Thursday, February 11, 2016

BC Hydro Chairman Brad Bennett holding Site C Budget together with fast drying 1% Paint Labour; 0.25% Plumbers and Pipefitters

 Its difficult, if not impossible, to get a straight answer from the BC Liberals and their Appointees.  It takes the likes of a deleter George Gretes from the GCPE do gooders to really throw a wrench into the BC Hydro system.   Poor old hapless BC Hydro Chairman Brad Bennett has taken it for granted that the GCPE can add, especially when a 1.25% error can make or break a budget of  $9 Billion.

The GCPE produced a 'Labour Requirement' document that balances British Columbia (and Alberta's and TFW) workforce on a razor's edge between all of the proposed LNG projects up against Site C.

The 27th Premier of British Columbia in 1981 was William Richards Bennett.

Old Bill knew how to crunch numbers, get it right.

Christy Clark?????? not smart at all.

The BC Hydro Engineers from the 1980s B.C. (British Columbia) sharpened their pencils so fine under the guidance of Premier Bill Bennett that they gave him the exact number of 5,418 workers to complete their Site C proposal.   Today's BC Liberals can't give an exact number .... except 100% which equates, supposedly, to a 'Per-Year Average' range of 8,000 workers.

The building plan from day one by either date of 1981 or 2015 was to repeat the success of the W.A.C. Bennett Dam which used a conveyor belt to move the heavy stuff to the dam, continuously.

As you can see from this image .... Downtown Fort St. John is being moved, rock by rock, to become the Dam.

 The major difference between 1981 and 2015 is the lack of oversight from an independent body: eg. British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) which insisted on a number.  5,418, included the Culinary workers and the Office and Technical (Draughtsman).   Christy Clark has NOT included them in her calculations which will mean that the numbers will be buried elsewhere in the Government books. 

For some reason the BC Liberals have decided not to count the White Collared Cooks, the Bottle Washers, Stewards and the chorus of pencil sharpeners of Engineers who typically produce reports in the thousand of pages each.   The only workers included in the 2015 version are the hands on blue-collared tradesmen.

Accountability of the dam workers existence is not being measured in Heads of Men and Women as individuals.  They have been reduced to mere percentages points.   

1981 "Blue Paper No. 5  Labour Considerations"       ?????

A Blue Paper prepared by The Ministry of Labour for the British Columbia Utilities Commission public review of the British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority Site C generation/transmission project application.
 October 1981
1981 JOBS are not counted in % of 100
Average Workforce 1981 over seven years: 774

Translated into a Pie format its all about the Who Who's in the Unions
Not Percentages: 5,148 Man-Years Pie, assembled by Union Jobs


Premier Bill Bennett:  1981 Site C Average Workforce:  774 jobs;       

Premier Christy Clark  2016 Site C Average Workforce: 100% 

Apples and Oranges measuring.   

It would be easy to say that 774 is equal to 100% in 2016 Dollars

BC Liberals are claiming:

Eight Thousand  "......8,000 person-years of employment." - CBC

Labour Requirements for Site C and LNG

In percentages, of course.

So here is where the GCPE have led BC Hydro Chairman Brad Bennett astray.

Structurally the Dam is Rock.

Rock in Concrete.

Metal.  Re-Bar

Metal in pipes.

Copper in Wiring.

How is it then that:

1% of the workforce will be Painters;

1% will be Cement Masons;

.25% will be Plumbers and Pipefitters (1/4 of 1 percent)

The Numbers just don't add up, correctly.


List of Exhibits BC Hydro    from 1981   25 Pages

Google Search:  Site C manpower years:  1981 document    Page 63 of 68

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Premier Christy Clark and Health Minister Terry Lake promises 65,000 more MRI over the next four years

 Finance Minister Mike de Jong, is he playing politics with our lives when it comes to his  finding a way to pay for Premier Christy Clark's promise of providing 65,000 more MRI over the course of the next four years?   The Finance Minister's allotted $20,000,000 for the increase of 65,000 MRI which will overlap the next government mandate of four years.

The timing is just a coincidence, right.   An election promise a year in advance?  Right now its all strategy talk, no action.  Of course there's the other dilemma, finding a way to double the amount of radiologists because one radiologists opinion must be verified by a second radiologist because of the fiasco that happened three years ago of misreading the images in regards to CANCER patients.

