Saturday, December 20, 2014

Touched By Angels, 6 Days At Burnaby General Hospital

Written By Grant G

Thursday November 27th......Wanting to travel ahead of the cold snap, Thursday afternoon I headed to Garden Bay to check water pipes, the boat, lines and dock, just missed the 1:30 pm ferry out of Horseshoe Bay, leaving a 2 hour wait til the next scheduled sailing, then suddenly something didn`t feel right...

Never left the car deck, I arrived in Langdale, drove off the ferry and headed up coast, Langdale to Garden Bay, a trip of approximately 90 minutes, throughout the non-stop drive this queasy feeling persisted and once I arrived in Garden Bay my worst fears were confirmed, parked my vehicle and walked 10 feet to the front door, there I keeled over, breathless and spewing blood, oh no, this is one rodeo ride best avoided by all, and now facing it for a third time...

Time and my dreaded enemy the clock,  continually flaunting a pendulum that never stops, waits for no one and time for me was of the essence,

After a sleepless night filled with blood spit accompanied with a migraine headache that never relented even once Friday morning finally appeared, cold, snowy and dark, my mind was aflutter, couldn`t stay in Garden Bay, didn`t bring my CPAP machine and health facilities in this neck of the woods are non-existent ..

Friday afternoon arrived back in Burnaby, still hadn`t told mom anything, gone less than a day and she already had pending chores only I could do, a light-filled Christmas reindeer I assembled before my trip had blown down in the wind, and 3 loads of accumulated laundry were requested done, ok...Winded, tired and scared all chores were quickly attended to...Then collapsed on the couch, filled my mouth with lozenges, slapped on my CPAP mask and hoped my breath would return....

A couple of hours passed and yes, I do feel better, perhaps paranoia had gotten the better of me, maybe it was just the flu or some infection, soon Saturday morning was upon us, snow looks nice, little did I know my mouth was stained blood-red, quite the contrast blood spittled onto fresh-white snow....Well at least the migraine was gone, very foolish of me, all day Saturday talked myself into believing I was getting better, still hadn`t told mom anything about my distress, yet she knew something was terribly amiss, she made me honey-lemon tea, tasted good but helped none, this rodeo ride was about to get rough, hopefully that clock and pendulum don`t buck me off...

Saturday evening, still delusional in thinking relief was just around the corner, Monday morning I`l go to the clinic and....

Gurgling, a sound no one should hear coming from your lungs, couldn`t breathe again and blood was flowing, got up, walked into Mom`s room and told her I was off to the hospital(3'00am)..Walked up the crisp frozen path, nearly passed out after 5 minutes gasping for air, maybe should of called an ambulance, with temporary breath returned, opened truck door and started my Dodge Ram...Windows were frozen, no strength to scrape ice, time, 10 minutes of parked running eventually thawed the windshield..

Had real reservations about going to Burnaby hospital, last time I was at Burnaby General Hospital was to see my dad`s still body, he died there, serious medical issues complicated after contracting C Diff within the hospital, bad timing had Dad there during a major C Diff outbreak...

However at this time of night with gurgling lungs filled with blood my choices were limited..

The hospital pay parking was near empty, a frozen iced covered parking lot, $20 dollars for 4 hours parking, had no energy to scout adjacent streets for free spots, time was clutching my throat..

Walked into Emergency section, there was several groups of people already waiting...Triage desk was open and the lady nurse waved me over, maybe she could sense my distress, told her I couldn`t breathe and blood was gurgling and I have a history, she instantly sent me to admitting, pulled out ID, care card, then back to triage and within 4 minutes was in a hospital gown in operating theatre number 8....

Stripped down to underwear and one of those notorious rear-drafty blue gowns, vitals checked, wires and probes stuck, jabbed and attached everywhere, including the finger oxygen level monitor, the oxygen reading was very poor to say the least and....

Theatre number 8....Right smack in the middle of 18 emergency room theatres, a square room, curtained beds to my left, right and across....Directly in front of me were the monitors for all the beds, call it the control center, head nurses, go-to it nurses, doctors, phone lines, everything was right in front of me and I can`t explain why but my curtain was left wide open, for 40 hours in emergency my view of near everything was uninterrupted, possibly they wanted to keep an eye on me or perhaps they knew a story needed to be written and narrated by The Powell River Persuader...

Touched By Angels, 6 Days In Burnaby General Hospital

Can`t explain it, even though my breath was sporadic, gurgling ongoing and blood spittle disturbing a calmness filled my soul, this group of nurses and doctors, 18 emergency room theatres although a mere 10 were in play at this time of night, I became fixated on the performance, a front row seat with a clear view of the apparent A-team emergency nursing staff in action, Saturday night, the only thing missing was popcorn and my breath...

Tasha, my first nurse, after introducing herself she inquired as to my medical history, 10 minutes later and barely halfway through my background she rushed away to tend to a bleeping monitor alarm,  she returned to finish off my history, told her none of that mattered because I know what ails me, and what caused it..

Pulmonary embolism, or in my case pulmonary emboli, tinzaparin, heperon and warfarin need to be injected to bring me back to life, how do I know that Tasha asked....Said I rode this horse before and over the last few months I got lax with my drug maintenance, got cocky, forgot how rough this stallion be,.....Tasha called me a big dummy, funny, not often I`ve been called a big dummy when the words spoken were meant to soothe...Tasha also said everything will have to be confirmed by a specialist and CT scan...Within minutes a portable chest Xray machine was wheeled over and snapped a photo...Xray won`t tell you nothing either I muttered, you`ll need a CT scan..

The CT scan was going to have to wait meanwhile a Heperon drip was set up, a modern automated IV drip machine attached to a lean metal rolling stand, this thin metal dripping, beeping strings attached lady never left my side for 6 days, after a couple of days Lady IV was now known as my silent dance partner..

Time, no CT scan available until 8;30 am.....

My senses came alive, my curtain wide open, the smells, visuals and most acute and active were the sounds, those with curtains drawn couldn`t hold back the sounds, an old-man was in the curtained off space to my right, he was complaining of inedible hospital food and the need to go home, he had fallen down, brought in by ambulance and several times he tried to get up and leave, however his legs weren`t working, these professional nurses worked so hard to calm the man, not wanting to tie him down, they kept assuring him that ambulance services were coming soon to return him home, food complaints and escape attempts continued, .....I had to chime in ..... 

I guess bad food is better than no food at all...

I heard a chuckle from my neighbour`s nurse, she popped out from the curtained room, walked a few steps and peered into my open domain and smiled, said that`s right, better than nothing, guess she noticed that my table was barren of food, wasn`t my intent, wasn`t thinking of food, 5 minutes later she brought me a plate, and indeed it was not very good, forced down every bite, seemed like the pricipled thing to do..

Number 7, directly to my left was empty,...Let me be clear, these theatres are merely spaces on a floor with wrap-around curtains, nothing is contained within these spaces, only the visual is secluded, that is...If, the curtains are closed, most were, 40 hours in emergency and my curtain was wide open for 39 hours..Directly to my left a woman was wheeled in, she couldn`t breathe either, she was French Canadian, middle-aged, in her 40`s, she had last year a double mastectomy, both breasts removed and a 4 full-rounds of chemo therapy, the whole-meal deal and after going through all of that a year later fate brings her next door to me, hacking, coughing, flemcity agony, no breathe, this woman didn`t cry, scream and bellyache, all she wanted was a little help in breathing....

Mr hospital food-hating needing to leave beyond anything else senior to my right was carted out by ambulance services, .That was kinda funny too, maybe it was just me seeing something normal but it appeared everyone of Burnaby`s paramedics/ambulance workers looked like George Clooney, 3 days of facial growth and Clooney`s haircut....or maybe I was just jealous..

Out the complainer went only to be quickly replaced by another delivered patient courtesy of BC Paramedics, an old man, frail, in convulsions and so yellow, jaundiced, it appeared he was dipped in a giant bottle of French`s mustard, scary, clearly this frail old-man was going to die beside me...

Sunday Morning, an entire nursing/doctor shift change, ....Grey Cup Sunday, when shift change comes the replacement group of doctors and nurses arrive early, each nurse goes over completely the issues related to each patient, who to watch out for, who needs what care, the roll-over takes at least 30 minutes and it boggled my mind, all these sickly, elderly, snarky people and the nurses seemed so reluctant to leave, Asian nurses, Indo nurses, white nurses, from shift to shift the mix between senior and youth nurses was brilliant, never heard a raised voice, every situation no matter how tense was handled with skill, dexterity and comfort...

The head nurses at Burnaby General Hospital pre-shift rally the troops together, like pep talks in pro sports, only different, with emergency care in hot battle zones it`s the little people that pave the way for starring doctors, Burnaby General`s head nurses made that abundantly clear, whoever is in charge of hiring and staffing at Burnaby General has found magic..  

My new nurse was named MacKenzie(first name)....Introduced herself, she too wanted medical background, short or long version I said, she wanted the long version, she listened intently, soothing smile never left her face, she squeezed my arm with both hands and to be honest I haven`t felt that much compassion since being a baby in mom`s arms(and yes, I do remember)...

If I was a young man I would have fallen in love 20 times in that first 24 hours, but I`m not a young man..

