Here is a lovely YouTube video with photo stills of the wonderful
artists, musicians, organizers and volunteers of the Bet-R Plan
Concert on March 3rd, set to a beautiful piece of music played by
Roy Johnstone and Steve Sharrett.
District 17 MLA Valerie Docherty with local landowner Ruth DeLong, March 30, 2012, looking west at Crawford's Brook. The thin 6-foot wide surveyor's cut continues up the hill through maple and birch forest.
Crawford's Brook 2013 (CO photos)
Despite how beautiful, how rare for this Island, and how fragile
the areas are, despite how much this is costing financially, despite
there being no consultation with the affected residents or other
Islanders on this type of land use, this project is going ahead and
Islanders endured a Silent Spring from our elected officials on the
A dip into the near past:
what I learned
at the New Haven public meeting tonight.
Liberals' plan B no real alternativePublished on March 28, 2012
Citizens deserve many things from their governments - amongst them transparency, openness and a clear vision of the road ahead. Here on P.E.I. all of these seem in short supply, particularly surrounding the recent decision to continue with so-called improvements to the Trans-Canada Highway in the Strathgartney area.
There was a very loud and sizable protest to the original plan presented to the public some months ago, and the Liberals' response was to concoct a never-before-seen alternative - the so-called plan B. The government claimed to have listened to Islanders, and that abandoning the original route, which bisected Strathgartney Park, was an example of a government that is responsive to its citizens' opinions. That's a little like a bully showing up at your house threatening to burn it down, and when you protest, he tilts his head sympathetically, says that he has understood your concerns and tells you that he won't torch the place after all; he'll just smash in the windows — and you'd better be appreciative.
Try as I might, I find it impossible to unearth any kind of coherent vision from Mr. Ghiz's Liberals. Like their predecessors, they appear to lurch from one issue to the next, patching up problems and scrambling around looming crises. A clear transportation policy with a long-term vision that focuses primarily on the needs of Islanders, has an appreciation of the uncertain place of long-distance haulage in our economic future, and respects the democratic, social and environmental values held dearly by all Islanders would never consider such blasphemy as plan B. We need an affordable, efficient and sustainably integrated transportation policy on P.E.I., and this proposal moves us in exactly the opposite direction.
The Liberal road ahead is a half-baked plan that steamrolls the rights of local citizens and spends at least $12 million of P.E.I. taxpayers' money that we can't afford at a time of great fiscal peril. If this is an example of the Liberals getting Islanders "moving forward together", I predict a rough road ahead for all of us.
Peter Bevan-Baker, Hampton
Bruno Peripoli had made a poignant new slideshow about Plan B:
And Evan Gallant's letter says so much, and ends with a good bit of advice for the government:
Spring is closing in on the Island and many are probably preparing for what will hopefully be another warm, calm, relaxing yet profitable summer.
Many residents will see the resurrection of a hot socio-political issue that has benefited from much media attention over the past year. Plan B will most likely resurface with an array of government miscalculations, further financial burdens to a struggling Island economy, and an ever-increasing lack of empathy/respect for Island constituents.
Plan B, although detrimental to both the well-being of some Islanders and our environment, has created a dramatic shift in the way Islanders view government and, in my opinion, will forever change the communities of P.E.I.
Don't get me wrong: the highway clearly has room for improvement, but it was even apparent to me that something cheaper, more efficient, could have been done with the old stretch of highway. The Plan B opposition movement has united Island communities, creating a unique transfer of both political and social ideas. This community has branched out forming several organizations, actively assessing and protecting the rights of Islanders and educating people on responsible government.
For me, Plan B represents all that is wrong with our government, but also reminds me of our power to create change. A community of well-educated community-oriented individuals was a positive result of this process.
