Sunday, December 23, 2018

A September 2018 night at Usal Campground's Shady Dell & Hotel Gulch

"A magnificent sleeper no shouting disturbs
He is fit, mighty strong and ever so slim
Nature and cityscapes beckon to him
So camera in hand and eye attuned
Unique, artistic photographs are his very soon" 

"Usal Campground"- Wednesday


James Baroud  Rooftops Tents

Thursday, December 6, 2018

The Colonial Broadcasting Corporation: As It Happens In The USA. A Vancouver publication accuses the CBC of lying to Canadians.

The Colonial Broadcasting Corporation:

As It Happens In The USA, Part Two.

A Vancouver publication accuses the CBC of lying to Canadians.

By Robin Mathews Dec. 2018

With charming irresponsibility, prime minister Justin Trudeau not only assisted what many consider the wholly improper call to bring the president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, before the International Criminal Court, he also is alleged to have (in September) misreported (at the UN) conditions in Venezuela.

The charge by the Vancouver publication The Fire This Time (Oct. 2018) of the CBC lying to Canadians involves Anna Maria Tremonti, the Current, and so-called responsible reporting about Venezuela.  The Fire This Time allegations may be timely because public impatience with false, twisted, convenient, padded news/ information delivery is growing.

The situation regarding Venezuela is complex  but, at base, very simple. The U.S., major creator of The Organization of American States (which Canada kept free from for years, but which now acts, inside, as a U.S. lackey), is often accused of wanting to control all of Central and South America.

That began with the so-called Monroe Doctrine set out in 1823  providing one of the bedrock policies for the fundamental imperialist basis of U.S. global policy.  The Doctrine, in effect, told European powers to stay out of Central and South America (the USA back yard).  The area was to belong to the USA (to exploit, to ravish, to oppress).

The attempt to have the International Criminal Court move against Nicolas Maduro followed an Organization of American States complaint against Venezuela based upon a Report by three experts of which Canada Irwin Cotler was one.  The USA does not belong to the very questionable International Criminal Court, largely because it fears actions may be taken against itself.  But it uses the ICC through proxies (like Canada) when convenient.  Donald Trump calls Venezuela a socialist regime acting with its Cuban supporters.  No condemnation (for him) could be greater.

The Anna Maria Tremonti (in Toronto) and Adrienne Arsenault (in Colombia) reporting about Venezuela apparently parroted what the USA and Justin Trudeau would say  without regard for an absolutely key fact about Venezuela.  So important was the absence of the key fact that some reasonable people believe it is fair to call the broadcast a lie.

As a part of the attempt to wreck, it seems, any Venezuelan continuation of a people-centred, independent, democratic government (in this case in the hands of socialist actors), the USA, Canada, the European Union, Switzerland, and Panama have imposed vicious, crippling sanctions upon Venezuela.  The aim is to prevent Venezuela from importing food, medicines, and other basic goods.  It is to prevent Venezuela from, in effect, using the U.S. financial system  and even from receiving the profit from the Venezuela-owned fuel industry company CITCO in the USA.

Present Venezuelan conditions have to be seen in the light of those facts.

A United Nations spokesperson has condemned the sanctions as violating Human Rights obligations. Canadians should care deeply.  And they might care deeply if they knew the facts  if the CBC, for instance, looked to some like something other than a tool of U.S. policy, however vicious.

Ms. Tremonti (CBC) is reported as allowing the elected leader of Venezuela to be called “on the broadcast“ by the extremist U.S. Ambassador to the UN, a dictator who is sacrificing the people of Venezuela.  The U.S. Ambassador apparently also declared that Nicolas Maduro is going to have to be dealt with.

According to The Fire This Time (Alison Bodine), the Anna Maria Tremonti broadcast also avoided reporting the support given by the ultra-rich to violence and terrorism, hoarding, price-gouging even smuggling and sabotage that others have reported.  Even casual observers of Venezuelan affairs cannot be unaware that repeated, violent demonstrations against the Maduro government have been organized and carried out from the wealthy sections of Caracas,Venezuela capital.

Since the attempted (and failed) coup against the leadership of Hugo Chavez in 2002 (a coup loudly celebrated at the US Embassy while believed successful), the US and its minions (Canada included) appear to have been trying to destroy the democratically elected government of Venezuela.

If The Fire Next Time report of the Anna Maria Tremonti propaganda exercise on Venezuela is accurate  then Canadians must be very concerned, very angry, and they must demand significant change.  How do we end the CBC as a continuing broadcast called As It Happens in the USA?

Within every on-going large organization there is what might be called a way of being, a way, that is, of working and acting without offending anyone (inside) or ever opening up the possibility of real difference in attitude, action, or basic belief.  In a monodrome like the Colonial Broadcasting Corporation, it appears a giant fiction is acted out that all engage in a genuine search for meaningful information, for revealing fact. 

In truth, the CBC information programs  that won't touch 9/11, the pair of 21st century False Flags involving deaths and damage to the innocent in Canada, the role of the Bank of Canada in the creation of Canadian debt; the lackey role of Canada in U.S. expansionism; the gigantic failure of Canadian government on climate change action  (the list could go on  and on)  are welded together by the unstated pledge to serve dominant power, never risking the equilibrium of the monodrome by introducing a real question or by insisting upon (as with Venezuela) an examination of the full, bare, painful truth of the situation.  To serve dominant power in Canadian broadcasting means, quite simply, running, without let-up, a continuous broadcast we may call As It Happens in the USA.

Part I   As it Happens  posted with Richard Hughes


Monday, November 26, 2018

BC Legislature Speaker Darryl Plecas has the power to eject one, or all, BC Liberal MLAs, to maintain order.

