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Friday, July 21, 2017

What a Beautiful Orange Day....John Horgan Edition




Written by Grant G


Worms, squirms and the usual suspects, aided and abetted by you know who...PostMedia, oh boy, look at the neon, flashing strobes, look at the not so shiny baubles Postmedia presents as news, my gawd, how can Postmedia editors and editorial boards, living on a round earth(?) publish such blatant politically infused propaganda.....articles that appear to be written by either the BC Liberal party or industry lobbyists...

But I digress....a beautiful day is when the reek of desperation falls from the pages, before your eyes, when Postmedia's bought reaching looks....childish, childlike...

First up....Mayoral Monkey Lois Jackson......

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The project has been in the works for years and preliminary construction on the $3.5-billion bridge has already started. However, it could be derailed by the new NDP government.
“The need is definitely there,” Jackson said.
Jackson plans to meet with Premier John Horgan, Liberal Opposition Leader Christy Clark and Green party Leader Andrew Weaver to convince them that the project should go ahead.
I really think I’ve got to stress with the three leaders (to) set your politics aside and look at the issue and what’s best for the province and the people that live here, and let’s do the right thing,” Jackson said
 

The bridge was a pet project of Clark’s when she was premier, but Horgan has said a bridge is not necessarily the right way to address congestion in the area. He has stopped short of saying he will scrap the project altogether, and instead has talked about reviewing options.
“I’m going to take counsel from the ministry when I get a chance to sit down with staff and be guided by the hard work the mayors in the region have done,” Horgan said Tuesday after he was sworn in as premier.
 
Newly appointed Transportation Minister Claire Trevena echoed Horgan’s comments that more research will need to be done on the bridge project, but that most local mayors don’t want it and the NDP will focus on what the mayors want for transit in the region

"how quickly we can get together with the three leaders I don't know, we've certainly been trying to get meetings with them to explain to them how important it is"


http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/delta-decries-rotting-massey-tunnel-says-new-bridge-best-safest-option

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One of the funny things about the above Postmedia article....the article derived from a Lois Jackson sit-down interview with the Vancouver Sun and Province editorial boards....seems odd don't you think, not sure who asked for the "interview" ....well, when they are one in the same, turns to slant..

I recall Postmedia/Vancouver Sun and Province editorial boards endorsing Harper in 2015....we know they endorsed Christy Clark...so, a partisan rightwing editorial board conducts an "interview with Lois Jackson, the one and only cheerleader of Christy Clark's doomed Massey boondoggle...

The election is over boys..and girls, you lost....Clark's election platform is out, so is the Massey bridge...if you want to write Christy Clark stories Postmedia...do it through the frontdoor..not the backdoor...because it smells, like inside the outhouse door..

Lois Jackson, a longtime politician, a Christy Clark partisan cheerleader, an elderly political pro, who knows how the "game" is played, how governments work, how provincial governments work..

wakey wakey Lois...here's a newsflash....John Horgan doesn't do tri-party meetings, meetings with the defeated and non-premier as a full-participant, Christy Clark isn't premier anymore, Clark is not a transportation expert, she's not well-versed in anything but partisan bluster...

In 16 years of BC Liberal rule..how many meetings did Gordon Campbell invite Carole James, or Adrian Dix, how many meetings did Christy Clark invite John Horgan to...answer...NONE..

Christy Clark is now a nothing...if you Lois Jackson want a meeting with Christy Clark..go to Kelowna Westside, or invite her over to your Delta digs....but get it through your partisan head...Christy Clark is out...and you damn well know that's how governments work...opposition parties are left on the sidelines, and nothing you blather about will change that...your bridge..it's too far, too expensive and won't survive the overdue mega-thrust earthquake...6 minutes of shaking, only a fool would build a monster bridge in quicksand...

Vancouver Sun editorial board....they too know that opposition leaders are not included in governing, why is it I'm not surprised Postmedia never told Lois Jackson in that meeting that the chances of Clark being included in any government discussions are that of a snowball in hell....get over it...Clark is powerless, in fact Christy Clark is a lame-duck Clingon...

Premier Horgan has been busy, he raised welfare and disability rates....toll relief is fast approaching and...

