Thursday, June 25, 2015

Ethenic problems reported by Gravel Truck operations.-Government action needed.

It was reported to me by an Active Alberta gravel truck operator that the East Indian Business community has stated they will "own" Alberta's gravel truck operations within 10 years time.

These people have their own lawyers; many of them.  When the Somali drivers (certified by East Indian Trainers and Licensers)  are stopped for an infraction the police have to answer to one or more highly trained East Indian lawyers. T

One infraction in Calgary was mentioned where 10 trucks were travelling with the same (photocopy) registrations.  The Calgary police reportedly back away with just a warning rather than face the battery of lawyers which would be time consuming.

In this aggressive business the Somali drivers seem to be the key to the cheap labor to make this scam work.  And, unlikely as that seems it is working and working well with the trucking of asphalt reduced down to 4.00 a ton!

I'm pretty sure this is all illegal but just how I don't know.   In the interests of civility the Government must play their part in a flushing this out.

The NDP failed in BC because of similar ethnic problems.  Scale operators had recorded 5 drivers using the same drivers licenses and ticketed all 5.  These tickets were quashed by the minister's office and the scale operators were reprimanded as racial profiling.

I'm pretty sure we can do better in Alberta.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

West coast pipelilnes

Kinder Morgan took a look a what Alberta was paying to get oil to the Gulf.  It worked out at the time to .50 cents a barrel by pipeline and 2.50 per barrel by rail.

They were never accused of being slow up the uptake and seen a lot of pipeline gold sitting on the table for anyone to take!

The put their proposals forward to the oil industry who were in no way tethered by costs or restrictions under the Conservatives.   These proposals were very high, some would call it a ripoff but really it was all the market could bear!   Syncrude was the only company to complain about the exorbitant pricing!

Now, Kinder Morgan wants to tell Premier Notley what the pipeline is all about!  Who could have guessed?

Ted Morton whom I never ever thought I would agree with, has a proposal to move oil through a pipeline following more or less the rail lines to Prince Rupert.  Prince Rupert is unquestionably the finest port on the west coast of North America!  

It is built on an underwater precipice dropping hundreds of meters sheer down,  Possibly more!  This would accommodate the world's largest supertankers in a hazard free environment.

As I see it we have an interest in the marketing  of the oil.

I say the #NDP give @Ted Morton an audience before she takes any take it or leave it meetings with #Kinder Morgan who have proven they are strictly in the rip off what you can business.

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Medicine Hat News distinguishes its self by blocking  IP addresses on their political news.  

In my situation, I caught Brian Jean out in a popular lie telling people of the previous disastrous Royalty Revies by Stelmach.  I poined out in a post, rather nicely I thought, that there never has been a previous royalty review and Brian Jean was simply misleading people to make his case (whatever that was at the time.

This was the second time they blocked me having no regard for he fact I had paid the cash they demanded to join in discussion on their paper.

This means paying them for access by no means guarantees you will have access.  If in fact they disagree with your position on any subject their first tool in their shop is block your access.

It is my experience (considerable) that any news available on the Medicine Hat paper is readily available on any other major paper a better bang for your buck.

They even sent me an email with a false contact email on it for use if I should encounter problems.

Any coin you spend on this paper is at risk!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Just how free is oilès free ride in Alberta

Oil has had a free ride in Alberta for the past 30 years.  Notley was hired by the electorate to fix that!  Albertan are paying the oil industry to take the resource from the province; it is not even a break even deal.

Our last royalty was 16% taken in Canadian funds on a US priced product.  This lowly royalty was taken from us during Ron Liepert’s rule and amongst  great fanfare the Conservatives celebrated a 15% carbon tax placed on the oil sands.  Where did the other 15% go to-

We now collect zero as royalty revenue.  Ron Liepert also said  Albertans have to get away from their feeling of entitlement; tighten  up your belts! 

We pay for their transmission lines built specifically for them to export their electricity to the US!   You may recall Syncrude getting caught up in a major lawsuit with California for overcharging them on electricity (transmission via BC).  Montana already has the receiving lines in place in Alberta to accept the new DC current from Alberta.

This is a trick is in the jurisdiction.  If Alberta crosses a border with a power line, the Fed has a say in the pricing of the electricity. So, Montana crosses into Canada avoiding this.

Another trick on the lines.  DC power lines are larger in diameter than the AC lines.  This is because DC travels on the outside of the line building no resistance (reactance itès called in power transmission) This means the DC can be finitely controlled; no waste generation.  Producers expect a 30% increase in profit DC over AC. 

