Monday, May 2, 2016

60% of Kelowna's Castanet readers endorsed $50,000 BC Liberal Party's payments to Premier Christy Clark



West Bank (including all of the other Ridings in and around Kelowna) or to be more exact, Castanet's readers ONLY, voted in favour of the Premier of BC double dipping for the extra $50,000.

Anonymous Comment:

I will be faithful and swear true allegiance...

I will serve duly and faithfully, and to the best of my ability fulfill the possibilities and trust granted to me...

Or, I'll take the $50k and do whatever I want

CC4BC's appointment oath

Who Is CC4BC?

Here in the rest of British Columbia, we haven't been given that opportunity to participate in the Kelowna straw vote.   Is it possible that if Castanet were to open the polls again, province wide, they would be swamped with NO votes, and at the same time be able to say YES that their reader hits have gone sky high which could be directly attributable to Christy Clark's ethical blunder?
 
Castanet   Kelowna's Homepage
Nearly 60 per cent of Castanet readers have no problem with the B.C. Liberal Party paying Christy Clark up to $50,000 for work she does for the party each year.
In a non-scientific poll, we asked whether the premier's salary should be topped up with political donations.

More than 10,000 took the time to respond to the question.

Nearly 60 per cent of you, (5,993) responded with either 'yes,' or 'it's donated, who cares.'
Nearly 39 per cent (3,886) said 'no,' while 167 people were 'undecided.'

The story broke earlier this week that Clark earned up to $50,000 each year from the provincial Liberal Party.

Clark defended the practice, saying it has been going on since 1993.  ......  SNIP

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Is Prince Rupert foreshore going the way the North Shore already went? Where's my I.R.? Teck Coal at Neptune Docks?

Where oh where did my land go?

Key in the divided road Keith; Top Left corners
Oh yeah, A golf driving range, a BC Hydro Substation loaded with PCB, and a highway interchange linking to the Second Narrows Bridge which is always loaded with stopped motor vehicles




Native Medicinal and Poisonous Plants of British Columbia


Trees and shrubs : food, medicinal, and poisonous plants of British Columbia
 by James R. Anderson. --   British Columbia. Dept. of Education


Page 134

Native Medicinal and Poisonous Plants

The following are those plants which either have come under my notice through their reputation amongst the natives or are well known to have qualities attributed to them.  In the first instance, there is no doubt plenty of room to allow of considerable latitude in the supposed qualities with which there are credited; nevertheless, we may reasonably suppose that long experience has proved the efficacy of many of the simples used by the natives, and in some degree has justified the faith placed in the remedies and in those whose business it was to recommend their use.  This latter, of course, goes a long way towards establishing belief in their healing properties.  As regards poisonous plants, those having that property attributed to them by the natives have long been proved to bear the qualities  they are credited with, and whilst their use was not frequently required or made available for unlawful practices, they were occasionally used for suicidal purposes.

In addition, there are many plants which may be classed as suspects and are often accused of causing the loss of live stock, and these I shall refer to in a general way.


Paison; Death Camas
False Solomon's Seal
False Hellebore
Cowbane or Water-hemlock, Water-parsnip, and Poison-hemlock
Fireweed; Great Willow-herb
Western Larch; Tamarack
Cow-parsnip and Hog-fennel
Hog-fennel
Buckthorn
Rattlesnake Plantain
Loco-weed
Lupine
Baneberry
Broad-leaved Laurel
Barberry; Oregon Grape
Poison-oak; Poison-ivy
Dogbane
Aconite
Larkspur
Milkweed
Black Nightshade
Bracken
Horse-tail
Ergot
Poisonous Mushrooms

Page 150

Rattlesnake Plantain

Goodyera Menziesii, Lindl.; Peramiumdecipiens, * Piper.



A low-growing plant with beautiful mottled leaves and a spike of inconspicuous greenish-white flowers, belonging to the Orchid family.  It is abundant in the fir woods in the vicinity of Victoria and general throughout many parts of the Province.  On Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii) there is a variety with longer leaves and not so beautifully mottled as the first named.  The leaf, if crushed with a sidewise motion between the thumb and forefinger, divides, and is used as an application for cuts and bruises, the raw side of the leaf being laid next to the wound.

Page 152

Dogbane

Apocynum androsamifolium, * L., and A. cannabinum, L.



Both are common plants in the Province.  A quantity of white milky juice is exuded when the plant is broken.  This juice, when collected, forms a perfect INDIA-RUBBER.  It is reported to be poisonous to stock, but is rarely eaten as it is not enticing.  A good fibre is made from the stalks by some of the natives.

Aconite

Acontium columbianum, Nutt.


A handsome plant occurring in the high mountains of the Interior.  It is poisonous to stock, but as it only occurs in high regions, little or no harm need be anticipated.

Page 152

Horse-Tail

Esquisetum spp.



It has been reported to me as poisonous to horses in the East, and similar reports have come from England.  Experience in this country is not confirmatory of these reports;  the Horse-tail, or, as it is called by the French-Canadians, "Prele," used to be considered excellent hourse-fee, and when possible the Hudson's By Company's brigades were halted where it was abundant.  "The plant, if deleterious, is evidently so only on account of its harsh scouring action in the mouth and intestinal tract," is the verdict of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Poisonous Mushrooms.

Amanita muscaria, L.; A. phalloides, Fr.



Their poisonous nature is too well known to need description.  A case which was reported to me from near Kamloops of the loss of valuable horses from apparent poisoning resulted in the making a personal investigation on the range, and the only plant which seemed at all likely to have caused the loss was a Mushroom apparently of the poisonous variety, the symptoms resembling those produced by phallin.  Inquiries led to the discovery that goats had been poisoned in Oregon from eating so-called Toadstools.  Cows also have been poisoned by the same cause in the United States.

Our forests and their protection

(Contributed by the Forestry Branch of the Department of Lands, Victoria, B.C.)

A Tree

A tree may be described as the noblest example of plant-life.  It may be more particularly described as a woody plant growing up from the ground usually with a single stem.  Numerous branches are produced at both ends of this stem, those at the base penetrating the ground and forming an anchor for the tree, while those at the top form a crown in which develop leaves and flowers where they can secure air and sunlight  required for their growth.



What's not happening in our our lifetime, nor our children's, a 'renewable resource':

 Google Search Criteria:  bc gov stand-replacing disturbance return intervals

Friday, April 29, 2016

Vancouver Sun 'Raise a Reader' Alphabet encourages aixelsyd, DUH!

Ever since the Vancouver Sun did a major revamp of their layout in their hard copy edition, to match their online version, all hell has broken loose.

For generations, learning the alphabet theoretically leads to raising a reader using a basic rhyme ....
 
   A,B,C,D
.... E,F,G
..... H,I,J,K,
 ... L,M,N,O,P  etc.

The new alphabet for the Vancouver Sun's hard copy has turned out to be a version of Campbell's soup:

A, NP, B, FP = C, T, and D
What is the sense of even having an alphabet when the Vancouver Sun has introduced a new order of collation? is it an oxymoron?

Shouldn't it be:

A, B, C, D, FP, NP, and T

Which Hat is Christy Clark wearing on Trade Missions, all expenses funded by Taxpayers of BC, not the BC Liberal Party?

It gets confusing when Christy Clark spends 70 to 80 hours a week dithering between the Premier's job, and the BC Liberal Party as their Leader, a cake walk that guarantees her an extra $50,000 from her secret admirers to pay for the gas on HER car, not the Government supplied vehicle we hope. 
Deputy Premier Rich Coleman defended the party paying Clark. “It’s also been pretty common that the leaders have some sort of stipend, because it’s like having two jobs and they spend probably 70 or 80 hours a week working,” he told reporters. “It’s a job that’s basically two jobs in one.”
http://www.thetyee.ca/News/2016/04/28/Christy-Clark-Stipend/
Within the physical structure of the Premier's offices in Victoria and Vancouver is there another office within the office for the Leader of the BC Liberal Party?

Does the same hold true to her Constituency office?  Is there an inner office paying rent, a stipend, to the Constituency Office?  Does the same hold true for BC Liberal MLA's who happen to be Ministers? Do they split their time, equally, between the 'two jobs' as Coleman suggests,  fundraising?

What business, on behalf of all British Columbians is transpiring with Cabinet Ministers Todd Stone, Terry Lake, Peter Fassbender, Norm Letnick, Suzanne Anton that can't be done in Victoria but can only be done in Kamloops for a Fundraiser?  On who's dime did they travel, by plane, train, or car?  At private functions they are not an MLA, not a Minister, just an ordinary person, who may or may not being running in 2017. Campaigning under the flag of being the MINISTER, is there a split 'stipend' of disclosed?

https://secure.bcliberals.com/ticket/66831

A tax receipt will be issued for the 2016 tax season

Just how many of those after hour junkets, the number provided by Deputy Premier Rich Coleman, is spent on each category?

The pay for being the Premier is $190,000 and being the Leader of the Party she is paid an additional $50,000.

Let's just round the   $190,000 up to $200,000;

$50,000 from the BC Liberal Party equates to a quarter of her time spent on raising funds for the next provincial election ... after hours of being the Premier, which is, supposedly, 24/7.


The Premier's Trade Missions with all expenses of Travel are covered by the Taxpayer, does the Premier take off her hat and then replace it with the Tourist / BC Liberal Leader Hat?   How many hours does Christy Clark work, exactly, for each category of mixing partisan work with non-partisan? A public figure who is splitting herr time between opposing factors, Public and Private, the trade route way complete with her hard hat should be required to punch the clock of time of arrival and and time of departure, in her case multiple ins and outs.   The ever electioneering Premier crosses the lines, blurs the picture far too much.  She's either here for the people 100% or not at all.


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BC Liberal Party advertising: 

Progress on LNG under Premier Christy Clark

Shouldn't that be Leader Christy Clark?

 Is the BC Liberal Party an official mouthpiece for the Premier?

Time for an update on the timeline by the BC Liberal Party.

February 2013

Speech from the Throne reveals Prosperity Fund creating the Debt-Free B.C. legacy for our children to ensure future LNG revenues are not squandered.



LNG 101

Engage BC:

Everything you want to know about LNG in B.C.

 LNG documents

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Rudyard Kipling: Vancouver Real Estate Speculator



Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors in the Province of British Columbia 1890 - 1920

Page 33 of 217
One of the most prolific writers of the day did a little speculating when he passed through Vancouver in 1889.  Rudyard Kipling, though still nostalgic for the India he had just left, and mindful of Vancouver's importance in the Imperial world, was advised to buy a lot - presumably sight unseen.  His words have already been used in describing the boomtown that was Vancouver, but in this context they are so apt that I have no hesitation in requoting them: -

"And I took it as easily as a man buys a piece of tobacco.  Mivoici(sp), owner of some four hundred well-developed pines, a few thousand tons of granite, scattered in blocks ... and a sprinkling of earth.  That's a town lot in Vancouver.  You or your agent hold it till property rises, then sell out and buy more land further out of town and repeat the process.  I do not quite see how this helps the growth of a town ... but it is the very essence of speculation, so it must be alright.  But I wish there were fewer pines and rather less granite on my ground."5 (From Sea to Sea and other sketches. Rudyard Kiplings. 1908.)

Kipling does not say how much he made on his investment; but he did manage to catch 70 trout at Harrison Hot Springs, and was most gratified to note that the spittoons in his delightful comfortable hotel were unused.



Google Search:  From Sea to Sea and other sketches. Rudyard Kipling. 1908.

Vancouver Archives:

First in the Field,The Pioneer Years of Garden, Hermon and Burwell

Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors in the Province of British Columbia 1890 - 1920


 http://www.vancouverhistory.ca/archives_kipling.htm

Rudyard Kipling in Vancouver

It’s not widely known, but three or four chunks of land in Metropolitan Vancouver were once owned by the famous English writer, Rudyard Kipling.
When Kipling first visited Vancouver in June 1889, (during a tour of North America), he was, at 23, just beginning to be famous. When next he came around in April 1892, he was very much more well-known. (And 15 years after that, on his third visit, October 5, 1907, he was the most famous author in the world.)
In a travel reminiscence called From Sea to Sea, Kipling wrote about his brief visit here in 1889, and how he came to own a piece of the city.   SNIP

Speaker Linda Reid discriminates against Male Members of the British Columbia Legislature

Using the yardstick of January 24, 1918, when the first woman gained a seat in the Legislature in Victoria, the tally has now reached 102.  Where are the accolades for the men?... in the same time frame? or to be correct ... inclusive of all.

Sexist on the part of the Speaker?     

102-Women-Parliamentarians-Poster.pdf
 
 

Nancy Hodges,   Coalition   1950-02-14    1952-04-10

Joan Sawicki,      New Democratic  1992-03-17   1994-03-21

Gretchen Brewin, New Democratic  1998-03-26   2000-02-29

Linda Reid,      Liberal    2013-06-26


All MLAs

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

City of Vancouver takes issue with discarded Butts, and Fire escapes, Seriously?????

In the City of North Vancouver, the Mayor there, wants to pay 5 cents per returned butt.

In the City of Vancouver, the Mayor there,  has a $250 reward for anyone caught discarding a butt.

One Game Camera: $300!   One infraction $250!

One Game Camera: cost remains the same, but multiple infractions will more than pay for itself!


For example:   7th and Willow South West Corner Park
Count the butts X  $250!!!





Does the Park Board ever clean up this place?  Do they provide ashtrays even though smoking is not permitted?  Do they offer an alternate habit: Cessation Mediation from London Drugs... which also sells the Cigarettes that are littering the park.  A Corporate Sponsor for the Park?



If City Hall prefers not to do anything about collecting the Fines, then that's fine too.  At least the Park Board can look at the site's cleanliness via the Game Camera



Two blocks east of City of Vancouver's Hall

A fire escape??? useless, if a butt starts a fire?




Monday, April 25, 2016

British Columbia Police: Spitfire Fund? 1942 to 1949


General Orders 1942  to  1949






Google Search Criteria:  Spitfire Fund, Canada, Provinces


Wikipedia

This list of former RAF Stations is a list of all stations, airfields and administrative headquarters previously used by the Royal Air Force.

The stations are listed under any former county or country name which was appropriate for the duration of operation. Stations initially took their station name from the nearest railway station or halt to the airfield, e.g., RAF Abingdon from Abingdon railway station.



Thursday, April 21, 2016

MLA Christy Clark accepting bribes? but claims its for the BC Liberal Party election war chest?

Conflict of Interest Commissioner Paul Fraser knows all about Members of the Legislature Assembly of British Columbia, the Do's and Don'ts, the optics of a Premier accepting $20,000 from an exclusive crowd, with deeeeeep pockets.

An MLA   accepting a gift, kind of looks crooked.    

British Columbia laws permits someone who is not a Member of the Legislature Assembly to accept gifts for the purpose of running for the Leadership of the Party.  eg.  Christy Clark taking over the helm from Gordon Campbell.

Christy Clark as the Leader of the Government is called the Premier even though she's not permitted to Sit until elected, but is still able to accept gifts, money for herself or on behalf of the Party.



As an elected MLA, Premier Christy Clark is now subject to Conflict of Interest decisions whereby she is NOT permitted to accept gifts, and neither can anyone else who are Members of the Legislative Assembly.





Accepting and Disclosing Gifts - A Guide for Members - The Guide
Members' Guide to Accepting Gifts During the 2010 Olympic Games
Ethics Bulletin No. 4 – Procedure on Conflict of Interest
Ethics Bulletin No. 3 – Members’ Travel
Ethics Bulletin No. 2 – Use of Constituents’ Names, Addresses, Email Addresses and Telephone Numbers for Party Political Purposes
Ethics Bulletin No. 1 – Post-Employment
Material Change Guidelines
Complimentary Memberships and Passes


  
http://www.coibc.ca/down/bulletins/accepting_disclosing_gifts_guide.pdf








So  ... why .... did .... the Premier allow an OIC Board Appointee to donate taxpayers funds to the BC Liberal Party from the BC Milk Marketing Board to the tune of  $2,000?

North Vancouver: 'Free Campground': Island of tranquility: Capilano and Upper Levels Highway interchange

UPDATE: Second Free Campground on North Shore

 Foot of 'the Cut'   Plenty of green space    49° 18.871'N   123° 2.349'W
Houses within the red box have been bulldozed

Selective mapping by Google?  or maybe the Department of Highways' for British Columbia just doesn't want to promote a North Shore campground for transient Hikers and Cyclists?  What's inside the red square, is on some form of private property.....filled with Google hypothetical homes.

  49° 19.916'N  123° 6.977'W


 There's nothing inside the Red Line accept privacy.  All the homes have been bulldozed.

Set up a tent, .... or a rock band performance for the passerbys on the highway ... distracted driving.... might be an issue with the authorities.

One entrance driveway, blocked off by a median.

The location is raised, well above Capilano Road, so much so that three sides drop off at 45 degree slopes.


Water may be an issue, for some, not for others.  Three Fire Hydrants are function-able.


Obviously this Highway property is reserved for future transportation needs, but oddly its NOT included in the property listing that the BC Liberals are currently selling off to balance their budgets.

'Citadel' is OWNED by BC Liberal Government




Capilano and Upper Levels Highway interchange.   An island of tranquility with a view.




This is a great location for a 25 story high rise tower, with a Canada Line like Station beneath to shuttle travelers East to Coquitlam; West to Horseshoe Bay and Squamish and Whistler;  North to Cleveland Dam & Grouse Mountain Resort and Grouse Grind;  South to Park Royal, Sea Bus terminal, Vancouver, Stanley Park.

And a proposed Bridge between the Citadel and w 23rd Street ... over the highway on ramp ....

The neighbours on the cul de sac won't be happy, eh






Security Fencing, keeps the bears and cougars at bay



This place Rocks!!!!!

NSMB could use the steep slopes to practice on!!!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

District of North Vancouver: Bobcat Bucket Brigade Experimenting with 'Man Lift'. No one thought of a 'Woman Lift'?

A North Vancouver First project: determine the feasibility of developing a new attachment for the Bobcat:

Bucket Brigade

Experimental Stage:  April 19, 2016

Proving Repetitive Productivity:


BobCat Attachments on Demand


This would work.  Remove the Bucket and Replace with Forks


Need a Lift   in Vancouver


and ....



We would have used razor Barb Wire cap on the ball park fence, but ......

  Plastic drain tile has been proven safer!! and it comes in Green and Yellow


Barry Elson would probably endorse this cap

North Shore News: Instant Replay  1963:  Barry Elson's double no-hitter