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Kensington Island Properties aka 34083 Yukon Inc. and the Union Bay Coal Hills Saga – When Will McMahon Show Up With Another “Poor Me” Line

So for anyone keeping track.  Kip claimed it was prevented from proceeding with the 2011 Water Infrastructure Agreement with UBID because of the remediation of the coal hills and that it received the go ahead in Oct. 2014 and that was the reason for requesting an extension of the agreement.  Just more lies from this sleazy developer (in my opinion).  Now Kip has dumped it on the Province behind the back of the CVRD as there was a covenant preventing any subdivision.  McMahon and his lawyer both were aware of the covenant and yet went ahead.
What I don’t understand is why there is so much attention paid to capping the coal hills when it’s the erosion that can’t be stopped.  Most of the area pictured in the Record article is man made and the ocean is reclaiming the area.  Eventually, most of it is going to be washed out into the ocean.  No one knows what lies beneath as it appears to have been used to dump material including metals, wood, glass, etc.
“After the engineered cover is installed, West Fraser will surrender its lease of the portion of the coal pile to the province,” reads the email. “In the event that the engineered cap doesn’t sufficiently reduce the level of metals being discharged, water treatment of the discharge may be required.”
Water treatment of the discharge may be required?  What is the cost of this?  Again, no mention of the erosion.  Anyone who walks along the east shore of the coal hill knows at least 30 to 40 feet has eroded and all that crap has been washed out into the ocean.
According to the denied FOI request, withholding the transfer agreement was due to a “common law of settlement privilege,” which refers to protection of communications exchanged by parties as they try to settle a dispute.
Remember big shot KIP stating they had budgeted for the coal hills remediation?  Just a continuous stream of BS from this developer.  This quote from the link to the article in 2012:

It has so far invested more than $12 million into the project, says Kensington vice-president Brian McMahon.

The company is well aware of the coal hills.

“It’s going to cost a lot of money and we’ve budgeted for it,” McMahon said.

A line of those green trees along the bottom edge of the picture below are dead now as the ocean has eroded the shore line and salt water is going further in.  It’s just a big pile of garbage.

An aerial view of the Union Bay coal hills. Photo courtesy JET Productions.

West Fraser Timber to supply engineered cover for Union Bay coal hills

  • SCOTT STRASSER
  • Feb. 27, 2018 11:30 a.m.
  • NEWS

The provincial government has revealed new information on the long-awaited plans for the Union Bay coal hills.

In April 2017, development company Kensington Island Properties (KIP) sold 28.32 acres of its land in Union Bay to the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.

The land was sold for $1 and “other valuable consideration.”

Read More: KIP sells 28 acres of contaminated land to the province

The land transfer came as a surprise to many local residents. The 28 acres in question are located on the Union Bay coal hills — an area the B.C. government has recognized since 2012 as a “priority contaminated site.” The high sulfur content of the hills has resulted in acid rock drainage that has discharged metals into the Baynes Sound over the years.

Read More: Union Bay coal hills on priority contaminated site list in B.C.

Negotiations over the remediation of the coal hills have gone on for several years.

A recent Freedom of Information (FOI) request for a copy of the land transfer agreement between KIP and the province was denied.

According to the denied FOI request, withholding the transfer agreement was due to a “common law of settlement privilege,” which refers to protection of communications exchanged by parties as they try to settle a dispute.

Adjacent to the section previously owned by KIP, the rest of the coal hills is leased by the Crown to forestry company West Fraser Timber. The company’s lease expires later this year.

KIP had originally intended for its section of the coal hills to make up a portion of its golf course. After acquiring the land last spring, ministry staff said the province plans to erect a “green space” there once the area is eventually remediated.

An email to the Record from the ministry said that West Fraser Timber is “developing a detailed design plan for an engineered cover” at its own cost that will be submitted to the Ministry of Environment for review. The engineered cover will envelop the entire contaminated area.

When contacted, West Fraser Timber declined to comment.

According to the ministry, the engineered cover will impede water access to the coal pile, reducing acid rock drainage and the release of metals to the environment.

“After the engineered cover is installed, West Fraser will surrender its lease of the portion of the coal pile to the province,” reads the email. “In the event that the engineered cap doesn’t sufficiently reduce the level of metals being discharged, water treatment of the discharge may be required.”

The ministry told the Record the work is expected to be completed in 18–24 months.

The ministry’s email also stated that the entire coal hills will be considered undeveloped vacant Crown land and that any development in the area will be prohibited, including the growth or harvesting of trees.

The provincial government has confirmed it will be responsible for monitoring and maintaining the engineered cover, but questions still remain as to how much public dollars it could end up costing.

“While the cost to the province will not be known until after the detailed design plan is completed, the costs are not expected to be material on an annual basis,” reads the email. “Depending on monitoring results, a water treatment plant may need to be installed.”

Fanny Bay resident John Snyder, who is the former president of the defunct Coal Watch Comox Valley society, is worried taxpayers will ultimately end up paying for the coal hills’ clean-up.

“It’s going to have to be addressed at some point and I’m not sure who is going to pay for it. It’s going to cost a few bucks, for sure,” he said.

