Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Nothing wrong with public debate of course; let the public have it. Anyone seriously interested in the future of the Albion however need look no further than development applications going through the Maple Ridge planning department to understand that indeed a large mall of some sort will inevitably be built in the Albion; probably not for a decade or two, but it will come.
Building single family homes in subdivisions moving east from 240th to 284th on the Mission border is the ultimate goal. Single family homes, built on previously undeveloped land is the crack cocaine of the planning department. There is little hope - call it no hope - of this ever changing. Any talk of densification in the town core is just that, talk, a fop thrown at the greenerati (the intellectually green) to pacify them and make them feel good, and of course to make them feel that theirs is a worthy and rewarding cause.
With the Golden Ears Bridge weeks away from opening and its cousin the Pitt River Bridge due to open in the fall, one can already sense big changes are coming to Maple Ridge. It is not beyond comprehension to see this town hit a population of 250,000 by the turn of the century. The debate on the Albion will be long forgotten and 8 lanes will connect Maple Ridge and Mission with a fast train link along the 100% developed corridor between the two towns. Visitors will find a collection of high rises in our core and all the houses in Maple Crescent will be due for renovation. The Home Depot on Albion flats will be very busy.
The debate we had on agricultural land applications and the Albion in 1980s/90s and 00s will seem as trivial then as they are indeed now.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Kenneth Marcel Lavallee arrested on Friday
Shane Bigham MAPLE RIDGE (NEWS1130) Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 11:02 am MAPLE RIDGE (NEWS1130) - A man described as a 'prolific offender' has been arrested by Ridge Meadows RCMP--one of four people charged with a number of offences including kidnapping, forcible confinement, and dangerous driving. Kenneth Marcel Lavallee, 38, of New Westminster was arrested along with another man and two women.
RCMP say the incident started around 8:30 in the morning on Friday, when a 52 year old man was forced into an SUV on Warsely Street in Maple Ridge. A short time later, it was spotted at Northumberland Court on Fraser Street just off Lougheed Highway in Maple Ridge, and followed to 119th Avenue and 227 Street.
Three arrests were made immediately--including Lavallee. RCMP describe him as someone officers are 'always wary of'. Lora-Lee Sandra Lockhart, 39, Tracy Michele Sellick, 45, and Frank William Chartrand, 34--all of Maple Ridge--were also arrested and charged.
The victim had been tied up and beaten. He was taken to hospital for treatment.
Let us say that every one's worst nightmare came true and North Korea managed to assemble a weapon and concomitant gear required to launch an attack. Who on earth cares? Who will the little man attack? More imortant, why?
If North Korea were lucky enough to get a missile off how long would it be before it received a visitation from a similar device launched by one of the super powers or perhaps even by nearby Pakistan.
After Bush's 'weapons of mass distruction' era of the past US administration we are, it is clear, now entering the Obama era of weapons of 'miss distraction.'
Kim Il Jong is incapable of hitting a barn door with a BB gun. And, if by some miracle he did lucky, there is little doubt that China and other Asian countries, ably assisted by Russia, are more than capable of taking away Kim's whole barn of western luxury goods.
One has to feel immense sorrow for the citizens of North Korea and one can only hope that they will one day find it in themselves to stand up agains the dictator Kim and take him out in one way or the other. In today's world it is not possible for a single country to threaten global stability. All that CNN, the BBC and the rest of the media is doing is making it easier for us to believe that North Korea is a threat when in fact it is nowhere close.
We became accustomed to the fear mongering of the Cheney-Bush duet. The media has taken over where Buch and Cheney left off. Surely there are more serious issues at hand. Who, for instance, is going to win the 2010 World Cup? North Korea? I think not.
Kim Il Jong may be an ugly little bugger, but Robert Mugabe he ain't.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
The voters in this town tend to be on the older side, though I saw quite a few bright young faces at the advanced poles and even more on polling day. It was interesting comparing the firm determined looks of the elderly voter to that of the slightly uncertain look on the fresh faced first-time voter. "You've yet to be let down by a party you voted for, "I thought about the young. And with the older voters in mind I wondered if they would vote despite so many broken promises over the decades for their favourite party.
There is something quaint and familiar about the voting process in Maple Ridge. It is a bit like a school reunion where only half - if that - of the invited guests show up. Held as it were in mostly wooden structures that have remained standing here on the banks of the Fraser river, notwithstanding the weather, vandalism and the occassional fire (fires love wood you know), it is hard not to be reminded of our past, a not-so-distant past. I say 'our past' though Radio Haney has only been around for some 15 years, so one should not presume too much.
This was a ho-hum provincial election by all accounts. That's the problem with fixing the date for an election; you know its coming, wanted or not. A ho-hum election featuring less than ho-hum candidates. You'd swear some of them were quite determined not to win at all. Campaigning is tough work and it seems most of the work is left to the candidate; often a blatantly obvious one man show.
