Thunder Bay – Tuesday

A cluster of cones. Why are they there? Who knows? Mating ritual? Union meeting?
P1460988This sign is serving no purpose. It is located too far away from the actual construction area. There are several cross streets located between the sign and the construction area where vehicles can enter Secord Street and not benefit from this warning sign. Sooo what’s the point?

Plus the tree in front of the sign?
P1460991Windows getting washed on the waterfront condos
P1470001Sadly, the condos are located in the City of Thunder Bay where this kind of construction behaviour is tolerated.  Washing those windows right now just may be a waste of time.

Dust suppression on construction sites?  Not in Thunder Bay.  That costs money.
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P1470024Those condo owners will have a great time once the parking lot construction on their doorstep starts up in earnest.
P1470046Right now, it appears that the contractor is excavating the water line and placing Styrofoam insulation over top of it.  Wasn’t this waterline, along with a sewer line,  installed back in 2010 along with the pumping station?   To service the private development?

Why was the work being done today not done five years ago?   Good question.

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December 2010

I believe that this is to protect the waterline from frost. The waterline will be under the new parking lot.  With no snow cover, frost can penetrate deeper into the ground.  The insulation is expected to slow this process.

Unfortunately, the insulation also insulates against heat penetration. Hmmmm…

P1470078The City of Thunder Bay’s latest attempt at trash disposal?
P1470079Might be time to fix this
P1470092Cyclist using sidewalk even though the street has a bike lane.
P1470156A sign that just might need replacement.
P1470169These Chinese students, waiting for the bus,  got to eat dust every time a vehicle entered or exited from the St. Joseph’s Hospital construction site.  How about the patients sitting outside enjoying the sunshine?  Who cares about them.  Dust suppression costs money.
P1470277You suffer through winter all the while looking forward to summer.  Then you have to spend that summer eating dust because suppressing that dust costs money.
P1470278Yup, Thunder Bay.  Thinking of moving here? Think again.

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Thunder Bay – Paid Parking

P1470070Saw a gentleman leading what appeared to be a business type tour of the waterfront.  They stopped at the south end of the Waterfront Plaza adjacent to the gravel parking lot that is going to be Market Square someday….maybe.

The man leading the group was talking to the others.  I did not hear the entire conversation..as I am not an eavesdropper.  Still I did hear a something…

  • ….our parking lot linked to the marina
  • ….paid parking

Soooo…does that mean that there is going to be paid parking down there?  Where?  Market Square?  Boat launch area?  Who will own the lot?  Public? Private?

Interesting….

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Thunder Bay – No Chickens In The City

Council slaughters backyard chicken bylaw

The long run to develop a bylaw that would allow for up to six hens to be cooped on residential properties within city limits has failed.

City Council voted 8-4 on Monday to defeat an amended version of the backyard chicken bylaw that came before it on June 20. – Tbnewswatch

read full article here

Good!  Want to raise chickens, then move to the country.  Besides, our high salaried residents of City Hall cannot even keep our parks free of bird shit…Do you think they are going to care about what happens in your neighbourhood?  Of course not.

bacxkyardchickensprevious related post here

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Thunder Bay – Monday, Monday

I wonder if the developer has had any intention to start work on the hotel this summer at all? If you go down to the waterfront park, you will see the future Market Square parking lot busy.
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P1460899If my understanding is correct and the  is planning to use this parking lot to store building materials when/if  construction resumes on the much hyped and much delayed Marriott/Delta Waterfront Hotel,  then all these vehicles will have to find another  place to park.

It makes more sense to me that once school starts up again in September and the park returns to its usual deserted self, is the likely restart of construction….if there will be a restart of hotel construction.

Why not last September?   Good question.

This brings us to goose poop.  Lots of it.

Goose poop can be found in many areas of the park but  “goose poop central” has to be the pond area.

Do kids play in that area?
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P1460931Seen this yesterday.  Not sure what happened here…but I bet it will still be there next week…next month…
P1460944Waverley Park…Is anything going to be done with the stage in the park?  I have always thought that this park is ideal for hosting smaller events and a stage would make sense.

Sadly, our high salaried residents of City Hall direct virtually every public event to the waterfront to make the City of Thunder Bay’s $65 million plus premier tourist destination appear to be a success…all but ignoring all the other parks in the city.
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P1460969McVicar Creek crossing of Briarwood Drive.  Looks like the City of Thunder Bay will be asking the province for more money to make these repairs.

I doubt if our City Hall have enough cash on hand to fix this properly.
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P1460707These photos are related to a previous post about hydro poles.
P1460743Notice the date?  These poles have been like this for three years
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The World – Richard Wolff On The Collapse Of Global Capitalism

…(Brexit) is a sign that people are not any more willing to believe that everything is going to be all right – Richard Wolff

Chris Hedges interviews Richard Wolff, professor of economics emeritus at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst on the collapse of global capitalism.
Richard Wolff makes things perfectly clear. Worth a watch if you are interested.

People are mad as hell, and they are not going to take it anymore…

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Thunder Bay – Lipstick On A Pig

City faces $3 million budget shortfall

….An executive summary on the 2016 budget variance posted online Monday morning ahead of tonight’s city council meeting shows that as of June 30 administration is projecting an unfavourable variance of about $3.2 million.

….The city is also being encouraged to review all non-essential capital project for either eliminations or possible rebudgeting. – Tbnewswatch

read full article here

…projecting an unfavourable variance…

This favourable or unfavourable variance bullshit needs to stop.  What is really happening is that the city is either over budget or under budget.  Plain and simple.  Using the term unfavourable variance for instead of over budget is putting lipstick on a pig.

lipstick-on-pig …encouraged to review all non-essential capital project for either eliminations…

The federal, provincial and municipal governments equally committed a combined $2.2 million to fund schematic designs, design development, construction documents and tendering for the future site. – Tbnewswatch

That computes to $734,000 from each level of government…including the City of Thunder Bay.  Is that an essential capital project?  Hmmmmm….I think not..because the gallery already exists…. next to Confederation College.

Why is the Thunder Bay Art Gallery not being asked to commit some funding themselves?  You know, money raised from private donors and corporate sponsors?  People who actually support a new $30 million plus art gallery?

I figure an equal split between federal, provincial, municipal governments PLUS private/corporate cash.  25% from each.  That would be $550,000 each.

I actually believe that the Thunder Bay Art Gallery should pay half of all costs.  That would seem fair to me.  Governments matching funds.  Considering that we taxpayers will not own the art gallery, taxpayers funding 100% of the project costs seems to be incredibly generous.

All the while, the publicly owned Centennial Botanical Conservatory rusts and rots away. Interesting…

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The World – A Liar, A Warmonger, An Unindicted Criminal, A Neocon, And A Corporate Shill

If you read the mainstream media, you may believe that a Trump presidency will result in a global nuclear holocaust.  That a Clinton presidency is a safer choice.

This is not true. James Corbett makes the case.

Trump is a businessman. Would a businessman blow up all potential customers?  If you are serious about job creation, how will blowing up the world do this?

Libertarian Party and Green Party candidates have no chance to win because they are both being completely ignored by the mainstream media.  They are not invited to televised Presidential debates.

The Green Party’s candidate Dr. Jill Stein would be the logical candidate for Sanders supporters to vote for because she shares most of his believes.

However, a vote for anyone than Clinton is being promoted as a vote for Trump.  Soooo…

related post here

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The World – Armageddon Approaches And Nobody Cares

The mainstream media is completely ignoring what the US led NATO is doing in Europe..Eastern Europe to be exact.

The US and its NATO lap dogs are pushing Russia into a corner that can only result in a war that few of us will survive.

Europe will be wiped off the face of the earth..that much is guaranteed.  Canada and the US will be wiped out as well as most of Russia.

If China gets involved then the far east will also be reduced to a smouldering radioactive pile of rubble.

I have no idea what the point of this NATO aggression against Russia is.   Its like the US wants a war. Maybe that country needs a war to solve its financial woes.  Maybe Russia is too large a threat to the US’s goal of being the supreme military and financial power on the planet.

You who are old enough to remember the Cuban missile crisis back in the early sixties, may not understand just how close the world came to nuclear war back then.  The US installing missile sites in Romania and Poland is exactly the same thing in reverse…except now there are more nuclear warheads to launch.  A lot more.

When this war happens, and if nothing changes, it will happen,  none of us will have any advanced warning.  One moment we will be alive, the next moment we will be dead….or wish we were.

Armageddon Approaches

The Western public doesn’t know it, but Washington and its European vassals are convincing Russia that they are preparing to attack. Eric Zuesse reports on a German newspaper leak of a Bundeswehr decision to declare Russia to be an enemy nation of Germany.
http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2016/06/09/germany-preparing-for-war-against-russia.html
This is the interpretation that some Russian politicians themselves have put on the NATO military bases that Washington is establishing on Russia’s borders.

Washington might intend the military buildup as pressure on President Putin to reduce Russian opposition to Washington’s unilateralism. However, it reminds some outspoken Russians such as Vladimir Zhirinovsky of Hitler’s troops on Russia’s border in 1941.

Zhirinovsky is the founder and leader of Russia’s Liberal Democratic Party and a vice chairman of the Russian parliament. In a confrontation with the editor of a German newspaper, Zhirinovsky tells him that German troops again on Russia’s border will provoke a preventive strike after which nothing will remain of German and NATO troops. “The more NATO soldiers in your territory, the faster you are going to die. To the last man. Remove NATO from your territory!” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQm8L8d8uDc 

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has expressed his frustration with Washington’s reliance on force and coercion instead of diplomacy. It is reckless for Washington to convince Russia that diplomacy is a dead end without promise. When the Russians reach that conclusion, force will confront force.

Indeed Zhirinovsky has already reached that point and perhaps Vladimir Putin also. As I reported, Putin recently dressed down Western presstitutes for their role in fomenting nuclear war. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2016/07/08/are-you-planning-your-retirement-forget-about-it-you-wont-survive-to-experience-it/ See also: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article45055.htm
Putin has made it clear that Russia will not accept US missile bases in Poland and Romania. He has informed Washington and the imbecilic Polish and Romanian governments. However, as Putin observed, “they don’t hear.”

The inability to hear means that Washington’s arrogance has made Washington too stupid to take seriously Putin’s warning. If Washington persists, it will provoke the preventive strike that Zhirinovsky told the German editor the Merkel regime was inviting. – Paul Craig Rpbetrs

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The World – More Examples Of Just Much Corporations Love Money And How Little They Care About Us

An FYI video from The Ring Of Fire Network. (website here)

Tens of Thousands of Women Injured by Defective Essure “Permanent” Birth Control

Internal C8 Poison Documents Show DuPont’s Contempt For Human Life

Of course, nobody fro either corporation will go to jail.  The TTP and CETA will make this situation worse.

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The World – Johnson And Johnson Baby Powder Linked to Ovarian Cancer

Another example of just how little  corporations care about the people that purchase/use their products and how much they care about making money.

If you have ovaries, this video will be of interest to you.  Another major news story ignored by the mainstream media.  Why?

Money, of course.  Its always about the money.

Who has not used Johnson’s Baby Powder?  The company knew there was a link between their product and ovarian cancer for decades and said nothing.

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