Canada’s Housing Bubble Is About To Explode

Published on Aug 31, 2016

“Since 2008/2009 when the Fed pumped the world with cheap credit in the wake of recession caused by pumping the world full of cheap credit, Vancouver real estate prices, as well as the rest of Canadian real state, has been climbing and climbing, to the point that now Vancouver locals can’t even afford a home.”
In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth explains that for Canadians, it all comes back to the Bank of Canada. By manually lowering interest rates through open market operations, they’ve left the private Chartered banks more leveraged and less capitalized than the American banks were in the run up to the 2008/09 recession.

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Filmmaker exploring new vision for forestry with video series

In 2012, I took a fateful trip to Cortes Island – a northern gulf island three ferry rides away from Vancouver – to document the Cortes community’s fight to fend off an impending logging operation by coastal timber giant Island Timberlands.

 

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Community members took us deep into the woods privately owned by Island Timberlands and showed us the hidden pockets of old-growth that the company was targeting. I was struck by how passionate and knowledgeable these Cortes residents were about the land, sharing a trove of fascinating information about the fungal networks underlying our footsteps and their relationships with the giant trees that were scattered throughout this complex and ancient ecosystem.

Filmmaker Daniel J. Pierce documenting subjects of his video series

They explained why cutting down this forest and replacing it with young trees was not adequate to protect the values they held dear. A young forest simply could not filter the drinking water, or sustain the wildlife, or generate the tourism interest that they required to continue living on this tiny island. And furthermore, they felt there was something sacred here that simply should not be tampered with.

I also discovered that while these people were opposed to the clear-cutting of these ancient forests, most of them were not entirely opposed to logging – they simply had a different vision for how it should be done. A group on Cortes had been engaged for 20 years in efforts to obtain a Community Forest in partnership with the Klahoose First Nation. If granted, this would give Cortes the chance to manage nearly all of its public forestlands in a model of its choosing. What follows are some of the ideas for how Cortes intended to do things differently.

The heart of the matter

A healthy old-growth ecosystem with mosses and lichens (screen capture from Heartwood)

Firstly, the forest industry had been on a race to the bottom for years, harvesting smaller and smaller trees at younger and younger ages, sometimes as young as 50 years. But Cortes had a vision for extending growing rotations to 200 years, allowing trees to grow to a greater size, quality and value, increasing the ratio of clearheartwood at the centre of the trees – the wood that carpenters cherish.

This would allow mosses and lichens to return, providing nitrogen for the trees and food for the deer, which would in turn become prey for larger predators such as wolves and cougars. In other words – cultivating a healthy ecosystem.

When it comes time to harvest again, rather than taking out all the trees using feller-bunchers and burning the so-called waste wood on the hillsides – as is the current practice in the industry – Cortes would employ hand-fallers to selectively harvest middle-aged trees, leaving the youngest trees to continue growing and the oldest trees to continue providing wildlife habitat and seed for new trees.

Industrial clearcut (screen capture from Heartwood)

According to Ben Parfitt of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, as of 2008, “17.5 million cubic meters of usable wood has been left behind at logging operations in BC, an amount that would fill a line of logging trucks lined bumper to bumper on the Trans Canada Highway from Vancouver to Halifax and almost all the way back again.” That is a staggering amount of wood being left to rot or burn – and a substantial amount of carbon being released into our atmosphere.

Finally, rather than exporting the wood overseas, Cortes wanted to create a local value-added industry, with local millers and manufacturers making finished wood products out of the raw materials before the timber left the island.

Exporting logs, jobs

Raw BC logs being loaded for export (TJ Watt / Ancient Forest Alliance)

Raw log exports have accelerated dramatically on the coast in recent years. B.C. has seen a 1,200% increase in unprocessed wood leaving our shores in the past decade, with the vast majority of those logs coming from the coast, where there are more private lands and fewer restrictions on log exports. Meanwhile, over half of coastal mills have closed shop in the past 20 years. By processing that wood here in B.C., we could keep more people employed while harvesting less timber.=

It was this vision for a forest industry that works for the people as well as for the forests that sparked my interest in making a documentary. Films about people trying to stop logging had already been done. But a film about people trying to practice truly sustainable forestry was something that I had never seen before.

