Thursday, March 31, 2016

Stand in a Translink bus stop line and it's FREE; Enter a Seabus Terminal and the Compass card goes $Cha-Ching and the ride doesn't start for fifteen minutes

Translink claims that our fare is good for 90 minutes without clarifying what constitutes whether or not we are getting value for our money.

Lonsdale Quay:  Translink passengers PAY FIRST then walk 250 feet to stand in a holding pen until the Seabus arrives from Waterfront Station.  Waiting time varies from 'just missed the boat' which equates to 13 minutes, or ten, or eight, or six or four or two or if you're really lucky, ZERO minutes because the Second Seabus has just arrived.

North Shore Lonsdale Quay 250 foot walk Cha-Ching $


Waterfront Station:  Translink passengers PAY FIRST then walk 685 feet to stand in a holding pen until the Seabus arrives from Lonsdale Quay.  Waiting time varies from 'just missed the boat' which equates to 13 minutes, or ten, or eight, or six or four or two or if you're really lucky, ZERO minutes.

South Shore Waterfront Station $Cha-Ching

If you're really UN-Lucky, wait another sailing of 13 minutes because the first Seabus was full

And then of course there's the disembarking scenario, no need to wait in a holding pen queue of course, but there's still that 685 feet to walk before you have to Tap Out.

The other rip off is the ADD FARE to cross Burrard Inlet, north or south but we don't get anymore traveling time than 90 minutes from when we first boarded the system, even with an ADD FARE.  It's a levy.   Motorists travel over Burrard Inlet at the First and Second Narrows Bridges but are not required to pay that ADD FARE?  Not FAIR, right.  We, who use public transit to reduce pollution, and congestion, pay a levy.

There is another option to treat all patrons of Translink fairly. Create holding pens at every bus stop, just like Seabus stations.  Require patrons to PAY FIRST to get into the holding pens, and then run the buses late thereby creating a windfall for Translink coffers.  In essence, Translink treats Sea Bus patrons differently because they can, with a captive market.

There is a solution for Seabus patrons and it's staring the over paid Translink Executivea right in their beady little eyes.

Before entering those holding pens containing the maximum of 400 souls there are turn-stile counters that are there to satisfy Transport Canada regulations regarding sufficient numbers of life jackets in case of an emergency.

Why not put the Compass card at the turnstiles?

Why is Translink collecting our money and forcing us to walk close to 1,000 feet before we get anywhere near a line up.... for a bus that just happens to be waterborne?

And then there's the long walks from the Compass machines on the way to and from the Canada Line.  Why are we putting up with such nonsense when the Compass machines should be at the holding pens OR to be accurate, at the moment we step aboard just like buses!

Translink raves about their schedules.


Thursday, March 24, 2016

Barry Penner was Awesome: Take one mallet, one fish to warn other fish to stay out


BC Environment Minister Barry Penner.

45 photos of  Think Salmon

Does the BC Hydro boss still think about saving the salmon and other fish when it comes to Site C?

To drive the importance of Fish, back in 2008, there are 11 photographs of 11 different Drains with the same people in the background witnessing Penner's flattening of 11 healthy salmon AND then spray painting them yellow.

Which one of the lawn mowers does Barry Penner still use around his home?  Which ones does BC Hydro endorse........

Sunday, March 20, 2016

BC Liberal Government: BC Hydro: Site C: Arrest of Protesters ..... and Arlo Guthrie's take

 Have you ever seen the degree to which BC Hydro documents their rights to do anything they want with thousands and thousands of pages and PHOTOGRAPHS against our Rights.

 ..... twenty seven eight-by-ten color glossy photographs with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one explaining what each one was to be used as evidence  .......

Alice's Restaurant Massacre


"Obie, I don't think I can pick up the garbage with these handcuffs on." He said, "Shut up, kid. Get in the back of the patrol car."

And that's what we did, sat in the back of the patrol car and drove to the quote Scene of the Crime unquote. 

