FRIDAY FREE FOR ALL - August 31, 2012
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This is a double whammy weekend as today marks the end of August, but the start of the last long weekend of the summer. Of course today is also your day to speak up on issues which impact you.
It is time for the FRIDAY FREE FOR ALL.
You pick the topic, but obey the three simple rules:
Keep it clean
Keep it legal
No bullying of other posters.
L E T 'E R R I P !!!!!
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No wonder they are all resigning. Bond and Bell would be smart to get while the getting is good as well.
Prior to the 4 year fixed date, a government in Canada and trhe provinces was able to stay in power for up to five years. Most provinces and Canada have now fixed an election term to 4 years, a process started by BC.
However, it is really not fixed at all since a government can still call an election anytime before the maximum term is complete. If it were otherwise, then we could have a situation where a government would lose a majority or the confidence of parliament and we would be stuck in limbo.
I do believe that the BCLiberals still hld the balance of power. No one has crossed the floor or has given up their seat yet, although the media makes it look that way.
So, again, eagleone ... tell me how they are governing without a mandate.
I had to agree that it was a rather ostentatious looking for a police building. That is becoming more obvious by the day. Just look at that wood galleria that puts the public galleries in Rome to shame.
I had thought that there were cost cutting measures taken with the design which was originally presented to the City. A special committee looked at that, I thought. They obviously did not know what they were doing. They cut secure, covered parking, a practical function, and kept a functionless internal gallery made from wood imported into this community from god knows where because we cannot even produce such products.
While the rest of us are supposed to travel on potholed streets, we are building buildings with wasted volume to heat.
And now for something completely different....I know a person must be in a fog to spend actual money on a truck with a goat on the front but that does not give them the right to drive around with the fog lights on all the time.
Why has there been tons of media coverage on the negative effects on the Enbridge proposal yet not one media outlet has printed positive effects of the pipeline? And you cannot tell me there are no positive effects
Now if we can just get the cyclists to use them instead of the sidewalks and vehicle designated parts of the roads.
now as for the government of BC... i don't care who gets in really.... as long as they don't have a majority governement...that way they can't just do as they please for at least the next 4 years...
both our federal and provincial goverments are majority and doing just as they see fit, not secessarily as we want done.... my opinion...
Have a great weekend all......
and all you drivers who think the rules apply to others and you are exempt i hope you get a dozen tickets...
Okay, so you tell us the positive effects.
But PG has to have a diamond studded building...... why would that be??
Getting the power of a dictator (the premiers office) through a party vote only is not democracy.
Clark relies solely on the BC liberal change to the rules to have fixed election dates otherwise she would have had to seek a mandate already.
Transfer payments from Ottawa....
The benefits aren't worth the risk. BC takes all the risk for very little gain.
The party members voted in the party leader. There is nothing that says that the party leader who is a member of the governing party has to have a seat.
However. what is the norm is for that person to get elected in a riding. Clark did that and has a mandate.
The same as City Council, where the Mayor has only one vote, the Premier has only one vote. She/he may speak on behalf of the government but the premier cannot dictate nor does the premier have veto power such as the president of the USA.
So, I am still not sure what you are gettiing at. I know, you may have your own interpretation of what shoud be, but that is not necessarily the way it is in practice.
Hey, that would be a great idea lonesome sparrow. And how about budget time? We could do it then to .... LOL
And maybe the City will put up no parking signs ..... and paint a bikes symbol on the lane ... and a direction arrow to remind everyone which direction they are supposed to bike in ....
But hey, can't really complain, at least City Hall finally paid attention to the state the roads were in this summer.
$3.5 Million is approx 1/4 of what is necessary for infrastructure costs per year, so each year we fall further behind.
Enjoy the paving that you received this year. The City does not have any idea where they will get the money from to bring the roads up to standard.
At the very minimum it would require a 10/15% increase in taxes. Thats not likely to happen.
So whats the solution?? The Core Reveiw will help a little but will not solve the infrastructure problem.
As I stated in previous posts. The City for all intents and purposes is insolvent.
Yea that's a great idea. They could park in the middle of the street instead.
$40 Million cost of construction, property, etc; Plus $25 Million plus in interest charges over 20 years.
Building located on a busy intersection (4th and Victoria) and adjoining a one way street (4th Avenue). Parking???
Definition of "then"
1.At that time; at the time in question: "I was living in Cairo then"; "by then I was exhausted"; "Adams, the then president".
2.After that; next; afterward: "she won the first and then the second game".
Definition of "than"
1.Introducing the second element in a comparison: "he was smaller than his son"; "Jack knows more than I do".
2.Used in expressions introducing an exception or contrast: "he claims not to own anything other than his home".
Very surprised how many people mix the two up when posting. Why is this important? I don't know.
Just an observation.
"The Ministry of Finance’s second quarter update on the 2004/05 BC Budget deserves to be put in a museum as a wonderful example of the fine art of government spin. In case you have not seen the commercials on TV, the Ministry’s press release begins with four glowing paragraphs about the BC economy. According to Finance Minister Gary Collins, “BC is on the move.”
The big move in the budget update, however, is in the sizable equalization payments coming to BC this year and next. While the government is implying that its big surplus equals a booming economy, it is a little embarrassing that equalization payments are playing such a prominent role.
It was just a couple of months ago that Minister Collins stated: “We are no longer a have-not province.” Yet, the second quarter update notes that in 2004/05 BC will get a record $721 million in equalization payments, plus $596 million next year.
These hefty cheques from Ottawa are in part due to a new federal-provincial equalization deal hammered out in October that sweetened the equalization pot with more cash. But the painful fact remains: BC is still a “have-not” province.
On top of this year’s equalization take, revised estimates for 2001/02 to 2003/04 also work in BC’s favour, and will provide an extra $259 million in “back equalization” payments. This is one-time money that will be booked in this year’s budget."
This building will take your eys off the road when the two inch paving job starts to crumble under your tires....thats why we have a diamondm studed building. A lack og brains also contributes to the diamond mentality.
"The NDP left BC with a balanced budget"
You realize a budget is just a plan. The audited statement provides the actual financial status. Their plan was made for an election. Those are normally plans made through rose coloured glasses.
"Before that, the last time BC was a have not province was in 1961"
Not true. I looked that up and posted in another thread that there were two years that BC got equalization payments under the NDP governance prior to 2001.
Apparently, as heard on CBC, the last 40 years of the history of Afghanistan will be dealt with in 1.5 pages that will not mention Russia, the Taliban or the western forces currently there.
The theory behind this is that if the children study the truth about the history of their country, it will cause them to stay true to their ancestors allegiences and the conflicts will continue.
Good idea or bad? What do you think?
I personally think it's ludicrous. The Aghanistan education ministry (or whatever they call it there) believes that the children will learn about the true history from their families. Huh, you say?! That's what I thought too.
He also said, "Where they burn books they will soon burn people."
I read all the info and have more questions than answers. Many areas didn't have details like no of employees. When i looked at the 2011 finance info on wages some of them are very high. I like to compare what we have to what city has but it's hard to do that when i don't know how may HR people they have and how much they make. Does anyone know how to do this?
It says a lot about peoples' education and respect for language. Can you imagine what spelling is going to look like in ten or twenty years with all this phone texting and computer language?
Industrial way, for a detour while they work on Pacific is absolutely rediculous! Hope you've got a big truck! That really should have been fixed up BEFORE they decided to use it for a detour.
Dearth, positive effects? How about the rich will get richer?
Hey JB how about posting a link that shows every time BC was a have not province? You won't because it will show the truth about when BC was a have not province under what government and that would make your BS even less believable that normal.
Remember the BC Rail give away and the Basi/ Virk scandal!
I will now leave all you Liberal hacks and shills to wallow in your misery for a week.
billyinpg, drivers are permitted to park in the bike lanes unless it's otherwise posted. Just as bikes are permitted to ride on the same streets the cars are.
Just dont say anything bad about Polaris, Dodge or the NDP and you are OK
I fully agree!
"Eagleone on August 31 2012 7:20 AM:Johnny how long is that since BC was a have not province under the BC liberals... during a hot global economy none the less. 3-4 years they managed that too."
I completely disagree!
Blaming the BCLiberals for the have-not status of B.C. and faulting them for the couple of years it took the BCLiberals to restore have-status is like blaming Obama for the unwinnable wars that Bush started and the global financial meltdown which came as a result of Bush's ill-conceived new mortgage and banking regulations policies!
No way would the BCNDP do anything different from what they did to B.C. in the past, twice!
If you have a problem with the NDP by all means complain- but no need to try and BS us all. The Liberals have done that for the last 10 years, and we are all tired of it.
Don't believe me?, do the math yourselves!
The setting here is absolutely gorgeous, as you find yourself in valley after valley of lush mountain ranges. The terrain is more rounded and gentle than the ranges in BC, but the mountains themselves are far more prominent than what you see in the area around PG (in all fairness though, PG isn't in the mountains). The roads also take you "through" the mountains as opposed to beside or around them, so it feels very "closed in" if that makes sense.
I still get surprised whenever I see the age of the cities and institutions out here. Driving through Burlington, Vermont, we drove through the University of Vermont campus as we went down to Lake Champlain and noted the sign saying that it has been established since 1791. You really sense the age and history in these places, which is something that you just don't get in Western Canada. It's pretty cool to experience.
Anyway, enjoy your weekend!
It is a goat and a lot of the people driving them look like they have stood behind a goat many times back on the farm(what kind of truck do you drive?)
I experienced a similar landscape closeness when driving through the Cascades from central Washington to the coast. Following winding river(s) with people using the river for canoeing/kayaking all along it.
Similar experience for part of the trip from Port Alberni to the east coast of the island. Except in that case, there is virtually no one using the river.
Transfer payments are determined at the beginning of the fiscal year, which is april.
The one for 2001-2002 was determined prior to April 2001 when the NDP were in power.
There was also a transfer payment in a previous year prior to 1999. I had posted the source on an other discussion here.
So, please do not call me a liar, otherwise I have to do the same to you.
I will simply excuse you for your ignorance in understanding when the fiscal year is and when the determination is made of how much the provinces and territories will receive.
Good thing it was illegal to fudge budgets. Otherwise somebody might have attempted to do it.
If a budget is based purely on HOPES of balancing a budget (and the following one too) by including a billion or two not received yet - (instead of realistic past history and fiscal reality) it is not kosher when the revenue is never received.
If politicans do it in spite of repeated warnings from the Ministry of Finance it is...well, no use for more explanations.
I can find no evidence of other equalization payments since 1991, but if you can provide it I would appreciate it.
Regardless, provincial law states that parking in OFFICIAL bike lanes it not permitted, which is why the city plays both sides of this issue. Also, cyclists are permitted to take up an entire lane of traffic IF there is no shoulder or bike lane present. This means that on 10th Ave, for example, when people insist on parking in the bike lane, and I ride around them using the regular lane, I have the right of way as long as I don't cut in front of oncoming traffic. If I am in the vehicle lane, passing is prohibited unless there is a second lane going the same direction.
1. The only thing that interferes with
my learning is my education.
2. Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Why do you say wrongly with such certainty?
go to this site
Look at the date about half way down the page. It says:
"(Updated December 2011)"
Cna you read that? Hopefully yous can!!
It states, "Federal Transfers to Provinces and Territories – 2005-06 to 2012-13"
See the last date? It reads "2012-13"
So in December 2011, they identified the federal transfers for the next fiscal year. THAT is the way it works.
So the 2001-2003 transfers were made in December 2000