There is a storm brewing among the people,my friends…
“I bought the Sunday Province yesterday. For a change it was worth the smash I paid for it. I read something in there. Read something I was going to write about yesterday but I did not. I decided maybe I better let myself cool down a little first. Did not want to write anything that I might be sorry I wrote later.
40% of the trees logged on my province’s coast in the first half of this year were exported as raw logs.
The ( edited) who are responsible for this have pushed me over the edge. What kind of a bunch of assholes would sell out their countrymen like that? God damn traitors. Mother$%^$%^$’s would cause less damage to the B.C. economy if they flew a couple jets into Dope City’s two tallest buildings.
The Greatest Place on Earth? F*** you! “
~ Mr. Beer and Hockey, Dope City Free Press
Sometimes, I can’t even come close to telling it like it is. But this time. Mr. Beer and Hockey did, and how! Raw words, indeed, full of pain and anger and so brought to you as close to original as I can -why should I take away from how he really feels?
Coming from a family in the north in which every male relative works in either a sawmill or pulpmill, working at great risk to themselves to provide a good life for their families,I am pretty opinionated about raw log exports.
I’ve written about it many times, wondering why the idiots running this province don’t retro-fit all the mills to cut the dimensions desired overseas, therefore keeping those valuable jobs at home where they belong,and still profiting from exports. I can see it, why can’t they?
photo courtesy of Dan Schubart, who has shared this exceptional, must read link http://monarpentdeneige.net/staringout/?p=123
From that link:
“These are a couple of shots of what greeted us on our way to an afternoon boat ride on the Alberni Inlet. (Those are raw logs stacked on the deck of these two ships.)
Given that the Forest and Range Minister has highlighted that value added is the key to the economy of BC, does it not make sense that we ought to be processing our own resources within a millimetre of their lives before we ship so much as a stick to those markets in the Far East. As it is, we’re more of a rent-a-womb than an economy, with the added joy of soil depletion and an eventual end to fertility. Last one out, please turn out the lights.”
I can’t thank Dan enough for sharing this link and these shots, and sorry Mr. Beer, I hope you don’t lose it again, but you might want to share these shots with your coworkers….
After all, in case you didn’t know it, forestry kept this province running well for many years. Until the pine beetle decided to munch through half the standing wood in the upper portions of this great land, and the Liberals decided selling to China as is was a better deal than making sure BC sawmill workers could put food on the table for their familes, and keep the house out of foreclosure.
And then comes Christy’s great job plan. All talk, all glory,all photo ops to rival Sarah Palin’s…. and what else? Not a lot.
Clark, the still un-elected premier in charge of our province, is simply continuing the plan Gordon Campbell and crew cooked up during his tenure.
Christy Clark, advised by Gwyn Morgan, of the same SNC- Lavelin now being investigated for corruption on a project overseas… is going to sell off this province bit by bit if they are allowed to remain in power.
She is supporting every single move that threatens our province with the exception of Independent Power Projects, that still remains on the table with her. But just wait. Once she really absorbs… if she can… how much power is needed for most of the initiatives she is supporting… she will likely flip flop on that too. Can’t frack without a hell of a lot of power and water, and neither can you support your corporate advisors…
And she is not alone, you would do well to recall. Kevin Falcon, although purported to not be supportive of her behind the scenes, is biding his time while she progresses to her inevitable end. And Falcon was key to all the P3 deals Gabriel Yiu mentions in this recent commentary, in which he deems, incorrectly in my opinion, that the debt from these contractual agreements I have investigated many time, is Campbells legacy.
It is not Campbells legacy alone, indeed, far from it. Falcon panted madly over many of those deals involving the transportation ministry: The Golden Ears, the Port Mann, the Sea to Sky and the South Fraser Perimeter Road. And now, this same man who sincerely signed us off on mortgaging our childrens futures via the provinces ” contractual obligations”… is our finance minister.
No, it would be a faulty conclusion to lay all the blame on Campbell for those deals, when Falcon was part and parcel to all of it. Including what happened with the BC rail/Gateway connection then, ( scroll down to Falcons Follies series) and what Christy is doing with it now.
But that is not all that got my panties in a bunch on the rare occasion I had to pursue the news in the last couple weeks. It was also the news that Clark is aiming to increase foreign students admissions in BC to generate revenue.
This is all fine and dandy for Christy, who “attended” but never actually graduated from anywhere, least of all SFU, to basically deem Asian students as cash cows, because they are- to the faculties that actively recruit them… and yet leave our homegrown students out in the cold for classes and degrees and housing because they can’t compete. On specifically the financial level. And I ask the premier, why do you hate kids in BC so much? Seriously?