With all the drama taking place in Victoria over the actions of the Speaker of the House, the public should keep in mind this, from his Darryl Plecas BC Leg Bio:
His most recent book, which he co-authored in his current role as professor emeritus at the University of the Fraser Valley, focuses on how government professionals can make better decisions.
The Book:  Introduction to Criminal Investigation: Processes, Practices and Thinking

It appears that Plecas has taken a page out of his co-authored  book to focus on ......the matters at hand, since January, August, November 2018

Speaker Plecas is wielding a mighty large verbal stick once he sits in his Chair in the Legislature.
If an MLA does not obey the rules and makes inappropriate or discourteous remarks, the Speaker will ask the member to withdraw those remarks. If the member does not comply with the Speaker's instructions, the Speaker has the power to order the MLA to withdraw from the Chamber for the day. For more serious offences, the Speaker "names" the MLA, which means the MLA may be suspended from the Legislative Assembly without pay for anywhere from one to 15 days.

If the MLA refuses to leave the Chamber as requested, the Speaker may ask the Sergeant-at-Arms to remove the member. In such a case, the offending member may be suspended for the balance of the session.

 MLA Speaker Darryl Plecas Bio via the BC Legislature

Prior to his election as MLA, Dr. Plecas was the RCMP Senior University Research Chair and Director for the Centre for Public Safety and Criminal Justice Research at the University of the Fraser Valley, where he worked for 34 years. He holds two degrees in criminology from Simon Fraser University and a doctorate in higher education from the University of British Columbia. He is the author or co-author of more than 200 books, international journal articles, and research reports addressing a broad range of public safety issues. His most recent book, which he co-authored in his current role as professor emeritus at the University of the Fraser Valley, focuses on how government professionals can make better decisions.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The only direct connection between caregiver Robert Riley Saunders and Alex Gervais's caregiver is their job? And damn their teenage victims?

 Misappropriation of funds is the name of the game

 February 6, 2017

Caregiver: Name and image not released to public
the report says Alex alleged that his caregiver was misappropriating funds that were meant to support him and leaving him alone and unsupported in the hotel.

Current Photos Kelowna

July 25, 2022

Robert Riley Saunders, fraudster social worker in Kelowna, B.C., gets 5 years in prison 


November  7, 2018

Caregiver: Robert Riley Saunders alive and $miling

 B.C.'s representative for children and youth says her office has opened 14 files relating to teenagers who claim they were victims of a social worker accused of siphoning funds from vulnerable First Nations youth.

Gang related?  Do caregivers share their 'expertise' to others with similar criminal interests?

Saturday, November 10, 2018

President Donald Trump skipped rainy Vimy Ridge because his regulation golf umbrella was a no show.

 Trump cancelled attending a WW1 memorial at a U.S. cemetery in France because of some rain on Saturday, but Merkel, Macron and Trudeau managed to do their bit

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Scotty on Denman: the smallpox epidemic, killed so many people, the canoes were started then forgotten until we showed up a hundred years later.


1 comment:

scotty on denman said...
We were developing some timber on private land on an island near Bella Bella. Part of the job was to recognize what used to be called "Indian Trees"---now called "Culturally Modified Trees" or CMTs --- western red cedar trees, usually still alive, from which planks or bark were periodically harvested. For us it affected road location and cutting boundaries: if a CMT was pre-1864, we had to stay 300 metres away from it, and post-1864 only 100 metres away. We'd note the CMTs on the map and give it to a team of ethno-archaeologists to determine the date of "modification", that is, the removal of bark or planks, and often holes burned into the bole to test for soundness---these were being considered for canoes. We had occasion to wonder why exactly we were developing timber in an area where you literally couldn't find a spot where at least one CMT wasn't visible.

It occurred to me one day, high up on a mountain, eating lunch beside a skinny, twisted red cedar, that the pattern of CMT distribution illustrated proprietorial working of the forest: why would anybody come all the way up here, maybe a kilometre of steep, broken ground to the water, to strike a plank off a shitty little pecker-pole cedar when there were (and still are) plenty of much better candidates down by the water's edge? The answer is because the trees down by the water were owned by somebody else; the poor guy who had to crawl all the way up there to get a difficult, twisted plank wasn't allowed to harvest lower down---it didn't belong to him and he didn't have permission from the owner(s).

Hung out with the ethno-archaeologists one afternoon. Quite interesting the techniques they used to determine the age of the working, like was it done by metal or stone axe? was it burned down or chopped down (some CMTs are stumps ). But man! those guys were expensive, about $1600 per day, maybe assess two or three CMTs. Meanwhile each one of us engineers would note dozens and dozens of CMTs every single day. They're virtually everywhere up there. Heiltsuk territory. Wet, no forest fires to destroy evidence of primitive workings. We only needed to know pre-or-post-1864 but they estimated some of the workings to be several hundred years old---count the annual rings in the scar tissue around the edges of the working.

Another disturbing realization on Nootka Island was the reason why all these canoes, about ten of them, had been started but abandoned: it was the smallpox epidemic, killed so many people, the canoes were started then forgotten until we showed up a hundred years later. It was a ghostly realization. 

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Elephant Hill firepower: The sheer magnitude of Nature

Forty kilometres away from Kamloops

Williams Lake




August 17, 2017

Salmon Arm Observer
 The Elephant Hill fire is still far away but city says its officials are prepared.
Why did the Salmon Arm Observer crop the Top off?




Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Ken Dobell to oversee Rich Coleman's Cabinet papers regarding casino money laundering?

Was British Columbia's Attorney General David Eby grandstanding when asking the BC Liberal's Leader Andrew Wilkinson permission to liaise with former Attorney General  Mike de Jong to have access to their Executive Council / Cabinet meeting Minutes?

