Friday, October 24, 2014

May 2013 BC Liberal Platform: Saddled British Columbians with "dark days of DEBT" to 2063


$29 Billion  Courage to Change - Gordon Campbell
Preventing Future abuses????  Political Supporters hired by BC Liberal Premier/Leader Christy Clark  eg. Bonney et al    or   Fire Public Service Health Researchers?

Amazing, for a Governing party to tell voters in 2013 that British Columbians would be debt free in fifty years the BC Liberals have increased that deadline by one year afterwards and will continue to do so as each year passes until the next election. The last big bump in monies owing is slated to be 2045 and then four years later Surprise, Surprise of calm, no Debt for 2047 and 2048 until 2049 where it spikes again.

BC Liberal Contributors (Albertans) Advertising Dollars spent on Non-existent British Columbians to convince us that we will be smiling, all we have to do is Vote for Today's BC Liberals.


A Failed Jobs Plan to an equally Failed Prosperity Fund
Strong Economy Secure Tomorrow
                                                 Debt Free BC
                  Christy Clark                                   Today's BC Liberals


Time for the Reality Check:
As of June 2014 Gross Debt $ 50.587 Billion

As of June 2010 Gross Debt $36.651 Billion

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BC Government Publications
Index for:
British Columbia. Provincial Treasury, Debt Management Branch
British Columbia Debt Picture

2014
June 30, 2014
2013
December 31, 2013
September 30, 2013

2012
December 31, 2012
September 28, 2012
March 31, 2011

2011
September 30, 2011
June 30, 2011
March 31, 2011

2010
December 31, 2010
September 30, 2010
June 30, 2010
March 31, 2010

2009
December 31, 2009
September 30, 2009
June 30, 2009

2008
December 31, 2008
September 30, 2008
June 30, 2008
March 31, 2008

2007
December 31, 2007
June 30, 2007
March 31, 2007
January 31, 2007

2006
December 31, 2006
October 31, 2006
September 30, 2006
June 30, 2006
March 31, 2006
February 28, 2006
January 31, 2006

2005
December 31, 2005
November 30, 2005 Not Published
October 31, 2005
September 30, 2005
August 31, 2005
July 31, 2005
June 30, 2005
May 31, 2005
April 30, 2005
March 31, 2005
February 28, 2005
January 31, 2005

2004
December 31, 2004
November 30, 2004
October 31, 2004
September 30, 2004
August 31, 2004
July 31, 2004
June 30, 2004
May 31, 2004
April 30, 2004
March 31, 2004
February 29, 2004
January 31, 2004

2003
December 31, 2003
November 30, 2003
October 31, 2003
September 30, 2003
August 31, 2003
July 31, 2003
June 30, 2003
May 31, 2003
April 30, 2003
March 31, 2003
February 28, 2003
January 31, 2003

2002
December 31, 2002
November 30, 2002

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Death of Canadian Soldier: MP Jason Kenney's Press Release $ 50% of Twitter's 140 letter character limit

 a TWEET??! Press Release for an unarmed soldier's DEATH



MP, Minister, Jason Kenney should be fired for being so insensitive, and especially for not going through the proper officials so that they can determine the facts, and then break the news to loved ones first.
 ".... the minister's tweets are outside of the commissioner's jurisdiction because his is also a personal Twitter account.  Thomas told HuffPost he thinks ministers should be allowed to have their own Twitter accounts. “[But] when you have a federal government minister communicating official information about government services than that should be made clear that this is the official twitter account of the minister. mere mortal man.”
For instance, Twitter allows a 140 letter character limit, which is something not known to many people. This is just to show you what 140 letter characters look like, which can be a few spaces to compose all your thoughts.

MP Jason Kenney has tweeted that the soldier shot has died.  This has not been confirmed by official sources in Ottawa. Three people are in Ottawa Hospital.  The hospital has confirmed that two of the three victims are in stable condition.  They are not confirming the condition of the soldier and are referring the media tho the Department of Defence.  The soldier who was shot at Ottawa’s War Memorial is a reservist serving with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders - CJCS 1240
MP Jason Kenney has tweeted that the soldier shot has died.  This has not been confirmed by official sources in Ottawa. Three people are in Ottawa Hospital.  The hospital has confirmed that two of the three victims are in stable condition.  They are not confirming the condition of the soldier and are refferring the media tho the Department of Defence.  The soldier who was shot at Ottawa’s War Memorial is a reservist serving with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders - See more at: http://www.cjcsradio.com/news/mp-kenney-tweets-shot-soldier-has-died/#sthash.xkr2K1Np.dpuf



May we expect more Press Releases done in this fashion from our politicians, oh wait, they're already doing it, on a daily, hourly, minute basis.



