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Musical Ride meets liberty team
Area horsewoman, Jessica Chappel, and her liberty horse Shiney, received an invitation from the general manager at the Interior Provincial Exhibition to perform on July 24 in Armstrong, at the same venue where the RCMP Musical Ride was scheduled to perform. After her presentation in front of 3,500 people, the ‘troops’ were disappointed they could not watch her liberty performance due to the fact they were warming up at the time; but then the Corporal arranged with Jessica to give a private performance for the troop. “They were so very impressed with her skill and attitude,” reported Jessica’s mom, Ginger, “Jessica has always wanted to be with the RCMP, and last spring attended an RCMP youth camp. This last couple of days was a beginning of a dream come true. It gave her inspiration to continue to pursue her dream of becoming an RCMP member and to one day ride on the Musical Ride. What an incredible experience!” What does Jessica have to say about the experience, “Absolutely awesome!” Watch for Jessica and her horse Shiney at this year’s North Thompson Fall Fair.
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Little Fort Herefords had its beginning in the fall of 1943 when Gung Loy Jim (Loy Jim) purchased three Hereford heifers. This marked the beginning of a decades long quest for beef cattle improvement that now spans four generations of the Jim family, and multiple businesses in agriculture and other fields. While the Hereford cow herd was started in the 1940s, agriculture has been a big part of what the family has done since the early 1900s. Loy Jim’s grandfather, Jim Young Fat emigrated from China to California in 1868 and ini-
tially worked as a labourer during the construction of the California Pacific Railway. In 1910 his son, Kam Kee Jim (Loy’s father), moved to Burnaby, and Jim Young Fat joined him and set up a sawmill business. Jim Fat and Kam Kee Jim moved to Lillooet in 1911 where they built a general store on the main street. They were also involved in a commercial tomato growing operation in Kamloops. In 1919, the Jims moved to Little Fort in the North Thompson River valley and purchased a hotel that burned down only one year later. In its place Jim Man Lee Store was built. A 10 acre garden, and a dairy were also started to
supply the store. In 1920, Gung Loy Jim was born in the back of the new general store. Loy Jim went on to accomplish many things in his life, the most important of which was marrying Mary (Marie) Peleshaty in 1956. Marie’s parents had immigrated to Canada from Romania, and also had a railroading history. Together they ran the family store, ranched, were involved in mining and construction, and operated Taweel Lake Fishing Camp. They had four sons (Kam, Kee, Kym and Kyn). After registering his first Herefords in 1943, Loy Jim maintained a herd of 25 cows. He ini-
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B.C.’s royal baby guest book opens Black Press The guest book has opened at Government House, online and in Victoria, for people to send their greetings to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their son. Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon announced a week ago Monday that a signing table is available at her official residence. Messages may also be sent online via the Governor General’s website. “As third in line, he is the future King of Canada,” Guichon said in a statement. “Let us Canadian Press pool photo
Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon salutes after troop inspection at the B.C. Legislature in February.
join together in celebration across the province to mark the birth of our future King.” Those who wish to send a congratulatory message online may do so by visiting the Governor General’s website: www.gg.ca Communities and businesses set up their own greeting places, collecting infant clothing and gifts for local charities. The Lieutenant Governor’s full statement follows: “On behalf of the people of British Columbia, I offer my congratulations and best wishes to Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their son. This is a special time for the Duke and Duchess and I wish them much health and happiness as they embark on their parenting journey. “As the third in line, he is the future King of Canada. For Canadians, this historic occasion is an opportunity to reflect on our strong and enduring connection to the Crown - an institution that embodies the stable character of our democracy. It is an important symbol of unity and stability and represents the vitality of our traditions, the permanence of our institutions and the continuity of national life. “Let us join together in celebration across the province to mark the birth of our future King.”