Eby wants to review the previous government's documents pertaining to the verbal actions of former Minister Rich Coleman where he claims recently that he did  ...  ‘everything we could’ to crack down on money laundering,”

Why does Eby have to ask for the access?   The first fifteen years after the deliberations took place eg. 2017 + 15, are not open to public disclosure  IF.......  
 Section 12 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
12 (1) The head of a public body must refuse to disclose to an applicant information that would reveal the substance of deliberations of the Executive Council or any of its committees, including any advice, recommendations, policy considerations or draft legislation or regulations submitted or prepared for submission to the Executive Council or any of its committees.
There has been one violation of that Act before, and it was done during the BC Rail Trial!  No waiting for 2003 + 15 years  until  NOW  2018 on the topic money laundering.

Premier Gordon Campbell sent his Deputy Premier, Ken Dobell into the vault holding Executive Council / Cabinet documents to peruse any details that were pertinent to BC Rail trial, and it was done without the permission of the Court, nor was Dobell covered by the Supreme court vetting protocol.

Three senior government insiders were charged with 'accepting bribes, influence peddling and money laundering' in the sale of BC Rail to others.

Here we are in 2018, with a new BC government checking into the previous one on what actions Rich Coleman claims he took to rein in Casino money laundering which leaves the door wide open to as to whether or not the BC Liberal government discussed not only Casino money but also the two topics of 'accepting bribes and influence peddling".

BC Rail Trial

The Province
May 15, 2008

Mike Smyth

... documents could be turned over to police and which would remain secret due to cabinet "privilege."

Ken Dobell knew about this protocol.  Premier Gordon Campbell's Deputy Minister and closest adviser was kept in the loop during the protocol's development, according to a government e-mail trail.

Dobell also knew the seriousness of the situation:  Three former senior government insiders are charged with accepting bribes, influence peddling and money-laundering in the government's $1 billion sale of B.C. Rail to CN Rail.

The revelation that Dobell reviewed several of the most crucial cabinet documents in the case before releasing them to the police is mind-boggling.  He was not covered by the Supreme court protocol.  He did not sign the undertaking not to discuss the evidence.

Vancouver Sun

August 20, 2018

Vaughn Palmer

Liberals should hand confidential money laundering documents over for independent review

B.C. Liberals should consider handing over confidential documents related to the money laundering scandal, but only to a non-partisan committee.

........ “Former minister Rich Coleman has recently said that the previous government did ‘everything we could’ to crack down on money laundering,” wrote Eby, citing the former deputy premier’s response to release of the Peter German report on money laundering.

“In that light,” continued Eby, “I am requesting that the Opposition support our efforts in fighting this criminal activity in B.C. It is our government’s desire to continue to aggressively pursue measures to counter money laundering, but to do so in a manner that does not duplicate unsuccessful efforts from previous governments.”

Scarce resources, you see.

“I am writing directly to seek your support of this effort by obtaining agreement from the members of the previous government to waive cabinet privilege on all documents relating to money laundering.”
Cabinet privilege being the convention, linked to the oath of confidentiality, that shelters cabinet minutes, documents and the like from public scrutiny for decades after the fact.

Not that Eby was suggesting a blanket waiver of the long-standing rule that protects governments of every political persuasion.

Rather: “I can commit on behalf of the government, that information from these documents would remain confidential.”

The Invitation to Mr. Wilkinson:

 August 10, 2018

Dear Mr. Wilkinson:

As you know, Dr. Peter German released his independent review of anti-money laundering practices last month.  Our government is acting quickly to implement Dr. German's recommendations.

As we proceed with the work with work of finding the best ways to implement the recommendations I am taking this opportunity to write to you with a specific request.
Former Minister Rich Coleman has recently said that the previous government did "everything we could" to crack down on money laundering.  In that light, I am requesting that the Official Opposition support our efforts in fighting this criminal activity in British Columbia.  It is our government's desire to continue to aggressively pursue measures to counter laundering, but to do so in a manner that does not duplicate unsuccessful efforts from previous governments.

In order to do this work in a manner that makes the most effective use of limited public resources, I am writing to seek your support of this effort by obtaining agreement from the members of the previous government to waive cabinet privilege on all documents relating to money laundering.

 The information found in these document would contribute to our efforts in finding ways to comprehensively end such criminal practices in BC casinos and throughout BC's economy through avoiding failed measures already attempted by previous administrations.  I can commit on behalf of the government, that information from these document would remain confidential.

If you are amendable to this proposal, please indicate your willingness to help and we will proceed with an official request to former Minister Mike De Jong, who is the designated representative of the previous government.

I look forward to your response.

Yours truly,

David Eby, QC
Attorney General


Vetting Reference: BC Legislature:  Question Period

May 8, 2008

Hon. W. Oppal: "I have exercised the responsibility I was given to determine whether to assert privilege on any government documents completely independently, free of any influence. There has been no attempt by anyone to influence my decisions. I have been left entirely to my own judgment to decide these questions, and I have not consulted with anyone other than receiving legal advice from Mr. Copley."
           B. Ralston: The Attorney General should be aware, and I'm sure he is aware, that Mr. Seckel only got involved later on. The initial protocol was different. The protocol was set up to preserve the integrity of the investigation while documents were vetted for privilege.
           Only four people were legally permitted to see those documents. All of them had to sign an undertaking that they would not disclose the document or discuss it. Mr. Dobell was not on that list. He was not permitted under the process sanctioned by Mr. Justice Dohm to see or hear about the documents, but he did.
           The government violated its undertaking, and that is a problem for the integrity of the investigation. The Attorney General, in the independent, non-partisan aspect of his office — the office he holds — has an obligation to protect the integrity of the Crown. How will he exercise that obligation here?
           Hon. W. Oppal: The answer to that question is clear and simple — by letting the court do its work.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Is the symbol/words for the 'Cul de sac' street sign Gender Neutralized? NO!!