Did I mention the beautiful day part....for me it is...having endured 16 of Democracy shrinkage and political plants infesting crown corporations, professional positions turned into YES people within...

Brad Bennett....pack your shit man....get the hell out of here...one of the first acts Premier Horgan executed was the eradication of Brad Bennett, chair of BC Hydro...a position Christy Clark granted Bradley after he joined(?) with Christy on the election 2013 campaign bus...

Brad Bennett...the man prostituted himself...he turned a honourable position into a parody...

http://powellriverpersuader.blogspot.ca/2017/03/my-formal-complaint-against-christy.html

Brad Bennett...related to the honourable WAC Bennett...after getting appointed to BC Hydro chair as a reward for campaigning for Clark...to take a leave of absence to once again join with Clark on election 2017 campaign bus not only appeared to be a direct conflict of interest, it stunk to high heaven.....Brad Bennett looked the fool...acted the fool, all for some tail-wagging comfort eh Brad...You are an embarrassment to the Bennett legacy...

John Horgan dished out orange crush.....what the hell were you thinking Brad Bennett(or was the little head doing the thinking)....

Euphoria erupts...with a twist of orange....

Jessica MacDonald today got punted out of her partisan appointed job....as a head of a crown corporation...Jessica should have told Brad Bennett NO...you can't campaign for the woman who gave you a paid gig at BC Hydro...MacDonald failed badly...she was caught lying about information provided to the BCUC...MacDonald took direct marching orders from the BC Hydro...MacDonald was appointed to her paying gig by another brutal partisan...Gordon Campbell..

Jessica MacDonald and Brad Bennett need to slither off to their rocky abodes, and hopefully these scourge members are never heard from again...

ICBC Chair..axed and bleeding orange juice....and many other BC Liberal moles have been rooted out and shown the outhouse door...

Lastly....(for now)

Chris Varcoe....a Calgary Herald Postmedia energy industry pimp...

He came out with a doozy....

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New B.C. energy minister faced with rekindling Canada's bold LNG dream

http://calgaryherald.com/business/energy/varcoe-new-b-c-energy-minister-faced-with-canadas-bold-lng-dream

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Postmedia....look at that headline.....Canada has no LNG "bold" LNG dream....most of Canada don't give a rat's ass about LNG...Canada had no dream...Christy Clark had a 2013 election whopper...

There is nothing to rekindle, it never kindled in the first place...

in the article...we hear from no other than BCLNGA mouthpiece David Keane....now these same Postmedia spinners..the Capp crew..

they are now talking about a new window of LNG opportunity after 2025...oh boy...we are in 2017...BC has been hearing about LNG riches from the BC Liberals since 2012...and now BC,s natural gas industry(not LNG) is a welfare industry..it's a net drain on provincial resources, other sectors are subsidizing our natural gas industry...

everything you need to know on LNG has been written here....PETRONAS is not going forward...either is Shell Canada...the little tiny Woodfibre LNG proposal has been scrapped too..

On the world LNG scene...right now there is a 100 million tonne glut...that glut rises to 250 million tonnes of LNG on the market....

We have a Qatar..Australia and USA all trying to poach the other' market share...we also have Russia chasing more market...we have Iran..and Malaysia...all wanting more market share...

There's also huge gas discoveries everywhere...those countries with reserves want to market their gas too...bargaining gas rights for a quid pro quo deal...supply domestically for accessing the remaining for export....

in other words...there's too much gas...a glut to 2030..minimum...

As for BC natural gas....soon most of BC's excess natural gas will be piped to gulf coast liquefaction terminals...deals have been signed...BC is a greenfield operation...requiring $7 billion dollar pipeline over tough ground, mountains and rivers..it's not economically viable...not with a 15 year gas glut rearing up..

so...Varcoe and Postmedia trying to rattle Michelle Mungall...not a chance in hell..

BC LNG won't be rekindled...the fire was never lit...LNG is a mere Ponzi scheme...only the lowest cost producers will make money..Qatar and Russia Iran and Iraq....

Postmedia needs to get over it....BC Liberals lost the election....LNG was never real, never an ambition, or bold...

drill hole, fill hole with water and chemicals, blast the shale rock and force gas out.....

