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  2. BC currently has no provincial health officer order restricting door-to-door canvassing, according to a July 14 health ministry statement sent in response to an emailed Focus query. However, said the statement, "Dr [Bonnie] Henry emphasizes the importance of physical distancing and other public health measures such as wearing masks, clean hand hygiene and staying home when you are sick."
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  6. I appreciate the work Mr Broadland has put in to come up with data of the sort he has presented. For me he did an admirable job of presenting some of the basic information that is so badly needed in discussions about land use. In regard to the criticisms by GDN, I would like to point out that this article was not intended to be a PhD thesis, and it is ridiculous to criticize it because it does not have "the required credentials". Required by who? The Corporate Welfare Clearcut Society of BC? The foreign hedge fund hyenas that own our timber? If you have any data to refute that provided here please present it. If you have any numbers to present for the other costs you mention please do so. If not please stop blowing hot air, and polluting the internet with gibberish. Notice that many of the "extra costs" listed by GDN are a direct result of clearcutring, in particular the farce that passes for silviculture on Van Isle. In regard to the "benefits provided by road access", I would like to point out that thousands of kilometers of logging road were pad for by the provincial government in the previous century under the infamous section of the Forest Act of BC (somebody help me out here, Section 88?) in order to promote clearcutting. I was told in the 1990s that in some cases the road building subsidies actually exceeded the stumpage paid to the government on some cutblocks, so once again the taxpayers of BC paid welfare to keep the loggers busy clearcutting. These roads caused horrific damage to fish streams, among other things, and were part of the backlash that resulted in the fall of the Sleazy Credit/Liberal regime. The incoming NDP regime then created the Forest Renewal BC program. The taxpayers of BC funded hundreds of millions (billions?) of dollars worth of FRBC "road deactivation" to take out the same roads they had paid for in the first place. So in regard to Van Isle, the argument about the benefits of road access provided by logging is pure hogwash. No new roads are being built for public access here, and the few places that the public is allowed to drive into are getting less and less every year. Spur roads are constructed for one reason only - to clearcut the forest within reach of them. The public is not allowed on these roads. And as soon as the trees are logged off the road is blocked off and forgotten until the trees grow big enough again to saw a 2x4 out of again. And while we are on the subject of costs not mentioned by Mr Broadland, allow me to add a few more myself. Not because it was a bad report, but because it was not part of the topic he chose to discuss: Not mentioned in Mr Broadland's data are the BILLIONS of dollars in revenue to commercial and recreational fisheries lost due to clearcutting, BILLIONS of dollars in lost tourism revenue, and so many other commercial opportunities that are not available to the public because the landbase is committed to corporate welfare parasites. Also not mentioned are the BILLIONS of dollars in lost revenues to the forest industry of the future, as our forests are converted from the finest timber that ever grew on this planet into row crops growing out of leeched out, degraded soil, and cut down as soon as the multinational corporate owners can make a quick buck out of them. It was clear in 2000 that we were on a race to the bottom of the barrel in BC in regard to forest policy. Now we have reached it. Raw log exports need to be shut down NOW. The desperate and pathetic clearcutting junkies who export raw logs for cash are far worse than the crackheads I see wandering the streets of Nanaimo. At least the social cost of paying for drug addicts ends when they die. The cost of subsidizing clearcut welfare junkies will continue to be paid by future generations for centuries to come. Richard Best Nanaimo
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    For four decades, Anne Meggitt has regularly exhibited new work at solo art shows throughout Canada and internationally. This month, Anne will present her last exhibition of new work. Turning 90 in August and having recently been diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), Anne’s passion to paint remains her driving force. Though this disease may soon leave her unable to paint, she is at peace with the knowledge that she has followed her passion unwaveringly until now. Anne has always sought and found inspiration and has rarely put down her brush. She is extremely pleased to share her passion, once more, in this exhibition. Prior to moving to Victoria in 2013, Anne exhibited in commercial and public galleries as an