Wednesday, February 28, 2018

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

While Christy Clark frittered about the April 11th election Writ, Rich Colemen signs contract April 6th 2017 with Albertan company Kinder Morgan without a 'fetter' in the world

fetter defined:
 a chain or manacle used to restrain a prisoner, typically placed around the ankles. "he lay bound with fetters of iron" synonyms: shackles, manacles, handcuffs, irons, leg irons, chains, restraints;

Was the five point conditions between the former BC Government (BC Liberal Party) and Kinder Morgan signed in good faith on April 6th with Executive Council & Deputy Minister insider information that the election Writ was to be dropped by the Premier five days later?

Agreement BC Trans Mountain April 6, 2017

Last line above in the Agreement:

Dated for reference as of April 6,2017
Dated for reference defined:  Using dated for reference is one of a number of ways that drafters signal to the reader that the contract is being given a date that is other than the date it was signed. (To the same end, a drafter might use an as of date or state in the introductory clause that the contract is effective on a date that happens to be a date other than the date the contract was signed.) - Adams Drafting
Effective Date
It’s commonplace to refer in a contract to effectiveness of something or other—a merger, perhaps, or a registration statement. That’s unobjectionable.
But I’m dubious about using the defined term Effective Date in a contract to refer to effectiveness of that contract. - Adams Drafting

The Agreement  Page 3 of 33

 THIS AGREEMENT is entered into as of April 6, 2017 (the "Effective Date"), between Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC, as General Partner of Trans Mountain Pipeline L.P. ("Trans Mountain"), a company incorporated under the laws of Alberta and Her Majesty the Queen in Right of the Province of British Columbia as represented by the Minister of Natural Gas Development and Minister Responsible for Housing ("the Province").

1.5   Acting Reasonably.

With respect to Trans Mountain, any requirement set forth in this Agreement for Trans Mountain to act reasonably, use reasonable efforts, or any variations thereof, will mean the use of all reasonable commercial efforts having regard to the surrounding circumstance, unless specifically provided otherwise. With respect to the Province, any requirement set forth in this Agreement for the Province to act reasonably, use reasonable efforts, or any variations thereof (including any requirement for Approvals by the Province not to be unreasonably withheld), will not require the Province to act in a manner that is contrary to, or is inconsistent with, any other policies, directives, executive directions, Treasury Board decisions, guidelines, rules, regulations, legislation or other determinations of the Province. In addition, Trans Mountain expressly acknowledges and confirms that nothing contained in this Agreement will be construed or otherwise interpreted in any manner that would or could cause the Province to fetter its discretion.

British Columbia's premier visited the province's lieutenant-governor on Tuesday to officially launch the campaign for the May 9 vote, setting off a four-week fight in which messages about affordability and the economy will compete with what are expected to be nasty attacks between party leaders.

....  Pipelines
The federal government approved the Trans Mountain pipeline project, which would expand Kinder Morgan's existing line between Alberta's oil sands and the Vancouver region, last year and the B.C. government gave its own approval in January.

Ms. Clark will argue that her government successfully fought for better oil spill protection and economic benefits for the province, while the New Democrats, who have pledged to kill the project, say risks are too great.    Snip.
Christy Clark's protection of British Columbia coastline is a Five Point Plan without any substance other than words of promise:
  Trust Me.


Why did Rich Coleman, as the Minister responsible Natural Gas Development, include his other responsibility as the Minister Responsible for Housing?  Are the two ministries not administered independently of one another?


Tomorrow, on 18 July 2017, Lieutenant Governor Guichon will swear in Premier-designate John Horgan as the next Premier of British Columbia, along with the rest of his cabinet.[1] The transition between the outgoing Clark ministry and the incoming Horgan ministry will therefore have taken place from 29 June to 18 July, which falls within the normal duration for transitions between ministries in Canada.

But these weeks have not been uneventful. And since there is only ever one premier and ministry in office at one time, and since the government of the day has a duty to carry out the Queen’s business, outgoing ministries like Clark’s must still handle the day-to-day matters of government during the two- to three-week transition. However, outgoing ministries which have lost the confidence of the elected assembly should also limit themselves to handling only routine and necessary matters as caretakers.