Perianal fistulization is an inflammatory condition that affects the region around the anal canal, causing significant morbidity and often requiring repeated surgical treatments due to its high tendency to recur. To adopt the best surgical strategy and avoid recurrences, it is necessary to obtain precise radiologic information about the location of the fistulous track and the affected pelvic structures. Until recently, imaging techniques played a limited role in evaluation of perianal fistulas. However, magnetic resonance (MR) imaging now provides more precise information on the anatomy of the anal canal, the anal sphincter complex, and the relationships of the fistula to the pelvic floor structures and the plane of the levator ani muscle. MR imaging allows precise definition of the fistulous track and identification of secondary fistulas or abscesses. It provides accurate information for appropriate surgical treatment, decreasing the incidence of recurrence and allowing side effects such as fecal incontinence to be avoided. Radiologists should be familiar with the anatomic and pathologic findings of perianal fistulas and classify them using the St James’s University Hospital MR imaging–based grading system.
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 BC Province launches MRI strategy, funds increased number of scans

Demand for medical imaging in B.C. has never been greater. Premier Christy Clark and Health Minister Terry Lake today announced a new four-year strategy for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) services to help health authorities increase patient access to MRI scans.

“With an ageing population, health authorities face increasing demand for medical imaging services,” said Premier Clark. “This is what having a strong, growing economy allows us to do – invest in a new strategy to address waitlists throughout the province, and continue to deliver the services British Columbians depend on."

“We recognize that access to MRIs has been a challenge and this strategy will make sure we better meet the health care needs of British Columbians now and into the future,” said Health Minister Lake. “By improving how we manage MRI diagnostics, we can provide families with peace of mind that comes with faster diagnosis and treatment.”

The MRI strategy takes a two-pronged approach. The first priority is to increase the number of scans—adding up to 65,000 more annually by the end of four years to help address increasing demand and existing wait lists. The ministry and health authorities will also review the governance, service delivery and funding models for MRIs, to ensure an accessible, sustainable medical imaging system.

“We see the difference access to MRIs make in the lives of patients each and every day,” said Dr. Stuart Silver, clinical section head and acting medical director, medical imaging services, Island Health. “On the ground, we look forward to the strategy enhancing patient care and improving speed of diagnosis to get people back to their lives.”  Snip... Snip...Snip

Photos provided by Clark, Lake and de Jong's GCPE would look Oh So much better if there was a person in the MRI rather than having it sitting idle, instead they leave it up to the viewers to imagination that they could be there, right now, its EMPTY. 

 A Stock photo provided by the MRI manufacturer????  How about Christy as a model? 

The MRI bed looks great, much better than giving the Public the facts when it comes to how many bodies are out of sight, out of mind, lying on the morgue slabs just before the autopsy is about to begin.... with the added touch of the block holding up the skull.   

In a few hours the undertakers take over for the grieving families and then the cremated ashes ...... put to rest at the foot of the Re-opened Kitsilano Beach Coast Guard facility to allow the 'ashes to ashes'; the 'dust to dust'; to float along the shore of English Bay's outgoing tide all due to cemetery overcrowding.

Forget about those 65,000 MRI that are servicing the other 64,999 before you get the call.

Think about the one you needed yesterday.

Think about  today (not two years later for the MSP lottery to kick in)

There is the paid for by YOU, privately.  Cost $850.

For a senior, there is a 'substantial savings', costing $760, depending of course on the anatomy eg. pelvis.  IF a dye needs to be injected, no matter what the ages of the consumer-patient, there is an additional fee of $250.

Keeping things in perspective, we consulted our Bookkeeper, not the Finance Minister, nor the Health Minister:
The privately paid for MRI saves you a 2 yr wait, that's 730 days of pain, reduced mobility, worrying. It probably works out from about a $1.50 to $3.00 a day of you waiting and its not getting the problem solved. The longer it takes to find out, the longer it will take to heal.
Based on that logic and using the Finance Minister's contribution of Twenty Million over Four year, and the price we paid privately for YESTERDAY (we feel like an NHL player)(or former BC Liberal Environment Minister Barry Penner), BUT.....:

65,000 MRIs would be $50,700,000, which is a far cry from the infusion (Not Guaranteed) to the Public Health care system of $20,000,000.   