I want tell you about the town of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where this happened here, they got three stop
signs, two police officers, and one police car, but when we got to the Scene of the Crime there was five police officers and three police cars, being the biggest crime of the last fifty years, and everybody wanted to
get in the newspaper story about it. 

And they was using up all kinds of cop equipment that they had hanging around the police officer's station.

They was taking plaster tire tracks, foot prints, dog smelling prints, and they took twenty seven eight-by-ten color glossy photographs with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one explaining what each one was to be used as evidence against us. Took pictures of the approach, the getaway, the northwest corner, the southwest corner, and that's not to mention the aerial photography.


My Motor cycle sickle

the significance of the pickle

and more  

Friday, March 18, 2016

BC Liberal Party rehires Laura Miller for one reason: reported record of wiping hard drives

Its an asset, much like the one that was implemented when the BC Liberals thought they were going to lose in 2005, mid BC Rail crisis.  The powers to be decided to delete every file in the Government's control .... and then when they won .... they couldn't provide the files, the documents, the emails to those seeking further information by way of Freedom of Information requests.

Laura Miller is back!!!

With the keys to the offices firmly in the hands of a Party flunky, will there be a repeat of Ontario wipe-out of hard drives, not the simple cherry picking of the BC Liberals selective triple deleting?

CBC backgrounder

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Light Plane Noise is in Real Time: YVR Webtrak twenty minutes later

The daily light plane visitor, heading for home, from ... Whistler .... travels over our homes every afternoon at 4:20.   He is one noisy son of a ......

There is no North shore noise monitor device provided by YVR that would permit a Noise complaints to be registered with them over the commercial / light plane flights path .... but if you're the least bit interested in flights over YOUR home and there is a Noise detector nearby, check out  this software provided by YVR:

Image UPDATED: 2018-06-16   includes a box with details of each plane: flight path tracking and complaints to be made

It has historical capabilities   Not real time because of the terrorists in our midst

Will Transport Canada deem that those pesky drones that have invaded our privacy, will they soon be tracked in REAL TIME?

Remember when that plane crashed just short of the runway at YVR ..... in 2011

VANCOUVER -- A Kelowna-bound twin-engined airplane operated by Prince George-based Northern Thunderbird Air crashed late Thursday afternoon just shy of the east end of the south runway at Vancouver International Airport.

Premier Christy Clark landed at her heliport on the shores of Burrard Inlet at precisely ..... , then whisked up the elevator to her Office for Tea with her staff.   More flight time paid for by the public.

Pattullo: Made in BC: Mooo-ve over Heritage Barns of Canada. Make room for Houses too

Buttercup's Lovely Day
By Carolyn Beck and Illustrated by Andrea Beck
I love the barn.  Three-tall walls. 
       Cow-filled stalls. The snorty snuff of hay and dung.
Pails all stacked, harness hung. 
       Sweet warm glows from high-slung lamps.
Bells and lows.  Stomps and stamps.  
       Bull in his pen butting his gate.  A horse, a hen, a cat on a crate.

Green Lake Road, Okanagan
The peak of the roof hay loft doors slide down and sideways!!!!!

BC 'Father' of marketing Barns:

A British Columbia "General Purpose Barn" How To Build 28' X 36' with a lean-to 14' wide

28' X 36'  ...about the size of Vancouver's East Side houses, without the lean-to, with eavestroughs touching, no surrounding drain tiles

The barn-like roof feature is still visible around the city, quick to construct the walls and roof in one day, and lasting 100 years and still going strong in the City of North Vancouver.

The barn was all about knock down Pre-Fab; the forerunner to IKEA marketing of North America's agriculture belt.

An 'Ikea' pre-cut package from Pattullo Page 17

City of North Vancouver Heritage 2013 Registry

Workers, families, fresh off of the Canadian Prairies after having been driven, escaping, from the madness of Europe's World War One.  The Pandemic, that's how my mother's mother, with three children under the age of 12, arrived in Vancouver without a husband....... without a Father,..... without a Grandfather to be.


Barns, all sorts of barn drawings for cattle, horses, Smoke houses and instructions on how to build, manufacture

Items 11 to 18 out of 18 titles


Manufactured Lumber NOT Raw Log Exports

Friday, March 11, 2016

TransLink exact Cash only? Why not prorate the travelling time longer?

When I was younger it was easy to find the exact change in my pocket, but now???? as a Senior, poor eyesight, arthritis wracks the body, ....... one zone, Concession fare, is $1.75 for 90 minutes.

I take longer to walk, and browse, between shopping spots, longer than the allotted 90 minutes.  So why is it that the Translink Machines onboard the bus still requires the EXACT amount?   The driver has to input Concession; and Zone; machine stamps the ticket with 90 minutes.  Why not just state 'Senior'; drop the cash in, time allocated on value for money? ... rather than having to pay another $1.75 for a full fare?

One Loonie and three quarters... fumble, fumble.  or   Seven Quarters.....   or  dimes and quarters..... or

I could use One Twoonie in lieu of $1.75  and currently Translink pockets the quarter without providing a benefit.  Twenty-five cents doesn't seem like much, but adding them together, Translink is the one getting the free ride.

Single Cash Fares for Seniors
Twenty-Five cents for me provides an extra 12 minutes of time.

Declaration upon boarding the bus:  'One Zone; Senior; all I have are Twoonies Sir'

'Old timer, its still only 90 minutes.  You're not a still practicing lawyer by chance, charging by the Minute, like Finance Minister Mike de Jong, are you?

1987 West Coast Shipbuilding Contracts: Awarded $700 million Polar 8 Icebreaker; Quebec $1 billion to build icebergs

Somewhere around this house, along with the BC Government BCRIC shares there is a vintage Federal 1987 Polar 8 Tie Clip .....

Canada's Shipbuilding history repeats itself on the North Shore.

Seaspan's shipbuilding contract is now at the double jeopardy phase after the announcement of an unsolicited bid from Quebec's Davie (again, more voters).
An unsolicited bid — potentially worth up to $1 billion — to provide icebreakers and multi-purpose ships for the coast guard was submitted to the Trudeau government late last month, The Canadian Press has learned.
The proposal by Quebec-based Chantier Davie Canada Inc. has the potential to undercut one pillar of the national shipbuilding strategy, which delegates the construction of civilian ships to Vancouver's Seaspan shipyard.  CBC

The North Shore News prophetic headline for late 1987:   
Versatile Pacific awarded $700 million contract;  Quebec shipyard awarded $1 Billion contract for icebergs

CCGS Polar Class 8 Icebreaker  
 As the project progressed and the costs rose, the government's commitment to the project weakened. On 20 February 1990 the Minister of Finance Michael Wilson announced its cancellation. The Canadian government's cancellation of the Polar 8 icebreaker project was a severe blow to British Columbia's shipbuilding industry. "The cancellation of Polar 8 means B.C. probably suffers a $450 million economic development program loss," said Finance Minister Mel Couvelier. The project to build the world's biggest icebreaker was canceled despite three years of government promises that it would be built in British Columbia. Cancellation meant the loss of 1,000 promised shipyard jobs in North Vancouver and Victoria over a four-year construction period - and millions of dollars worth of contracts to marine-related industries. Versatile Pacific Shipyards Inc. spokesmen said Canadian content in the half-billion dollar ship would have been 75 percent, mostly from British Columbia contractors. It has already cost $7.5 million to design.


The massive 1989 federal budget cuts saw funding for the Polar 8 Project reduced and eventually it was cancelled in 1990, only two months before construction was scheduled to begin. The ship was to have been built at Versatile Pacific Shipyards in British Columbia at a cost of $700 million CAD. Versatile's delays in construction start up were cited as a contributing factor, while political shifts in Eastern Europe to detente and Canada to continentalism diminished the needs for the defense and sovereignty protection an icebreaker would provide. A perceived problem of overcapacity in Canadian shipyards also diminished the government's interest in providing support. The loss of the contract was the last rivet in the coffin for Versatile Pacific Shipyard, which closed in 1992.


