is about a remote area in west central British Columbia, Canada
called the West Chilcotin. Surrounded by numerous glacial mountain
ranges, alpine lakes teeming with wild Rainbow Trout, and full
of wildlife. Living here goes from no running water or electricity
to spacious log homes with all the conveniences and without
Wilderness Adventures - Nov., Week 3/2007
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Bella Coola Day
we just got back from Bella Coola this evening, I won't
have time to cover anything about the RCMP tonight. I'm
sure that will make them very happy....:-)
Our temperatures went down to -19C or about 4 below
zero Fahrenheit last night. We're not getting
the warming influence from Nimpo Lake as much now, but
it will still be colder up on the highway or toward Anahim
as it was the other morning. At least until the lake freezes
over completely, which should be happening fairly soon.
As I mentioned on the picture of the day yesterday, it's
been singing on a regular basis as it does when it's freezing
up, especially when there is no snow on the ice to muffle
the sounds as there was last year. No snow also means
no insulation so there are more radical temperature differences
from night to day when the sun shines and warms the surface
of the ice.
Today dawned yet another clear sunny day
and Andy watched the coyote cruise around out on the ice
in front of our place again this morning. We didn't get
to enjoy the sun here because we had to drive down to
Bella Coola today. It was clear down there as well and
below freezing, but the mountains surrounding the valley
are so high that the sun never peeks over them in many
places. Much as I enjoy going down there, personally,
I don't think I could live there through the winter. It
would drive me crazy to see the sun up on the mountain
tops but none on my windows.
The road and the 'Hill' were really good today, but
you can see why they had to close Heckman Pass last week.
They've gotten a considerable amount of snow at the top
of the hill and one woman from Hagensborg told us that
she went without power for 27 hours when we were out for
9 hours. They got the same heavy wet snowfall we
did and it knocked a lot of trees onto the powerline.
In fact, BC Hydro was still cutting down trees along the
highway while we were down there today and you could see
numerous branches and trees laying alongside the road.
We popped down to the docks at the harbour today and noticed
a BC Ferry called the Nimpkish anchored alongside a dock.
Since the Ferry doesn't run in winter, we thought it highly
unusual so Andy went over and spoke to the engineer just
as he was leaving the Ferry. He explained that this
will be the first year that they try running a small ferry
out of Bella Coola once a week in winter. It will
stop into Bella Bella, Ocean Falls, Mac and a place called
Shearwater. If you wait at Shearwater for a few hours,
you can pick up the sailing from Prince Rupert to Vancouver
Island. If you want to find out more, I found the schedule
on the bcferries site by typing Nimpkish in the search
box on the lower left navigation panel.
It's pretty exciting really because many tourists like
to come through our area and make the circle tour back
down to the Island or in reverse, via ferry. But the ferry
doesn't stop in at Bella Coola in the late fall and winter.
Now with this new ferry, travelers can still make
the Discovery Coast circle tour but with one stopover
at Shearwater. It's a new service, this is the
first year, and no way to know if they will continue it
beyond this winter, but I hope it's used enough for them
to keep it.
The views down in the valley were wonderful as usual and
some were downright breathtaking today where the sun lit
up the spectacular jagged teeth of some of the mountains
that guard the Bella Coola Valley. Especially spectacular
are some of the huge frozen waterfalls on the sides of
some of the mountains. I think they must be getting
some unusually cold temperatures down there this year
We stopped at the rest area at the foot of the 'Hill'
before heading up to adjust some groceries in the back
of the truck. Low and behold, right there in the snow
as I stepped out of the truck were some very large
bear tracks. It was hard to say if they were grizzly
tracks because it's more difficult to determine in the
snow, but I'm pretty sure I could make out where
long claws had sliced through the snow ahead of the paw
prints. It was one big bear, I know that for sure! Without
knowing what the temperatures have been or whether the
sun's been shining on that spot, I can only guess at how
old the tracks were. The paw prints were perfectly preserved
in the ice though, so the tracks were a few days old if
the temperature hasn't come above freezing in that period
of time. The bear crossed over the turnout and the highway
to the other side, presumably going for fish in the river.
This seems way too late for a black bear to still
be out and about, especially with the cold temperatures
and all the snow so I would pretty much guess it would
have to be a grizzly. They don't hibernate in the same
manner that black bears do.
