Wednesday, 5 March 2014
Good morning Regina!!
What began as a major blow to taxpayers has developed into a complete and utter gong show at City Hall. With the recent letters being sent out to residents around Regina informing them that they must pay upwards of $10,000 simply to fix their streets and sidewalks, compounded on top of the 2014 Budget being passed with an increase of 5.88% to your Property Taxes, and another 8% on your Water Bill, it has become apparent that the City of Regina means business when it comes to finding ways to pay for the needed infrastructure upgrades that have been years - if not decades - in the making.
Citizens in the Whitmore Park area already successfully petitioned the City in 2010 to avoid this ridiculous payment arrangement, and are now being told that the costs are 76% higher than the 2010 figures because of estimates the City received from homebuilders "like Dundee Developments". I'm not sure why they are getting figures from Dundee, as they are most certainly NOT in the business of developing sidewalks. I've spoken with residents in the area, and they have spoken with private companies that do this work as part of their daily business, and they have confirmed that the price tag should be around $250/metre, to MAXIMUM $300/metre, whereas the City is telling residents the cost is $413.58/metre. Someone is obviously padding the numbers to make a nice little profit off of the backs of average taxpayers. To be perfectly clear, the residents of the area most certainly do want the work to be done; they just do not agree with the fact that they should be having to pay extra for this work, which I completely agree with, and any responsible Civic Government would have budgeted for. It should be noted that according to City documents, the last major reconstruction was in the 1960's. If I were mayor, there is no way that any of this work would be charged back to those taxpayers, as there should be an anticipated infrastructure renewal program in place at least every 35-40 years.
The Mayor is, of course, standing his ground, and being as arrogant as expected, by stating that this is simply "standard procedure" and now apparently is trying to lay blame on the Provincial Government (based on the John Gormley conversation of Tuesday), because it's a provincial Act. (I'll explain more on this in a future Blog Post - because it's so out to lunch it deserves it's own post - for now, just be assured this funding arrangement is indeed an optional program that Saskatoon has opted out of - as the City has ultimate authority on how these kind of projects are funded)
So, considering the City is seemingly so hard-up for revenue to help pay for necessary infrastructure upgrades, why is it that the same City Administration and City Council that deemed it so essential to gouge individual taxpayers are okay with subsidizing profitable businesses (like the Roughriders and Airport Authority) - simply because "that's the way it's been done for years"? Yesterday, at the Finance and Administration Committee, I delegated my concerns about this double standard. Of course, most of my concerns went unanswered, and of course, no questions were asked of me, because they are just too afraid to answer the hard questions that are being asked of them. Thankfully, more and more taxpayers are stepping up their efforts to demand answers, and it's showing in the continued censorship by the City of Regina. From banning people on their Social Media channels to Councillors completely ignoring their citizens calls and pointing them to City Hall to answer questions that should be the Councillor's concerns, to City Administration and the Mayor not returning phone calls and avoiding meetings with the public, it is obvious that the City is running scared. Should they be? Hell no. Taking a page from the book of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (all personal issues aside, he is most certainly attainable and reachable as a Mayor - our Mayor could learn a lot from him), the Mayor and Administration should be readily accessible and ready to answer even the most pointed of questions thrown at them.
I brought the concerns of Property Tax Exemptions up to City Council back in December 2013, and a few other times before this. The response is complete and utter ignorance. Rather than answer the tough questions, City Council ignores and approves blindly. Again, I will bring these concerns to City Council on March 24, 2014. Will they listen? Chances are they will not - without a public outcry. Thankfully, the City is pissing many people off, so much so that they are gaining me more and more support to put more public pressure on the City and the Province to demand Accountability and Transparency from their elected officials. If they thought the Budget Meeting was a tough one, they're going to be in for a rude awakening at the next few meetings!
Finally today, please - if you haven't already - sign the online petition to demand a Public Inquiry and Audit into the Municipal Affairs in municipalities throughout Saskatchewan. This, too, I've pushed out to the media, but of course, since I'm an "attention-seeking-media-whore", they won't publish it. Ahh well, I guess I'll pay other organizations to advertise in the next few weeks. Their loss, the taxpayers gain.