Told MacKenzie exactly what was wrong with me, she said your CT scan is very soon, within minutes they wheeled my bed into the CT scanner room, injected me with contrasting dye, yikes, a warm flush feeling zooms through your body, from head to toe... onto another bed and head first you`re slid into this sideways whirling glorified dryer, and it talks to you, breathe in, hold, breathe out, ..Maybe it was the disgusting heat-flush dye but I swear that the CT scanner called me a big dummy too....

Meanwhile my mom was burning up my cell-phone, wanting information, had none to give, she also wanted to get my car moved, always the penny-pincher even under the harshest of circumstances,, Mom called my sister Cindy, that would be Cindy Betty Lou G to come for my vehicle,  I said sure, it was Grey Cup Sunday...A few hours went by when Cindy the mischieveous one showed up, ...She told me a story, my journalistic Sister from Vancouver Island, Dianne Brenda Lee G was in town with a media pass to cover the Grey Cup...So Cindy and Brenda went to some pre-game(Saturday) media events, and as Cindy Betty Lou G tells me, the actual grey Cup was there, Cindy always the wild one decided to have Brenda take a picture of her near kissing the cup, then Cindy, in for a penny in for a pound gave the Grey Cup a big fat wet smoocharoonie,..Brenda clicks the camera shot meanwhile a security guard gives Cindy the stink-eye, rushes over and washed the now soiled Grey cup...Apparently it`s bad luck for wild woman to kiss the cup before the big game...huh, and here I thought it was only bad luck to pea in it.....Cindy gave me a kiss on the cheek and left me with a smile..

My other Sisters offered to bring me supplies...Barbara Len G offered to bring me clothes, offered to bring me my CPAP machine, I declined both of those offers because I don`t like anyone seeing me down and hurt, I project strength, courage, correctness....Some images must be left alone...Only Cindy Betty Lou G....My near twin that I could let my guard down for...Those names, not quite sure what mom and dad were thinking...There is a pattern..

Wheeled back to theatre number 8 to await the results, actually I wasn`t awaiting any results, I already knew what was to be found...

As mentioned, all the nurses computers were directly in front of me, ...A doctor Kwan, a sweet Asian doctor handled my case, or should I say was the bearer of bad news, I saw my pictures on the computer screen before anyone said anything, not sure if they knew I could see...The pictures were bad, not Pulmonary embolism but Pulmonary emboli, ..possibly dozens of blood clots, it`s apparent the big dummy has been gathering up lung blood clots for months, finally several got positioned in places that stopped my breath near dead..

Dr. Kwan came over first and told me the horrible news, Heperon drip was increased, some other clot dissolving fluid was added, blood work started, INR and high warfarin doses started now...She reiterated that I`m in big trouble, not going anywhere soon, ...

Not sure why but the news calmed me, my third lung blood clot rodeo, riding the meanest black stallion of them all, now I only need to live a while longer, there`s a story here needing to be told and it has nothing to do with me, curtain number 8 is still wide open..

Nurse Mackenzie was in with my French Canadian neighbour, asking her to spit, to hack, they had some lung sucking device hooked up to her, a minute later Mackenzie was in another curtained room, telling this person to pea, to push, ..not to worry about soiling themselves, ...MacKenzie reminded me of a smart cowgirl, one moment delivering a baby sheep, the next milking cows followed by shoveling cow patties and the entire time her sweet youthful smile never leaves, MacKenzie`s traits and qualities can`t be taught.....MacKenzie was a rock-star among nurses, in fact all the emergency nurses at Burnaby General were rock-stars....Clearly this grey Cup Sunday team was the A-team....Or was it?

Smells, noises and visuals had all my senses in over-drive, there wasn`t a dull moment, there were of course sad, disgusting and anger inciting episodes at every turn...

Sunday afternoon Vancouver police officers brought in a woman for treatment, never saw her face but heard her voice from behind a curtain, screams of look what you people did to me, you fucking bitches, ...the Vancouver cops were standing nearby in the ER department, talking to a black hospital security officer, ..Hospital security officer was looking in my general direction, not at the girl in the cubicle, however the foul-mouthed girl in the cubicle let her mouth rip....What are you doing in here you ugly fucking nigger, you caused my pain nigger, what the fuck is a nigger doing in here...

It angered me, I wanted to get up and interject, I know the black security officer heard every word because he was twice as close to that theatre as was I, ..He never flinched, didn`t turn his head, not a single stir yet I know he heard every bile word...This professional team of nurses and doctors still had to treat the woman, you can`t deny medical treatment to the unruly, a real testament to the high-quality team assembled there.....30 minutes later her curtain opened and yes I could see, it was a street-walking working girl, a crack cocaine oxycodene addicted, crystal meth addicted, should of known, my only question for this woman was why the blackman was her target, the ER had Asian, INDO, Sikh, Filipino and others....

A young mother and father rushed in with a beet red baby, the toddler was trying so hard to scream yet only the most disturbing sounds came out, the contrast was stark, beet red baby and pale as ghosts parents, wanting nothing but life for their child, you could tell either parent would gladly trade their life for the baby`s life, nothing so tortuous than the sound of a dying baby, ER staff eventually asked the parents to leave, perhaps not wanting the parents to witness the treatment...

No pain, no urgency, wires, probes and IV hooked up to me, I don`t need to be here , these 18 theatres are now almost full, I looked at MacKenzie, never said a word but indicated I wanted to talk, she came over and I expressed my concern about using up one of these highly valued operating theatres, she looked at me and said..

"You need to shut up and be selfish, you`ve been caring for your mom, working on her home, driving her to doctors appointments, cooking, cleaning while tending to and maintaining everything, you have neglected your warfarin, your INRs and nearly killed yourself, you need to be selfish for a change, for the collective good, if you get sick or die what good can you do for anyone"..

 This mere babe in terms of physical years spoke such wise words, I hung my head, MacKenzie was right....And I can use this, "be selfish for the collective good"....I can work that angle..

These nurses, youthful ER nurses pushing the veterans to care, a beautiful mix of the old, the wise meshed with babe nurses who care, no perfume, no jewelery, just scrubs and shoes...MacKenzie had these blue Nike running shoes, they matched her scrubs, they had a splash of pink and adorned with flowers, they matched her personality to a tee, feminine, and proud of it, strong, persuasive and in control splashed with a dash of country innocence..

Tic toc tic toc, my dreaded enemy the clock, the pendulum that never stops, Dr. Kwan came over after hearing my concerns about using up valuable ER space, she told me in no uncertain terms that I was lucky to still be alive, one of the most severe cases of pulmonary emboli she has ever seen and that I need to be right where everyone can see me, kinda made feel better, I think.

Meanwhile my French Canadian double Mastectomy full Chemo treatment troubled breathing neighbour was still fleming, hacking and dying away, she seemed to be getting worse while I was seemingly getting better, blood chunks were getting smaller and the gurgling was easing, MacKenzie was working her butt-off trying to get my neighbour to breathe, ...Tic Toc Tic Toc..

Monday Morning...Shift Change, same routine, head nurse rallies the troops, her talk was inspirational, it was never about the doctors or management heads, it was about the worker nurses, the beautiful mix of the old and young, fresh, wise and experienced, ....I mentioned the sounds, horrifying distressed baby sounds, and no sounds are so pleasing than those made by the same baby the next morning, crying for food, crying for momma, a normal happy baby crying, pale white parents arriving with mile wide smiles now glowing warm pink, happy tears rolled down from my eyes...French`s mustard man who I was sure was a dead man left that morning too by ambulance back home, stable, walking and smiling, miracles abound and still I sit, curtain open, getting antsy, not to leave but to write..

Me and my French Canadian neighbour now the longest serving in this department, her lungs sounded better, voice stronger...The Monday morning crew made introductions, my new nurse was Tom...A big strapping man who reminded of the Walrus(Craig Stadler, the golfer), "Walrus" referring to their mustaches, ....Tom P, my Monday nurse looked big and strong enough to carry you by one arm out of a burning building, firm but gentle, with a sense of humor, when Tom introduced himself to my French Canadian neighbour he said....

"Hi, I`ll be your nurse today, my name is Tom, or as they say in French.. `Tom"

You did notice the accent above the T in the second `Tom....

Made me laugh, and hack up more blood......

Another curtained theatre received a middle-aged woman, not sure what her complaint was but the "cure" the doctor was going to be using was said loud and clear....heard him say it three times...You madame are getting an enema, ...Did you say an enema...Indeed I did, must be feeling better because the thought of this cure made me smile, not that I`ve had an enema, or at least one I would admit too...

20 minutes later from behind this curtain came enema screams, now I might be wrong, sleep deprived, surrounded with drunks, old, mustard man, cranky hurt babies, choking and blood gurgling patients, however these enema screams came across as wails of pleasure, I`ll leave it to your imagination...

Tom P..My nurse just informed me I`m stable enough to move to another department, 3 374...I`ll be going in 15 minutes..

Great!!!!....I hop out of bed, gather up my clothes, bag them and tie my possession bag to the IV pole, My dance partner Lady drip, put my shoes on, `Tom unhooks all the electrodes, ahh....I need to go to the bathroom, yes Tom, I can walk, Lady drip can come with me....