It looks like our high pressure system is going to hold
for another day at least, and then will start breaking
down as it moves farther east. There's probably no question
we'll have a weather change, but whether it will bring
snow or not is another question.
At least most of the water birds have cleared out of the
area. There's just the odd duck down on the Dean and I
saw a blue heron yesterday standing on ice where the river
exits Nimpo Lake. I haven't heard that loon again
since the other day, but I really haven't been outside
for long lately. With below zero temps, it's a bit nippy
unless you're standing in the sun.
Just to let you know, I may take a break from writing
for a couple of days. I really need to catch up on some
work this weekend but I'll try to put a conclusion on
those RCMP articles for early next week. Oh, and Happy
Thanksgiving Day to all of our American friends. Have
a great weekend!
Sir Robert Borden Peele
'Father' of modern day policing, Sir Robert Peel, brought
forth legislation in the British Parliament in 1829 setting
out the terms of a police force which was to operate within
the City of London . Thus the modern concept of
police was born.
I'll draw from a document sent to me by John Brecknock
that he felt might be pertinent to policing in our community.
At the time, London was besieged by criminal elements
and the safety of many citizens was uncertain. Pickpocketting,
gambling and theft, along with countless other crimes,
Merchants were concerned about the safety of their ships
and cargoes as shipping on the Thames River increased
so they started a private police force designed to patrol
and guarantee the safety and security of the waterfront.
By 1800, this force was so successful in the "clean-up"
of the crime-infested waterfront that the City took it
over in 1800. This, coupled with the rapidly expanding
industrial revolution and the growth in the "middle-class"
which demanded an end to thieves, beggars, and prostitutes,
paved the way for the modern police force and the work
of Sir Robert Peel.
An important element in Peel's plan was the separation
of policing and the judiciary. Peel and law reformers
of the day felt that the police should be responsible
for one facet of the law, up to the prosecution phase,
while the trial, conviction and punishment phase should
placed be in the hands of another body, the judiciary.
This concept remains virtually unchanged today.
In his legislation, Peel suggested nine principles for
his police force:
· 1. To prevent crime and disorder, as an alternative
to their repression by military force and by severity
of legal punishment.
· 2. To recognize always that the power of the police
to fulfill their functions and duties is dependent on
"PUBLIC APPROVAL" of their existence, actions
and behavior, and on their ability to secure and maintain
· 3. To recognize always that to secure and maintain
the respect and approval of the public means also
the securing of the willing co-operation of the public
in the task of securing observance of laws.
· 4. To recognize always that the extent
to which the co-operation of the public can be secured
diminishes, proportionately, the necessity of the use
of physical force and compulsion for achieving police
· 5. To seek and preserve public favour,
in the Chilcotin.) not by pandering to public opinion,
but by constantly demonstrating absolutely impartial service
to law, in complete independence of policy and without
regard to the justice or injustices of the substance of
individual laws; by ready offering of individual
service and friendship to all members of the public
without regard to their wealth or social standing; by
ready exercise of courtesy and friendly good humour; and
by ready offering of sacrifice in protecting and preserving
· 6. To use physical force only when the exercise
of persuasion, advice and warning is found to be insufficient
to obtain public co-operation to an extent necessary to
secure observance of law or to restore order; and to
use only the minimum degree of physical force which is
necessary on any particular occasion for achieving
a police objective. (Gee,
someone forgot to tell that to the police that tasered
our new Polish Immigrant to death.)
· 7. To maintain at all times a relationship with the
public that gives reality to the historic tradition that
the police are the public and that the public are the
police; the police being only members of the public
who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which
are incumbent on every citizen, in the interests of community
welfare and existence.
· 8. To recognize always the need for strict adherence
to police executive functions, and to refrain from even
seeming to usurp the powers of the judiciary or avenging
individuals or the state, and of authoritatively judging
guilt and punishing the guilty.
· 9. To recognize always that the test of police
efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder,
more police, more action, no less crime in Anahim Lake....)
and not the visible evidence of police action in dealing
with them, individuals or the state, and of authoritatively
judging guilt and punishing the guilty. (Well now,
that's interesting in view of an article out of Ottawa
four hours ago - "The RCMP watchdog is concerned
that Tasers may be overused - in part because the electronic
guns don't always leave physical marks on the person."