Islanders will hopefully see this as an avenue to pursue future activist movements. I was personally inspired by the tact, intelligence, understanding, and sheer determination of all the activists involved in the Plan B protest. It takes strong individuals to defend a position that defies an oppressive government. This spring marks a new year and hopefully a change in government ideology. I advise government to focus on the voice of Islanders and quit sifting through the public purse creating illogical, ill-advised, poorly planned projects that benefit very few people on P.E.I.
Evan Gallant, Hunter River
The Legislature opened, yesterday, for sessions in the afternoon and
evening. (I am going on media reports and a little bit I got to
watch on-line.) During Question Period the talk was finances, with
the Finance Minister saying the Robert Ghiz government has lead the
country through the worst times since the 1930s, and the Opposition
hooting about that and the raising concerns about the debt:
From The Guardian: "But Stratford-Kinlock MLA James
Aylward said Sheridan continues to come up with one excuse after
the other for his government, a government that continues to
spend beyond its means on questionable projects.
The Auditor General was named and tabled a report. This one
focused on money from the PNP program, but last year's said on
average Transportation under-budgeted projects about 8 -12% (and
these were relatively straightforward projects like a bridge
widening). With Plan B, that will be *a lot* of money.
The afternoon sitting ended with a series of government MLAs speaking to a motion against Distracted Driving. One by one they said what a great motion it was, telling anecdotes about accidents caused by young people texting.
Sounds good -- but isn't there a law in place already? And
isn't this one of those "safety" issues -- driver inattention and
driver error cause accidents, much more often than road design.
Yes, you can work on driver inattention without blasting holes in
the Bonshaw Hills.
The budget will be released today, and with that questions about some more Plan B work and TransCanada Highway work in Desable may be answered.
Today and tomorrow the PEI Legislature will start its Spring
Sitting. This is earlier than usual to pass HST Legislation and
table the budget. Then they go off on an Easter Break until Tuesday,
April 2nd. I think both days will have Question Periods shortly
after 2PM, if people are interested in attending. Watching any part
of the proceedings from the Gallery this Spring Sitting is a way to
remind our MLAs that voters DO hold them accountable for their
behaviour in the House (which can be atrocious) and their actions,
including their *lack* of action on matters where they should be
speaking out for their constituents.
From The Guardian yesterday: "Myers pointed to such
projects as the Homburg hotel, the Bonshaw highway realignment,
known as Plan B, as well as the celebrations planned to
commemorate the 150th anniversary of the confederation conference
in Charlottetown as examples of poor spending choices.
NDP Leader Mike Redmond said yesterday in a press release that:
Green Party Leader Peter Bevan-Baker has pointed to the introduction of the HST as money being grabbed from Islanders to "be squandered on stupid projects like the Holman Grand and Plan B."
Peter's most recent two-minute "Pete's Peeve":
And keep in mind:
Easter Monday, April 1st, 2-4PM, Plan B Social, at the Bonshaw Community Centre -- hope you can drop in! We'll be talking about some fun events for spring, and hope to have lots of photos from the past year on a big TV, and folks on hand to lead hikes in the area.I have wanted to document what is one of the worst parts of Plan B: the gutting of the community along the TCH in New Haven.
The small blue x's are approximate locations for just some of the homes bought for Plan B; the size variations of the x's are unintentional.
I sincerely want to respect the former residents' privacy and right to make their own decisions. I also want to say goodbye and thank you to these residents, who lived long and I hope happy lives in the area, who were paid something for their property, but who are now gone and leave their former homes behind, to be pulled up and moved, or destroyed.
Perhaps this is what the New Haven/Riverdale Community would say, if it were a she, and could paraphrase Paul Simon:
"And she said losing love
Is like a window in your heart
Everybody sees you're blown apart
Everybody sees the wind blow..."
This home has since been carted off.he home located here was moved in winter.
Snow builds up.
The snow fills in between the screen and front door....
Wonderful people in all these homes...none of us can imagine what the stresses were like.
The gladiolus and other flowers were a joy to the passerby.