Back at number 8...tic toc, tic toc....A head nurse comes over and tells me my room has been delayed, I chime back at her...Well, how about I get a real coffee at the restaurant, I`ll walk there, I`m fine...One day I may be an indolent but today is not that day...

The nurse said....we have rules, codes, we can`t let you go by yourself, ok....Yea yea yea, what about stopping on route for that coffee(in Burnaby General they have an inhouse Tim Hortons)....We`ll see she said...

Tic toc, tic toc....Big Tom comes over and says to me your are going in 2 minutes...How about we check your vitals before you go...I said no, why bother, my heart rate is perfect and my breathing feels about 92%....

Meanwhile the head nurse has decided to porter me to my new abode, she stood by waiting as Tom P checked my vitals and air....She also heard what I had said to Tom...

My heart-rate vitals were perfect and my breathing was 92%(way above the levels from when I came in).....Head nurse just smiled at me, said...How did you know..

Pepper and Spirits of the Night

Off we go, down the hallway at speed, Nurse pushing the chair me holding my IV dancing partner, Lady Drip....We take a left turn at Tim Hortons......When Nurse says.....Oh OH...Don`t look, there`s pepper(name), our union rep, rules fanatic, a stickler for codes and regulations....Too late, this little Nubian woman who looked and sounded like a wound up Whoppi Goldberg set upon us...My bag of belonging`s, Pepper informed me and the nurse that having patient belonging`s dangling from IV poles is a no no....This nurse was clearly intimidated by Pepper, she was looking for an out, she tried to change subjects...She blurted out...Mr G is a writer, he`s going to do a story....I don`t think Pepper bought the excuse, she did however back off, a little...I got wheeled to the coffee line-up, ordered a double double dark roast....with a sleeve, as it was hot...Me and the nurse were going to carry on except...

Except Pepper informed the nurse that Mr. G(the patient) can`t be allowed to carry a hot coffee, it could spill, burn, etc etc....The nurse had to carry the coffee and push the chair..

Well, ...We got out in the hallway,Pepper still inside the food area, we quickly shifted, I was handed the hot coffee and off we went, this nurse proceeded to tell me how Pepper is a rules fanatic, ..Nurse said she`s all for rules but some can be bent or broken....Meanwhile this nurse had our hallway speed way up, zooming along....When all of a sudden a door opened, an older INDO janitor enetered the hallway walking backwards, never looked and we ran into him, my clothes bag went flying, almost flew out of the wheelchair and the hot coffee, by the grace of god it was saved....

I said not another word to this chair-pushing nurse or her to me, all I could think of was Pepper and her warnings, or was that  Pepper`s voodoo curse..

Room 374 and Spirits of the Night

3;00 pm...Room 374 with beds A..B...C...3 beds per room....Bed A was an older Italian woman named Angela, very quiet, very friendly with daughters aplenty, they all looked and sounded alike, a close knit family, didn`t ask much of Angela in the way of medical questions but from the little Italian I know she has kidney issues, possibly cancer in the kidneys and she and her family blame her family doctor for prescribing so many medications, medications that clashed and led to her kidneys failing...Like I said, she was very nice, her discharge time was set for Wednesday evening(December 3rd), I over heard the hospital doctor talking to Angela, she was free to go, could leave as soon as family members picked her up.....But Angela was nervous, she talked back trying to convince the doctor that she should stay, found that very odd, until I learned that Angela had chemo therapy scheduled to start this Friday,.....

Her family showed up Wednesday evening, listening in(without trying) Angela was convincing her family that she should stay, leave on Thursday, her excuse was....Angela and family wanted to confer with this hospital doctor that her prescriptions he prescribed were compatible with other medications she was taking....Angela was very firm and her daughters bought in to the message, however, there was a problem, her bed was already spoken for, the man, who was dying was waiting for the bed, Angela begged the hospital nursing staff to let her stay in her room and move the man to another room, ...The nurses weren`t falling this strange gambit, the one eldest daughter got quite aggressive, and again reiterating concerns over medication mixing...Seeing the situation escalating I had to chime in...Me and my dance partner Lady IV sauntered over and in a calm tone told Angela to talk to the pharmacist, bring a list of all your medications, the pharmacist will know how they interact...The three nurses trying to get Angela to leave jumped all over my advice, as in agreeing with it, although they did shoo me away....20 minutes later Angela was dressed, she came over and thanked me for being a quiet trouble free room-mate, ....Before she left I told her to never trust doctors, get second and third opinions, also told her that depending on your cancer ....Chemo, sometimes the cure is deadlier than the disease.....And with that, she was gone...

My other room-mate was James, ...Which soon turned to Jim..and finally to Jimbo Bones.....Jimbo Bones was my name for him, an older man, 86 years old, he suffered a couple of recent falls and was all beat up, under his chart was mobility strengthening, meaning they had to take the wobbles out of his legs and arms, he was quite frail, his wife at home was too senior herself to care for a non-walking husband...

Jimbo was waiting for a transfer to a seniors rehab place in New Westminster, a place that has all the equipment and time to rehab him, Burnaby hospital mobility staff had barely 1/2 hour per day for his walking rehab treatment, from what I saw his arms shook when trying to get up in a walker, as well as his right leg, ....Mr. Bones`s bed was right next to mine, Jimbo Bones had no choice but to hear me talk, not sure he was listening, we talked lots, he cried every time he mentioned his wife, they met when they were 14 years old, married by 17 and been together ever since, met his sons and his wife, one son sounded like he wanted him in a seniors home, put away, the other son wanted him in rehab and walking, his wife sounded to me like she didn`t want him home if he couldn`t walk....

As for Jimbo Bones and what he wanted....He wanted to be home for Christmas, never one to beat around the bush, when his family wasn`t around, which was most of the days, I talked to Bones, don`t know that he liked what I had to say..Told him that if you want to walk again you`re going to have to bear down, it will be the hardest thing you`ll have faced, men, older men just get stubborn, give up, if you want to be home for Christmas, or ever you will have to fight, and even with that effort you may not succeed, damn dreaded clock waits for no one.....Jimbo Bones was shipped out Thursday evening to the seniors rehab joint in New Westminster...I told him I would be visiting him next week and I wanted to see him walking..!

Pent up, prisoners versus the screws, patients versus nurses, every morning  walked with Lady IV in tow to the other end of the hospital to buy real coffee and muffins, not doughnuts because apparently, according to the nurses the doughnuts were empty calories...Mr. Bones was a recipient of fresh muffins every morning, courtesy the Persuader...Nurses would not accept gifts, one morning did manage to leave a box of fresh muffins on the nurses front desk in our ward....They got eaten and the nurses thanked me, ...It was me who owed thanks, they left me alone, we had an understanding, they look the other way and I don`t ring the nurses button, 6 days and never pushed it once...

My nurses in room 374...were KIM..Emma...Grace and of course 2 different lab guys/gals who twice daily siphoned off my blood, damn vampires...The one time I really needed Nav to replace my IV feed she bolted out, apparently a naked man was running loose in our ward, perhaps he was well endowed, she did eventually return, fixed my IV line and no, Nav couldn`t hide her natural smile..

Tuesday night in room 374...the room next door(375) had a screamer, he didn`t stop, morning noon and night he hollered and I quote..."I wanna get outta here"...He was loud, really loud and I can`t sleep at the best of times..Through the grape vine I heard he was dying, his name was Mr. Anderson, he didn`t talk, only screamed, ....I heard many a nurse say....Please calm down Mr. Anderson, ...Not sure why but in my head I was saying....His name is Neo....I mentioned that to the nurses, they thought it was charming, think they thought I was crazy too...what, remember that line from the movie The Matrix?

Tuesday night the screaming from Mr. Anderson suddenly stopped....out of the blue silence, next thing you know nurses are scrambling, Neo is throwing up vast amounts of blood, violently hurling blood, litres of blood, ...late at night you can hear everything and if one wants to know what is going on one merely just was called, portable xray was called, a stat team was called and to my surprise over the next hour the nursing team stopped the bleeding, stabilized him...2 hours later Mr. Anderson was screaming, only now the words not so clear, the message weaker, never got even 2 minutes sleep that night..

Wednesday, the day Angela left, Wednesday night actually, mentioned her bed was booked up for a dying man...To my surprise it was Neo...Mr. Anderson the dying screamer was joining our room...

Nursing staff wheeled his bed, a big vacuum pump connected to a face mask, Mr Anderson looked very pained, he screamed but in listening to his wailings I realized they weren`t screams at all, he was a big giant strapping man, wounded bad and down for the count and he was making as much noise as possible on his way out...Jimbo Bones whose bed was beside me had no difficulty sleeping any nights, he requested and received sleeping pills, when Mr. Anderson joined our room I was offered sleeping pills too, declined the offer..

If a man is going to die beside you he needs to be heard, screams and all, I talked to him, ....Mr. Anderson, or should I call you Neo, how`s it going, how about some screams for me, he obliged, this giant man, under his chart it said one thing...Pain Management, don`t know what he had but the big fellow couldn`t be sedated without killing him, his pain too couldn`t be stopped...Another sleepless night was in store and it didn`t matter, some events take priority..