- Now that's a scary thought....isn't it?)
Jeepers. I don't know. Apparently the RCMP Members posted
in Anahim Lake have never read Sir Robert Peele and yet
my first husband who was a Member, believed very solemnly
in his tenets and policed accordingly to the very best
of his ability.
I just finished doing some extensive research for the
last few hours and verified that the Northwest Mounted
Police force, later renamed the Royal Canadian Mounted
Police, was directly based on Peel's principles of policing.
So why do I and other members of our community,
as well as members of the public throughout the rest of
BC, feel that our local police have strayed from those
original principles which still form the basis of the
RCMP, and which are still as valid today as they were
nearly 200 years ago?
How To Kill A Community
the last two weeks I've poked and prodded and probed trying
to answer some underlying questions about the RCMP. Especially
with regards to the role they play in policing our part
of the Chilcotin.
As described in articles past, we now have six RCMP Members
posted in Anahim Lake where I don't think population for
the entire area exceeds 1,300 people. And as I mentioned
before, I don't think there's any doubt that we
are over policed. For example: When my husband
at the time was a Watch Commander in Prince George, I
think he had between 13 and 15 Members under him. If I
recall, Watch names were A, B, C, and D. The population
of Prince George at that time was over 71,000 and that
did not include the whole area that the RCMP policed.
In addition to that, Prince George is a very
rough city and at the time we lived there, was the provincial
gold medal winner for most Break and Enters, stabbings,
(murders in 1994 if I recall) juvenile crimes and teen
pregnancies. There may have been more but that's all I
remember for sure.
So if you presume 15 cops per Watch times four you get
60 cops on the ground in a non-administrative capacity.
That means you have one police officer for every
1183 people. So that means that technically, we
only need one and a half officers to police our area.
But since that's not possible, then the most we need are
two. And that's in an area with a significantly lower
Now the excuse we heard when the numbers went over
two was that if one RCMP wanted to go on holiday or days
off, the other couldn't do it all. Fair enough.
Then as the numbers went higher, we heard that safety
said there had to be at least two Members on shift at
a time and attending calls. And they needed more Members
so that when one or two went on courses, they still had
some left here.
You know what? That's a bunch of bull hockey, plain and
simple. First of all, if it's a short term isolated posting,
you really don't need holidays if you're here for only
a year, do you? You take them before you get here,
or after you leave and before you start your next posting.
So unless you have requested an extended posting, that
doesn't hold water. Second of all, if you have requested
Anahim Lake, then it should be on the premise that you
won't be taking any courses during your short term posting
here. And if you haven't requested Anahim
Lake, then you probably have no business being here at
If you know how to interact with community
members and know how to get them to do the
policing for you, and you haven't gone out
of your way to piss them all off, then there is
no way it should be necessary to have so many RCMP Members
here that they're tripping over each other and us trying
to find something to do....like hassle the general
public. Oh yeah, yet more road blocks last week, This
time around Dorsey Road, and of course the DOT was out
So how do you kill a community? Well, it's
a lot easier than I thought it would be.
There's a pretty neat lady out here that's been around
for a long, long time and has been forever known as someone
that will give the shirt off her back. As with many of
the women that call this home, this is a very community
minded person and I don't think any function would ever
have been considered whole unless she was there. I also
don't think I've ever seen her have more than one or two
drinks in a whole night at a function. Usually she's busy
bustling around doing something, whether setting up food
or otherwise. But she doesn't like a rocking boat, or
conflict of any kind for that matter.
She commented a little while back that it made her uncomfortable
to go to local functions anymore because it wasn't worth
the threat of hassle from police. Not because she might
drink too much, but because if she was stopped, she would
have to convince the police that she hadn't
She is not the only one. Though the comment was in passing
I started to listen up and more than one matriarch
in the community feels exactly the same way. We're
not talking two fisted drinkers here, or even mediocre
ones. We're talking very light social drinkers
that think the fun in a good party, community event or
dance is in anything but drinking, that
now hesitate to go out. Personally, I feel exactly the
same way and that's pretty sad because interaction is
how a community stays together. It's how they work together
in the face of troubled times, a disaster, or whenever
cooperation is required among community members. A
good old fashioned event at the local hall is how you
check the pulse on a community if you will.