Twenty Million Dollars would get the politicians 25,641 MRI votes.   Surely the Private system doesn't have the overhead of a hospital?  Isn't that why WorkSafeBC uses private facilities, they're mandated by the BC Government to go private, instead of public facilities? Get the workers back to work.  Deep-Six all others.

I'd be looking for a 50% refund of $380 on the MSP because we're not getting 'Value for Money' as the BC Liberals have been promising with their second New Era since 2001.

Oh wait a minute, we forgot about the Mining resource companies who have been offered a deal on their BC Hydro Electricity billing, deferral for twenty years, or when they start to show a profit..... what's that magic bullet that Christy keeps talking about...... PROSPERITY FUN!!! to the rescue.,

1926 Sumas, Pitt Meadow, Maple Ridge: 'Land of The Diplodocus' aka 'Buckeye Machine' aka 'trench digger'

Chronologically: Fraser Valley Dikes brought on the discovery of Dinosaurs


Once upon a time the Diplodocus roamed the Fraser Valley, two miles down below the current communities' flood plains of ....... Sumas, Pitt Meadow, Maple Ridge, Coquitlam, Matsqui .....

... so why haven't the locals used that Dinosaur link as a tourist attraction rather than listening to the musings of Starbuck customers asking 'What the hell is that 'smell'?'.

From an earlier Post  ........undigested 'food' of the cow and their meadow muffins, .... 

The answer lies within this 1926 document:

 This pamphlet will only deal with some agriculture opportunities brought about by reclamation in the lower 900 square miles of the Fraser River watershed

Some Fine Agricultural Opportunities - Fraser River Valley - 1926
Images in no particular Order

 Clayburn Station  Page 14 of 24

Page 15 of 24

Reclamation consisted of barring the Fraser River flood waters, eliminating as far as possible the inflow of run-off water to the sump (Sumas Lake), and the unwatering of the sump. Two rivers of importance flowed into the Lake, the Vedder on one side and the Little Sumas on the other and these contributed materially to the problem and lessened the economic possibilities of the project. The Vedder was diverted from its entrance to the Lake and led through an excavated channel, supplemented by parallel dykes, in a direct course, utilizing a part of the Main Sumas as an escape, to the Fraser. These parallel dykes were continued at their outflow ends up the Fraser to Chilliwack Mountain on one side, and up the Main Sumas River and across it to Sumas Mountain on the other side, thus completing the barrier to flood-waters from the Fraser. The Little Sumas River, with its tributaries, was led on a high level around the Lake and emptied into the Main Sumas River at the Dyke Crossing, discharging by gravity through a flood-box when conditions are favourable, and thus minimizing pumping requirements in the sump.


An excellent book about the development of the early tanks is The Devil's Chariots

by John Glanfield. He fleshes out the many strands of the story which were taking place around this time. One thread involves Murray Sueter asking Vickers to build a hand-propelled armour shield arranged on a single wheel. Realising that the wheel would be useless in mud, Sueter now recalled Captain Scott's Wolseley crawler tractors used in the Antarctic. Apparently Sueter had advised Scott on these crawler tractors. A catalogue was found advertising Diplock's small wagon with full-width chain track. Diplock exhibited his chain tractor and trailer (model? full-size?) at the 1913 London Commercial Motor Show in 1913, but was unsuccessful in selling the idea, but apparently went on to produce the horse-drawn tracked wagons (intended for Colonial use). One of these small wagons was demonstrated in 1915 working in deep mud. The mud was too deep for the horse, but the wagon remained on top of the mud, thus Sueter bought it for his infantry screen.

Could this photo show Mr Diplocks exhibition display track? (Also from The Devil’s Chariots).



Fraser Valley Dinosaurs and more:

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New and Improved traction wheels

Page 23 of 24


1916: "Oliver Fruit and Gardens" fueled by Water.  99 years later same technology in use by moving Petroleum


 1918 A Little will work wonders when used in conjunction with many of the recipes contained in this booklet, lending that touch of individuality that often turns an ordinary dish into a delightful dainty.  Remarkably strong and not baking out.  Why not give it a trial?

British Columbia Fruit  Item 3 of 428

June 6, 2013 "Great Rain Forest Karst" Re-visited after "Agreement Fails to Protect Rare Karst" February 10, 2016

February 10, 2016:

Agreement fails to protect rare karst landscapes, expert warns

Great Bear Rainforest largely protected by new accord, but caves and sinkholes left out

By Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun

June 6, 2013

Each one of these little red dots represent a known cave, or a Karst... which is okay by those of our communities that just love to go underground....