It’s not even that if a teen from BC that wants to go to SFU is accepted- they usually are, if grades are good enough- it is if they have the money to pay upfront or if they are on scholarship or student loans. Because ” foreign students” show up to pay in cash, no kidding, carrying around thousands of dollars. Or that many people renting to college kids state ” foreign students only ” in their ads because they know they can charge more and they pay cash….
Hard truths. Real truths, and Christy Clarks announcement tasted very bad in the mouths of many, many parents I know who have kids who can’t get classes or housing or whatever… because foreign students and rich, pay in full students are given first priority.
Is that fair? Not in my world, where our kids come first, where we foster home grown talent rather than foreign talent, and where we make it possible for all kids who were born here to succeed before we place the wants of another countries parents before ours, and the financial needs of our financially irresponsible leaders before the needs of our residents.
Yes… there is a storm brewing , my friends…
Before I go for the evening, let’s talk about what a couple more things that caught my eye.
Let’s talk about nuclear power and the Peace River, and why the two are related.
If you read a couple things besides me before you go to bed, you need to read this. http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/djclimenhaga/2011/09/rust-never-sleeps-%E2%80%A6-and-neither-do-albertas-tar-sands-nuclear-po
Yes, the tar sands in Alberta are lobbying madly again for nuclear power. More on that to come. And when you are wondering why the Site C project is so fully endorsed by the province of BC, and everything seems to be a sham, remember these two electricity sucking industries: Fracking, and tar sands extractions. And could it be any coincidence that Christys advisor is Gwyn Morgan of SNC-Lavelin, the company that just closed on the purchase of Alta Link, the corporation that: ” is responsible for the maintenance and operation of approximately 12,000 kilometres of transmission lines and 270 substations in Alberta. It owns more than half of Alberta’s transmission grid and serves 85 per cent of its population. ”
Things that make you go… ” Hmmmmm.”
I bet if someone asked her, Christy would fully support Site C, because of the ” energy needs of the province”.. sure… and that has nothing to do with the energy needs of Alberta, huh?
And the second thing you need to read, and really remember when you think of Christy Clarks infantile job plan -seriously, you have to wonder about any Liberal who voted for her as leader- is this bit that came to me through BC Mary’s blog, a link to Merv Griffins post on all the Americans taking jobs up north where Christy and her dear buddy Blair Lekstrom claim all the jobs to be. http://www.kitimatdaily.ca/go4937a/ARE_BC_LIBERAL_MINISTERS_THAT_OUT_OF_TOUCH
Really? No kidding… gee, how many other companies do I know that use American workers in Canada…
Last, before I leave you for the evening, I would like to mention the story that all the American and Canadian media seem to have either missed while reporting on some teen star that was allegedly roughed up by VPD, or the wind that we know always happens in the fall and winter, or perhaps they were even occupied by other events not associated with revolution and mass protest…
Yes, let’s not talk about large, ongoing protests happening in the financial district of Manhattan,because clearly that is not important.Lady Gaga and her appearance at Obama’s fundraiser in Silicon Valley is far more newsworthy than that!
For nearly two weeks, protestors have been peacefully protesting capitalistic goals, anger over having degrees, high student tuitions and no jobs, lobbyists that are getting rich on the backs of everyone in America… and a government that seems to have no ability to stop any of it… Women protesting peacefully have gotten maced.
And all sorts of other unreported events by the mainstream media for whatever reason…..whether you believe these protestors are hired, or real people,or simply a disenchanted generation…. the right to a peaceful protest was still a right the last time I looked.
I wonder, as I sit here at my desk, listening to the wind still howling outside… will we reach this point here in BC? Will we, the regular people who shop at Superstore, buy clothes at Zellers, and can’t afford luxuries like custom made shoes but buy them BOGO half off at Payless, reach out and join others to say enough is enough?
Christy Clark, Gordon Campbell…. they are both the same. Both accept donations from companies and people whose priorities become theirs after visits from lobbyists result in successful and lucrative contracts. Both failed and continue to fail, to heed the needs and requirements of the people who they are deemed to serve.
Let me say this. I don’t have a lobbyist, nor do you. So who serves our needs when it comes to government? When they put the needs of their corporate donors before the needs of the people who elected them, it’s a dereliction of duty, plain and simple. And frankly, I have had enough. I just watched Casino Jack and really can’t tell the difference between lobbying in BC, and the crime of influence peddling… which by the way, is a crime in Canada as well… in case some lobbyists who cross the line don’t know. All it takes is a phone call to get the ball rolling…
“A little rebellion now and then is a good thing and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.”
THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to James Madison, Jan. 30, 1787
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution