Pet killer arrested for breaching probation

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Pet killer Kayla Bourque, who a judge has described as “psychopathic” and a “sexual sadist,” was arrested Thursday for allegedly breaching conditions of her release from jail.

In 2013, B.C. Corrections issued a rare public notification to alert the public that Bourque had been released from jail with plans to live in Vancouver.

Bourque has offended violently against both people and animals and is considered high risk to re-offend, according to the Ministry of Justice.

She was arrested in March 2012 after she boasted of disemboweling and dismembering her cat and told a friend she fantasized about shooting a homeless person or killing someone in residence at Simon Fraser University.

Reading this story about Bourque reminds me of two other dog killers, Brian Whitlock and Liz Summerfield.

Brian Whitlock was sent to jail for beating his dog and leaving him for dead in a dumpster in 2012. A couple of years later Whitlock was charged with murder of woman at her Dunbar home

The other dog killer, Liz Summerfield, escaped charges. She simply lied to the South Burnaby Veterinary Hospital when she told them the dog with her had been ordered by the Post Office to be put down because the dog had bitten a postal worker. The Post Office never ordered the dog put down.
Liz Summerfield had the family dog put to death during a series of court orders demanding she turn over to the divorce court bank records as to what she had done with the very large amount of money she’d removed from their joint accounts just prior to her filing for divorce. She refused to comply with any of the multiple court orders.
Liz had removed the dog from the family home prior to her husband being served divorce papers. She refused to allow him to see his dog or any of the other two dogs she removed. The dog she killed was a Rottweiler/German Shepard cross her husband had rescued from the New Westminster Animal Shelter.
Special place in hell for those who harm children and animals
Liz instructs children throughout the lower mainland of British Columbia including Burnaby, Coquitlam, New Westminster, Maple Ridge, Port Moody, Whistler, Vancouver, in a variety of different art like puppetry, papier mache, heritage hat making, or other art forms. She may also be offering public speaking courses throughout the lower mainland.
Letter written by lawyer for dog owner to the BCSPCA alerting them of the death of the family pet.
A story about the divorce is available here.


Blue Heron Cam in Vancouver, BC


One of North America’s largest urban colonies of Pacific great blue herons is in Vancouver, BC. The Heron Cam is a window on the world of these magnificent birds from courtship through egg laying, until the grown chicks fledge in late summer.

Stanley Park is home to one of North America’s largest urban heron colonies and the camera will take viewers right inside their nests in the trees near the park board’s head office at 2099 Beach Avenue.

Last year the heron colony had 116 nests and produced 131 fledgling herons. Herons have been nesting in the park since at least 1921.

There are about 4,000 to 5,000 herons in Canada and the Pacific great blue heron has been designated a “special concern” under the Species at Risk Act.

Here is the link to the City of Vancouver’s Heron Cam. Viewing during daylight hours, pacific time….

Shaw issue update

Shaw and I have agreed upon a reasonable resolution to problems which occurred when I moved; a discount for a period of time and a commitment by Shaw to ” coach our representative who transferred your services in January, as we should be checking for e-mail addresses and Webspaces to move during the transfer process.  We do want to treat our customer’s information with the highest level of care, as seemingly small oversights can lead to situations such as this.  We have forwarded a notice to the supervisor of the representative who handled this transfer, so this can serve as an opportunity to improve their service going forward.”

It is my hope that Shaw coaches all service representatives so the situation I went through won’t happen to anyone else.

My covers of all my ebooks have not been recoverable on Shaw servers and I’m now considering other storage options so cover images will be displayed once again on this site on a more permanent basis.

It is unfortunate this series of errors occurred during my move. I’ve had great service from Shaw during the past 40+ years I’ve been with them but, like actors or businesspeople, a reputation is only as good as your last performance.

In the end the resolution with Shaw was fair to both parties.


2015 International Hair Freezing Contest photos

Every year Takhini Hot Pools, a natural hot springs resort in Whitehorse, Yukon, awards a cash prize to the winner of its frozen hair photo contest.

Winning photo

Winning photo.

Other entrants:



The winning photo from the annual hair freezing contest at Takhini Hot Pools in Yukon is receiving international attention.

Owner Andrew Umbrich says the contest for photos of hot springs users’ frozen hair has been running for years, but he says 2015 was a standout.

Miléna Georgeault and her winning teammates also posted a video on Facebook. Georgeault says she was surprised to see that has more than 18,000 views.

The Yukoner worked with her partner Maxime Gouyou Beauchamps and their friend Fanny Caritte, who was visiting from France, to create their winning ‘dos.

“We put a lot of work into our hair,” says Georgeault.

She says her frozen hairstyle took about half an hour to sculpt.

Umbrich thinks part of the contest’s success is due to its uniqueness.

“We’re never heard of anyone ever doing it anywhere else,” he says, noting the contest was started by the previous owners of the hot pools.

Umbrich said he thinks Yukon’s climate creates the right combination of steam coming off the water and cold temperatures to freeze hair nicely.

The contest is held in association with the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous festival, but Umbrich says he runs the contest the entire month of February to account for unpredictable temperatures.

He says -20C works for hair sculpting, but -30C is ideal.

“It just takes 10 minutes to a half hour to make a pretty incredible picture,” he says.

One strategy, according to Umbrich, is to lay the hair on the edge of the pool to freeze.

“As it freezes, they’ll slowly fashion it or sculpt it into something,” he says. “Once it’s frozen it becomes a lot easier to move and shape.”

Umbrich says about 20 people entered the contest this year. With all the attention, next year’s participation might be higher and so might be the prize.

This year’s winners took home $150 but Umbrich is talking about increasing the payout in 2016.

View more images at this link.


Boys are being outclassed by girls at both school and university, and the gap is widening

The Economist magazine published an article on “The Weaker Sex”, under their general topic heading of “Gender, education and work”, which indicates teenage boys are being left behind by girls.

Until the 1960s boys spent longer and went further in school than girls, and were more likely to graduate from university. Now, across the rich world and in a growing number of poor countries, the balance has tilted the other way. Policymakers who once fretted about girls’ lack of confidence in science now spend their time dangling copies of “Harry Potter” before surly boys. Sweden has commissioned research into its “boy crisis”. Australia has devised a reading programme called “Boys, Blokes, Books & Bytes”. In just a couple of generations, one gender gap has closed, only for another to open up.

The reversal is laid out in a report published on March 5th by the OECD, a Paris-based rich-country think-tank. Boys’ dominance just about endures in maths: at age 15 they are, on average, the equivalent of three months’ schooling ahead of girls. In science the results are fairly even. But in reading, where girls have been ahead for some time, a gulf has appeared. In all 64 countries and economies in the study, girls outperform boys. The average gap is equivalent to an extra year of schooling.

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The OECD deems literacy to be the most important skill that it assesses, since further learning depends on it. Sure enough, teenage boys are 50% more likely than girls to fail to achieve basic proficiency in any of maths, reading and science.

Youngsters in this group, with nothing to build on or shine at, are prone to drop out of school altogether.

Much more data from this article on The Economist here.

The best place in the world to be a working woman. The Glass Ceiling Index.

The Economist Magazine asks “Where is the best place in the world to be a working woman?”

IN SOME countries International Women’s Day on March 8th is a public holiday. But it is too early to relax efforts to increase equality for working women. The Nordics are still out in front, according to our latest glass-ceiling index, which shows where women have the best chances of equal treatment at work. It combines data on higher education, labour-force participation, pay, child-care costs, maternity rights, business-school applications and representation in senior jobs. Each country’s score is a weighted average of its performance on nine indicators.

This year it is Finland that comes out best, overtaking Sweden and knocking Norway off the top spot. It scores highest of the 28 countries in our (The Economist) index for the share of women in higher education (where their lead over males has grown), female labour-force participation and women taking the GMAT (business-school entrance exam), now over 50%. Finland has also increased its paid maternity leave by more than two weeks. Norway still has more women on company boards than other countries, thanks to a 40% mandatory quota that came into effect in 2008, but women’s share of senior management jobs is slightly down on last year. While the share of parliamentary seats occupied by women in Norway and Finland has not changed, it fell slightly in Sweden, where the gender pay gap has also widened, and is now closer to the OECD average.

A newcomer to the index is Turkey, which is among the worst places in the OECD to be a working woman. It has the lowest share of senior management (just 10%) and the largest gap between male and female labour-force participation. In South Korea and Japan, too, the gaps in labour-force participation and pay remain unusually wide, though South Korea scores top for net child-care costs, thanks to generous subsidies. New Zealand has dropped down the ranks since last year, largely because net child-care costs have increased. While Germany has been doing better (or no worse) on all indicators except the number of women taking the GMAT exam, around a third of all candidates.

The OECD average shows improvements in the share of women in higher education, on boards and in parliament, as well as in their labour-force participation. But the pay gap between men and women has widened, there are fewer women in senior management and the average maternity leave has come down by two weeks. The glass ceiling may be cracking, but has by no means shattered.

The interactive chart is available at…..

Number one song the day you were born, when someone died, etc.

Choose a birth date and this web site will return the #1 song on that day the person was born, or died.

It might be interesting to see which songs for birth and death were #1 for celebrities like JFK, MLK, Gandhi, or former boyfriends or girlfriends, mothers or fathers etc.

Click on the link below to visit the birthday song site.

Have fun.