 According to scientists, the very first organisms to dare engage in sex were more like Adam and Steve than Adam and Eve. - Seattle Times

Adam and Steve

Eve and Adam


British Columbia highways and municipal streets must adhere to the principal of "Gender-neutral language or gender-inclusive language that avoids bias toward a particular sex or social gender."  

Anatomist James 'Douglas' Pouch' = Cul de Sac
 These Signs are Definitely not Gender Neutral


Google Search Criteria:  cul de sac symbol designed by

One Result:
Cul-de-sacs: Dead Ends in More Ways Than One:    Rule 2 for sustainable communities:   Design an interconnected street system.

The Tyee

Patrick M. Condon   22 Sep  2010

 The major disadvantages of the dendritic system are that almost all trips are made longer than they would be if the system were interconnected and that it is prone to congestion since it provides no alternative routes away from main intersections.


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Victoria ousts 'Prime Minister' Macdonald. Where is Vancouver City Council on B.C.’s first lieutenant-governor, Sir Joseph William "Trutch Street"?

The First Nation people of Vancouver have long sought out Vancouver City Council to remove the Trutch Street sign.

A Post from 2013:  "Trutch" we never Trusted. How about Truce, Christy?  


A BC Liberal Government Website likes to hang onto the old names database, by listing off their "Alias", like it was a crime, a fraud and to a large degree, they were.   If Grandpa called the best fishing hole in British Columbia "Rum Cache", don't look for it on the map, the name is now Cicuta Lake, south-west of Vanderhoof, well before you reach the Nechako Reservoir.

92% of 100% Reserve land was put aside for the 1% like Trutch,    by Trutch,    for Trutch!

Page 8 of  279
Land policy under Colonial B.C. 1850 - 1871

The first Indian (First Nation Land) Reserves were created in this period.  These reserves were located on southern Vancouver Island, the Fraser Valley, the Fraser Canyon, Kamloops, the Nicola Valley, the Okanagan,  and the Shuswap Lake areas.  Most of these were set up by Sir James Douglas in the early 1860's.

Douglas' reserve policy generally allowed Indians to select as much land as they wanted.  In 1861 Douglas directed the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works, who had responsibility for laying out these early reserves, to "take measures to .... for marking out distinctly, the Indian Reserves throughout the Colony".  He added that "the extent that the Indian Reserves to be defined" was to be "as they may be pointed out by the native themselves".

This policy was dramatically reversed in 1864 - 1865 by Joseph Trutch.  As head of the colonial Department of Lands and Works, Trutch initiated a policy of reduction of the Douglas' reserves, of reluctance to allot additional reserves, and of non-recognition of the Indian's aboriginal claim  (native title).

An example of Trutch's policy of reduction can be seen along the Thompson River.  The Indians of Kamloops, Neskainlith and Shuswap Lake originally held a reserve along the north bank of the South Thompson River from Kamloops to Shuswap Lake.  This included Little Shuswap Lake and areas around Adams Lake.  In 1866 these reserves were "adjusted" by Trutch by reducing them to approximately their present size.

This policy was extended to the Fraser Valley in 1867.  It is difficult to get precise information on the location and size of the present reserves in the Fraser Valley are only remnants of the original reserves.

To learn more about these early "cut-offs" and other land grievances in the 1850 -1871 period, see the article, "Joseph Trutch and Indian Land Policy"  in B.C. Studies  (1971 - 72) by Robin Fisher.


CBC Lede: Sticker campaign targets Trutch Street signs

..... He (Trutch) also made sure Indian reserves were small, quickly overturning the generous and inclusive decisions of his colonial predecessor, Governor James Douglas.
"He reduced the reserves that Douglas had allowed for by 92% and changed the laws so that a Sto:lo family could only occupy about 10 acres of land," says Kluckner.
Trutch went on to be the first lieutenant-governor of B.C. in 1871, when the province decided to join Confederation.

"His policies and the policies of the government of the time were perfectly in keeping with serving the needs of the British government,” says documentary filmmaker Vince Hemingson.  .......

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Air Quality Index Kelowna (186) vs Vancouver (24) August 13, 2018 Action needed immediately to protect peaches

Notes Training Air Raid Wardens 1941 British Columbia

Effect of the weather in gas attacks  (Page 3 of 59)

The danger from gas is increased or decreased according to the weather.

Calm Mild Weather (with or without fog).  Gas evaporates slowly.  It hangs about in strong concentration and may penetrate buildings if these are imperfectly protected.

Warm Weather.  Gas is given off more readily and mixes more easily with the surrounding air.

Cold Weather.  Gas does not rise so quickly.

Frosty Weather.  Has little effect on non-persistent gas, but may cause the liquid of mustard gas to freeze, which remains a danger if touched.  It will give off vapour again when the thaw sets in.

Rain.  Has little effect on any gas if light in character, but if heavy rain occurs it will remove the gas from the air and also wash away the liquid from the ground.

Wind.  A high wind will soon carry away the gas, as well as the vapour arising from the liquid on the ground, etc.  The rate at which this happens depends largely on the force and direction of the wind.  The gas rarely rises to more than 20 feet.

I always believed that my Grandfather died in France, close to home and the Wingate coal mines.

Recently, I came across a letter that my Mother wrote.  'Dad was MIA  Dardanelles!!!'

Not France???