Updated below on December 2, 2014

Google Search Criteria:  karst vulnerability mapping north eastern British Columbia

As you can see, Vancouver Island has more that their fare share... and if you're thinking that it's directly related to ... volcanic activity... or earth quakes....... Karst is having to do with carbonated bedrock...
Source of map Page 4 & 5 of 28
The BC Minister of Forest has this to say about Karst:

In British Columbia, the responsibility for managing karst resources in provincial forests lies with the Ministry of Forests. Under the Forest Practices Code, several provisions have been made for managing sensitive areas such as karst. The Code requires identified sensitive areas to be treated in a way that protects or conserves special resource values. To accommodate some of the unique requirements of managing karst, the ministry is developing interim karst management guidelines that will provide direction on managing forestry and recreational activities in karst landscapes.


Karst is recognized as a highly valuable, non-renewable resource that can be especially vulnerable to disturbance, more so than many other land resources. The primary reason for this higher level of sensitivity is the three-dimensional nature of karst. The intricate relationship between karst's unique surface characteristics and the subsurface caves and hydrology make for a delicately balanced system. Industrial activities, such as rock quarrying or forestry, if not properly conducted, can lead to excessive soil erosion, destruction of surface and subsurface karst features, changes in groundwater flows, and contamination, sedimentation, or clogging of underground and surface streams.

Enbridge's Northern Gateway Pipeline has been turned down by the BC Liberals, so far, although it's not an outright complete rejection.  At the Federal level, they've already made up their minds, haven't they.

There was a very detailed study done regarding the watersheds that the pipeline will be going through, fish counts too ... but did the Minister of Forests step up to the plate and talk about Karsts?


LNG Hydraulic Fracturing  (Fracking) doesn't mix with Karst......

the leaching of calcium carbonate from bedrock has important buffering effects on acidic streams,

the groundwater associated with karst results in cool, even stream temperatures throughout the year,

the storage capacity in karst stream systems buffers seasonal flow rates to produce lower peak flows and higher low flow periods,

karst streams tend to supply more nutrients and encourage more algae and moss growth, aquatic insect populations within karst streams are larger and more diverse,

karst stream systems provide more protective sites for fish to rest, breed, and avoid predators
In 2003 the BC Liberal Government put together this little document: Karst Inventory Standards and Vulnerability Assessment Procedures for BC  BROKEN   New Link at bottom  September 24, 2014 Updated

Reconnaissance-level karst inventory work for the entire province of British Columbia was completed in 1999. The result of this work is a set of 87 map sheets (1:250 000 scale) outlining those areas in the province that have the potential for karst development. These maps can be used to assist with strategic planning and for directing more detailed karst inventories.   Page 4 of 123

Karst Inventory and Vulnerability Assessment Procedures in the Forested Karst Landscapes of British Columbia, Canada - ABSTRACT

Last but by no means Least, there's The First Nations concerns about Karsts:

As the archaeological evidence suggests, karst played a significant role in the lives of many aboriginal peoples in the past. Karst caves were not only used for shelter, but were also considered by some groups to be sacred places for burial and ceremonial purposes. .... snip


June 7, 2013

 Protecting karst in coastal BC : special report
Forest Practices Board, 2007.

Updated   December 2, 2014

It seems that the Province via the Forest Practice Board is no longer interested in protecting Karsts, the link above is broken, ........ However there is the Wayback Machine for May 26, 2007:

and the Wayback Machine for the year of 2007 on Karst*/

How effective will licensees be at protecting karst in coastal BC from damage due to forest practices? The answer remains unknown. We know that karst is a resource that, particularly on the BC coast, is sensitive to damage from forest practices. Government no longer protects karst by checking and approving forest practices. Instead, those who carry out forest practices must themselves determine how best to carry out forest practices in a way that avoids damaging identified karst features. 

This shift of responsibility for karst stewardship, from government to industry, requires that licensees, their professionals, contractors and equipment operators all learn about karst, its identification, its sensitivity and its protection. More information on karst can be found in an on-line training course on the Ministry of Forests and Range website at

Dr. Bruce Fraser, Chair
Update: December 2, 2014:

B.C. researchers dive underwater caves to solve salmon mystery (with video)

They donned scuba gear to follow the salmon, which seemingly swim through mountains near Bella Bella

Acta Carsologica

Karst areas occupy 10-20 % if ice free land. Dissolution of rock by natural waters has given rise to specific landscape and underground.  Karst surface features and caves have attracted man's curiosity since the dawn of humanity and have been a focus to scientific studies since more than half of milenia.