Not exactly hightech..or bold...only bullshit...or as I call it...The Leaking and the Lemon.

http://powellriverpersuader.blogspot.ca/2013/10/the-leaking-and-lemon-fraccing-and-lng.html


It's a beautiful orange day...go enjoy our gorgeous province....

Be rest assured, John Horgan is piece by piece eradicating the BC Liberal parasites infesting every corner of British Columbia....

Lastly....you really need to pick up your game Postmedia.....your green(d) desperation is about to be painted orange....




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Thursday, July 20, 2017

John Horgan and Andrew Weaver, British Columbia's New Government, Closer To The Heart





Written by Grant G     (With a little help from Rush)

"And the men who hold high places...Must be the ones who start...To mold a new reality..Closer to the heart ..Closer to the heart"

By the end of July John Horgan and Andrew Weaver will be the architects of not only a new government but creators of a new governance model, at least new to British Columbia...one molded in cooperative progress for the people of British Columbia...a new singular voice made up out of diverse views, a group of governors who know only through cooperation will any legislation go forward...


 "The blacksmith and the artist...Reflect it in their art...They forge their creativity...Closer to the heart ..Yes closer to the heart"


British Columbia citizens under BC Liberal rule have been starved of Democracy, had our voices reduced to mere background noise...that will come to end under John Horgan's leadership for as I write this....Not often, if ever have I seen a group of a elected officials who actually get it...the path to longevity is not a long and winding road, the path to the promised land is straight forward, it stares us in the face, doesn't involve the exploitation of finite resources or environmental degradation....electoral success and longevity survival in British Columbia will only come to those that embrace the air, land and water....agricultural lands preserved for food production, fresh water rivers laden with wild salmon protected from the corporate pillagers, healthy forests, for the health of not only humans but for the survival of all species...


"Philosophers and plowmen..Each must know his part...To sow a new mentality..Closer to the heart ..Yes closer to the heart, yeah, oh"


  A government closer to the heart, no more blank stares, no more cabinet minister footnote memos promising to do better next time, a child dying in care must be heard, like a tree falling in the forest, it does make noise, it crashes and thrashes, no child dies silently, no child goes hungry unseen, poverty is not a silent killer....

"Whoa whoa...You can be the captain...And I will draw the chart...Sailing into destiny..Closer to the heart"


British Columbia's most responsive legislative assembly is set to burst from it's embryo and take flight, new laws, fresh legislation, measures and means, no more corporate treachery, no more governance where the needs of the few, or the one overrule the rights of the many...


I look forward to John Horgan and Andrew Weaver fast tracking legislation and freeing up monies for the most needy...No child in British Columbia or Canada for that matter should go to bed hungry, or attend a dangerous crumbling at risk school, teachers should not have to feed hungry children, although i'm delighted they do...


Seniors need the minimum care standards, legislative care standards must be enforced, not just deferred to the future...Senior's future is the here and now...those on disability or welfare must be given enough support to survive..humanity starts with respect...


It costs society less to house the homeless than to leave the misdirected on the streets, it's less expensive to keep seniors clean and homebound than to have them waste away in understaffed warehouses of germs...


A new government where those left behind and forgotten are not only remembered but included in British Columbia's future...


Longevity and political survival in British Columbia will only be secured by a government that does the right thing, that listens, that changes direction and points to a bright sustainable future...


A government that is "Closer to the heart"


Make me proud Andrew Weaver.....lead us to the promised land John Horgan...








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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Storm of Tears, (In Your Eyes)







Written by Grant G


Having immersed myself in the dark void of soulless data I find myself becoming increasingly bitter and callous......

If only you could see the world through my eyes, maybe you can, that is my ultimate goal, enlightenment, perhaps that is part of the media`s problem, do journalists see what we see, I can`t sleep anymore, the nightmares don`t stop..

I woke up to tears again this morning, how many of you wake up every other day with salty drops running down your cheeks, have the reporters and journalists stopped seeing, reporting, feeling so they can sleep, I have not that answer but I,..........But I need the tears, it reminds that I still care, my dad has been fishing without me all month, how he does it is beyond me he is over 80, he drags my mom up in the morning and prods her to the boat,a difficult task 20 years ago but now that my mom`s legs don`t work is amazing, a recent colon cancer survivor, lumps, bumps and breakdowns of body will not stop him, not only is he fighting the clock but also the demons.....

