Category: Politics and Politicians

Gas prices climbing


broken sign no contract….
Photo KDG

 The price of gas is having a roller coaster ride in this morning with some at a dollar thirty two and some at $1.38.9. Prices had been at $1.38.9 last week then were put down to $1.25.9.
There is a petition against more taxes on gasoline on the gas buddy site. The context is the new provincial government of John Horgan has a razor thin coalition majority in the parliament and relies on the Green party to govern. The executive took tolls of some bridges in the lower mainland and is due for a budget. However the petition is for the Capital Region in Victoria for transit funding.

At this writing the difference between the downtown Petrocan and the on Dewolf road leaving town on highway 5 is 5 cents a liter. The Chevron on Dewolf is 2 cent s more then Petrocan at $1.32.9.

On this Day: November 7th 1921

Perfect fool premiers in New York.



Works like a Dam


Smart meter installed in trailer court

The provincial hydro utility is giving a challenge to conserve power. To take part join the power smart team, save 10percent on hydro over a year and you are eligible for a 50 dollar prize.


Looking to save money on your electricity bills? Become a member of Team Power Smart and challenge yourself to reduce your home’s electricity use by 10% in the next year. If you’re successful, you can earn a $50 reward.

Along the way, we’ll provide helpful advice, tips and success stories from other team members to keep you motivated.

You’ll also have the opportunity to enter exclusive contests for a great chance to win prizes like an LED lighting package, programmable thermostat, and gift cards.

The not for profit utility is always having conservation initiatives.  And is required not to retain earning but deliver the efficiencies back to the rate payers by lower rates.

You will need an online account to participate.

On this Day: November 1st 1918

Western Ukraine becomes a separate country.



Peace and prosperity,

Long time legion member in the spirit
File Photo KDG

The dividend of civilization is civility, something that if guarded can dominate in away different from the total domination of armies and cultures. A culture of peace is a desirable thing to those that know its value. It still has to come from the individual integrity of citizens and virtue truly is its own reward. In the week coming up to Canada’s 150th look inside and see if you have inner peace. A peace based on” to your own self be true”, and mitigated by “treat your neighbour as you would your self.” Let fashion have its temporary place not dependant on your happiness and show your true strength first to your self then to others. It will be a good day to let thing’s go that are troubling and not worth the energy of regret.

You will be standing on guard for all of us thee…

Editors Note: There is no utopia, sometimes the first loss is the best loss, you be the judge.

On this Day: June 28th 1838

The crowning of British sovereign, Queen Victoria.



Fish pond, backyard File photo KDG

Fish pond, backyard
File photo KDG

If you have the luxury of a back yard here’s a carbon sink you may want to try.

Professor Downing found that constructed ponds and lakes on farmland in the United States bury carbon at a much higher rate than expected; as much as 20-50 times the rate at which trees trap carbon. In addition, ponds were found to take up carbon at a higher rate than larger lakes.

“Aquatic ecosystems play a disproportionately large role in the global carbon budget,” Downing said. “Despite being overlooked in the past, it’s small bodies of water that are important because they take up carbon at a high rate and there are more of them than previously thought. The combined effect is that farm ponds could be burying as much carbon as the world’s oceans, each year.” source Science Daily…Iowa State University

Editors note: consult with your insurance agent before hand.

On this Day: April 29th 1997
The chemical weapons ban of 1993 comes into force.


Dan Albas MP Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola Photo: KDG

Dan Albas MP
Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola
Photo: KDG

Budget from an opposition side of the house…

An action plan is the same as a budget it just expresses the activity in dollars and cents.

The first action plan of a strongly mandated new government comes down today, expressed in dollars and cents the closing of some offices and the change of direction discussed in the recent election including…..



Deficit funding

Infrastructure spending

Global warming intervention



On this day: March 22 1987

Born: murdered environmentalist Jairo Moro Sandoval.

One local paper

Local paper reports on strike ! File photo KDG

Local paper reports on strike !
File photo KDG

The Merritt Herald is the only local paper in this small interior BC town. We were served by the Merritt News until a few years ago. when city policy changed and advertising was directed to one paper instead of two. We also had the Kamloops Daily News with delivery here the paper was in a city of 80,000 and had correspondence from Merritt.