He was 'recovering' from the effects of the coal dust with not a bright future ahead of him, or the family, health wise on all fronts.   With his last gasp he volunteered to go overseas. 

The death benefit pension provided by the British Government created  the means for the widower with three children to travel to Vancouver and start a new life............

Page 58 of 59

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

North Shore: Breaking 4:20 News: How to 'Scarf a Joint' in DNV and CNV parks

The municipalities of the City of North Vancouver and the District of North Vancouver haven't figured out how to repair missing railings.  The problem is that the railing is longer than the distance between the posts by four inches.   A scarf joint would work!

If the time comes and someone is injured, or worse, will there be a lawsuit launched against the municipalities?

How to Scarf a Joint

The length of a scarf joint should be at least four times the width of the stock.
Toldedo Community Boathouse
The trickiest part of a scarf joint is getting the angle for the joint. Most people recommend a 8:1 or 12:1 scarf angle. 8:1 is usually sufficient, but different builders have different preferences.

Popular Mechanics Scarf Joint

Scarfing plywood also makes a very strong, smooth joint and it does not require fiberglass tape or a two-stage gluing process. It does, however, require some preparation and since you are overlapping the ply instead of butting it, your resulting plank is slightly shorter than either of the previous methods. Make sure you take this into account before starting.


CNV's answer: OverKill $$$$

Top rail is easy to fix but what about the lower two?

How to build a new fence

Constant Diameter/Dowelled Post and Rail 


New way, no need to scarf a joint

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Government of Canada's Kinder Morgan pipeline facts from 2013 T/F today?

From one of our earlier Posts, September 5, 2013, there was Kinder Morgan with a Press Release beating their chests of just how good they are and then somewhere along the time line they deleted it.  Using the WayBack Machine the Press Release continues to live on.

Are the claims made by Kinder Morgan in the past still holds true today, and does Justin Trudeau's government stand behind the 'facts' today or is it time for an update!!?

3 million
Approximately three million barrels of crude oil travel through Canada’s crude oil pipeline network every day, enough to fill more than 475 million one-litre milk cartons or almost 200 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

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Number 3
Alberta’s oil sands are the third-largest source of proven crude oil reserves in the world, next to Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.

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$6.1 Billion
Alberta is expected to invest $6.1 billion in green technology, over the next five years, more than all other Canadian provinces combined.

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Diluted bitumen has been shipped in the Trans Mountain Pipeline and exported via tanker since the 1980s.
Tariff Requirements
Oil shipped in the Trans Mountain Pipeline must meet a strict set of requirements before it can be transported.

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$60 Billion
The value of Canadian exports of crude oil was worth more than $60 billion in 2011? (Source: The National Energy Board)
Tanker Scrutiny
Tankers are one of the most scrutinized vessels on the oceans today. Transport Canada inspects every tanker on its first arrival at a Canadian port and then once per year as part of its Port State Control program.

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1.4 million
Canada supplies 1.4 million barrels of oil per day to the U.S.

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Oil sands projects recycle 80-95 per cent of water used.

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Global energy demand will increase by 36% by 2035. More than half of this growth in demand will still be met by fossil fuels. (Source: International Energy Agency)
10 days
It takes almost 10 days for oil to travel from Edmonton to Burnaby through the Trans Mountain Pipeline.
5 km/hr
Oil moves at about five kilometers per hour in a pipeline, roughly walking speed. (Source: CEPA)
Lower density
Diluted bitumen shipped in the Trans Mountain Pipeline has a lower density than both fresh and salt water.

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Since 1989
Since Canada’s National Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund was implemented in 1989, no Canadian spill has exhausted all sources of cleanup funding. (Source: Office of the Administrator of the Ship-source Oil Fund, 2012)
Preventing corrosion
Pipelines are coated and then protected with a mild electric charge on the outside, to prevent corrosion from wet soil and air.

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What starts out as petroleum?
Plastics, many pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and oils and lubricants start out as petroleum. (Source: CEPA)
24 hours / 7 days a week
The Trans Mountain Pipeline is monitored 24/7 from remote control centres, equipped with sophisticated, computerized sensing and control systems.
500 BC
The first recorded use of pipeline to transport hydrocarbons was in China around 500 BC. (Source: CEPA)
With proper maintenance and monitoring, a pipeline can be safely operated indefinitely. (Source: CEPA)
Safe & Efficient
Pipelines remain the safest and most efficient method for transporting petroleum products. (Source: CEPA)
Since 1953
In operation since 1953, the Trans Mountain pipeline system is the only pipeline system in North America that transports both crude oil and refined products to the West Coast. (Source: Kinder Morgan)
2.5 times
If laid end-to-end, there are enough underground natural gas and liquids pipelines in Canada to circle the Earth around 2.5 times at the equator. (Source: CEPA)
Canada has a long history of pipeline construction and operation dating back to 1853 when a 25-kilometre cast-iron pipe moving natural gas to Trois Rivières, QC was completed. It was probably the longest pipeline in the world at the time. (Source: CEPA)
1862 World's First
In 1862, Canada would complete one of the world’s first oil pipelines, from the Petrolia oilfield in Petrolia, ON to Sarnia, ON. (Source: CEPA)
Economic Importance

With the discovery of an abundant supply of crude oil and natural gas in the west, Canada’s oil and gas industry began expanding its vast pipeline network in the 1950s. This expansion contributed significantly to the development of domestic and international markets, while propelling the Canadian economy forward. (Source: CEPA)
Marine Terminal
A marine terminal is a distribution centre that sends or receives product by ship, barge or pipeline, that usually includes a dock, storage tanks and a connecting pipeline system.
1,400 tanker trucks
It would take 1,400 gasoline tanker trucks per day travelling from Edmonton to Burnaby, that’s one leaving every minute, to transport what our Trans Mountain pipeline can within a 24 hour period.
94 per cent of all Canadian transportation energy comes from petroleum products. The vast majority of passenger vehicles on the road use gasoline as a fuel, while most freight transport trucks use diesel.
60 years
For 60 years, the Trans Mountain Pipeline system has been safely and efficiently providing the only West Coast access to Canadian oil products.
100,000 km network
The Trans Mountain Pipeline is part of Canada’s 100,000 km underground pipeline network that transports almost all of Canada’s daily crude oil and natural gas production.