established Saskatchewan artist for many years. Her work has been exhibited in five provinces, England, and Ireland during her extensive career. Anne’s work is represented in collections of the BC Government, Canada Council Art Bank (Ottawa), MacKenzie Art Gallery (Regina), Moose Jaw Art Museum, Saskatchewan Arts Board, Bundanon Trust (Australia), Royal Bank of Canada, Petro-Canada and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Before moving with her family to Canada in the 1970s, Anne studied fine art at England’s University of Reading in the late 1940s (under Antony Betts, a pupil and friend of Walter Sickert) then spent two decades in Africa and Malaysia, where life started for her five children. Anne lived in Regina, Saskatchewan for much of her career, all the while travelling regularly and producing artwork from her travel research. During Anne’s Canadian painting career, her exhibitions have featured numerous Canadian landscapes as well as landscapes of Australia’s outback and Tasmania, China’s Yangtze gorges, Scotland’s Orkney Islands, Cornwall, and Spain’s Granada, to name a few. “... she chooses dense and complicated compositions from what she sees before her.” ~ Robert Amos, Times Colonist (September 2017) “… her understanding of painting and the layers of meaning that this show carries are the accumulation of her experience. Mature artwork never just springs from nowhere. Anne has moved through many, many areas of interest in her landscape painting – from paintings filled with sky and clouds, to landscapes of all rock and foreground with very little vegetation, to work all about colour, and on to work with a very limited palette…” ~ Heather Smith, Curator, Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery (Sylvan Tapestry: Anne Meggitt at Emma Lake, 2005) . . . . . . . . . . . . . Paintings may be viewed on the homepage at annemeggitt.com 40% Discount thru September For more info email artist@annemeggitt.com or please call Fortune Gallery at 250.383.1552
  8. Posted July 11, 2020 Image: Americans in a primary election waited in hours-long-lines wearing masks; Next BC general election is a “high public heath risk” event. Go to story
  9. Next BC general election is a “high public heath risk” event SO FAR THIS YEAR, by-elections in Victoria, Lytton and Rossland, as well as a Kamloops referendum on a new arts centre have all been cancelled because of public health concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic. New Brunswick postponed its municipal elections—scheduled for last May 11—till 2021. And Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe was expected to announce a general election last spring, but has since said it will be held in October, 2020 because of COVID-19. Few medical experts presently forecast the end of the pandemic by October 16 of 2021, when BC is due to head to the polls. BC chief electoral officer Anton Boegman also appears doubtful that things will be back to normal by then. At the June 11 tele-meeting of the elections advisory committee, Boegman said it is “highly likely” that the next by-election or election in BC will occur during the pandemic. BC chief electoral officer Anton Boegman “It goes without saying that the best approach, when public health risk is highest, is likely to defer or postpone an election,” said Boegman, according to meeting minutes. “When the public health risk is lower, however, it is possible to hold an election in a safe and accessible manner, and one in which voters do not have to choose between exercising their democratic franchise and protecting their health.” “As an election is an event in which millions of British Columbians participate, it is a high-risk event from a public health perspective,” Boegman told the meeting. “Many election processes will necessarily need to be adapted in order to keep voters and election workers safe, as well as to maintain the necessary accessibility to the ballot box and the overall integrity of the electoral process.” Consequently, Elections BC is actively preparing, in case the election occurs as scheduled on October 16 next year. It is now tracking down sources for protective equipment, and for large quantities of vote-by-mail packages. Based on recent US experience, as many as 40 percent of votes could be cast via mail. Elections BC is also considering providing a face mask to every voter—not an easy thing to do in these days of short supply. Voters may each be handed their own pens, to take home, rather than have staff wipe down each pen after use. And to reduce election-day numbers, it expects to add more in-person early voting days. “Which adaptations are essential will to some extent depend on the state of the pandemic in our province at the time of the electoral event, and on the public health guidance of the Provincial Health Officer [Dr Bonnie Henry],” said Boegman. One traditional facet of campaigning will almost certainly be absent: Door knocking. But without trooping round the neighbourhood, how is a candidate supposed to get the signatures required to be even nominated? Asked an unnamed meeting