Monday, 3 March 2014
Good Monday morning Regina!!!
I would like to extend my sincerest gratitudes to those that participated recently in my Monster Jam World Finals Charity Auction, in an effort towards the upcoming Defeat Depression events happening in May 2014. I auctioned off a Monster Jam World Finals Double Down package, worth $192.00USD, at no reserve - with 100% of the net proceeds going to the Defeat Depression campaign.
While it didn't gain as much momentum as I had hoped, I am still very pleased with the results, and the package has now been shipped off to California to the lucky buyer. In the interest of full disclosure, there was a $10.00 charge for shipping, but the actual costs of shipping were $19.87, leaving a net result of $41.13. Obviously I couldn't just let that amount be donated, so I proudly rounded the amount up to $100.00 even, and to avoid my 'haters' trying to find some ludicrous way to turn this generosity into some silly controversy, I present the screen shots below as proof.
Friday, 28 February 2014
It was after that date that I had filed complaints through the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission and Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA). Unfortunately, Jimmy Nicol chose to respond with a letter to the CCLA that was full of fabrications and the CCLA could help no further at that time, unless further developments were presented. After a successful Access to Information Request proved that Jimmy Nicol was indeed fabricating statements made on that letter, I have been biding my time to determine when it was appropriate to file a further complaint on the City's actions.
Recently, it has come to my attention that the City's newest "yes man", Mr. Taron Cochrane - who was hired/appointed to replace the outgoing Phillippe LeClerc as Interactive Communications Manager - has been censoring posts and blocking people from the City of Regina Facebook page. I found this very ironic, given Mr. Cochrane's stance on my practice of blocking "trolls" during the Election Campaign, where he disagreed strongly that I should have made more of an effort to communicate with these individuals rather than blocking them. It is also important to note that Mr. Cochrane was hired at Regina Regional Opportunities Commission with Melissa Fiacco and Meka Okochi during the election, and had moved on shortly after the election.
As such, I feel I am well within my rights to finally publish some contact information that the City of Regina has worked very hard to keep hidden. This is not confidential information by any means, it is just information that the Executive Leadership Team would rather keep you in the dark about. Anyone who goes through the Service Regina call centre (the way the Executive screen calls) and is successful in speaking with said individuals would have access to their contact information, and anyone who meets with these individuals in person would have access as well.
Here are some direct contact numbers for your information. These are key individuals who are paid by your tax dollars, and feel they shouldn't be contacted directly by you and I, the taxpayers. They continue to have me banned from City Hall, needlessly, while they will not return my phone calls (for absolutely no justifiable reason) and have banned me from communicating with them on their Twitter and Facebook accounts.
MAYOR: Michael Fougere (306) 777-7339 Assistant: Pat (P/T-Rhonda/Amber)
CITY MANAGER: Glen Davies (306) 777-7314 Assistant: Cathy
(Former) Chief Financial Officer & (Current) Chief Operating Officer & Deputy City Manager: Brent Sjoberg (306) 777-7317 Assistant: Natasha
Chief Legislative Officer & City Clerk: Jim Nicol (306) 777- 7609 Cell: (306) 529-4922
Executive Director, Community Planning and Development: Jason Carlston (306) 777-7545
Interactive Communications Manager: Taron Cochrane (306) 777-7926
Manager, Regina Revitalization Initiative, Corporate Services Division: Rod Schmidt (306) 777-7879 Cell: (306) 537-0185
Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator, Office of the City Clerk: Darlene Loucks (306) 777-7070
Coordinator - Business Projects, Office of the City Clerk: Shelley Powell (306) 777-6716 Cell (306) 527-1163
Branding Manager, Communications Branch: Nathan Morrison (306) 777-6971 Cell (306) 550-5408
Monday, 24 February 2014
This developing story is but one of the many reasons why this City Council and Senior Administration need to be investigated to ensure they are truly looking out for the best interests of all taxpayers - not just their construction, developer and realtor friends in the industry. I was very proud to be joined last night by a shining example of the kinds of people that I stand up for, and I feel this City Council has truly lost touch with reality, and with people like those that I proudly represent. So much, in fact, that they seem to think it's "okay" to force residents to pay $10,000 over 10 years (including interest) to fix infrastructure that should be already included in the taxes they pay (ridiculous amounts of by the way).