Monday, July 9, 2018

A Proud River Rock Casino Resort Report: Where the money goes: Two Thirds + One Third = Four Thirds

That's Rich,  River Rock Casino Resort lays out the groundwork of how beneficial gaming revenue is to the City of Richmond

The money can go to "supporting programs like healthcare, education and social services" and "This share of gaming revenue received is available to be used to fund local projects such as:
      policing, road maintenance, civic buildings, and park upgrades.

$50 million just for Richmond and the BC Liberal Minister responsible for BC Lottery couldn't find the money to bankroll the  Integrated Gaming Enforcement Team (IGET) to keep tabs on the money launderers.

Does anyone in Richmond City Hall have a handle on the split today amongst the possible recipients?  healthcare, education, social services, policing, road maintenance, civic buildings and park upgrades?

Where the money goes
In British Columbia, approximately two-thirds of gross gaming revenue from the gaming facilities goes directly back to the government, through the BC Lottery Corporation, for the purpose of supporting programs like healthcare, education and social services.  The remaining one-third of gaming revenue is retained by service providers, such as Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, to pay for wages, building costs, taxes and other operational services.

policing, road maintenance, civic buildings, and park upgrades

Here we are in 2018 and the data above is for 2014/2015.

Any chance of an update from River Rock?   2016/2017/2018?

Is that when the fourth 'third part' took their cut and cleaned out the till?

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Will Judi ask Gordon to Co-author a sequel to Daggers Unsheathed: The political assassination of Rich Coleman

Background Reference for Sequel:

Google Search Criteria:  Glen Clark raid, Casino gate

It's just been brought to our attention that the title of Judi's next book will NOT be "Daggers Unsheathed" because in the Georgia Straight January 2018 issue .... there was Martyn Brown's column:
... Unlike almost every other person in this position in Canadian history, Rich Coleman has barged right into his party's leadership race, endorsing one candidate and alienating supporters of five others. ....
I bet you're curious to know what a cuban dagger is, right?


If there is a trial involving a politician then there'll be no need for Judi to rewrite two pages on Judge Bennett  who not only sat on the Glen Clark trial, but worked on the BC Rail court case as well until her promotion.

The Legislative Raids Blog:

BC Mary ......   here's Judi Tyabji Wilson's assessment of Judge Bennett in court on June 28, 2002, when listening to final arguments at the end of the 8-month trial of former premier Glen Clark (who was acquitted, btw):

The judge looked less tired than previously. Madam Justice Elizabeth Bennett appeared to be in her late 30s. She was attractive, with an almost shoulder-length cut of thick dark hair. And she had a dimple when she smiled, which was rare. Her dark eyes followed everything in the trial, and her forehead often creased in a thoughtful frown as she processed the information presented to her. Her patience had been obvious in many instances and her written presentations on rulings throughout the trial were thorough, intellectual, and full of legal references ...

Judge Bennett had to be looking forward to the end of the trial, but she gave no indication of her feelings, remaining as stern as ever. She was very careful and very good at her job. She looked like she could clean up in a poker match. At one point, [David] Gibbons [leading defence lawyer] made a joke and everyone laughed, including Bennett. She looked so much younger when she smiled, and very playful. It was as if a mask had slipped, but it had slipped briefly, and she resumed her professional air. Sometimes there was a hint that she had a good sense of humour but clearly she liked to have a controlled, professional atmosphere in the courtroom. Too much humour, or too much posturing, was discouraged by the occasional comment from the judge's seat. Otherwise, she rarely interrupted.

[Daggers Unsheathed, the political assassination of Glen Clark, by Judi Tyabji Wilson, excerpted from pages 265-266.]

Monday, July 2, 2018

April 1, 2010: "Minister of Tourism has been vociferous in his condemnation of gambling in the past" but encouraged millions to be laundered

How is it that BC Liberal Minister Rich Coleman, a former RCMP Officer, failed to see the difference between the problem gamblers maxed out at a Government limit of $9,999 per week from the criminal element arriving with suitcases of $20 bills, in the millions, for the sole purpose of laundering the cash?  Was is it the high class suitcases that foiled fooled him?

BC Hansard:   [ Page 4034 ]

S. Simpson: The B.C. Medical Association has identified 159,000 people in this province who are problem gamblers. Of those, 31,000 people have serious gambling addictions. We also know that the number of people with severe gambling addictions has more than doubled since 2002, yet the B.C. Liberals have cut supports for the programs to assist those people. 

We now have the Minister of Tourism promoting a large new casino to help pay for the half-billion-dollar roof on B.C. Place. We know that this minister has previously raised issues about gambling addiction and the impacts on families. 

Is the Minister of Tourism confident that the government has done all it can to ensure that problem gambling will not increase due to this casino? 


S. Simpson: The Minister of Tourism has been vociferous in his condemnation of gambling in the past, going so far as to suggest people will be dying in the streets. Yet today he's the lead minister to build the biggest casino ever in British Columbia. Where's the hypocrisy in that? This at a time when the gaming policy and enforcement branch notes that B.C. has the highest proportion of problem gamblers over seven other provinces in this country. 

