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Aren’t Reels the same as TicTok?

Are Reels that are found in your Facebook Feed the same as TicTok, a separate platform with an independent app to distract you with the ability to share to diverse social media feeds? No, they are 2 platforms, one could be banned in the USA soon. But which is better to use on your platform, blog or other social media feeds? It could be banned soon in Canada as well, so we should be prepared to update our webpages if they contain TicToc Video.

Which social media tag distracts you the most? Is Tic Tac one of those?
Which social media tag distracts you the most? Is Tic Tac one of those?

Or perhaps just use the tried, tested and safer old-school method of mediums like YouTube. Do you have a channel? That service is welcome with little controversy everywhere. There are no restrictions other than family safety and the other type not so safe, for creators to publish. Your safety standards control the feed. 3 minute limits? Yeah, it can have that. It’s not time-limited. ‘Do you want to publish a half hour or more?’ the sales tag reads… ‘Shut up, here’s my credit information’, the publisher mumbles. YouTube is tried and true, as much or as short as you can afford or free. I didn’t publish below but it does fit. it might contain short bursts of advertising. Also not mine, but you see it everywhere and creators at TicTok and Facebook use and make the same video adverts.

A half-hour video on a subject to link it to a theme I wrote about recently… Enjoy and the link should be found here, to that post.

For you to make a choice, local options and restrictions should be known. In areas of the world where it can be viewed without penalty, you make the choice independently. You should go with awareness in mind. An educated decision is best to make. Reels vs TikTok: Top 10 Differences You Should Know. A long commercial ad can be impactful on any medium or be a message very powerful. All that can be done in a 3-minute burst anywhere, even live. Any longer and it’s boring. It could be simple to learn if your incentives are employment-related. it could be a question a potential employee is asked.

If you are looking for employment with any of your community’s non-profit agencies, it is wise to be educated in all social media categories. Many in my city are hiring, and likely in your community too. If you have awareness of Search Engine Optimization or SEO as a basic familiarity but better, it would get you in the door in most of them. Many design with WordPress, like you could in a job search and host your video content. It does simplify the ‘end product’ which is their aims and directives (perhaps yours too) towards community credibility and visibility. A Vision of the future they drive, the help they give. SEO brings those community eyes and the support they need to exist. Your help and support billboard to the world beyond your door, too. Good luck if that is in your future, and better luck to those successful applicants who have a job now. I hope you fall into that category!

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Scientists Drill into volcano for energy future

Scientists Unveil Radical Plan to Drill Into a Volcano For Near-Unlimited Energy: ScienceAlert… This latest development in energy is another step forward towards the industry’s bright future. They are driven to success. Every failure is a potential success in the next trial project. It has all been tried before.

Iceland, North, Volcano Krafla, geothermal power plant 

This is a project being done in the Krafla volcanic caldera, northeast of Iceland. There, ever since the early years of the 1900s, they began. Every failure is a chance that the next test might be a success. A failed test points out the problems to fix. With a brand new project, it uncovers errors. It is a strategy that will end in a successful test the day after tomorrow, so to speak. Never give up, until it works, not a die-trying type of job, imho, a do-it-or-die-and-be-educated job, carry on new. Unlimited power for the entire planet, they predict. But many similar spots around the planet have at least one volcanic area. Once one country discovers how to tap it, I bet we all will use this method and then begin the work to dismantle power-generating dams.

The Pacific “Ring of Fire” sits within my region in my Canadian province. We’re part of the whole forming the ring. Extinct and active volcanos sit in the regional district I live in. Will we see a future project here, supplying power perhaps to explore space? As we discover alternative sources of power to store, within my region Site C is near construction. Its news forecasts it won’t be enough power for British Columbia’s future demands. Why not promote and encourage the home generation of energy? Perhaps provide incentives… National Grants and provincials including territories. Hybrids, not EVs? As far as I know, a hybrid is not required to plug into an electrical source, as the fuel part of the ride can charge the batteries. Hybrids have an ordinary internal combustion engine and the infrastructure of an electric vehicle. They need not affect a power grid if they don’t need a charge all the time. But our advertising here is only for fully electric vehicles. However, if a successful test comes soon enough, what else would we do with unlimited power other than take to the universe where even more power will be found?

