Toxic Sludge and the CRD

Toxic Sludge and the CRD – Part 2    

  – Walt McGinnis – Citizen Reporter Feb 16, 2018

 The un-elected Capital Regional District whose board is chosen by our local mayors is at it again putting lipstick on the pig that they have created. By deciding to use land based treatment of sewage at McLaughlin Point the toxins will be partially removed from the ocean but the CRD are now stuck with chemical laden sludge and with no safe place to put it.

Victoria’s local TV station, CHECK News, reported today with the assistance of the CRD public relations department, that our ocean waters near the sewage out flows were being contaminated by pharmaceuticals and that 95% of these chemical would be removed by the new sewage treatment plant due to open in 2020.  Sounds good doesn’t it?

However a not so little detail CHECK failed to report on is the fact that these pharmaceuticals will now be captured in the left over sludge from the sewage plant and that sludge would be stored permanently at Hartland Landfill. Why will the sludge have to be stored permanently you ask? The answer is because these chemicals will make the sludge toxic and unsafe to incinerate or to spread on farmers’ fields. The CRD appears to have fixed one problem for about 1 billion dollars while possibly creating an even greater threat to our environment.

In the Focus magazine article, Will sewage treatment in Victoria benefit the environment ,by Katherine Palmer Gordon, June , 2014, retired University of Victoria ocean physics professor Chris Garrett  is quoted as saying  “secondary treatment doesn’t destroy many contaminants. Some are still discharged into the sea, and others simply get concentrated in the leftover sludge instead of the liquid effluent.

Whether that’s worse for the environment or not depends on what you do with the sludge. If you dispose of it on land, it may contaminate surface and groundwater. If you incinerate it, it may produce dioxins. What’s the environmental impact compared to the contaminants being absorbed and buried in the sediments around the outfalls? We don’t know, because an objective comparison hasn’t been done.”

That is a very clear explanation of the situation. The CRD on the other hand will not say this. They have no solution for the problem they have created so instead they are attempting to manufacture a reality in which the problem does not exist. This is a message to the CRD. You can put lipstick on a pig but we all know it is still a pig.

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Are Weaver and Horgan playing a Tricky Game to Snuff Hopes for Proportional Representation in B.C.

–Walt McGinnis citizen reporter

It appears Premier Horgan’s China visit to promote Liquefied Natural Gas investment and the Green party’s leader threats to bring down the NDP government over LNG production is a set up that will justify Weavers withdrawal of support for the NDP and bring down the government which will in turn take the referendum on PR off the table.

This is all fresh after Justin Trudeau’s betrayal of the Canadian people over the same issue. Will BCers buy it and just take another hit to their wishes of a better democracy?

Weaver and Horgan are singing and dancing and tweeting their way into the confused minds of the public, much to the delight of Petroleum Industry and their advisors that are uncomfortably close to the men.

In a Jan 23 Globe and Mail article by Justine Hunter reports Andrew Weaver, the leader of the BC Green Party as saying: “You can’t have LNG and meet (greenhouse gas reduction )targets. … This is that sword I would die on.”

In the article the Green Leader acknowledged that a snap election would derail his party’s efforts to seek changes to the province’s electoral system – which was a key demand in its negotiations with the NDP to support a minority government. Weaver said, “I didn’t get into politics to change the voting system,” I got into politics because I saw innovative, leading climate policies being dismantled and I believed the BC NDP were serious about climate action.”

The problem with those statements is voters are hardly interested about why Weaver got into politics. What the voters are concerned about is will he keep the promises he made to support PR that got him elected. These are two separate things. Weaver got elected because the main thing he campaigned for was to change the first past the post voting system to a Proportional Representation system. But now Weaver is putting all that in jeopardy. The question is why?

In the deal to prop up the NDP government the NDP have pledged to hold PR referendum and to campaign for PR. So Weavers job is to keep the NDP minority government going until the referendum is held and a regular election is scheduled. That is what the majority of Greens want and that is what this province needs; an end to the dictatorship of false majority governments where the party with 40% of the vote has 100%of the power while 60% of the voters have no voice.

