Managing with the New Civility in B.C.’s Legislative Assembly"
Presented by Craig James, Clerk Assistant of the Legislative Assembly in B.C. The B.C. government undertook “civility” reforms that impact electoral systems and the role of elected officials and parties to improve citizens’ engagement.

Canadian NATO Parliamentary Association to Brussels and Paris Feb. 24 - 28,  2013

Raynell Andreychuk  mentioned in earlier Post on BC Speaker Linda Reid spending spree.