The clock struck midnight and next thing you know Mr. Anderson had a visitor...not sure what visiting hours are but the nurses were fine with it..Jimbo Bones was fast asleep...

Mr. Anderson`s visitor was his son, he looked about 35 years of age, he plugged in a music box, a boom box and played probably the most spiritual music I ever heard, it wasn`t quite First Nations drums and Chants and wasn`t quite Chinese music from deep inside mainland China, a combination of both, no voice just soothing sounds, water, flutes and serenity, ...Neo`s son saw that I was astir and asked if I was bothered by the music and his chanting, said no, ....In fact I got up and said wonderful, you`ve come to say goodbye and send your dad to the great beyond..The son had placed an eagle`s feather in his Dad`s hand..

Mr. Anderson knew exactly what was going on, his screams became more concise, more clear, he wanted to get out and die, louder and louder he got, the son talked of people of the mountain, of the river valley, of cleansing in spiritual water,  tears flowed down my cheeks, the moment was surreal, I swear there was an aura lighting up the room, hard to describe...not sure what happened next, nurses came to try and settle down and sedate Neo...Neo`s son didn`t want his father injected with anything...I concurred, Lady IV and I sauntered over, called the nurses away and explained what was going on..

Said can`t you see, don`t you see that aura, reds, green and purple lights flickering from nowhere, Mr. Anderson`s son has come to send his dad off to the spirit world, Neo doesn`t want to go quietly, a giant lumbering man down, wounded, he ain`t going quiet, let him talk, howl and scream, Jimbo Bones is fast asleep and I haven`t been this close to heavenly spirits since my dad died right here in this hospital..

Nurses relented and allowed this transformation to continue, a couple of hours later the son came to me and said...,  

"gatekeepers are not ready for my dad, he`s a great man and another day of wailing is in order, and thank you for speaking to the nurses, you understand, I see in your eyes lives the spirit bear too,  spirit bears go out growling and snarling"..

Mr. Anderson`s son left, Neo was strangely silent over the next 2 hours, the only sound later that night to be heard in room 374 was my quiet crying..

If I was a young man I would have fallen in love 20 times in that first 24 hours, but I`m not a young man so I fell in love a 100 times with the beautiful spirits emanating from Burnaby General Hospital...

Written by Grant G


P.S......Hospitals can be a beautiful thing when nurtured, new buildings are not caring, it`s  the human factor that make these healing places tick, one merely needs to look at Richmond`s new hospital with an entire floor empty, no staff, or Delta hospital who`s healers have had the tools yanked from their healing hands, even fancy new digs at Surrey Memorial fall short in terms of staffing levels..

Burnaby General Hospital, a dilapidated old building staffed by angels, a place where rules are bent and sometimes even broken, whoever is responsible for assembling the nursing teams needs to be rewarded, and copied, the Burnaby Hospital staff deserve a new building but not if it means destroying the staffing levels, the newest hospitals are cold dead shells without warm caring skilled bodies....

BC Liberals promised 5000 net new long term care beds in 2001, they haven`t delivered a single bed as of yet, George Abbott before he headed for the hills spun it like this..."We BC Liberals have created more than 5000 long-term, assisted living and incremental care beds"

 Don`t know what an incremental bed is, I kinda think its like an LNG Plant...Mythical

That my friends is political double speak, they have created none, there are less long-term care-beds today than there was in 2001, an assisted bed is a nurse coming to someone`s home, that is not a long-term care bed..The problem is reaching critical...I pray that just once the BC Liberals could keep a promise, even if its more than a decade late.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Enbridge Spills 56,700 Gallons of OIL, and Attempts To Conceal the Information From the Public?(breaking)



Enbridge Line 4 spills 56,700-gallons of oil, causing closure of pipeline to U.S.


The Vancouver Observer has confirmed that Enbridge has spilled another huge amount of crude oil..

The most disturbing part of this report is....It appears that Enbridge was not going to report this massive oil spill in Saskatchewan as the spill was within the confines of an Enbridge pumping station grounds...

Evidence is pointing to an Enbridge employee, a whistleblower who tipped the Vancouver Observer to this oil spilling event..

The spill has now been confirmed by Enbridge..


The day began for at The Vancouver Observer yesterday with an email allegedly from an "Enbridge Inc. engineer" who wrote that the spill was massive and that the scope of it remained unreported.
"We just had another massive oil leak on December 17 from our Line 4 oil
pipelines in our Regina Terminal. This has not been made fully public yet," the alleged hacker wrote

Dubious of the identity of the source, a reporter called the number listed on the contact form.  The man who answered said it was his account, he was the person in question, but he had not written the email. His account was being hacked, he said, and it was not the first time. 

The alleged hacker contacted the Vancouver Observer about the spill twice yesterday through the website's "contact us" form.  The IP address points to an Enbridge server.
We have not yet been able to confirm if the impacts of the spill are worse than the company has revealed.

"Air monitoring is being conducted and levels are well within safety limits. Enbridge first responders with clean-up and response equipment are on-site and expect the cleanup of free product to be completed tomorrow," the company's official statement said.

"Immediately upon Enbridge's confirmation of the release, the pipeline and pumping station were shut down. Assessments have confirmed that the release occurred entirely within the facility, and that all product is contained on-site in designated catchment areas. All regulatory, municipal and provincial officials have been notified".

 Initial estimates place the volume of the release at approximately 1,350 barrels (subject to change).

"A complete investigation into the incident is being conducted. We are committed to the goal of reaching zero spills and will thoroughly investigate the incident for lessons learned. At this time there is no estimate for the re-start of Line 4. Enbridge has notified shipper clients and will work with them to mitigate any impacts to deliveries."




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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Stephen Harper and C.D. Howe`s Ominous Warning

 Written by Grant G

Sometimes articles appear out of nowhere and all one can do is shake your head in disbelief.

British Columbians should make health care contributions now to avoid $384 billion shortfall: report

BC`s LNG fantasy is a complete and total bust but even IF Christy Clark`s preposterous claims came true, even if her LNG revenue claims were correct who knew that those grandiose predictions of a $100 billion dollar prosperity fund, elimination of BC`s debt($80 billion not counting contractual obligations) monies for infrastructure, northern communities, money for First Nations, even the possibility of eliminating our BC sales tax...Who knew that even if all that money flowed into British Columbia`s coffers over the next 35 years it wouldn`t even cover our provincial healthcare looming shortfall!

Oh indeed, what this article is saying in not so many words is....Canada is broke, British Columbia is broke and that taxation for the masses will rise exponentially regardless of what economic activity takes place..

This scenario is being painted by the rightwing organization known as the C. D. Howe institute...Their claim is British Columbia, a province that has about 1/10th of Canada`s population is 384 $billion dollars short on healthcare funding over the next 50 years, and that a new funding/taxing model must be created to avert the demise of the Canada heath act, ..

C. D. Howe claims that taxes for the rubes would have to rise by 70% percent to head off this crises, the institute suggests either payroll taxes be increased as one option, but prefers the creation of a new contribution regime similar to Canada pension, a new fund directed at healthcare costs..

Clearly we know that the C D Howe institute, like the Fraser Institute speaks for the Stephen Harper Government, ...Jack Mintz, Alberta`s renown economist, the author of the HST, the tax Gordon Campbell and the BC Liberals shoved down British Columbia`s throat after the 2009 provincial election...A tax that would have taken roughly $2 billion dollars out of ordinary BCers hands every year and put that money into the hands of the corporations...

Jack Mintz is the C D Howe institute..

Jack Mintz bio
Jack Mintz is a Fellow-in-Residence at the
C.D. Howe Institute and also holds the
Palmer Chair in Public Policy, University of Calgary. He was the President and CEO of
the C. D. Howe Institute 


In the C. D. Howe article that appeared yesterday in the Vancouver Sun, ...This rightwing Stephen Harper advising institute rules out other means of funding this massive near $400 billion dollar British Columbia healthcare shortfall...C D Howe rules out any increases in Federal transfers from Ottawa, ...C. D. Howe rules out any increase in corporate taxes...

Only taxing individuals, the little people must pay....The article is hilarious in a scary way, it`s British Columbia specific yet we aren`t much different than most of Canada and at 1/10th of Canada`s population one can surmise, deduce, extrapolate that Canada must be short that British Columbia number times 10....Meaning Canada as a whole over the next 50 years must be short in healthcare funding a staggering $4 trillion dollars ....$4 trillion dollars short on healthcare funding...

C. D. Howe talks about aging baby boomers, but their article spans the next 50 years, no mention of year 51, I guess magically in 51 years everyone is suddenly young, or perhaps have developed gills and swimming abilities in order to cope with our new water world, I`m not sure..

50 years from now even the teenagers of today will be old men, old woman...chasing 70 years of age, C. D. Howe ....The way the article is presented Canada`s population is and will be permanently old and...Sickly, needing massive amounts of expensive healthcare.

This is the shot across the bow from Stephen Harper and our rightwing Harper junior farm team BC Liberals..More average Joe Taxation is coming, healthcare shortages guaranteed, healthcare transfer payments from Ottawa to provinces slashed and the creation of two tier medicine, good quality care for the wealthy and first-aid kits for the rest...

