Victoria City, Vancouver Island, Canada

 

 

Victoria City is a city of extremes. Mostly the culture is ‘high Victorian’, which means that it is of British Colonial heritage. The first official judge in Victoria City, according to local documentation was Sir Matthew Baillie Begbie (9 May 1819 – 11 June 1894). The Law Library at the University of Victoria, BC Canada, used to have a statue of Justice Begbie, about 7 years ago. Then something happened to the statue, which disappeared one night into thin air. This mysterious disappearance of the statue led to the resolve of the conflict between Victoria City Colonialism and one of the Indigenous tribes. Justice Begbie is known to have hung an Indigenous chief. This act of hanging the chief of a tribe, is like Nelson Mandela’s father who was a counselor to kings in South Africa, and who was virtually stripped of all his power within his village and within his tribe caused by the Apartheid Republic of South African regime. Many Indigenous individuals, and through some course work through the UVic Law Degree, draw a parallel with Apartheid South Africa and the current Canadian government. This is a subject which I will exit, because my Dutch heritage omits me from having an opinion on colonialism. Instead, I like to venture into historic accounts and learn what historians and academics had to say on the subject. I also like to explore history to find answers to our current day society. In Victoria city – the biggest divide, is in the lack of innovation and the underdevelopment of laws. Our city of Victoria is only 150 years old, that is when the city got inaugurated; and to me, that means my birth country is still in an infancy stage. The laws to protect humans are inadequate, and it is not the fault of the country to have inadequate laws. Western Europe took more than 2000 years to develop their law systems, so it is impossible for Canada to have caught up on their sophicated laws in 1/20 the amount of time. Canada is a unique country and unique laws. It will take at least another 1500 years to reach a mature stage of law creation, modification and implementation. Until that time, there will be cowboys who profit off the economical system of free entreprise and there will be citizens who suffer the consequences of the free enterprise Neo Liberal system in which so far (in 2017) is ingrained in many British Columbian’s psyches. As of July 18th, Victoria City will have a new Premier, Mr. John Horgan of the BC NDP however, in my opinion, it is going to take more then hypnotism to try to get the capitalist Neo Liberalism wolves to transform into socialist welfare state sheep.

My city. My Circus.

(Photograph of Victoria City Hall)

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Montreal Code 2017

I was born in the St. Mary’s Hospital in Montreal Quebec Canada. A Roman Catholic Hospital. I am Roman Catholic. An unconventional Roman Catholic, but Roman Catholic just the same.

When the British Columbia elections were underway I voted for the party that would be kind to the poor people in my city of Victoria.

Last Thursday, June 29th, 2017  – the BC Liberals received a no-confidence vote from the BC NDP / BC Green party, something that had not happened in the last 65 years of Canadian politics. This single act of the no-confidence vote (also know as the non-confidence vote) is what I find baffling.

Why is it that that BC Liberals, the BC Greens and the BC NDP could not work together – when the leader of the BC Liberal party, Christy Clark announced the previous Thursday in the Throne Speech that she had

[1] changed,

[2] listened to the needs of the BC citizens and

[3] was going to re-adjust her platform to include 2.3 billion dollars in a plan to help to reduce poverty – which all three parties wanted.

To me, the alternative to a 2 party BC government (BC NDP and BC Greens) is a three party government BC government or rather a Coalition BC Government which combines the skill sets and expertise of all three (3) parties to create the best plan for all the BC Citizens.

Seeing I was born in Montreal, I am calling this idea the Montreal Code: which means a three (3) party Coalition BC Government for the best interest of all the BC provinces citizens.

Decentralize.

(St Mary)

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BC NDP / BC Green place no-confidence vote against BC Liberals, last Thursday.

I am a British Columbia citizen and I live in Fernwood, a community inside Victoria City. My opinion is coming from my own view point. I live in a country where freedom to express, is allowed and not punished. I voted for BC NDP in May 2017.

Last week, I visited the Legislative Buildings at 1230 pm. My aim was to watch the predicted fall of the BC Liberals to the BC NDP / BC Green Party. While I was in the building for 1 hour – until they closed the doors to the room in which the unfolding of events would take place – I felt a strong emotion in the halls of the Legislative Buildings. There was a feeling that something was wrong. After I left the Legislative Buildings I drove to the University of Victoria to visit their library to read my own book that I brought with me from home. I thought about the Legislative Buildings. Then at around 5 pm I watched CBC saying that Christy Clark, Leader of the BC Liberals had just lost to a no-confidence vote. She was now on her way to the Government House in the Rockland area in Victoria City. I watched Christy Clark, BC Liberal, climb the hill to the Government House where she was scheduled to meet with the Lieutenant Governor (LG). The LG was then going to make a decision of either a re-election for BC citizens or appoint Mr. John Horgan, the leader of the BC NDP. She ended up choosing the latter of the two. Mr. John Horgan became the new BC Provincial Premier.