I was also very pleased to get to speak with one of the gentlemen in this story, and he has been paying taxes to the City for 45 years, and not once has his street ever seen a major repaving. Not once. This, to me, is attrocious and absolutely unacceptable. Add to that the fact you have a City Administration who are basically tying his hands and forcing him to eat a $10,000 (unanticipated) bill, and surely you can see why this issue is a very serious one. For the average taxpayer, this is a kick in the teeth considering they've been paying into the coffers now for decades, and for what? For the City, it's a whopping half a million bucks on a half a billion dollar budget. If the City has such a piss poor system that they could not budget for obviously required infrastructure maintenance every 20-30 years, then that's the City's problem, not the taxpayers.
Last night, I was very happy to present an "alternative" budget. Regardless of your personal opinion of me, the reality is, there are options. I chose to cut Police and Fire budgets, as they are ridiculously inflated at the top with a bloated administration. 130% increases year to year are simply unacceptable for administrative costs, and perhaps the RPS needs to go back to the drawing board if they think this should be acceptable by you and me, the taxpayers.
Finally this evening, I invite you all to join me in demanding a public inquiry and audit to be performed on the City of Regina, and municipalities throughout Saskatchewan. If the audits find nothing, then great, you can have more confidence in your municipal governments. But, if they find what many suspect they will find, then you will finally see some heads rolling and taxes and housing prices subsiding due to a removal of those in an obvious Conflict of Interest situation in positions of power at City Hall. This happened in Calgary, and it's happening right now before your very eyes in Regina. Don't turn a blind eye to it, DO SOMETHING about it. It all starts with one person.
After the 7 hour Budget Meeting that really resulted in no material changes to the proposed 7% tax increase, I've heard from many that it's time to demand public accountability from our elected - and non-elected - City Officials.
For those that want a new Council and Mayor, I encourage you to sign the petition to force a public inquiry and audit into the goings on at City Hall. If there is nothing to hide, then there is nothing for them to worry about. But, chances are very good that this will result in a mass upheaval at City Hall, and you will no doubt see some resignations, if not criminal charges, as a result.
Tonight, you will be witness to one of the worst examples of fascism in recent memory.
What our elected officials like to refer to as "Democracy" is anything but. Tonight, you will be witness to history in the making. What has been proposed as a 7% Property Tax Increase, and a (needless) 8% Utility Rate increase will be debated amongst a panel of self-interested, entitled, elitist, blowhards by the names of Fougere, Hincks, Flegel and Murray - to name but a few. You will notice that there are many delegations scheduled to speak tonight, many of whom are against such a ridiculously high increase. Some - who coincidentally share the visions of the self-entitled blowhards - have been allowed to promote their organizations with complete booklets of (unrelated) information. While others have been censored and silenced for wanting to simply express their viewpoints that just happen to differ from those of our current City Council.
In the end, you will see an increase to your tax bills. How much will it be? My bets are around the 4-5% mark. If it were my choice? A big fat zero. Not because our costs aren't going up, but because the taxpayers have been raked over the coals once too often by this fascist regime that only looks out for the interests of developers and their best friends in the Construction and Real Estate industry. It's time for City Hall to remember who truly pays their salaries, and begin answering to individual taxpayers and not just the almighty corporate buck.
Beginning tonight, you have a chance to demand accountability and transparency of those that manipulated the 2012 Municipal Election in such a way as to gain ultimate control of the dollars that you and I pay to them.
This is why they are so afraid of when people like myself dare to stand up and question their actions, because if there are enough people like myself standing up and asking those questions, then they might finally have to open their books. Open all of the hidden secrets that they have just locked down even tighter with their most recent security enhancements.