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Manufacturing Terrorism

            Manufacturing Terrorism in Canada

— Walt McGinnis – citizen reporter   Jan 19, 2018.

On July 1, 2013 John Nuttall and Amanda Korody were arrested and charged for carrying out a terrorist attack on the BC legislature lawn.

On June 2, 2015 the jury for the BC Supreme Court trial found the pair guilty for plotting the bombing. Their lawyers immediately asked for a stay in proceedings arguing that the couple was the victims of entrapment by the RCMP. In several conversations that were  secretly taped by the RCMP  listed in the judges, Reasons for Judgment,   the couple  believed they would be killed if they did not carry out the wishes of their handlers.

Beyond just being the victims of entrapment it appears that  Ms.Korody and Mr. Nuttall were used as the fall guys in a fake  murder plot manufactured by the highest offices of the RCMP.

On July 29, 2016 the Honorable Madam Justice Bruce agreed saying: “Simply put, the world has enough terrorists. We do not need the police to create more out of marginalized people who have neither the capacity nor sufficient motivation to do it themselves.”

Judge Bruce ordered a stay in proceedings.  Mr. Knuttall and Ms. Korody were set free.

In January 2018 Appeal hearings began on behalf of the federal Liberal government, headed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Many Canadians are wondering on what grounds an appeal is warranted.

In her Reasons for Judgment in the original court hearings   Judge Bruce explains how the RCMP manufactured the fake terrorist attack by forcing two vulnerable people living on the edge of society to plant bombs, that unbeknownst to them were unarmed, intending to murder people celebrating Canada Day on the British Columbia Legislature lawn.

 Astonishingly the RCMP has admitted that they had 243 police officers fabricating and carrying out the plot. Orders came directly from Ottawa. Millions of dollars were spent, leaving everyone asking the question: why? The answer to that could shake to the roots our concepts of who we are as Canadian citizens.

  Below are excerpts of what the judge said in her original ruling. Her words leave no doubt the RCMP are the real criminals in this case.

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF BRITISH  COLUMBIA

Reasons for Judgment     Before: The Honorable Madam Justice Bruce

http://www.courts.gov.bc.ca/jdb-txt/sc/16/14/2016BCSC1404.htm

[671] ……    This was not a situation in which the police were attempting to disrupt an ongoing criminal enterprise; rather, the offences committed by the defendants were brought about by the police and would not have occurred without their involvement. By any measure, this was a clear case of police-manufactured crime.

[672] …    the actions of the police went far beyond presenting the defendants with an opportunity to commit an act of terrorism. The police engaged in a multi-faceted and systematic manipulation of the defendants to induce them into committing a terrorist offence.

[674]  I find that an average person, ————–probably would have come to the same conclusion as the defendants. That is, that the undercover officers were part of a sophisticated terrorist organization and would not hesitate to eliminate them if they failed to meet their expectations.

[677]     I am also satisfied that the deceit practiced upon the defendants constituted an implied threat. Any reasonable person would have concluded that the members of such a terrorist organization were ruthless. The defendants were so convinced that Officer A and his associates were part of Al Qaeda that they came to fear the officers would kill them if they did not complete the terrorist plan that was orchestrated by the police.

681]  … ( an eavesdropping device)  at the Sundance Motel recorded Mr. Nuttall cautioning Ms. Korody that if they failed to complete their part in the mission Officer A would go from being a nice guy to a “fucking monster” and when he articulated Officer A’s four contingency plans for them, which all included their demise..

704]     The fact that Officer A chose to give religious advice at all is objectionable; however, preaching ideas that promoted the use of violence and allaying the defendants’ doubts about killing people makes his conduct far more sinister. When Mr. Nuttall said that he and Ms. Korody had serious doubts that killing people would please Allah, Officer A gave him the same spiritual advice about pre-determination that violent extremists use to radicalize people.

