Saturday, 15 November 2014

City of Regina Budget 2015

Stay tuned for my review of the 2015 Proposed City of Regina Budget. 

What's good about it? What's not so good? What should be changed? What would you change? What would I change? 

All this and more in the next post coming soon...

(Hint: There's more good than you'd think!)

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

City, Province Out of Touch

Good evening Regina!

What does the Sask Party and the City of Regina have in common? Aside from identical political views, they both favour developers heavily! So much so, in fact, that apparently the provincial government would rather side with a developer over tenants in a much needed, and much anticipated, social housing development in Hawkstone. See the story here: http://www.leaderpost.com/business/Mandryk+Government+favours+developer+over+tenants/10189940/story.html

What is most disheartening about this story is the statement by Donna Harpauer, the current Social Services Minister. She is either out of touch with reality, or not very well versed when it comes to interviewing with the media. She is quoted with saying "you're assuming there are desperate homeless people". This statement is just mind blowing. Even if you don't live in Saskatchewan, you're probably well aware of the housing crisis, and moreso the AFFORDABLE housing crisis. She had the gaul to claim that because her waiting lists have gone down, it can't be that bad. Thankfully, there are organizations like Carmichael Outreach that deal with people in these situations daily, and they set the record straight. The sad fact of the matter is, if the waiting lists have actually gone down, it's most likely because of people getting frustrated and not even bothering putting their name on it.

Then you have the City of Regina. Amazingly, the CBC has been doing an amazing job at uncovering a couple of stories recently, most notably the flawed recycling program. Apparently, Emterra, the multi-national corporate giant that came in and stamped on Crown Shred in a very unfair RFP process, hasn't been doing what they've been contracted to do. Glass has been going straight to the dump, and NOT being recycled as per their contract, and as they are being PAID to do. The story is here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/city-of-regina-hasn-t-been-recycling-glass-food-containers-1.2761004 . What's even more disheartening is the fact that the City of Regina claims they weren't aware that Emterra wasn't doing this, after falsely claiming there were contracts in place. Thank GOD the CBC dug deeper on this story, because they pushed and pushed until the real truth came out. And, then, as if the City wasn't digging themselves deep enough, they put out a Press Release claiming that CBC's story was false. CBC followed up on this, and in fact, confirmed that the facts they presented were true.

What is the end result of all this? Well, it means that the Governments need to start enforcing their contracts better, and start being held truly accountable for things they are falling very short on. Will the Province take Deveraux to court? Of course not, becaue they wouldn't dare "stomp" on them while they're down. But, apparently it's okay to "stomp" on taxpayers because they don't matter? And, will the City of Regina take Emterra to court for not abiding by their contract? Of course not. They wouldn't dare threaten the relationship they've developed with a Chinese company, or dare expose the fact that they've known all along that Emterra wasn't actually doing their job, and they turned a blind eye until the media started digging around.

Oh, and now the City of Regina is claiming that they need to raise taxes ANOTHER 5% just to fix residential roads. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/city-of-regina-looking-at-another-5-tax-hike-for-residential-roads-1.2761742 It's just too bad we don't have any other way to pay for those kinds of projects. Oh, wait, that is EXACTLY what they are supposed to be using their DEBT for. Not building unnecessary projects, like Mosaic 2.0 and the WWTP. Oh well, by the time the next election rolls around, who knows where we'll be and if it'll be too late to turn back the hands of time.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Attention: Prospective Employers

Hello potential employers,

As you may or may not know, one of the main reasons for my departure from Crawford Homes was the constant harassment they received from individuals whom I upset due to my political stances and run for Mayor in 2012. These were mainly political rivals and their friends and associates.

Follow this link for more information:  http://www.mediacoop.ca/story/regina-city-councillor-attacks-activist-through-em/22383

It is truly unfortunate that there are individuals out there who have nothing better to do than contact my employer every single day, simply to harass them and push for my dismissal. But, given the dirty world of politics, it is something that I have had to come to terms with. Simply put, there will always be people out there who will stop at nothing to make your personal life a living hell, given your political stances.

With that said, what assurances do you have that you will not receive the same harassment for employing me? 