Remember, none of these homes would have been touched for "Plan A." These residents had *no inkling* of what was ahead until the announcement in late December of 2011. Most said they had no idea their home was in the path until the folks from the Land Office came knocking in January or later in 2012.
Farewell, families. We were told you were given Fair Market Value, but we know it was a hard choice, and one we didn't think was Fair you had to make.
Mar. 24 Update: The sun shines brilliantly this afternoon at Camp, creating more energy :) Bustling with activity this week-end, 13 wonderful people come to camp offering support in many forms. Ski Patrols head out on site again today to monitor the mess. Yesterday we spend time at Fairyland to discover reactionary mitigation measures taken to handle water from the racetrack. We also to discovered the silt trap is still solid with muck, thus allowing runoff from the ditch, which drains the road embankment and runoff from above, to enter directly into watercourse. Fences at Hemlock Grove have been replaced in some instances with new plan b (b) mitigations. Seems a trial and error attempt at environmental protection and thus far they are 0 for 3 on rain events. Other areas of concern have not been addressed as of yet but then again very little has be done.
The fourth video documenting the failed mitigations at the Bonshaw site of Plan B last week, along with summary of the other three locations, has been produced by Cindy, with help from the other environmental monitors. A fantastic, informative effort -- it shows that on March 14th, berms completely eroded and silt fences overflowed while just a few minutes away an excavator makes puny attempts to break up bedrock.
There is another word that comes to mind when looking at these mitigation efforts: Lilliputian*
Environmental degradation aside, how can this project be on budget and on schedule, as Chief Engineer Yeo has repeatedly said?
If you wonder that, too, consider asking the Tories to raise these questions (budget, bedrock, burst berms) to government in their time during Question Period, which starts next week, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons after the Legislature opens. (The schedule may be altered next week due to when they will release the provincial budget.) But the Opposition is apparently collecting questions.
Island Voices (Opposition Tories initiative to hear Islanders' questions on issues):
Or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
*in the sense of very small, trivial, petty
A thought-provoking essay by John Hopkins.
An Island silent spring
Published on March 21, 2013
Plan B destruction continues. With seeming unbridled contempt for the environment, it appears timely for the woodlot industry to demand buffer zones be dismantled. These protective areas, legislated for Island watercourses, are already woefully thin. To appease the farm lobby, their size was cut in half against the recommendations of the government's own Royal Commission on Land Use.
Hundreds of thousands of putrid belly-up fish, nitrates in ground water, sickly green estuaries, fish-egg strangling siltation, wide-scale soil erosion, blood red rivers, very high cancer rates, rampant asthma, disappearing bee populations; it's all happening in P.E.I. on a massive scale.
A new proposal has surfaced questioning limits on land ownership by the potato industry. Are demands by woodlot owners to cut down to the stream's edge, or those pushing for potato acreage and more control of our land resources, happening now because Plan B proved that even the worst environmental ideas are now fair ball?
It appears P.E.I.'s anti-environmentalists are no longer unashamed to go public. Given what's happened, can you blame them for not wanting to go all the way? Is this partly why NDP fortunes are skyrocketing? Perhaps many Islanders do not support of this boundless destruction of our remaining forested areas.
Enough is enough. It's time to start fighting back or we will lose this piece of Island paradise to those bound by an insatiable and incredibly irresponsible greed. What is being passed down to our own children and grandchildren? Those responsible look into the mirror every morning and give themselves a passing grade. They will never change. Island communities must step up now and act for positive change to stop this idiotic environmental vandalism.
Rather than relying on successive governments to truly act in the public interest in these matters, we must all act in good co-operative faith to begin re-building a healthy P.E.I. for the land and Island families; or face our own tailored silent spring. Look around you; see how our people, wildlife, and treasured lands are all suffering.John Hopkins, Breadalbane Here is Gary Schneider's letter from *a year ago yesterday*, the first from an established group, decrying Plan B:
It is worth reading again.