[709]     What is most concerning about Officer A’s conduct is that he used religious advice as a means of quelling the doubts the defendants had about using violence to achieve spiritual goals at critical times in the operation. As the project progressed, Officer A’s manipulation of Mr. Nuttall’s beliefs about the Islamic faith became more and more intrusive and directive until he became almost dictatorial……

735]     It was the RCMP who decided that the pressure cooker devices were a viable, feasible plan for Mr. Nuttall. They set about to convince him and Ms. Korody that this was the only plan that could possibly succeed and to discourage them from considering any other plan.

738] Officer A essentially ridiculed Mr. Nuttall’s rocket plan and said that the only plan he and Officer C would support was the pressure cooker plan.

[741]  In Victoria when they were alone together the evening before the final event, the defendants expressed the belief that they had to go through with the plan or be killed.

[743]   …  Having finally, and with great effort, refocused Mr. Nuttall on a terrorist plot that the police believed Mr. Nuttall might be able to accomplish, Officer A and the other undercover officers, as directed by the investigative team, began to eliminate every obstacle raised by the defendants to the completion of a pressure cooker mission…… Nuttall remained concerned about his lack of knowledge so Officer A instructed Mr. Nuttall about C4 and its properties. Mr. Nuttall did not know how to make a detonator so Officer C offered to supply remote detonators and Officer A assured Mr. Nuttall that detonators would not present a problem. Later, while shopping for the bomb parts, Officer A had to give Mr. Nuttall detailed instructions on how to make a timer from an alarm clock. The defendants did not have a place to construct the devices and so Officer A promised to find them a remote and quiet location. The defendants had no ability to transport themselves and the pressure cooker devices to their targets. Officer A promised that he would provide any necessary transportation, as well as a safe house for their stay on the Island and after the mission.

744] …Mr. Nuttall’s behavior did not demonstrate any hurry to carry out a jihadist mission. Both privately and in conversations with Officer A, the defendants expressed concern that they were being rushed into the pressure cooker plan.

[755] … the RCMP’s role in the terrorist plot was far more extensive in comparison to the roles played by the defendants. The defendants were the foot soldiers but Officer A was the leader of the group; he made all of the arrangements and gave the defendants instructions and directions at every stage of the operation. Without the police, it would have been impossible for the defendants to carry out the pressure cooker bombing.

[763] When Mr. Nuttall said it would be good to target an office building, it was Officer A who had to remind him that on Canada Day there would be no one in the office building. When Mr. Nuttall complained that they were being rushed, and required two days for a recce, Officer A redirected him and asked him to think about where all the people would be on Canada Day. In response, Mr. Nuttall said downtown. Without asking him to be more specific, Officer A drove directly to the Parliament buildings and pointed out two bushes that he told the defendants would make good hiding places for the devices.

764]  …..the defendants ultimately chose bushes closer to the Parliament buildings despite their knowledge that no one would be killed. They believed their message would get more sympathy if the building was damaged but no one was killed.

[765] ….it was clear that Mr. Nuttall did not believe that this was his plan or his operation. He wanted to blow up a truck not plant pressure cooker devices. Officer A lost his temper with Mr. Nuttall and, quite honestly in my view, exclaimed with a tone of frustration that he had planned everything and all Mr. Nuttall had to do was plant the devices.

[768 ., the role the police played in the mission is even more offensive because they violated the Criminal Code in order to accomplish their objectives and almost all of their actions were unsanctioned and beyond the scope of the s. 25.1 authorization secured by the RCMP.

[775]    … This is truly a case where the RCMP manufactured the crime; this is not a situation where the police simply “instigated, originated or brought about” the offence. The police took two people who held terrorist beliefs but no apparent capacity or means to plan, act on or carry through with their religiously motivated objectives and they counselled, directed, urged, instructed and molded them into people who could, with significant and continuous supervision and direction by the police, play a small role in a terrorist offence.

