Saturday, March 17, 2018

Edmonton and Calgary's Green Building Brain (Trust) is non-existent. Endor$ed by Kinder Morgan.

For those who are unable to comprehend British Columbia's opposition to Alberta's Dilbits being transported through Port of Vancouver, Burrard Inlet, they need only look at a Canadian Government generated 'Green Building Brain' KML file to find out why there is so much opposition.

Calgary's endorsement of Canada's GBB plan to go Green

 Edmonton's endorsement of Canada's GBB plan to go Green

Here in British Columbia's Metro Vancouver its almost impossible to see through the labels to see the yellow pins,  which is good ... for the environment.

Vancouver's downtown core is just about covered in GBB's whereas Kinder Morgan's property is NIL

Google Search Criteria: Green Building Brain KML


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Only in North Vancouver? A decaying stump ends up being a Mother for another

Not quite sure what is going on here, but maybe there's someone out there that can explain it.

A root from the tree sought out nutrients from atop of the stump, eh

Stump Mother, rather than Mother Log

The Missing link?

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Tom Carter Painting Vancouver with a fine brush for historical detail

1952 Trilogy - Granville Bridges

"I love the urban environment - a fascinating cross section of society where people in very different situations must interact. Cities may also be where loneliness is felt more acutely. My art explores themes of isolation versus inclusion – how we fit into the world and society. I tend to set my subjects in other eras which, besides satisfying my historical interest, reveals elements that are timeless – truths do not change. Although there might be cold and turbulence in my work, all of my settings have a sanctuary, a place of warmth and respite. We, as the viewer, have the option of going inside but we choose not to; we stand outside observing." Tom Carter

After the Storm

The city usually featured is Carter’s hometown Vancouver, but typically set in the period around 1950. This is not retro chic or certainly not “nostalgia” – but to provide a stage that’s familiar yet just out of reach to set the drama that is the actual subject. His painting is also a nod to his work in Vancouver heritage and research – most notably in the entertainment field. Carter serves on the boards of Vancouver Historical Society, Friends of the City of Vancouver Archives, BC Entertainment Hall of Fame and the BC Performing Arts Museum & Archive.

Maple Leaf in Winter

His work can be found in corporate collections including BMO Harris Private Banking, TD Waterhouse, Sorrel Financial, Worthy Capital, Carlyle Capital, B.C. College of Physicians & Surgeons, Harper Grey LLC, Rositch Hemphill Architects and Cambie-Malone’s Group as well as private collections in Canada, the US, Mexico and Bahrain.

"Hans Stamer Band"

Interesting Vancouver
Vancouver artist Tom Carter paints and studies a Vancouver that is both long gone and eternally under the surface. He paints rain soaked urban landscapes in acrylic that evoke the smell of coal smoke on the salt air of False Creek, the rattle of streetcars against the rumble of the sawmills. Even though this particular city is gone, its spirit is unchanged and recognizable. In the realm of BC Entertainment preservation, Tom has worked ceaselessly to preserve Vancouver theatre and nightclub history in a very “hands-on” and practical way – buying, preserving and warehousing much of the original Pantages theatre (1908), as well as significant artifacts and ephemera of many other venues. As well, Tom has recorded interviews with pioneers from all these venues and acquired their papers and personal archives where possible. He has contributed a chapter as well as the cover painting for the recently released Vancouver Confidential, a collection that has topped the bestsellers list.
 Eve Lazarus   Meet Tom Carter 
I visited Tom Carter in his heritage loft a couple of weeks ago. It was the same afternoon that we climbed up to the top of the Sun Tower, in what was in 1912, the tallest building in the British Empire. Tom lives next door in a 100-year-old converted warehouse designed for Storey & Campbell Limited by William Tuff Whiteway, the same architect who designed the Sun Tower for Mayor L.D. Taylor.
His loft looks out onto Pender Street and its floor to ceiling windows give a great view of Victory Square and some of the building stock we’ve managed to hang onto such as the Dominion and the Standard Buildings. The brick walls of the loft make a fitting background for Tom’s paintings of Vancouver’s street scenes and heritage buildings—many now long gone.  Snip

Google Search Criteria: Pantages theatre (1908) "Tom Carter" 

Google Search Criteria for Images: Pantages theatre (1908) "Tom Carter"

Monday, March 5, 2018

Are Real Estate Agents (in Metro Vancouver) required to disclose murders on their properties?

Bit on the macabre side here tonight but there must be fairly good odds that sellers in this super hot market may not be disclosing homicides that happened either recently about the history of one or two bodies in the attic, or in the kitchen, or down in the basement or in the garage.

Is there a requirement by the real estate agent to declare that information to a prospective buyer?

Would the knowledge effect the price?

Does the seller have to declare that information to the agent(s)?