Besides that, individual houses can create and store energy. They can return power to a central grid, allowing everyone to enjoy the cleanly sourced power. Supposedly, pricing is coming down on solar panels. Basic Geothermal is getting popular with ‘Heat Pump’ technology being introduced in many private and government-residential homes. When we all sell power to BC Hydro, will they dismantle all their mega structure power generating dams and bring back fish thought extinct? It’s a diverse life. Solar Panels are common for way more than running heaters, AC, and hot water supply. It may be a wonderful investment if a heat pump isn’t practicable or enough. Solar panels power everything, including your vehicle. They’re flexible now too. From Korea, stretchable too. But they only generate electricity from a light source, even the moon. The house must be rewired, I imagine, to live in a direct current or DC world powered by a battery of cells, like your mobile device’s battery. Wait. Is there a converter? Perhaps conversion is unnecessary… Join that revolution that will save the world. Invest in a house upgrade. Sell a bit of biofuel too, to source a neighbourhood fuel station. Your brother got together with his sister and sold hybrids, and recommends patrons fuel up at BC Bud’s stop for a discount. That’s my pit stop. Best Marijuana burgers on this side of Kamloops if you need a charge supplied from the creek feeding the source. Medicinal to relax and make the journey ahead better? We got that too, Legend in my mind, tomorrow.

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Online education?

How do you describe ‘online education‘? It’s not just for school-aged youth. Long before Zoom, we had blog sites and email to communicate knowledge so diverse and sometimes questionable. I apologize if you have unanswered questions after reading some of my ramblings. I try to fall into some class of ‘educational website’ with all of them. After all, I proudly display a website with ‘info’ in the name. They are as diverse as my mind.

Inclusion and Access. Natural partners. Access includes everyone and allows ideas to form, joining collaborators to meet face-to-face. It includes you too. Access to education to learn about access and inclusion?

Sometime after 2009, I began my journey into online education with an early course into IBDE in the first national course of the non-profit entity that would become Make a Change Canada during my years in that course. It was early advanced education done from a secure website, largely built by previous students and developed over time from the same sustainable source. If you have dollars to support someone, I recommend supporting their educational paths. I took other courses after, with WordPress for Business finishing up IBDE’s advanced modules. I am still building on my business plan through another course offered by Make a Change. Stay tuned. This website will change then. I thank Make a Change for my educational start, and the help towards today keeping our connection solid. They’ll help Canadians who need their training, inclusively! Explore it today if you need a change. Google and a little AI to make this site look good now. Well, in my eyes anyway. Like the ‘legend’ I think I am. I now manage some influential websites built by others and growing over time, because of my educated input to their crafty minds.

Online education has come so far from there. As time passed, textbooks from colleges and universities became taped lectures, then a laser disk, CD or DVD. That all eventually became digitized and marketed to become viral online. The internet opened a new venue for free education with YouTube for all that early digitised lecture material… New stuff too. Some with diverse pricing. Even WordPress learning for people like me and even you, the aspiring fool, wanting a website for a business idea you have inspired by those courses above—apps at the Play and App Stores for all mobile devices for anything you want to learn.

When I went to then called an Alberta Vocational Training Centre or AVC for short in Lac La Biche and learned forestry, I used one of these to research local tree types. In 1989 there was no Google. The school is now known as a Canadian institution and is no longer there; the course is now more focused and themed diffrently, through Portage College which the AVC was renamed I see.

This brings up the smartphone. It is 2024. Which device do you hold in your hands or attached to your mobility device? Lol, the desktop/laptop locked at home or in the office, Windows 10 or 11 even Apple Macintosh. The mobiles are devices based on Android, Apple or a unique operating system with ‘AI’. Perhaps it controls your vehicle, or an artificially intelligent device controls a service at work. In 2024, we see autonomous vehicles, connected online… Ok, your vehicle might not be autonomous, you perhaps have never knowingly seen one face-to-face. All good. Electric is likely in your driveway, hybrid or conventional vehicle securely parked someplace, all costing you every second of ownership in 2024. Many vehicles you own are online on the highway because of technology and the diversity of ‘mobile’ devices. They are ‘smart’ devices, diverse modes of transportation and shipping that have been learning with us for many decades of shared education, freely released online beyond the internet. Where will it take you?