Clearly, the minister has reconciled his contradictions on these positions, particularly when his government does so little to support British Columbians who have gambling problems. 

Can the Minister of Tourism tell us why British Columbians should have any faith in him when he promotes this initiative on one hand after condemning it only a few years ago?

Hon. R. Coleman: I said "until it was brought to your attention," hon. Member, but I know you can't listen, because you're talking too much. But that's okay

The funding that is in place for problem gambling in British Columbia is based on the usage by people who can phone on a 1-800 line or access services for free — whether they get into difficulty with the gambling be it in a legal opportunity, like we offer, under the management of the province of British Columbia, or an illegal activity. The budget is predicated on the usage and is always there for any problem gambler and will continue to be there at the level that the uptake is there. 

 The funding is in place for problem gambling in BC based on the usage by people .....  whether they get into difficulty ....   a legal opportunity..... or an illegal activity!

Laundering money isn't illegal? Suitcases are not illegal?

Source:  Bottom of web page:  April 1, 2010

Sunday, July 1, 2018

1999: Gordon Campbell's, Christy Clark's take, not monetary, no under the table donations, on Casinos

 BC Liberals were on the Opposition benches in 1999 and after storming to the Government side of the Legislature they promised to make sure there wouldn't be a problem with the Casino files.  

Minister Rich Coleman was the front man and he did his very best to assist in dismantling the IIGET up to 2017.

 BC Legislature Search Criteria: Casino 
ps   bcleg search engine???? a licensed Model T would be faster




MONDAY, APRIL 19, 1999


Volume 14, Number 8

Oral Questions


G. Campbell: By now it should be clear to the minister responsible for gambling that the public has no confidence whatsoever in his secret casino approval process. The North Burnaby Inn is a glaring example of how his policy of secrecy has failed. Will the minister agree today to open up all licence applications for gambling and to make sure that the public has all the information and that all decisions are made in public in the future?

Hon. M. Farnworth: Recently, in the past month, there was a 30-day extension to the White Paper on gaming issues in the province of British Columbia. One of the things that I said that I think we need to do is look at how future licensing of casino applications should take place. During that time, we received over 150 different applications that deal with all the issues related to gaming, including the casino approval application. So right now we are taking the necessary time to review those presentations, and shortly we will come in with a response to the White Paper. That will deal with the casino licensing issue.

The Speaker: First supplementary, Leader of the Official Opposition.
G. Campbell: Washington, Indiana and even Nevada require that all casino applications, all discussions, all approval-making processes for gambling licences are done in public. You know, hon. Speaker, there is absolutely no way that a public process would ever have allowed a group that's been involved with Internet sex, with strip clubs and with illegal gaming in the past -- and been convicted of illegal gaming in the past -- to have been granted an approval-in-principle. So my question, again, to the minister is: why won't he announce today that all gaming licence applications -- all those decisions, all the information behind them -- will be made public and that the decision-making will be public in the future so that people can see exactly what happens?