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Kitimat ocean program set for oil tankers By Tom Fletcher Black Press A little-noticed federal ocean monitoring program around Kitimat is the clearest signal yet that the federal government is preparing the region for crude oil tanker traffic, Green Party MLA Andrew Weaver says. Weaver was catching up on his scientific reading after the B.C. election when he stumbled on a line – “almost a throwaway” – in the April issue of ‘Canadian Ocean Science Newsletter.’. “A major initiative in planning is the complementary measures project for the area surrounding Kitimat British Columbia to support planned oil traffic,” it says. Government scientists who developed the system in the Gulf of St. Lawrence say it is to help “search and
rescue, oil spill response and to ensure safe and navigable waterways.” Weaver said the project goes well beyond research, and represents a major ongoing budget commitment by Environment Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada to forecast ocean conditions for oil tanker traffic. “My conclusion is, come hell or high water, the intention of the feds right now is to ship bitumen to Asia through Kitimat,” Weaver said in an interview. “Whether it be through rail or through pipeline, it’s going to happen, and I don’t think that British Columbians are getting the whole picture here.” Environment Canada spokesman Mark Johnson issued a statement confirming the program was funded in the 2012 federal budget, un-
der the government’s “responsible resource development” initiative. Its purpose is to “to improve the scientific understanding of diluted bitumen products and to improve operational capabilities to provide timely scientific assessment in the event of an oil spill. “The Government of Canada is increasing research into n o n - c o nve n t i o n a l petroleum products to fortify Canada’s marine prevention, preparedness and response capabilities. “In terms of ocean forecasting, Environment Canada Meteorological Service of Canada will bring specific contributions to the this overall goal in the provision of high-resolution surface winds forecasts along the complex waterways from Kitimat to Hecate Strait area, as winds play an
Green Party MLA Andrew Weaver important role as input to oil spill modelling assessment.” A federal assessment panel is preparing recommendations for the federal cabinet on the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project, which would deliver diluted bitumen from Alberta to the Kitimat port. Weaver said Ottawa’s apparent rush to export heavy crude increases the pollution risk on land and ocean, and also works against development of a petrochemical industry in Canada.
Forest fatalities on the rise Central Interior Logging Association The BC Forest Safety Council last week released a Safety Alert that pointed out that we have already had six direct and three indirect fatalities in the harvesting and log hauling sector so far in 2013. A review of the incidents shows that all of these incidents involved mobile equipment or log trucks, and there are common factors that contributed to these fatalities. Some of these investigations are still underway so specific causes can’t yet be identified. However, there are general themes that are emerging from these incidents that need to be shared within the industry. Jan. 7 – An empty logging truck heading east on Highway 16 collided with the trailer of a loaded
lumber transport truck heading west that had jack-knifed. A third transport truck collided with the accident scene. The operator of the empty logging truck later succumbed to his injuries at the Prince Rupert Regional Hospital. April 8 – An offhighway log truck driver suffered fatal head injuries while attempting to cut two logs with a chainsaw. The two logs had fallen from the top of the load and were suspended in the binders. April 30 – On Jan. 21, a worker fell from the tracks of a fellerbuncher. May 27 – A grader was grading uphill on a gravel road with a 10 per cent slope, preparing for a logging operation. For an unknown reason, the grader reversed out of control and proceeded down the slope backwards. It
is believed that the operator exited the grader while it was travelling backwards and was subsequently crushed by the grader blade. May 30 – The driver of a water truck backed up along a narrow section of Forest Service Road. The vehicle approached the edge of the road surface where the tire on the passenger side of the vehicle went off the road. The vehicle tipped over travelling approximately 110 metres down a 100 per cent slope where it struck a tree and fatally injured the driver. June 11 – A worker was using a frontend loader to move a large fuel tank across a 24-per cent sloped portion of the access road to a barge landing. The machine rolled onto its side, throwing the worker out the door and resulting in fatal
crush injuries. There were also three fatalities that were related to forestry operations but involved crashes between logging trucks and the public or workers from a different industry. How are we going to respond from the operational side? We need to be asking the “what if ” questions throughout the day as a way to pick up on hazards that we may not have seen before. The BC Forest Safety Council has an abundance of resources to help employers be proactive in their risk analysis, supervision, and management practices. As a sector, we need to increase the awareness that unsafe is still unacceptable, and that we still need to work together towards zero fatalities and injuries on the job. No log or stick of lumber is worth dying for.