A shift to industrial rather then celebrity has in part contributed to the change. Highland Valley Copper and BC hydro expansions have had an effect on the personality of Merritt.
There is an all candidates forum coming up, Thursday Oct 8th ,7PM at the Merritt Civic Center, hosted by the local chamber and reporting will be limited most probably to the Herald and a small local radio station Q 101 FM. Merritt was privileged to have the three papers here their community involvement had zenith with the Merritt Mountain Music festival and boundary expansion.
Social media is a good thing but journalism that is well-edited is a tremendous value especially at election time.

The Merritt Herald is older than the City of Merritt and has won national awards its editorial bend is conservative.

Both the Vancouver Province and Sun papers are available here as well as nationals but correspondence with them is unknown at this writing.

On this Day: October 7th 1912
The Helsinki Stock exchange opens

Federal election

The federal election is coming on Monday , October 19th, 2015. It is from 7 am to 7 pm and the local polling stations in the Nicola Valley (here) are the Merritt Civic Center and the Lower Nicola Community Hall.

The advanced polls are :

  • Friday, October 9th- noon to 8pm
  • Saturday, October 10th-noon to 8pm
  • Sunday, October 11-noon to 8pm
  • Monday, October 12-noon to 8pm

There is a mail in ballot opportunity if you are not in the riding on any of these days, you can vote by special ballot, to obtain the ballot contact the returning officer. The ballot must reach the riding by 7PM on October 13th 2015 .

Disclaimer: this information comes from published material from Elections Canada distributed by E. Salmon-De- Friedberg, please refer to a second source for certainty in this important event.


On this Day: October 6th 2007
A human powered complete navigation of the globe is done by Jason Lewis.

Have a great weekend!

Have a great weekend!

lone pole

Poles in place for the 130 KV line from the Merritt Substation to the Highland Valley Photo KDG

Poles in place for the 130 KV line from the Merritt Substation to the Highland Valley
Photo KDG

On Monday we talked to a member of the BC Hydro team at a local coffee shop he pointed out a pole on a trailer going by on highway 5A. The large greenish pole is seen on tuesday as standing in the parking lot area of the Extra Foods complex and is part of a 130 KV line to the highland valley from the upgraded substation. The source says that poles that are green are ceder and are treated with arsenic and copper in solution. Don’t chew on them. A number of the poles were strengthened with galvanized channel iron driven into the ground next them, they are being replaced after decades of service.
On this Day: May 7th 2000
Vladimir Putin becomes the president of the Russian Federation.

$1.09.9 a liter

The Petro Canada is showing an offering of 1.09 a liter for regular gasoline at the pumping station at the junction of Highway 8 and 5A. There has been a dramatic drop in prices at the pumps in the last few weeks coming from mid $1.30 a liter to todays low. Petro Canada also offers a loyalty card program that gives you another 12 cents a liter making it possible to get regular gasoline at under the dollar a liter range. The CIBC is reporting that Canada has lost 5 billion in revenue in the recent drop in prices. We take that as lost revenue from exports. To balance the net benefit of lower gas prices to the consumer we must assume that a drop in price is a more broadly fare benefit to more people domestically then lost export revenue. Today in History: December 17th 1935 The DC-3 aircraft makes its first flight.  

Free trade has been a world opener for us in Canada however it has also brought with it a lot of unpleasentness that we Canadians could have avoided. If it is not possible to get cooperation then perhaps a tarriff regime is once again the best course for Canada. PR

Compare and contrast.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, recently in the House of Commons:

“Frankly, Mr. Speaker, under the current circumstances of the oil and gas sector, it would be crazy, it would be crazy economic policy to do unilateral penalties on that sector. We’re clearly not going to do that,” Harper told the House as Conservative MPs roared their approval.
“In fact, nobody in the world is regulating their oil and gas sector. I’d be delighted if they did. Canada will be there with them.”

Jim Prentice, then federal minister of the environment, not quite five years ago:

“For those of you who doubt that the government of Canada lacks either the willingness or the authority to protect our national interests as a ‘clean energy superpower,’ think again,” he warned darkly. “We do and we will. And, in our efforts, we will expect and we will secure the co-operation of those private interests which are developing the oil sands. Consider it a responsibility that accompanies the right to develop these valuable Canadian resources.”

Back then, it was possible to believe the federal government would impose regulations on the oil and gas industries. The government certainly said it would, often enough. (Peter Kent in February, 2013: “We are now well into, and very close to finalizing, regulations for the oil and gas sector.”) But, as Chris Turner reminds us in his book The War on Science, Prentice quit as environment minister in November 2010, and the Harper government’s periodic attempts to demonstrate environmental virtue, even at some hypothetical cost to the resource sector, pretty much came to an end.