[777]     This bare summary does not capture the true nature of the police conduct because it was the day-to-day dealings with the defendants, which were recorded and videotaped, that demonstrate the absurd character of the undercover investigation. When Mr. Nuttall broke down after the failed train plan and confessed that he was not a general and could not be expected to create a workable plan, Officer A assured him that he would be taken through to the end, “one baby step at a time”. And this is what the police had to do, not for public safety, but to bring the undercover operation to a conclusion with an arrest for terrorism offences. Manipulating, cajoling, instructing, instilling fear, offering friendship, offering reward, offering religious guidance, throughout the operation, the police led the defendants to this endgame.

[836] – — There are no remedies less drastic than a stay of proceedings that will address the abuse of process. The spectre of the defendants serving a life sentence for a crime that the police manufactured by exploiting their vulnerabilities, by instilling fear that they would be killed if they backed out, and by quashing all doubts they had in the religious justifications for the crime, is offensive to our concept of fundamental justice. Simply put, the world has enough terrorists. We do not need the police to create more out of marginalized people who have neither the capacity nor sufficient motivation to do it themselves.

[837]     Accordingly, I find this is one of the rare cases where a stay of proceedings is warranted due to an abuse of process. I thus enter a stay of proceedings with regard to Counts 1 and 4 of the Indictment and I enter an unconditional stay in regard to Count 2.

“Bruce J.”

These court documents listing the actions of CSIS and the RCMP belie an ideology that allows for almost any tactic that will lead to a conviction of their victim regardless of their guilt or innocence. This is a trend lived out in several alleged terrorist plots in Canada and is also shown in Canada’s extradition laws that have led to the torture of Maher Arar, Omar Khadr and several other Canadian citizens.

 The results of the Trudeau governments appeal will show what kind of society Canadians live in. Is this a free and open society or some kind of police state that condones using coercive tactics that steal fundamental freedoms from us all?

 

 

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Toxic Sludge and the CRD

Toxic Sludge and the CRD

Walt McGinnis Citizen Reporter Jan 15, 2018 Victoria BC

The McLaughlin Point Sewage Treatment Plant will produce hundreds of tons of toxic sludge that will be stored permanently at the Hartland landfill. How could the Capital Regional District directors make such a terrible series of decisions that led to this? And the worst thing is we cannot do a thing about it because the CRD is not elected.

It appears that the directors of the Capital Regional District and their public relations staff are trying to maneuver around two big problems of their own creation.

The CRD problems started when they approved the undersized McLaughlin Point treatment plant which will be overwhelmed soon after it is opened, according to their engineering company, Stantec.  With the plant being overloaded chemicals will have to be added to the process. As a result the plant will produce chemically laden sewage sludge that is deemed to be toxic and cannot be used safely in anyway, including incineration.

Things began to get strange on Jan 11, 2018 when the CRD with director Lisa Helps taking the lead announced that they would not be burning the sludge but for reasons unrelated to protecting the environment. They claimed that they would not have enough garbage to mix with the sludge in order for it to be incinerated to create electricity. The shortage of garbage was the deciding factor. Incredibly they did not mention any concerns about the sludge’s toxicity. It was a public relations maneuver that takes your breath away for its brazenness.

In fact the CRD have never acknowledged the environmental damage that the burning of chemical laden sludge would cause. It seems that the CRD has been more concerned about covering their behinds than protecting our health.  As a result of their shenanigans we will end up with hundreds of tons of toxic sludge stored permanently at the top of our watershed at Hartland Landfill, ready to trickle down into our environment.  It will be an accident waiting to happen, a constant threat to contaminate our streams our lakes and our water wells for many generations.

Read more about this in an article by David Broadland  in the Nov 7, 2016 Focus Magazine article called The CRD hid McLaughlin Points fatal Flaw.

http://www.focusonvictoria.ca/novdec2016/the-crd-hid-mcloughlin-points-fatal-flaw-by-david-broadland-r14/

The article states; the sludge can’t be incinerated, used as fertilizer, or recycled in any useful way. UBC engineering professor Dr Don Mavinic, an expert on sewage treatment, told Focus in 2014: “This is a huge problem in Ontario right now. It’s become very contentious. Very few landfills will accept the sludge now. Most incinerators won’t touch it. Ontario has ended up with this chemical soup that has to be stored somewhere because you can’t do anything with it.”

