9/03/2014

Where Is The $40 Coming From

Teachers in BC are in a Strike/Lockout situation in this Province.

Contract talks are going nowhere and the government appears to be sitting on their hands waiting for courts decision(s). Why? Do they think the 3rd time is lucky? I have news for those who think they will win. You only win when you are right.

Twice now the BC supreme court has shot down the Governments attempts at trampleing on the constitution.. Twice.

I don't know about you but once was enough for me. Christ, I don't know who is advising the government on these matters but if it's lawyers there should be a wholesale exodus from government. Or is it that the government just isn't listening to them.

I allege that this whole mess is being controlled by Christy. She's pulling the strings. Why? You ask. Well it was under Christies watch that this whole mess was perpetuated. That's right. Back in 2002 she and Herr Campbell decided they didn't like the education system and since then have been systematically changing it to suit their needs. And again I allege Christy is following up to save face. That's right. It appears to be her way or the highway.

Government keeps yelling about "no money". Are you ready for this. They're lying.
They have offered parents $40 per day.per child under 13.

So lets just say the class sizes are 30 students. That's $1200 per class per day.
Now there's approximately 20 School days per month. That's $24000 peer month per class.
There are 558985 students at $40 per day. That's 22,359,400
Multiply that by 20 and the government will spend 447,188,000

AND THEY DON"T HAVE ANY MONEY

We haven't even talked about how much they are paying the suits to fight the losing battle in court.

What I would like to add is: whose idea was it to insert that ridiculous clause about the teachers dropping greivences? Do they not understand what that procedure is about? If not then they have no business at the bargaining table.

It sure looks  to me that the government (Christy Clark) is attempting  to save face on a wrong she created herself.

8/29/2014

Mount Polley: Something's Bothering Me

The second thing I saw after the Dyke breached was a photo of what appears to be a D9 dozer sitting on top of the dyke a very short distance from the breach.



Now I know many of you live in or near cities and have never had the experience of being near one of these monsters, especially when it is running.

When I was younger I worked on a construction project that use a tiny JD350 dozer. When It was running, parked near very soft groun two things occurred. First was a sight I will never forget being a sport fisherman. The vibration of the machine brought literally thousands of dew worms to the serface. The second was that the macine started to sink into the ground.
 I mentioned this because I wanted you to know what these machines are capable of. And this was a small machine.

Later in life I worked in the mines and got up close and personal with some of the biggest machinery I ever worked around.

Now, if you were to stand next to something as large, or larger than a D9, there is a definate Shaking of the ground and a very loud noise from the engine.

When you build an earth dyke, two things should take place.
1. The base fill should consist of very large boulsers and;
2. There should be a membrane in place that lays on the bottom and against the dyke.
There are various reasons for this but the main ones are for stability and to prevent seepage.
After looking at still photos of the Dozer sitting very close to the breach (Ican't find any to download right now) two things appear to be evident.
1. There appears to be no membrane.
2. There appear to be  no boulders.

From all this I can only conclude that the dozer had been working on the dyke (evidenced by how close to the breached it sits abandoned) and the vibration turned the mix beneath it to soup, the water seeped through weakening the dyke which inevitably burst sending millions of gallons of dirty water through the breach. Some of it made a immediate right turn and went down a small creek into Quesnel Lake. The rest went basically left pushing the slag to one end of Polley Lake.

It's going to be real interesting to see what the panel says, how long of a delay the government puts on publishing the report so they can spin its' content, and just what will happen about the cleanup.ie: who will pay for it. The cleanup I mean.