Tonight - instead of using pitchforks and torches, take back control of your City by the peaceful means in which we are all known to abide by. Take control through the legal avenues that you and I, the taxpayers, have, and sign the petition to DEMAND a Public Inquiry and Audit be performed. It's truly unfortunate that anyone has to go to this extent just to get true Accountability from those that we pay the salaries of, but if that's the way they want to play it, so be it.
Friday, 21 February 2014
What some may view as a dramatic negative recent turn of events in my life, I am working hard to turn it into a positive. Please Pay It Forward to your fellow man/woman/child, and BE THE CHANGE that you seek in this world. This is but one of the many reasons that I continue to fight the good fight, and know that I am making a difference.
I am pleased to see the CHARITY AUCTION is rolling along smoothly, and we are now up to $50.00USD as of 8:30AM February 21, 2014, with exactly four days remaining. But, I know we can do better than that folks! Please, share widely and let's bring in a good return for the Defeat Depression campaign. Remember, 100% of the proceeds will be donated towards the campaign, and I will post a screen shot of that donation for the world to see!
Finally, this morning, after sharing the above inspirational photo, a good friend shared with me this video, and I must say, it is superb! Remember everyone, you can be the change you want to see in the world.
Saturday, 15 February 2014
Tuesday, 11 February 2014
What has been many months in the making has finally come to this. I present this to you, the public, for your full review without further comment. I share this with you as Court Documents are 100% public information and accessible by anyone that wishes to view them. Consider this saving you that extra step of requesting the documents from the Court.
A Court Date has been requested for February 25, 2014, and the proper Notice has been served upon the Government of Saskatchewan, and the City of Regina.
Sunday, 9 February 2014
Attention Citizens of Regina. It is now official. The 2012 Municipal Election has been confirmed to be a rigged election. Here is but a small sample of the proof that has come to light that demonstrates how the City of Regina rigged the election in full knowledge and were simply hoping not to be caught. Some may view the above proof as a "minor" detail, but it is most definitely not. It is simply the tip of the iceberg, of a massive coverup and rigged election that pretty much guaranteed a win by Mr. "Fiacco 2.0" Michael Fougere. If this was discovered in Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver, the media would have been all over this months ago. But, unfortunately, we live in Regina, a City where the media have been virtually bought off by the powers that be. A city, where if your outlet dared to question the information being provided to you, or refused to run an "advertorial" by then Mayor Fiacco or current Mayor Fougere, or any member of the Executive Leadership Team, you were blacklisted and were pretty much guaranteed only a temporary stay of execution.
We have hard evidence that proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that there were individuals running in the election, for the sole purpose of taking votes away from any other candidate that had a legitimate possibility of taking over the top spot at City Hall. We have hard evidence that proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that City of Regina employees were responsible for the deliberate and targeted social media attacks on myself and other candidates during the election. We have hard evidence that proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that most of the current City Council were virtually hand picked to be "developer friendly" candidates, and were funded in a roundabout way so as to subvert the restrictions tied to advertising during the election. We have hard evidence that proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the current Mayor (former President of the Saskatchewan Construction Association), has been acting in a Conflict of Interest for a number of years, as has the former Mayor, Mr. Pasquale Fiacco, being but one of a handful of landowners in what is soon to be unveiled, Harbour Landing West.
All of this evidence has been provided to Federal Authorities, and it is now only a matter of time (days/weeks/months) until these individuals are reigned in by those same authorities. You may have noticed a dramatic changing of the guard, so to speak, at City Hall in recent weeks. This is no coincidence. In an attempt to subvert the law even further, a major reorganization is currently taking place at the upper echelons of City Hall, along with reallocation of key staff to other municipalities in the hopes that this will divert the attention away from the guilty parties. Not surprisingly, the ones that took over these roles continue to target and attack perceived threats, and are threatened with their jobs if they refuse to participate. It is no coincidence that I personally have been banned from City Hall for daring to question the actions of Mayor Fougere. It is no coincidence that there are a number of individuals who are in the exact same boat as myself, due to the exact same reasons of questioning the actions of the current and former Mayor and Administration.
Our Mayor and Executive are taking extreme steps to hide information and keep those that have seen beyond the veil of secrecy, out of their chambers in the Ivory Tower on Victoria Avenue. Options that they once deemed to not infringe on my Charter Rights to Freedom of Expression, have once again been trounced upon, now that I am blocked from posting on the City of Regina Facebook page, or viewing their Twitter account. No Executive will return my phone calls, or emails. These were quoted as options that they felt didn't violate my Charter rights, and now they've taken those channels away. If they felt that there were legitimate reasons for doing this, you would expect them to stand up in a Court of Law to back up their claims.
What are the next steps? Within the next couple of weeks, I will post information that should ripple the waters even further in the Municipal and Provincial Political scene. We will continue to push hard for the Public Inquiry, and address City Council on February 24th, possibly for their last time as elected officials.
Saturday, 8 February 2014
Tuesday, 4 February 2014
By now, I am sure you are aware, but if you aren't, the City of Regina, under the guise of Mayor Michael Fougere, announced it's preliminary 2014 City Budget. And, well....it's disgusting. It's atrocious. It's ludicrous. It's ENOUGH.
Take the time to review the budget in detail over the next couple of weeks, and submit a request to speak at the February 24, 2014 City Council meeting. What's nice is you don't have to read your speech verbatim anymore. What's not nice is you only have five minutes to speak. BUT, given that, make damned sure you use your five minutes effectively. Also, if you have some friends that aren't afraid of public speaking, perhaps bring them along to share a 10, 15 or 20 minute delegation into a few 5 minute ones, divided amongst yourselves. Is this allowed? You bet your ass it is! One of the negatives that Jimmy Nicol (City Clerk/City Manager/City Governance extraordinaire) tried to keep quiet when City Council was reviewing this dictator-like recommendation from Administration.
I'll be posting far more on this on Saturday, along with another LIVE Video Blog, but for now, please take the time to read up on my budget analysis that I did a month ago. Also, please take the time to read up on how to force a Public Inquiry and Audit into the affairs at City Hall's throughout Saskatchewan. It's about time they are reminded they work for us, not the other way around.
See - THIS is what's wrong with the City of Regina Executive at City Hall (and City Council). A month into the increased parking fines, and just because the numbers don't satisfy their assertions, they claim that "more study is needed". BULLSHIT. You've just issued over 1,000 MORE tickets at double the rate. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out the conclusion here. More enforcement - higher fines -> NOT a deterrent - completely a revenue generator. It's high time to implement some truly viable solutions - like how about 100% FREE on street parking City wide, with a two or three hour limit in the downtown core to allow for customers of businesses to actually find spots hassle free. What's that? Downtown workers will just take advantage of that. No - they will not. When you actually have viable off-street alternatives for them to park - multi-level parkades - then, check this out, they won't park on street! And IF THEY DO then they deserve to get tickets.
It's high time to make the entire City a level playing field for all businesses - regardless of where they are located. Eventually this will provide a truly viable solution. What's that? How the hell do we fund a masive parkade? Well, consider the fact that, currently, a majority of the revenues realized from parking meters - archaic as they are - are offset by the expenses of salaried staff to enforce said archaic parking meters. Add to the fact that the Regina Downtown BID is funded primarily through a levy imposed on Downtown area businesses, and how you can actually use those funds for good, instead of providing salaries for more individuals to milk off the public tit, and the fact that there are Provincial and Federal monies available for truly essential infrastructure projects, and it comes together quite nicely.
Saturday, 1 February 2014
Friday, 31 January 2014
Mr. Rex Murphy did a great piece on the State of Politics, and as much as he hits the nail on the head, I felt he missed a tremendous opportunity to expose some of the dirtiest politics happening in all of North America, right here at home. I don't fault him, though, since much of the Regina Media outlets refuse to touch the subject, for fear of biting the hand(s) that feed them.