The Union Bay coal hills were originally used by Canadian Collieries (Dunsmuir) Ltd. as a washing and load-out facility for coal coming from the Cumberland mines. The hills’ contamination is due to residue from the industrial operations undertaken there.

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Mike Schofield ·

Sounds and seems to be a band aide on huge hole. Everyone knows this “tailings pile” will have to be removed and burned in proper facilities with h2so4 recovery capabilities. Why waste the time and money on a bandaide????
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Corinne Groneberg

What is an engineer cover?
Scott Strasser ·

Like a high-tech tarp, which I suppose will aim to prevent rainwater from soaking into the coal pile.
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How the Union Bay Improvement District Pro Kip Trustees Weasel Out of Motion for Information About Becoming A Service Area of CVRD

This is the history of what has transpired (or not) since this Board was presented with a petition in November 2016 signed by over 400 landowners.  These pro KIP trustees have tried all kinds of excuses to prevent the landowners from obtaining information which would not cost UBID any money or manpower.  Instead of listening to the landowners the Admin who has zero government experience has introduced the possibility of municipal status when there was absolutely no direction from the Board of trustees to take this action.

This Admin is running scared because he cannot do the job and it wasn’t fair to him or the landowners to hire someone who simply is not capable or qualified for the position.  We know what an Admin does and our previous Admin was superb in the position so it’s pretty obvious when you compare what we had and what we have now.   The trustees who hired him didn’t know their own jobs as trustees never mind hire someone for a job they were ignorant about.  This Improvement District is set up to fail.  Five trustees who are struggling to grasp what’s going on and an Admin who is unable to perform.  In my opinion.

Right from the get go this Admin was against this motion.  And by the way, why does this Admin participate as though he is a trustee?  Watch any of the meeting videos with previous Admin Kevin and even temporary Admin Martin and you will see what position they take at meetings.  This guy doesn’t know his place.  And who the hell told him he could change his title to CAO when he can’t even do the job as Admin?

Landowners Petition presented to the UBID board Nov. 13, 2016 requesting action taken to dissolve UBID and become a service area of the CVRD.

Discussion of petition at the Dec. 14, 2016 UBID Meeting.  Note that Trustees Loxam and Bitten insist the matter should be discussed ‘in camera’.  This does not fall under the the categories which are discussed ‘in camera’.  It’s another example of why they can’t face the public and discuss the matter in the open.

No meeting in January 2016.

Excerpt from Feb. 16, 2017 meeting.  Trustee Kaljur brings forth a motion to form committee to explore the pros and cons of becoming a service area of the CVRD

Feb. 16, 2017.  Now the pro Kip trustees are claiming the ‘ministry’ has told them to concentrate on water filtration.  Bullshit and back pedalling trying to weasel out of following the landowners wishes.

Excerpt from Feb. Meeting with the Chair stating “The CVRD doesn’t want anything to do with UBID.  They didn’t want to get stuck with a system that requires nothing but money and a lot of work to get into place.”

Mr. Knowitall butts in again and provides the same misinformation he’s been spewing for over 15 months.  Send him for training too!

At the All Candidates Meeting in April 2017, this is what this Trustee believed then and has not changed his mind.  He didn’t know what he was talking about then as Scott Fraser’s response indicates.

This is the missing 17 minutes of the Nov. 16, 2017, UBID meeting where trustee Kaljur brought forth her motion and it was passed with the Chair breaking a tie vote.  You will note the Admin chimes in (even though he was not recognized by the Chair) and is not in support of the motion.  Poof – the motion is erased from UBID’s video of the meeting.

A landowner attended the COW meeting Dec. 13, 2017 where Bitten put forth a motion to kill the one approved at the Nov. 16, 2017 meeting.  Bitten’s motion brought forward at the Jan. 18, 2018 meeting doesn’t resemble the original or the one he brought forward at the COW meeting.

This is the an excerpt of the Dec. 14, 2017, Trustee Kaljur indicates there is no mention of the motion from the COW meeting the night before.

Another excerpt from the Dec. 14, 2017 meeting.  A question from a landowner asking about the letter not being sent to the CVRD.   The Chair states it’s not on the Agenda!

Then at the Jan. 18, 2018 UBID Meeting (which the Admin failed to video or audio record) the Admin talks about another option of becoming a Municipality.  Why is this Admin speaking about Municipality status since the board NEVER instructed him to do so.  This guy thinks he has the power to make these decisions – he doesn’t and someone needs to clue him in as to what powers he has and what he doesn’t.

This is the motion put forward by Mr. Knowitall.  It is the most convoluted ridiculous bunch of words – makes no sense.  This is the board’s attempt at rescinding the Nov. 16, 2017 motion which PASSED and they went behind the electorates back at a COW meeting Dec. 13, 2017, where Mr. Knowitall brought forward a motion to kill the approved one.

Then at the Dec. 14, 2017 meeting it was not brought forward from the COW meeting and the Chair refused to discuss any part of it as it wasn’t on the Agenda.  The Chair also assured Trustee Elliott it would be on the Jan. 18, 2018 Agenda.  But low and behold it wasn’t and instead Mr. Knowitall presented a plate of word vomit which was passed.

This is from the Q & A portion of the January 18, 2018, discussing the plate of word vomit with the Chair insisting this new motion is the same as the one they killed secretly at their COW meeting Dec. 13, 2017.

These short clips are all from the Feb. 15, 2018 UBID meeting.  Christ these people are dumb.  This meeting shows how unfit these people are.  The Chair is completely clueless and just throws out bullshit hoping something will stick.  Can’t wait for the video as it will show Mr. Knowitall throwing his hissy fit banging the table.  Loves to hear his own voice.

This is an excerpt of the Feb. 15, 2018 meeting with the Chair reading out the Admin’s report introducing a 3 prong policy regarding the landowners request for information from the CVRD.  The Admin has created a smoke screen complicating the issue by unilaterally deciding to make the study to include municipality status.

This excerpt is Trustee Kaljur questioning the 3 prong policy.

This excerpt is a question about the Admin attending these meetings on his own regarding conversion to CVRD.

This excerpt is the Chair refusing to allow Trustee Kaljur to answer a landowners question claiming he’s trying to get questions from the audience and then immediately allows Trustee Elliott to ask a question.  Trustee Elliott also wants to know why municipality status has been introduced and the Chair states he can’t pull it out of his head right then – no kidding.  Elliott confirms the board NEVER instructed the Admin to take this action.

This excerpt is a question as to why UBID isn’t going directly to the CVRD for the conversion process.  The Chair wrongly answers that’s not the way it works.  BS.

This excerpt is Trustee Kaljur questioning why the Chair refuses to recognize her when she requested to answer landowners question.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Union Bay Improvement District Trustee Ensures A Gong Show

The one Trustee who just can’t keep his mouth shut during meetings.  Loves to hear his own voice and is an expert on everything.

Here’s a reminder to him of what he stated when he butted in at the Nov. 13, 2016 meeting.  The Chair has never told him to shut up so he continues over a year later.  Instead the Chair thanks him for his support.  Clowns.

This 3 minute clip is from the 8 times this trustee spoke without being recognized by the chair at the Feb. 18, 2018 meeting.  Every other trustee requests to be recognized but not Mr. Knowitall.  Seems to have a problem controlling his temper.  When’s the last meeting you attended where someone is throwing a hissy fit banging the table because he’s not getting his way?  Only in Union Bay folks!

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Union Bay Improvement District Gong Show Returns for Another Season

This clip is from the All Candidates meeting in April 2017.  It clearly displays the ignorance of Trustee Rick Bitten.  Listen to him talk about how they’ve (who?) researched and he provides absolute falsehoods to the landowners.  Luckily our MLA Scott Fraser also attended the meeting and provided information as to the process of joining the Regional District.  Who are you going to believe… Rick Bitten or Scott Fraser?  The thing that is mind boggling is that Bitten is still spewing the same false information.   These tools refuse to allow any new information to penetrate their thick skulls.   What is terrifying is what they term “research” in their decisions.

Trustee Bitten needs to go to anger management!  What’s he going to do next – bang his shoe on the table?  According to Bitten the Admin used an illegal recording of the Jan. 18, 2018 meeting to compose the minutes.  Bitten seems to be really pissed off about this instead of being thankful there was any recording.  What the hell would the Admin have used to compose those minutes if there wasn’t a recording?  Certainly doesn’t take ANY notes during the meetings.

There was quite a good turnout for the gong show this evening and landowners are getting fed up with the bullshit they’re being forced to swallow.  A good indicator was how the Chair handled the meeting.  Notice Bitten speaks whenever the mood strikes him and yet Jacques refused to allow Trustee Kaljur to speak when she requested and then immediately allowed a question from Trustee Elliott.  WTF?

It was a wild one and at the end of the meeting Trustee Loxam’s wife thought I should respond to her questions even when I told her I didn’t want to talk to her and then advised that I don’t talk to stupid people.  She then asked why I talked to Walter (who was standing beside me) and then pointed to Janet Thomas and asked why I talk to her.

I had to yell at her to fuck off and that I didn’t want to talk to her – even then she was in my face.  This is the same person who responded to Union Bay Improvement District correspondence by telling the writer not to send any more emails as they would be deleted as the original was.  Who the fuck elected her?  If I pulled this crap – they’d be calling the police.

There is no hiding these idiots don’t have a clue what they’re doing.

 

 

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Union Bay Improvement District Trustee Jim Elliott Seeking Another Term – YAY!

Just heard on the Goat radio station that UBID Trustee Jim Elliott is seeking another term.  Excellent news for landowners as Jim’s experience and character are keeping the dysfunctional board above water – pun intended.  Can you imagine the dogs breakfast that would have been served up by the Pro KIP heavy Board who have zero experience negotiating a new water agreement?  Dodged another bullet folks.

Mr. KIP was at the shack today with some guy looking over papers.  Would have loved to overhear the fantasy he was selling today to some poor shmuck.

Monthly meeting tomorrow night at 7 pm.  Come one and all to witness the slapstick performance.