Thursday, March 10, 2016

devil in the LNG details, selling souls

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

BC Red Tape will now be used to open Site C, some day. Coralee Oakes Red Tape Cuttings on the Press Floor

Must be tough to do an Opinion piece in the Vancouver Sun if the only requirement is to be part of the process of reaching out to the BC Liberal Government, offer a comment, to then do a Copy Paste from a BC Liberal press release  dated March 2, 2016 that has your name on it to then do an independent analysis Opinion piece in the Vancouver Sun on March 8, 2016 on page C2.

Less Red Tape all around.

The Report from the Minister is more telling.  Not one person's name is released in it but the Press Release does name names and Jones too. (with or without her permission?)

Why not go the extra mile and just sign off as:

Media Relations
Ministry of Small Business and Red Tape
Reduction and Responsible for the Liquor
Distribution Branch

Can you just imagine if the Public were to find out that the Press Gallery in Victoria and Vancouver were regular participants in massaging the message eg.  Oakes Red Tape Day?.

Why not do an 'Andrew Coyne declaration of knowing Nigel Wright' before the Duffy Affair, ..... why is the VP of CFIM being directly involved in the process of cutting one piece of red tape with a quote.

Page 2 of 9

Vancouver Sun:  Editorial:
Plenty to celebrate when it comes to less red tape:
Laura Jones:
Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

She can be reached

Friday, March 4, 2016

On the very same day TECK receives Environment Approval for a Saturated Backfills Field Study they ask for a Departure from BC Mines

TECK:  Saturated Backfills Study at Elkview Operation

Two letters from two different writers at TECK to two different BC Government Officers in two different departments.  Left Hand, Right Hand

Re: Request for Approval under the Environmental Management Act to undertake the 2016 Saturated Backfills Field Study at Elkview Operation

Re: Request for Departure from Approval under the Elkview Operations Mines Act C-2 Permit to undertake the 2016 Saturated Backfills Field Study

Google Search Criteria:  request for departure from Approval Mines Act C-2 Permit

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Name those unknown persons standing on the BC Legislature steps, who were born before 1871 but photographed in 1924 and .....

We get visitors from overseas, East, West and South all looking for their ancestors.

Once upon a time their relatives were encouraged by Clifford Sifton's Immigration Policy, with a rider, that only the hardiest of Stalwart Peasants should be leaving their homeland for the wheat fields of Canada.  Old Sifton leaned towards Europe's cold climate to supply the manpower, and their family, because of the First World War.

From an earlier Post on Emily Carr, along with her sister Elizabeth, were among those invited to stand on the steps of the BC Legislature in 1924 (Page 3 of 43) with only two conditions:

1) They had to have been Born Before 1871 (not necessarily in British Columbia) and;
2) Alive in 1924 for the photograph to be taken (Obviously).

If, Simon Fraser hadn't died in 1862, he too would have been on those steps.  As it is, both Simon and Emily have had universities named after them.   A much finer form of recognition than simply a Street Sign, even better than having a Bridge named after oneself.

However,    somewhere over there where Clifford Sifton had persuaded farmers to come to Canada, there were siblings and parents left behind to wonder, whatever became of HIM and his family of nine children and his wife... Bertha.

There's a possibility here, that within the 1924 photograph there are 33 families who might know what happened those that ended up on our Steps.  All they have to do is compare their old family albums to British Columbia's 1924 photograph.

A Name on the Face so that Victoria can name some more streets... after ...., and of course the recognition that the old timers families richly deserve.

Nameless faces:
7, 9, 18, 26, 27, 33, 51, 52, 67, 70, 77, 78, 80, 82, 84, 96, 100, 102, 103, 104, 110, 113, 122, 125, 131, 135, 143, 144, 149, 163, 189, 190, 191

67, 70, 100, 102, 103, 104, 113, 125, 131, 135, 143, 144 


7, 9, 77, 78, 110, 122, 149


18, 26, 33, 51, 52, 80, 82, 84, 189, 190, 191


 33, 96, 163