participant: “Could this be done online?” Answered Boegman: “We have flagged this as an issue already, and we have no solution as yet.” Under the Election Act, the cabinet decides when to hold an election. However, once it has been called, Boegman can delay it because of special circumstances, said Elections BC communications director Andrew Watson in an email to Focus. For those still wanting to vote in person, Elections BC is ordering two-metre distancing, a 50-person limit in voting places, a preferred 5 square metres of open space per person, a maximum group size of 6, the provision of hand sanitizers, and increased cleaning of voting stations. The spacing requirements means that preferred voting places will be large—like school gymnasiums—and will have separate entrances and exits. Current distancing requirements are sure to be in effect during voting, said Boegman. “The population will likely not have sufficient immunity by next fall to rescind the distancing directive.” Russ Francis is convinced that Alberta’s recent decision to permit open-pit coal mines in the Foothills is based on the same implied, perverted logic used to justify BC’s $6 billion handout to LNG Canada: To boost jobs, we must wreck the planet
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    William Liao's paintings combine traditional mediums with modern techniques, providing his audience with another dimension of experience. In 2017, William won the Art Battle Vancouver, received the Silver Medal at the Signature Medal Show at Federation Gallery, as well as First Place in the Acrylics in Action show. The Avenue Gallery 2184 Oak Bay Avenue Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm, Sunday 11am - 4:30pm See more at www.theavenuegallery.com
  11. The BC Liberal government has been cutting costs to education since 2002 until they lost the election in 2017, even after they were voted out they were still making cuts. A whole generation of youth lost out on adequate supports in school which continues past their high school graduation to the lack of affordable housing, employment, and mental health supports that can never be recovered.
  12. This report is an opinion piece disguising as hard study. This report offers no citations, nor is it peer reviewed, and the author has not presented the required credentials to support any command of opinion on the subject. The report has extracted disparate information, makes no mention of AAC, silviculture/regrowth rate, road building benefits, market pricing/fluctuations , labour union obligations, spin off industries, corporate taxes collected, employee taxes collected, the MOE/AR2, or the actual cost of the administrative department of the Ministry of Forest itself, including the BC Forest Service. This report also lumps all geographical areas into one and does not take private timber into account, all of which serve to further skew outcome. This is a "fluff piece" written to support a pre-conceived conclusion.
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    via ZOOM US based classical guitarist, composer, and storyteller Susan McDonald has shared her music all over the globe, from the Amazon to Iraq, from community concerts to Carnegie Hall performances. A protegée of the legendary Pepe Romero, Susan’s many recordings and live performances have been heard on radio and television broadcasts worldwide. An exciting composer, she is the creator of a unique art called "Animal Ballets," a combination of her original music and video footage with animals as "dancers" to her "orchestra." With the non-profit organization, Remember the River, she works to support artists in conflict zones through teaching, mentorship and donations of musical instruments and art supplies. She works domestically with Young Audiences of Houston and serves as Artistic Director for Fine Arts Foundation. She is Director of Guitar for YES Academies in Iraq and Lebanon and has recently finished serving her fourth term on the Touring Roster of Texas Commission on the Arts and the Mid-America Arts Alliance. Susan has also released ten CDs on the Mayfly label. Dedicated to bringing music to people in regions of conflict or isolation, Susan is the mentor of the Orontes Guitar Quartet currently residing in Victoria, BC. The quartet members, originally from Syria, were able to come to Canada safely two years ago to continue their training and tour across the country. On July 29th, Susan McDonald will share stories from her dangerous and inspiring music journey in the Middle East. The conversation will take us to present day challenges and looking at what role music plays for our well-being and humanity. The talk will be followed by a live discussion with the audience and a Q&A session. Technical requirements: ZOOM (browser or app version), speakers, microphone. Webcam optional. For more information visit: www.victoriaguitarsociety.ca/workshop Participation is free to Victoria Guitar Society members or $10 minimum participation fee ($10 payment can be applied to membership if desired). Deadline for registration to get the link is July 28th.