Acta Carsologica publishes original research papers and reviews, letters, essays and reports covering topics related to specific of karst areas. These comprise, but are not limited to karst geology, hydrology and geomorphology, speleology, hydrogeology, biospeleology and history of karst science.

Speleo ... Caving.... Link     Curated by PAUL


Management of Karst Resource Features on Northern Vancouver Island

April 2, 2014

September 24, 2014

Google Search Criteria:  Reconnaissance-level karst inventory work for the entire province of British Columbia was completed in 1999

Sunday, February 7, 2016

"This Government does not subscribe to the principle of toll-bridges." - W.A.C. Bennett's takes a different path than BC Liberals Christy Clark

Just last week Premier Christy Clark was in her home Riding of Kelowna (West Bank) selling votes, telling jokes, and Bill Bennett believers agreed, that HIS pet project of the 1980's Restraint Program was designed so that Todays BC Liberals COULD spend $9 Billion of his money building Site C.  No sound financial reason offered by the BC Liberals to the Bennett Elders.

There's the possibility that Christy Clark's plan is to re-name the Peace River Dam to W.R.Bennett which will permit Site C to be named B.R. Bennett    Dam ..............Triple Crown Dams.  .... as in Government 'Crown' ..... not the gambling racehorse variety that plays out at Fort St. John's Agricultural designated land.

Brad Bennett for Premier???

 Brad Bennett, Grandson of W.A.C. Bennett, Son of Bill Bennett,  is Mr. BC Hydro

BC Hydro Chair

Rafe Mair disagrees with Premier Christy Clark's pep talk last week of Bill Bennett wanting Site C built.

Would Yesterday's W.A.C. Bennett, like to stand today, and repeat these words to Premier Christy Clark, in public?
This Government does not subscribe to the principle of toll-bridges. When we took office, the construction of a limited number of toll-bridges was considered necessary in order to provide immediately an adequate highway system throughout the Province.

This Government announced as firm policy last year the abolition of tolls as soon as possible. This administration will recommend the removal of tolls on the Agassiz-Rosedale, Okanagan, Nelson, and First and Second Narrows Bridges by April 1st next to permit free public use. The total cost of building these five bridges was $48,263,369, which will be completely paid off by April 1st. Ownership of these bridges will be transferred to the Province and maintained by the Highways Department along with other toll-free Provincial structures.

I draw the attention of honourable members to the fact that the multiple-lane Port Mann Bridge -- the Trans-Canada highway crossing of the Fraser River above New Westminster which will cost $23,000,000 when completed this year -- will be free of tolls, although the Federal Government is sharing only one-half of the cost of a two-lane structure. I would also point out that in order to obtain such limited Federal participation for the Port Mann Bridge, the Provincial Government was required to repay fully funds paid by the National Government to a previous Provincial administration with respect to the Pattullo Bridge coincident with the removal of tolls therefrom. Despite this, it is the policy of this that both the Port Mann and Pattullo Bridges be free from toll British Columbia Toll Highways and Bridges Authority over the decade since its inception, this self-supporting Crown corporation has provided seven Mainland toll structures and more recently has streamlined and revitalized transportation facilities in the Gulf of Georgia.

Whatever happened to the assets of the British Columbia Toll Highways and Bridges Authority?

Used to balance the BC Liberals Budgets????????

The Justin Trudeau Election Promise of Transportation Infrastructure spending ... similar to his family, political, financial building blocks

On a tip from ourselves to Norman Farrell at In-Sights he produced his April 9, 2015 Post: Canadian Elites.  Norman didn't include the possibility that Justin Trudeau would achieve his exalted position as our Prime Minister on October 19, 2015.   With promises of cash infusion for transportation, along with all his other election promises, he won a majority.  However, with 20-20 hindsight today, its interesting to note that the promise to promote public transportation, is graphically similar to our Cape Horn Interchange at the Port Mann Bridge, and to his interchanges with other politicians.

If someone could be of assistance here, and using 'Pierre Elliot Trudeau' as a starting point in creator J.J. McCullough's diagram below, has the Trudeau family dynasty been expanded, and in which directions?