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By Gwynne Dyer
Detroit has what it takes As it happens, I was in Detroit this month. I went to see the art and the architecture, domains in which Detroit is still one of the richest U.S. cities. It’s broken and it’s broke and, now, it’s bankrupt, too. But bankruptcy is actually a device for escaping from unpayable debt. All over the world, Detroit’s bankruptcy is being used as an excuse to pore over what’s sometimes called “ruin porn” — pictures of the rotting, empty houses that still stand and the proud skyscrapers that have already been torn down. There’s even a self-guided tour of “the ruins of Detroit” available on the Internet; people take a melancholy pleasure in contemplating the calamitous fall of a once-great city. Two-thirds of Detroit’s population have fled in the past 50 years, but there were specific reasons why Detroit fell into decline — and there are also reasons to believe that it could flourish again, not as a major manufacturing centre, perhaps, but “major manufacturing centres” probably don’t have a bright long-term future anywhere. There are other ways to flourish and Detroit has some valuable resources. The events that triggered the city’s decline are well known. Large numbers of African-Americans from the southern states migrated to Detroit to meet the demand for factory workers during and after the Second World War. Being mostly unskilled, they started in the worst jobs — and, even after they had acquired the skills, they stayed in low-paying jobs because of racial prejudice. Spurned by the unions and victimized by a racist police force, they eventually rioted in the summer of 1967. Brutal policing made matters worse and hundreds were killed, but the worst consequence was the fear the violence engendered. The great majority of whites just left left town. I first went to Detroit a couple of months after the riots and, driving into the city, the fear was actually visible. The traffic lights are spaced far apart on Woodward Avenue and, as each light turned green, all the cars would accelerate away — and then, if the next light was still red, they would slow more and more until they were barely crawling, but dared not stop for fear of being attacked. Then, finally, the light would turn green, and they would race away through the intersection — only to go through the whole process again as they approached the next light. It was this unreasoning fear that caused the massive “white flight” to the suburbs and the hollowing out of Detroit. The big automobile companies also took flight and the new car plants were built elsewhere. As the jobs disappeared and the population dropped, the tax base fell even faster for most of the people left behind in the city were poor or unemployed African-Americans. The city could no longer afford to provide good police or medical services, so even more people left. This vicious circle has lasted half a century, exacerbated by much corruption and maladministration. ...continued on page 5 The STAR/JOURNAL welcomes all letters to the editor. We do, however, reserve the right to edit, condense or reject letters over matters of libel, legality, taste, brevity, style or clarity. While all letters must be signed upon submission, and have a contact telephone number, writers may elect to withhold their names from publication in special circumstances. Drop your letter off at the Star/Journal Ofﬁce, fax it to 672-9900, mail it to Box 1020, Barriere, VOE 1EO, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
End electric car subsidies that will raise Hydro rates To the editor; Re: Get ready for Hydro rate hikes (B.C. Views, July 11). Tom Fletcher’s article reiterates what we have been told for some time. A large part of the future BC Hydro rate increase is caused by the fact that expansion of generating facilities delivers new power at a rate higher than today’s rates. However, the government is bribing
people to switch to electric cars, contributing to consumption increases which will cause rate increases for us all. Provincial consumption is also high because, although the E-Plus contracts with residential customers expired decades ago, the government is choosing to grandfather the “half-price electric heat” offer for political reasons.
Also, some large government buildings are still being heated this way. At the same time, the minister is telling us that we are producing more natural gas than we need, so we should be consuming large amounts of energy to compress it and ship it overseas. Should the first step not be to switch to natural gas-powered cars, natural gas
heating for almost all homes where possible, and for all large government buildings? The grant money for electric car purchases should be diverted to incentives for this move. Right now, electric cars are causing the burning of fuels at distant power plants anyway, because that is where our “last watt” comes from. Rein Nienaber Saanich, B.C.
