A Letter for the Maplehurst Trails and ecosystems in Port Alberni

Update email from Greenmax.

I was forwarded this enail which was sent to folks who had sent concerns. It appears some changes might be in the works.

Hello Again,

UPDATE ON MAPLEHURST PARK.

In previous responses I have sent to you, it now appears that the information about Maplehurst Park may be incorrect.

I am continuing to clarify the Park’s status, but felt it necessary to communicate this info as soon as possible.

In my last response I quoted from the MANAGEMENT PLAN of the Woodlot that 
“Unit C: Kitsuksis Creek: Maplehurst Park exists south of Unit C with an associated trail system running through the southeastern portion of the unit. This park and its trail network are neither an official recreation resource nor part of the Alberni Clayoquot Regional District Park Service, however the trails are well used by community members.” 
This information was provided  by the Alberni Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD) through the referral process for this earlier plan. This plan and wording was also approved by the  Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MOFLNRO) as part of this process. 

As many of you had expressed concerns about both trails within Unit C of the Woodlot as well as those within Maplehurst Park, I made contact with the MOFLNRO again before my Mar 11 letter to you. I was given the same information at that time.

In the last few days I have received information from the ACRD which conflicts with that provided earlier. They have apologised and I accept that. I am now working with the MOFLNRO to provide additional certainty to the status of this land, which may in fact be a park.

This in no way has any bearing on the management of lands within Unit C but as I had provided this info I simply wanted to clear it up. When I get the confirmation from MOFLNRO I will update you again. This often used area is important to the community and deserves protection. In fact new maps provided appear to show further opportunities for trail development East of Kitsuksis Creek.

Sorry about the earlier confusion. Sometime through these processes new information appears which is a good thing. This is looking like one such case.

Regards,

David McBride RPF
Greenmax Resources

Re: Maplehurst trail proposed logging – urge Province to provide alternative areas

To Whom it May Concern,

On behalf of my family, my wife and two kids I want to urge you to use this letter and the many others you receive to take to the government or whomever you must in order to show the very strong opposition to any logging whatsoever in these lands in and around Kitsuksis Road, and the Maplehurst trails. (map)

This was the last intact forest that was not threatened by logging activity in close proximity to City Limits.  The trails, wildlife and ecosystems in this area are unique and critical to the character and overall well being of the entire community.

Please urge the province to find other tenures not close to the community.  We support forestry in a sustainable way and in a way that uses some areas, while leaving others preserved and protected particularly those of such high value and relatively undisturbed state as the area affect here.

Thank you for inviting this public comment and again, please urge the province to find another place. This cut block will impact dozens of people bordering the area directly and hundreds of people who enjoy the trails and the wilderness of the Alberni Valley.  We must preserve what little we have left close to the community.

Thank you again,

Chris, Theresa, Jade and Joshua Alemany

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Yesterday, March 11, was supposed to be the final day allowed for comments to the company potentially doing the logging of the area. However, there is nothing stopping people from continuing to send messages to mail@econ.ca

Re-assessing my screen time after turning off notifications and #resistfacebook

Back in November I wrote a blog about discovering the “screen time” monitoring and managing service that Apple provides on its devices.

I knew I was in front of a device screen (and this doesn’t count laptop time at work or home) a lot but it was still amazing to see just how much. That pushed me to try to start a change I had already been considering for a long time.

I turned off notifications for many apps. I started deleting apps. I downgraded my phone plan so that it is a pay as you go with minimal data. Data is actually off by default on my iPhone so it is just a phone with Wifi. Finally, I decided to leave facebook behind as much as possible.

So I think now is a good time, nearly 4 months later to see how this has gone….

iPhone Time way down.

Like I said, I downgraded my plan to basically phone calls and wifi only by switching to Public Mobile. This was both a cost and sanity saving measure. My iPad remains on the family Telus account shared 6GB data. Instead of $80/mo I am at $25 on the phone.

The result? In November my 7 day screentime was: 6hrs 31 minutes total, 55min a day. And almost 4 hours of that total was on social “networking” (incl. texts) but it was mostly social media. 3 hours on the facebook app, 1 hour on twitter. Just a few minutes on messenger and 30 minutes on camera for non SM stuff.

This past week looks like this:

My total is cut in half as is per day use. Facebook is gone (I deleted the app from my phone) and the most used social media app is instagram with 19 minutes. My phone is now mainly a text messaging device (using Apple Messages and much lesser FB Messenger) and a camera. I am happy with that.

Pickups per day have gone from 46 to 34.

Notifications has also cut in half, from 627 a week, including 276 from facebook to 252 total a week. Mostly from private messaging (Messages or FB Messenger).

Again, I am pretty happy with that. Now for my iPad.

iPad time up a little but different apps.

In November my 7 day screentime was: 32hrs 26 minutes total onthe iPad. 4hr 38min a day. 21 hours of the total was on social networking including almost 16 hours on the facebook app, and 2.5 hours on twitter.

Now:

I have actually increased to 38 hours per week on the iPad with an hour more a day at 5hr 32 minutes. So I am taking time from the phone and putting it here. But the apps have changed. Facebook is almost gone, at just 42 minutes on the regular app and 43 minutes on the Pages app. Twitter is now 15 hours a day, which is an hour less than what I had on facebook before and 3 hours less than what I had combined on facebook and twitter. So a modest reduction overall on the big two. But I need to bring that down further.

Here are where the increases come in:

My use of Safari has increased by 3 hours total a week. Mail use is the same, and I have a new app called “TapShot” that I use to track my sons goalie stats during his game (which are about 1.5 hour a week). I am also using Numbers (an excel type app) for the same purpose quite a bit though not this week.

Pickups are up from 23 a day to 41 a day but notifications are down from 515 a week (73 a day) to 414 (59 a day).

Facebook and Twitter are both at zero notifications. I turned off all notifications from them. Facebook Pages is at 25 which is more than the 14 in November but still small. Most of the notifications now are from private messaging, like my phone. The other apps haven’t changed much.

There may be some inflation of these numbers because my phone and iPad sometimes sit open on my desk at work while they charge/backup so at that time I get notifications to both of them even though I would be only using my laptop to respond.

I will make a point of making sure my screens are locked when they are on my desk to prevent this.

I am surprised that the time on Twitter is as high as it is. It doesn’t feel like I spend as much time scrolling on Twitter as I did on Facebook. So I will have to monitor that and ease my boredom on the bus and at home in other ways.

I started a new book on my iPad for the first time in a long time. I don’t know if this will add screen time or not. I often fall asleep reading. 🙂

Overall up slightly.

I am happy that my screen time dedicated to facebook and twitter is down. But, my actual screen time is up from about 39 hours a week (5hrs a day) total for both to 41 hours. So I will focus first on continuing to cut twitter time and see if that total number comes down or gets replaced by something else.

Overall though, I am quite happy with how things have shifted. My phone use is very minimal now. Also, the Michael Cohen and SNC Lavalin drama of the past week or two seems to be dying down thankfully so maybe that will take care of some of it. 😉

More time in “Book.app” will be welcome.

I hope this helps spur others to track the time they spend and try to change their habits accordingly.

Thanks for reading.

13 Decades of Pictures of the Trees at the Bottom of Argyle

In the gallery below I have compiled at least one photo from nearly every decade since the 1890s that features a picture of the trees at the bottom of Argyle in what is now commonly known as “Sea Cadet Park”. All pictures are from the Alberni Valley Museum digital archive. If you click on a picture you will be taken to its original page at the AVM with a further description.

At one point there was a Royal Navy Sea Cadet detachment near the trees on the south end of the property. There is a picture of it amongst the rest below.

You will find also find one that has a photo from today, March 4, 2019 for comparison.

The first Mayor of Port Alberni, AE Waterhouse, lived at the foot of the hill on what is now Harbour Road.

In every picture, whether they dominate the picture, or they reached up to the sky in the distance, or they obscured a hidden view of the harbour, or even were just shadows on Argyle, the trees and hill are there. That tiny patch of shade is probably the most photographed grove of trees in the City and before Port Alberni, the Tseshaht and Hupacasath peoples knew the hill since time immemorial.

Compared to the rest of the Harbour, the dirt there has been relatively untouched.

I hope they leave the Park with the Trees and Hill. If you’d like to provide input to the City directly, use the letsconnectpa.ca platform.

Happy Scrolling.

1890s

1896

1900s

1902
1902
1908
1908
1909
1909

1910s

1910
1910
E&N Construction 1910
E&N Construction 1911
1910
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1911
E&N 1911 (real)
1910
1911 E&N
1911
1911
1912
1912
1912
Dec 19, 1912
1912
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1914
Mar 4, 2019 – Chris Alemany
1913
1912
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1912-1916
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1918
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After 1920
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after 1927

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1930s
March 6, 2019 – Photo by Chris Alemany – (the tug boat actually has a yellow funnel too!)
1933
1933

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1940
before 1940
Sea Cadet Hall 1940s
March 6, 2019 – Photo by Chris Alemany
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1952
Feb 15, 1957

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1964 (After Tsunami)
4/30/1965
4/30/1965

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1981
Oct 1981
Oct 1981
1981
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Aug 12, 1984
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Undated Photos

Before 1952
1980s