Monday, July 22, 2019

Downtown Vancouver Japanese Home addresses prior to repatriation: Database available online

 Check out your address to see if the property was originally owned by .....

Naturalized Canadians Repatriated to Japan 1946     005-1142.27.003.pdf

home addresses prior to repatriation

Property prior to
Page 1 of 71     78 W. 7th Ave., Vancouver

Atagi, Ishimatsu;    Internment Camp:   Kelowna, B.C.

Property prior to
Page 3 of 71      1130 Stewart Ave., Nanaimo

Kashimoto, Morinosuko   997 Howe Street, Vancouver

Tashme Internment Camp 

Tashme, a mountain valley 22 kilometres southeast of Hope

1)      Prince Rupert
2)      997 Howe Street
3)     Nanaimo            
4)     Steveston
5)     342 Powell Street
6)     763 East Cordova Street
7)     Steveston
8)     504 East Hastings
9)     753 East Cordova


Yoho National Park road and campsites, built by Japanese residents of BC,  or German prisoners of war.  The Cooking spaces at Yoho are falling into disrepair, is it because of Shame or

“While women and children were sent to internment camps, what is little known is that about 1,700 able-bodied Japanese-Canadian men aged 18 to 45 years old, were sent to road camps to build Highway 3, the Hope-Princeton Highway, Highway 1, Revelstoke-Sicamous Highway, and…Highway 5, as forced labour,” said Laura Saimoto, who worked on the legacy sign project as part of the Japanese Canadian Legacy Committee. 

“These highways were deemed a priority for national security by the Canadian government. And in the case of Hope-Princeton Highway, the government saw it as an alternative route to Highway 1 in case of enemy sabotage.”


Vancouver Sun: 
Dan Fumano: Reclaiming and redress highlight new conversation about historic wrongs
Opinion: The idea of the Japanese Canadian community reclaiming a stolen property in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside has been given more weight by recently launched official consultations on redress.   July 21, 2019

Globe and Mail 
     Trio of cabins marks Japanese internment camp
 When the time came to disperse the thousands of ethnic Japanese from their enforced stay amid the Pacific National Exhibition's odorous cattle barns, wartime authorities wanted them out of sight, out of mind.


In September, 1939, the site was reclaimed by the Department of Defence and adapted for use as Kananaskis Internment Camp #130, a prison camp for civilian internees and enemy merchant seamen.  Two years later, the majority of these detainees were sent to facilities in eastern Canada and the site was enlarged and fortified for use as a prisoners of war camp.  The camp detained combat officer personnel from late 1942 until 1946, when the camp closed.  During their time in detention, the internees engaged in numerous activities, including clearing the valley that now forms the bed of Barrier Lake.  There were 26,000 prisoners of  war interned in Alberta during the Second World War - more than were interned in any other province.  The Colonel's Cabin is one of the few structural reminders of this chapter in provincial history.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Vancouver's Stanley Park's Second Beach's Swimming Pool: Trespassing OK when Pool Open?

NOTICE  No Trespassing When Pool Closed location

Google Search Criteria: trespass defined in law British Columbia
The Trespass Act (B.C.) says that a person found inside enclosed land without the consent of the owner, lessee or occupier is a trespasser. So is someone who remains if asked to leave, or who re-enters after having been asked to leave and having done so.

Google Search Criteria:  Trespasser Act definition of trespasser
In the law of tort, property, and criminal law a trespasser is a person who commits the act of trespassing on a property, that is, without the permission of the owner. Being present on land as a trespasser thereto creates liability in the trespasser, so long as the trespass is intentional.

Trespass Act (B.C.)
 (2) A person found on or in premises that are enclosed land is presumed to be on or in the premises without the consent of an occupier of the premises or an authorized person.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Craig James: "An Earthquake off Scotland would be more devastating than a combined one of British Columbia/Washington State!"

I still can't get over the fact that a former Judge of the Supreme Court of Canada would side with  Craig James' version of the need to take his international guests, and wives, on a Washington whale watching expedition and a baseball game to show off a phantom earthquake.

British Columbia has Earthquakes!

Craig James' testimony: I'll repeat, for your benefit Judge, what I said to my guests in the boat.   'Imagine, if you will, the feel of the land below ourselves, rising and falling, being shook side to side, with the same intensity, the identical experience of those Washingtonians who stood tall, on land, against the devastating 2001 Nisqually EARTHQUAKE!'
British Columbia:  Recent Significant Earthquake Reports 2019


The question: Have the British Isles guests from Scotland a long history on devastating earthquakes that would require a self appointed authority figure, such as our former Clerk Craig James pretended to be .......... to offer them a free trip, trinkets included.

Britain's 2017 earthquakes felt in Scotland.
The two largest British earthquakes of last year were both felt in parts of Scotland. A quake with a magnitude of 4.0 M in Moidart on 4 August was felt from Inverness to Glasgow and out west on Islay in the Inner Hebrides.  Jun 25, 2018

fault lines in Scotland earthquake activity
 A Scottish town was today shaken by an earthquake measuring 2.9 on the Richter scale. The tremor in Dumfries and Galloway, lasted a few seconds and no one was injured. Bennett Simpson, seismologist at the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh, said the that the quake occurred at 9.27am.