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Pedestrian Guidelines for North America

Pedestrian guidelines are firm and aim for public safety. Even for some electric mobility devices. It starts at home, with children, and walking to school. As a child, you might have had an authoritative figure who walked with you. You might even have been that authoritative person yourself. Cool. Life went on. You may have inspired other pedestrians, knowingly and unknowingly. Some of us stumbled while walking suddenly. Like one sunny day late in May, when I encountered a wall in 1999, then I was diagnosed with a chronic illness in mid-June 2000.

Bang. A few years later, you might be using a mobility device, if that happened to you. What’s with this? Stairs become your barriers, many places you can’t live, and it begins there. There are so many barriers! Freedom of the road and all conflicts with public safety. There are so many cars! Legal weed (in Canada). The doctor and the prescriptions. Freedom and discretion in many areas of North America, and open-air consumption are all good many times, even here, where it’s legal. Makes sense of it all, don’t you know? Am I the same on one of those devices as I was walking to school? My mother and older sister were my walk partner in that younger me. We walked facing those big deadly cars. “Stay out of their way”, they would warn. “You cannot see them coming behind you on that other side. Walk like this, you little bra…” I’d scare my sibling, scaring at least one driver too with me darting the traffic lane, terror on a bike. You never win against a vehicle. But life I found is fun when challenging that ‘fear factor’. Yes, some folks never made it past that life of thrill. They refused to walk with me after a few close calls, and I picked up some bad habits. Meh. Darn walls. I met some RCMP officers and the Road Safety Department of the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia a couple of years into my life on a mobility scooter. Medichair Northern BC has always supported pedestrian safety along with me… We learned together, adding to the legend in my mind. Gave a community speech for the community. I was also pulled over a few times by young officers suffering from unfamiliarity with mobility device travel after it, just educating them on the road, backing up perhaps a supervisor advising of sightings of ‘people like us’ driving unsafe because of weather conditions.

Looks like snowplows passed on this winter morning in Prince George BC on Third Avenue. Pedestrian safety begins with me, along with you, in the active transportation network of Prince George.

Long and short of that story, there are several classes of 2, 3, and 4-wheeled electric scooters. For the afflicted, our scooters travel no faster than 10 kph or 6 mph. This is a pedestrian-class scooter or power wheelchair, and it usually comes from a medical supply place. It is often authorized in BC by an Occupational Therapist (OT). Other places exist, like online retailers and Walmart Scooters for example, 1-800 Wheelchair is a website too c/w no cost shipping. Some people have health insurers that pay for one. Donated items show up. An OT will provide guidance and basic instructions for safety inside and out in the wild, when new and when devices are renewed. They wear out after about 5 years of hard long-distance riding in any community. Many funding sources depend on an OT being involved. But if you have the means, you could purchase one without a health need to replace a vehicle or to gift an ageing relative or partner. At the end of the story, mobility devices incapable by design of travelling faster than 10kph (6mph) are pedestrians and have no actual rules. They face the traffic in multiple forms of mobility, as a safe way of travel on road surfaces. Pedestrians are not supposed to travel on provincial and national highways. Where accessible pedestrian infrastructure exists (sidewalks and paths/parkland, they should be utilized by all forms of pedestrian movement.