Stephen Harper has already promised to reduce healthcare transfer payment increases from Ottawa to provinces starting in 2017 to the rate of inflation which everyone knows is always kept artificially very low, energy, housing costs and other essential life staples removed from the equation..Kept artificially very low..

C. D. Howe rejects any and all federal transfer payment increases, C D Howe rejects any raising of corporate taxes to pay for this looming money shortfall...Jack Mintz, Stephen Harper`s favorite economist, his go to guy for advise and spin...

Funny how C D Howe didn`t call for cancelling income splitting for Canada`s wealthy, to put that $5 billion per year cost of this niche tax cut for the wealthy into a healthcare fund...50 years and that money just from the niche income splitting tax cut would accrue $250 billion dollars, 1/4 of a $trillion dollars, and that`s without that money accruing interest, in the right fund who knows how much money that niche income splitting tax cut money could garner..

And let us be perfectly clear, Jack Mintz is Stephen Harper`s advising economist, thus making C. D. Howe the rightwing institute that guides Stephen Harper`s every economic maneuver..

Here is Jack Mintz praising Stephen Harper`s niche income splitting tax cut for the wealthy..


 "As another economist, Calgary's Jack Mintz, argues, the Harper policy is desirable because "The purpose of income splitting is to treat more equally families of different types under the income tax system. Single-earner families bear more tax than dual-earner families."


One must read between the tea leaves, C. D. Howe obviously doesn`t believe one word of Christy Clark and the BC Liberal`s grandiose revenue promises associated with LNG...C D Howe obviously doesn`t believe a single word out of Stephen Harper and his Conservative party`s mouth either, all their bluster about Canada being the economic envy of the world, we can`t afford home mail delivery and now we can`t afford healthcare....C. D. Howe is lining us regular indebted Canadians up against the wall and is preparing our future as taxation peasants..Preparing us to accept less and less while paying more and more.

Stephen Harper has already announced that healthcare funding transfers from Ottawa are on the way down as of 2017...C. D. Howe, Harper`s go to rightwing thinktank has ruled out transfer payment increases to fund healthcare`s funding shortfall, ruled out increases in corporate taxation, and at the same time Jack Mintz, C. D. Howe institute and Stephen Harper and his Conservative party are applauding and defending tax cuts for Canada`s already wealthy..

That C. D. Howe authored article posted in the rightwing Vancouver Sun newspaper and its implications should scare all Canadians, C. D. Howe is not some fly by night outfit, they have more than just Stephen Harper`s ear, they own Stephen Harper`s oily corporate soul, C. D. Howe Institute is dictating Stephen Harper`s every economic move..

Have a close look at Stephen Harper`s new Canada....No mail delivery...A police state..A petro state..A war-monger country who doesn`t even care for its broken down soldiers...A land where clean water, wildlife and working eco-systems are merely impediments blocking the movement of dirty tar oil from Alberta, healthcare and pensions being razed, while simultaneously cutting taxes on the corporate and well-to-do....The 5% percent being handed everything at the expense of all others..

Welcome To Stephen Harper-Land

 British Columbians should make health care contributions now to avoid $384 billion shortfall: report

Written by Grant G 

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Site C Dam and A Failed LNG Gambit Combined To Win the 2017 Election

Written by Grant G 

Christy Clark last week said to Bloomberg.....and I quote


"British Columbia will prioritize LNG over a proposed hydroelectric dam, the C$8.5 billion Site C project, if labor estimates show it will put LNG projects at a disadvantage in securing workers, Clark said. The power project can probably go ahead when the government decides on it by the end of 2014, she said. 

“LNG is our priority in British Columbia and we don’t need to do Site C in order to fuel up the LNG industry,” Clark said, adding she ran for office on a pledge to establish the sector.

 “Hopefully, we will find a way to do both, but if it’s one or the other, I’m choosing LNG.”


 There it is in a nut-shell, nobody could retain any credibility if they said anything but the below statements...

Christy Clark and the BC Liberals LNG revenue promises turned to dust....

Christy Clark`s jobs plan and LNG job numbers never materialized, all hype, spin and bluster, a complete and utter failure...

BC Liberal`s singular obsession of developing an LNG export industry at any cost failed on all counts, it also embarrassed, humiliated and placed British Columbia at the bottom of the grovelling barrel..

 Those above statements will not be heard in the mainstream media, those are my quotes, accurate and what this column is all about..

Site C....I have several points to make on the issue of Site C...

First off, if we actually needed the power, Site C is a much better option than a dozen run of river projects buggering up eco-systems all around the province, Site C limits the damage to one area, albeit a large area and yes I do hear the concerns of First Nations and the people of the Peace River Valley and Hudson Hope..

Run of river projects in the long-term would cost much more money.

My 2 biggest concerns about Site C are ....There is no compelling proof presented that British Columbia actually needs this power, the BC Liberals refuse to let the BCUC or any other group of impartial professionals look at this proposal, the reason the BC Liberals refuse access to the BCUC and other analysts is because they know what conclusions would be arrived...There is no need for this power, we already have a glut of power ...and every single year old appliances, old TVs are replaced with new technology that consumes less electricity, ...Site C dam cost will be borne by BC Hydro users, average bills will rise an additional 30% to cover interest payments on the enormous cost, this too will result in even more domestic/residential energy conservation thus creating an even larger excess energy gulch.

A perpetuating problem, keep cranking up BC Hydro ratepayer`s cost thus driving Hydro customers to use even less power...We have seen this picture play out on BC Ferries...Forget about the little fuel surcharge the BC Liberals just removed, it won`t drive any more traffic to BC Ferry..

BC Ferry rates over the last 8 years have driven life-long customers away, to other jurisdictions, ridership on BC Ferries has dropped to 1991 levels, BC`s population has grown by 600,000 people since 1991 and ferry traffic has collapsed, ferry rates have driven down BC Ferry traffic, RV traffic and those who trailer boats have fled to cheaper jurisdictions, money talks and bullshit walks...unfortunately for BC Ferries those boaters and RV crowd have migrated to less expensive cities and countries to spend ever shrinking vacation $dollars.

BC Ferry rates don`t need to be frozen they need to be slashed in 50% or more, and even with that move it will takes years to bring back our traditional customers...Unfortunately the BC Liberals will never make that move, two reasons why, they are clueless as to how to run an economy and coastal ridings have rejected the BC Liberals in election after election, for Christy Clark and her petty politics this has become personal..

Back to Site C dam...If the BC Liberals continue to increase BC Hydro rates customers will start sitting in the dark, conservation will be the order of the day, ..BC Liberals will raise hydro rates, customers will use less and less, resulting in an even larger glut of electrical power...

BC Hydro, a corporation already, before Site C has one shovel in the ground is already $10 billion dollars in debt, after Site C ...BC Hydro will have a debt of $20 billion dollars..interest on that debt will be nearly $1 billion per year..

If the BC Liberals want to add to British Columbia`s debt by $10 billion dollars they need to raise the provincial sales tax to pay for it..The PST must rise province wide to 8%...Everyone must pay, corporate taxes must be raised, residential customers can`t afford higher rates.

To be clear, everyone who has a BC Hydro account or uses electricity knows what`s coming in the way of billing...I guarantee that the Translink funding referendum will fail, I will be voting no...The lower mainland already is paying steep costs for toll bridges...$1500 to $2000 per year per driver using the Port Mann and Golden Ears bridge..

Plus the GVRD is paying another 10 plus cents per litre on fuel to the GVRD pays Translink money out of their property taxes..Over $400 dollars per year for 1 home in Burnaby...Plus there is a Translink levy on BC Hydro bills...Every BC Hydro user in the lower mainland knows what`s coming, a huge rate increase for BC Hydro power,  to pay for Site C...Thus the Translink referendum will fail, there is only so much blood contained within a stone.

The whole province needs to pay for Site C and Translink,...A province wide increase in our PST to 8%...or 8-1/2 %...combined with an increase in corporate taxes.

Vancouver and BC`s southern suburbs are near the most expensive jurisdictions in the world to live in now...A big hydro increase will only add to that burden.

However...If one looks at the top of this post, Christy Clark told Bloomberg in New York that if it was a choice between Site C dam and LNG she was choosing LNG...And a week later the BC Liberals announce that Site C is going ahead...

Clearly this is an ominous sign that LNG ain`t happening, LNG is dead, the export market collapsed, these big LNG energy companies are asking the Federal Government to allow big-time tax write-offs... Ottawa, especially with oil`s price collapse is in no position to offer multi-billion dollar tax cuts, credits and refunds to energy companies spending large in foreign countries..

Furthermore, the profit margin in LNG has withered away to nothing...Winter cargoes for LNG deliveries in Asia has collapsed...Winter cargoes, not summer but winter cargoes, ...Less than $10 per BTU...Best case scenario for BC LNG export break-even costs are $12 to $13 dollars per BTU..

Platts: Asian January spot LNG prices plummet | LNG World News

"The marker dipped below $10/MMBtu for the first time since the week of the Fukushima disaster in March 2011. The JKM for January delivery bottomed at $9.90/MMBtu on assessment date December 1, before rebounding to end the month at $10.00/MMBtu.
The January average JKM had lost 19.4% in month-over-month comparisons as a result, as buyers waited on the sidelines for prices to bottom."


