Neighbour Publishes a Historic Novel

I hope you allow me to use this platform to announce the publication of a novel by Henk Wevers entitled: Going East. It is available at the bookstore Novel Ideas, 156 Princess Street, Kingston, ON.

The historic novel reminds us of several contemporary issues such as nationalism, refugees fleeing war and dictatorial regimes, and the creeping influence of extreme political movements.

Synopsis: Adina Baumgarten, post-doctoral fellow at the University of Amsterdam, is the main character in this novella. She is a fired from her position together with all Jewish faculty, on orders from the Nazis who had invaded Holland in early 1940. She decides to volunteer in a refugee camp for German Jews who fled the Hitler regime in the late 1930-s, and entered Holland illegally. Adina becomes a prisoner herself when the camp turns into a transit centre for the deportation of Dutch Jewish citizens, and other “undesirable” human beings, to Auschwitz-Birkenau. In a strange twist she is assigned to work in the Hollerith administrative centre at Auschwitz I which is part of the immense Auschwitz complex of camps and factories.

Adina finally escapes to become a member of the commandant’s family. Her dreamlike existence, in a relative peaceful part of East Germany close to Dresden, is utterly destroyed when the city is fire-bombed by the Allied Forces. This gives her a chance to join a large group of internally displaced Germans and refugees of many nationalities who flee the advancing Russian Army at the Eastern Front. After the German capitulation, she travels by bicycle to the American positions west of Leipzig in the state of Thuringen. From there, she enters her liberated country near Arnhem. She is the only member of her family who survived the war.

While the period is dark and horrific, Adina’s spirit and personal qualities makes this an uplifting story that explores good and evil in Dutch and German society, the crimes committed in war by all sides, and dubious political decisions made by elites affecting ordinary people.

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Pipeline Repair at 569 Aragon Road

You might have noticed some large earth-moving equipment in the field and trucks on our Aragon Road, just east off Battersea Road.

The crews were digging-up the ten-inch diameter pipeline that runs from Toronto to Montreal and locally follows the Aragon Road, behind and in front of houses, and through the fields and woods. It crosses the road near the Keirstead farm then across the canal between the River Styx and Colonel By Lake. The pipeline is owned by Trans- Northern Pipelines Inc and dates from the mid 1950-s. It transports refined petroleum products, mostly gasoline. The digging was necessary to repair a weakened section of the pipe.

The trench and the pipe repaired by installing a sleeve, it looks like an  fibre reinforced epoxy outer layer over a welded steel sleeve, see below. An email request was sent for more precise information.

The reply: 

Subject: RE: pipeline repair Aragon Road.

Thank you for your inquiry about repair project near Aragon Road. We wanted to provide you with an update on the project.

As you know and describe in your post, we conduct regular inspections of the pipeline as part of our responsibility to ensure we protect the public, the environment and the pipeline. In this case, we identified a feature or anomaly in the pipe that came from the original manufacturing process. The feature was detected by ultrasonic inspection which can detect features through the pipe wall as well as through the steel compression sleeves. As you witnessed, steel compression sleeves were welded over the pipeline to address the situation. There is no welding directly to the pipe, only on the compression sleeves. In addition, between the pipeline and the sleeve there is an epoxy to ensure there is no gap between the sleeve and the pipe. To ensure the integrity of the work, we conduct additional inspections and tests after the weld is complete to ensure a high quality As you may have noticed, the work is now complete.

We noted in your story that you also referenced the Amending Safety Order issued to TNPI by the National Energy Board (NEB) in October 2016. We want to assure you that the work near Aragon Road is not related to the Order. We continue to work with the NEB to meet the conditions outlined in the Order and to be vigilant about monitoring and maintenance activities, including operating below approved pressure ranges until we are confident the pipeline can return to full capacity.

Trans-Northern Pipelines Inc.

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How does the company know when and where to repair? The preventative maintenance inspection of the pipe is done regularly by sending a “pig” through the pipe. A “pig” is a cylindrical body loaded with sensors that pickup small cracks, diminished wall thickness as a result more general corrosion and erosion of the 3/8 inch steel wall of the pipe. When the interpretation of the inspection results indicates the need for repair, crews go out and fix it before leakage occurs.

The “pig” is guide by the wheels radially positioned with the magnetic flux coils and the flux pickup sensors located in the middle. The inspection tool is inserted into the pipe at one of the access points at either end and it travels as a discreet package with the liquid in the pipe at high speed from one end to the other of the 500 km plus length of the pipe. All the while picking up data on irregularities in the wall of the pipe. 

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A so-called “Sleeve B” repair. A steel sleeve of the same thickness, and the same chemical and crystalline structure as the pipe-steel is clamped around the pipe and welded longitudinally,  there is no welding onto the pipe itself. Space between the sleeve and the pipe is filled with epoxy. Then the outside of the exposed pipe and the sleeve are covered with corrosion protective layers. Pipeline Repair Manual; for details click HERE.

The nearest site that also requires a repair is near the Sydenham Road about six km west from the Aragon Road.

Of interest to our rural community and Council might be the following quotation, especially where it addresses the water crossing management program. Note that this 2016 Amending Safety Order is referring to previous orders dating 2009, 2010. Does this mean that the Trans-Northern pipeline, that runs along our road, operated with lower pressure for the last seven years? Repair seems a bit late?  And more action appears to be required? Questions that might be considered by our elected representatives.