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New BC Hydro investment needed To the editor; Re: Get ready for Hydro rate hikes (B.C. Views, July 11). While NDP energy critic John Horgan asserts there is no business case for a nation building project like the Northwest Transmission Line, a line that will bring power to a huge part of the province currently running off diesel generators, our government believes investments such as this are exactly what BC Hydro should be doing. This project will open up world class mineral deposits and support new mines, like Red Chris, one of the top 10 copper gold deposits in the world. In fact, the Mining Association of BC estimates the line could attract more than $15 billion in mining investment, creating up to 10,000 jobs and generating $300 million in annual tax revenues. None of this happens unless we build the line to provide the power these mines need. We need to ensure we have a diverse grid that can provide reliable power today, and into the future. That’s why we continue to support new, cleaner sources of power such as wind and run of river. Do these sources produce power at a higher cost than what our heritage assets do? Of course they do. Like most other things, it costs more today to produce power than it did decades
ago. But these sources are cleaner than alternatives such as coal or gas and less expensive than building brand new hydroelectric dams. We are investing in projects that are powering our needs today and ensuring we will have the power we need for our future. The unprecedented opportunity in liquefied natural gas and other growing sectors such as mining must be supported with stable, secure power. This is what we are building. You can’t make these kinds of legacy investments that will benefit all British Columbians without putting pressure on rates. Contrary to some reports, BC Hydro is managing their capital projects within their planned budget. There are a couple of projects over budget but most are under budget. I have been very clear that my mandate, as given to me by the premier, is to minimize rate increases while continuing to make historic investments in Hydro’s infrastructure to grow our economy. I am committed to accomplishing this goal. Bill Bennett Minister of Energy and Mines Victoria B.C.
Detroit has what it takes That was also the period when newly rich captains of industry could scoop up bucket-loads of new European and American art, impressionist, expressionist, abstract, the lot — and they lived mostly in what are now the Rust Belt cities. They filled their homes with best of modern art and, in the end, donated most of it to the local art galleries. Even in Detroit, where so much has been lost, more than half of those buildings are still there. So is all of the art.
Other cities would kill for these assets. In a post-industrial economy where people have more choice about where they live, they are assets that can actually attract population — especially since, in Detroit’s case, the people who left didn’t go far. Most of them are still out there in the suburbs. Detroit’s population has fallen from two million to 700,000 over the past 50 years, but the metropolitan area’s population has stayed stable at around four and a half million for all of that time.
Treasures of the Earth Three Japanese tourists talk to Raft River Rockhounds president Dave Cooper during the club’s Treasures of the Earth show on the Clearwater Infocenter grounds on Saturday, July 20. Large numbers of visitors and locals attended theevent.
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Continued from page 4... This month’s declaration of bankruptcy is a brutal measure, for much of the debt being repudiated is the pensions of city employees, but it may give the city’s government enough leeway to begin rebuilding public services. If they are restored, much else could follow. Let me explain what brought me to Detroit early this month. We were doing what we dubbed the “Rust Belt Art and Architecture Tour” — driving from Buffalo to Cleveland and then to Detroit, ending up in Chicago. All these cities took a beating as the industries they were built on died or moved overseas (except Chicago, which is “too big to fail”). But, three generations ago, when they were the industrial heartland of the United States, they were very rich — at just the right time. The first decades of the 20th century were the heyday of Art Deco, the most beautiful architectural style of the modern era.
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The job, really, is to bridge the devastated middle ring of lowincome Detroit housing and reconnect the outer suburbs with the city centre. Detroit can rise again. It just takes the right strategy. *Gwynne Dyer is an independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries. gwynnedyer.com
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Good Luck Kayla Kayla Dawn Holowaychuk will be representing the North Thompson Valley from Aug. 13 - 17, 2013, in Merritt, B.C., during the BC Ambassador program final judging and pageant. Kayla has worked hard all year as a BC Ambassador candidate and says she very much appreciates all the support she has received from valley residents. If you would like to lend your support go to: http://www. bcambassador.com and click on ‘Vote Peoples Choice’. Good luck Kayla, we are all thinking about you. STAR/JOURNAL photo: Margaret Houben
