Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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

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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.
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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!
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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.

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Mexico trip personnel.... beefed up
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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.
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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.
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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.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It is fashionable to beat up on Jenny Kwan and criticize the non-profit sector for lavish travel and expenses. I contend that the behaviour of the Senators and civil servants listed in the above post is exactly the same, and also an abuse. But when it comes to running up tax deductible expenses for personal pleasures, reducing the ability of government to fund programs, the really big money is on the corporate side. Expense account lunches, team building trips to the Mayan Riviera by the plane load all deducted from taxable income of the business and not shown as a taxable benefit received by salespeople. And don't get me started on seasons tickets for the home team.