 Norman Farrell:
Canadian Elites   -  As the creator J.J. McCullough says, this is not evidence of a conspiracy or of sinister intentions. However, it demonstrates:

"...for at least the last five decades or so Canada has been a remarkably elitist country, in which a very small group of inter-connected families, business associates, and political allies, have controlled most institutions of relevance..."

Answer: 45 degrees to the South East of Pierre

Friday, February 5, 2016

Will BC Liberals Expropriate IPP properties to balance Site C Budgets, before 2017 or afterwards?

In light of the fact that the BC Liberal government has ordered BC Hydro to lock themselves into long term contracts with the Independent Power Producers (IPP), was it done intentionally, to gouge customers now or to take the IPP owners' assets later? or Both.

...... Norman Farrell   In-Sights  explains the How, or is it the Why, BC Hydro are losers while working under the thumbs of the BC Liberals Finance Committee.
In fiscal year 2015, BC Hydro purchased 13,377 GWh of electricity from independent power producers for $1,064,000,000 ($79,540 per GWh). In the same period, BC Hydro sold 14,020 GWh to large industrial users for $748,000,000 ($53,250 per GWh).

In other words, each GWh of power purchased from IPPs was resold for $26,290 less that it cost. However, the loss was not limited to $352 million since the utility had to pay distribution, administration and other overhead costs in addition to the power acquisition price.  
Its possible that the next provincial election results will require the government to revamp the BC Hydro game plan, not by deleting files, not by shredding Freedom Of Information requests, but by stealing legally.

Expropriation, the old way, 1945 vintage!!!!   YES, YES, YES

Social Credit Party leader W.A.C. Bennett (1953) is touted as the GRAND Father of BC Hydro, but in reality it was Coalition Leader Premier Hart who did the heavy lifting, both during the Second World War, and creating the BC Power Commission after the War.  Premier Hart's reward, was to have a Power Station named after him by his successor,  Premier Byron I. Johnson M.B.E, which if you're interested in some trivia before .... 'W.A.C. Who' .... came along:
 Johnson's government introduced compulsory health insurance, and a 3% provincial sales tax to pay for it. It expanded the highway system, extended the Pacific Great Eastern Railway, and negotiated the Alcan Agreement, which facilitated construction of the Kenney Dam, the first major hydroelectric project in the province. The government also coped with the devastating 1948 flooding of the Fraser River, declaring a state of emergency and beginning a programme of diking the river's banks through the Fraser Valley. Johnson is also noted for appointing Nancy Hodges as the first female Speaker in the British Commonwealth.

1949 Annual Report
John Hart at 68 still living in Campbell River.  More power from him
Premier Hart used Expropriation, and it can be done again.

There are two ways of acquiring assets Hydro assets, legally, using OIC.    Singular or Multiple / Plural

Page 8 of 24...... its Properties     plural

It was found on early consideration of rural distribution systems that there was a large potential area which could only be served economically through the acquisition and development of the plant and systems of West Canadian Hydro Electric Corporation, Ltd., and its associated companies.   Authority for this step was therefore requested and by an Oder in Council approved on June 15th, 1945, the Commission was authorized to take by expropriation the power plants and properties - Hope Utilities, Ltd., Alert Bay Utilities, Ltd., and Quesnel Light and Water Company, Ltd., - for the purpose of distribution of power in the North Okanagan, Hope, Alert Bay, and Quesnel Districts.

By an Order in Council approved on June 15th, 1945, a similar application was made and authorization was given in respect to Columbia-Vanderhoof Power Company, Ltd., with distribution in the Golden, Nakusp, Sechelt, William Lake, Smithers, and Vanderhoof Districts.

By an Order in Council approved on June 15th, a similar application was made and authorization was given in respect to Nanaimo - Duncan Utilities, Ltd., with distribution in Southern Vancouver Island and Saltspring Island Districts.

It was later found that Alert Bay Utilities, Ltd., merely held a franchise in the Alert Bay area, but was not operating, and that an associate company of West Canadian Hydro Electric Corporation, Ltd. (Power Pioneers), - the Pacific and WAter Company, Ltd., - actually operated in the area.  An application for authority to expropriate this last-named company was made.   As a result, by an Order in Council approved in July 20th, 1945, a similar authorization was given in respect of Pacific Power and Water Company, Ltd..