Unfortunately, it doesn't work too well if no one goes.
A good example is what we call the Children's 139 Fund
where the entire community comes out for the function
to raise money on Valentine's. In 2006 the event
held at the Anahim Lake Community Hall raised $17,000
which is an incredible feat considering how tiny
our communities of Anahim, Charlotte, and Nimpo Lake are.
The money goes to the Variety Fund held all over British
Columbia at the same time. There's an auction, goodies,
events and things like face painting and balloons for
the children, a huge dinner and generally just a good
time for everyone. Apparently last year the police actually
did attend the Children's Fundraiser, huddled
in their own corner, at their own table, wearing uniforms
and interacting very little with everyone else. They
then set up a roadblock to stop everyone after the fundraiser
was over. To do them credit, apparently they did
make it clear to one of the organizers a few days before
that they would be setting up a road block and to make
sure designated drivers were made available. Unfortunately,
that person may not have passed the information on to
anyone else. Either way, if you play, you pay. I guess
we can all agree on that. However, sitting at a table
at a function and watching who's drinking and who's not
may not be playing fair either. Not making much of an
effort to interact with other community members doesn't
seem like a very good thing either.
That occurrence may have effectively killed community
events thereafter. I don't know how many people
told me afterward that they would not be going to another
139 Fundraiser. I know of at least one person
that aside from donating a lot of valuable goods for the
auction, spends a lot of money there. That person doesn't
intend on going back either. Not because
they'll drink and drive but because they refuse to be
stopped and hassled in a roadblock and put in the position
of having to convince the Officer standing there that
they have the right to be behind the wheel. I feel the
same way. I'm fortunate to have a designated driver for
a partner but even then, it's not worth the hassle. You're
having a great evening, you've had good conversation with
friends, and then your evening has to be interrupted by
a roadblock and some cop that appears to hate being in
Anahim Lake married to a wife that hates his posting.
Guess who gets to eat it.
We had not a bad turn out at our New Year's Eve
Dance last year and had a van and designated drivers in
place. We had the tall young cop who was a pretty
decent guy (unfortunately he's transferred out now) stop
in to take a look around. We gave him a soft drink and
spoke to him for a short while but he seemed satisfied
that we had everything in order and left us alone. Even
so, when I asked a few people later on who had planned
on coming why they hadn't, they told me that they had
heard the cops were out in force and it just wasn't worth
the hassle. Which is a shame really, because the cops
are usually out in force everywhere in BC
on New Year's. It's just that our local Members have not
got a good reputation.
In the end I'm sure it satisfies the Mounties mightily
that everyone would rather stay at home than deal with
them. It certainly makes their job easier. But
it's pretty much finished our community events and our
willingness to get together anymore. And that kills community.
Tomorrow's article deals with just that. John Brecknock,
who has given me a few good stories to print about our
area, was kind enough to send me an interesting document
about Sir Robert Peele who brought forth the first legislation
laying out the ground work for a modern police force.
It's very interesting reading and very pertinent
to these articles, and most specifically, to our community.
One last note for anyone that read about our little
loon yesterday. He didn't make it. It went down
to -17.5C or a little below 0 degrees Fahrenheit last
night and everything was covered with a thick layer of
hoarfrost. Andy pointed his remains out on the ice about
where I last saw him before dark last night. Most likely
he died of exposure but otherwise, I doubt he would have
known what hit him if one of the bald eagles killed him
this morning. Sadly, if the same frost had covered the
ice yesterday as it did today, he would have had better
purchase on the slick ice and perhaps made if farther
than he did. That's what life, and death is all about
though I guess. Luck.
I spent most of last night wondering about him out
there on the ice in the dark. At least now I know
what happened to him. It would have been worse to wonder
all day if he'd made it to the water and then spend days
motoring around the Main Arm looking for him. He's not
the only foolish loon in the country though. This evening,
as I watched a coyote cross the ice in front of our place,
the lake started singing as it does when it's freezing
up, and out of the mist on the Main Arm came the
call of a loon. Not just once, but again a few
moments later, so it wasn't my ears trying to fool me.
I think we're going to have to start handing calendars
out to the local wildlife.
had been my intention to write about community and police
today, however, there's been a little change of plan.