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Marine Traffic Trending up on BC coast; Environmental protection is where?

Can anyone explain why there hasn't been a 2008, or 2009, or 2010, or 2011, or 2012, or 2013 or even a 2014 'Environmental Trends in British Columbia Report'?  Was 2007 the ONLY one that has ever been done?
Page 34 Source: Environmental Trends in British Columbia 2007

Not exactly the clearest indication as to where the MV Simushir was plying it's trade from Everett, Washington to Russia (which ice-free port).  The image just shows the volume of marine traffic as of 2003.
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British Columbia Ministry of Environment July 19, 2013  West Coast Spill Response Study Volume 2: Vessel Traffic Study

Why was the Russian freighter traveling so close to Haida Gwaii when it's destination was Russia? Red line the approximate routes.

The Green bar off of Haida Gwaii and Vancouver Islands - Tanker Exclusion Zone
The TEZ is just a line drawn on a map WITH the expectations (politically??) that surface vessels have the capabilities of leaving their havens of safety to rescue TANKERS who cross the line, maybe, if they knew where all the TANKERS were at any given time, eh


Was the Russian Freighter inspected by USA authorities before it left the port of Everett?

 Lloyds Registry
 Port state control is the inspection of foreign ships in national ports to verify that the condition of the ship and its equipment complies with the requirements of international conventions....

Is there a requirement for port authorities to check the Engineers log books?

On Page 3 of 106 of the Environment West Coast Spill Document from 2013:
.... This report is the first such extensive analysis of vessel traffic performed for this area. It compiles three different sources of Automatic Identification System (AIS) data for the area, including satellite AIS, and brings in information on barge movements (not included in AIS data) based on data from the Canadian Coast Guard and key informant interviews. With AIS data, we were able to examine vessel movements instead of just port calls, thereby including vessels moving through the area to or from US ports in Alaska and, more significantly, Washington.

The movement of vessels with AIS transponders was compiled for six passage lines that essentially frame the BC coast. Key information was then collected for each vessel to ensure accuracy and allow us to analyze the specific vessel type, size, age, flag state, and other information for more than 54,000 vessel tracks across those passage lines over the two-year period.

The vast majority of vessel transits (78%) occur in southern BC through the Strait of Juan de Fuca at the Neah Bay and Point Roberts passage lines. This percentage is somewhat shaped by the fact that there is a high percentage of overlap between these two lines. .......
Does the MV Shimushir have AIS capabilities?

Why wasn't the Shared program of vessels transitioning through our combined waters being tracked by AIS

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Update: October 23, 2013
Vancouver Sun - Letter to the Editor
 JOHN O’BRIEN-BELL
........ Only a few weeks ago the ship, Simushir, was the subject of an inspection at a Chinese port. The inspection is reported to have found that the ship had serious engine and steering problems but the Simushir left port without attention to these problems. It is not known whether the inspection was routine or triggered by a Chinese concern for the vessel’s seaworthiness.

In any event, the freighter left without attention to the problems and crossed the Pacific to Everett, Wash. There is no evidence that repairs were made there. Finally the Simushir broke down in Canadian waters 16 kilometres off Haida Gwaii. Thanks to Canadian and U.S. rescue efforts, the ship was towed safely into Prince Rupert........  Source:  Russian ship had serious problems
Is China part of Lloyd's?

Lloyd's Register Asia  Based in Hong Kong, SAR of PR China, provides a full range of services in Asia.  Lloyd's Register North America, Inc.  Based in Houston, USA, provides a full range of services in the USA and Canada.
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Environment Minister Mary Polak and Energy Minister Bill Bennett and Minister of all things 'Obscurity Rich Coleman' haven't shown us is how much the category of Large Commercial Vessels in Northern BC is going up 2013 - 2032:

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Supervisors Kinder & Morgan:If your company is REALLY serious about Safety, WorkSafeBC regulations and posters are FREE

Dreadlocks - a hairstyle in which the hair is washed but not combed and twisted while wet into tight braids or ringlets hanging down on all sides. 
Two weeks in a row now, Two brochures from Kinder Morgan.

Last week:
Side One: "Our constant aim is to have a world-class Emergency Response Plan that's never used."
Side Two: "24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Kinder Morgan's goal is to ensure the safety of the public, our workers and the environment. ....."