UPDATE: March 13, 2018  - Globe and Mail BC Court Rules in favour of buyer who walked away from real estate deal over fatal shooting on property

A woman who failed to disclose to the buyer of her house the shooting death of her son-in-law outside the family’s Vancouver home has lost a lawsuit she filed against the purchaser, who walked away from the $6-million deal when she learned about the crime.  

Has that sort of data been collected by the Real Estate industry?

Metro Vancouver Homicides

Downtown Vancouver looks just as deadly as East Vancouver with Point Grey being the safer of the three, but then  again there is the matter of Shaughnessy and it's infamous unsolved murder at 3851 Osler of one Janet Smith in 1924.

The Vancouver Sun's Homicide Database  has four and four hundred and forty more, not counting Janet Smith from 1924.

The year is marked with similar Coloured Push Pins

The Vancouver Sun's full list of all murders committed in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley in 2018 (red circles), 2017 (black stars), 2016 (brown pointers), 2015 (orange pointers), 2014 (aqua pointers), 2013 (purple pointers), 2012 (blue pointers), 2011 (green pointers), 2010 (yellow pointers) and 2009 (red pointers).

If the homicides happened in a vehicle  ....... the price is .....

Friday, March 2, 2018

'Global Map of the Wind' Track the next Simushir destination into Haida Gwaii waters and coastline

 Global Map of the Wind
Centred on North Vancouver BC

Instead of having your wall mounted television turned off, or on and looking for the latest political fallout in Victoria or Ottawa or Washington D.C. ...... why not set it to see how the wind blows with an intensity that might be catastrophic for floundering vessels within our coastal waters that are adrift, or sunk already with their Diluted Bitumen heading for our coastline.   
Say Goodbye to the Simushir
Six years ago there was the Russian cargo vessel,  Simushir, that was adrift due to their total loss of power and nobody knew whether it would clear Haida Gwaii or not and then end up being run aground with its bunker fuel being spewed out to drift north into Alaskan waters.   Availability of a tug large enough to corral the vessel was non existent.  No preparation on the part of the Coast Guards.

October 22, 2014 Post:
Marine Traffic Trending up the BC coast; Environmental protection is where?
Page 34 Source: Environmental Trends in British Columbia 2007

Reminiscence of that fiasco brought back memories of what happened in 1988 when a barge was punctured by its tug off of Washington's coast.  Google Search Criteria Nestucca oil barge leak.

Our post on the Nestucca in 2012 
 Location The collision occurred approximately 3 kilometres off the coast of Washington, near Gray’s Harbor. Oil came ashore in discontinuous patches mainly in Canada on Vancouver Island - from near Victoria in the southeast to near Cape Scott in the north.
Time and Date of Incident
December 23, 1988 in the early morning.
Product/Quantity Spilled 1
An estimated 87,400 litres (5500 barrels) of Bunker C oil.

Earth Wind Map for the curious: Dronists, Hang Gliderists and Sailorists
2018-03-02  14:44

Clicking on EARTH results in more information

Earth Wind Map with a touch of Temperature



The North West Passage looks clear of Wind today compared to other places to the south.  Is that why China is building all those icebreakers to meet their customers demand?

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

British Columbia Report Card Data at Open Information

Report Card Data

Original 2012 Post:


       Yearly Archive

Open Information

Open information helps citizens of B.C. track the use of public funds and learn more about the way government does business. The website is one of the ways that the government is ensuring openness and transparency in its operations. 
You can also:

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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
Page 20 of 20

  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.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Canada: Craven Colony Of The USA (Part One). The Media At Work.

                                   by Robin Mathews,  January 2018

David Walmsley, Editor-in-Chief of the Globe and Mail, printed a column on December 29, 2017 entitled ‘Your trust is the pulse of our journalism’ (A13).  Vowing to clean up the Globe’s journalistic act (without ever intending to do so, we may believe), Walmsley put his finger on the real problem for the Globe.  By making the paper an Outer Office of the Imperial Globalization Project  (the U.S.A. as master of the world), what is called social media has moved in and exposed some of the fraudulence, the time-serving, the failure to deal meaningfully with almost ANY of the real issues of our time in Canada by such as the Globe and Mail.

Which is why, doubtless, the one harsh note in David Walmsley’s lullaby to Canadians is his statement that the vacuum (in the work of the G and M) has been filled by the social media: by those who shout the loudest, Walmsely writes. He makes that irritated statement because as bad as some of us on social media may at times be, he knows we aren’t half as bad as the paid Stephen Harper Permanent Secretariat, called The Globe and Mail, Canada’s National Newspaper.  Remember despite Harper’s proved attempts to wreck the democratic election process in Canada, and much more the government of Stephen Harper was backed and campaigned for by the Globe and Mail up to and including the voting day of the last federal election: October 19, 2015.