And, both AC and DC can be moved in the same lines simultaneously should the need be required. 

We pay for oils roads, their water!   As I said on the onset, we are actually paying them to take the resource from the province.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Why to vote $$ summary

A 1% increase in taxes is hardly a choke! #Notley unlike her BC and Saskatchewan name-sake (not part of her ideal or party) has laid out for the world to see an ideal, well through-out even non-partisan plan to Govern and vetted as viable by Conservative hawks.

If you are a merchant making more than 150.000 a year profits you will pay an additional 1%. 

But that same merchant should worry about where his customers are going to come from! Alberta has the highest percentage of working poor in the western world! How many coins do you think they have to drop in your store? 

Better you worry about the well-being of the population at large than the corporations who have sucked billions, even trillions out of Alberta.

Think! The Conservatives have gone through much more than 700 billion dollars from the Heritage trust fund; flushed through the General Revenue account.

They have discounted our oil bound for the Gulf Coast by 30%; this according to High Commissioner Stewart Beck addressing India, posted on Financial Post. That is 30% ripped out of the pockets of producers in this province and the province to satisfy Conservative values. That, over 15 years would amount to Trillions lost revenue.

The Wild Rose Party had always (over 20 years, yes; I have known them) had the policy to do away with the transfer payments.

They have never had it out front until Harper put his election sharks in to run Danielle Smith's campaign. So that gives us an idea where Harper is at too. It’s part of his rather successful unite the right campaign to which he puts a lot of effort into.


This is a myth perpetuated by Western isolationists and separatists.

It’s our federal tax dollars, just like those of all Canadians, that are pooled together and shared with the provinces and territories. And Alberta is scheduled to get about $5.5 billion dollars from Ottawa in this way in the next fiscal year, or $1,600 per capita (the same per capita as BC & Saskatchewan, BTW). So this remains an important shape of their party.

Another perpetual lie that has moved to the forefront is Stelmach's "New Royalty Regime" .pdf. It was the eve of his election; royalty review was the election hot button. The Conservatives released this .pdf with sky-high impossible numbers to inflame the voting public. It had no foundation in realism. Oil companies chipped in with the best bit of theatre this province has ever seen and all of a sudden this scrap of pure garbage became the street value truth. It was all a lie! 

There was one line in 6pt print on the bottom of the page "All royalty taken in Canadian dollars" This was a loss of 18% to the province at that time. Wild rose are trying to spin it as a real effort as are different parties in Calgary. At the time I posted there is nothing in this document for Albertans! 

Kevin Taft was in line to become the next premier. His party was 600,000 dollars in debt, He refused to engage in the royalty debate and tried to redefine the election issue. Stelmach won and the Liberal Debt was paid off. He threw the election! That crew of cronies are not part of the Liberal executive anymore!

The Conservatives have known about the danger of the High River Flood for 15 years or more. They did nothing about mitigation and they could have done. They did nothing and you are now paying 30% more on your house insurance for years to come if it ever comes off!

Prentice has added 30% to your electric bills (forever?) There are over 2 million meters spinning in this province. That return them over 1 billion dollars in revenue every 2 years! As Prentice said "You are making good money you should not complain about paying more"
There is only 1 choice that is well thought out and for good reason and that is the Alberta NDP in a majority Government. We can set this wreck of a province back on is feet.

Go to Alberta--The Details top post up is the to 70 political donations from 2004 and 2010. You will find how shallow WRP donations are. Some people are expecting something back from their sure-thing bet. Possibly their private dynasty.

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Braid: From PCs, rumblings about the campaign, the budget and the premier | Calgary Herald

Braid: From PCs, rumblings about the campaign, the budget and the premier | Calgary Herald

#Auditor Generals #Fred Dunn was the best we ever had. He was a game changer! He pointed out to the Conservatives they were only getting 16% royalty not the 19% they said they were getting. At the same time, he pointed out the oil safety inspection office did not have the people on staff to investigate 1/100th of the province! Also, those stuck in the office never had the budget to travel anywhere.

Effectively #Alberta was writing a bunch of fancy regulations they had #no intention of enforcing.

The Conservatives started a #hate Fred Dunn Campaign, cut the #Auditor General Budget so a point it could not function and effectively drove him out of office. The guy deserves a medal!

