Month: November 2017

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

By Terry HandDennis-legislature copy
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