... without mentioning the flood of black gold from Hastings down to Burrard Inlet.

This week, today:
Side One: "We've been loading tankers safely here for sixty years" - Senior Director, Marine Development"
Side Two:  "Safety is something we take seriously.  Everyone around here is a neighbour or a friend." - Millwright complete with pipe wrench and a hard hat atop of dreadlocks?????



Looks like the worker is wearing ear plugs under the Dreadlocks, not the same caliber as EAR MUFFS



Dreadlocks - Images

Dreadlocks Hardhats - Images

WorkSafeBC Dreadlocks - Hazard Alerts


In the five years between January 1, 2006, and December 31, 2010, 350 workers were injured when their clothing, gloves, jewellery, or hair was caught by moving equipment or machinery parts. Fifty-six of these workers received fractures and another 67 of them had to have their fingers or limbs amputated. Here are some examples of the serious injuries that can happen:
  • A worker had her hair caught in a single-spindle automatic screw machine and suffered serious upper body injuries.

8.7 Instruction The employer must ensure that a worker who wears personal protective equipment is adequately instructed in the correct use, limitations and assigned maintenance duties for the equipment to be used.
8.8 Supervisor's responsibilities The supervisor must ensure that appropriate personal protective equipment is (a) available to workers, (b) properly worn when required, and (c) properly cleaned, inspected, maintained and stored.


8.10 Personal clothing and accessories
(1) The personal clothing of a worker must be of a type and in a condition which will not expose the worker to any unnecessary or avoidable hazards.

(2) If there is a danger of contact with moving parts of machinery or with electrically energized equipment, or if the work process presents similar hazards

(a) the clothing of the worker must fit closely about the body,

(b) dangling neckwear, bracelets, wristwatches, rings or similar articles must not be worn, except for medical alert bracelets which may be worn with transparent bands that hold the bracelets snugly to the skin, and

 (c) cranial and facial hair must be confined, or worn at a length which will prevent it from being snagged or caught in the work process.

Post Script: Kinder Morgan used Canada Post Snail Mail to deliver the brochure then they encourage the public to use Twitter to send the company feedbacks. How many characters, including spaces are allowed in Twitter?

Post Post Script:  Christy Clark's Work BC advertisement:

Looking for a job as a Millwright?  Page Not Found


Friday, October 17, 2014

The gloves are off Northern Gateway, there's a vessel in distress off of Haida Gwaii. Where's the tug?

There has been a vessel in distress for the past 36 hours just off the western shore of Haida Gwaii (southern island).  The ship is small compared to those promised Enbridge hired Oil Tankers sailing into and out from Kitimat via the Douglas Channel, but eventually, they all have to go through some mighty fine, pristine, ecological zones.      Map/Chart

The MV Simushir (Russia registry) is:

.... about 440 feet (135 meters) long, was carrying "a range of hydrocarbons, mining materials and other related chemicals." That included 400 tons of bunker oil and 50 tons of diesel.  The vessel is not a tanker but rather a container ship. In comparison, the Exxon Valdez, spilled out 35,000 metric tons of oil.  -  Wand17

In other words the Simushir is just a tad shorter than the BC Ferries 'Spirit of Vancouver' (tonnage difference would have to be explained by others):

 The Retard Tug boats (2) that will be assisting the Enbridge vessels will look like this:

Vancouver Sun

As to the current situation, there is a Canadian Coast Guard Ship in attendance, the Gordon Reid, built in 1990 at Burrard Dry Dock:

Type: Mid-shore patrol vessel
Tonnage: 880 GT
Length: 49.95 m (163 ft 11 in)
Beam: 11 m (36 ft 1 in)
Draft: 5.2 m (17 ft 1 in)
Propulsion: 4 × Deutz SBV 9M628  2776 horsepower
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Range: 2,500 nmi (4,600 km; 2,900 mi)
Endurance: 28 days
Complement: 14
CCGS Gordon Reid

A tugboat from nearby Prince Rupert, on the northern B.C. coast, was expected to reach the container ship by early Saturday morning. Royal Canadian Navy Capt. James Clark said Friday evening that the coast guard vessel Gordon Reid was on the scene, but its first attempt to secure a tow line to the Simushir was unsuccessful. Clarke said doing a tow at sea is very challenging and noted the 5 meter (5.5 yard) seas on Friday.