A fear of losing his mind has shaped his routine, no one wins that battle with time, at best you can hold the swinging pendulum at bay but for a moment, recently I was in a special section of the Maple Ridge hospital, the woman I was visiting is fighting for freedom, a girl too young to be looking for freedom, society stole her sanity and left her to fend for herself.......

Will her mind return is unknown, the vast majority of patients, victims, fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers in this unit are lost, the visitors to this place are me, sons, daughters, lovers and as I observe, watch, document, sons talking to fathers, daughters to mothers and I see blank stares and fear, blank stares from these loved ones whose minds are gone, memories purged, emotions ripped from their souls only to be replaced with pills and water......And fear in the eyes of blood related visitors........

Fear of ending up in the same place, crossword puzzles and Sudoko have been standard fare for my dad for years, I know what his fear is, not the clock but the blank stare, he has no worries as he still betters me when watching/playing Jeopardy, I am looking forward to spending labour day weekend with my parents, fishing with mom and dad has always been a temporary tear stopper for me, China Creek and Bamfield will provide the backdrop......

Recently mom told me dad said to her that despite his fits of anger towards me at times that he thinks I`m brilliant, I have been waiting a lifetime to hear that, not that I am brilliant or special but who doesn`t need the occasional compliment, with my dad emotions have always been hard for him, where as my mom it`s the complete opposite, passion and anger bubbles through......

Someone blessed me with a mix of both, cold calculated analytical with uncontrollable emotions, I was raised with warnings about being cannon fodder, taught to think and decide, to examine all sides and be vocal, yet that price is tears when I sleep and thoughts that can`t be stopped, happiness is fleeting and eludes me and I can`t help but think of the blank stares of fathers and mothers whose minds have been purged and the children who live in fear of ending up in the same state.......

Why? Those empty minds sleep without tears and peace seems to be in their grasp, I have not any answers only more questions, I`ll be gone fishing next week and I will have arguments with my dad and lose every one of them and he won`t call me brilliant, he`ll call me something and when I sleep I will wake up to tears and any happiness will be but a facade, my earliest memories are of fishing with dad and mom wiping my tears away, I was never promised happiness, all I look forward to now is completion, you know what our goal is and damn it, even if it kills me we will continue......

And I wouldn`t want it any other way.








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Friday, July 7, 2017

The Kindness of Strangers, ...Wildlife Edition

Written by Grant G


Writing about politics, bitter pills, buttered words and nuanced nausea....from the soul, I care too much, yell too silent and remember everything.....including what's important, life, all life and its intricate forms...

Hummingbirds...last summer I put out a humming bird feeder...North Burnaby, to my amazement within an hour I had my first hummer filling up...red petals and sugar nectar and what show stoppers they are, aerobatic displays tease my senses....3 hummingbird feeders later, now 4 feeders hanging, one on each corner of the house..

Last winter, our long extended cold(for southern BC) blustery winter, the hummers stayed, I was worried that I should have taken the feeders down, force the flyers to migrate, ..well, a little research revealed that hummingbirds do winter in southern BC..meaning they were staying...phew, no harm done....except..nectar was freezing up, especially overnight...what to do...hummers are sleeping at night, so feeders come in at night, first light room temperature nectar was hung in it's usual locale...presto..hot breakfast(minus/below freezing outside and 68 degree morning nectar)...it was a success...hummers all winter and now, I got hummers everywhere, someone been spreading the nectar location intel...besides the nectar..hummers eat little flying insects, and mosquitos....what a bonus...Mom's house and yard is near mosquito free.....

Caring for mom in Burnaby...she is doing great, yes aches and pains, we all have them, mom has been at her residence for over 40 years, it's a big yard, big upper balcony which I've adorned with a myriad of colour, lilacs, roses, vegetables, pink, purple, entire rainbow of colours is covered...I do the leg work..mom prunes and snips, yes, they're her beauties...

and the yard...big salmon berry bushes...yummy berries, except...the robins come every early-night like clockwork, they leap up plucking berries leaving me nothing but barren green branches...Salmon berry bush is next to the cherry tree, tasty cherries, except...when mom's old tree bears fruit birds of all stripes and feathers feast..they won't wait, by the time cherries are ripe, they're gone...Raccoons gets the plum..although, I did manage to get enough last year for jam....