The Caretaker Convention, or Principle of Restraint, exists in the absence of any formalized, legal limitations on the government’s power during the writ, or during a mid-parliamentary, inter-party transition of power. The basic rationale is that when Parliament does not exist (i.e., during the writ) or when the outgoing ministry has already lost the confidence of the elected assembly. the assembly cannot fulfill its core function of holding the government to account for its expenditures, so the government constrains itself by a self-imposed convention. The government limits itself to the routine and the necessary in order to adhere as closely as possible to the precepts of responsible governmentsnip ......

In short, during an election, a government should restrict itself – in matters of policy, expenditure and appointments – to activity that is:

(a) routine, or
(b) non-controversial, or
(c) urgent and in the public interest, or
(d) reversible by a new government without undue cost or disruption, or
(e) agreed to by opposition parties (in those cases where consultation is appropriate).
In determining what activity is necessary for continued good government, the Government must inevitably exercise judgement, weighing the need for action and potential public reaction, given the absence of a confidence chamber and the possibility that a different government could be elected.


Page 4 of 20  -  No date, not even an Effective Date
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  Google Search Criteria: a discretion fettered
“A general principle in administrative law is that administrative bodies must not fetter their discretion. In other words, a body entrusted with a discretion must not disable itself from exercising its discretion in individual cases by adopting a fixed rule of policy.

Google Search criteria:  christy clark drops the writ for 2017 british columbia provincial election

Blog Borg Collective:
  April 6, 2017 BC Government signs off on Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Pipeline

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Canada. Craven Colony of the U.S.A. Part Three.

                          By Robin Mathews   February 2018

“The major task of a Colonial Scribe is to avoid the truth without ever telling outright lies.” (Anonymous)

The role of “Canada’s National Newspaper”, the Globe and Mail, is to appear to cover the most important Canadian matters while, in fact, avoiding them.  Chief among its activities is to torture information revealing the country’s ignominious colonialism into some kinds of human interest stories without deeper implications. Thus we get Kate Taylor’s “The outsiders who got in” – a revelation that the essential forelock-tugging abasement of Canada’s artistic controllers has not changed a whit since the battles of the 1960s and 1970s (Globe and Mail, Feb. 2, 2018, R1 and R6).

Kate Taylor reveals that major Canadian policy makers and administrators in Canada’s Art and Culture field are still recruited from the former or the present Imperial Power to head (for instance, recently) the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the McMichael Art Collection, Luminato, and the Shaw Festival.  More Imperial appointees will soon follow:  No Canadians Need Apply….

In a reasonably wealthy colony one of the problems in the Arts and Culture fields is “containment”.  How – put simply – can an expansion of artistic effort (publicly encouraged) be made possible at the same time as the deeply colonial nature of the overall community is maintained as the “normal” condition?  How, in effect, can artistic, cultural, creative forces be unleashed and publicly encouraged at the same time as a rigid subservience to Colonial Values is maintained … without the risk of creative activists demanding real social, artistic, cultural, political, economic, and military independence?

One way is to appoint ‘imperial masters’ to guide policy and to shape program. And to assure that artistic language does not become an instrument of change.

Wholly ignored by Kate Taylor – the 1960s and 1970s produced a major drive for independence for Canada and for the appointment of Canadians to all major positions in arts, culture, education, and more….  Those years produced the chaining (in protest) at the AGO. They produced the invasion (by legitimate members) of the AGO annual general meeting to bring about change. The Chair of that painfully colonial-minded organization had gathered hundreds of “proxies” to hold off Canadian takeover and to back any policy of the Colonials – however repressive. (Kate Taylor forgets, ignores, or is ignorant of all that.)

And so, apparently, is Gail (Dexter) Lord, consulted for Kate Taylor’s article.  “Toronto-based international museum consultant” Gail Lord [Lord Cultural Resources] was an activist battler for Canadian independence and for wholly Canadian-staffed positions throughout the artistic and cultural community in those earlier, heady years.  She, too … does not (it seems) remember even her own biography, having contracted (apparently) CMS, the Colonial Memory Syndrome, which is the tendency to forget history involving resistance to imperial domination by those winning or seeking significant place in Canada’s Arts, Culture, and Creative Community.

Astonishingly, the Guardians of Canada-as-a-U.S. Colony have never been removed – even though the struggles of the 1960s and 1970s produced the Canadian Artists Registry (CARFAC), the Writers Union of Canada, the League of Canadian Poets, the Association for (the study of) Canadian and Quebec Literatures, the Canadian Liberation Movement, the Committee for an Independent Canada, the ‘Independence and Socialism’ movement in the NDP nicknamed “the Waffle”… and many more organizations of anti-colonial expression and conviction. [see, to begin, “The Canadianization Movement”, Wikipedia].

The Canadianizing organizations that survived have mostly changed themselves into ‘guilds’ without nobler ambitions than to weasel from the Guardians of Canada-as-a-U.S. Colony enough Hush Money to keep them neutered and docile.  In fact, not one Canadian Independence/anti-imperialist work has been recorded in visual arts, theatre, music, poetry or prose for forty years at least.  The few created are hidden behind The Great Wall of Denial (as this article will also be). 

The Canada Council for the Arts has become beautifully sensitive to the need of funding for indigenous thought, feeling, and creative expression.  But it has not released a cent for anti-imperialist artists seeking the independence of Canada.  Spokespersons for the Council will doubtless say: “But we have had no applications for any such kinds of work”.  And they will be correct in that statement, for bribery, brainwash, and repressive tolerance have made their statement (almost) perfectly true. 

Indeed, even beyond Arts and Culture the brain-washing has been astonishingly complete.  Just for instance, the bold and tireless workers fighting the U.S. Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion being built to assure the pollution of Canada’s Pacific Coast, the destruction of the Salmon Fishery there – and much, much more that is evil -  will carry any poster but one that reads “Yankee Go Home”.  That anti-imperialist slogan has been erased from the possibility of thought in Canada.

Some Canadians may battle (in fact) against U.S. Imperialism … but true to colonial rules … they may not call it U.S. Imperialism.  They may not write: “Yankee Go Home”. The Canadian State and its partner, Kinder Morgan, know the organizing and activating power of language, and with Orwellian effectiveness control it – without those resisting knowing they are being effectively neutered.

Kate Taylor makes reference to the Banff Centre for Art and Creativity and to the U.S. “expert” there teaching Arts Leadership.  Pretending to need a U.S. “expert” to teach Arts Leadership to Canadians describes both the disease called The Banff Centre and its importance to the chain of cultural colonial-mindedness among Arts Administrators in Canada. Indeed, Principal of Rubenstein Associates, Rosalyn Rubenstein writes in a subsequent Globe and Mail article (“How to change arts leadership in Canada: an insider’s perspective”, Globe and Mail, Feb. 20, 2018, A16) a long plea to encourage the preparation of Canadians for top Canadian Arts and Culture positions.

Still avoiding the core issue (or she wouldn’t be published by the Globe and Mail) Ms. Rubenstein asks, “why aren’t there more Canadian faculty on the new leadership program at Banff?” Ms. Rubenstein’s heart is halfway to being in the right place.  But calling a spade a spade is obviously not her vocation … and so she pleads for de-colonization without daring to use the word.

Put in the very simplest terms, the Banff Centre is an integral part of the U.S. Arts Circuit.  It is not the Centre and a major part of a Canadian Arts and Culture system.  For those who have doubts … request the statistics from the Banff Centre of the citizenship of senior artists-in-residence, “experts” invited in, and other “star” visitors, as well as faculty there over the last forty years.  Statistics will reveal, I have no doubt, a controlling portion of foreign – mostly U.S. – people at Banff.  And that is only a symptom of the Colonial Disease there.

In that vein, Kate Taylor is unwise enough to cite U.S.-produced Kathleen Bartels, director of the Vancouver Art Gallery since 2001 as one of those imperials who “figure the differences out, adapt well, and stay put”.  There is not the slightest doubt in the world that Ms. Bartels has ‘stayed put’.  But many aware people in Vancouver believe she has adapted so badly she has hatched a Monster in the New Gallery plan, intended for an idiotic location, and using - of course - a foreign architect possessing giddy and inappropriate ideas of architecture for Canada’s West Coast.

Indeed when Ms. Bartels was drumming for her empire-building project (how suitable from one appearing from the present Imperial power) she ran a sort of ‘peoples’ referendum’ on the idea of a new gallery building on a board in the foyer of the present VAG.  Supporting comments written on the board were preserved; those that were opposed to her gallery project were immediately erased by attendants. 

Even in colonies, repressive tolerance is usually a little more subtle.

Ms. Bartel’s every action in and around the present historical, attractive, and central site has been – to far from a few Canadians – alienating, insensitive, condescending, patronizing … in a word: ‘imperialistic’.

The failure of Kate Taylor to report the real history and condition of Imperial Appointments (and the resistance to them) involving top positions in Canadian Arts and Culture is both regrettable and wholly normal for a Colonial Scribe. As is the obvious determination by the Globe and Mail’s ‘controllers’ that the real story of Canada’s struggle for independent artistic and cultural freedom will never be reported (by that newspaper) to Canadian readers.

 Contact: Robin Mathews

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Alberta's development minister Bilous suggestion: BC use the federal jurisdiction of pipelines to ship wine to Albertans

Calgary Herald,        Dean Bennett
Bilous said Alberta won't even come to the table unless B.C. reverses its decision to refuse additional oil from Alberta while it studies spill safety.

"B.C. has really one option, and that is for them to smarten up (and) realize that what they're doing is unconstitutional," said Bilous.

"A province cannot dictate what goes in a pipeline. That is a federal jurisdiction.

"They need to acknowledge that, recognize it and ensure that this pipeline moves forward.

The wine ban, imposed Feb. 6 by Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, affects $70 million worth of wine from B.C. a year — about 17 million bottles."

(Vancouver Sun newspaper delivered to homes the article is intact but not available online ?????)

NEB  -  Interactive Pipeline Map


Google search:
Well, 1 ton of grapes results in a little more than two barrels of wine. Each barrel contains about 60 gallons, 25 cases or 300 bottles. So 1 ton of grapes yields about 60 cases or 720 bottles.

 17 million bottles / 300 = 56,666 barrels! of wine

Summer Olympics Trivia
16,000 barrels in a Swimming pool therefore .... 17 million bottles of wine would fill 3.54 swimming pools...

Friday, February 2, 2018

In light of historical #MeToo: Did former Premier Christy Clark handle Mr. Ken Boessenkool's indiscretion properly with a free trip to China, and back?

New 1130: January 26, 2018
As the #MeToo movement spreads to politics north of the border, former BC premier Christy Clark is speaking out about sexual assault, harassment, and aggressive and unwelcome advances. .....

..... “Men have a vital role in this. The vast majority of men would never behave the way that Patrick Brown and Kent Hehr are alleged to have behaved. But the fact is that in a workplace with few women, as politics very much still is, sexist and inappropriate behaviour happens a lot.” .....

Gary Mason: Globe and Mail: 2012

.... As has been widely reported, Mr. Boessenkool was dismissed for purportedly making an unwanted advance at a Victoria bar toward a young female political staffer in the B.C. government. In his letter of resignation, which did not describe what happened, Mr. Boessenkool admitted to acting "inappropriately" and said he regretted his behaviour.  He apologized to his wife and four young daughters.

At the time, Premier Clark told a news conference she had known about the matter for about two weeks. She said that as soon as her chief of staff informed her about what had happened, she asked Lynda Tarras, head of the Public Service Agency, to commence an investigation.

This didn't stop Ms. Clark from taking Mr. Boessenkool with her on a business trip to China the next day.  ......

Video @ 2:08 (multiple indiscretions): Former Premier Christy Clark on Mr. Boessenkool's right to privacy as an OIC appointee to her Office

The trip to China was already on Premier Clark's agenda when the incident was reported.  Instead of telling the Chief to take a sabbatical, she took him along on the trip to China to get him, and her, out of the spotlight of the Press / Public questions!

It would appear that Christy Clark holds Patrick Brown and Kent Hehr  to a higher degree of scrutiny than that of her Ken Boessenkool.