The U.S. Coast Guard had a helicopter on standby in the event that the entire crew needed to be pulled off the ship. Officials said the captain was evacuated, but they were given no further medical details. - Wand17
Enbridge may believe they have the inshore coastal waters covered, but what's going to happen to any further distances?

Will there be a requirement to protect CANADA's jurisdictional limits of 12 miles or 200 economical nautical miles?

Up to date (sort of... the Simushir is nowhere to be seen) Live Ships Map and an Earlier Post


MV Shimushir owner website on THE latest news

MV Shimushir Stats  

SASCO 'Sakhalin Shipping Company', one of Russia's largest fleet


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Vladimir J. Krajina Ecological Reserve

Vancouver Sun: on the top left Vaughn Palmer; bottom right Letter Writer Greg Middleton; Health Firings vs Mount Polley in one Edition

We don't quite know how, or as to the why's, but what is it with the BC Liberal government spending countless hours, and money, involvement of the RCMP (who are still in denial as to their current involvement) to discover the loss of data/personal information/money in the Health Ministry that ended up with firings and a suicide, to then turn around and settle out of court in most cases, flowers of condolences not sent to the last resting place with 'great remorse' and 'apology' forever yours, to then have Vaughn Palmer having access to a 'private and confidential' terms of reference dated October 3 2012 that shed's a non-renewable battery operated light on all of the shenanigans .... on Editorial page B6!

Vaughn Palmer: The plot just thickened on those mysterious government health firings
Unit specializing in fraud is investigating ‘suspected financial improprieties in procurement, contracting’
....... The ongoing investigation is looking into “suspected financial improprieties in procurement and contracting procedures in the pharmaceutical research division of the ministry of health.”

It is being conducted by the investigation and forensic unit, specializing in fraud and fraud prevention, in the office of the government internal financial watchdog, the comptroller general (Stuart Newton). ..... and Dan Peck
A typical FOI Response from the watchdogs:
A typical FOI result Sections 15 and 22 invoked
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Letter to the Editor writer Greg Middleton (Page B7) 'Has Victoria gutted mine oversight?'

Did B.C. Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett actually say he has been unable to discover an explanation for the sudden drop-off in inspections during the past two years? He is the minister. If he can’t find out, he should resign or the premier should fire him and get someone who can. And if she can’t or doesn’t fire him, she should resign.

This looks like a blatant coverup of a lack of oversight caused by the government’s cost-cutting. Stonewalling isn’t going to work. At some point the dam has to break and we will eventually see how the government has so gutted it’s own regulatory oversight it has stopped functioning.
Minister Bill Bennett remains in place.  He sends in his Superintendent of Mines to investigate the failings of Mount Polley, and possibly many other Tailings ponds around the province instead of sending in Stuart Newton, Comptroller General who would in turn send in Dan Peck, Director, Investigation and Forensic team to do an audit on how the BC Liberals cut funding for the inspections of mines. (Results protected by FOI sections 15 and 22 AND Caucus Minutes confidentiality).

The Superintendent route is tasked with that duty with a report due out in a year or two.   Meanwhile Minister Bill Bennett cannot comment because the Superintendent has ordered a blank FOI response.

Three years later, after the Next Provincial election, the report is presented.   Mary Polak response '... it's before the Courts'.



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Site C was a piece of cake.... how about Site cc aka Elaho River Project? Reservoir name? Jervis Inlet dumping?

If Billion Dollar Crown Corporation BC Hydro's new Peace River Dam site is listed by the British Columbia Government as a size 'C', how will they grade the Elaho River dam size if it were built by an Independent Power Producer?    Is there a common grading method?   Will the First Nation People want to have a last look at their land before being submerged forever?



In the name of holding back the flood waters through Squamish, and dumping into Jervis Inlet ..... We name thee Site CC



Court Scheduling: Basi Virk trial lasted six years, Alleged Port Moody Election violators could last longer

the Province





According to the Province caption writers...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

What happened to Kelowna's KLO's Heritage 577 acres of ALR property? Developed into high rise towers!

On our many trips to Kelowna we've always taken it for granted that their 'KLO Road' sign was an acronym for ..... Kelowna Lake ..... Orchard??????.    Almost right on two out of four, not including 'Road'.

The answer is quite interesting when looking-back to the early 1900's where forward-looking community 'councils' saw the need to hold onto farmland long term for locally grown food.   Today's City Councils appears to be working hand in hand with developers and provincial politicians to bury prime Agriculture Land under highrise buildings and parking lots and at the same time, fine tune family home footprints into sprawling monster homes.   WARNING:  Drought in California Food prices to RISE, and Kelownians?? still turn a blind eye.