Intensity: The Modified Mercalli Scale (MM)


 fault lines in Scotland earthquake activity
THREE !!! in Scotland  1932  to  2019
2001 Nisqually earthquake with colleagues from the Washington State Legislature in Olympia


Craig James 2001 Nisqually earthquake with colleagues from the Washington State Legislature in Olympia   ??????????????????????????????


Examples of Successful Seismic Safety Advocacy


Present geographical hazards soil sensitivity to earthquake movement 


 1989 George Massey Tunnel No. 1509 Response to Earthquakes

Blog Borg Collective 2014 Post:
 With a 8.0 tremor, would the Williston Reservoir create a Grand Canyon II in Alberta/NorthWest Territories?

Geological Survey of Canada Open File 5539: Significant Canadian earthquakes 1600-2006


A fellow traveler on the whale watching / baseball gaming aka EARTHQUAKE had this to say:

Keep Calm, And Carry On: Business Continuity Planning In Parliaments
Tommy Lynch

For several years a group of legislatures have been working together to create guidance that will help similar organisations in considering business continuity planning necessary to maintain operations in the event of unexpected events or a crisis. In this article, the author outlines the progress of the work and explains how interested parties can get hold of the resulting guide which will be available from January 2019.

In May 2014, the Clerk of the Scottish Parliament, Sir Paul Grice, met with his counterparts in Ottawa where the topic of business continuity cropped up. It became clear during the discussion that there would be mutual benefit if the House of Commons and the Scottish Parliament began sharing information on strategic plans, resources and approaches to business continuity.

Over the following months there were conference calls, regular email correspondence and the bilateral sharing of information between Ottawa and Edinburgh soon expanded to include representatives from the Canadian Senate, the UK Houses of Parliament in London, Provincial Legislative Assemblies based in Toronto and Victoria and, most recently, the House of Representatives in Wellington, New Zealand.

As we shared information, there were clearly areas of overlap. Moreover, some legislatures had particular areas of strength that other participants could learn and benefit from. Representatives from most of these organisations agreed to meet in Toronto in June 2015 to continue our discussion and gave our group a name – Legislative Assemblies Business Continuity Network or LABCoN.
Our first set of meetings focussed on direct comparison of our approaches to business continuity. We shared stories, noted our successes, and also lessons learned from work that could have gone better. The group created a questionnaire based on the international standard for business continuity, ISO 22301.

The Toronto meetings were very positive and the group, as well as sharing expertise and enthusiasm for business continuity, also hit it off personally. The extent of what we learned over those two days drove home the value of this information exchange to the group – there are undoubtedly other legislatures that could benefit from the knowledge and experience of participants if it could be captured and shared in some fashion.

Over the following months we agreed that creating a business continuity guide specifically for legislatures was the way forward. The guide would be based on sound business continuity planning processes. We believed real value could be gained from exploring legislature-specific aspects of what has worked well and instances where things haven’t quite turned out as planned.

Martin Fenlon formally of the UK Houses of Parliament and now working as a consultant, created our technical guide. His draft was reviewed by the group at a three-day meeting in Edinburgh in August 2016 where we also discussed what other areas could and should be included in our guide. Training on incident communications and incident management occurred during this gathering as well sessions where we explored how to look after the welfare of Members, staff and visitors at a Parliament after a disruptive event.

One of the main outputs from the Edinburgh meetings, in addition to the technical element of the guide, was a determination that each of us to concentrate on capturing “case study” information to help show the resources, approaches, challenges and benefits that business continuity thinking and planning could bring to a legislature.

When meeting in Victoria, British Columbia in August 2017, the group reveiewed this material and also had the opportunity to explore the planning and resources that BC’s Legislative Assembly use in its earthquake planning. Moreover, we discussed the impact of the 2001 Nisqually earthquake with colleagues from the Washington State Legislature in Olympia; these staff had to carry out extensive repair work to their capitol building and decant their Chambers during that time.

The most recent LABCoN conference, in Ottawa during July 2018, focussed on completing content for the guide. In addition to the technical BC chapter, it includes also includes chapters on:
  • Governance & Resources
  • Planning Approach
  • Assessing Business Continuity plans
With the content of the guide now complete, we are applying the finishing touches to give it a bit of style, translating it into French and creating a hub website for the work we have been doing. The website will also have information to allow people interested in LABCoN to contact the authors and ask questions about what has been set out. We are aiming to “publish” this guide in early 2019 and LABCoN members will be using contacts established by their own organisations to advertise the availability of the guide.