Challenges to Pedestrian Safety

  1. Why do we only use a mobility device? Good question. You must be comfortable with our transportation devices to feel safe inclusively. 7 days a week, 24 hrs a day 365 days a year you might see us living our lives outside our homes. We are a class of the diverse pedestrians that you see in your daily travels along a sidewalk or a roadside as you drive or walk by. Many of us use one as an accessible vehicle’s cost is prohibitive to many, or perhaps we don’t realize a vehicle we might or perhaps not own now can be adapted with hand controls. That also requires a driver’s licence review in British Columbia, perhaps elsewhere, for recertification of safety. That might be a challenge for many before the cost of ownership. Perhaps the licence was legally lost or age took it away. Most often, we live in a larger community, like a city. Our reasons are diverse. We were electric long before it was cool in vehicles. On a sidewalk, we travel, respecting other pedestrians. We love it when you respect us and clear the path of your body when you notice us behind.
  2. What about the direction of travel against traffic? Doesn’t that conflict with bike traffic in that lane?: That’s 2 of the questions that come up the most often. As a power mobility device travels in a small footprint, and the bike cannot see traffic behind, a smaller footprint, it makes sense for the mobility device that stays out of the way of oncoming traffic with awareness, to travel closer to the traffic flow as the bike passes safely next to the sidewalk. We can all share a road surface. We should not travel on roadways where bikes are banned. I always go wide tight against the traffic lane, making it obvious for a bike to pass on my right. Some will veer wider and try to pass on my left, putting themselves deep into traffic flows. I then dart in to pass them on the inside, allowing them safety.
  3. Parked cars: Sometimes a rider on the road will encounter a line of cars parked. Always be looking for a running vehicle or one that appears to be pulling out. If vehicles are oncoming, proceed only if safe to go, or duck between the parked cars, proceeding when safe until the end of that line hopping cars. Also if a bike is coming dart in-between the parked cars till the bike passes.
  4. The safest and most recommended way of travel is on sidewalks. In a perfect world, that is true. Always try to keep on sidewalks. But in reality, some sidewalks are not in the best shape. Sometimes, they are so crowded with many people. Some are not curbed at the intersection. Sidewalks are rough on sensitive bones, as those devices have no shock absorbers. Sidewalks don’t exist everywhere. There are a diverse amount of reasons people ride on the road. If you follow the same guidelines as pedestrians, you will be safe and unhindered. If you interfere with vehicular traffic, you will catch the attention of an RCMP officer or other emergency responder in Canada for a much longer story… You won’t face charges doing anything pedestrian but that’s loose as you might have a legal charge applied. You can keep your weed now, lol.
  5. Seasonal: Extreme weather is always a challenge, particularly for someone who uses a mobility device. Winter, short story. Snow is a much longer story with temperature challenges; spring flooding and frozen drains follow… Snowmageddon events
  6. The city I live in is Prince George BC. We have a civic committee for access and inclusion. It connects to the city’s active transportation network of pedestrians among vehicular traffic, inclusively. Society’s definition of ‘disability’ for people with an affliction is those who require accessibility changes. Those changes are inclusive and benefit everyone once realized. An App we use gives the civic committee information from your eyes, about civic issues of concern from taxes to potholes and sidewalk challenges. Even those frozen spring drains are fixed fast. It’s part of a civic program called CityWorks. It can be downloaded on all mobile devices. The city of Prince George highly recommends all civic residents and participants of the local active transportation network download it today.
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How does a person create a Biofuel station?

I’m sitting here in Northern British Columbia watching the news about increasing fuel costs. I listen to the sound of vehicles on the main artery road in my city. Electric and hybrid vehicles are much better for residences along these roads and highways. Quieter. An ICE (or Internal Combustion Engine) stands out. As the news plays out, I imagine the lives of the people behind the wheels I hear. Emergency vehicles just passed. An ICE. Well, it could’ve been a hybrid, using ICE, but I doubt that. The government will take a little longer to upgrade emergency vehicles. Electric in a different life could have feelings of relief, not being a slave to that pump. Hybrid vehicles visit the pump less.

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Using sound to heal ecosystems, using mushrooms

When plants and mushrooms grow, they vibrate. British Columbia has mushrooms consisting of many diverse species of fungi, most shared the world over and some unique to us. Even the same strains diversified. Our BC Psychedelics has a few species of ‘shrooms’ that I wrote about previously listed. A device that produces sound in various tones that translates to musical scores can capture and produce the language of plants and fungal species.. It’s called a ‘PlantWave’ device. It’s available online too, from that site linked above, so it isn’t uncommon. It is about a $500 USD investment. You could buy it. People hold plant concerts for other people with it. The sound is unique.

It makes sense that the sounds of a natural healthy life help a plant promoting fungi. Perhaps the sounds are tuned to known frequencies of healthy plants. There is some intelligence in the planet’s life. It thrives in healthy environments where others exist. The sound might even attract them to promote fresh growth in devastated areas, not too far from the boundaries of it. This science is new. Read more below.

https://newatlas.com/environment/acoustic-stimulation-soil-fungi-increased-growth-restore-ecosystems/

Not all mushrooms are good for human or feral, domestic animals. Most of those are common and are adorned uniquely with identifying colors smells and smells. Some contain bacterial agents that attack bats in North America. If you see our leathery flying rodents acting strange, particularly here in Northern BC you are urged to report it to your local wildlife authority. The safety of these effective hunters of mice, mosquitoes and other pests depends on it.