We've had some interesting drama today due to Nimpo
Lake freezing right out to the Main Arm overnight.
It obviously caught a few birds off guard, not the least
of which is our little loon.
It got down to -13C fairly early in the evening but had
actually warmed up to -11C or about 10F by the time I
went to bed so it was no surprise to wake up to a clear,
glassy surface clear out to the big island this morning.
We watched a coyote cross the ice from the point
to the island with some confidence, but he started
to get into trouble moving across in front of the island.
Suddenly he stopped, splay legged, and looked around.
It was a little while before he got moving again but it
was pretty carefully. He would move a few yards in one
direction, hesitate, then try another way. He couldn't
move toward us onto thicker ice because there was a line
of open water there yesterday and the ice he was standing
on had to have been pretty thin. Finally, he gave it up
and gingerly made his way back toward the point.
I wondered why the coyote was so intent on proceeding
across the lake while the ice was so dangerous
when I realized that there were two ravens on the lake
eating at something frozen in the ice in two different
places beyond the island. Birds that had frozen in the
ice overnight, perhaps while sleeping. A bald eagle
suddenly came swooping in with the intention of grabbing
what was on the ice and taking off with it. That
was quite the aerial acrobatics. He went beak over heels
and halfways skidded across the ice before getting airborne
again. I don't think he expected dinner to still be attached
to the ice. I'm sure the raven he was trying to steal
it from laughed his tail feathers off at the whole exercise.
We admired the advance of the ice for awhile and then
I went to work on the computer. It wasn't until noon when
I came out for some lunch that I saw the bird out on the
ice in front of the boat launch over at Vagabond. At least
I was pretty sure it had to be a bird and it looked trapped.
Once I got the binoculars up I was pretty sure
I was looking at the immature loon that should have been
gone long ago. We hadn't noticed him earlier in
the day because of the slant of the sun, especially since
he was sitting so quietly on the smooth ice. Every once
in awhile he would rear up, wings flapping and I could
see one leg flailing the air, but the other was very obviously
caught in the ice. He kept trying to pull it loose though.
I called Andy up over at Nimpo and asked him to take a
look at the bird from that end of the lake, and a few
minutes later I saw him pull up beyond the deep snow above
the boat launch. He came on home and we discussed the
options. We loaded up two long lengths of repelling rope,
an ax, ski poles, the canoe, a large box and a cat crate,
and got our deep snow boots on.
We drove back over to the other side of the lake and started
walking down to the shoreline, and suddenly the
bald eagle came swooping in at the helpless loon.
While Andy yelled at the eagle, the loon launched itself
in the air, wings flapping.
Once the eagle left and the loon settled back down again
it became pretty obvious that the loon was much farther
out than we had initially thought, almost halfway between
where we were, and our own house across the bay. Plus,
we had a little bit of open water and some pretty thin
ice on that side of the lake since it had only frozen
over last night. Regretfully, we turned back to the truck,
effectively giving up on the bird.
We got back to the house here and took another long look
at the situation. Andy took the metal canoe down
onto the ice in front of our place to test how it would
act on the slippery ice but our biggest problem
was not enough rope for the distance. I knew Andy would
be willing and crazy enough to go out there after a silly
bird, but going without a rope was not an option. If the
canoe went through the ice, he would have no way of getting
back unless there was rope attached and I could pull him
He looked at other options, such as adding garden hose
or electrical extension cords to the equation, but all
that would have to happen would be to have a fitting come
loose, and he would be marooned out there. I called over
to Nimpo General Store to find out how much rope they
had and Richard kindly agreed to give us the best possible
deal on whatever he had. Sighting through the range
finder revealed that the loon was at least 800 feet out
on the ice. That's a lot of rope and a lot of
easing out over new ice with a canoe propelled by ski
Just about then the loon started flapping right across
the ice, away from where he had been, getting up on a
leg and then falling forward onto his chest. I don't know
when he broke free of the ice. It may have been when he
lunged up at the eagle, or the heat of the sun may finally
have melted the ice from around his leg. Either way, he
Unfortunately, it became apparent fairly quickly that
he either had a frozen foot, no foot, a broken leg or
a deformed leg and the glass smooth ice was the least
of his problems. The only way the loon could move
at all was by lunging forward onto his chest, beating
the ice with his wings. He was quickly exhausted
and would only go for a few seconds and then sit for quite
a long while before going again. If he froze into the
ice overnight and had been stuck there for half the day
as well, then his foot may have frozen completely or he
may have torn it off when battling the eagle. Or as Andy
suggested, perhaps he was born with a deformed foot and
that's why he hasn't flown south yet. He can't.