Now in 2013, Two sentences say it all:
From yesterday's paper:
(not online yet, so reprinted here:)
Overwhelmed by events
"Rain, melting snow causing headaches at Plan B highway realignment site" is what the headline says in Tuesday's Guardian. It seems the environmental preparations for the "one-in-25-years" event has been overwhelmed by several "one-in-25-days" events.
Carl Mathis, Charlottetown
And recording of the failed mitigations by the volunteer environmental monitors continues:
Environment Assessment Part 3
Failed Mitigations -- Box Culvert/Crawford's Brook/Peter's Road
and a reminder of the previous two Failed Mitigations
and Land Protection Act sessions:
These are not on the LPA website yet, but yesterday's Guardian also had a small story.
The Charlottetown second session is Monday, April 8th, Rodd Charlottetown, 7 - 9:30PM
Crapaud is Tuesday, April 9th, Englewood School, 7 - 9:30PM.
Yesterday, almost a week after melting and rain, The Guardian printed this:
While reporter Ryan Ross does mention environmental concerns at the site, and speaks to Jay Carr, from the Environment Department (and for a little while, one of the Dedicated Environmental employees to the Plan B project) it's possible he didn't actually go to the site. The print version had no illustration, and the on-line version had a picture of Hemlock Grove from about early December, when the arches were being installed on Crawford's Stream.
Cindy and the other public environmental monitors were there. And, with collaboration of ideas and image-sharing, using the solar-powered tipi computer, Cindy has made this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-lpoXIpqLU
That's what happened at Fairyland.
And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXXH7lReGug is what happened at Hemlock Grove/Crawford's Stream.
Maybe you can send them on, too.
Kudos to the crew for their work!
Have a good snow day,
Here is a bit about Crawford's Brook:
The little stream is west of Peter's Road, crosses under a rather crummy culvert under Peter's Road, goes through a bit of a wetland, joins Crawford's Stream from Hemlock Grove, and goes under the TCH to the West River. More on those other culverts another day.
Crawford's Brook is labeled. You can follow the streams as the green (treed) vegetation in this area. The West River is the big wiggly waterway.
This pretty little brook and area was described by Gary Schneider as a true jewel along this whole misguided highway project path. Not to diminish at all the Old Growth Forest of Hemlock Grove, the Crawford's Brook area consisted of different beauty and value, a mature beech and maple grove, with seeps and springs abound.
March 2012 Looking east and downhill, from above the Crawford's Brook. (CO photo)
January 2013 Looking east and downhill, from above Crawford's Brook. (photo thanks to Deb Jeffrey)
This little stream, with gets quite a load of snowmelt in the spring (none of it with sediment last spring, by the way), has been fitted with a box culvert to go under the metres of fill and under Plan B. More on how that's currently doing tomorrow.
Hope you have a good day...one of those calm before the storm days!
The stream in the hemlock grove was diverted underground until the culvert is completed and then it will be allowed to flow through it. The Guardian file photo
Extra environmental controls have been added to the Trans Canada Highway realignment known as Plan B after heavy rains and snow melt caused problems at the construction site last week.
Jay Carr, an environmental assessment officer with the Environment Department, said part of the problem was the 35 mm of rain in a six-hour period, along with snow melt.
“There was a lot of water that went down in a relatively short timeframe,” he said.
The rain led to washouts and overflowing silt traps that were supposed to hold up under a one-in-25-year event.
But recent rains weren’t the first time environmental protection measures didn’t hold up and several silt fences have needed repairs or improvements to protect nearby waterways.
With the latest problems, Carr said the biggest issue was a washout at the former Encounter Creek site near Churchill where a dam holding back a diverted stream let go.
“A big gush of water came down and went through the culvert,” he said.
The rushing water didn’t follow the streambed it was supposed to and overwhelmed a sediment trap, he said.
