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Rain, snow and a bear PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 May 2017 13:31

BEHIND  THE  LINES

BY BOB JALDON

Jasper, Ca. — We drove 11 hours, from Calgary to Jasper, despite the rains and snow that we faced, the warning of a landslide, and a notice of animals crossing. Along the way, eroded roads caused by winter snow blizzards were being repaired and poured with concrete asphalt.

There are like three months of good weather in Alberta, the source of oil in Canada. But Canadians, immigrants and overstaying tourists have managed to live in the cold, killing weather.

From Calgary, we packed our umbrellas and rain coats to go with the thermal wears. The temps went above normal across the prairies and the rookies. As we drove through Highway 16 flanked with nothing but ever-green pine trees, frozen lakes and creeks and snow-white mountains, we chanced upon an amazing black bear searching for food. We didn’t need a bear spray to blind it away as it gently made his way to the mountains.

Aside from experiencing the breathtaking glaciers and viewing its ranges from the viewing deck reserved for visitors and locals, you can go boating on Pyramid lake, whisk your way up the Whistler Mountain via the sky ran gondola, go rafting or go cruising along the Spirit Island.

During winter, the brave and bold can go skiing at the Marmot basin, walk through frozen canyons, or take the wildlife tours and hope to see a bear, like we luckily did.

But, like all cities, Jasper is a community at risk. For example, people have been warned about thin ice in Lake Louise’s frozen surface. According to Parks Canada, the imposing Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise places the sign “Danger, thin ice” at the mouth of the Louise Creek each year because the outflow creates open water year round and thin ice near the lakeshore boardwalk. And to think that I took some photographs right where the thin ice warning stood.

Well, that’s Jasper, one of the must-visit wonders in Canada.

And, now, the Mindanao Blackouts.

Good fortune smiled on Zamboanga last Saturday. It didn’t have to join the agony of cities and municipalities in Mindanao when an abrupt power shutdown occurred.

The Western Mindanao Power Corp. based in Sangali supplied 50 megawatts of power to Zamboanga, plus the 12 MW that Zamcelco generated from its modular gen sets. The good thing was that when the power outage occurred, Zamboanga needed only 60 megawatts of electricity. Zamboanga’s peak demand is 103 MW.

That is our advantage. Whenever there’s a power malfunction, an imbedded plant like the WMPC in Sangali bails us out. Which brings us to the importance of an Investment Management Contract for Zamcelco. The sooner the better. That IMC will save Zamcelco and its consumers from bankruptcy and intermittent blackouts, respectively. And to think that some people are trying to block the entry of an IMC is downright outrageous!

The IMC, from the occupants of city hall and the two congressional districts, remains a political rallying cry that promises genuine sustained power supply for at least 20 years.

It is everybody’s belief, but the disgusting purveyors of bad news, that Zamcelco should partner with an IMC for the provision of improved services. The consumers have been paying dearly for all of Zamcelco’s missteps and financial lapses long enough.

 
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