Hon. M. Farnworth: As I said to the hon. member just a moment ago, we've undergone an extensive process of consultation that has resulted in over 150 submissions in terms of how gaming policy should take place in the province of British Columbia, and that includes many submissions on how a licensing process should take place. That will be forthcoming shortly.
What I find really disturbing is that the hon. member stands up in the House and asks these questions. Yet did he at one point avail himself of an opportunity to make a submission that could provide constructive and positive suggestions? No. Did, at one point, any member on that side of the House make one constructive, positive submission into a White Paper for discussion on future gaming policy?
The Speaker: Thank you, minister.
Hon. M. Farnworth: Not once, hon. Speaker.
The Speaker: Thank you, minister.
Second supplementary, Leader of the Official Opposition.
The Speaker: Come to order. Members will come to order.
Member, continue.
G. Campbell: I have a positive and constructive suggestion for the minister responsible for gambling: stop the expansion of gambling today. There is only one plausible reason why this minister will not make public to the people of British Columbia every single bit of information that has led to his approvals-in-principle for gaming. There is only one possible reason, and that's because he knows it won't stand the acid test of public scrutiny. My question, again, to the minister: why doesn't he take his cue from other jurisdictions on the continent? Why doesn't he listen to the public of British Columbia and open up all of his decisions today and forever with regard to gaming?
Hon. M. Farnworth: The only acid, hon. Speaker, is the acid that comes from that hon. member's tongue. The only thing he needs to do is go and talk to the members of his caucus who came and talked to me and lobbied me about having casinos in their own ridings. Has he even spoken to those members? They come into my office to talk about casino applications.
The Speaker: Finish your comments.
Hon. M. Farnworth: We have a White Paper that was under discussion. We've received 150 submissions.
The Speaker: Minister, finish your comments.
Hon. M. Farnworth: From those will come forward the changes that need to take place for gaming to continue in a sound legal framework in this province.
S. Hawkins: The NDP's process in awarding casino licences has been shrouded in secrecy and rightly called into question, given the events of the past few months. In fact, this government didn't hold one single public hearing on the casino applications. My question is to the gambling minister: given the widespread public fears and concerns about the NDP's choices for casinos, will he stand up today and commit to a public review of every casino that received an approval-in-principle by his government?
Hon. M. Farnworth: Just wait, hon. member. We had a great deal of public input -- over 150 submissions. We've heard from the UBCM, the charities, the industry and communities right across the province. We heard from Jacques Carpentier, who said the White Paper was moving in the right direction. The question I find interesting is that the member is saying that the process is secretive and should be opened up to public scrutiny, while she stood in estimates last year and lobbied on behalf of a casino in Kamloops.
Interjections. The Speaker: Order, members.
I recognize, on a first supplementary, the member for Okanagan West.
S. Hawkins: The minister can keep on throwing stones over here, but it's not going to stick. Produce the paper.
The Speaker: Members will come to order.
Continue, member.
S. Hawkins: Virtually every jurisdiction in North America uses a public process in granting licences to casinos. They do that to shine the light on casino applicants, their backgrounds and their plans. You know what? As soon as an application is granted, they hold a public hearing, so that the public can see for themselves who's applying and then have an opportunity to raise their concerns.
I ask the gambling minister again: given what other jurisdictions do -- almost every jurisdiction across North America uses a public process -- why is this minister still supporting a secret process by his government?
Hon. M. Farnworth: I find it really interesting that this member is now suddenly concerned about the process regarding casino applications, because that is the same member who stood up in estimates and said to me: "Is there an investigation going on around a casino application. . .to move in Kelowna?" I said yes, there was. Well, she said to me: "Look, there's a solution. Why don't you implement it before the investigation is complete? We don't have to go through that." Those were her exact words. If she doesn't like it, she can go back and refresh herself by reading Hansard.
The Speaker: Members, come to order.
G. Plant: In response to a question that I asked the gambling minister last Thursday, the minister stated: "There has been no change in the casino approval process in any way, shape or form." Oops! Unfortunately, the minister's answer is directly contrary to the facts. The casino RFP in fact said explicitly that cabinet would select the successful proposals. Won't the minister responsible for gambling stand up and admit that the responsible thing to do is open up the entire process to public scrutiny right here, right now?
Hon. M. Farnworth: The casino applications were scored by the same group of people. They were scored by representatives of the gaming audit and investigation office, by the Gaming Commission, by outside consultants. They were scored by a wide cross-section of people -- 12 people in all. It was done through the same criteria, applied to each and every application. The hon. member knows that if he has information that somehow there were changes Why not present them to the conflict-of-interest commissioner? Every single application was scored in the same process. The decisions were made by the same criteria.
The Speaker: First supplementary, member for Richmond-Steveston.
G. Plant: Only this minister in this government could design a process that would award conditional approval-in-something-like-principle for a gaming licence to a group of people associated with Internet porn sites, strip joints and illegal gambling convictions.  Let's pursue this little bit of openness here, because I think there are lots of questions that the people of British Columbia still need answers to. We know about the cabinet decision on July 29. Can the minister tell us: who did he talk to about changing the approval process? When did he have those conversations?
Hon. M. Farnworth: I guess it's the same answers I gave him last week. The fact of the matter is that there is an investigation underway. There is a lot of information that I want to release. I can't release it at this time, but in the fullness of time it will be released. He will see that every application was treated in exactly the same way as every other application.
The real question is the change in attitude on that side of the House -- how all of a sudden he is so concerned about a secretive process. Yet the member from Kelowna is quite happy to skirt the process when it suits her needs, hon. Speaker.
The Speaker: I recognize the member. . . .
The Speaker: Members, come to order, please.
I recognize the member for Port Moody-Burnaby Mountain.
C. Clark: Thank you, hon. Speaker.
The Speaker: Members, members.
C. Clark: Apparently every New Democrat in Burnaby knew that the North Burnaby Inn hosted illegal gaming. If there had been a public process, maybe the federal New Democrat MP could have come and told them what he knew about illegal gambling at the North Burnaby Inn. Given what has happened in this process in Burnaby, surely it is time for the minister to agree that we've got to drag this process out of the NDP's smoky back rooms and let the light of public scrutiny shine in.
Hon. M. Farnworth: You know, hon. Speaker, once again we see one statement in one section of the province by the Liberal opposition, and then there are other statements in other parts of the Liberal opposition when it suits their needs. They're asking these questions because of statements I made that are obviously in today's Vancouver Sun -- that is, there are changes coming to the way that gaming is regulated in this province. A key part of that is how licences are granted.   One of the things is that there is a White Paper with 150 submissions made. And guess what: as I said before, not one of them made one positive suggestion. Not one of them made one positive suggestion on changing the way that gaming is conducted in this province.
The Speaker: First supplementary, the member for Port Moody-Burnaby Mountain.
C. Clark: There have been nine approvals-in-principle granted by this government for casinos, and already four of them have collapsed for reasons including criminal allegations. If this process is clean, if it is honest, why is the minister so scared to expose it to the full light of public scrutiny?
Hon. M. Farnworth: The only thing that they seem to be exposing to public scrutiny is what they would do on this side of the House if they ever got here. They don't want to talk about how much they'd cut; they don't want to say which services they'd cut. They don't even want to talk about how they would deal with gaming. They were given the opportunity during the White Paper discussion, and not one of them made one constructive suggestion.
The Speaker: The bell ends question period. Members will come to order.
. . . .

Mike De Jong, Finance Minister's take on Casinos

C. James: A few weeks ago, when the minister made the announcement he just spoke of, he said that over the course of 12 months, $119 million in suspicious cash transactions went through B.C.’s casinos. This is despite the B.C. Lottery Corporation’s pledge to use an expensive IT system that was supposed to be in place to catch all of those transactions.

While I appreciate that the minister will get back to me on the specifics around exactly how much that computer system costs, I would like to ask the minister: is the computer system up and running?

Hon. M. de Jong: I’ll confirm that for the member as well. I do, though, want to….

Madame Speaker: Members.
Hon. M. de Jong: I do want to, though, in quoting the figures that she has, make the distinction for the member and the House that the reporting of suspicious transactions can’t be taken as confirmation that a transaction…. I think the member knows that. There is a strict threshold and guideline around which the Lottery Corporation, the gaming agencies, service providers and casinos are obliged to operate, and they are being very diligent about reporting what are construed as suspicious transactions.