  14. Hello John Janmaat, The successful bidder for a BCTS auction is not responsible for silviculture, that responsibility rests with BCTS. I recommend reviewing a timber sale advertisement or timber sale particulars document that outlines the responsibilities of the licence holder - these are available online. As for road construction, a market logger is responsible for some in-block road construction, but typically not for the roads leading up to the cut block, again that cost rests with BCTS (or already being looked after by the major licensees). Before awarding a sale, BCTS will ensure those roads are already pre-developed. This is very different for major licensees who do have tenure obligations as a condition of tenure and must incur the costs of forest management, road development, road management, silviculture, etc.. An allowance is deducted from stumpage to cover the cost of these obligations, hence the difference.
  15. In response to "Guest Point to Clarify", I am pretty sure that with BCTS auctions, the successful bidder is responsible fro silviculture. They are responsible for the block until the stand is 'free to grow', which refers to a certain number of stems per hectare that have attained at least a specific height (4m I think). The government is responsible for FSRs, but these are public roads. Same goes for TFLs. Again, I think that the successful bidder is responsible for roads needed to access the timber, and for either removing or decommissioning these roads if they do not become part of the provincial FSR network. I could be wrong, but this is my sense of how it works.
  16. While COVID-19 has slashed our GDP, at the micro level there's another way of pointing out how ridiculous is the drive for ever-increasing GDP. Now that we are in the present situation, anyone becoming infected with the virus thereby boosts the GDP--such as with purchases of extra acetaminophen, etc. If they are hospitalized, that boosts it even higher. Going into intensive care increases GDP yet again. Funerals also mean additional spending. I once remarked to a BC government executive director that every car crash raises the GDP. She replied: "That's why it's called the Gross Domestic Product."
  17. It's called "rape and pillage". Can't get much simpler than that. And all governments are in collusion, at least since the decision was made to de-industrialize this country......
  18. The government isn't populated by fools. I am pretty sure that they have been aware of this for some time. While for the province as a whole, forestry is a money loser, it is central to the economy of many rural parts of the province. So, in a system where rural votes are important votes, this is one more example of the more urban engines of the provincial economy subsidizing the rural areas. Is this a good thing to do? What do we want our rural areas to look like? Is there value in subsidizing a 'rural' culture - a culture that ironically believes that they are the independent, back to the land types that don't need government? What do we want to manage our rural landscapes for?
  19. Yes, this is helpful. I am trying to determine how much of the difference can be accounted for by the additional costs that area-based tenures have. If you have professional experience on this question and can provide relevant information, please contact me at focuspublish@shaw.ca.
  20. Thank you for your reply. No, I am not arguing that government management of BC forests should be profitable. I am suggesting that claims that forestry "pays the bills" in this province are no longer valid. I am arguing, along with a lot of other voices in BC, that it is time to consider managing the forest in the Timber Harvesting Land Base for a broader spectrum of values than, in effect, just timber. In this era of governments declaring a climate emergency and acknowledging an ongoing collapse in biodiversity, it's long past time to acknowledge that the forest industry is doing harm, harm that can no longer be justified in terms of the dollars the industry generates in our economy. As for including other benefits in a cost-benefit analysis of the ministry's operations, I think we need to start with the assumption that employment in small communities is one of the values that government would protect as it adjusted the allowable cut downwards. The logging industry wouldn't disappear, it would be downsized, and employment shifted to other needs that would likely be forest-dependent, just not forest-destruction dependent. No matter what people are working at, they pay income and sales taxes, and claims can be made that any economic sector, including education and healthcare, have "economic multipliers." There's already a vast surplus of access to the backcountry; a reduction in the cut would not change that.