That might also explain how he froze in. If he had a deformity,
perhaps he had no feeling in it and wouldn't know when
it was frozen into the ice. All guess work of course.
We could only hope that he could make his way to the open
water on the Main Arm or down river, with the latter being
his best bet. The speed he moved at was going to
be the telling factor.
I went for a walk mulling over possible solutions to the
problem, of which there were none. When I got back the
loon had actually moved substantially closer to our peninsula
via a circuitous route, perhaps because Andy had loon
whistled at the bird before I left. Andy suggested that
perhaps he should try to go out and catch it now that
it might be in range. But that seemed like a pretty pointless
exercise. It might have been one thing to go out and keep
from getting beat to death by a loon's wings while you
chop it free of the ice, and a capture might be possible.
But trying to capture a loon that could flap away
while rocking in a canoe on very thin ice seemed really
dangerous and probably impossible because you
couldn't hope to keep up to the loon.
I tried playing some loon sounds on my computer with speakers
up and door open in the hopes of drawing him in. But that
didn't work either. I think that suddenly, between people
and dogs, there was just too much movement around our
place and he headed out toward the middle of the lake.
I kept an eye on him right up until dark, and the last
time I spotted him, he was halfway between us and the
peninsula across the way, again traveling a circuitous
route. Once free, had he headed straight out from
his original location toward the Main Arm, he would have
been very close to the water by dark. It would
be very difficult for him to determine where the open
water was from his low vantage point, but if he's suffering
from the cold and exhaustion, no water and no food, then
that could only serve to disorientate him more.
I would be very surprised if he's still alive in the morning,
but if he is, he either has to make it to land, or make
it to open water where we have a hope of catching him.
If he makes it to the Main Arm before it
freezes up, and if we can access the water
by boat from a neighbour's that's still on open water,
there might be a slim possibility of catching
him. Although heaven knows how. A fish net, maybe. I don't
see it being an easy task. He probably has less than a
week of survival before the Main Arm of Nimpo Lake freezes
up, and then he's out of water.
That's if he makes it through the night.
Sadly, I don't see that happening. But I'll be looking
for him tomorrow anyway.
Treading On Toes
seems to have arrived in force with yet more snow and
some pretty chilly temperatures. It got down to
-15C or only about 5 degrees Fahrenheit and it definitely
didn't get very close to freezing today. But as
is normal with colder temperatures, today was a brilliantly
sunny one with last night's new snow reflecting bright
Skies remained pretty clear most of the day but it's pretty
full of smoke to the north and west now because the loggers
are doing a lot of slash burning along the highway to
Anahim Lake now that it's safe to do so. And of course
this cold air is flattening the smoke out. Makes
for a nice sunset.
I didn't get to go for a walk today but driving on the
roads shows a few animal tracks here and there along the
sides. The odd moose track and some deer but not a lot
so far. Animals are probably still moving down out of
the high country and if you listen to the hunters, there
isn't a lot of big game around. It's possible that game
populations were hurt with last year's deep snow that
made it such a banquet for wolves.
The ice is definitely growing out on Nimpo Lake
now. When we got up this morning it had frozen
nearly to the big island with a wide channel of open water
in between and it's nearly frozen over to the boat launch.
The back bay and down to where the Dean River leaves Nimpo
Lake is nearly frozen to the far shore as well. The ice
is pretty thin yet and only a small breeze would probably
knock it back, but it hasn't happened yet today and it
will just grow thicker overnight. It would be much better
if the lake didn't freeze until after all the snowing
is done but seeing as how we don't seem to have
a lot of control over Mother Nature....lol.