If the polls are accurate then it is fair to say that we live in a well-balanced community with the results being so close as to put a halt to any pre-partying until the final count was in. No runaway, slash and burn landslides in this district thank you very much. And that about covers it for Maple Ridge. A little to the right, a little to the left. A little of the unacceptable face of capitalism blended with just enough leftism not to qualify for outright communism. Tons of union workers nicely balanced by a barrage of self-employed individuals. All they have in common as an enemy is government itself. We can all find fault with government; and when we go the polls we go under the illusion that our party will 'sort it out.' Save the trees, save the children, spare the poor, help the aged, keep our town safe from sex, drugs and rock and roll, stop/start the developers and ring that bell, ding dong dell.
At least it is all over now and we only have to glance at the NEWS or the TIMES once in a while over the next coming years to see how Mr Sather and Mr Dalton are doing in Victoria.
In effect Maple Ridge now has a left hand and indeed a right hand. One can only hope that the right hand knows what the left hand is doing. A brain between the two hands would be helpful too. Only time will tell.
Saturday, May 09, 2009
Former NDP Premier Harcourt endorses BC Liberal climate plan:
The BC Liberal Team
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Sunday, May 03, 2009
Saturday, May 02, 2009
One of them said, "I'm the best surgeon in Maple Ridge. In my favorite case, a concert pianist lost seven fingers in an accident. I reattached them, and 8 months later he performed a private concert for the Queen of England."
The second surgeon said, "That's nothing. A young man lost an arm and both legs in an accident. I reattached them and two years later he won a gold medal in track and field event at the Olympics."
The third surgeon said, "You guys are amateurs. Several years ago a woman was high on cocaine and rode her horse head-on into a West Coast Express traveling 80 miles an hour. All I had left to work with was the woman's hair and the horse's ass. I was able to put them together and now that asshole is Leader of the NDP."
You've got to be kidding me.
Just when you thought the NDP had run out of things to tax, they've found two more - death and beer.
Yes, these two bombshells rocked the NDP campaign today.
THE NDP DEATH TAX
Recently an NDP candidate surprised all participants at an all-candidates forum when he directly endorsed the introduction of a new tax on inheritance – sometimes called a “death tax” – if the NDP were elected.
Shockingly, the NDP not only want to increase taxes on you while you’re alive, but they also want to increase taxes on you after you’re gone.
THE NDP BEER TAX
Yesterday the NDP confirmed they will increase costs for private liquor retailers by $155-million over the next three years resulting in an average $3 increase in the price of a six-pack of beer – risking thousands of jobs in over 650 retail stores.
As British Columbians kick back with their friends and family and enjoy the Canucks' playoff run and the arrival of summer, the last thing they need to hear is that the NDP will jack up the price of beer and wine.
While people are worried about their jobs during the global economic downturn, the NDP is trying to find new ways to tax you.
As we approach Election Day, I’d ask you to contrast this news with the over 120 tax cuts made by the BC Liberal government over the last eight years.
Today, I urge you to spread the word, get involved, make a donation, and help us stop the NDP.
Director of Operations
Friday, May 01, 2009
It's time to stop Gordon Campbell
After years of arrogance and neglect, ordinary British Columbians know things will get worse if he's re-elected.
RH: Where is the neglect, where is the arrogance (all British Columbians are ordinary, so what is the point) and if they are ordinary what ordinary secret powers do they possess that enables them know that things will get worse if Gordon Campbell is re-elected?
They know that Gordon Campbell will use the recession to cut and privatize like never before.
RH: They (the ordinary British Columbians) do not know that Gordon Campbell will use the recession to cut and privatize 'like never before'. The NDP credits GC with superhuman powers if they feel he can 'use' the recession. Like all other leaders he has no alternative but to wait out the recession. To think that he can somehow benefit from the recession is a little naive.
And they know Campbell will cut health and education to help his friends, donors and big private interests.
RH: James and he advisors need to get a little more specific if they think that this fear-mongering will work. They - the ordinary British Columbians - do not 'know' that GC will cut health and education. The truth of the matter is that the NDP are just as likely to cut health and education in the highly unlikely event of being elected.
With record job losses in the last few months, ordinary British Columbians are worried they can't count on Campbell to protect their jobs and incomes in tough times.
RH: More ordinary British Columbians? One wonders if there are any extra-ordinary British Columbians at all? It is the views it seems of the NDP that we are all ordinary. Little wonder then that this province, pretty as it is, is not widely known for much else than simply being Beautiful British Columbia. A beautiful place, full of ordinary people; at least that seems to be the NDP take on things. If ordinary British Columbians are worried they can't count on Campbell then one must assume that extraordinary British Columbians hold another view altogether; the less than ordinary ones - the majority - will show that they are very confident in Campbell's management skills when it comes to protecting jobs and incomes. The brightest and hardest working will of course manage quite nicely thank you without any assistance from either the NDP or the Liberals.
His unfair and ineffective gas tax will triple, making it harder for working families to make ends meet without doing anything to help the environment.
RH: It will also take a huge chunk of vehicles off the road - good for the environment. Replacing cars with public transport is an idea as old as the hills and it works. Gas should be taxed like cigarettes.
And after years of delays Campbell still evades all questions about alleged corruption in the sale of BC Rail. What's he hiding?
RH: Allegations are of course simply allegations. He may very well be hiding something - he is after all a politician. We will never know what Carol James is hiding as she will never be in a position where knowing her secrets will be of interest to anyone; except of course ordinary British Columbians.
Never use the word 'thrust' when Marc Dolton is in the room.