A new model for forestry

Throughout the course of making this film, the Cortes Island vision of starting a Community Forest has come to fruition. In October 2013, the B.C. government granted Klahoose and the Cortes Forestry Co-Op a Community Forestry Agreement, granting them the ability to manage most of the Crown forestlands on Cortes for the long-term benefit of their community.

They have hired a forest manager, surveyed much of the land-base, and have begun selectively harvesting several areas on Cortes. In a spirit of transparency rarely seen in B.C.’s forest sector, the Cortes Community Forest Partnership has allowed me to film their operations on the ground for my documentary. They have been eager to show the world the caliber of forestry that is being done on Cortes.

And it has been fascinating getting to witness the level of thought that goes into selecting which trees will remain, which will be cut, and how those trees will be taken down so as not to damage the ones that are being left behind. It is a level of care and skill that I had never witnessed before in any industrial clear-cuts.

a community forestry worker on Cortes Island (screen capture from Heartwood)

That is not to say there aren’t challenges. Finding local fallers has been difficult, so off-island fallers have had to be brought in. Eco-forestry is expensive, so the margins are thin, adding pressure to harvest more than the community may be comfortable with at first. Furthermore, people haven’t had time to invest in milling equipment or woodshops, so some logs are leaving the island unprocessed. And there is pressure from the B.C. government, whose Annual Allowable Cut (AAC) dictates the minimum amount of timber that must be harvested each year.

So by no means is Cortes some utopia. There is a whole range of dilemmas and disagreements on the island about how much timber should be logged, where it should be done, how it should be done, who should log it, who should mill it, and how much timber – if any – should be leaving the island unprocessed.

But this is all a work in progress. The hope is that as the Community Forest puts some money in the bank, it will be able to assist the community in building up its value-added industries. And after just its second harvest, they were able to sell more wood on-island than the first time around. So things are moving in the right direction. But in order to stay on track, Cortes must not lose the trust they worked so hard to build. This means keeping the lines of communication open – and really listening to input from the community. It is, after all, a community forest.

Partnering with First Nations is a must

In the past four years that I’ve spent documenting forestry issues on the coast, I have come to realize that whatever solutions we concoct must take into account the First Nations whose unceded territories dominate these lands; the thousands of forestry workers that depend on these forests for employment; and the coastal communities that depend on these forests for other uses such as clean water, tourism and recreation. The only solutions that will be truly sustainable are the ones that don’t try to compromise between our multiple forest values, but that bring them all up together as a synergistic whole.

Sustainable harvest

Filmmaker Daniel J. Pierce (Photo: Andrew Pierce)

My Heartwood series is about moving to a place where the various forest users in B.C. no longer have to be in conflict with one another. It is about moving beyond the paradigm where timber value is the sole metric for the value of a forest. It is about coming up with a holistic value system that takes into account all the intangible and unquantifiable services that forests provide our communities.

And yes, it is also about getting to a place where communities can sustainably grow and harvest timber for generations to come. These are not new ideas. The solutions have been floating around for decades. It’s just that finally – at least on Cortes Island – some of them are finally starting to be implemented. It’s time for the rest of the province to catch up and start moving in the same direction.

Daniel J. Pierce is a Victoria-based documentary filmmaker. He is almost finished production on a documentary series entitled Heartwood: A West Coast Forestry Documentree. He is in the midst of a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the post-production of this series. Click here to watch his pitch video and learn more about his project. And enjoy the above Heartwood trailer.

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Daniel Pierce

 

Daniel J. Pierce is a Vancouver-based filmmaker with a body of work that explores the dynamics of people coming together to build resilient communities and reconnect with the laws of nature. His first documentary, The Hollow Tree, premiered at DOXA and was acquired by CBC and Knowledge in 2012. Dan has been traveling to Cortes Island since January 2012 and is producing a documentary about the ongoing logging dispute with Island Timberlands, the modern forest movement in BC, and the transition to a more holistic forestry economy.

 

Why are cures against the law? – Clive de Carle

Clive de Carle is one of the world’s foremost researchers, practitioners and educators of optimum health and mental performance.

For over 20 years he has dedicated himself to the pursuit of mental and physical performance optimisation, providing cutting-edge nutritional consultancy and enabling thousands of clients to reverse the signs of illness and regain optimum health. In recent years Clive has interviewed many of the world’s leading natural health practitioners and these interviews can be found on You Tube. Clive has also interviewed leading neurosurgeons, ophthalmologists and medical doctors who now embrace the natural approach in place of drugs and surgery.