All the above-named mentioned plants and properties were expropriated pursuant to these Order in Council.

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"Electric Power"

Acquisition of Property

The Commission then proceeded to acquire and organize certain operating properties as a first step in a long-range programme which has for its ultimate objective the supplying of electrical service to any community in the Province whose residents are willing to pay the actual cost of the service.

Two areas within the Province appeared particularly adaptable, by reason of topography and the distritibution of existing and potential customers, for the development of extensive transmission and distribution systems.  These areas ---- Vancouver Island and North Okanagan --- each contain important urban as well as rural communities.  It was therefore decided to acquire the properties of Nanaimo-Duncan Utilities, Ltd., and West Canadian Hydro Electric Corporation, operating in the Vancouver Island areas respectively, as the first step in the development of two divisions, with offices at Nanaimo and Vernon.

As the scope of the "Electric Power Act" is limited only by the Province's boundaries.  To this end electrical properties at Smithers, Vanderhoof, Williams Lake, Golden, Nakusp, and Sechelt were acquired from Columbia Power Company, Ltd., and at Quesnel, Alert Bay ad Hope from West Canadian Hydro Electric Corporation and its associated companies.  At Terrace a limited distribution plant was acquired from Mr. Gordon Kerr.

As a result of these acquisitions the Commission had within five months of its establishment commenced the supplying of power to 13,270  consumers in two large operational divisions and ten power districts centered in small town or villages.  Its gross revenue was in excess of $1,000,000 per year, the undertaking generally being upon a sufficiently large scale to permit setting up a basic operating organization.
Premier Hart; with Anscomb, MacDonald, Carson, Perry   1945 - BC Power Commission
1. 1240-1945

Historical British Columbia Order In Council  "1945  BC Power Commission"


1. 1240-1945 

2. 1030-1945 

3. 1032-1945 

4. 0965-1945

5. 1031-1945

6. 1029-1945 

7. 1167-1945

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Gabriola Island Fixed Link Feasibility Study - January 2016 - Premier Christy Clark goes OH NO, NO, NO

For a Premier who blames others for saying NO, NO, NO to development, amazing what 24 hours will do for the spin doctoring.  Free Enterprise Party?

Gabriola Island Fixed Link Feasibility Study

Press Release Negative on Possibility, in other words, one word ... NO

Study concludes costs outweigh benefits of bridge to Gabriola Island wouldn't have the traffic of an old Massey Tunnel, nor the proposed Massey Bridge to sustain it, but .... if BC Ferries wanted to move out of Departure Bay to the east side of Gabriola to shorten the travel time to Horseshoe Bay, then the New bridge could be tolled in the same fashion as the Sea to Sky Highway, secretly.

Results of the Gabriola Island Fixed Link Feasibility Study conclude that while a bridge appears to be technically feasible, it would not be a cost-effective alternative to the current ferry link.
Because of this, Cost effectiveness, the Government of British Columbia will not consider a fixed link to Gabriola  Island AT THIS TIME.  - Minister Todd Stone
 We're glad its a NO-GO, but will it mean that those 'residents', those weekenders, those 'off-shore' investors, be going after the BC Liberals for the return of their contributions to the Party?

What about the naysayers of the Massey Tunnel being replaced with $3 billion bridge, ... 'costs outweighs the benefits' Delta to Lulu Island (Richmond).  What about public transit?

New Gold's Blackwater Gold Project went to BAT, BAP!!! Why isn't Mount Polley held to the same Gold standard of environment protection?

When was Imperial Metals given the Green light to restarting their Mount Polley Gold mine by Bill Bennett and Mary Polak?  Did they take the SAME steps as Canada's laws?   Did Mount Polley present a Tailings Alternative Assessment (TAA) and a Best Available Technology  (BAT) along with a Best Available Practices (BAP)  based on the Independent Investigation Review Panel findings for Mount Polley to Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency?

British Columbian taxpayers footed the bill for the report on Mount Polley Investigation on the Tailings Pond Breach


The Right Way

New Gold

Blackwater Gold Project

Executive Summary  (Page 3 of 642)

New Gold completed this Tailings Alternative Assessment (TAA) for the Blackwater Gold Project (Project) in response to a request from the British Columbia (BC) Environment Assessment Office (EAO; March 19, 2015) that ALL MININGS PROPONENTS consider the implentation of Best Available Technology (BAT) and Best Available Practices (BAP) identified by the Mount Polley Independent Investigation Review Panel (the Panel).