  21. Hi David, I just read your article and while I have not checked all of the information, there is one point that stands out to me that should be clarified. The average value difference between BCTS auctions (37.33 $/m3) and area based tenures (13.32 $/m3) that you have posted is an apples and oranges comparison. When BCTS puts up an auction they cover the cost of field and office work, road development up to the cutblocks, and reforestation. In other words the successful bidder does not pay for these things. However, under area based tenures the licensee has these obligations as the tenure holder and must incur the cost for these activities (unlike a bidder for a BCTS sale who does not). Therefore, a cost allowance is deducted from stumpage for area based tenures, which is why there is the difference. Hope that helps.
  22. Thanks for the quick reply. I think overall the article makes some very interesting points and I hope it generates some buzz. The employment stats say a lot. The point I was making is that comparing costs and benefits needs a fairly rigorous methodology with respect to public services. Otherwise, we can jump to some faulty conclusions. You are almost arguing for a cost-recovery model. Would we make the same argument regarding education or health care? If what you are saying is that the management of BC's public land base (much of which is forested,) should be profitable, it is a thin line to privitization. I believe that the ministry also deals with wildlife conservation, a variety of natural disaster preparedness measures, research, etc. It's true....this isn't 1974, and we are not a one industry Province anymore. But, there's still more than a few mill towns if you get outside the metropolis on either side of the Straits. In a lot of parts of the world, rural towns get shutdown to become playgrounds for the urban wealthy. Is that where BC is headed? Perhaps they should just build more golf courses. That's sure to be profitable. With respect to BCTS, I'm not sure that's what we want. If you look at their record on on Old Growth and community engagement, they seem to still think it is 1974. Anyways, we would have to seperate out their costs to make a fair comparison of bang for buck. Moreover, on the benefits side, what about income tax generation, economic multipliers, revreation sites, the importance of exports to a regional economy, and public access to the backcountry?
  23. Thank you for your comments. Regarding my use of "Ministry of Forests," see the logo in the upper right corner of the Ministry of Forests Harvest Billing System front page: https://a100.gov.bc.ca/pub/hbs/opq/ftas/invoiceSummary.do?actionType=P400&radSelectedReport=billing The full name of the ministry changed at least two times in the time period of my analysis. Rather than twist readers' brains with the acronym for whatever the Ministry of Forests is named today, I, like the Ministry of Forests, used "Ministry of Forests." It is true that a small part of the super ministry's costs are unrelated to forest management. Most of those operations also have revenues, and those revenues, from the "whole host of issues related to public land," such as non-forestry Crown land leases and rentals, and water licences, are not included in my account of the Ministry of Forests' revenues. It would greatly assist public accountability of the Ministry of Forests' (or FLNRORD if you like) operations if non-forestry-related costs were broken out in its Annual Service Report. Keep in mind, too, that some serious costs directly related to forest management are not included in the Ministry of Forests annual service reports. One example are the costs associated with damage from flooding and degradation of water quality resulting from clearcut logging in community watersheds. Another example is the future cost associated with restocking Not Satisfactorily Restocked lands. Another cost is the loss of carbon sequestration. And so on. None of these costs are included in the Ministry of Forests annual service reports.
  24. They are, Sue. By law they have to be.
  25. Beyond fire control costs, the Ministry cost can't be equated solely to logging. That Ministry deals with a whole host of issues related to public land. In fact, you didn't even get the current name of the ministry correct. Interesting point, but go back to the drawing board as your economics are weak.
  26. Virtually everyone I have talked to doe not express much enthusiasm for a green recovery. Most think "FUBAR", or such desperation that we'll go back to "normal", if only for a little while to get a handle on things - which leads to same old, same old. Will (for example) the provincial government call an immediate halt to logging? Will Victoria call for an immediate cessation to condo construction, in a genuine effort to call a halt to population growth? Will the feds declare an immediate halt to salt-water commercial fishing, in recognition that fish stocks have become dangerously depleted? The list goes on......
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    Thank you for this! Very interesting read! Focus on Victoria, seems to be one of the last remaining sources of good journalism in this city. I am grateful.
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