Saturday, October 3, 2015

Marijuana Harper: "We've spent a couple of generations trying to reduce the use of Tobacco...." Two Generations is 50 years Stevie

Harperites are using that popular phrase of “blowing smoke up your arse.” again to buy votes.

Harper makes 'Two Generations' sounds like a couple of decades when in fact, using his numbers 1999 to 2012 it crunches down to only 13 years, well short of his acclaimed "couple of generations" or even two decades (20 years).   

One generations are defined as 25 years;  Two generations would be 50 years.

Stephen Harper:
“We’ve spent a couple of generations trying to reduce the use of tobacco in Canada with a lot of success,” he said.

“Tobacco is a product that does a lot of damage — marijuana is infinitely worse and is something we do not want to encourage.”

A government survey of tobacco use found that the overall smoking rate among Canadians over the age of 15 declined from 25 per cent in 1999 to 16 per cent in 2012.

Kaleidoscope of other governing parties in Canada other than Harper's Reformed Conservatives, therefore they should be given credit where credit is due when it comes to reducing the public's dependency on tobacco.

Tobacco Smoke Enema Kit (1750s – 1810s).

The tobacco enema was used to infuse tobacco smoke into a patient’s rectum for various medical purposes, but primarily the resuscitation of drowning victims.
A rectal tube inserted into the anus was connected to a fumigator and bellows that forced the smoke into the rectum. The warmth of the smoke was thought to promote respiration.  Doubts about the credibility of tobacco enemas led to the popular phrase “blowing smoke up your arse.”

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hey Honey, Did you sell the house? Elections Canada seems to think that there's nine voters living here!

UPDATE:  Saturday October 3rd  10:00pm   
We took a walk on the wild side this afternoon and stuffed the three cards through the mail slot of the house on the West Side of Town.  The only differences were the East vs West and the fact that the last three characters were different in the Postal Code, but the first three were the same!!!!  If they aren't the recipients then at least they'll have our address to walk them back.  Hopefully they'll take note of the heavy red ink printing of : NO SUCH| PERSON on the East side of Town.


We just received two THREE Election Canada cards in the mail.  Both THEIR names are not ours.  We did receive ours over a span of three business days but what of these poor people who can't even write in their true Postal Code?  Husband and Wife ???? both got it wrong?

Is Election Canada's only means of verification, tally, take place during an election?

If we write upon the notice:  No Such Person!!!!  Will Election Canada send out their Enforcement Officers, CSIS, RCMP, to hunt down the votes?

Will these two THREE miss out on being able to vote?

Do they care?   Elections Canada or the missing voters?

With the race for getting the highest amount of votes, we thought that by now some enterprising party organizers would offer a public service to connect the dots together, after all they do provide a free shuttle service to the election place, right?

Oh my goodness, I sure hope the parties aren't taking Elections Canada information as being true, or worse, that honest voters like us will actually take the time to write, in time, RETURN TO SENDER; NO SUCH PERSON before October 19th?

SIXTEEN days to go..... will Canada Post be able to get these sorted out?

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Premier Christy Clark's July 30th, 2015 cabinet shuffle: Protects high profile Peter Fassbender for bungling, blame, of massive privacy breach

It must have been nearing the end of the 2015 Spring Session Question Period that Premier Christy Clark started to think about a Cabinet shuffle for the Fall Sitting.  That thought process was interrupted by a passed note from Deputy Premier Rich Coleman marked "MOST MOST SECRET".  Damn but she hated the GCPE sense of humour, the middle finger salute 'MOST', the most.  Why can't they just write: FOR PREMIER's EYES ONLY? 

The flurry of these wintry notes had been on the increase ever since December 18, 2014, her last Cabinet shuffle when she was forced to shift Advance Education Minister Amrik Virk to the Document Bomb Disposable Department because of leaked copies of his emails while at KPU.  Turned out that Virk HAD been the driving force as a Governor to circumvent the O.I.C. freeze on KPU hiring salaries.  As a former RCMP officer he should have known, better.

Virk's one line December Mandate from Premier Christy Clark has been simple: SHRED EVERYTHING

What does she get from the miscreant on April 30th????: 


Preparation are in the works for a Fall Sitting and now an expendable Amrik Virk is called upon by Premier Christy Clark to explain himself on what transpired in July but probably started in April's MOST MOST SECRET note.

If you've been following the stories in the BC Liberal Government Press Release there is No mention of Peter Fassbender, No mention of  Mike Bernier.  Same holds true for the Mainstream Press.

In July, a records review by education ministry staff triggered a search for the hard drives – each device smaller than an average shoe box 12 X 7 X 4. It was only when the other hard drive was located in late August – also unencrypted – that B.C. government officials realized just how significant the data loss was.

The ministry sent a team of 50 people to tear open hundreds of sealed boxes in a warehouse near Victoria, but when that effort failed to locate the missing hard drive, officials notified Mr. Virk and Elizabeth Denham, B.C.’s independent privacy commissioner, on Sept. 18.

And if you're as curious as we are about why the 50 people would have to TEAR open hundreds of sealed boxes in a warehouse near Victoria.... doesn't that show that HUNDREDS of sealed boxes haven't been properly documented for the database either?
September 22, 2015 Rob Shaw
...... The government doesn’t know if the hard drive has been stolen, misplaced or destroyed, said Virk.
But it leaves anyone currently aged 10 to 47 potentially at risk of having a copy of their name, birth date, gender, address, special needs status, grade point average and provincial exam score shared or accessed inappropriately.

As well, the drive contains potentially embarrassing data on why some students withdrew from school — such as substance abuse, mental health or family problems — and sensitive information about children in government care, including adoption status, intellectual disability programs, health and behavioural issues.......

While education ministry staff were doing their frantic search for most of July, their illustrious leader, Education Minister Peter Fassbender, responsible for the lost hard drive, is PROMOTED on July 30th.

Typically any garbage that the BC Liberal Government wants to dump is done on a long weekend  July 30 was the evening before the start of a long weekend, BC Day.   Peter Fassbender is 'responsible' for Community, Sport and Cultural Development portfolio which was formerly held by Coralee Oakes.

 Christy Clark Cabinet  2011- Present

George Abbott, Education  Minister who dreamed up the External Hard drive Idea in 2011???

No!   2011 Yes but No!

How about the Health Minister who FIRED eight health Researchers?

You mean MacDiarmid?  appointed by micro manager Premier Gordon Campbell 


 From the Office of the Premier,
Christy Clark

Dear Mr. Mike Bernier (MLA),

I am pleased to announce your removal from the backbenches to the front row pew of accountable Ministers.   Your status of having no skeletons in your closet is an asset, at this time.  Your date of appointment to the Cabinet Caucus is July 30th, 2015.  Your portfolio is the Ministry of Education.

Congratulations, and to put your mind at ease I am asking you not to double the efforts of Peter Fassbender after his having lost sight of 3 million student records.

Vaughn Palmer: September 24, 2015
“It is deeply concerning to learn about another case of a major privacy breach involving unencrypted data,” said Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham. “Especially troubling, given that the education records on the external hard drive contained the personal information of more than three million students.”

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Ian Walker, UVic geography professor on coastal erosion and climate change: YVR landings require pontoons to splash down?

No mention in the Vancouver Sun newspaper on the status of Vancouver International Airport (YVR) if ..... it becomes flooded (kmz).

Boundary Bay Airport sunk, too.

Abbotsford will be high and dry.

Ian Walker, a geography professor whose specialties include coastal erosion and climate change, said areas such as Delta’s Roberts Bank and Boundary Bay, Vancouver’s Stanley Park, plus Wreck Beach and Point Grey bluffs are some of the region’s most vulnerable areas.

“We don’t really know if this is going to be the ‘monster’ that some researchers are calling it but all indications are it’s going to be really strong,” Walker said. “People living in low-lying coastal areas should be prepared for a great chance of floods and erosion.”  Vancouver Sun
Dikes coming to Metro Vancouver

Sunday, September 20, 2015

CBC's 'Peeping Tom' Harrington should have been fired, then charged with two counts: violation of human rights AND right to privacy

Leader - Stephen Harper - Prime Minister
"What this says is that we keep the highest standards for candidates and that these two individuals are no longer candidates"

Ever since the election 'news' broke last week, that Harper had fired candidates, there's only been one Man, and his Family, who have been assailed, victimized, humiliated, demonized and kicked out of an opportunity to be a Member of Parliament of Canada.

His crime against a Conservative society: incontinence

8.3 million Canadians suffer from incontinence and or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

That's 8.3 million Canadian Voters

What about 'Peeping Tom' Harrington Director and his CBC Crew including Host Erica Johnson?  Why aren't they behind the bars of purgatory?  Why have they been allowed to move on with their lives and left 2012 far behind?  Why haven't their families been drawn into the news?  What do their families think of them? Why did Tom and Erica, deviate, from their prepared Sting script of recording shoddy tradesMEN work and then become the news heroes of today?

Tom Harrington Director  

Erica Johnson Host

CBC MarketPlace AND Stephen Harper crossed the line on two Acts:

The purpose of the Canadian Human Rights Act is to protect individuals from discrimination. It states that all Canadians have the right to equality, equal opportunity, fair treatment, and an environment free of discrimination. The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) applies these principles to cases that are referred to it by the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC). - Source

On the topic of hidden surveillance cameras:

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

  1. The public should be advised that they will be under surveillance. The public should be informed with clearly written signs at the perimeter of surveillance areas, which advise that the area is or may be under surveillance, and indicate who is responsible for the surveillance, including who is responsible for compliance with privacy principles, and who can be contacted to answer questions or provide information about the system.

The brains behind CBC and supported Tom Harrington and Erica Johnson at MarketPlace also brought the public  Jian Ghomishi       and an independent report on his behaviour.

CBC Mandate:
The mandate of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC/Radio Canada) is to inform, enlighten and entertain; to contribute to the development of a shared national consciousness and identity; to reflect the regional and cultural diversity of Canada; and to contribute to the development of Canadian talent and culture. To achieve its mandate, the CBC/Radio Canada produces, procures, and distributes Canadian programming in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages and broadcasts a selection of programs around the world.

Growing Old Ungracefully - incontinence  - CBC  Podcast
Incontinence products have been successfully marketed to women for some time now, but when it comes to men, it's a different story. Our senior's columnist Benita Hart explores the issue of incontinence in this edition of Growing Old Ungracefully.

Aging and Seniors—Publications 
The publications of the Division of Aging and Seniors are a great source of reliable information about aging in Canada. Some are written with the general public in mind, others are targeted at professionals.

Keeping it Real:  Is the CBC Out to GET Stephen Harper?  -  Harvey Oberfeld

The Late Jim Flaherty, Finance Minister, did he confide his health concerns to Harper, and only then, was Flaherty summarily told to either resign quietly, or be fired?   Flaherty chose not to disclose and almost died on the job.

Friday, September 18, 2015

STEPHANIE CADIEUX Minister of Children and Family Development: Domestic Violence Plan Grading: FAILS the Children

ignorance is bliss:
       if you do not know about something, you do not worry about it.

All the while that Minister Cadieux watches Rome burn she still has time to produce a report on Domestic Violence where she claims: we must increase our collective efforts to end this grave societal challenge .... and at the same time the Minister is appealing to the courts to allow the abuse to continue.

The answer:

B.C. Premier Christy Clark has called an independent investigation into the case of a mother whose concerns were ignored by provincial social workers when she tried to present evidence that at least three of her four children were being sexually abused by their father.
"We have a duty to make sure we really frame up the discussion around it properly to make sure that we get answers that help us do better and that help us shed some more light on what exactly happened here," Clark said in the final sitting of the Legislature in Victoria on Tuesday.

A well-respected former senior civil servant has agreed to lead an independent review into the botched handling of a child welfare case where a mother's warnings ignored and her children were returned to an abusive father.
From the GCPE script writers for Stephanie Cadieux

Index for:
British Columbia. Provincial Office of Domestic Violence
British Columbia's Provincial Domestic Violence Plan Annual Report


...... Every British Columbian has a role to play in preventing and addressing domestic violence, and we will continue to emphasize the need for system-wide collaboration as we increase our collective efforts to end this grave societal challenge. I would like to thank everyone involved in ending domestic violence in B.C.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Robin Mathews: “The Mike Duffy Trial”. Is It A Gigantic Fraud From Start To Finish?

 "Unless you control your own economy, you cannot have your own culture and it is culture which finally determines the Canadian identity. - R. M."

“The Mike Duffy Trial”.  Is It A Gigantic Fraud From Start To Finish?   yes

by Robin Mathews, Sept. 2015

Journalists of the conventional press and media are asking questions. Questions.  Questions.  Will the Mike Duffy trial affect the October election?  Are Canadians paying attention?  Will they remember what has gone on, so far, in the trial when they vote?  Etcetera.  As usual the conventional press and media are asking the wrong questions….

Some of them, we may trust, are doing so deliberately, are employed to ask the wrong questions … deliberately.

They all should be asking and investigating…. They should be  challenging major actors, daily, on the key question:  is the whole operation a “fix”, a fraud, a scam, a gigantic, expensive make-believe construction?

Allied to that possibility … why has one of the (apparently) most important Canadian trials preceding the most important election in Canadian history been chopped into segments with weeks and months of hiatus between segments?  Did the lawyer for the Defence agree to that absurdity, or was it forced upon him by “the necessities [?] of Court scheduling”?

Why The Trial?

Let us consider a possible scenario for the Mike Duffy trial.  Nigel Wright with Stephen Harper and people in the PMO set about bribing Mike Duffy “to shut up, and pay up” some monies in order to disguise the fact that Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party of Canada were abusing and debasing the senate with every disreputable action possible, habitually.

Notice that Donald Savoie, expert on Public Administration and author, at Moncton University, pointed out on CBC (The Current, Aug 31, ’15) that “four hundred pages of emails” circulated among the principals involved in discussion of the proposed payment without any consultation with the Privy Council, Revenue Canada, or the Department of Justice. If that doesn’t suggest a conspiracy to undertake an unlawful act … then what would?

Mr. Duffy was to pretend that he had broken ranks by singly abusing senate procedures – to the surprise and moral horror of the PMO and Stephen Harper.  He was to show himself contrite and thereby front for the on-going abusive use of the senate by the Conservative government.

Remember major Conservative senators had criminal charges laid against them for work on the In-and-Out election scandal of 2006 – which happened eight years before the so-called Mike Duffy Scandal. The Conservative senate, it seems, was a cesspool of Conservative improper activity.

No Conservative reported the alleged acceptance of a bribe by Mike Duffy. The story broke in CTV news reporting.

At that point, we may theorize, the machinery of big time fraud “Banana Republic" Fraud went into action. To turn the attention of Canadians away from (1) Conservative Party and government corruption;  (2) to protect Stephen Harper and Nigel Wright (long-time soul mates and corrupt Party builders); (3) and to cover the flagrant Conservative misuse of the senate a Huge Diversion, a Dramatic Splash, a Public Circus, (whatever the financial cost) had to be staged.

Who Would Set Up The Fraudulent Trial?

The action required – and we may believe it may have gained – the corrupt cooperation of almost everyone involved in its production, a characteristic of Banana Republic Law.

The RCMP, it would seem, was corrupted to permit the investigation material of the Wright/Duffy relation to be perverted and misused.

Nigel Wright, many may believe, was “good to go” on a trial against Mike Duffy just as long as he – Nigel Wright – was not charged with paying a bribe but was corruptly protected.  [Why has Onex, Wright’s employer, posted him to England? What relation has Onex Corporation to the Conservative Party of Canada?]  The neglect of Nigel Wright in the charges set up the basic insanity of the trial: Mike Duffy accepted a bribe from Nigel Wright.  But Nigel Wright didn’t pay Mike Duffy a bribe! The charges, I suggest, could not have been laid as they have been -considering that insanity - if the Prosecution was not, somehow, also brought on board.

That agency seems also to have been highly selective, failing to lay any charges under the Parliament of Canada Act, an Act which would likely have brought more people under close inspection for the possibility of engaging in serious wrongful acts.

Next … it is reasonable to believe the judge on this ‘judge only’ trial is acting where a ‘judge and jury’ should be at work.  The choice of a ‘judge only’ is open to question.  A trial of significant and large public interest should be a trial by judge and jury.  If Canadian law doesn’t specify that, it should.  A judge can be ‘naturally sympathetic to power’, can be ‘won over’, may be bribed or coerced.

Those things are almost impossible to be the case with twelve, independently selected jurors.

In a ‘judge only’ trial the judge must be scrupulously attentive and independent and must not simply accept the story-line of the Prosecution, especially in what might be (among other things, as in this case) a Revenge Trial.  The major charge of a bribe accepted but a bribe not paid (where the payer is as evident as a signature on a cheque and his own public admission) should be openly questioned by the judge … and the case discontinued if no satisfactory answer is forthcoming.

That would mean, one must consider in this scenario, that the judge had, somehow, to be made part of the “fix”, the fraud, the scam, the gigantic, expensive make-believe construction.  He had to allow that a bribe can be alleged to have been accepted without being alleged to have been paid.  The judge, also, some might argue, had to accept that Nigel Wright - because only a witness in his court - would leave Scot free, untouched, and would return to normal life.

One sign that democratic rights and freedoms are collapsing in any country is given when wealth and power can take over the judicial system and employ all its personnel to create wholly manufactured, corrupt (apparently legitimate) court cases.  Such cases may be called Banana Republic cases.  The Mike Duffy trial was, some will believe, manufactured in Conservative Party back rooms and is being carried forward despite huge absurdities.

Stephen Harper’s On-Going Role

Day after day, Stephen Harper (an undeclared principal in the case) has stated publicly the judgement he wants from the trial: Duffy to be convicted; Nigel Wright to be freed completely (as a witness who is not facing charges).  In addition, by repeating over and over that the matter was between Nigel Wright and Mike Duffy only, the prime minister of Canada (not under oath) is, in fact, saying he believes witnesses (under oath) who testify otherwise are lying, and that documentary evidence is false.

The judge on the trial has had every reason and every right to silence the prime minister of Canada … and the judge has not done that.

A ‘Gilbert and Sullivan’ Production 

There is more.  As if writing a script for a Gilbert and Sullivan Comic Opera, Prosecution laid 31 charges against Mike Duffy!  Ridiculous!  Hilarious nuttiness!

It is as if Prosecution tried to bury “a bribe accepted but a bribe not paid” with a torrent of 30 other charges to overwhelm the sensibilities of Canadians.

By the scenario suggested above, Stephen Harper, Nigel Wright, the RCMP, the Prosecution, and the judge on the case would all be part of the “fix”, the fraud, the scam, the gigantic expensive make-believe construction.

Not clear in the suggested scenario is whether the Defence lawyer can be fitted into the arranged game.  He has, however – some will believe – made too little of Nigel Wright as principal in the case – as a person who offered a bribe (if, indeed, a bribe was accepted).

Banana Republic Operations in Canada 

Perhaps the first, major, trumped-up Banana Republic trial in recent Canadian history was that of premier Glen Clark of British Columbia (2002) over tin-pot allegations that he had given favours for a $10,000.00 veranda he had built on his modest East Vancouver home (and had paid for).  At least three times during the 136 day trial, Clark’s lawyer (now deceased) asked the judge (Elizabeth Bennett (BC Rail Trial Too)) to close the trial for lack of cause.  She refused each time – and on the last day declared Glen Clark was guilty of … nothing.  But he was destroyed politically and the way was open for the ten years of corrupt Gordon Campbell neo-liberal government in B.C. before, that is, Campbell was named by Stephen Harper as Canadian High Commissioner in London.

That case was created and heated (almost certainly) by Liberal Opposition forces in close collaboration with some RCMP and active conventional press and media people.  Needless to say, the arrangement of charges would have required prosecutorial work.

Briefly (as a further example) in the BC Rail Scandal case, 2007-2010, (which may be considered a direct sequel to the Glen Clark case) an illegitimate Special Crown Prosecutor laid charges (RCMP assisted) against three lower-level Sikh government employees.  That shifted attention away from the probably guilty powerful politicians and corporate actors in the BC Rail sell-out.

The judge refused to act on the illegitimate appointment of the Special Crown Prosecutor, as did the Attorney General, the Chief Justice, the Associate Chief Justice, and the Canadian Judicial Council (and the conventional press and media).  And so one may assume that the RCMP, the judges, and the reigning Liberal cabinet – as well as most conventional press and media were all corruptly involved.

But the Defence team was honest.

The accused in the BC Rail trial (as with the Mike Duffy case) were not ‘squeaky clean’, and so they were open to “overlord victimization”.  Nonetheless, the Defence shattered the carefully prepared scenario.  Charges against the accused in B.C. were heavily reduced to almost nothing, and the Gordon Campbell government paid the $6 million in costs of the accused … all their costs … in order to terminate the trial early and to get free of it before it blew up in their faces because of the work of the honest Defence team.

In B.C. the big criminals got away, the illegitimate Crown Prosecutor went untouched, the corrupt in the B.C. RCMP weren’t scratched. And both premiers involved – Gordon Campbell and Christie Clark - refused to tell (even the Auditor General) precisely which person in government okayed the $6 million payment to the accused. But the huge Banana Republic, fraudulent trial was exposed … and the accused somewhat exonerated (though not in any way by a perceptive and responsible conventional press and media).

In a much, much less publicly noticed Civil Case, I suggest, Banana Republic machinery was used in the heart-breaking economic destruction, psychological mangling, and massive injustice suffered by   Kelly Marie Richard and her two sons in their dental malpractice case in the Alberta courts (first decade of this century). The RCMP, lawyers, the courts, the CanadianJudicial Council, and IT forces, in my judgement, rallied to protect Big Capital in Canada against legitimate claims of damage done to ordinary Canadians.

The same in-court (Civil Case) hi-jinks, I am convinced, are taking place in the Jessica Ernst (fracking) case against Big Gas and Oil and the Government Regulator in Alberta.  The change of government from Conservative to NDP, mid-trial, in Alberta has not changed the Alberta Regulatory Structure or its chief personnel (from which much of the abuse of Jessica Ernst is alleged to have originated).  The new government seems unaware of the Jessica Ernst case against itself and its Regulatory body … and to be unaware of the possibility of Banana Republic conduct in the Court proceedings.

A characteristic of present-day political Opposition Parties appears to be their absolute determination to ignore some of the hugest and most threatening areas of public corruption.  When Big Capital and Big Government corruptly organize democratic institutions to assault and efface their enemies - victims of corruption fighting back, Opposition Parties look the other way.  They seem to do so especially when those victims of corruption are defenceless, alone, and relatively poor.  It is almost as if the Opposition Parties long for positions of power in which they, too, can enjoy the profits of corruption.

Nationally, I suggest, Canadians may well be watching an almost wholly corrupt, trumpery, Banana Republic trial being called “The Mike Duffy Trial”.  Looked at carefully, I suggest, the fraudulence of that trial will seem – to a growing number of Canadians - more and more and more evident. It is – among other things – a huge warning and wake-up call to Canadians.

And yet … not one Opposition Party, not one, has questioned the fraud all Canadians are probably facing in the trial.  That is a burden which ordinary Canadians are going to have to take onto their own shoulders … and begin action to bring about change. They may well start by placing the trial very high among matters they will act upon, in polling booths, across the country, in the coming October federal election.

Contact: Robin Mathews

Friday, September 4, 2015

circumstances of this case call for an administrative penalty both to encourage this lobbyist to take his obligations under the LRA with the utmost seriousness and .....

Is it better for a British Columbia lobbyist to accept his punishment or ask for reconsideration of an investigator's findings?

The lobbyist was correct; the Office of the Registrar was incorrect .... but ....
 based on new evidence submitted  by the lobbyist it turns out that he was in contravention of two other Sections of the Act which were dealt in two 'findings'.  First from Tim Mots, and then on August 18, 2015 by Elizabeth Denham who imposed a September 29, 2015 deadline for payment of the Penalty.

Office of the regsitrar of lobbyists British Columbia
LOBBYIST: Brad Zubyk
June 15, 2015
Requirement to file return
3(1) Within 10 days after entering into an undertaking to lobby on behalf of a client, a consultant lobbyist must file with the registrar a return in the prescribed form and containing the information required by section 4.

SUMMARY: A consultant lobbyist (the “lobbyist”) filed a return with the Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists (“ORL”) on August 13, 2013. The lobbyist certified that the commencement date of his undertaking was July 1, 2013. An investigation by the ORL found that the lobbyist failed to meet his obligations under s. 3(1) of the Lobbyists Registration Act (“LRA’3 when he did not file a return within 10 days of entering into an undertaking to lobby on behalf of a client. The lobbyist asked the Registrar of Lobbyists (the “Registrar”) to reconsider the investigator’s findings.  Based on new evidence submitted by the lobbyist, the Registrar rescinded the investigator’s findings. However, the new evidence prompted the Registrar to initiate an investigation to determine whether the lobbyist had possibly contravened s. 4(1) of the LRA. The Investigator concluded that the lobbyist had contravened s. 3(1) not s. 4(1) of the LRA. The Investigator also discovered additional evidence which showed that the lobbyist had also contravened ss. 4(1 )(b)(iii), 4(1 )(d) and 4(2)(a) of the LRA. The lobbyist was fined $3,500.

Statutes Considered: Lobbyists Registration Act, S.B.C. 2001, c. 42.


[52] Together with the above factors, I have also considered whether an administrative penalty is necessary for specific or general deterrence. In my view, the circumstances of this case call for an administrative penalty both to encourage this lobbyist to take his obligations under the LRA with the utmost seriousness, and to remind all lobbyists of their legal obligations to be diligent in keeping their registrations current and accurate.
[53] The ORL policies and procedures, which are intended only as a guide, suggest a range of penalties for contraventions of the LRA. The penalty for a late filing has a range of $100 to $5,000 for a first instance of non-compliance. This is the second time the lobbyist has been found in contravention of s. 3(1) of the LRA, although in this case it is being treated as a first occurrence since IR 14-07 and the original investigation report into this matter, IR 14-06, occurred at the same time. The suggested range of penalty for failing to report changes or late reporting of changes is $100 to $5,000. The penalty for entering information that is not true into a return has a range of $1,000 to
$7,500 for the first instance of non-compliance.

1. Under s. 7.2(2) of the LRA, I find that the lobbyist contravened ss. 3(1), 4(1)(b)(iii), 4(1)(d) and 4(2)(a) of the LRA in respect of registration ID 17159308.
2. The notice of alleged contravention has been substantiated.
3. Section 7.2(2) authorizes the Registrar to impose administrative penalties up to $25,000 when there is a contravention of the LRA. Previous investigations have levied penalties in the range of $700 for a first contravention of s. 3(1) of the LRA. Given the circumstances of this investigation, which I consider to be of moderate seriousness, I impose an administrative penalty of $1,500.
4. With respect to adding another consultant lobbyist’s name to the lobbyist’s return in error (s. 4(1 )(b)(iii)) and not correcting the error within the legislated timelines (s. 4(2)(a)), counsel for the lobbyist advised that the lobbyist would be happy to update the return to correct the error. After the ORL responded, the lobbyist subsequently removed the incorrect entry from his return. I do not impose a penalty for these contraventions.
5. Nothing frustrates transparency more than failing to enter correct information, in this case the client’s name ‘Recycle First’, into a return. This violation is in my judgment a serious and significant matter given the purposes of the LRA. For this reason, and taking into account that this particular violation is a first infraction of this type by this lobbyist, I impose an administrative penalty of $2,000 for failing to enter the correct client’s name in the return contrary to s. 4(1 )(d) of the LRA.
6. The total amount of the penalty is $3,500.
7. The lobbyist must pay this penalty no later than July 27, 2015.
8. If the lobbyist requests reconsideration under s. 7.3 of the LRA, he is to do so within 30 days of receiving this decision by providing a letter in writing directed to the Registrar of Lobbyists at the following address, setting out the grounds on which reconsideration is requested:

Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists for British Columbia
P0 Box 9038, Stn. Prov. Govt.
Victoria, BC V8W 9A4

“Brad Zubyk is one of British Columbia’s most talented and well-connected political strategy guys.” 

Mike Smyth Twitter


The Tyee: Bob Mackin

One Fine Dropped, One Upheld for BC Lobbyist


Monday, August 31, 2015

"So What -- if Grouse Mountain Resort uses Greenwash advertising for the Eye of the Wind Amusement Park

 “So what -- we fool tourists and most tourists don’t care.”
  Vancouver Steam Clock

Setting Grouse's Mountain Resort's SkyRide immediate electrical needs outside of this Post, does their 'Eye of the Wind' generate enough electricity to power the chair lift from their Lodge to the base of the Eye's elevator AND energize the elevator to the viewPOD?  Does the Eye of the Wind require electrical support to turn its head into the wind?  Is there proof positive that the wind turbine is generating 25% of their mountaintop needs as they claimed at the outset of their project or is it a mere 2%?

More to the point, why is the electrical data provided inside the viewPOD not passed onto Grouse Mountain Resort website of Facts?  The project was endorsed by BC Hydro and BC Energy Minister Bill Bennett and then launched with much fanfare by the Premier of British Columbia, Gordon Muir Campbell in 2010.

The Eye's wind location has historically received under 9 kilometres per hour:

 Cut-in wind speed: 9.72 km per hour
 Cut-out wind speed: 90 km per hour
Daily Wind Speed? The Eye rarely turns
Saturday, Metro Vancouverites (400,000) were given a wind storm that sucker punched BC Hydro Smart meter Grid system that lasted until late in the day, and for North Vancouverites (28,000) we had the added 'burden' of having to drag out the camp stove to cook our vittles.

Grouse Mountain Resort Wind forecast:
Lodge AND Eye

Base Level @881m AND Upper Level @ 1250m

Upper Level
Grouse Mountain Weather Forecast Thursday Aug 27th to Wednesday Sept 2nd

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Grouse Mountain's "Eye of the Wind":  "A Beacon for Sustainability” NOT  
The electricity produced by the Eye in 2012 had, at BC Hydro’s highest residential selling rate, a monetary value of about $13,500 or about 2% of my estimate of the Eye's ($600,000 annually) 2012 tourism revenue. - Corrie Kost
Federation Of North Vancouver Community Associations (FONVCA)
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District of North Vancouver:  Grouse Turbine Council Application
  Grouse Mountain Wind Turbine Development Permit

Per Trip: 24 tourists bumped up to 36 (33% increase) = $600,000 Revenue per year

The DNV Development Permit included three sets of Before and After photos as to whether or not the Eye of the Wind would be visible to Council's naked ..... eyes.

GMR used an existing Red meteorological Tower as a comparison to the proposed Eye of the Wind using three viewpoints well OUTSIDE of the District of North Vancouver

1) West Vancouver's Dundarave Pier (south end)  Ten kilometres
Red Arrow pointing to the old Red meteorological Tower
2) City of North Vancouver intersection of 13th and Lonsdale

3) Vancouver's Canada Place Pier (north end)

Bird's Eye View

Corrie Kost:
      Grouse Mountain's "Eye of the Wind":
              "A Beacon for Sustainability” NOT  

From a few meters east of the electrically powered (steam) clock that pleases tourists, another tourist attraction is visible on a clear day – a tall white structure resembling a wind turbine. The “energizing” of that Grouse Mountain tourist attraction in September 2010 was marked by a BC Hydro press release. (BC Hydro, owned by the British Columbia government, is the principal generator and distributor of electricity in B.C.) Dave Cobb, BC Hydro’s CEO, declaimed:
"With this successful energizing of The Eye of the Wind [the name of the tourist attraction], Grouse Mountain is not only starting down the road to energy self-sufficiency, but is also providing a tangible example of the kind of strong working relationships BC Hydro enjoys building with partners committed to clean and renewable energy." 

Stuart McLaughlin, President of Grouse Mountain Resorts, boldly declared: British Columbia has a shining new beacon for sustainability.” 

And Bill Bennett, provincial Minister of Energy, opined: Vancouver's first commercially viable wind turbine … [an] icon … it will inspire [further] renewable energy projects.

The BC Hydro press release quoted without reservation and thus endorsed Grouse Mountain Resorts' false claim that the electricity produced by the Eye of the Wind will be "enough to power up to 400 homes a year. (Note 2a)

The Eye's view room reached -- after buying a ticket -- by an elevator, has a terrific view from its windows and, more importantly for the purposes of this article, houses two computer screens showing statistics of the facility’s electrical production since inception.

Per the screens, 11 November 2012, lifetime production was 284,055 kwh indicating an annual production of ~133,000 kwh or enough for about 12 average British Columbian homes, not 400. (A kilowatt hour is 1000 watts for an hour and is commonly written as kwh. An average B.C. home consumes annually about 11,000 kwh.) (Note 2b)

The Eye of the Wind is located on a comparatively windless mountain as may be checked online in the Canadian Wind Atlas and as must have been known in 2010 by most regular users of Grouse ski runs, the president of Grouse Mountain Resorts, and key BC Hydro employees.

Web weather reports of actual wind speeds on Grouse and projected wind speeds for seven day periods rarely show wind speeds of over 10 kilometers per hour. The blades of the Eye require a wind speed of above 9.7 kilometers per hour before they will turn. (Note 2c)

A wind-turbine of 1.5 megawatt capacity, the Eye’s capacity, without an elevator and a view room, costs in energy terms about 4.2 million kilowatt hours (kwh) to manufacture and install when part of a wind farm. The Eye of the Wind will produce less than 3.5 million kwh in a 25 year period and will not repay its embodied energy over its lifetime, assuming a 25 year life. The Eye is not ‘sustainable’ in any ecological sense of the word; it is an energy sink. (Note 2d)

Sustainability has a range of possible meanings in our post-truth world and perhaps the President of Grouse Mountain Resorts was thinking of ‘sustainability’ in its narrow economic meaning of ‘profit center’ when he claimed that the Eye is "a shining new beacon for sustainability.” A ticket checker stationed by the elevator at the base of the Eye informed me that the viewing room had 11,000 visitors in August 2012. Conservatively assume 40,000 visitors a year paying $15 each for admission to the Eye's viewing room, then the tourist attraction (that I estimate cost a bit over two million dollars) brings in at least $600,000 annually in tourist revenue. (Note 2e)

The electricity produced by the Eye in 2012 had, at BC Hydro’s highest residential selling rate, a monetary value of about $13,500 or about 2% of my estimate of the Eye's 2012 tourism revenue.

The Eye looks like a wind turbine but in economic terms it is a tourist attraction whose attractiveness is dependent in part on greenwash advertising sanctioned and amplified by the provincial government and BC Hydro. Remember the previously quoted B.C. Minister of Energy's endorsement: “Vancouver's first commercially viable wind turbine" and the CEO of provincially owned BC Hydro declaiming: "With this successful energizing of The Eye of the Wind, Grouse Mountain is ... starting down the road to energy self-sufficiency.” And also think of the plaque on Vancouver’s fake “steam powered” clock.

Again, some BC Hydro employees must have known in 2010 that the top of Grouse Mountain, compared to other potential B.C. wind power sites, is windless. And those BC Hydro employees also must have known that a wind turbine of 1.5 megawatt capacity on Grouse would not produce “enough [electricity] to power up to 400 homes a year.”

And it’s not just ‘tourists’ who are lied to: the 2008 vote by the North Vancouver District Council to approve the development permit for “a wind turbine” on Grouse was 4 to 3, after “a passionate
” The District’s staff report on the “wind turbine,” presented to council before the vote and recommending approval of a development permit, reads in part: "The turbine ... is anticipated to generate ... the power used by 400 homes. This equates to an annual reduction of 1600 tonnes of carbon." (Note 2f)

If staff had accurately reported to the District Council that wind power generation on Grouse would be minimal, that the proposed project would be an energy sink and was economically viable only as a tourist attraction, possibly the District Council would have voted against issuing the development permit.

Why has the Eye of the Wind’s failure to produce 5% of its advertised electrical output received no attention from main stream commentators? Why has no employee of a climate change non-profit blown a whistle? (The David Suzuki Foundation has 57 full time employees per a 2011 Revenue Canada filing.) How come no professional journalist or climate change academic has mentioned publicly the Eye of the Wind’s non-viability as an energy producer? The computer screens showing kilowatt hours of electricity produced must have been viewed by hundreds of people who understand the numbers displayed and make part of their living writing or talking about ‘green technology,’ ‘sustainability,’ and ‘climate change.’ The post-truth statement “… enough electricity … 400 homes” is etched into the glass opposite one of the Eye’s computer screens. The usually non-turning blades of the iconic virtual wind turbine are visible from downtown Vancouver. (Note 2g)

(2a) The BC Hydro press release: -- on page 2 of that site : September 22, BC Hydro Congratulates... For Grouse Mountain Resorts own press release:

Also see:

At 100% of capacity the Eye would produce about enough electricity for 1200 average BC homes - for more on “capacity” see note 2b.

(2b) The screens showed life time production of 284,055 kwh on 11 November 2012.  The Eye was “energized” about 22 September 2010, 2.14 years earlier.  Divide 284,055 kwh by 2.14 and the result is annual electrical production – roughly 133,000 hours. (On 20 May 2013, six months and nine days after the screens showed life time production of 284,055 kwh, the figure for life time production was 333,492 kwh.)

An average B.C. home/ household consumes annually 11,000 kwh: Google: BC 11,000 kwh quick facts. (An average UK household consumes 4800 kwh annually )

(2c) Canadian Wind Atlas:
For wind speed reports:
[BC Wildfire Wind Speed]

The blades of the turbine require a wind speed of above 9.7 kilometers per hour to turn:

Often actual output of new wind turbines is lower than anticipated output. The Eye's electric output, I have been told, is significantly less than anticipated due primarily to the unforeseen icing of the blades in winter. But, even supposing projections of electrical output before the Eye’s “energizing” were a wildly optimistic three times current annual output, that projected output would not have been sufficient for 40 average B.C. homes let alone 400.

In the windiest B.C. locations, say Cape Scott on Vancouver Island, a wind turbine with the Eye’s capacity (1.5 megawatts) might operate on average at one third of capacity and produce annually enough electricity for 400 B.C. homes. (Wind speeds are seldom optimal even in windy locations and turbines do need maintenance.) At 100% of capacity an imaginary 1.5 megawatt wind turbine would produce about enough electricity annually to service 1200 average B.C. homes.

(A megawatt is 1000 kilowatts -- a 1.5 megawatt capacity wind turbine running at full capacity for an hour will produce 1500 kilowatt hours of electricity. Running at 100% of capacity for a year a 1.5 megawatt turbine would produce about thirteen million kwh (1500 x 24 x 365). Some readers may find the Wikipedia article on electrical measurements useful: )

The language of the Grouse Mountain Resorts quote in the first paragraph of the main text is slippery: "up to [my italics] 400 homes." In the Eye's view room slightly different language is used: "... can generate enough electricity in a year to service the needs of 400 homes." (See photo p 6 of text and note that the words “can generate” have a different meaning than the words “does generate.”) Organizations (and individuals) communicating in good faith do not use slippery language to fudge facts.

(The disinformation about the Eye’s ‘green’ credentials disseminated by Grouse Mountain Resorts is not typical of the Grouse Mountain approach. Staff at the resort are well trained, the second floor bistro is good value, the organized free activities are worthwhile -- after my first visit to the Eye I bought an annual pass.
Currently Producing ZERO

(2d) For a turbine’s energy cost see “Net Energy Analysis” section:

(2e) Fifteen dollars per visit is a low estimate of actual revenue generated by the Eye. For some a visit to the Eye is the tipping point motivation for an ascent up Grouse and those visitors will, unless they trek up, need to pay not just for the entrance to the Eye’s observation room but also for gondola tickets and perhaps for parking. And possibly those “tipping point” visitors will also choose to buy a souvenir, food, a ticket to another attraction, or an annual pass. For ticket prices:

(2f) For the staff report and the “400 homes” quote: and on that web page go to “Council Matters #2” and then click the link to the September 23, 2008 report and see p 3.

For the “passionate debate”:

(2g) Art Wilson -- now dead apparently (I did try to track him down) -- in web comments under a Georgia Straight piece celebrating the Eye's "energizing" presented the basic numerical analysis that I flesh out. A sample of Mr. Wilson’s comments: “The production and installation of this wind turbine carries a considerable carbon cost which would have better been spent by locating it at a more productive site … if Grouse Mountain really wanted to be Green then they could just turn off their lights when there is no night skiing. No cost, carbon or dollars, but that would be like turning off the lights on a billboard ... Can we please get some investigative journalism instead of Press Release regurgitation?” (To access Mr. Wilson’s full comments, google: "journalism instead of Press Release regurgitation" Straight and then scroll down the Straight’s web page.)

In September 2012, inside the view room of the Eye, after a short conversation and sensing a similar world view, I exchanged cards with another visitor. Only after leaving the structure did I read the card and realize I had been talking to the author of Green Illusions, Ozzie Zehner. A chapter on wind power in the book is titled “... Flurry of Limitations - Wind Power.” Zehner's central thesis that resonates with my own view: “We don’t have an energy crisis. We have a consumption and leaky bucket crisis. The supposed clean energy sources have real problems.”
See/ hear Zehner at

If Grouse Mountain Resort is serious about going alone on their electricity needs why not install three more turbine rides and then call themselves a Farm and be self sufficient year round?

Public Safety
A spin off of  Wind Turbine

Demographically, and ignoring overseas visitors stats, Grouse Mountain Resort's repeat customers are from Metro Vancouver.  Wouldn't it be 'nice' for GMR to donate refundable containers purchased by all customers .... to needy, and local, public school programs from the District which issued the development permits without the (November/Min. 30 litres per $1) Chevron strings attached?

Grouse Mountain recycles. We operate a proprietary recycling station separating non-refundables (glass, plastic, metal) and a battery recycling program for employees. Our cardboard is recycled weekly. Every Tuesday, Grouse Mountain’s refundable containers are donated to Collingwood School. All employees use re-usable cups for beverages and there is an environmental fund for those who use disposable cups. Tickets for General Admission, Download and Winter Lift are made from recycled stock from Canada Ticket.

GMR stationary Eye of the Wind, a subliminal message using the Mercedes-Benz logo?
This star reflects the overall philosophy of the brand and domination at sea, air and land. In other words Mercedes logo means that it produces products which are perfect not only on land, but also at sea and in the air. It inspires engineers of the company to master even the hardest challenge.

Every 30 seconds the turbine reorients itself to face into prevailing winds ..... oh yeah

Inside Vancouver:

Inside the new wind turbine at Grouse Mountain

.... I was surprised to discover that the viewPod platform actually moves. Every thirty seconds, the turbine reorients itself to face into prevailing winds. As it slowly turns, so does the platform, creaking around hundreds of feet up in the air.  ..... Remy Scalza in Green City on August 19, 2010 

Occupational safety and health in the wind energy sector 

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          4.9 Waste treatment and recycling
In the life cycle analysis for both onshore and offshore wind turbines, it is assumed that most of the materials of the wind turbine will be recycled at the end of their life cycle (Spinato, 2009; Cenifer, 2012; Chartered Institute for Environmental Health, 2008; Byon, 2010; Global Wind Organisation, 2012). In these assumptions, the tower and nacelle will be transported to a recycling plant and the blades will be sent to landfill.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Can you See what I see?

Alternate Captions welcomed
Can you See What I See?
BC Forest Falling not Burning, no photo ops
Mike Duffy?
Nigel Wright?
Ray or Chris?

Conservatives - Friendly Fire eg. Ford for Prime Minister

Upper Levels - Lonsdale August 29 2015

Disaster Response Route

Root to the South covered with Asphalt, North side covered by the Disaster Response Road

Lower Mainland Disaster Response Route Map

A Third Crossing from the North Shore

Monday, August 24, 2015

Plecas 'Pete' rides shotgun over BC Ministry of Children and Families twice: Mavis Flanders 18 Years ago and Now

Informal:  Plecas 'Pete'      Formal name calling Robert S. Plecas

We're really not sure whether all of the Ministers in the BC Liberal Government are being led astray with misinformation in the BC Legislature, or just the two:  Terry Lake: Health Researcher Firings and one Death.    Stephanie Cadieux:  Ministry of Children and Families placement of children with their bent Father rather than their trust-worthy Mother.

Merv Adey at BC Veritas
There are problems with this appointment. Here are a few, but before reading further, consider that the court’s finding is that children were abused over a couple of years due to the MCFD workers disputing the judges previous finding that there was risk of abuse, due to MCFD misleading police, and ignoring an existing court order to enforce supervised visits only for the father.

Historically, 1997, Plecas 'Pete' offered three questions that are just as applicable to 2015
 There are three questions I will answer.

1. Did any staff member mislead you, deliberately or not, based on the information they had in their possession at the time they reported?

2. What happened that caused you to be provided with information that you subsequently supplied to the Legislative Assembly that proved to be wrong?

3. Was this a case of suspect practice, or, were staff covering up information to protect either themselves, or the Ministry or you as Minister, or, all of the above?

Nothing Learned, Nothing Gained




Plecas Releases Report on Mavis Flanders (39) Case

VICTORIA - Information on the Mavis Flanders case provided to the minister was incomplete because the file was incomplete, Ministry for Children and Families deputy minister Bob Plecas says in his report released today into how information was provided to the minister in days following Flanders' death last March.

"I have concluded that no one deliberately misled or withheld information from the minister," said Plecas. "I have determined that the minister was provided with the best information available at the time by staff who were working with the best of intentions. There was no ill motive on behaviour of staff.

"As deputy minister, I accept full responsibility for the information the minister was given."

Plecas found poor case practices - identified in the children's commissioner report and through an internal review - led to the gaps in information provided to the minister. Recommendations from both reviews are now being implemented.

The children's commissioner review, which looked at the involvement of all agencies involved with the family, was released June 27. The internal review focuses on ministry policy, practices and procedures and provides recommendations for improvement. Recommendations from the internal review include:

    joint training in risk assessment mad in dealing with alcohol and drug addicted parents for both native court workers and ministry staff
•  developing and adopting standards for contracted agencies, including homemaker services
•  moving ahead with a system of integrated case management that ensures better communication among service providers

• ensuring systems are in place to better track key decision points in a case, such as at the end of a supervision order

"We have all learned a great deal from the thorough reviews of the tragic life and death of Ms. Flanders and we are working to ensure the circumstances are not repeated in the future," said Plecas. "Despite the difficulties we encountered in this case, we will continue to encourage a culture within the
ministry that is open and accountable."



For more information contact:

Chris Ewasiuk
Communications (250) 356-1775 (Victoria)

Ninety-Seven Page Report  1997
Conclusion Remarks

My report is finished and we are left with the question of accountability. In my view it lies with myself, your Deputy Minister. I accept it and offer you my apology.

However, I do not feel to go further is in the best interests of the Ministry, or for the job we have at hand. It is time to get on with it. We do not need further studies or reviews--we need to learn from this and get on with the hard work. 

As I said earlier there are three resources needed to do any job; people, money and time. While it is always nice to have more of the first two, the most important for us right now is time. Time to change the culture.

Time to fully implement risk assessment and integrated case management.

Time to close the gap between what we know has to be done in these areas and
what is actually happening on the ground, at the front line worker level.

Time to change a cloistered approach to an open one.

Time to implement early intervention strategies.

And finally time to get beyond blame.

Robert S. Plecas
Deputy Minister


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