The answer? Council has gone for Higher property taxes through densification versus low taxation via ALR properties, so far.
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The meaning of:
KLO

In May, 1904, the Kelowna Land and Orchard Company purchased 6700 acres southeast of Kelowna for subdivision.  The company reserved 577 acres for its own agricultural operation.  The first fruit trees were planted in 1905 and by 1912 the orchard covered 200 acres.  - Kelowna - Self Guided Tours  1860 - 2007

Municipalities in British Columbia have been encouraged to keep track, hold onto, claw back their Heritage upbringing through the recognition of green spaces, street names and Buildings.  Another way would be to provide documentation (maps) showing the lay of the land back then, survey pins (GPS geocache) of exactly where the outer limits of the 6700 acres.  Is it either side of the KLO road?  More fun would be to discover Where the highly coveted 577 acres that were once reserved by the KLO Company?    Already trashed..... to make way for Condos?

The Long Green Line - hypothetical

There is a Heritage registry Website, which includes the Kelowna Land and Orchard Company Manager's Residence, sitting high upon the brow of the hill overlooking Okanagan Lake, and a logical explanation to the history of a three road intersection, complete with an original, antiquated, gas station with the massive in swinging Doors.



What is even more interesting is the Heritage site list of these other buildings: 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

BC Public Service Employees are hired on Merit, fired on a whim

Just a thought on the firings/hirings of the Health researchers, and one death .... the BC Government has gone to great lengths to ensure that all employees have been hired on Merit.   Fact is they created a Commissioner of Merit who's sole Mandate is 'Upholding fair hiring in the BC Public Service'.




Which raises the questions of How, When, and Why did two, and now three BC Liberal Ministers of Health, take it upon themselves to NOT approach the Un-Merit Commissioner and insisted on sending in their Inquisition Teams (ITs).   The threat was made to the employees that a full blown RCMP investigation would happen if they didn't come clean on the unencrypted stick full of 30,000 personal health files.

To be clear, there is no Un-Merit Commissioner, .... the Fall Session is only one week old, changes are in the offing.

There really are ITs, ..... hired on Merit and Competency, funding split 50/50




And if anyone is curious as to what happened to the investigation that was NOT performed by the RCMP, .... who did do the investigation?   Based on the amount of times Health Minister Terry Lake used the word 'SERIOUS' in conjunction to the lost data during Wednesday Question Period, we are not amused with his answers.

Alberta's loss of $2.9 billion royalties from the energy sector equates to not "funding a new school every two days"

Interesting analogy that Premier Prentice made yesterday using the 'commodity' of new schools opening, (or Not opening) to account for Alberta's Treasury's lost energy sector royalties.  We half expected the almighty Olympic Size Swimming Pools would come into play .... but you know how it is when the public sees black gold stocks piled into energy corporation pools .....

The amount of the missing energy royalties is difficult to visualize because all that British Columbians have as a comparison to $2.9 Billion is the New Port Mann Bridge and highway upgrades between Langly and McGill Street in Vancouver.   Alberta's NEW math tool does explain, clearly, to parents with school aged children, a new school opening every other day.  There's no mention of the OTHER every other day of an OLD school closing.

FIRST, and it's this bit that is the most difficult to understand, politicians are good at it when it comes to grandiose schemes.   The politicians would have to have 182 schools under construction right now with one ready to open on Friday and then on Sunday and then on Tuesday and then on Thursday etc.......  the logistics would be difficult, almost unsurmountable, not the buildings of the buildings, that's doable with TFW.  It's the bit about whether or not the Public Affairs personnel can utilize 182 photo ops days in the space of one year.   How many different ways can there be created a NEW NEWS RELEASE on the same subject?

More to the point, does Alberta NEED 182 new schools?  Possibly, when one considers that there are 1,461 old schools where none of them have been upgraded to EarthQuake standards.


Where's the population base that says they need 182 new schools?  Birth Rates by Stats Can places Alberta on par with British Columbia.   NB: BC  New schools please, sir.

View From Alberta - Deborah Yedlin - PostMedia News

...... Speaking to the (Calgary) Herald's editorial board Monday, Premier Jim Prentice laid bare how the lack of West Coast (eg. Christy Clark's FIVE conditions) access is affecting energy sector revenues (eg. Kinder Morgan; Enbridge): $14.8 billion in 2012 and $12.6 billion in 2013.

It meant a loss of $3 billion in royalties to the Alberta government in 2012 and $2.9 billion in 2013 - enough to fund a new school every two days - and about $2 billion in lost federal tax revenue.
And, as we have started to see, the challenge of lower prices, rising costs and the lack of pipeline access is starting to weigh on the entire sector.   ......

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This year, support to Alberta’s education system, including capital, will reach $7.4 billion, an increase of $186 million.

We are spending $37 million each day Alberta students are in school.
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As an Aside, the BC Liberal Government spends $12 million per day where the population is on Par with Alberta
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 Alberta Education - Funding Supports under Budget 2014

Capital and Infrastructure Funding

In Budget 2014, funding for school capital will reach $649 million. This includes:
$345 million in funding to support the Premier’s commitment to build an additional 50 new schools and 70 modernizations.
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 Fifteen new schools and three school modernization projects are in the cards for Edmonton as Premier Jim Prentice announced more than $263 million for school infrastructure in Alberta over the next two years. - Edmonton Sun

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Premier Redford's School buildings version compared to the ApPrentice
As a crowd of supporters shivered outdoors behind her on a blustery spring day two years ago, Premier Alison Redford made a promise that helped turn the tide of the 2012 provincial election — pledging $2.4 billion to build new schools across Alberta.

On Wednesday, the setting was slightly more comfortable — the jam-packed media room of McDougall Centre — but Premier Jim Prentice made a similar move in the midst of a high-stakes byelection battle.

The Tory leader announced the Progressive Conservative would build 55 new schools and 20 modernization projects, the vast majority of which are slated for opening in Sept. 2017. The cost of the latest phase of construction is estimated at $2 billion.

The new premier also promised all but a handful of the 50 new schools and 70 modernizations that Redford committed to in the 2012 election would be completed on schedule and opened in the fall of 2016.  .............Calgary Herald.....

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The triple bottom line is Yes new School construction is hurting, not just in Alberta,  but BC too

the Energy Sector is hurting more so and they want to play hardball ....

We prefer using Olympic Size Swimming Pools as a comparative to anything, even volume of snow slide debris with elephants


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BC Health Minister Terry Lake's apologies doesn't include TWO previous Health Ministers and their answers

We can well understand why a failed to be re-elected former Minister of Health, Margaret MacDiarmid is not being heard in the Legislature, and we can sort of understand the current Minister of Health Terry Lake's repetitively apologizing for the past sins of his Government .... however .... the Minister of Health who was at the helm when the investigation started, in earnest, between March and May, is the current Minister of Finance, Mike de Jong.

Page 5 of 7
The fired health researchers, and a grieving family's loss deserve a public apology without the legal string-pulling-protection that the BC Liberals enacted under one term MLA Attorney General Wally Oppal. 
(1) An apology made by or on behalf of a person in connection with any matter
(a) does not constitute an express or implied admission of fault or liability by the person in connection with that matter,
(b) does not constitute an acknowledgment of liability in relation to that matter for the purposes of section 24 of the Limitation Act,
(c) does not, despite any wording to the contrary in any contract of insurance and despite any other enactment, void, impair or otherwise affect any insurance coverage that is available, or that would, but for the apology, be available, to the person in connection with that matter, and
(d) must not be taken into account in any determination of fault or liability in connection with that matter.
(2) Despite any other enactment, evidence of an apology made by or on behalf of a person in connection with any matter is not admissible in any court as evidence of the fault or liability of the person in connection with that matter


Six NDP MLAs rose on Tuesday to plead with Health Minister Terry Lake to answer their questions with either YES or NO on the firings of the Health Researchers.  The Minister chose to ignore their Questions, looked to his feet for guidance and you could see there, for the briefest of moments, an 'MP Paul Calandra ---- Speaker Andrew Scheer' silent movie ruling.

Will the former Minister of Health, prior to 'Mary', forcefully rise in the House to make a Statement, or will he wait in anticipation for Question Period(s) to offer HIS genuine apology for what started out on his watch?   Will the razor thinned Finance Minister, a prudent fellow, explain why as the Health Minister, it was so important to Fire everyone?

Or, is it that Mike de Jong REFUSED to fire anyone, and was over-ruled by the Premier?

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One day after the Grilling of Terry Lake during Question Period .... this:



and then it goes on, six pages altogether, to layout the limitations: In Scope and Out of Scope..... which means that there will not be any Microscope used to see the finer details of the investigation... the fingerprints of GCPE or the taint of a ethnic quick win-neries