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New Ontario cannabis rules could have ‘Amazon effect’ on industry

This is a news feed, from Global News so my Social media shares might show broken links. Meh. I’ll try to find some non news lol info to link, information I think all dispensary employees and businesses in Canada will find interesting. In Ontario they’re changing apparently. A cannabis post! Safety.

Are you a consumer of Cannabis, and either patronize a dispensary like you used to knock on a neighbor’s door or stand behind the counter talking about the original market? You’ve seen the big security problem with the windows, I’m sure. Has it ever made you nervous?

As a patron, a few of the eyes saw an opportunity for diverse activities. Not saying all staff nationally are honest either, owners of large amounts of products for sale. Some on both sides of the counter scope the place for nefarious activities. As a legitimate business in Canada, closer to being an unrestricted pharmacy providing recreationally safe products to consenting adults than a place for alcohol products to patrons. Patrons who cannot consume or open products inside stores either. The retailers and staff and patrons feel vulnerable I’m sure. In a crowded place, everyone could be more uneasy. It happens in normal places. No one passing by can see and call 911 can invite that nefarious activity more.

I’ll edit in a bit, and take a moment to apologize for a recent post or 5 that were deleted, users removed. I hope it’s finished now. I’ll try to be way more on-top of this site. I’ll end this by saying I’ll return soon, edit this with links and delete this sentence 😆. Do you think AI could replace a blogger after death? Hmmmm. Stay tuned. More posts are coming soon, mega drafts sitting behind this post.

https://globalnews.ca/news/10222443/cannabis-ontario-store-cap-changes/

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Could AI be the future of Non-Profit boards?

Virtual meetings became popular, as meetings between groups of individuals that support regional and provincial visions, further benefiting communities of people who faced the barrier of travel to attend meetings that included local. Most notably with diverse boards managing Non-Profit aims. Within my local community, called a hub city and gateway to and from Northern BC, we host many diverse groups. We know remoteness here. Many communities establish an Advisory Committee for Accessibility like this one in my home community to identify seasonal and infrastructure barriers. I don’t know if that’s a population initiative for every diverse size of the community. For those that have that civic committee, it was recently changed beyond British Columbia to add the title of ‘Inclusion’, to identify barriers to inclusion within the community. The first virtual meeting I had was via telephone connecting representatives in the Lower Mainland area of British Columbia, 2 communities in Northern BC, and Prince George facilitating via me. We did that before 2010, leading to the future in more than my local MS community, as some meetings allowed directors to call in nationally after that trial. I had led a local group of MS-afflicted persons from 2005 to 2022.

Through that group, which is not a real non-profit group registered within the province or any political boundary, I knew of an international support community for this affliction. That international community influenced my personal MS primary education at WebMD in a much longer story of me. That wasn’t just for non-profits with diverse guiding boards, I found. The business of a province or nation has local and remote offices, diverse stakeholders, and multiple offices across vast tracts of land—nations across borders and oceans. They are all controlled by boards. I began in 2005 to facilitate a group for the local Multiple Sclerosis community. We connected it to the city, province and nation, via phone, face-to-face meetings and email so limited. We then needed to connect to move productive non-profits forward shaping communities. Fast forward, and thanks to the MS groups of Northern BC inspiring MS Canada to support from those early versions, a Zoom connection connecting remote diverse groups formed as Multiple Sclerosis-afflicted persons often volunteer their time to assist powerful groups. It was strengthening the need for remote communications, due mostly to the virus fear beyond the remoteness of British Columbia, including Northern. It was the Medical Community which included Multiple Sclerosis experienced persons in the mix of ‘British Columbians with medical experience‘ with universities partnering with BC Health who introduced ‘Telehealth’ throughout BC’s Northern Communities, now Digital Health in Canadian Health Authorities that identified the way to overcome remoteness beginning with next-door neighbours.

They all drive communication changes. Large and small businesses had the same needs for communities and regions as the non-profits. A few years before the Pandemic that brought COVID-19 and those years forcing changes to all live meetings, the software suddenly had diverse options other than Microsoft Teams, Skype, AOL, Facebook Messenger, or another App. Zoom became popular. Free, seamless international communication. Face to face, virtually. Artificial intelligence for translation got way better and was also free. It was available just before that pandemic and now all levels from Non-Profits to big businesses are struggling to bring employees back to the office full-time, now that 2023 brought full Endemic action to the country.