Here is a letter that was submitted to his team this morning:
I want to thank you for bringing up the subject of how the State of Politics in Canada, and the world, has reached an all new low. I think you missed a very important subject, though, and I am gladly sharing it with you today.
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada - as amazing a City it is - has some serious, serious issues. The root of the problem is a City Hall and City Council that refuse to admit that we do have those serious issues, and continue to play along as if the glass is half full. Our Former Mayor Fiacco is a prime example of this, when he refused to acknowledge how North Central Regina is truly one of Canada's Worst Neighbourhoods, in a 2007 MacLeans article. Rather than acknowledging this very true fact, and working to resolve it, he preferred to lambaste MacLeans, in his typical media-treatment fashion, and cheerlead like an 18 year old high school football cheerleader about how wonderful his City was.
Today, seven years later, the City of Regina - as great as its' citizens are - faces a national crisis. Our housing has never been more unaffordable, our homelessness situation is at all-time highs (if the City would even acknowledge just how serious as issue this is, we might actually know how many truly homeless there are in Regina), and our crime rates haven't really gone anywhere but up since the horrific realizations brought out in the 2007 Macleans article. What's sad, though, is how the Regina media - most bought and paid for by the City of Regina and their "officials" - refuse to address this very real and very serious problem. While in Toronto, you have media stammering at the chance to report even the most miniscule of issues that arise with their celebrity mayor, true crime and corruption very much exists and continues here in Regina without so much of the bat of an eyelash. It's up to national media outlets, such as yourself, to bring these issues to light.
I would like to personally invite you to read up on the issues on my website www.chad4regina.com under "Dirty Little Secrets", and read the Affidavit provided to the Premier of Saskatchewan https://www.dropbox.com/s/61v1jdxqi8pmtzp/Affidavit%20to%20Brad%20Wall.pdf, essentially denouncing the 2012 Municipal Elections null and void, due to some very serious and obvious problems that the City of Regina had full control over, as did our new mayor, the former President of the Saskatchewan Construction Association - one of his duties which was to lobby the WCB, among other municipal and provincial government organizations.
Here are some more links for your reading enjoyment:
Thank you in advance for your time, and I sincerely hope you are willing to report further on this situation. SOMEONE has to.
Chad A. Novak, CMA
Saskatchewan Taxpayers Advocacy Group
Thursday, 30 January 2014
Tuesday, 28 January 2014
Last night at City Council. What can I say? It most certainly did NOT go as planned, but when one really sits back and thinks about it, what difference would it have made if I was allowed to remain at City Council and address them? As usual, they would have glazed their eyes over, not asked a single question of me, and voted unanimously anyways. I must say, though, I am truly ashamed at Councillor Shawn Fraser for not having the balls to stand up to these dictators beside him and voting against the Bylaw - effectively FORCING this to the next Council Meeting in February. I expected far more of him. As did his constituents. Many have already contacted me asking how to force him out of office, which is a pretty sad state of affairs when he is the only one that was elected on a platform of being accountable to taxpayers. Yes, I can appreciate it takes a lot to stand up to the crooked bitches beside him, but if he can't do it, then he simply isn't built of the fortitude to truly represent his constituents.
Many have asked what happened last night. All I can say is - a lot. I certainly didn't plan it that way, but when you have an arrogant blowhard know-it-all like Councillor Terry Hincks stand up, spouting off deliberate lies to make the public think this is an amazing project, something has to be said. So, I said it. I spoke out. I dared to break Decorum and speak out during a Council Meeting. I am such a rebel - a badass. I am speaking facetiously of course. These are things that should be considered reasonable in a democracy, but here in Regina, it gets you kicked out of City Hall. And, apparently, is worthy of calling upon the services of five innocent Regina Police Service members who are only doing their job.