Mom's yard is an oasis of wildlife, birds flying and flipping morning noon and night...in Burnaby, surviving in a sea of new construction, both sides of mom's house, mom has a giant property with mega-newbuilds going on, on both sides, ...where wood once stood now concrete, where cedar trees and foliage flourished on a bed of grass now lava stones and pavers, cold lifeless concrete retaining walls encasing a sterile maintenance free parking lot...and is it, living I mean..one by one homes built on nature are smashed to pieces and replaced with easy living with yards made maintenance free, and wildlife barren..

The birds..raccoons, robins, hummingbirds, the odd skunk, maybe a bear(I'm not saying), bluejays..these denizens swarm to mom's oasis, how immaculate she keeps her yard(she gardens and trims, weeds and waters through me)...yes your yard is beautiful mom, as she slowly meanders around...mom's not too speedy anymore, unless i'm not looking or out about....

Politics is a blood sport....and I bleed, bled...a digital Samurai fighting to the end, win or concede, hari-kari or bended knees, sometimes it's not easy being the blunt instrument when, when stories need to be told, soulful stories, what stays with me, what I want to tell you...

Did I mention the crows, been feeding a couple of crows too...a nasty winter, months of daily rain, every morning Heckle, sometimes accompanied by Jeckle would land on the railing, within feet of balcony door and me, on a computer(researching early in morn)....staring at me, call(caw)ing me, dusted in snow or water-soaked feathers...leftovers, bread...if I don't feed them, they'll sit there for hours, guilting my conscience...

My friend Neil in Maple Ridge, his house was/is a couple of blocks away from Marc Dalton's constituency office(he was BC Liberal MLA for that riding, he was defeated by NDP)....

About the time of the 2017 election writ being dropped....I went out for a little visit with my friend Neil...couldn't help but notice, driving down dewdney trunk road, right past Dalton's office, he had a window papered over....didn't think too much about it, a couple more blocks I was at Neil's place..

To my surprise...Neil was out in the yard, he's always out in the yard doing something, the surprise was..Neal had a big NDP sign..he was preparing to prop it up, he was digging a hole and gathering up a few rocks...it was daytime warm...so here I was, in neil's driveway, adjacent to his yard, talking away when from the street sidewalk, two men approached..I recognized one of them, it was BC Liberal Marc Dalton....he introduced himself, said I know who he is...he asked me if he could put up a Marc Dalton BC Liberal election sign, I answered back...why is your office window papered over..Dalton said someone threw rocks through his window.....not wanting to be rude...told Dalton, it's not my place, i'll ask neil..I was snickering inside, ..especially knowing Neil had a NDP sign leaning up against his fence, out of view at this time.....I shouted out ..NEIL...hey Neil..Marc Dalton wants to know if you'll put his Liberal election sign up in your yard......Neil came around the fence, with a bucket in his hand, full of rocks freshly removed from his soil...I swear, Dalton looked at the rocks, I said nothing..Neil told Dalton..HELL NO..get out of my yard....Dalton scurried...Neil bitched...I couldn't stop laughing for at least 30 minutes....

I stayed for dinner, we talked, shot a few games of pool and tipped some wobbly pops....can't drink and drive, looks like I'm staying til morning...(after some shut-eye.)..the time neared 12:30 am...we are out on his front stoop, catching some air, talking.....Neil points out a raccoon that scurried out onto Dewdney trunk road from his neighbour's home......next thing you know..a van driving down dewdney trunk, a screech of brakes and thump....Raccoon got hit...Neil rushes closer to the scene, I don't move...the van drives away after a quick look....Neil is now screaming...the van drove off, he knew he hit the raccoon, and he still fled...I told Neil...what was the person to do....so...Neil again nears the raccoon, only now a police car is cruising down dewdney trunk...Neil is waving his arms around as the cop drives by slowly....I shouted at Neil....Neil, get back here, the cop might think you're crazy......Neil comes over, I hand him a beer....Neil was asking me...should I call SPCA or something.....I said  Wildlife Control is who you call....but don't bother..

I said Neil...Let me tell you the story of another car struck raccoon.."they ain't coming out for no coon"...15 years ago, before cell phones(sort of), I was driving, royal oak and Kingsway...12:30 am...a raccoon crossed and got struck, in the inside lane, was laying there, in the middle of the road...I stopped, there's a 7/11 right on the corner..with a phone booth..I called the operator, have her patch me through to animal control...this man answered...told him about this raccoon laying on Kingsway...asked him to send someone to collect the body....to my amazement...the man said..."we ain't coming out"..I said what, what do you mean you won't come out...he said..."we ain't coming out for no coon"..he went on to say...whenever we attend hit raccoon scenes, by the time we get there, the raccoon is gone....I said..yea yea, sure thing...I hung up the phone and headed to my car...and to my amazement...the raccoon..he got up, strolled off the street and scurried away...like nothing happened....

so..I'm telling Neil this raccoon story(with a raccoon laying on Dewdney trunk road road in front of his house) when another raccoon enters the street, its partner I believe...Raccoon strolled up to the wounded raccoon, they made some raccoon vocals, and in a blink, the wounded raccoon got up and both scurried away into Neil's neighbor's yard....and the raccoon, he's fine...once again, my side was busting from another round of laughter....Neil too...right at the end of my raccoon story...Neil's raccoon was...alive...good thing...because.."we ain't coming out for no coon"

back at home...rolling grass, tulips..poppies...blood roses...gladiolas and hydrangea trees, walnut tree, hazelnut tree..plum tree...maples, fir and a beautiful pine...

Walnuts..had a bumper crop last year..eer, I mean the squirrels had a bumper crop..they got all the hazelnuts too...a city oasis...reminds me of "A Tree grows in New York"....

Heckle...he's really been pushing the envelope....last week..I didn't have anything for him..seems he was hungry, for such a fat crow, he's always hungry...warm out now..served mom dinner...served myself dinner, or should I say...put my dinner next to the computer at the front table, the table next to the balcony door, the open balcony door...went to the other room to put clothes into the dryer before I sat for dinner....when I returned...my porkchop was gone...still had my salad....HECKLE got it...sure enough, there he was, now on my garage roof enjoying my chop....alright Heckle, you'll be sorry...

So...Heckle and Jeckle are not on my goodside at present...and yes, they still stare at me every morning...they are getting a snack time-out....so..the other day...served mom dinner in her room..ahh, my dinner was still in the oven, because the balcony door was open for fresh cool air.....Heckle wasn't going to get my entree again....so...a few quick chores, head to the oven to get my dinner...plated, head to the table and....

Heckle, again...yup, he came in again, no food was at the table...he could smell it I guess...he left empty-beaked, and he left me a big crow shit...right on the table...well...he has just earned another snack time-out....

Yes, politics is bloodsport and I play very well......despite the fact that i'm a big ole softy...tears come easy for me....

3 days ago...was cleaning the rear driveway, water hose in one hand, leaf blower in the other...was about 1:00pmish....out of the corner of my eye, in the back alley, two crows were attacking a bird..heckle and Jeckle....I dropped my tools and rushed over...crows took to flight...it wasn't easy catching this wounded bird, he kept jumping away and I'm not as fleet a foot as years past,,,never the less I corralled this feller...wasn't a robin, or bluejay...it was a ground/tree bird..they peck the ground and forage the tree branches for small bugs... the mate was flying overhead calling...this bird in my hands was squeaking up a storm, very strong, he/she had a mangled feather sticking out the wrong direction...