There are two details in this unfolding of BC political events which bother me, as a BC Citizen, and a city dweller in Victoria who watched these events closely in order to understand:

[1] Could it have been possible that Christy Clark was discriminated against in a form of a psychological biased? Namely, in a recent Times Colonist newspaper article about the delivered Throne Speech, Christy Clark BC Liberal reported saying that she had listened to the BC people and is prepared to change for the benefit of the people but the BC NDP / BC Greens did not believe her

[2] Would it have not been a better BC political maneuver if a new election was held instead of having a Lieutenant Governor – a very high political authority in British Columbia decide? Would it not have been more democratic to have the BC voters decide on whom they wanted in power?

Perhaps a more fair way of breaking the virtual political BC Elections May 9th tie betwen the parties, would have been what they do in soccer, namely with some form of [1] sudden death or otherwise a [2] a lottery system. That would have eliminated the perception of Christy Clark being tormented into the form of a character assassination (in my humble opinion) during the 4 days of BC Legislative debate which took place between the Throne Speech and the No-confidence vote. And it would have eliminated the authority official, the Lieutenant Governor from being forced to make an executive decision on something that was really a matter of choice for the citizens of British Columbia and the citizens of British Columbia alone.

Protect BC democracy. Bring matters to the people.

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Will British Columbia government fall?

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(My photograph, taken at 1230 pm on June 29th, 2017. In the distance in the BC Parliament Buildings in Victoria City. I am standing in the Royal British Columbia Museum)

Today, on June 29th, 2017, I went to the British Columbia Legislative Building to watch the fall of the BC Premier, Christy Clark. I walked up the staircase to the entrance of the building and 3 police men were guarding the door outside. They asked me what I was going to do in the Parliament buildings. I mentioned I was going to watch the BC political situation starting at 130 pm.

The BC Liberal government is currently run by Christy Clark, a BC Liberal. The BC NDP Party and the BC Green party are currently the official opposition party but how long will that last. It is 3 pm right now; and I suspect the political fall has or has not already taken place as I am writing this down.

It is my prediction that the BC Liberal, Christy Clark will politically out maneuver the BC NDP and the BC Green parties (who have joined forces together).  I do not expect the BC Provincial government to fall. Instead, I believe our province will be led by a minority government led by Christy Clark.

While I was standing in front of the political ceremonial area, I talked briefly with a tourist with a camera around his neck about the BC politics and noted that the current political situation was the most exciting political event in about 100 years of Canadian political history. He did not disagree with me. This tourist was from Coquitlam, BC and attended the session yesterday.

At 130 pm a Parliament building chime rang loud and a police man watching the entrance of the ceremonial hall on the 2nd floor, screamed to the underground tourists to remain silent as the house was now in session (the tourists and their tour guide continued to take no notice of the police officer and continued to talk). The heavy brown wooden door was closed and all that remained were me and the tourist and a handful of police officers.

The feeling in the Parliament Buildings in Victoria City, the Provincial capital of British Columbia, one of the provinces in Canada, was filled with tension. There was an emotionally charged feeling of danger; like at an airport. There was a high vigilance; and a feeling of uncertainty in the air.

I did not witness any amount of journalists in the Parliament Buildings today.

Once the large brown wooden door closed for the session to take place; I left. I felt I had caught the essence of this great BC political even by being inside the building while politicians were sweating to save their political careers and their power. The feeling inside the BC Parliament buildings cannot be captured by media photographs, one needs to be inside the building to experience it first hand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Alert – Who can solve this one?

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(photograph of myself)

June 28, 2017, Victoria City, Vancouver Island, British Columbia Canada –

Within the lives of the psychological masters, there really was no telling which way to go and which way not to go. Each way was completely wrong and a dead-end. Each step led to the library where each eye motion turned and read a piece of new information leading to Enlightenment and Insight; but both got completely crushed by the Elite powers. In the past, there was a time when Elite powers were able to share their knowledge with others and not be afraid but in 2017, those times and days are long gone. Each is afraid to share knowledge. Each is afraid to lose power and each clings to it like there is no tomorrow. Within the realm of career and finance this is especially the case; which makes prefect sense because our world is becoming smaller and smaller job-wise. It is like a shrinking island about to go under, like Bermuda or the Netherlands. The fear of losing land and ones identity is a real threat to a lot of people’s humanity. Culture seems to be becoming flooded, meaning that there is a universal culture threatening to take over everyone’s culture in a recolonization of United Nation rights and kind. Politics is becoming the status quo communication which means that our generation is becoming so educated with language that our only aim is to use language as in a battle field.