I will speak more to this and give my originally prepared speech this weekend in a LIVE VIDEO BLOG on Saturday. It's truly unfortunate that the City of Regina continues to stomp on Taxpayers like this, but the great thing is, it's nearly time for them to either submit their resignations or get arrested and charged with Conspiracy to Commit Fraud, amongst other Criminal Charges. I know it may sound like tough talk, hard to believe, but the truth is they are afraid. Not physically afraid. Afraid of what power the taxpayers hold when they finally demand City Hall be accountable to their employers.
Here is a copy of the Affidavit that was served to Premier Brad Wall earlier this month, and submittted to the Deputy City Clerk, Amber Smale, last night. As Mr. Jim Nicol, self-appointed "City Clerk" refused to take it.
Monday, 27 January 2014
Just a bit of a notice for anyone in Regina or that subscribe to Access Communications.
You're going to want to either attend in person, or watch City Council on TV tonight. Starts at 5:30. Should also be available on regina.ca under Council Agendas. I will also be LIVE STREAMING my delegation tonight. It will be 100% professional, 99% respectful and 100% "must see TV". I promise you that.
After months of frustration and preparation, tonight it's on. The Mayor and his boys will get to see just how powerful I can be, given the right circumstances. Not physically of course. It's sad I have to clarify that, so they don't bring in a barrage of officers, uniformed and plain clothed, thinking I'm going to be violent. The RPS are fully aware of how docile and little threat I really am - when they aren't instructed by their makers at City Hall that is.
No written delegation or script required. 100% shoot from the hip. Calling them to action and emphasizing just who they work for. Taxpayers will no longer be their BITCH.
Sunday, 26 January 2014
For those that aren't familiar with the controversial new neighbourhood development that our wonderful City Council recently approved (two of whom stand to profit from any residential development as they are realtors), where have you been? THANKFULLY this was most certainly not a unanimous decision, but unfortunately it still passed. It should be noted, that if those with vested interests were to declare a Conflict of Interest, as they rightfully are required to do by law, the vote would have failed miserably.
We have heard the arguments from Mayor Fougere, Terry Hincks, Wade Murray, and Jerry Flegel (all of whom have a vested interest in this development in one form or another) that "Hey, look, Uplands has been in existence for a few decades now, and if we said no to Somerset, what does it tell those who live in Uplands?". Well, here's what it tells them. As a human race, we have evolved tremndously since the 1950's and 60's. When we once thought it was not only socially acceptable to smoke cigarattes, we actually encouraged our youth to start smoking. When we once thought it was completely acceptable to smoke cigarettes in dining establishments, offices and hospitls. When we thought it was perfectly acceptable to develop buildings (including HOSPITALS) with dangerous asbestos.
Thankfully, years of public pressure and research has changed this attitude and we have gone so far to now prohibit even the visibility of cigarettes to minors. We completely shut down buildings that were filled with asbestos (and then turn them into schools). We find it utterly ludicrous to think it was once acceptable to smoke and drink while pregnant. Yet, all of these things were not only acceptable, but encouraged in many instances.
Thus, we need to learn from our past. Admit we screwed up with Uplands, don't repeat the same mistake again, and most certainly do not put the most vulnerable of our society into a development that is hazardous to their health simply because it's the only place they can afford. A "caveat" on the property isn't going to prevent the potential health risks and environmental catastrophes that are just waiting to happen, given the close proximity to Evraz and CCRL.
Saturday, 25 January 2014
Thursday, 23 January 2014
UPDATE: Another interesting turn of events, it would appear that Mr. Brent Sjoberg is no longer signing cheques issued by the City of Regina. Whether this is a temporary or permanent situation, it remains unclear. When asked, Mr. Sjoberg's assistant pleaded ignorance to knowing anything that her boss was doing. Stay tuned for more on these developing stories! EXCLUSIVELY here first!
We have it on good authority that City Manager, Glen Davies, is no longer with the City of Regina. Details are few at this point, but sources confirm that "new" multi-tasker City Clerk Jim Nicol has temporarily taken over this role. This latest development is the largest in a series of continual vacancies since the Federal Lawsuits were served on the City in September. And, if this is true, this is by far the biggest accomplishment to date of the Saskatchewan Taxpayers Advocacy Group.