Christy Clark`s jobs plan has been a complete failure...LNG has been a total failure too...Site C dam.

BC Liberal`s desperation ploy....Site C  peak construction may reach 3500 to 4000 jobs, up north jobs, jobs that will be ongoing through the 2017 provincial election...Photo-ops aplenty coming, a BC Liberal very expensive job creation election strategy....Well, so much for the free-market, the private sector...Site C is actually Socialism...maybe even definitely isn`t what the BC Liberals have been preaching for the last decade....It`s not the private sector driving B.C.`s economy..

The bill for BC Hydro users will be enormous, if the bill is not enormous BC Hydro....BC Hydro is being primed, indebted and being readied for a sale...Thus handing over to the private sector all of BC`s electricity, consumers would be held hostage...No doubt the BC Liberals would absorb most of if not all of BC Hydro`s debt, put BC Hydro`s debt on the provincial Government`s books before selling off our once prime asset...Definitely plausible...BC Hydro will have a $20 billion dollar debt, British Columbia`s debt in 2001 was a mere $28 billion dollars, BC Hydro`s debt in 2001 was zero...In just over a decade British Columbia`s debt will have risen to $80 billion not counting P3`s and IPP long-term contracts and obligations($190 billion all in, not counting Site C debt) and BC Hydro debt rising from zero in 2001 to $20 billion dollars by 2020...

And still our BC Media promotes the lie that BC Liberals are great economic managers?...Compared to who...Enron..Bernie Madoff....Bear Stearns..

If Christy Clark and the BC Liberals were really convinced that LNG was coming, that LNG was lucrative, that LNG was a $trillion dollar boon to British Columbia Site C dam costs would be put on the BC Government`s account ledger...But it isn`t, these BC Liberals are saddling BC Hydro with massive debt....This is very telling that these BC Liberals won`t put Site C debt on the Government`s debt ledger, clearly our provincial Government knows that LNG riches they promised during the last election are off the table

LNG in British Columbia is dead for at least a decade, probably forever.

This Site C gambit is about being able to post job gains for the north in the lead-up to the next provincial election....Don`t be surprised if Site C dam construction is postponed until the summer of 2016...

Christy Clark and the BC Liberals are using Site C as an election gambit, and using Site C to change the channel and stall criticism on a failed LNG strategy..

Canadians thought Dalton McGuinty spending $1 billion dollars on a gas plant cancellation strategy to win an election was a massive waste of taxpayer`s money, if not a criminal act..

Ontario has nothing on our BC Liberals....Indeed..

Try $15 billion dollars after interest payments to win an election.

Written by Grant G

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Alaska`s Killer Salmon Shark and Captain Stephen Brown the Bold Faced Liar

A gorgeous documentary on Alaska and Northern BC`s coast...

The scenery is stunning, nature in the raw, exciting, horrifying, informative..

Salmon...Sharks...Birds...Otters...Clean pristine water..

Click the above video..45 minutes in paradise, popcorn and twizzlers not included.

Before you watch the video..

3 stories caught the persuader`s eyes today....The first story...That Orca whale that died, the member of our southern pod...The autopsy revealed she was starved for food...In other words she died of starvation...That is not a good sign for British Columbia waters..

The second story of note angered me....A member of BC`s marine shipping industry in an op-ed piece made the outrageous claim that an Exxon Valdez type oil spill is impossible today, couldn`t happen today,....!

Such ludicrous statements make the article unfit for the bottom of a bird cage...Who would of thought a modern BC Ferry with all the modern navigation equipment could run into an island...Supertankers lose power all the time, lose propulsion, lose steering.

Stephen Brown...  president of the Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia is not only a bold-faced liar and conman, he can`t back up his statement, and if a supertanker wrecked on BC`s coast he wouldn`t have one red cent to contribute to the clean up...Stephen Brown needs to be jailed for deliberately propagating dangerous misinformation to the public at large...

I won`t waste any more time on one with vested interest, one who won`t risk one dollar of his own money....Go stick a pipeline up your arse yourself Stephen Brown...

The third story that caught my eye is dedicated to Capt Stephen Brown...


Catastrophe': Oil Spill at Bangladesh World Heritage Site

Fears of long-lasting ecological damage at a UNESCO World Heritage site are mounting following a massive oil spill into a river in Bangladesh.

The disaster began early Tuesday last week when an empty vessel struck a tanker carrying an estimated 92,500 gallons of oil, causing the fuel-filled vessel to capsize in the Shela River. That waterway is part of the biodiverse-rich Sundarbans, the world's largest contiguous mangrove forest and home to the endangered Bengal tiger and Ganges and Irawadi dolphins. An area next to the river is designated as a dolphin sanctuary.

A forest official said Saturday that the spilled furnace oil had spread to an estimated 300 to 350sq kilometers through the mangrove's network of waterways. Hundreds of fishermen in the area are attempting to clean up the oil with pots, pans and sponges, Agence France-Presse reports. The area's chief forest official Amir Hossain told the news agency Thursday that there were "no coordinated efforts to tackle the disaster," and said the air in the area was toxic.

The spill could be "the largest catastrophe to have happened in this fragile mangrove ecosystem," Monirul Khan, a zoology professor of Dhaka’s Jahangirnagar University, told AFP. "It’s going to cause a long term damage to the forest," he said, adding that the impact could be worse than that of the deadly 2007 cyclone.

Media reports add that environmentalists have long sounded alarm about the risks of using the Shela River to transport such cargo.

Ecology and biodiversity researcher Pavel Partha told the Dhaka Tribune Tuesday that the dolphins "will soon find breathing hard because the thick layer of oil over the river water will reduce the level of dissolved oxygen."

On Sunday, a potential dolphin victim emerged. The Dhaka Tribune published  a photo of a dead dolphin floating in a canal off the Shela River, though an autopsy has yet to confirm the death was the result of the oil spill.

Dhaka University botany department Professor Abul Bashar warned of inaction, telling Bangladesh's bdnews24 Monday: "The effect on various species of trees and animals will be visible after at least three generations."

Stephen Brown is a godamn idiot, human beings make mistakes, ships breakdown, storms come up out of nowhere, plus there are potential terrorist threats, even Captains committing suicide after deliberately wrecking their vessels, spewing their toxic cargoes..

Captain Stephen Brown needs to write a formal retraction and take back his lies...but he won`t..

Enjoy the film..

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Stephen Harper`s Walk In the Snow, No, Stephen Harper Being Thrown Face First Into a Snowbank

Been saying it for the last 18 months.....Justin Trudeau will be Prime Minister of Canada..

The only question left to be decided is whether it will be a majority Government or minority..

If one believes Forum`s latest poll it would be a majority Government.

2 other Federal polls were recently released....A Leger poll and an Ekos poll..

In each poll Justin Trudeau leads...

Stephen Harper has been attacking Justin Trudeau for over 2 years, the CPC has spent $millions of dollars trying to tear down Justin Trudeau.

I find it very interesting, I mentioned that the Conservative Party of Canada(CPC) has been running election style attack ads on CKNW...The target of these attack ads is Justin Trudeau, the message, how great Stephen Harper`s economic record is and how wonderful income splitting for the rich be..

These ads personally turn me off...I hate attack ads, especially when the writ hasn`t been officially dropped and only one party is sniping....

According to the Forum poll Stephen Harper has attack ads running on radio in heavy rotation from coast to coast and like me..


"In addition, the Conservatives have radio ads attacking the Liberal leader in heavy rotation, and our findings show that these ads actually increase Justin`s popularity, and attract recruits to the Liberal party" said Forum


I agree with that statement, with Stephen Harper`s ugly record glaring at all Canadians, how Harper has disrespected the Supreme Court, muzzled scientists, shit on veterans, won`t enhance pensions and is planning on dismantling the Canada Health Act, not to mention taking away Canada post home mail delivery, ..Not standing up for Canadian workers...A foreign policy that has embarrassed Canada, knuckle-dragging approach to climate issues ....And of course his unholy alliance with all things oily and tarry...

Especially since Canada is now back in deficits with oil`s sharp decline...All eggs in one basket syndrome, also known as Dutch Disease..Canadians drowning in debt, record debt for average Joes while the wealthy get handed more and more money, Stephen Harper adding to Canada`s national debt so he can hand over more money to the top 5%, to Canada`s already wealthy..!

And to be clear, I think Thomas Mulcair is a pretty good guy, however Mulcair couldn`t capture the electorate, unless you are in a NDP stronghold riding like Burnaby with Kennedy Stewart you should vote Liberal.

One must vote for Justin Trudeau`s team if one wants the evil habitual lying control freak Stephen Harper punted out of office, power removed..

Harper`s attack ads are falling on deaf ears, he`s a one-trick pony ruler, nasty, rude and completely bonkers, hasn`t a clue how to govern, Harper doesn`t understand Canada, he only sees Canada through the lens of an oil executive`s son ....Harper`s believes if he spends enough money advertising he can change the narrative, he can`t, over the last 5 years Harper has wasted nearly $1 billion dollars on suspect government of Canada ads, pushing his agenda, pimping his gooey black tar, threatening British Columbians..