Carr said the contractor was rebuilding the sediment trap and fixing the streambed to make sure the water follows the right path.
Sediment traps are designed to collect runoff in a pool where any sediment settles to the bottom and is eventually emptied to make room for more.
Carr said most of the sediment traps at the construction site are getting full and they will be cleared out soon.
“They’ve done their job,” he said.
Environmental monitors are supposed to be at the site regularly to make sure all the proper environmental protections are in place.
Carr said monitors have been on site during days when the weather required it or there was snowmelt.
Extra control measures have been put in place and more could be on the way if necessary, Carr said.
He also said recent cold weather has made it easier for crews to fix some of the problems than it might otherwise have been when the ground was softer.
“It would have to be done but it would just be more difficult,” he said.
The Plan B site wasn’t the only place where flooding caused problems and the Transportation Department closed several roads last week.
That includes Route 6 in Oyster Bed Bridge, where the road is closed for the next few days and Route 224 where work is expected to take about six weeks to finish.
Route 6 in Cavendish was closed temporarily but has since re-opened.
Don't forget the Plan B Social, Monday, April 1st, 2 - 4PM, Bonshaw Community Centre-- two weeks from today!
Someone pointed out an article in Sunday's Halifax Chronicle-Herald, about valuing our Old Growth Hemlock:
It gives practical descriptions of the worth of the forest, and raises good questions about what we value and how we show it. The author is in Nova Scotia and doesn't even address the stupidity of cutting forest for *roads* and the fragmentation of wildlife space. It might make some good reading for our politicians.
Fact Check: I screwed up talking about my terms when I described "decommissioning" one of the streams in Fairyland on Saturday. It wasn't officially decommissioned because it wasn't classified as a "stream", or something.
Very clunkily annotated map of Plan B:I am referring to the most easterly ravine along the project line. The two Fairyland ravines are too close together to distinguish on this image. The second one was a lovely little stream of meltwater last spring.
Larger ravine (more westerly), Fairyland, March 17, 2012 (a walk last year)
Both of those photos were taken one year ago yesterday, when my family explored the Plan B surveyor's cut for the first time end-to-end. Bittersweet.
From November 2012's Flight Over Plan B:
March 2013 -- And Fairyland this week, photo by Cindy Richards and crew, looking east.
Have a good return-of-winter day!
The events of the past few days has left me extremely frustrated. We made virgin tracks to discover landslides, wash-outs, silt pond blow outs etc. Then to hear it defended as a result of the weather conditions and it is normal is almost more than I can bare. I walk past silt fences and silt ponds that have not maintained as outlined in the EPP and contributed to the problem. I witnessed silt traps drain through the joints of the box culvert to be deposited into the stream which ran red for longer than "normal". Approximately 20 000$ was spent on a review of Stantecs mitigation measures, great! except they hired Stantec to audit itself and the report is not finished or released yet, we needed it last week....well for what it is worth. A skeleton crew came in to repair some of the damage, as silt fences still lay on their sides, silt ponds still needing cleaning and repairs to some which are still blown out....., reactive with no proactive efforts. So do I sit and wait for the next rain and then take pictures of a bad situation that could have better mitigated? Do I grab a shovel and start cleaning silt fences, reattach and pick them up, move rock.....and risk arrest!! Do I write more letters to Gateway and get a flippant responses, to the ones they actually answer? To address the problem as being "just the way it is" or status quo allows the problem to grow!!! It does not make it acceptable, it does not justify a lackadaisical approach, it does not alleviate any of the responsibilities to mitigate and IMO it should in fact invoke much more effort. I ask that letters be written to Gateway, many of them so they are unable to ignore it and are forced do better.
Yesterday's CBC website had an mildly interesting article:
Transportation crews have been working to repair wash outs and damage to more than 12 roads across P.E.I. (CBC)
And a comment at the end of the article (yes, they are often not worth reading
at all) from a person who goes by Mr. Smithers:
Here are a few details regarding Thursday's erosion control failures:
The Bonshaw area, like Fairyland, is far enough away from Base Camp and not too easy to monitor, but the public environmental monitoring crew has been there when needed.