The Artificial Intelligence addition to Zoom paid accounts, a recent addition I’ve not tried yet, looks innocent enough. Chats I cannot type fast enough to ask a presenter a question when the subject comes up. I might master when asked a question I have to type out. Even some answers typed out don’t come fast to keep up with the speaking without it. As the presenter, it generates notes on what to say, cue card style. Meh simply amplified brainless activity. Will it take away from creativity? I guess we’ll have the chance to try it. Presently, I’m trying to create meetings hybrid in the future. I am president of one meeting group for a non-profit that has never gone ‘remote’, and another civic group, not a non-profit, that has been hybrid since the beginning of the pandemic. I might become a professional board member in some predictable future, getting paid to visualize a path for a company that isn’t a Non-Profit. You could be, too. As the person signing my cheques, or perhaps I’ll sign yours in the future.

A picture of a board meeting within a room, hybrid style with four persons in the room, one remote attendee. Hybrid can have multiple remote attendees and only one person in a board room hosting as well. They are not necessarily just to manage Non-Profts.
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Selected Northern Psychedelic Species of Mushrooms.

I have heard many stories about psychedelic mushrooms growing in the Northern Forests of North America. The same forests that British Columbia was carved out of to make room for the diverse industry and housing we live in here.

Growing up in Ft St James in Northern BC, Canada, I knew persons who foraged for and harvested them. I took a trip or two and had a 3 day weekend 35 years ago that I can’t recall. It began the day I came back from camp, tea to relax, and 8 grams consumed. Next thing I’m sure of, I was waiting for the ride back to camp 3 days later. You only get that high once in a life if it happens to you. Stay focused. You will survive if you are calm.

There’s also a story from a time long ago about Reindeer and their love of a strain that grows in Russian forests. The herders noticed the animals grazing in the fields and acting funny. The mushrooms are potent. Toxic if not prepared properly when more than a small amount is consumed.The hearders learned that the Reindeer acted as ‘filters’, and they drank the urine the animals produced safely. I imagine it was safest kept cold and fresh. Brave people, in my humble opinion. Anyway, from that cold, desolate land of Northern Russia came the legend of Santa Clause and 8 flying Reindeer. Was it related to Mushroom use? At least in at least one popular theory, it was.

I can’t state it strong enough to warn you about preparing to forage for ANY SPECIES OF PLANT OR FUNGI. Always download a plant and / or mushroom identification app before heading out. If you fail to do so, you may only need to find one shroom and test it. It may be the one that feeds you the rest of your life. Only the right phycotropic shrooms are safe. Go slow on your initial trip. Be safe, get those apps.

Thank you to the Vancouver Mycological Society, who selected a number of ‘locally’ growing species of ‘funny fungi’ to share with you here. They do look like other mushrooms. Use that app I keep mentioning. Be sure of the trip you take, particularly if you do more than microdosing.

https://www.vanmyco.org/about-mushrooms/psychedelic/psychedelic-mushroom-species/

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Trip 2023

It has been about 20 or more years since I traveled this highway. Even longer by bus. In 2018, the only intercity human transportation and one of the few shipping centers in Prince George shut down with little forewarning. At least it caught me unaware. Greyhound. Wasn’t too fond  of people in general, refused to comply with Transport Canada’s emerging Accessibility standards for intercity transportation of people.

Why did I not use Greyhound more? They had a route for a very long time, connecting not only Northern BC to the nation and beyond, they brought that beyond to Northern BC and beyond that way. That is a question I would ask another who spent that time apart from a family. Particularly if at a basic level, this service was available.

No excuse, I had a hard life. My Multiple Sclerosis arriving in 2000, expected to put me in a wheelchair within 5 years. Within days of diagnosis, my father died. Within two 2 years, my mental health condition was apparent and diagnosed with MS treatments, new at that time. Medical support denied me as I was using Marihuana. No vehicle. My legs decided I would lead a pedestrian life, avoiding vehicles. ‘Disabled Income. I’ll say no more.

By 5 years, I had given up my car as my right leg could not move from the gas to the brake pedal fast enough. I also quit smoking tobacco, which put me in alternative places within my community. Greyhound would not accept me as I was disabled and invalid in their minds, which is the basic reason, and I had no vehicle. My medical support accepted me back, as they could not deny me. I feel they were forced. 