What to do...well...I'll put the bird under the thick berryless salmonberry bush, you know, the one next to the cherry-plucked tree....

back to my chores, I'll keep on eye on the bush....a minute later..the bird came out, took a short flight and landed in a maple tree...about 10 feet up...next thing you know...Heckle attacked, the little bird came tumbling back down to the ground...not on my watch...again, I retrieved the bird...he was squeaking and squirming...brought him into the house, walked past mom, put him in a pet carrier on the balcony...told mom the horror story..she asked what I was gonna do with it...didn't have an answer....big pet carrier, metal caging, 1/2 inch squares...put a towel down, a bowl of water and some crushed up dry cereal....then I thought...I'll dig up a worm...got a big one..put that in the carrier and went yardworking...came in a hour later...checked on the now caged bird out on the shaded balcony...to my surprise, he ate the worm...I went out and dug a few more....this feller was now hanging on the little bars in the caging, he's talking, his/her mate never left the cherry tree...they called back n forth, I open the carrier, grabbed the bird and checked his wing...didn't feel broken but that bent sticking out the wrong way feather was a problem...grabbed the feather, gave it a twist and out it came...Mom suggested I let it go once it was dark....I decided on the morning..

I moved the now sleeping bird(sitting calmly) as it was dark....I moved the pet carrier next to the balcony door(2nd floor balcony)..left it open, and slept on the couch, within earshot of the bird...

I figured...well, birds sleep at night, his mangled aerodynamic obstructing feather was removed...his mate is nearby...I'll hear the bird at first light and see how he is....sure enough...10 minutes after 5:00 am...the bird started calling his mate, mate was calling back from the cherry tree...well, after about 5 minutes I did get up...checked the bird...he was sitting calmly...I opened the door...it didn't want to go...hmm..I gave it a little nudge and...

It bolted..bumped the balcony rail and....I grabbed him again...lifted him above the railing...I let him go....he flew like an eagle...his mate lept from the cherry tree and the pair flew away, talking up a storm the whole time....and I can report....i've seen the pair together each day since...they return to mom's wildlife oasis in the middle of Burnaby...

As for Heckle and Jeckle....although I'm not too enamoured with the pair....they get big snacks every morning...

I don't want Heckle getting hungry....and maybe he'll leave this guy alone...


Politics is a bloodsport...


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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Kindness of Strangers and the advisors from Hell--B.C. Election 2017 and Demise of Christy Clark



Written by Grant G


What an amazing B.C. political firestorm we just endured...what happened, why it happened....

Sometimes the littlest error can bring down Goliath..

A lot of things had to go right for John Horgan to gain power..everything had to fall into place, including a litany of errors by the BC Liberal machine, too clever by half...personal Christy Clark advisors led her headlong over the political cliff....

Yes, there are/were election issues...Kinder Morgan...Site C boondoggle, a failed LNG gambit..a ridiculous Massey bridge proposal...

but that's not what brought down Christy Clark, it wasn't John Horgan, it wasn't money(per se)...what brought down Clark and her Liberal gang was hubris and bad political advice...

Clawing back bus passes from the disabled....the amount of money saved was not even a drop in the bucket..Clark was advised by an idiot...

Rich Coleman telling the media that BC,s wildwest campaign finance was not an issue the public cared about....

Bad advisors again....Christy Clark with a huge election warchest...she had the public advertising purse too..BC Liberals had Postmedia and corporate MSM on their side in a blatant partisan way...Clark had economic bragging rights of Canada(the best of a bad bunch of economic basketcases)...

A smart advisor would have never allowed the bus pass clawback..a smart advisor knowing a big surplus was available would never have made a 50% MSP cut a year later(after an election) as the big budget 2017 measure...

A smart advisor would have never suggested or insisted on those measures....

During the election...a troll truck?...are we children, a college frat stunt...Animal House anyone...who thunk that up (Zubyk?)

I am Linda.....a smart advisor would have put out that firestorm within an hour...would have called Linda, arranged a sit-down interview with Clark herself...a smart advisor would have turned I am Linda into a real opportunity....Clark's advisors went into partisan attack mode against Linda....

a smart advisor would have had Clark recant the NDP web hacking claim within minutes....Christy Clark's hand picked advisors cost her the election..

John Horgan didn't win the election...Christy Clark's braintrust blew it bigtime..and

A lot of people and players contributed to Horgan getting a chance to govern..

Bob Mackin...Merv Adey..Norm Farrell...Laila Yuile...Integrity BC...The Tyee..Andrew Nikiforuk...Ross K...Rafe..Desmog..Burnaby's Kinder Morgan fighting warriors...Friends of the Skeena..Save the Peace groups..the list is long and I can't name everyone...including The Straight Goods who near single handed gutted the LNG fable like a sushi chef carving fresh tuna..