 

Stupid and slow: University versus Store

I work at a store in Victoria City, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada and on my days off I go to the local main university library. The store I work at has 32 departments and it effectively has three floors, though one bottom floor is only used the in the spring and summer time for customer sales. The store is about the same size as the university library and to me the construct, architecturally of the store and the university are the same. Both the store and the university are businesses and both are corporations. One sells tangible products whereas the other sells intangible products. Both of the architecture buildings are about the same size as each other; and they both have very similar architectural designs of big blocks of cement cut into 3 zones or levels. To me, what I find remarkable is the level of quality in each organization. The educational institution library seems to me to be run inadequately whereas the store seems to be run on a skeleton crew who cover only critical veins and hubs, as in a crisis military outreach style. The library seems to have an abundance of paid staff members far exceeding the amount of labour available for the employee to actually perform. Whereas, in the store the employee is always actively working in a physical way; the library clerk sits passively at a desk awaiting one or two clients in a matter of a few hours time. One environment, the store, has 6000 customers coming through their doors and in the library there are about 20 clients coming through the doors per day. The academic library gets excessive government funding and the store cuts corners in an unethical and corrupt – but not a criminal way in order to keep ahead of the other stores competition. The sales clerk in the store is constantly on the move in the surveillance culture corporation and the library clerk in the university sits there day-dreaming about the open space and beautiful landscapes which surround the open windowed glass environment. The quality of life scales of the library clerk can clearly exceed the quality of life of the sales clerk in the store; whereas it is the sales clerk in the store that is operating more efficiently; is the fastest and the most competitive of all humans in design and has the quick on the fly answers to the human condition that go way beyond the call of duty of any communication skills acquired elsewhere in the human sector. Yet there is a stigma attached to the sales clerk and not the library clerk. This makes our society unfair; and the hardest worker, the sales clerk, not only has the hardest job out of the two jobs – but also encounters societal prejudice based on an assumption that the sales clerk is stupid and slow which is clear a false assumption; as it is the library clerk who is clearly stupid and slow.

Photograph of a Bosch machine.

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Super-humans and jobs 2017

Throughout the last 8 years I have been working for a big-box store in Victoria City, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Within that time frame there has been a lot of economical changes happened within the store. For example, 7 years ago they moved from one location to another location to create a Dry Grocery Department and a Produce Department, among other Departments. In total there have been 32 Departments. Seven years ago, when this specific store opened to the public, it promised the local municipality that it would continue to create jobs for the store. At the start, the store needed about 600 full-time employees with an average of 35 hours per week to man the store. Within 7 years; this number decreased to still about 600 paid employees but the amount of hours distributed among the 600 employees dropped to about 12 hours per week; creating a part-time employment versus a full-time employment service. The hours of banked employment hours has been reduced to less than half; hence saving the company a lot of money which goes directly towards the shareholders profits. This change in employment hours is important because of two reasons:

  1. It indicates that the store is still holding up its side of the bargain to the municipality in which she operates (namely, 600 employees now and 600 employees 7 years ago)
  2. It indicates that the humans who were employed within the company have evolved to be able to produce an incredible high volume of tasks within a very short amount of time leading to a massive efficiency on the scales of finance

This is just one example of how the human being has been able to evolve in a very vast way in a very short period of time. This fast evolution was the single most important factor in the development of this specific business in this specific job location. It was not the systems, nor the technology that contributed the most to the efficiency of the company; but the human evolution.

This component of the human evolution is what are are facing in our globalization in 2017. The human being, in the business industry is outsmarting him / herself in such a way as to over-take his / her own job. The employee has become to be so efficient in the job that this act alone is the factor which has caused this specific company to reduce the amount of hours provided to the employee. This has as the effect that the employee ends up becoming, in a way obsolete, from being too efficient in the work-place. The evolution of the work-place lags behind the abilities of the employee hence the company, in this specific instance, has created a new blue-print, as to slow down the process of the human development. This new blue-print has been created to contribute to the risk of the business. And this has been created on purpose because of the fast human capacity development. In order to curb the super human ability in the store; the store has created an intentional road-block to stop the progress of the employee because the employees development is too advanced for the store development as a whole. In other words, the production of the store is a lot slower then the speed of the workers.

If the store made X1 amount of dollars seven years ago, and is making close to X1 amount of dollars in year seven of the stores lifespan – with less hours per 600 employees then that means that 600 employees at full-time wages (when the store opened) versus 600 employees at part-time wages (after 7 years in the new store) are doing more constructive work for a fraction of the wages; but that the production of the store has not increased in productivity itself. To take it one step further, the company’s wealth in sales is not increasing; whereas the human capacity of the worker increased exponentially, within a 7 year time span; making the role of the worker almost obsolete.

This, in my opinion, is what is happening in our world today. The human has become super-human in business production; which is making the role of the human obsolete; because the work environment cannot keep up with the productivity. This means that the jobs in the future, are going to become obsolete for many human beings. Their finances which help their to pay their every day bills is going to be harder and harder to come by, which could result in the death of humanity, unless us humans try to come up with some brand-new economical solutions quickly. The representation of the “Island” in this post is to show that we humans are islands. The tides of the sea can come up fast, as in a rogue wave, and wipe us out. I believe the time is on the verge of being born; and as a human race we need to join together to create new plans and new economic ways of thinking in order to save ourselves as a human race.

Photograph of a Aldous Huxley book cover “Island.”

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