Justin Trudeau now has over 300,000 members who have joined his federal party, more than 150,000 more than Harper`s party...I too plan on putting my name behind Justin Trudeau`s party..

Justin Trudeau has a beautiful family, and I believe that Trudeau is not hard-wired into any ideology, not bought and controlled by the corporation, he`s already very wealthy.

Justin Trudeau wants to turn Canada back into the science leading nation it once was...Back into a world leader on ideas and peace-keeping, wants to restore Canada`s reputation abroad, it won`t be easy, Stephen Harper is a pariah and has shamed Canada, blackened our eyes.

I was no fan of Brian Mulroney and voted against him and his party`s policies but the visceral hatred I and most Canadians have towards Stephen Harper and his nasty trained seals is beyond compare.

In a recent posting Montreal Simon asks the question...."What would you tell Stephen Harper if he tried to shake your hand"

I couldn`t answer that question,  wouldn`t shake Harper`s hand, like to punch him in the nose, I know violence solves nothing but there is no reasoning with asshole dictators like Stephen Harper...He`s a nasty piece of lying garbage, a control freak, a law-breaker, he`s surrounded himself time and time again with known felons like Bruce Carson, paid these thieves plenty of money, taxpayer`s money paying Harper`s thieving friends..

Stephen Harper has cheated elections, engaged in deliberate vote tampering, deliberately has strove to disenfranchise voters, to scare away every other party`s voter, and so many more personal attacks on Democracy, privacy and human rights.

Stephen Harper is a petulant little boy, he needs to bent over and have his rear end paddled, needs to be treated like a child, sent to his room for a long time out..

We have lost half the animal species on earth over the last 30 years through environmental degradation by industry and Stephen Harper ignores this, Stephen Harper cares about nothing but the promotion of oil and his archaic religious beliefs, that being rapture and salvation for him and his cabal, a trip to never never land, a one way heavenly journey to the promised land..

Stephen Harper you will be going on a one way journey....

Straight to hell

I can`t wait for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

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If these results were projected up to seats in the current 308 seat Parliament, the Liberals would take a nine seat majority of 164, to just 109 seats for the Conservatives. The NDP would take only 34 seats, while the Green Party would retain leader Elizabeth May's seat. In a first time finding, the Bloc Quebecois would take no seats in Parliament. These projections stand in contrast to a hung Parliament seen last month (Liberals - 124 seats, Conservatives - 125 seats).

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

John Horgan.--The Straight Goods

Written by Grant G

Herding cats, compelling a diverse and widely varied in opinions caucus to come together as one, as united is at times as difficult as herding cats...

Corporations, CAPP, Kinder Morgan...Stephen Harper`s unholy alliance with all things oily and tarry, Christy Clark`s incestuous relationship with the industrial hard-hat, media outlets like the Vancouver Sun..The Province..Global TV..CKNW radio...

Propaganda on levels that would make Herr Joseph Goebbels

Oil..Pipelines..LNG...Coal....Raw logs...

The gullible public has been so inundated with industrial resource extraction propaganda that many feel life as a British Columbian or Canadian is over if one doesn`t cede all control and life direction to the all mighty corporate extractors.

Candice Malcolm of the Ontario Taxpayer`s Federation recently wrote a book called "Generation screwed"...

The gist of her book is that the people born today, and Millennials are screwed because of the amount of debt governments have amassed by offering healthcare, pensions and social programs...

Before I get into this post I wanted to touch on Candice`s book premise...When I was a boy, I remember watching political shows out of the USA, in these Sunday boring shows the argument ensued, one person representing the pro-side another person representing the anti-side...They talked about the looming healthcare crunch, the looming social benefits crunch, how the numbers and math didn`t add up, how all these services will come to an end because of unaffordability..

That was 40 years ago....Today, 2014...British Columbia is $190 billion in debt...Ontario $400 billion in debt..Canada Federal Government, counting pension obligations $2 trillion dollars in debt...Europe, counting pension obligations $30 trillion dollars in debt....The USA, counting medicare and other benefits...$80 trillion dollars in debt..

Forget about generation screwed, these debts will never be paid off, that much money doesn`t exist in the world...The banks too..They have wagered $700 trillion dollars worth of derivative bets..on everything, on $dollars, interest rates, on the colour of grass, on soy bean futures, on pig bellies, on fish sticks..

This money is imaginary, merely pixels on a computer screen, interest rates will stay down forever, what Government wouldn`t fall flat on their face if interest rates rose to 10% for Governments..

The point I am getting at is one day when this fiat money is outlawed, all debts are off, as in all bets are off, debt forgiveness will be the order of the day...Africa, imagine if Africa or Haiti could borrow a $trillion dollars and not have to pay it back, schools, healthcare and life itself could be lifted, slums and shanty towns razed, replaced with clean water, sewage treatment and modest modern dwellings..

Money today...Actually...Debt today is used as a control measure, a way of keeping the public in line, one must work that hamster wheel and pay off that debt..Work, toil, grind away for 50 years then die, next, next, next while the robber barons live in the lap of luxury, bathing in their buckets of fiat money..

Michael Campbell, a failed economist, now a huckster, a swindler, a peddler of paper product, junk on a stick, food of the gawd damn stupid...Who wins in the market, no one, only the big robber barons,..Fees, percentages, deductions, swapping, trading and timing the market...All these snake oil elixir salesmen on radio and TV wanting nothing but to pass on their expertise and make you a millionaire...

Back to the fear mongering from our federal Conservative government, fear mongering from our corporate controlled media...Scaring the bejesus out of everyone that resource extraction is the one and only way out of our financial funk..

Look at oil today..$59 dollars a barrel and dropping, Alberta to run a $7 billion dollar deficit and the Federal Government will now run a deficit next year, not a surplus but a deficit..Will Stephen Harper cancel his niche income splitting tax break for Canada`s wealthy, or will he add to Canada`s national debt to put more money in the hands of Canada`s wealthiest... Stephen Harper will add to Canada`s debt, give more to those with more..

Canada`s debt, America`s debt, the World`s debt will never be paid off, all that remains is debt for the sake of control, debt and those who are allowed debt, and those who are denied debt because....Don`t know why, it`s apparent that debtor nations need third world hurting people who drink sewage, pick through garbage dumps.....Generation screwed are those countries denied debt for no other reason than because...Because we who have say no..

Resource extractors, robber barons by any other names..

Global B.C.....Keith Baldrey...His Television station`s newscast said not one word about Petronas telling British Columbia that their entire LNG plant if built in B.C. was all being imported from other countries...And Petronas also stated that Cheaper Chinese pipelines were in order, not Canadian made pipes..And more, that 70 percent of workers would be Malaysian temporary foreign workers..

Not one blurb or utterance about this on CKNW...The Vancouver Sun ignored this....The Province Newspaper ignored this information too.

Absolutely outrageous that Petronas thinks this approach is a ok..of $11 billion dollars worth of work $9 billion dollars worth was offshored, outsourced overseas, and Petronas wanted to write-off all that money spent overseas in China and Korea against Canadian owed taxes...Christy Clark said nothing except....pant pant pant pant....tongue dangling, paws scratching and tail wagging, pant pant pant pant..Christy Clark couldn`t sell out British Columbia fast enough...

And from the media gallery in our BC Legislature sits Keith Baldrey, Sean Leslie and Tom Fletcher..Giggling, laughing, mailing in tepid sleepy Sergeant Schultz I see nothing, I hear nothing I know nothing columns...Those clowns...Tom Fletcher who writes for Black press...

Mr. Black trying to back-door the Enbridge pipeline with his mythical refinery proposal, no money, no market, China who won`t buy refined fuels, a money project no bank will ever fund...Mr. Black who wants the bitumen pipeline in place first, yea, sure Mr. Black, we trust you...You could refine it at source in Alberta, pipeline smooth upgraded syncrude, less corrosive on the pipes..Ahh..But that isn`t your angle is it Mr. Black..?

Tom Fletcher, a hard-nosed climate change denier, a believer of bitumen and tar, a believer in raw resource extraction as the only road to the promised land...Tom Fletcher also knows who butters his bread, anything less from Tom Fletcher would see him writing on paper towels in front of his 19 inch glass tube TV, collecting unemployment insurance, then welfare and finally early onset dementia..indeed Fletcher is a dinosaur, and the onset for Tommy has already begun..

Sean Leslie...His wife works for the BC Liberal government, communications department in the children`s ministry...You know the ministry, the one that fails children at risk day in day out..The ministry that has led Canada in child poverty for 12 of the last 13 years...No conflict there eh Mr. Sean Leslie....

Keith Baldrey, the king of tweets and twitter followers, Baldrey seems to think followers means people who live for his next tweet...Anyone can buy 20,000 twitter followers for $50 dollars..

I have followed people on twitter, click a button and I`m a follower, yet I don`t know what those people tweet, not a clue, no one tells me, no one emails me...Justin Bieber has 57 million twitter followers...are they really following Beiber..of course not..

On CKNW in 2004..2005..2006 and later I argued regularly with Billy Good..Vaughn Palmer and Keith Baldrey..The topic was run of river private power..I warned of the costs, the 30 and 40 year contracts...Those BC Liberals argued that us NDPers were merely ideological, public versus argued finances and fraud..