September 27, 2016 – Calgary, Alberta – National Energy Board

“The National Energy Board (NEB) has issued an Amending Safety Order to Trans-Northern Pipelines Inc. (TNPI) that consolidates three previous Safety Orders issued by the NEB to the company between 2009 and 2010. The Amending Safety Order also includes additional requirements to protect the pipeline system while TNPI develops and implements a longer term solution. The company is directed to:

  • Implement a 10 per cent further pressure restriction on its pipeline system;
  • File annual fitness for service assessments for its pipeline system;
  • Conduct and validate a hydraulic analysis, and develop and implement corrective and preventive measures;
  • Assess and optimize its over-pressure protection system;
  • Reassess its over-pressure incidents;
  • Conduct engineering assessments in accordance with the requirements of Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Z662-15 Clause 10.1;
  • Implement a facility and pipeline integrity management program on its pipeline system compliant with sections 6.1 to 6.5 and section 40 of the Onshore Pipeline Regulations; and
  • Develop and implement a water-crossing management program.

“The National Energy Board (NEB) had previously issued three Safety Orders on sections of piping in response to incidents that occurred in 2009 and 2010. The order directed TNPI to restrict the operating pressure but the NEB says TNPI has yet to satisfy all conditions spelled out in the original Safety Orders. As a result, the company is being asked to reduce pressure by another 10% and undertake a number of corrective measures related to the system’s hydraulics and over-pressure protection.”

The repair started on about the 14th of March and is ongoing as of April 6th. The cost of each local repair,  is around $100,000. The company that was contracted for this work is

To go to the INDEX of this website click the icon below, which depicts the comfort station for the workers.

 

 

 

Graham House and Lot Sold and For Sale Again

The Angel-stone house at 90 Aragon Road, that Cecil and Wilma Graham owned and rented, was shipped by tractor and large trailer from the Isle of Man across from Colonel By Lake. It was recently sold. Click here for more information on the history of the little house

The little wood frame house that Cecil Graham scooped up at the Isle of Man and dragged it to 90 Aragon Road. Later he had it clad in Angel-stone. Cecil and Wilma never sold land for private development and we owe it to them that our Aragon Road is an attractive “forced road” that has preserved many of the late 1800-s characteristics. The ten acre lot was separate from the Graham farm property. Photo credit: Henk Wevers

Century 21 now advertises 5 acres, or half of the lot, for sale. The advertisement suggests one can build a one million plus house on it: “Build your dream home on this picturesque parcel of land situated 5 mins from Kingston. Legacy Fine homes welcomes you to customize the home you have always wanted on this 5 acre parcel with elevated rolling hills. A rare offering to have this size of parcel this close to the city and steps to the Great Cataraqui River. A few front elevations for your selection have been provided but your plans can be accommodated. Pricing will change based on model being built. Lot to be severed and occupancy could be as early as Fall 2017. Expect stunning stone elevation with stunning roof lines Enjoy the comfort and feel of a net zero home! Custom work can be added to this build to truly suit all of your needs.”

This is an example what a million plus buys. Photo credit: Century 21 website.

90 B ARAGON RD, Listing ID 363260504, ON, Kingston, Canada - ID178562071.jpgPresumably when this “net zero” home is built, the other 5 acres might see a similar house built on it? 

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There is one thing we can all agree on: the land along Aragon Road IS picturesque.

But “elevated hills”? Isn’t that an oxymoron? And “5 minutes from Kingston” is patently wrong, we are already in Kingston, 15 minutes from downtown. And “…steps to the Great Cataraqui River,” is a bit of a stretch, maybe in real-estate we deal with “alternative facts”? There is no Great Cataraqui River, just Cataraqui River and it starts at Kingston Mills from where it runs into Lake Ontario.  What does “net zero” mean? Pay a million and get “net zero”? Ah well that’s progress.

This is a view to the west of the 5 acre parcel with “elevated rolling hills”. Five more acres extend to the right of the trees . Photo credit: Henk Wevers

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In other news, the Graham farm has been sold to George Patrick and Marie-Ann Carey on December  21, 2016.  Their land together with the new acquisition covers several hundreds of acres between Paterson Road and the Aragon Road.

Long term neighbours on our road will remember that a large part of this prime agricultural land was studied between 1982-88 for making a municipal dump site. Very hard work in opposition to this plan included the Carey families, many families around the Glenburnie area, and a sophisticated neighbourhood committee that won the case against the dump. The then Reeve of Kingston Township, Isabel Turner presented Dr. Bob Wolfe the committee chair with an award for “constructive opposition”. Is that another oxymoron?  Stay posted for a story about this period.

Congratulations to the Careys for procuring the Graham tract of land an preserving our rural landscape and the land as agricultural.

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The new bridge at Kingston Mills Locks is nearing completion, the up-ramp coming from HW 15 and Station Road is now wider and it will be much easier to wait for oncoming traffic from the bridge. It is still one lane though, because Parks Canada wanted to change as little as possible in this historic site.

The new bridge at the south-east side of the locks at Kingston Mills, Ontario. Photo credit: Henk Wevers, March 18, 2017

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Click the Graham cows and barns icon below to go to the INDEX.