I was in Anahim Lake today and the discussion of the police
came up in conversation. As I've mentioned before, some
of the people, particularly business owners, are
very happy with the service they receive from the local
RCMP. They're prompt to get on the case of a robbery
or break in, something the Anahim businesses suffer time
after time. I'm all for that, but if the reasoning of
the police is that we have problems with our area and
reserves and that's why we need so many police, then why
isn't the large number of six Members effective in preventing
those property crimes? Isn't that the point? Investigating
and hopefully catching the person responsible, and recovering
the stolen goods may sound like a success story, but it
seems highly unlikely that you would need six RCMP Members
to do that. And it most definitely is not a success
story if property crimes against the same businesses are
still occurring. One has to assume that those
numbers of police Members are for prevention. And that
hasn't happened. Period.
However, there is no question that writing this series,
expressing my thoughts and opinion on the matter, has
stepped on some toes. So I'm going to do my best to get
back to more level headed analysis of the problem that
we have in this community as I see it. Being enraged over
the treatment of the victim in the taser incident got
in the way of a more objective dialogue on the RCMP's
actions on a local level. Having said that, tomorrow's
article on how to kill a community may seem to have an
inflammatory title, but there is truth behind
Oh, and for anyone that checked the link to the taser
video since it's been taken down from Global TV, there
is a new link in place in last week's article that goes
straight to the video.
Have a wonderful Sunday!
the tasering of an innocent man at Vancouver International
Airport, then the fallout.
I think we all knew that there was going to be a major
amount of fallout from the incident at YVR where the Polish
Immigrant died after being tasered by RCMP. Frankly, I
was so furious after watching the video on the news Thursday
night and then writing about it in last week's story at
Week Two, that I haven't really wanted
to write about the RCMP because it would be very difficult
to have anything good to say about them. So at this point
in time, if you're looking for flowers for that
bunch of goons in uniforms, you may want to skip the blog
for a little while.
I admit that the fallout after the incident was even swifter
coming than I expected with Poland weighing in with pretty
strong demands and although I might normally get fed up
with our media for beating a dead horse to death, this
is one time when I'm cheering them on. I want every one
of those RCMP Members involved in the killing of that
man to be so sick of hearing about it that they
might actually consider turning their tasers on themselves.
Why not? Their tasers haven't been taken away yet as they
should have been. In fact, all four goons are still working,
although at least they've finally been moved
off active street duty. Personally, I won't be satisfied
until every one of them have been removed from uniform,
and charged with manslaughter. Murder would be nice,
but that would be expecting too much and since
it can be argued that the crime wasn't premeditated, we're
out of luck on that one. Manslaughter too, I'm afraid.
But the least they should be nailed with
is using excessive force. See, there you go. As soon as
I start thinking about those chicken shit bastards, I
get super teed off again. Oh, and hey!!! Did you
notice that my argument is right? Take a look at the tape.
It's the short little bastard that pulls the trigger on
the taser. Held out at arms length as though he's afraid
of breaking a nail, or something. It wasn't the big guys,
it was the smallest one.
Anyway, it's nice to see that the rest of the world
is as infuriated as I am. And this is indeed a
public relations nightmare for the RCMP as suggested by
the media because they've just been too dumb right from
the beginning. Their spokesperson lied about what happened
at the airport, after they had the video
in their possession, so it's not like they didn't know
what was on it. I just don't think they expected to have
to give that video back. They've maintained a pretty cold
silence about the incident since the video aired, at least
until today when I think they realized that they were
in International hot water and they had better start doing
some damage control.
There was an interesting guy on television yesterday that
has actually done some PR media work for the RCMP in the
past who pointed out that the RCMP's actions so far were
badly misguided. As he said, stand up in front of
the microphones, admit there was a mistake, apologize
to the public for it, and suggest you'll pull
those police officers off of active duty until after an
investigation is done. And as he suggested, if you have
to, you throw those Members to the wolves if it will help
reinstate public trust in the RCMP as a whole. That last
one isn't going to work. I know too well how the
RCMP works. It is its own little enclave fortressed
against the world and right or wrong, they stand up and
protect their own. Which, like the Three Musketeers, is
an admirable attribute for any organization. But sometimes,
it's not the way to go. If you're sworn to protect the
public, then it's not in the public's best interest to
be lied to and stonewalled.
The Airport is in its own pot of hot water, not
even trying to do damage control. Custom's Services
just simply refuses to allow a representative to speak
to the media and refers all media to the Minister of Public
Safety's office telling journalists that is what they
were instructed to do. Judging from the transcript played
on television, that was a lie too.
Everyone keeps saying that there are investigations ongoing
and don't want to say anything until those investigations
are completed. Which is another way of saying, "We
know we screwed up but we're afraid if we say another
word we're going to dig an even deeper hole and hopefully
by the time those investigations are completed in a year's
time, you average, dumb ass, in- the- street, 9 to 5 working
Joes will have forgotten all about this and my job won't
be on the line....." C'mon. You know I'm
right. That's exactly what they're thinking. And they're
right. Because we average Joe Blows have been swallowing
crap from politicians, RCMP, Government bureaucrats
and cripes knows who else for most of our lives. In fact,
it's pretty much a Canadian pastime and it takes something
truly outrageous such as this tasering, for people to
even get up in arms anymore.
In any case, it's obvious I'm still too hot under the
collar to write any kind of objective article about our
'famous' Canadian police force so I'll go on to other
things. Perhaps early next week I can finish up my series
of articles on the RCMP in our community and countrywide.
We're still in last November's strange weather pattern
this year, getting a skiff to an inch of snow nearly every
day or so. It got down to -8.7C or about 17F last
night. Not our coldest night but getting there. Temperatures
got up to freezing today but really haven't done much
better than that the last couple of days. Some mornings
start out being really nice with some sun, and nearly
every evening we've been able to see that big old crescent
moon up there, but by late morning, it's been clouding
over. The days have definitely been a little dreary, but
we are getting something out of it. It started
snowing again this afternoon.
Snow is piling up pretty good in the back woods now and
I'll bet snowmobiling is just terrific up in the
higher elevations already. I'm pretty excited
because Andy just ordered a snowmobile trailer for all
four sleds, so that means we can go places this winter.
I really like snowmobiling in the area but I wouldn't
mind sledding up in the Rainbow Mountains in the spring
and snowmobiling with friends in the Okanagan. Not that
we will. We always talk about leaving home and doing stuff
elsewhere, but I think we like home too much.
I scared up three ptarmigan along the road yesterday.
They didn't go far and I got a good look at them. They're
already pure white and the only black on them was visible
in their tail feathers in flight. Once they landed on
the ground again, they blended right into the snow. It
seems awfully early for them to have turned color completely
already but maybe they knew it was going to be an early
winter. I'm seeing the odd dear tracks in the snow now,
and a really big hare crossed the trail yesterday. Not
a lot of rabbit tracks yet this year, though, which is
kind of strange. Maybe this is a down cycle in their populations
right now. There aren't a lot of squirrel tracks this
year either, but I already knew that would be the case.
As the pine attacked by the Mountain Pine Beetle die out,
they seem to be moving on.
We haven't seen our young loon in the last couple
of days so I don't know if he's still around or not.
There's lots of other ducks on the water still, so he
may well be too. He'll have to watch himself though. There's
two big bald eagles hanging around and one was spending
a lot of time watching a little flock of ducks from a
tree over at the neighbour's this afternoon.
Our back bay is completely frozen over now and since it
has a little layer of snow on it, isn't likely to melt
before spring. The ice keeps trying to grow out in front,
but breezes keep breaking it up and beating it back. When
the breeze comes up, you can hear the sound of the clinkers
(ice sheets that make a really sweet sound) being pushed
against each other and the shoreline by the waves. There
was just a little less than half an inch of ice in front
of our dock and ice is growing farther out on Nimpo Lake
around the islands. Ice on soon.....I'm actually
looking forward to ice on this year. I hope we get really
good quality ice and then a nice little snowfall for cross
country skiing. One of our newly permanent neighbours
down the road went out on her skiis through the back woods
today. Looks like it might be pretty nice for skiing so
I might have to jump the gun too.
Jeepers, look at that. My mood is much improved already
talking about the beautiful Chilcotin country in winter
instead of the unmentionable goons above. Speaking of
which, last week's articles can be found at November
The purpose of this web site is to draw attention to a
remote area of west central British Columbia. It is a
beautiful area that relies heavily on tourism. The search
engines don't know much about the West Chilcotin, Anahim
Lake, Nimpo Lake or any of the other small communities
in the region and I hope to change that! Even as large
as this site will eventually be, there just isn't enough
room or time in the day to fully describe this incredible
country but I am going to try scraping away at the tip
of the iceberg, so join me!
the links, and see what the West Chilcotin is really like!