GE Free Victoria passed. Unanimous.

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GE Free Victoria passed. Unanimous.

Eloquence is the poetry of prose.

– William C Bryant

First of all, I was inspired by a quote from Robyn O’Brien. The gestalt was “Keep speaking, even when you’re trembling.”  I was trembling.

This post has been more widely shared than most of my recent posts on the Deeper Side.  A comment on Facebook just came up that made me realize that I need to expand this post with more background information to help more readers understand. So if you are familiar about the subject, please skip the rest of this paragraph.  For some background on the terminology: GE = Genetic Engineering = GMOS.  Not talking about an extension of traditional plant breeding. I’m talking about Canadian food crops that have been modified to withstand herbicides (like glyphosate) or express a pesticide (like BT). Many GMOS have both traits. Talking about food crops that are not modified for higher yield or better nutrition. No governments have done their own safety studies. GMOs contaminate non GMOs. And Canadian law favours the patent holders of the GE seeds over the farmers who have had their crops contaminated. For some background, I recommend the 2013 documentary ‘GMO OMG’. Another great resource is GMO Myths and Truths you can find online.

Now for the specifics of the Motion put forth by Councillors Ben Isitt and Jeremy Loveday,  There is a bunch of Wheras’s.  If you want you can look up the motion or write back at me and I’ll include them all. Generally given the lack of long-term studies both for human safety and on ecology, and following the precautionary principle the “ask ” was that the City of Victoria go on record to oppose this new technology until the requisite studies are done.  Specifically to quote from the motion:

“THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the City of Victoria hereby opposes the cultivation of genetically engineered crops, plants and trees in the City of Victoria.

“BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City call upon the Federal and Provincial governments to implement a regime of mandatory labelling of all genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for sale in BC and Canada.

“BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City call upon the Federal and Provincial governments to impose a moratorium on bringing further GMOs to market for sale until a regime of independent and transparent scientific assessment and GMO management is introduced.

“BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of Victoria shall forward copies of this resolution to the Premier, Prime Minister, all local MLAs and MPs, Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and The Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM).”

Let me give you a play by play account of how tonight’s Victoria Council Session went.

I came into a mostly empty council chambers as a virtuoso pianist was serenading the room from about 6 – 6:30.  Robert Holliston.  Beautiful playing.  Set the tone? I was not expecting that – it was kind of surreal.  Actually, it was almost mystical.


I met Tony for the first time.  Love his sign and his smile. 
Then Mayor Helps and councillors came in.  I need to give props, snaps, shout-outs to Councillors Ben Isitt and Jeremey Loveday for their commitment to this important cause.

Mayor Lisa Helps (in what looked like a locally-made smoking lily dress oh ye followers of the Style-Diet) called the session precisely at 6:30 and after a few words, I was the first speaker for GE Free Victoria.  Read from my notes.  Held by my trembling hands.  Heard my voice quake and shake. But hung in there.  You can probably guess what I talked about.


Second up was Jim Jordan, a seeker of social and environmental justice.  A soft-spoken man, an organized thinker and most importantly: a do-er.  The steady driving force behind tonight.  Jim spoke about seeds and how the machines and chemicals of war were repurposed to agriculture. Jim provided the council with a speech and presentation by Dr Thierry Vrain, former GMO scientist and current organic farmer.  Dr Vrain summarized recently findings about the biocide/herbicide glyphosate.

Third up was Arzeena Hamir, an agrologist and organic farmer of Amara Farm up in Courtney.  An excellent speaker (a fabulous soul too), she focused on how Richmond benefitted from a GE Free Resolution.

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Next was Tony Beck, a PhD from London and a UN Advisor on food security and gender issues.  Eloquent, beyond knowledgeable.  I wish I had taken notes!  What I recall was how municipalities need to take the charge and how 50% of seeds lies with only a handful of companies.

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Afterwards, Rob Pearce, virtuoso drummer and therapist spoke clearly about the dubious and unethical practises of certain biotech patent holders.  Like me he is more of a musician than a public speaker.  But he was wonderful, informative. He went out of his comfort zone.  Respect.

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Dr Joan Russow, erstwhile leader of the Green Party delved into the history of the international struggle against this questionable technology.  Even since I first met Joan, I have been totally bowled away by her energy and focus.  Gratitude for her voice.

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Frances Litman, sparkling, a great speaker and 2012 CRD EcoStar Community Leadership Award Winner on behalf of Creatively United For The Planet, read two statements.  One from the conscious dietician Rachel Dickens and another from Dionne Laslo-Baker from DeeBee’s organic tea pops.

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It didn’t stop there.  No folks.  Three more speakers followed.

First of the trinity was Michael Coon who has been railing against GMOs in Hawaii (ground zero for GMOs).  He’s a powerful speaker and focused his talk on the findings of Steven Druker in the book “Altered Genes, Twisted Truth.”  Wonderful and terrible at the same time. But the eloquence….

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Next was Professor Emeritus Edwin Daniel.  In his 9th decade, he was clear as a bell. And he hit home that there is no independent, long-term studies showing the safety of GMOs.

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To round out was sharp Dr Judy Gaylord.  She was commanding, delivered one truth after the other.  Such impressiveness.

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I was honoured to be there, to be a part of it.  I wanted to take a group photo but we all dispersed at different times.  None of us understood when the motion would be voted on and all thought it would be weeks, not minutes. So I left.  On the way out I got a quick pic with Arzeena and Tony. (Thanks to the dude in uniform at the door for snapping)

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The light outside was good so I finagled a selfie for fun (uncle Godfrey first pointed out this excellent sculpture of Sir John A. Macdonald a couple years ago.)  I like to think of John A holding up the sign!

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I left feeling light, thinking that we’d hear something maybe in a week or two or at the next council session.

BUT THEN, Francis texted me!  It passed.  Unanimously.  Jim called to confirm the news!

This is why Im writing this post now.  In jubilation and exaltation!  Need to share with you all.  Ye who are curious.  Ye who want to know what a council meeting in Victoria looks like.  Ye who may want to bring a motion to your own City Council!

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A little history was made.  In a small provincial capital.  But an important one.  My home since 2009.  This GE Free Resolution is a first for Victoria – and a first for me too.  (Did you know that this was the first time I spoke at at council session?!)

I guess that thinking globally but acting locally has made some kind change.  Today.

Courage is contagious.  Infect others.

Tomorrow.  (Now it’s late: Goodnight dear ones)

 

Skaha Park group we believe in transparency, truth and proof of facts.

August 27, 2016.

 

Letter to Editor

 

I am associated with a 2nd group to save Skaha Park and we believe in transparency, truth and proof of facts. I will endeavour to answer all your questions, including SSPS Board, at any time and that is transparency. Please, show your support for both groups by supporting the Public Rally in Gyro Park at 4:45 PM on September 6 and not have a divided community.  I was disappointed to read the “Paid” insertions placed in newspapers, by SSPS last Friday, distancing them from our lawsuit.  Through emails,  I have tried  to work with SSPS over 10 months, including a special meeting last Wednesday, which they were a “no Show”. As a member of SSPS, members are currently receiving their information from the media first. Over the last 10 months, I have advised SSPS many times of my information prior to the media, but they have not been reciprocal. I waited over 10 months, after a few meetings with SSPS to follow the Rules of Court, before I filed my Civil Claim. It is similar to their Claim, because it was important to include some of their correct facts, but my Claim is much more comprehensive. A free copy of both Claims is available from us, pentictoncares@gmail.com and please look at these facts. You will see, I have 22 pages vs their 11, with 29 Legal reference points in Law vs their 11, stated at Part3: Legal Basis. At Part 2: Relief Sought, they ask for “ultra vires” which means “beyond power” on only Resolution No. 347/2015, which then Council could bring back up shortly thereafter another Resolution, like a hotel or another commercial development. We ask for 5 different “Relief Sought” that covers a much wider scope and to stop all future commercial development. I am not “muddy the waters” but clarifying points in Law. Please review Community Charter, Division 2 s.84-88, 175[2] and Local Government Act s.169-171 for further information on Referendum. When we are successful in our Court action, which will legally cancel existing agreements, a Public Referendum would be required for any Skaha Park development,  in conjunction with By law # 2002-42 and Chapters 4 & 8 of By law # 2011-23. We will engage with City of Penticton and/or SSPS at any reasonable time.

Nelson Meikle

LSL- Interview with Kourtney about her rare terminal disease – Penticton

Locals Supporting Locals – The Heartbeat of the Okanagan

Kourtney attended the City council meeting on the closing of pot dispensaries due to she uses medical marijuana to help ease her pain because the pain medication does not work sadly and she is unable to get off the pain medication because she might go into shock from the withdrawal
visit http://www.localssupportinglocals.com for this and more important topics

This is her Go-fund me page- https://www.gofundme.com/29ze4e98

Penticton – Medical marijuana rally – Sept 4

Come out and learn something. Meet the people affected. Information displays will be away from any medicating which might happen. This is about tolerance, information and acceptance.

Fb link

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 Marijuana rally

MEDIA RELEASE- Public Rally in front of Penticton City Hall-Sept 6

 

This media release is to advise Penticton residents including the 500 attendees that requested a Public Rally last Friday night, August 19, 2016,at Skaha Lake Park. The date has been set to hold a large Public Rally in front of Penticton City Hall commencing at 4:45 PM on September 6, 2016.The City would like engagement from the Public and we believe this is our way to call for a Referendum on Skaha Park and discuss in Public many of the important issues facing us in the next 2 ½ years DEALING WITH THIS MAYOR and Council. Cilff Martin, Nelson Meikle and associates of pentictoncares@gmail.com

LSL – Penticton City Council has done it again

Transparency be damned……….

City Council has done it again. They seem to have thrown transparency  out of the window. Surprise! Surprise! Who knew?

The key word here is “engagement,” I believe or is it lack thereof when it comes to informing the electorate.

 

It seems that at last meeting council saw fit make room for this (staff/contract) position. The closing date was listed as August 22. The date of this letter writing is August 21st. Yet council is sanctioning this position as of Monday, August 22. Doesn’t that seem somewhat of a rush decision? One would think that with such an important position the closing date should be at least 30 days. Was this posted to get the best candidate for the job? Or maybe like Councilor Picton, we chose not to read it because it might be negative. The whole process looks somewhat fishy to me. It’s about as transparent as a one square meter piece of lead. It seems to have a stronger aroma than the treatment plant on a windy day.

 

This whole scenario seems to play out as council having a preconceived idea as to who the candidate should be and that the candidate was hand-picked. I guess we’ll never know as council is not known for being transparent!

 

 

Ron Barillaro

Penticton,BC

Bail-In Regimes Have Been Planned For 20 Years According To Documents – MUST WATCH!


Josh Sigurdson talks with author and economic analyst John Sneisen about the 20 year plan for bail-ins. While many claim that bail-ins were only coined around 2010, according to the book ‘The Exchange Stabilization Fund: Slush Money or War Chest?’ by C. Randall Henning, even in the 90s, bail-ins were spoken about on the horizon as a way to pay back debts.

Bail-ins are basically a more severe version of a bail-out where banks empty customers’ bank accounts to pay off their debts. It’s been used in Cyprus, Greece and it’s written right into the budget legislation in Canada.
It appears that governments and banks around the world are planning for mass bank bail-ins, and people like to claim it was the IMF that came up with the idea but the nefarious actions of the ESF (Exchange Stabilization Fund) which includes some of the most powerful, globalist money manipulators on the planet had this idea long ago. With assistance from people like Conrad Black, David Rockefeller, Paul Krugman, Paul Volker and many other familiar globalist names, the ESF operates under the radar and manipulates the markets without answering to anyone.
We will be doing a full fledged report on this terrible entity soon.

Stay tuned for more!

Video edited by Josh Sigurdson

Featuring:
John Thore Stub Sneisen
Josh Sigurdson

Camera work:
John Doull

Graphics by Bryan Foerster and Josh Sigurdson

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CLINTON CASH — Director’s Cut — FULL OFFICIAL MOVIE — Bill & Hillary Clinton´s Blur exposed

Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton Rich. New York Times bestselling book by Peter Schweizer, in which he investigates donations made to the Clinton Foundation by foreign entities, paid speeches made by Bill and Hillary Clinton, and the Clintons’ personal enrichment since leaving the White House in 2001.

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