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BC small business confidence remained positive in July North Thompson Star/Journal British Columbia small business owners have maintained a steady optimism which translated into a 64.9 Business Barometer Index for July, according to a report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Short-term full-time hiring plans are more positive than usual with 25 per cent of respondents expecting to add staff and only seven per cent looking to trim down. Tax and regulatory costs remain the top constraint on businesses with 67 per cent being concerned over it—the highest level in the country. “B.C. is holding steady with no change
from June in small business confidence,” says Mike Klassen, CFIB director of provincial affairs, British Columbia. “The concern over B.C.’s tax competitiveness supports our view that making the PST a more business-friendly tax can really help our economy.” Nationally, in a big turnaround from a downbeat June, small business confidence rose sharply in July. CFIB’s Business Barometer® Index, currently at 64.2, rose almost five points this month, making up almost all the ground lost in the previous four months. “Canada’s small and mid-size business owners are considerably more optimistic than they were just a
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Small business in B.C. shows positive results during the month of July 2013. month ago, and the current index reading is the best since February,” said Ted Mallett, CFIB’s vice-president and chief economist. While Ontario was the centre of the weaker sentiment in June, it was also the source of the big improvement in July. At 66.5, Ontario’s index is now above the national
average and on par with Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador. Improvements were also seen for July in Saskatchewan--again the most upbeat place of business--and Nova Scotia. To see the national, provincial and industry sector reports, visit http:// cfib.ca/barometer
Clark pitches carbon tax to premiers By Tom Fletcher Black Press Premier Christy Clark is pitching B.C.’s carbon tax to her fellow premiers, bolstered by a study that shows it is reducing fossil fuel use compared to other provinces. As premiers gathered Thursday in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. for a Council of the Federation meeting, B.C. Environment Minister Mary Polak said B.C. needs other provinces and U.S. states to get on board before moving further on carbon pricing. Introduced in 2008, B.C.’s carbon tax now adds about seven cents to the cost of a litre of gasoline, with comparable taxes on coal, fuel oil, propane and other fuels. Legislation requires that carbon tax revenue be offset by reductions in business and personal income tax, so it encourages fuel efficiency. The B.C. Liberal Party campaigned in the May election to freeze the rate for five years. Polak said results so far show it is reducing per-capita fuel consumption without depressing the overall economy, but the province has gone as far as it can on its own. The study by University of Ottawa law professor Stewart Elgie found that per-capita
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Study shows recession-related reduction in per-capita fossil fuel use, followed by continued drop in B.C. and rise in the rest of Canada use of fossil fuels has declined, while it has increased in the rest of Canada. “B.C.’s carbon tax shift is only four years old, so it is too early to draw firm conclusions, but its greenhouse gas reductions are trending in the same direction as those seen in European countries with more than 15 years of data,” the study says. “Indeed B.C.’s reductions to date appear to be even greater, consistent with the fact that its carbon tax rate is now higher and more comprehensive than most European countries.” NDP environment critic
Spencer Chandra Herbert agreed that the carbon tax is working, but said the five-year freeze indicates the government has lost its leadership position. The NDP is calling for the tax to be extended to emissions from industrial processing such as cement making, which is currently subject to tax only on natural gas or other fuel used. Polak said some industries are already at a disadvantage because B.C. is going it alone. Other jurisdictions need to put a price on carbon emissions before B.C. can expand the tax or raise the rate further, she said.
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Want ing an ever ready, • Ensure that their company’s special instrucNorth Thompson Star/Journal sad because, tions if on that try are outapplied that to studio constantly moving hand to brakes any locomorooster was anything lighting subject practice my Joseph Wilson, Oswald Landry and Leo Rose remember tive attached to one or moretechnique? cars that is left unatTransport Canada has announced an emer(L-R)to Canadian Veterans one hour on a and main track gency directive pursuant to section 33 ofa loud the tended the fallen during it was talker.forI more Orthan just bored photography on. a commemorative ceremony at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Busan, South Korea. or sidings; Railway Safety Act to increase railcalled safety. it talking CNW Group/Veterans Affairs Canada and want someone ever That rooster never • Ensure that, in addition to complying with Although the cause of the accident in Laceveryone else called ready and able to pose stood still for long. Mégantic remains unknown at this time, Trans- their company’s special instructions on hand it