In a letter dated June 3, 2015, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency requested that environmental effects, as defined in section 5 of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, be included as factors to be considered in the assessment of the preferred option.

 Has Imperial Metals completed these Six Steps?

• Step 1 – Identified initial candidate alternatives utilizing three tailings management technologies (thickened slurry, paste, and filtered ‘dry stack’ over a wide area of potential sites (23 candidates identified).
• Step 2 – Conducted a pre-screening assessment (fatal-flaw analysis) to eliminate any candidate that did not meet certain minimum criteria for the Project (10 candidates eliminated;  13 remained).
• Step 3 – Conducted a high level risk assessment (HLRA) to identify the lowest risk candidates for each of the tailings technologies, and eliminate the higher risk candidates from further consideration.
• Step 4 – Conducted a multiple accounts analysis (MAA) to identify BAT for the Blackwater Project (3 candidates eliminated; 1 selected candidate).
• Step 5 – Assessed the selected BAT candidate using a Failure Modes Effects Assessment (FMEA) to determine BAP including additional practices beyond those described in the Application/EIS that could further improve the physical safety of the impoundment.
• Step 6 – assessment of the impacts to Aboriginal rights and interests.

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Google Search:  Mount Polley BAT BAP

The University of Western Australia

BAT or BAP?  A review of some dramatic changes in tailings management in the recent past and potential changes in the future   43 Pages

Andy Fourie    School of Civil, Environmental  & Mining Engineering

Mount Polley, British Columbia, Canada

Itabirito, Minas Gerais, Brazil tailings pond

Cananea, Sonora, Mexico Tailings Pond

Dan River Steam Station Tailings Pond

Contrast 'conventional' tailings with thicker tailings
Provide examples; what worked, what perhaps did not work so well
The use of filtered tailings
Concluding comments

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Buzz Words for BC Hydro Smart Grid generates WWWallpaper Industry AND a Site C Monitoring Commissioner

Funny, but how is it that an on-line visitor from Egypt, looking at our Blog image on BC Hydro' Smart Grid Pyramid, produce, after three hours of constructing this Post, to then discover that the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) insisted in a 1983 Decision on Site C, as a condition, a recommendation ... that the Government of British Columbia has chosen to ignore.

Specifically, in lieu of BCUC direct, day-to-day involvement in the Site C project, protecting the Public's interest ... there shall be a Monitoring Commissioner

Page 260 of 332  Monitoring Commissioner for Site C

Christy Clark mantra: Killing off public ownership of ..... BC Hydro ..... is as easy as .....

It shouldn't have come as a complete surprise to find a visitor arriving at our blog from Egypt, after all the
Pyramid is synonymous with Egypt
Qatar Foundation For Education, Science And Community Development

The BBC's image ranking places BC Hydro on the 'wide world web' as top of the line when it comes to the  Smart Grid Pyramid

 BC Hydro's fulfillment to Achieve energy self sufficiency by page 6 of 18

A Site C guarantee:
 All new electric generation will be net zero GHG or will offset GHG emissions (to the LNG industry)

Self Sufficiency  Free-For-All  GHG for Site C preparation: logging with wind powered machinery

The building blocks that BC Hydro hasn't explained to the public clearly is the use of the Alphabet on the Peace River eg. A,B,C,D,E   Where is E on Page 9?  Is it less to build than the $9 billion Site C?  And where is A and B and D?

In 1958, five additional potential sites were identified along the river

 Page 15 of 20

BC Hydro's words:

In 1982, although the BCUC recommended the project not move forward on the basis of a lack of need and insufficient review of project alternatives, it stated in its report:

*[While] the commission recognizes that major impacts will result from the Site C project, the commission concludes that they are not so large as to make them unacceptable.  Provided that appropriate conditions are placed on Hydro and the government responds to the special needs created in the region, the impacts can be successfully and acceptably managed.*
We went looking for that quote that BC Hydro didn't include a  Note to its source and came up with this.

Page 260 of 332  Monitoring Commissioner for Site C

Search for 1982    or  Treaty 8     137 pages

British Columbia Utilities Commission Decisions and Reports for 1983

Item 13

Go to this link and follow the instructions to Click to Download:

BC Hydro Energy Project Certificate Application for Site C - N/A - 1983-05-03
BC Hydro