I have no fond memories of Greyhound anyway, who did not mind tobacco and alcohol as long as people were on board when doors shut and wheels moving when I last rode. They left many people behind. Alcohol was still forgiven, but Canada forced tobacco out. No Cannabis allowed, but to be fair, Canada called it Marihuana, which came straight from hell. Onward to 2023. Side note: Cannabis is legal now but still can not be consumed on board.

I arrived at the stop for multiple buses running for my city. Northern BC just got away with BC Bus North, and now at 8:16 am, we wait. Soon, it’ll arrive. 8:17 now… Hurry up and wait. Well, en route now past city limits at 843 am… Ebus underway!

This would’ve shortened my trip not so long ago. Actually, it would cause adventure as I might’ve been placed between communities, awaiting the RCMP and a ride to their offices. Past is the past, Onward to Kamloops

Well, we’re all on board by 8:25, Mike does the welcome aboard speech. This Ebus is not accessible. No, it does not have a ramp. This bus has 7 stairs. I saw that it has to be requested in advance 48 hrs minimum for access. They bring a unique bus to the pickup location. Scooters always go under one bus design, and another bus can take a fair-sized power chair, untested with a scooter. Washrooms in the back. Meh. Lots better than Greyhound. Not quite as good as Northern or another Health Authority’s Connection Busses. Coincidently, A division of Ebus company manages the medical transportation I learned. There is a price difference lol.

Stops announced Williams Lk, 70 Mile House. Shouldn’t that be 112.7 Km House here in Canada? Hmmmm. Stay tuned. This ride is much smoother than Greyhound, and seatbelts are mandatory. 9:47, just entering Quesnel.

Underway, I’ll be 500 + KMs before this day is done.

Well, 1135 and the stop at Williams Lk was another memory to behold. A single bathroom satisfied my 3 hrs travel to find it, but I didn’t feel like the ‘back of the bus’ bathroom was close enough. Well, onward after Mike, the driver, does a headcount. Onward to the next stop and stretch. Time to charge and enjoy the puff. Lol, This stop by a liquor store… Iconic memories of being left here, with Greyhound… Onward.

Miles to some, kms under the wheels, moving under us. Onward!

We stopped for lunch at 112.7 km house. I’ll bring lunch on my return, just saying. A bathroom break to wash my hands, puff and consume some truck-stop-packaged something. It’s time to huff a vape puff and get on board.

The city marker was found in a city park.

My impression of Kamloops by Transit any of the modes is great. Ample wide open nature parks, accessible and ‘walknrollablable’ by City Transit. They built sidewalks for community health. All built on hills, busses struggle to climb. No wonder it’s considered the ‘City of Tournaments‘. My morning walk was a walk to the 7-11, a block by sidewalk but 20 meters above my sister’s place. Meh. A surprisingly meagre amount of benches and garbage collection areas exist on the sidewalks. But again, the city was clean along those sidewalks. I noticed very few mobility devices in use. Had I brought mine, I would’ve seen more, I imagine. I was told Tranist, HandyDART services, and private vehicles are the standard modes of Kamloops’ mobility. Walking is done mainly in those parks, so common with benches and garbage cans. People rarely walk to the park, I was told.

Peterson Creek Park affords many views 30 or 40 meters above a busy highway. Well-placed benches are along a mega km natural trail connecting some other large area parks and sporting areas.
 They donate benches as a legacy. We give thanks for the views these people enjoyed in life. There’s no litter to distract the views. Thanks as well to respectful visitors who came before me and any who picked up after those disrespectful visits.
The Highway below the park and mountain views.
 The mountains overshadow Kamloops
Another Bench
Sage grows everywhere, among the diversity of nature.
 Trail markers, so an exploration party does not get lost (easily)
That highway so far below
This deserted mall serves as Ebus HQ in Kamloops. The office to register is inside, and a restaurant, a couple of computer tech support offices exist. Most of the places are closed inside.

 As it is Aboriginal Day in Canada, while I traveled back, I respected these lands I traveled upon. I am traveling between the TKemlups and Lheidli T’enneh territories. Such beautiful territories they’ve managed since a time before time was recorded. As we travel, my thoughts are of ancient trade routes and past explorers to this part of Canada. I called PG Taxi along the road and booked a taxi for my arrival at around 830pm. Back home.

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