crowing. to me a the photograph? He was always guard- with Chuck guardI tested camer brakes referredfor to in item immediately above, port Canada say they are moving forward to But, he seemed had Callis set thein dog, or posiing, herding, search- ing the perimeter lenses, flashes, a theheautomatic brake full service build upon the safety advisories recently receivedlike brake Iis can’t fully applied from the Transportation Safety Board and fur-to tion something sayand andthe independent coax the cat. ing for interesting like some soldier on my ability to lig for any locomotive attached to one or more cars ther enhance existing safe railway operations anyway I am going even begin to count stuff Veterans on the ground, patrol. with flashat the outdoo (UNMCK) commemo- of Remembrance Affairs Canada that are left unattended for one hour or less on a and the security of railway transportation. to all miss him main and track his or the pictures I have then telling us all rated I would crouch,UNMCK stop inmovement a the 378 sit, Canadian Busan. sidings. Transport Canada also thanks railway soldiers interred at the 2013 is the Year of Canadian Veterans point of view. taken of the horses, about what he found, and lay in the tall focus properly Transport Canada says the safety of Canacompanies for their quick response in impleworld’s only memorial the Korean War Vetof the Korean par- grass, dians is top and that the department menting this directive following the tragic Whyeventswould I priority, dogs, cats, parakeets, flapping a lotWarand making expo- quick moving su cemetery of the UN. eran—Canada proudly ticipated on July 28, in is committed to working with the rail industry in Lac-Mégantic. write a eulogy for a hamsters, chickens, was aalways running sure after exposure jects. the I would The names of 21 remembers heroes wa remembrance cereEffective immediately, the emergency direc- to examining any other means of improving rail silly bird? It should f ish, and frogs I have around. until they trundled out in the yard, f i mony at the United Na- missing Canadian sol- of the Korean War and safety. tive requires all rail operators to: go something like, in my I would diers and are into inscribed brave fight to the up- chic tions Memorial Cem- past the on over-theirChuck and They note taken the majority of life”. railways maintainSometimes • Ensure that no locomotive attached to one the Commonwealth hold freedom, democetery in the Republic of “Chuck kept the hens Those pets never set the lenses I wanthanging bushes of the ens, try somethi or more loaded tank cars transporting danger- a culture of safety and security, as shown by the Monument, as well, the racy and the rule of law. notable decline in derailments and the train accious goods is operated with fewer than two qualitogether, crowed lots, complained when ed toKorea. try out on the garden. out, dump the ima names of the 516 CanaFor more informaThe remembrance dents over the past few years. fied persons on a main track or sidings; and then he died.” pictures didn’t work rickety old wooden In retrospect I es from my memo Transport Canada say they have also been in ceremony at the Unit- dian soldiers who died tion on Canada’s role • Ensure that no locomotive attached to one Surely a rooster isn’t out, and even waitpicnic table that sits should have been card to the comput or more loaded tank cars transporting danger- contact with the railway industry, and in particu- ed Nations Memo- during the Korean War in the Korean War, visit are written on the Wall rial Cemetery in Korea worth more words ed for another blast in the back meadow more serious aboutveterans.gc.ca. check them out, ma lar with CN, CP and the Railway Association of ous goods is left unattended on a main track; of issuance praiseof than that. oftothe Canada (RAC), workflash togetherwithout to promote and the then open the the pictures I took, a decision about wh • Ensure, within five days of the continued of Canada’s rail Isystem. the directive, that all unattended controlling He had alo-good pedi- safety blinking. And con- gate to the chicken and now I wish I had I wanted to try ne Canada inspectors continue comotives on a main track and sidings gree;areheprowas aTransport Buff tinued saying will that pen so Chuck and the kept more of that silly then delete the to work in cooperation with the Transportation tected from unauthorized entry into the cab; Or pington rooster Chuck, my rooster girls could get out. old bird. But I seem and go out and st • Ensure the directional controls, commonly Safety Board as it conducts its investigation into with striking colourthat guards the hens, They always want to only have one or again. known as reversers, are removed from any unat- the events at Lac-Mégantic determining whether ingfromand seemwith too to get out, and eyeing two stashed on my there has beendoesn’t non-compliance regulatory tended locomotives, preventing them mov- handsome I couldn’t ha ing forward or backward, on a main track or requirements. interested in standing my wife’s flower gar- hard-drive. Anyway, thought of a bet spurs. Canada sidings; In May I Source: wrote Transport still for his portrait. den would clumsily who wants a picture photographic test su an article titled So, other than not run out and across the of a chicken hanging ject. Yep, that roos “Pets make Great having Chuck to keep unmowed f ield grass on their wall? never stopped movi
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