What is this post about.....this is about being different....it's about living outside the echo chamber and not becoming a blind follower.

It hurts to be attacked by those on the left for giving honest opinion.

as written here...Translink referendum was doomed...NDP should never have promoted it...NDP should of demanded the Provincial government find a way to fund transit..not try to win a silly(doomed referendum)....NDP advisors told the party they would win that Translink referendum...they too were wrong...advisors told the NDP to walk the fence on LNG....that too was wrong, as LNG in BC is caput..including Woodfibre..

Advisors to the NDP party messed up in 2013 with Dix's campaign and Dix himself as leader...(despite the fact that Dix is a smart, hardworking MLA and soon to be cabinet minister...)

When one surrounds themselves with "yes" men...lives in the political insider's club, resides in the echo chamber....one's perspective gets lost...

So...when I say the optics of no legislative sitting until September 5th is terrible, a bad idea...what I'm really saying is....we need to be different, appear different.....and therein lies my peeve...I'm getting attacked by partisans on the left, telling me to back off, literally calling me an enemy of the party...

When truth be known....Without The Straight Goods(sworn to secrecy) and every bit of help from those mentioned above including thousands more, foot soldiers, volunteers, organizers and the like John Horgan would not be government(as slim as his margin is )today.

NDP..including Horgan..and Andrew Weaver complained very loudly about Clark stalling on bringing back the legislature until June 22nd..and another weeklong stall on a throne speech vote(June 29th).....

The not so secret rumor that our Legislature won't be recalled until after Labour day has emerged ...and now Michael Smyth, and Postmedia is beating the drum about the hypocrisy of not bringing our Legislature back until September 5th(2 months from today) when they so loudly criticized Clark on her recalling delays....

There is no budget passed yet...provincial monies run out in September...passing a throne speech will take 2 weeks..a budget several weeks..a month of work without bringing any other legislation to the floor...and so much needs doing..(and I understand briefing documents need to be read, transition papers...but, until you have the reins you won't get the juicy bits)...

This Powell River Persuader sees political opportunity...call the legislature back right after swearing in and appointing cabinet...Give throne speech, debate it, vote confidence on it...then bring in a few Bills/legislation(not the budget)....Run Legislature from mid July to first week in August....then shut it down until after labour day(then pass a budget)...in my opinion, my advice...the public will see different...public will see a new government that's hungry to succeed..

Why do I think late July and August for a legislative sitting is a good idea...because there are many long in the tooth BC Liberal MLAs who booked their holidays...they want the summer off, and off they will be...if all of Horgan's team, and Green team members are there...with missing BC Liberals the speaker won't have to vote in August...come September, most likely all 87 MLAs are there..

year after year...BC MLAs have had 1/2 the year off, or more...I am aware that MLAs do other work in their constituency..

I am also aware that many MLAs...from both sides, from all sides, NDP..Libs..Greens are yearning for their usual long summer break...

In other words...legislative business, and BC Liberal style Legislative scheduling as usual...with Postmedia beating the anti NDP drum...

If anyone thinks the NDP will have corporate media on their side come the next election, whenever that might be are sorely mistaken..

The NDP..John Horgan...Andrew Weaver will receive no quarter, they'll have to make their own good news...

In my opinion...A hungry new Government should show the public different...pass a summer throne...pass a couple of bills...


In my opinion...a wink wink nod nod deal between all parties, laying down swords for the sake of another two month holiday...status quo... opening up a media firestorm, media will be planting the same old same old meme about the NDP, riling up the public..

 The BC Liberal side, come September, they too will criticize Horgan for the delay in recalling our Legislature...they will hammer the NDP for not sitting after claiming urgency...it matters not that all BC Liberal MLAs want to go on extended summer vacation...

I've never been a blind follower....I call em as I see em......so go-ahead, call me names, retweet your inner petulance...show your blind partisan following abilities...

Become what you claimed was wrong with BC Liberal supporters..

There were many, and one election 2017 Kingmaker...and it wasn't blind followers..and it wasn't "There are none so blind as those who refuse to see"



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