Here is a photo from Thursday of a series of sediment ponds downhill from the built-up road base (visible in upper right of photo -- hill and horizontal dirt edge) that getting ready to curve around the CBC tower (thin black stick visible in upper right), photo thanks to Cindy Richards:
On another part of the Bonshaw site on Thursday, closer to the most western edge by Bonshaw Provincial Park and right next to the existing road, an excavator, later joined by another, tried to scrape and break up the bedrock. Some of the excavators are rental, at of cost of tens of thousands of dollars a month.
Below is a link for a two minute YouTube.
Click the "gear" icon to select HD -- it is much clearer. You may want to turn down the sound, since it is mostly machine noise.
This video was shot Thursday afternoon, March 14th, looking out towards the TCH.
The white dust is bedrock dust made by the teeth (those ones that we heard cost $10,000 a week to replace) scratching bedrock.
About 1:20 into the video you can see efforts to break the rock.
The seven giant dump trucks were there that day, but were moved Friday.
Does the rental company know what difficult work these machines are being put through?
Mitigation failure was the theme for yesterday. Yes, Thursday was preceded
by a night of rain after a good melting day, but we aren't talking about a huge
1 in 25 year event...maybe, maybe 1 in 10 year. And every area had a big
failure of mitigations that were supposed to withstand this kind of water flow.
(Ignore the "Meet on Peter's Road..." , since this map was for a walk last year.)
This is along Plan B in Fairyland, which you cannot see from the TCH because of the remaining trees in the area. It's been built up a huge amount, with the culvert being for the small stream there (the other stream was "decommissioned", I think). This was one of those beautiful ravines last year, and still wants to be a ravine.
The Fairyland area, certainly, would not have been noticed if it weren't for Cindy and Company trudging in, discovering what's behind those trees, and encouraging Brian Higgins and his cameraman to do the same.
Crawford's Stream -- sediment pond
This is upstream of the giant arch culvert on Crawford's Stream. Sediment
is pouring in from up above on all the fill used to bury Hemlock Grove and the
construction east of the Grove. This is an area that was a clear water melt
This is ironic - -where is the red water from Wednesday afternoon?
The contractor/TIR came to pump first thing Thursday morning, too. It
appears a lot of it seeped into the culvert (like perforated "tile"!)
and rushed out of the culvert downstream. The box culvert is supposed to
be a watertight tube, with all that black sealing tape and caulk and such.
Work was underway today to repair the damage at Fairyland. I was happy to hear that the department of Environment has finally assigned a full time dedicated employee to plan b. I was equally happy to see an environment officer on site today. I have also been informed that an environment officer was on site yesterday March 14th and although we didn't see him, he apparently made it to site in the afternoon.... perhaps when we were off exploring the Bonshaw area? The explanation that environment officers have not been on site because there was no work going on.... doesn't really fly for me, the way I figure it, the environment is always at work and these mitigations have to be effective even if no one is there. I was told that I only post the negative stuff about plan b construction and fail to recognize when things don't fail. I guess I take that for granted and expect embankments next to roads shouldn't erode into the waterways. Of course it is nothing personal against the hard working Islanders doing their jobs, it reflects more on the design and decision to bulldoze this project through. Today I learned that not all silt fences are alike some are used as silt fences, some are used to direct water, while others in place are not in use. Now to try to figure out which one does what?
Cindy Richards give another stellar performance...there should be an award for this!!!
Rain. On top of snowmelt.
First, we all know some of our rivers and streams run red in spring melting and rain events, and this is often from open fields, clay roads, driveways, etc. losing sediment into the waterflow.
However, enough of us rambled around the Plan B survey zones last spring (2012) to document that Crawford's Stream (east of Peter's Road, old Hemlock Grove) and Crawford's Brook (west of Peter's Road, the maple and birch forest) never ran red due to runoff during rain or melt -- of course not, as there was forest floor (not exposed dirt) to soak up the water.
This year, the temperatures in past 24 hours have accelerated a mess, with flattened dirt on one side (both impermeable to rain and melt, and loose enough to lose particles in water flow) -- over Hemlock Grove, and a steep hillside denuded of its trees and mossy undergrowth on the hill up form Crawford's Brook.
Tuesday, March 12, there was snow and ice, and the water was running clear in Crawford's Stream (by old Hemlock Grove) and there was no run-off by Crawford's Brook (concrete boxes).
Wednesday, March 13, by the late afternoon, red water was flowing down into the Stream on the east side, upstream of the culvert....all coming from the flattened roadbed area and where they are finding bedrock.
Crawford's Stream, just upstream of Hemlock Grove, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Photo by Cindy Richards.
And on the other side of the road, in the ditches on either side of the box
culvert, muddy water filled up on both sides.
West of Box Culverts on Crawford's Brook. Photo taken March 13, 2013 by Cindy Richards.
And keep in mind this was before it started to rain last night.
All this is to say it is unequivocal that the red water in Crawford's Stream and Brook as of today is caused by the faulty erosion control measures put in place in Fall and Winter 2012 in an attempt to lesson the impact of the ridiculous decision to start a major highway project in Fall on PEI.
March 14: roadbed at fairyland erodes and washes away!!
Yesterday, on the Plan B site, east of the Hemlock Grove, a small crew put in a new patch of crushed glass to help with existing and anticipated run-off on that eastern side of Crawford's Stream. (Large-scale construction work is not expected to resume until late April.) This is area of a lot of little streams and seeps.
In this photo, by Cindy Richards, public environmental monitor, you are looking WEST towards Bonshaw, along Plan B. Fairyland would be across the current highway and behind you. That landing strip-looking area framed by the excavator's arm is Plan B above Hemlock Grove.
From yesterday's and last week's Guardian: an article, a letter to the editor, and opinion piece that show problems and connect the dots as to why. A little light reading for a rainy day. :-/
First, this article seems to confirm that the Legislature will open Tuesday, March 26, and on Wednesday the budget will be tabled. It sounds like two bills allowing HST to go ahead will be voted on, and then they will break for the Easter recess.
In a recent CRA poll, the government party had a 51% approval rating among decided voters.
Next, Boyd Allen describes actions (or lack thereof) speaking louder than words:
and in full:
March toward gender equality
I recently attended a reception and film screening to celebrate International Women's Day. It was a very well-organized event involving a number of organizations and the venue was packed to capacity.
Progress made in the long march toward gender equality in this society was certainly celebrated but the appalling inequities were also painfully evident. In terms of workplace equity, domestic violence, affordable child care and reproductive rights, to mention just a few issues, government has chosen to not facilitate positive change to reflect the obvious need.
I noticed that only one of our MLAs of any party attended this reception (and not, incidentally, the one responsible for the Status of Women file). Was this laziness on their part or apathy? As evidenced by the HST implementation, Plan B highway realignment project, MLA wage increase, etc.,etc., there doesn't seem to be a role for public will in the "announce and defend" style of government we live under in this province.
Despite being our elected representatives, why unnecessarily expose yourselves to a group who may disagree with the party line? That's what you hire managers for, isn't it?
Boyd Allen, Pownal
and a thoughtful opinion piece from late last week by David MacKay about our eroding democracy (federal, but applies to provincial):
Hope it is some food for thought.
Yesterdays efforts to reduce the flow of water and sediment were not successful. This pic was upstream of the arch at the Grove, before the rain. :(
Trenches at Crawfords brook are filled with water! Mitigations measures were to include the pumping out of these trenches ....but seriously in what direction uphill?? failed last time likely to fail this time altho they have trenched above as well. Pic taken before the rain, pumps will arrive tomorrow after the rain. The water has already found a way through the berm. :(
This side has not crested its banks yet this is because water is seeping through the berm :( into the brook as can be seen as solid red flow on the other side.