Friday, May 01, 2015

Rooster Butch and the popular vote.

Fred was in the fertilized egg business. He had several hundred young' pullets,' and ten roosters to fertilize the eggs.
He kept records, and any rooster not performing went into the soup pot and was replaced.
This took a lot of time, so he bought some tiny bells and attached them to his roosters.

Each bell had a different tone, so he could tell from a distance, which rooster was performing.
Now, he could sit on the porch and fill out an efficiency report by just listening to the bells.

Fred's favorite rooster, old Butch, was a very fine specimen, but this morning he noticed old Butch's bell hadn't rung at all!
When he went to investigate, he saw the other roosters were busy chasing pullets, bells-a-ringing, but the pullets, hearing the roosters coming, would run for cover.

To Fred's amazement, old Butch had his bell in his beak, so it couldn't ring. He'd sneak up on a pullet, do his job and walk on to the next one.

Fred was so proud of old Butch, he entered him in the Local City Show and he became an overnight sensation among the judges. The result was the judges not only awarded old Butch the "No Bell Piece Prize," but they also awarded him the "Pulletsurprise" as well.

Clearly old Butch was a politician in the making. Who else but a politician could figure out how to win two of the most  coveted awards on our planet by being the best at sneaking up on the unsuspecting populace and screwing them when they weren't paying attention.

Vote carefully in the next election, you can't always hear the bells.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Top Political Donations 2004 to 2010

Alberta Party
Alberta Liberal Party
Alberta NDP
Progressive Conservatives
Social Credit
Wildrose Alliance
Grand Total
Alberta Forest Products Assoc Ltd 
Altalink Management Ltd 
Atco Group Ltd 
Atco Ltd 
Bell West Inc 
Bennison Holdings Ltd. 
Big Rock Brewery Ltd 
Canada'S Research-Based Pharmaceutical 
Canadian Natural Resources Ltd 
Capri Centre Ltd 
Cascadia Motivation 
Cibc World Markets Inc 
Coril Holdings Ltd 
Credit Union Central Alberta Ltd 
Dow Chemical Canada Inc 
Edco Financial Holdings Ltd 
Edmonton Northlands 
Ellis-Don Construction Services Inc 
Enbridge Pipelines Inc 
Encana Corporation 
First Energy Capital Corp 
Flanagan, Jackie 
Fortis Alberta Inc 
Hemisphere Engineering Inc 
Imperial Oil Limited 
Kipnes, Irving 
Lehigh Inland Cement Ltd 
Liquor Stores Gp Inc 
Luft, Audrey 
Maclab Enterprises Ltd 
Manning Diversified Forest Products 
Mcfeely, Edward 
Mcneely (Estate Of), Jean 
Merit Contractors Association Inc 
Millar Western Forest Products Ltd 
Milner, Stanley A 
Nexen Inc 
Nova Chemicals Corporation 
Pcl Construction Group Inc. 
Pcl Constructors Inc 
Peace Hills General Insurance Co 
Penn West Petroleum Ltd 
Peters & Co Limited 
Pharmx Rexall Drug Stores Ltd 
Progressive Contractors Ass'N Of Canada Inc 
Qualico Developments West Ltd 
Quikcard Solutions Inc 
Raywalt Construction Co Ltd 
Rbc Dominion Securities Inc 
Rogers Communications Inc 
Seidel, Robert A 
Servus Credit Union Ltd 
Shaw Communications Inc 
Sherritt International Corporation 
Shipka, Ken 
Suncor Energy Inc 
Swann, David 
Talisman Energy Inc 
Telus Communications Ltd 
Telus Corporation 
Thorsteinson, Carl 
Thorsteinson, Kathleen 
Thorsteinson, Kathleen Gayle 
Thorsteinson, Randy 
Tolko Industries Ltd 
Transalta Corporation 
Transcanada Pipelines Ltd 
Walton International Group Inc 
West Fraser Mills Ltd 
Political donations in Alberta - Edmonton Journal POLITICAL DONATIONS IN ALBERTA - 2004 TO 2010
Top 70 political donors in Alberta
The list below shows the top 70 political donors to parties in Alberta from 2004 to 2010.
The list has the total of all the donations that the individual or entity made during that timeframe. This does not include donations made directly to constituency associations. Click on the headers to sort the data in that column.
Click here to view our database of all donations to parties from 2004 to 2010.
Created by Lucas Timmons using Jquery Tablesorter.
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