 This article points out several other major flaws with the design of the treatment plant that should also be noted as more problems unfold.

  On Jan 11, 2018 the Times Colonist reported that the sludge will now be dried and stored and “perhaps sent off to be burned as fuel in cement kilns.”

http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/crd-halts-search-for-another-way-to-deal-with-sewage-sludge-1.23141565

Perhaps Director Lisa Helps, the CRD staff and the editors of the Times Colonist all know, but dare not mention, that this sludge is toxic to all lifeforms and cannot be reused safely in any manner.

Perhaps the public should be informed about the risks the CRD are taking with our health.

Perhaps as well, we should think about why we are not demanding that the CRD directors be held accountable for their actions by, for starters, holding free and fair elections for  the directors of the CRD.

I asked CRD director Lisa Helps by voicemail if she was aware that the chemical laden sludge could not be incinerated safely. She has not returned my call.

 

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Rigging the Canadian Federal Election – Update

By Walt McGinnis.

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In my previous article I pointed out that the facts seem to indicate that the NDP and the Conservatives are collaborating in the federal election while under the direction of Brad Lavinge and his public relations firm Hill and Knowlton. The provincial election in British Columbia in 2013, in which it appears the NDP threw the victory to the Liberals, is of much interest because the same NDP campaign operatives in BC are now working on the Federal NDP campaign.

There are several similarities in the Federal NDP campaign to what happened in BC. The NDP have gone from strong leaders in the polls to trailing in third place. This looks a lot like the slide the pollsters reported that the NDP took in BC except the Federal pollsters appear to be letting the NDP down more easily. As in BC it is highly questionable the NDP ever had that lead. Continue reading

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Rigging the Canadian Federal Election

Are the NDP and Conservatives, while working under the guidance of Hill+Knowlton, collaborating to fix the 2015 Federal election?

By – Walt McGinnis Sept 21, 2015

Hill + Knowlton and other political operatives were involved in questionable activities while working for the New Democratic Party in the 2013 election in British Columbia. They are now playing a major role in the 2015 Federal NDP and Conservative campaigns. It looks like the Federal NDP campaign team is scheming to give the victory to the Conservatives in the same manner as what the British Columbia NDP team did for the Liberals.

Brad Lavinge: Vice President, Public & Corporate Affairs Hill+Knowlton Strategist AND Senior Campaign Advisor New Democratic Party of Canada

Hill+Knowlton is playing a major role in Canadian Politics. Senior NDP campaign advisor Brad Lavinge is also vice president for Public and Corporate Affairs of this PR firm. They are a wing of the strangely named, Wire and Plastics Products (WPP), the largest public relations firm in the world. Some would say WPP is the public face of the global elite’s political agenda. Most NDPers would wonder what they have in common with the goals and aspirations of Hill+Knowlton.

Hill + Knowlton are remembered as the inventors of the incubator baby hoax, the Pearl Harbour event that created the public support of George Bush senior’s 1991 Gulf War. The US invasion of Iraq led to the death and suffering of millions of innocent people. If Hill +Knowlton could pull that one off then fixing an election would be a cinch. Continue reading

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Wi-Fi Networks in Public Schools, Scientific Facts and Corporate Fiction

The Victoria British Columbia  School Board is  questioning the safety of using  wireless  Internet  networks  in classrooms. Canadian Health Authorities are leaving them in the lurch as they search for evidence that WI-Fi radiation is safe. The ever widening gulf between Health Canada’s’ broad proclamations and reality have become to much to ignore.

-Walt McGinnis

Health Canada claims that radio frequency radiation (RFR) such as that emitted from a Wi-Fi network is safe, even though there are thousands of studies that show that the use of wireless technology is not safe, especially for the children. Up to now most of our school administrators followed the guidance from Health Canada and our Medical Health Officer even  when  their sources of research seemed to be more often meeting the financial needs of the wireless industry and not the health needs of our children. In the face of  mounting evidence of harm school officials are grappling with the possibility that Health Canada is  not telling the truth on this issue.

There are grounds for being skeptical.Health Canada has a long history of collaborating with corporate interests at the expense of Canadians health. They dragged their feet in issuing regulations to protect Canadians from  products containing  asbestos and lead even when they were known to be carcinogenic . Many of those products were used in schools. In 2011 the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) declared  RFR to be carcinogenic. They are the world leaders in cancer research. With this in mind  the Victoria School Board appears not willing to wait for Health Canada to issue  more protective  regulations and  is  preparing to move ahead  to find a scientific basis from which they can make decisions that will protect the health and safety of the children and staff. Continue reading

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WI-FI, Human Rights and Corporate Interests

Is the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal  stacked in favor of corporate interests ?

-Walt McGinnis

A longtime corporate lawyer who has already turned down one appeal to the Human Rights Tribunal regarding radio frequency radiation (rfr) exposure from Smart meters is now ruling on a new appeal submitted by a grandmother trying to protect her grandson from WI-FI radiation at school.

In 2010 the Liberal government appointed Norman Trerise a corporate Lawyer and longtime senior partner with law firm Faskin Martineau to the BC Human Rights Tribunal. In 2013 Trerise refused to hear  an  appeal from the Citizens for Safe Technology (CST). Ignoring a mountain of evidence Trerise claimed the CST had no chance to prove that people were harmed from rfr  emitted from BC Hydro’s so called smart meters. He would not even let them present their case. Continue reading

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Canada’s Collaboration with ISIS

–  Walt McGinnis

According to reports in  the  Ottawa Citizen a human smuggling operation controlled by Canada’s  Jordanian Embassy escalated  soon after Bruno  Saccomani became the Ambassador. These claims have been bolstered by revelations from the Turkish government in which they claim that a man involved in trafficking  men women and young girls  from Turkey into the hands of ISIS in northern Syria confessed to have been a CSIS agent.  Most importantly this  underground railway appears to have been used to create and fund ISIS an organization labeled as being terrorist by Canada.

http://ottawacitizen.com/news/politics/alleged-spy-arrested-in-turkey-for-helping-girls-join-islamic-state-was-working-for-canadian-embassy-in-jordan-reports

In 2013 ,  Stephen Harper, the  Prime Minister of Canada, appointed his body guard Bruno Saccomani to  be the Ambassador to Jordan. Saccomani, who was also put in charge of Canada’s diplomatic relations with Iraq, was and by  most  accounts still is  a member of Canada’s Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS).

It is not unusual for an embassy to be used for espionage. However there has always been a  thin veneer of propriety used to hide these activities to maintain formal diplomatic channels between the host country and the foreign country’s embassy.  These niceties appear to have been cast aside in this case. Continue reading

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Canada’s Ambassador To Jordan Linked To ISIS Girls

– Walt McGinnis

The Turkish government claims that the Canadian Embassy in Jordan  aided  the trafficking of British born children and at least 17 others into the hands of ISIS, in the middle of a war zone, in Syria.

The Ottawa Citizen has reported that the man who was recently caught by Turkish police trafficking British born girls between Turkey and Syria and into the hands of ISIS was CSIS agent Mohammad Al Rashid.

Reports claim Al Rashid reported to Bruno Saccomani, Prime Minister Stephen  Harpers personal security guard who he appointed as the Ambassador to Jordan in 2013.

The chain of command is quite clear. CSIS agent Al Rashid reported to Ambassador Saccomani who reported to Stephen Harper. Harper appointed Saccomani who in turn recruited Al Rashid.

These revelations from the Turkish Government indicate Canada’s Jordanian Embassy collaborated with ISIS, an organization labeled as terrorists by the  Canadian government. This leaves Canadians baffled about exactly what Harper and his Conservative government are trying to achieve. Is it a war on terrorists or a war using terrorists?

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