This this Crawfords brook after travelling through the leaky, concrete flaking, box culvert. It was not flushed out as the Cr. stream was.... told there wasn't enough volume of water to worry about it ...hmm??? The rain has really started to pour :(
The sediment flowing into Crawfords stream and where it is coming from and sediments from concerned citizen who is disgusted at the base of failed mitigations
I don't mean to obsess about the concrete box but I am a bit scared of them. this is a bolt found at the base of the box at the downstream entrance. It is rusting with corrosion already beginning....it should have been mortared over......except ??? this doesn't seem to be the solution either, the patches are flaking, wet never properly curing :( guess that is what happens when you pour concrete in the cold of January
The ditches which were designated to hold this mess have been breached and now it runs into the brook via the trench :(
50 concrete boxes so far. Crawford's Brook By: Deb Jeffrey
Tonight is a talk at the University that may be of interest regarding Plan B and the federal aspect of the Environmental Impact Assessment, or Plan B in general.
If anyone is able to go, please let us know about it.
The Federal Government, the Environment, and You
What: A presentation about the Environmental Petitions Process. Created in 1995, this process is a formal means for Canadians to raise environmental concerns. To date, over 380 petitions have been submitted.
Who: Hosted by UPEI Environmental Studies and led by guest speaker David Willey, Office of the Auditor General of Canada
Where: Don and Marion McDougall Hall, Room 242, UPEI Campus, 550 University Avenue
When: Tuesday, March 12, 7:00–9:00 pm
Why: This presentation will show how Canadians can use the petitions process to bring their environmental concerns to the attention of federal government ministers and get answers to their questions in a timely manner.
For more information, contact Dr. Carolyn Peach Brown, Director of Environmental Studies and Assistant Professor, (902) 620-5066 or email@example.com
Hope you are having a great week. People are keeping an eye on the melting at some of the Plan B areas, which has so far been slow.
Work is underway today south of Crawfords stream, tweaking environmental mitigations in anticipation for tomorrows rain. Seen here are efforts to slow water flow through the drainage ditch, the trench is made deeper and filled with a dam of crushed glass, which is employed as drainage aggregate.
On my hunt for the elusive dedicated environmental employee, with camera in hand to capture the moment..... I returned with this pic in in its stead, as have I yet to come across such individual. This pic providing further evidence of the degradation of the concrete boxes....these paw like prints are deeply pitted. As I walked through I noticed a wet patch on the side of the box, it was sticky to the touch as if had been a patch just applied...which it wasn't. ???
Why is this patch sticky and wet on the side of the concrete box? What does it mean?? I have added blistering,curling, delamination, low spots, pop outs and spalling to my vocabulary when describing the effects seen at the box culvert (thanks to the publications of the PCA Portland Cement Association) but haven't found out about sticky cement conditions yet??
There is good news!! the peace of the Bonshaw hills will not see the des/contruction begin before the end of April. A skeleton crew will come to site tomorrow to tweak a couple of mitigations before weds. rain.... although I would expect such crews will be busy before the scheduled return. The concrete boxes are presenting pouring water and sediment through many of its top joint seams as well as extensive spalling....the best response I have gotten... TIR knows and have told the contractor to fix it.....ok?... Back to the good news, this week end saw many hands make light work at the camp woodpile :) Camp coffee is now being served from fresh ground kick ass coffee, using solar energy to grind which imo actually enhances the taste!!
This was taken in the 8x8 box culvert at Crawfords stream. It is found throughout and is known as spalling rhymes with appalling!! to learn more of spalling please refer to comments. https://www.facebook.com/groups/220834614673617/permalink/422577341166009/