A stop gap, July 2017

A Stop Gap is a method that is used to prevent something from happening. It starts as a short-term situation and it can then lead to a longer term situation. The idea of a Stop Gap is to prevent something unwanted to occur. It is often used in business communications.

(Photograph of Vincent van Gogh, with one ear cut off)

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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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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Employment on Vancouver Island, British Columbia Canada

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I have been employed with Company X for 8 years now. It is amazing the ingenious nature of the Head-Quarters running Company X. The MBA trained Executives and Masters of Organizational Psychologist Executive come up with wild and exciting blueprints which lead to efficiency and more effective business protocols. Somehow the Top Executives study the Employment Laws into the tiniest details and then create sub-set business models inside the multiple companies in the form of pilot projects. The
Upper Management Teams at the Head-Quarters figure out ways to slash the jobs of their upper level co-workers as well as the lower level co-workers. The scheme created by the Master of Business Administration trained Top Executives are so precise and conducted with such a precision; plus covered up with a psychological business flare as to cover up any signs of imbalance to the employment system – that witnessing & experiencing the roll out of these pilot projects are flawless; and they get implemented as easy as the pureness of opium in Afghanistan.

Reading builds empathy, April 2017

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Books that I have read, April 19, 2017. I am currently reading Nelson Mandela’s book, Long Walk to Freedom, and while I read I read other subjects to create a greater understand of the African context, in order to try to imagine the situations Nelson Mandela and others like him encountered.

  1. A State of Blood, The Inside Story of Idi Amin by Henry Kyemba, Paddington Press, Ltd., 1977
  2. White African, an Early Autobiography by L.S.B. Leakey, Cambridge Massachesetts 02138, 1966
  3. Kaffir Boy, The True Story of a Black Youth’s Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa, Mark Mathabane, Macmillan publishing company, New York, 1986
  4. Operation Moses, The Story of the Exodus of the Falasha Jews from Ethiopia, Tudor Parfitt, Weidenfeld and Nicolson London, 1985
  5. Great Zimbabwe, P.S. Garlake, Thames and Hudson, 1973
  6. South Africa and the Logic of the Regional Cooperation, James J. Hentz, Indiana University Press, 2005
  7. After Apartheid, Reinventing South Africa? Ian Shapiro and Kahreen Tebeau, University of Virginia Press, 2011
  8. The Republic of the Transkei, Chris van Rensburg Publications Ltd., 1976