All participants in LABCoN have benefitted from our discussions, sharing information and the opportunity to work across legislatures with colleagues in a very specialized area. As Michelle Hegarty, Assistant Chief Executive for the Scottish Parliament, offered: “I hope that the information in our guide can help other legislatures plan for the delivery of their services and make their overall operations more robust, not just for their benefit but to also demonstrate that to politicians and to the public. I think all of us who have been involved with the work have learnt a lot and we look forward to making that available to others”

Next Steps
LABCoN members would love to hear from other legislatures if this guide interests them and for feedback on how the guide can be improved over time. LABCoN is also keen to continually improve the quantity and quality of knowledge and information available on legislature-specific aspects of business continuity, resilience and other related topics. Depending upon interest and feedback, LABCoN may schedule a conference focussed on education for interested legislatures, later in 2019.

Contact Information
Since its creation, LABCON Tourista has been supported by the following legislatures:
Visit our website at:

Keep Calm, Plan On for Vacation

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The Birthday Of A Giant Colony: What's To Celebrate? July 1, 2019. Robin Mathews

Everywhere. There are symbols of Canada's Colonial Status.  Everywhere.  One on-going symbol, of course, is the life of the wholly dedicated Globe and Mail: half truth, no truth, and sleight-of-hand. Rule No. 1: Never tell the truth about Canada. [The Globe and Mail is representative.]

There is, however, more pressingly at the moment another example to deal with.  It goes by the short name: Meng Wanzou, Chief Financial Officer of China's Huawei Technologies.

Meng Wanzou was arrested in Vancouver on December 1, 2018, at the request of U.S. authorities as a first step undertaken to fulfill the terms of an Extradition Treaty that Canada has with the USA. (China, apparently, has similar treaties with many foreign countries.)

What has followed?  A total Colonial farce and tragedy has followed: Xi Jinping, the (in fact) autocratic leader of China has (like a spoiled child) refused to speak with Canada's Prime Minister. China has imposed ridiculous sanctions on Canadian agricultural products destined for China.  And much worse China has seized and is holding, under torture conditions, Canadian citizens as revenge!

That last tells all anyone needs to know about China. Whatever else may be good about China, it is a Rogue Nation (like Saudi Arabia) where The Rule of Law is a farce and the whim of the powerful can erase the Human Rights of anyone the Powerful choose to target!

Grinding salt into the Canadian wound (and never mentioned by a single commentator in the Canadian Mainstream Press and Media) the Actions inspired by Chinese anger are wholly the responsibility of U.S. actors.

Get it all clear in mind.  Canada [observing The Rule of Law] acted on a U.S. request to detain Meng Wanzou, Chief Financial Officer of China's Huawei Technologies.  Canada acted to fulfill terms it has in a treaty with the U.S.A.  China should, if it believes it has been wronged, be attacking the U.S.A in every way it sees fit for the Meng Wanzou incident.  On its part, U.S. authorities should be demanding of China "in the loudest voices" that it end all sanctions against Canada: loudly, persistently, and at the highest levels of power.

But that, alas, isn't how Colonialism works. Canada accepts the blame for the U.S. action as a good Colonial Servant and takes all the sanctions as if Canada is at fault.  The U.S. pretends that Canada is at fault as a normal Imperial Master should do.  And - in a fit of generosity - the U.S. president hints he might intercede with the Chinese dictator-for-life, Xi Jinping on Canada's behalf and express regret that China is holding Canadian citizens as hostages under torture conditions.

Very, very few Canadians see the picture: a perfect Colonial Picture.  The U.S. creates an International Conflict and dumps the responsibility onto its forelock-tugging Colony Canada.  The injured nation, China, not wanting yet another conflict with the U.S.A., is happy to continue the fakery by taking a number of steps to punish Canada.

Canadians have underscored for them the world they will have to live in as long as they accept a role as Colonial Servants To The USA.  The story is not new.  One of Canada's first major English-language poets, (1860-1943) Charles G. D. Roberts, wrote against Canadian colonialism: How long the ignoble sloth, how long The trust in greatness not thine own?

Every leader of every federal political party in Canada has taken the Colonial Oath: I swear I will never speak or act in any way to change Canada's role as a dependent servant of the U.S.A. and U.S. Imperial Policy. If that means allowing Canadian citizens to be jailed falsely and kept in torture conditions, I will accept all that on behalf of the greater power and privilege of the U.S.A., So Help Me God!  [Notice that not one of them says: this is the doing of the U.S.A. Why are we taking the flak and punishment for the U.S.A.? Why are they not shouting that in the House of Commons and elsewhere? You know the answer.]

Quietly, we may all observe that the Globe and Mail [the Globe and Mail is representative] does nothing, ever, to expose the truths of Canada's colonialism.  That is the long, rich tradition of the Globe and Mail.  In the famous 1891 Election the great, great grandfather of the Globe and Mail, called The Toronto Globe, worked like a beaver to help elect a government dedicated to the integration of Canada into the U.S.A. (and lost, despite all its dedicated, even dishonest - efforts).

Why doesn't the Globe and Mail tell you [the Globe and Mail is representative] what I tell you here?  Because Canada's Mainstream Press and Media is a Colonial Press and Media serving the Imperial Master.  And so it feeds you what a Colonial population is always fed: half truth, no truth, and sleight-of-hand.

 Contact: Robin Mathews


China maintains extradition treaties with 40 nations. Among them are: