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All about Whitewater

All about Whitewater
A Blog about River Preservation and the need to protect our free flowing whitewater resources

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Andrew MacGuire, PM Price Fixing by the Federal Reserve - the Greatest Hedge Fund in History

What if you could swap fiat currency for real money (Precious Metals) at a real discount. You can, if you buy and hold real metal instead of fiat currency.  The US Federal Reserve is buying United States debt with money it makes "out of thin air".  The money is used to buy physical gold and equity stakes in America's greatest companies on the S&P index of companies.

Asian interests who are holding US debt and excess US Fiat dollars seize the Precious metals at the spot price which has been artifically held low by the sale of "short contracts" on the spot market.

The above, in my opinion, is the essence of the argument made in this fascinating interview between Max Kaiser and Andrew MacGuire.

Meanwhile, your savings, if you have any, your retirement funds, are being inflated away with fiat currency devaluation, or "debt monetization", a concept most schleps don't understand. Bullshit has indeed baffled brains.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Fukushima News

The following based on

Fukushima is around 200 km north of Tokyo on east coast of Japan.  It is the site of the world's worst ever nuclear failure and is still out of control.  TEPCO is dumping huge quantities of radiation into the Pacific ocean where currents carry it to North America and around the globe.

Just 25 km north of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, just five km outside the current 20 km exclusion zone area where cumulative dose levels might reach 20 millisieverts per year, residents have discovered average radiation from approximately 3 to 1.5 microsieverts per hour (13 - 26 millisieverts per year ( mSv/yr)).

20 millisieverts per year is considered to be the yearly limit for radiation workers.  – the limit recommended by the International Commission on Radiological Protection is 1 mSv/yr.

Information on Cherynobyl

Thirty minute film from 2012 inside Chernobyl.

 Additional links on Fukushima


Dr Tatsujiro Suzuki, vice chairman of the Japan Atomic Energy Commission,

Sept. 20, 2013 –  The following is from
Angela Bischoff - OCAA (
“If things go south in a hurry, where do our people go? We do not have the luxury of picking up and leaving.” Chief Randall Kahgee of the Saugeen Ojibway Nations speaking of OPG's proposal to bury nuclear waste under Lake Huron

Premier Kathleen Wynne : Close the Pickering Nuclear Station Please sign the petition. Also watch Chex TV Channel 12 Durham news’ story on the issue.

The World

Blow to Abenomics as Japan shuts last nuclear reactor Mr Abe had planned to restart reactors in western Japan where earthquake risks are lower, once each has been cleared by the new regulator, but the Fukushima saga has become a national scandal, with polls showing 84 percent of Japanese voters now want to phase out nuclear power or halt it entirely. The government has been forced to intervene since it became clear that Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) had no coherent plan to cope with toxic waste. A company official admitted over the weekend that the crisis is “not under control”.

Japan's Nuclear Migraine: A Never-Ending Disaster at Fukushima Japan is stumbling helplessly from one crisis to the next as it battles the ongoing disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. US nuclear inspector Dale Klein is demanding the intervention of foreign experts, but a quick solution is unlikely.

Typhoon hits Japan as Fukushima operator releases water into sea It was unknown how much water was released to sea under the "emergency measure," Koshimizu said.
Endless Fukushima catastrophe: Many generations’ health at stake by Dr. Helen Caldicott

Discussing the ongoing Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster 1 hour audio interview with Arnie Gundersen who has 40-years of nuclear power engineering experience.

World Heath Organisation's report on seafood safety:
 Authoritative Source (published in English)
Tepco website,
NRA website (Japan's nuclear regulatory body)  Nuclear Regulation Authority

World Nuclear Association website

Canadian Rivers

Canadian Rivers
I speak for river users too!

The Queen is not amused!

The Queen is not amused!

The Damned Dam - 2005 -

The Damned Dam - 2005 -
22nd Annual Kipaw Rally has modest turnout. - 23rd does better

The Ashlu river: it could happen to you

The Ashlu river: it could happen to you

Whitewater Ontario

Whitewater Ontario
Working Hard to Protect Canada's Paddling Resources

Whitewater Ontario - Mission Statement

It is Whitewater Ontario’s mission to support the whitewater paddling community through the promotion, development and growth of the sport in its various disciplines. We accomplish this through the development of events, resources, clubs, and programs for personal and athletic development, regardless of skill level or focus, to ensure a high standard of safety and competency; We advocate safe and environmentally responsible access and use of Ontario’s rivers. Whitewater Ontario is the sport governing body in the province, and represents provincial interests within the national body Whitewater Canada and the Canadian Canoe Association

Kipawa, Tabaret, and Opemican

Kipawa, Tabaret, and Opemican
If Hydro Quebec is not actively pursuing Tabaret what is that bite out of Opemican for?

Kipawa Dam: After

Kipawa Dam: After
Laniel Dam at 2006 Rally

Where is the Kipawa

Where is the Kipawa
Kipawa flows into lake Temiskamingue, running from Kipawa Lake, under hwy 101 in Quebec

Kipawa Dam

Kipawa Dam
laniel dam at 2004 River Rally

Tabaret is a Bad Idea

About the Kipawa

The best thing paddlers can do to help the cause of the Kipawa:

1. attend the rally and bring others including non paddlers to attend and buy beer and have fun

2. write your MP /MNA and raise the issue and post your objections -1 letter = 200 who didn't write

3. Write Thierry Vandal the CEO of Hydro Quebec strongly opposing the 132 MW standard decrying the use of "diversion" as the most environmentally inappropriate method of power production

4. Write Jean Charest, Premier of Quebec protesting that either the algonquin or the tabaret project will eliminate all other values on the Kipawa River by turning it into a dry gulch.

5. See if you can get other allied groups interested by showing your own interest, ie the Sierra Defense Fund, Earthwild, MEC, and so on.

6. Demand further consultation

7. Currently we are at the point where we need to sway public opinion and raise awareness.

However, if all else fails, don't get mad, simply disrupt, foment, and protest . The Monkey Wrench Gang.

Have you read Edward Abbey?

Important Addresses
CEO,Hydro Québec, 75 boul René Levesque, Montreal, P.Q., H2Z

Tabaret is a Bad Idea (Part Two)

Les Amis de la Riviere Kipawa is poised to use an application to the Federal Court to issue a Writ of Mandamus to ensure the Minster does what he is supposed to do, protect the public's right to navigate the water control structure at Laniel, Quebec using the Navigable Waters Protection Act. (see

In the now gutted Navigable Waters Protection Act lay the means by which the Minister of Transport could keep the public right of passage down our great Canadian Heritage, our rivers and streams which are threatened especially by resource corporations and power brokers such as Hydro Quebec.

These powerful entities continue to petition that 'this' river or 'that' stream is not navigable and therefore not protectable.
I don't say that dams and bridges should not be built, only that if they are, historical navigation rights should be considered and preserved by making reasonable accommodations for recreational boaters.

It is the Minister of Transport, in exercising the right to allow or disallow work on or over a navigable waterway is what keeps boats and recreational boaters plying our waterways.

To many recent cases launched in the Federal Court concerning the Navigable Waters Protection Act, most recently the case of the Humber Environment Group of Cornerbrook Newfoundland versus the Cornerbrook Pulp and Paper Company indicates that the important oversight is not being faithfully performed. Have we really come to the point now where we must say "such and such a stream is one foot deep, possessing so many cubic feet per second flow and so on?" The answer to this is... YES!

The honourable Mr. Justice John A. O'Keefe, ruled that it had not been shown that the river was navigable. How convenient was that to the Minister? But either the Minister of Transport acts to protect our rivers and streams as a public right or he does not and that means rivers and streams currently enjoyed by kayakers and canoists.

Enough of the cheating, and double-talk. Canadians! our rivers and streams are our own, lets urge the Minister of Transport and the our government to protect them.

Peter Karwacki

Tabaret is a Bad Idea (Part Three)

10 Reasons WhyTabaret is a Bad Idea1) Tabaret is too big. The station is designed to useevery drop of water available in the Kipawawatershed, but will run at only 44 percent capacity.We believe the Tabaret station is designed to usewater diverted from the Dumoine River into theKipawa watershed in the future. 2) The Tabaret project will eliminate the aquaticecosystem of the Kipawa River.The Tabaret project plan involves the diversion of a16-km section of the Kipawa River from its naturalstreambed into a new man-made outflow from LakeKipawa. 3) Tabaret will leave a large industrial footprint on thelandscape that will impact existing tourismoperations and eliminate future tourism potential. 4) The Tabaret project is an aggressive single-purposedevelopment, designed to maximize powergeneration at the expense of all other uses. 5) River-diversion, such as the Tabaret project, takinglarge amounts of water out of a river’s naturalstreambed and moving it to another place, is verydestructive to the natural environment. 6) The Kipawa River has been designated a protectedgreenspace in the region with severe limitations ondevelopment. This designation recognizes theecological, historical and natural heritage value ofthe river and the importance of protecting it.Tabaret will eliminate that value. 7) If necessary, there are other, smarter and morereasonable options for producing hydro power onthe Kipawa watershed. It is possible to build a lowimpactgenerating station on the Kipawa river, andmanage it as a “run-of-the-river” station, makinguse of natural flows while maintaining other values,with minimal impact on the environment. 8) The Kipawa watershed is a rich natural resource forthe Temiscaming Region, resonably close to largeurban areas, with huge untapped potential fortourism and recreation development in the future.Tabaret will severely reduce this potential. 9) Tabaret provides zero long-term economic benefitfor the region through employment. The plan is forthe station to be completely automated andremotely operated. 10) The Kipawa River is 12,000 years old. The riverwas here thousands of years before any peoplecame to the region. The Tabaret project will change all that.

Problems on a local River?

  • There is more to do as well but you have to do your research and above all, don't give up.
  • IN the meantime prepared a document itemizing the history of navigation of this spot and its recreational value. Use the Kipawa river history of navigation as a guide: see
  • Under the Ministry of Environment guidelines you have a set period of time to petition the change under the environmental bill of rights, you may have limited time to take this action. But it involves going to court for a judicial review of the decision.
  • 4. contact the ministry of natural resources officials and do the same thing.
  • 3. contact the ministry of the environment and determine if they approved the project
  • 2. determine if the dam was a legal dam, approved under the navigable waters protection act.
  • 1. research the decision and timing of it to determine if an environmental assessment was done.

Minden Ontario

Minden Ontario
Gull River Water control at Horseshoe lake

A History of Navigation on the Kipawa River

Prior to the environmental assessment there was no signage at the Laniel Dam

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Send $25 and a stamped self addressed envelop for the Tshirt, and for the bumper sticker, a stamped and self addressed envelope with $5.00 for the bumper sticker to Les Amis de la rivière Kipawa, 80 Ontario St., Ottawa, Ontario, K1K 1K9 or click the link To purchase a Les Amis "T" contact Doug with the following information: Number of shirts:Sizes: Ship to Address: Method of Payment: cash, cheque and paypal, Shipto address:

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