There are so many reasons to stop Site-C

Terry Hand
December 03, 2017

It isn’t like the Liberals, NDP, or Greens didn’t know about the reasons for not proceeding with Site -C, those reasons have been apparent since the mid 1970’s and beyond. The BC public should be appalled, no they should be enraged that this project and the wasted billions of tax dollars has been allowed to proceed to the point it is at today!

Is this what we accept as democracy today? We elect successive governments which proceed to completely disregard it’s obligation to those who elected them and immediately pander to those corporate and union entities who enrich them with money, votes and crony favours outside of political life. Voters are fully aware of this as this practice is repeated generation after generation.

What follows is a 2013 report by Arthur A. Hadland., former director of area C  PRRD:

 

Bridge Collapse at Site-C location

Terry Hand
November 18, 2017

“Site C handling verges on scandalous: “Mike de Jong (Alberni Valley News Nov. 14, 2017)

Based on that statement by Mike De Jong (image below), I have to wonder if he would make the same claim if it was HIS money being invested into site-C without his permission.

I have said since 2014 that the site-C project is nothing more than a colossal gamble.

An investment is a calculated decision to put up money after all the details have been laid on the table and all the stakeholders and investors have had an opportunity to review, consider the risks verses benefits, discuss it and reach a conclusion on whether to proceed or not.

The largest stakeholders in this project are the people of BC as they are the ones who fund it in its entirety, regardless of the outcome.  Compare that with how this project has been handled so far!
A gambler, a habitual gambler will continue to gamble until his/her last dime is on the table, throwing good money after bad, this is how the liberal government have handled this project thus far; the only difference between them and the habitual gambler, is they are gambling with “OUR” money not theirs. Maybe we should invest the MLAs pension fund into site-C if it’s such a good deal, just think how much their pensions will grow, well according to their logic. I don’t believe we will see any MLAs jumping on that opportunity anytime soon!

Who in their right mental state decides to build a mega project like site-c after all the warnings of continually reducing electricity demand, of location subsidence? And other associated risks?

For the record and nothing has been said about this in the mainstream media, there used to be a rather large suspension bridge across the peace-river where the site-c dam is to be built, the bridge collapsed on 16 October 1957 due to landslide which moved one of the anchor abutments on the north side, resulting in the collapse of the approach and north side span. From the report by Emeritus Professors at the department of civil engineering university of Edmonton: “Since
Construction of the bridge was the major cause of the landslide”.

The recent actions of the Liberal party in regards proposing and commencement of construction of site-C reminds me of the Monty Python skit about the castle sinking into the swamp, so he built another one and it sank, so he built another one.

In my experience (almost 70 years) there are two things which have remained constant in regards politics on both sides of the Atlantic:

1) Pretty well every government/party speaks of “change” and or of “real change”

2) at the end of the day nothing changes!

 

The following report and images are available on the web by searching Canadian Geo-technical society. I would place the link but for some unknown reason when I include in articles it brings up a “page not found” error, so too when I try to copy/paste the link into the browser. Click HERE to see video of Peace river bridge collapse then read report and view images below:

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Remembering my father

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By Terry Hand
November 11, 2017

War it futile, it is waged for profit (possession of land is profit) and the excuse given to the people is you are fighting for your freedom, King and country.

The first world war was the jealous, petty squabbling of envious cousins. The Tsar of Russia, Emperor of Germany, King of Prussia and King George V. 70 million troops mobilized and they were the cannon fodder of this deadly squabble. The victors profit enormously from the spoils of war, the people pay the price for the exercise and the soldiers pay with blood and limbs, those who do return do not get compensated for their efforts, on the contrary they many times are treated with contempt, are unemployed, maimed and without any REASONABLE social safety net to help them.
Approximately 18 million combined military and civilians died in what was termed the war to end all war’s. Sadly these wars continue today predicated on lies and profit and silently consented to by an ever gullible society.

In Memoriam

In Memoriam

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May 17, 2017

I write this with a feeling of deep sorrow and loss. On April 05 2017 we lost a truly great man. Dennis Shaw, one of the original co-founders of the BC Refederation Party passed away quietly in his home surrounded by his family, Dennis had been battling cancer for several years.