Of course, it can be hard to tell where the notion of oil and gas regulations ended. Prentice himself has been sounding much like Harper since he became premier of Alberta:

“Environmental performance is important, but so, too, is our industrial competitiveness . . . I think this low-price environment is a reminder . . . that we have to be careful laying on costs, including regulatory costs, on our industry, because we need to remain competitive.”

But is even that new? From my 2010 article, linked above:

“We will only adopt a cap-and-trade regime if the United States signals that it wants to do the same. Our position on harmonization applies equally to regulation. Canada can go down either road—cap and trade or regulation—but we will go down neither road alone.”

So the paper trail on the government’s oil and gas policy is a bit of a mess. The feds will only impose regulations in concert with the Americans? Well, there are two problems with that story. First, as Bruce Cheadle points out:

An Environment Canada briefing memo revealed last month by the Globe and Mail shows that the United States, in fact, placed what were called “significant” limits on its oil and gas sector in 2012.

“For oil and gas, recent air pollution regulations are expected to result in significant greenhouse-gas reduction co-benefits, comparable to the reductions that would result from the approach being developed for this sector in Canada,” states the June 2013 memo obtained by Greenpeace under an Access to Information request.

Today in history: December 12 1911
Deli replaces Calcutta as the Capital of India.


The local election on November 15th has a full salte of candidates:
Running for Mayor Mike Jolly, Susan Roline, Neil Menard,
Running for councillor, Dave Baker, Linda K. Brown, Kurt Christopherson, Mike Geotz, Bruce Mcmurchy, Dianne Norgaard, Ginny Prowal.
School district 58 trustee: Tim Kroeker, Gordon Swan, Brian Jepson, Joyce Pierre, Everet Hosington.
Today in history: October 23rd 1958
The Smurfs make their first appearance in a production.

There are advance poll opportunities on November 5th and 12th.
Check with the city at for polling places.

Trans Mountain pipeline the operator for Kinder Morgan and its pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby BC has a proposal for a twinning of the line. the line will bring tar snads crude to an ocean port facility.They operate existing lines in Provincal parks, and this fall intend to submit an application for a temporary relaxation of Park ruiles while construction occurs.

Trans Mountain Pipeline has submitted a draft Stage 2 Boundary Adjustment Detailed Proposal to the Province of BC for review. If approved, the Boundary Adjustment would result in the removal of land required for the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion right-of-way (RoW) from the provincial park or protected area for the period of construction and until restoration is complete. If the lands required for the Project are removed from the Finn Creek, North Thompson River and Bridal Veil Provincial Parks, the Ministry of Environment may seek government approval to establish those lands as a protected area under the Environment and Land Use Act to allow the Minister of Environment to continue to manage those areas.

Following completion of Project construction, the lands removed from the parks through the boundary adjustment may be returned to park or protected area status with operations authorized under a park use permit.

Four BC parks and protected areas are addressed in Trans Mountain’s Boundary Adjustment Application. BC Parks will review the application and make a decision about each location separately. Public comments are an important consideration for BC Parks in considering any boundary amendment proposal. Detailed information and maps for each location are available below.

Trans Mountain Pipeline intends to submit an application in the fall of 2014 for a resources use permit (RUP) to authorize the construction of the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion through Coquihalla Summit Recreation Area. The RUP application will include a similar degree of assessment as the four parks and protected areas.

If approved, implementation of the temporary boundary adjustment and RUP will be subject to the National Energy Board’s approval of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.

The existing Trans Mountain pipeline traverses an additional three provincial parks that are NOT impacted by the proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Project. These parks are Coldwater River Provincial Park, Coquihalla River Provincial Park and Rearguard Falls Provincial Park.

The RUP application has a local effect on users of the Coquihalla highway, and visitor s to Merritt BC Canada, open comments are closed with BC parks , comments to your local MLA are always relevant at any time.
BC Parks operations are considerably less stringent then a national park, like the one proposed for the South Okanagan Similkimeen.
Doreen Collins spoke to the Nicola Naturalists Thursday the 16th and outlined the need to get the province back on board for the National park proposal,” the MLA is blocking support do to a hunters lobby”. The SOS brochure outlines a phasing out of hunting, ATVs and industrial activities such as minerals and oil.
The Nicola Naturalists are a four year old Non profit, president Alan Burger U vic.
You do the math!

Today in history: October 21st 2013
Record smog levels closes public facilities in Harbin China.

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