And now, along with most of Canada’s Mainstream Press and Media, the Globe and Mail has joined the colonial-cover-up of Canada’s cowardice at the United Nations vote on the U.S. recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and intending to move the U.S. Embassy to that location.  Almost the whole World has said hands off until the matter of Israel and Palestine is settled.  The U.S. has wrecked that quasi-status quo.

Canada does what its Imperial Master tells it to do.  And so the Globe and Mail and its media clones around the country made a very big thing, saying Canadian government people worked hard for ten days to hammer out a position on the Jerusalem question. (That was the story cooked up with-and-for the press.) There was nothing to hammer out. 128 nations made that clear, openly resisting the violent stupidity of the U.S.A.

There was nothing to hammer out, moreover, because Canada always betrays Canadians and buckles to any position the U.S.A. wants Canada to take. Earlier Canada voted against UN motions calling upon Israel to end the building of Israeli settlements in occupied East Jerusalem. And Canada voted against calling upon Israel to respect the special status of Jerusalem etcetera.  How many Canadians know of those cowardly betrayals made by Canada in their names?

The Canadian decision to abstain in the most recent vote which was 128 to 9 (with 35 abstentions) was a U.S. job, we may be sure.  If anyone needs proof here it is. The U.S. decided (idiotically) to throw an exclusive reception with Donald Trump (set for January 3) for all the countries that backed its position on Jerusalem.  That must mean, you say, for the nine countries who voted with the U.S.A. - against the resolution to condemn the U.S. action about Jerusalem?  No. 

Having gotten U.S. permission to wimp out of that vote which was focussed on a fundamental humanitarian principle, Canada abstained. Then it was reported that Canada was invited to the exclusive reception on January 3 for all those who supported the U.S.A. in the Jerusalem vote!  How could that be? Canada’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Marc Andre Blanchard, moreover, was reported as accepting the U.S. invitation with great pleasure.  The real position of Canada [not Canadians] was there for all to see! [That news report seems, somehow, to have been erased from the record but it was up and readable a few days ago.]

On January 6, 2018  CBC’s  The House did its usual consenting adults act with the Ambassador, flattering and not challenging him on the sell-out by Canada at the United Nations.  (The CBC upholds - doggedly, proudly, and stupidly - our craven Colonial Condition.).   The Canadian UN failures may explain, too, (in the same rancid air) the wild antics engaged in by the president of the University of Lethbridge, Michael Mahon, to assist friends of Israel in their attempt to destroy the career of scholar and writer Anthony Hall for writing or speaking reasonable words Israel wants forbidden all over the world. (While the Globe and Mail looks anywhere, anywhere else!)

I guess if things had gone right, the real Canada abstains story at the UN would never have hit the wires. Doubtless, Editor-in-Chief of the Globe and Mail, David Walmsley, will want a lot of answers if the person who told the real story is employed by his newspaper.  In his piece on December 29, David Walmsley wrote: We know we have to do a better job of explaining there are stories that never see the light of day.

No, no David, you don’t have to explain. Since (many of us believe) you never told the real story of the Mike Duffy entrapment, and never pushed properly for charges against Nigel Wright, and have accepted the HUGE  RCMP fraudulent (False Flag) Islamic terrorist event in Victoria, B.C., (July 1, 2013) without tirelessly focusing Canadian public attention on the absolute need for a Public Inquiry into the workings of the RCMP.

And since (many of us believe) you ignore stories like the Alberta Courts/Oil Patch/Alberta Energy Regulator corrupt and vile savaging of the internationally praised Anti-Fracking worker Jessica Ernst, because how could you hold your head up among the destroyers of the Canadian environment at warm and friendly lunches?  And for the same reason [Private Corporations rule the world, and should] you do almost nothing solid to expose the truth about B.C.’s scandalously destructive Site C dam decisions.

And because you say almost nothing about Canada’s rapacious work in the global mining world and Canada’s slavish support of the U.S. desire to destroy the legitimate Venezuelan government.

Because of all those things (and much, much, much more) you don't have to explain why there are stories the Globe and Mail makes sure never see the light of day. We understand, David. Perfectly.

Some of us believe your main role is to make sure the most important information (what you choose, childishly, to call stories) never gets to Canadians, never sees (as you put it) the light of day.  Isn't that why you are paid (well) by (what many believe are) supporters of Stephen Harper-style corruption and why social media workers spend time making claims that the most important work of the Globe and Mail and its fellows in political Yellow Journalism (˜the Mainstream Press and Media) is to create disinformation “the defacing of fact and the suppression of stories that should see the light of day? And (truly?) isn't the main job of the Globe and Mail and its fellows to do devotedly the work of Craven Colonials in the Craven Colony of the U.S.A. called Canada?  

Contact: Robin Mathews