I want to pay tribute to Dennis who devoted more than seventeen years to the BC Refed party and to British Columbian’s as a whole. Dennis’s diligent research and tireless effort throughout these years was selflessly given in the spirit of trying to make BC a better place to live and to enrich the lives of all BC citizens. Even after Dennis stepped down as president in order to donate his time to the “Stop the Smart Meter” campaign he still found time to help me and advise in political queries I had on constitutional matters, or even to help me by proof-reading articles and letters I was working on.

I was out of the country when I received the news of his passing, and with limited access to the internet with only an i-pad, I could not provide you, our members, with this sad news in a timely fashion; something I truly regret. On my return to Canada I was busy campaigning as a candidate for the Parksville – Qualicum electoral district, something I know Dennis was proud of, and so I decided to wait until after the election to pay homage to Dennis.

I know I had Dennis’s full support and approval in my decisions, as Dennis visited me shortly before he died. What I didn’t know then but now realize, it was his way of saying a last goodbye.

In his younger years Dennis served his country in the military, after which he became an elementary school teacher in Nanaimo until his retirement. He then settled in to running his hobby farm, home schooling his grandson and continuing to be politically active working diligently in the campaign to stop the HST, promoting the BC Refed party, and campaigning to stop the BC government’s move to install smart meters in every home and business in the province.
Dennis was a husband, a father, a grandfather and a voluntary champion dedicated in his service to British Columbian’s. Dennis was an inspiration, a mentor, a visionary and an honest, and motivated individual. He will be sadly missed by us all!

With Deep respect,
The BC Refed Executive Team

No SITE-C



By: Terry Hand
Written: June 01, 2014

To build, or not to build the site C dam, that is the question!

For most of us embarking on a major and expensive project usually means we have a good reason for doing so, which brings me to the question, WHY build a dam at all? According to BC Hydro Site C dam will: “provide key benefits for B.C., including energy, dependable capacity and flexibility, regional economic development, job creation, and benefits for communities and Aboriginal groups”. This in itself sounds like a good project and has all the right ‘buzz’ words to keep the average voter happy, but it doesn’t really answer the question of why are we building this dam in the first place?

According to BC Hydro: “our forecasts show demand for electricity will increase by approximately 40 percent during the next 20 years”. Forecast (fore-cast) verb to predict, or estimate (a future event or trend). This sounds to me very similar to gambling, 1) Gamble (gam-ble) verb take risky action in the hope of a desired result. 2) noun an act of gambling; an enterprise undertaken or attempted with a risk of loss and a chance of profit or success.

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Right/Left “Divide and Conquer” Is NOT Democracy

by Terry Hand
Written: 26, Feb 2015

Right/Left “Divide and Conquer” Is NOT Democracy

The right/left “divide and conquer” political system is the basis of all of the troubles, issues, poverty and grief that citizens of most countries face today.

Providing two parties which APPEAR to be diametrically opposed is the method used to ensure that eligible voters are divided to the point that they will completely miss, and many times completely ignore, the very cause of the issues that affect our daily lives. Case in point:

The recent financial crises involving sub-prime mortgages, which many people now know was a deliberately created scheme that western banks, mostly New York and London, used to package or bundle junk mortgage debt instruments to sell on the derivatives market. The success (on the banking side) of this hugely profitable (for the creators) scheme was embarked upon by the largest banking institutions with reliance on the premise of “too big to fail” mentality.

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Fiscal Prudence vs Privileged Recklessness

Fiscal Prudence vs Privileged Recklessness

March 31, 2014

By: Terry Hand

It isn’t a sign of the times. It’s a practice that has existed for a very long time. The problem is that voters have extremely short memories helped of course by the sheer volume of information they must digest. I am referring to the practice of politicians putting their sticky fingers into the public pockets and severely exceeding their privileges.

Two years ago In July of 2012 the CBC reported on comments by BC Auditor General (at the time) John Doyle after he released a scathing review of the state of accounting in the BC Speaker’s office. “John Doyle says his audit of the past three fiscal years found the Speaker’s office, which controls the legislative assembly budget, does not produce financial statements, does not demand receipts for MLAs’ expense accounts and does not properly reconcile its bank balances.”

Here we are two years later, and in the past month we have been bombarded with media articles revealing MLAs’ and opposition members’ overspending habits, fancy hotels, expensive meals, extremely overpriced computers, and trips abroad, including tickets for accompanying spouses. At least one opposition member actually defended the idea of a spouse being able to accompany politicians at taxpayer expense. I have many friends with young families, who fly to Fort McMurray to work because there are no jobs available in BC, this in spite of the BC Jobs Plan. These young workers fly out for two weeks of 12 hour shifts plus overtime in some cases, then they fly home for one week, two days of which are spent traveling. Will these men and women workers qualify to have their spouse accompany them? Of course not!

Make no mistake politicians are very well paid for what they do, and the privileges, and perks they enjoy are not deserved. If they were in the private sector many of them would be fired based on their performance. In the past week we have had MLAs and opposition members writing personal cheques to repay the public, repayments I add which would never have been made if it wasn’t for the fact they got caught. What happens if a waitress pockets $20.00 from the cash register, or the representative who pads his meal and hotel expense? They would be fired, no excuses; MLAs, they get re-elected!

Although, I don’t want to dwell on the problem which we all know. Solutions is what BC Refed is about. We know that no other party will rectify any of this, why would they? It’s a sweet deal for all concerned no matter which side of the house you sit. Solutions is what BC Refed has, and the last bulletin earlier this month was the beginning of a scheduled release of active solutions. BC Refed’s Proposed Rules for Government was the first release, and that is a solution that no other party in Canada will offer voters.

BC Refed is also working on Fiscal Management reforms for government (all governments) which will reduce the cost of government to taxpayers. We aim to stop this frivolous regard for public trust, and we will begin with our own candidates by setting the example. We don’t simply blow this out as hot air; indeed we challenge other parties to implement the same.

There’s Trouble on the Horizon

The Bank of Canada raised its interest rate for the second time in less than two months. Financial institutions of all types will increase their rates to their customers – you and me – before the sun rises tomorrow morning.

Why does this move by the bank signal trouble?

Consider this: In British Columbia, real estate prices have been rising at a much faster pace than income. This increases the level of debt compared to income. This has created an illusion of affordability.

People have used the low interest rates to buy bigger, better, and newer homes than they could have qualified for at a higher interest rate. Looking forward, we will see that as interest rates go up, people who may have qualified for mortgages at the lower rates, no longer qualify for the same amount of money. This slows the economy. The number and amounts of  transactions begin to dwindle, which also interferes with the earnings of all participants down the line – realtors, inspectors, lawyers, moving companies, utility companies, perhaps even furniture stores, and the list goes on.

Warnings of trouble don’t end with the exponential increase in real estate prices. Shopping with credit has also escalated over time.

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Vancouver Housing Affordability

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Liz Galenzoski,
Financial Agent for BC Refederation Party.

It’s an old and familiar refrain, but no one takes the time to connect the pieces of the puzzle, and no one who has connected the dots has the courage to tackle the entire issue.

Who are the stakeholders in the big picture?Let’s face it, we are not building homes for families; we are building homes for everyone but families! Construction provides jobs for workers. Every step in the process of bringing construction materials to the builders generates employment, provides taxes for government, and profits for business owners. Realtors get a piece of the pie, too, When viewed from this perspective, more construction is good for the economy – until we have a recession!

All this ‘good for the economy’ building creates a glut of housing on the market because the product exceeds the ability of the market – local residents – to purchase the production. As soon as the market begins to slow, prices cease to increase (which is often referred to as growth, but which is really the devaluing of currency) and the economy is affected. There is less construction, thus fewer jobs in a basic industry, less purchasing power, fewer sales, more layoffs, etc. Is the solution to this problem really more construction?

What keeps the price of properties relatively stable?

In spite of repeated recesssions arising from a glut on the market, the price of house does not suffer the full impact of over production. Virtually all real estate is protected from drastic drops by finance. Developers and builders require the support of the financial community to fund projects, whether they are huge complexes and condos or single family housing. Rarely is a home built on a cash basis. It even sounds ridiculous to suggest such a thing should be considered. “Use other people’s money!” Financing is an insurance policy to protect the value of property from falling below the debt held against it.

What drives up the price of real estate?

Regardless of what is happening in the economy, real estate prices increase across time. People of influence can create a demand for housing in all kinds of ways including speculation of some new opportunity, immigration, reduction of services in small communities which drives people to the city, and the list goes on. Real estate fees, sales taxes, and legal fees all contribute to the cost of real estate but not to its value. These costs are notoriously detrimental because they reoccur every time a property is sold, and every time these costs are added to the mortgage which means years of interest is added to the total cost of the property.

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