Today in 2014 BC Hydro will lose in 1 year on IPPs(run of river) projects $490 million dollars...That is only one year worth of losses to BC Hydro..Buying high and selling low is a recipe for bankruptcy..

Today Sean Leslie..Keith Baldrey won`t admit they were wrong on private power, they forgot all about it, like it didn`t happen..

What Global BC`s viewers don`t know is that Keith Baldrey is a BC Liberal plant..He is funded extra money and perks galore courtesy the BC Liberals..Keith Baldrey is known in BC Liberal circles as Mr. Scandal fixer upper...No matter what the BC Liberal scandal Baldrey is called in to smooth things over...Even when the BC Ferry Queen of the North was sunk by David Hahn...David Hahn called Keith Baldrey on his private phone line and asked Baldrey to play up the tragedy angle and dismiss everything else...Don`t you find it odd that David Hahn`s first phone call after the queen of the north sunk was to Keith Baldrey..?

Our media is corrupt and boy oh boy is it easy to lose one`s perspective watching these propaganda casts..

I went hard after John Horgan as of late...And I like Mr. Horgan. 

I wanted him to call out the BC Liberal government, to call out Petronas, to denounce their proposed 90% outsourcing of everything...And to my surprise John Horgan did just that..

From October 2/2014..


Premier’s words cannot be trusted – she is failing to ensure responsible LNG development can move forward

October 2, 2014 | News Releases
While Premier Christy Clark certainly knew what to say about B.C.’s LNG potential, she has not done what is needed in order to ensure responsible LNG development moves forward, said New Democrat leader John Horgan and spokesperson for natural gas development Bruce Ralston.
“Even though Premier Clark and the B.C. Liberals are completely pre-occupied with LNG to the exclusion of other important economic sectors, they are failing to do what’s needed to ensure responsible development of B.C.’s LNG potential,” said New Democrat Leader John Horgan.
“The premier gave away a strong bargaining position when she promised total debt elimination, a fantasy fund of billions of dollars and 100,000 jobs when LNG plants are up and running starting in 2015,” said Horgan. “That sent a clear message to potential investors that her Liberal government would become desperate for a deal, putting British Columbia in a weaker bargaining position and threatening our ability to ensure a fair return for the province.”

Horgan said there’s a reason why several companies have already pulled away from LNG development in B.C. and why the biggest potential investor, Petronas, is threatening to follow suit.
“It was a huge misstep to promise too much with no plan to deliver on those promises,” said New Democrat spokesperson for natural gas development Bruce Ralston. 

“There have been major delays in introducing the tax regime and regulations for LNG development, there have been delays in implementing a skills training plan and, rather than engendering support from First Nations, Clark and the B.C. Liberals have instead antagonized these important partners,” said Ralston.

Horgan and Ralston outlined the government’s record on the four conditions Horgan told the recent UBCM convention are necessary for responsible LNG development:

1) That projects expressly guarantee jobs and training opportunities for British Columbians.
The promise-happy government has not even said it will achieve express commitments from proponents that British Columbians will have the first and significant share of jobs and skills training opportunities. Instead, Christy Clark’s Liberals are capping two decades of undermining skills training in B.C. by taking a defeatist attitude that says we will have to rely heavily on foreign workers to build LNG.

2) That British Columbians receive a fair return for the resource that belongs to them.
Right out of the gate, Christy Clark made unrealistic and unachievable promises about LNG. Now, having ditched the fiscal framework in its Budget 2014, she is headed to be a year and a half behind schedule in defining B.C.’s share. It’s no wonder proponents say they are still far away from being able to make a final investment decision. 

3) That government respects and makes partners of First Nations and recognizes their right to a share of any benefits that flow from the resource.

If Christy Clark was serious about respecting and including First Nations - and keeping B.C.’s focus on projects that could benefit all British Columbians - she would have given Stephen Harper an unconditional “No” on Enbridge’s Alberta bitumen pipeline. Instead, she is giving her conditional support to a project that puts First Nation and other B.C. communities at great risk with little benefit. As we saw in her government’s recent reversal on gas plant environmental assessment, she still does not know or care enough how to work with First Nations to share the benefits of the LNG opportunity. If her government had spent the last three years negotiating on aboriginal title with First Nations – rather than spending millions of taxpayers’ dollars fighting a losing battle against the Tsilhqot’in– there would today be more opportunity and benefits for First Nations and greater certainty for investors and workers on where and how LNG related pipelines and plants will proceed. 

4) That our air, land and water be protected, and that our resource development be as clean as possible.

Christy Clark said she would deliver the world’s cleanest LNG industry, but instead she is trying to sweep environmental issues under the table. A government that knows how to gain social licence to move LNG forward would today be leading an evidence-based discussion with communities on hydraulic fracturing as it is conducted here in B.C. to identify and mitigate any impacts. Premier Clark’s failure to deal with this issue, and with implications for greenhouse gases, has worsened - not improved - public confidence in this aspect of the LNG opportunity.
“Premier Clark’s ‘say anything, but do the wrong thing’ approach to this opportunity has hurt, not helped, potential LNG investors. It is hurting the workers, families and communities who are hoping for benefits from LNG development,” said Horgan.


I also checked John Horgan`s Twitter feed and to my pleasant surprise on December 3rd/2014..John Horgan Tweeted

If the BC Liberals let BC businesses get shut out of BC LNG, what’s next? BC Workers? # bcpoli


That link in John Horgan`s Tweet is to the Petronas article in the Globe N Mail on all their proposed outsourcing....

John Horgan was indeed outraged with Petronas, furious with the BC Liberals for doing nothing but applauding Petronas`s proposal of outsourcing and offshoring, even more, even worse, Christy Clark was making statements to the effect of congratulating Petronas for squeezing their offshoring deal-making even harder...

I spoke with John Horgan tonight...And like me sometimes the human animal with all its ailments and fragility rears its ugly head...Details need not be spoken off, except to say that John Horgan is a fiesty Irishman with resolute determination to toss Christy Clucking Clark and her gang of grifters out on their ass..

John Horgan was aghast that Global BC...The Vancouver Sun..The Province..CKNW completely ignored that article, reported nothing, an eastern Canada based newspaper runs an article about major ramifications for a BC project and our domestic media goes silent...

John Horgan also told The Straight Goods that Sean Leslie..Tom Fletcher and Keith Baldrey are like vultures in the media gallery, watching, waiting to pounce on any NDP mistake yet they refuse to report with zeal any BC Liberal scandals, refuse to report on those outrageous shennanigans Petronas is involved in...Sean Leslie refuses to be critical of the BC Liberals in any way..Tom Fletcher is beholden to David Black and his corporate agenda and Keith Baldrey is well known in Victoria as the BC Liberals personal Mr. Fiixer upper..As Mr. Horgan said..Time and time again he has wanted to ...@#%$^ #%^& #%^&* all over those clubsy legislative reporting gang but we have laws preventing such actions....Horgan states that he can`t twist our legislative press gallery`s arms, can`t force them to report, to investigate, to read, to be honest, there are no rules in our legislative press gallery that mandates ethical journalism..

According to Horgan....BC`s media has become a cesspool for the desperate, hanger-on-ers...Scribers doing time, writers looking to the corporation for future pay cheques therefore cutting edge journalism that upsets corporate advertising $dollars is shunned, vetoed and or butchered and left for dead on the cutting room floor..

Horgan tells me that these legislature corporate media representatives have their own agenda and it`s not to inform to public but to propagate the corporate message that resource extraction must happen unabated, unfettered, unrestricted and without NDP resistance or everything we hold dear will cease to exist..That is the only message those reporters are permitted to promote..

In other words corporate fear-mongering down to an artform..Collusion between the Vancouver Sun..The Province newspaper., Global B.C. and CKNW....Collusion, coordination, a corporate campaign of lying to the public, presenting fake data, eliminating data that hurts corporate interests...The mighty advertising dollars and Government perks the driving force..Jas Johal leaving Global, jumping ship to join the (BCLNGA) British Columbia Liquid Natural Gas Alliance is just one example..Chris Galius is on CKNW everyday....Global News and CKNW are one of the same...Black press was the publisher of record...David Black published dozens and dozens of letters to the editor critical of the NDP...all those letters written by Brian Bonney and his wife Monika Bonney..All part of the quick wins scandal, you know, the scandal making its way through the courts..That viral story here..

David Black knew exactly who was being published in his papers and for what reasons..

Anyway, I talked to John Horgan tonight and....Horgan is attempting to win over the interior of the province, ...I did say to Horgan that the interior of BC is home to most of our red-neck braindead global BC propagandized zombies ....

John Horgan is also attempting to win over the north...These next words are not Horgan`s words but my words...I told John that....Those interior folks and northern dwellers, to connect with them one must talk very slowly, not use big words, preferably words with 5 letters or less for fear of confusing them, scaring them..

Perhaps that`s why Christy Clark seems to connect with those people..

To finish off....John Horgan is up for the fight, fighting not just the BC Liberals but a corrupted, biased, corporate agenda filled media..

We here at The Straight Goods are prepared to help herd those NDP cats too..


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