While I cannot guarantee anything, I have taken steps to remove this harassment from my life. I have completely removed my Twitter accounts, which is where a lot of the harassment was originating from. I have filed police reports with the Regina Police Service, and they are currently investigating the situation, so that hopefully those individuals can be held responsible. And, finally, I have reduced my attendance at City Council meetings, in order to hopefully prevent antagonizing any City Councillors.

Thank you in advance for your interest in myself as a candidate for future employment with your company. I am very pleased to say that I have retained good relationships with my former employers, and am honoured to be able to provide them as references for any future employment. While I enjoy campaigning for the betterment of all individuals, my personal life and career must always come first.

Sincerely,

Chad A. Novak, CMA

Friday, 18 July 2014

Pension Woes Continue for City Manager

Happy weekend everyone!!

A quick post today to let everyone know that something big is happening at the City of Regina, and I for one am stoked to see this finally happening. 

http://www.leaderpost.com/news/regina/FCAA+considers+cancelling+City+Regina+pension+plan/10041586/story.html

http://www.leaderpost.com/news/regina/FCAA+considers+cancelling+City+Regina+pension+plan/10041586/story.html

The only question is: Will this begin a full-blown audit and/or investigation into the goings on at City Hall? The $300M Pension Deficit was supposed to be fixed by December 2012, at least according to then-Mayoral-hopeful Michael Fougere during the 2012 Municipal Election. The City has been operating the Pension Plan illegally for over 3 years now, and it appears the Government of Saskatchewan isn't going to let that happen for much longer. It would appear that they, too, believed the lies that Mayor Fougere told the public during the election.

There are many questions that arise from this, the least of which is: How can we trust the City Manager, or any of the Senior Management team at the City of Regina, to manage the multi-million dollar stadium project when they failed miserably at fixing this issue? How can we trust them not to bankrupt our City? How can we trust them when they are failing their own employees who entrusted them to manage their retirement funds properly?

Most importantly: How did we get into this deficit? Mayor Fougere (or former Mayor Fiacco) would lead you to believe it is because of the market woes. Yet, we are alone in this kind of massive problem. In fact, as per the article, "such a situation of non-compliance is “unprecedented” in Saskatchewan." How is that possible? Well, according to some on the inside, there was a massive "retirement" package offered to about 400 City Employees in 2007 at the Turvey Centre. What lead to this is something that needs to be investigated, but rumour has it that this was one of the ways to "silence" the critics of Fiacco at the time, while allowing Fiacco to pad the Administration with the "yes men" that wouldn't question anything he does.

And, well, if you look at all that's happened since then, it certainly makes you wonder. 

Since then, Fiacco's managed to get his dear Harbour Landing and Global Transportation Hub developed, which has conveniently lead to the development of Harbour Landing West (Devonia Park) in the coming months, where Fiacco and several business partners own(ed) land.

During those years, land prices also skyrocketed over 300%

If this isn't enough reason to get an audit going, I don't know what would be. If the Wall Government feels it's appropriate to investigate the land transactions happening in the RM of Sherwood, where Reeve Eberle owns land, this should be raising red flags all over. The only problem is, not enough people are calling and demanding action be taken.

So, what can you do to get this looked further into? Simple!

CALL THE PREMIER'S OFFICE!! CALL YOUR MLA!!! CALL THE MINISTER OF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS JIM REITER. DEMAND THEY TAKE ACTION!!


Saturday, 5 July 2014

Continued Harassment Leaves Me Twitter-less

Hello Regina!!

You may have noticed a lack of presence lately on Twitter from myself, and most certainly a lack of posts on this blog. Without getting into details, in order to keep my mental health in order, I have decided to completely remove Twitter from my life. After months of continued harassment from anonymous and non-anonymous alike on Twitter, it has just become too much for me to deal with, and for the benefit of myself and those most important to me, I'd prefer to remove myself from the Twittersphere altogether. I wish there was more that had been done by the Regina Police Service so far in terms of those who continually and deliberately push and harass online, but as they say, you shouldn't cry over spilled milk. It is still my sincerest hope that the RPS does track down those behind the harassment and charge them appropriately.

As for my blog posts and political efforts, I plan to continue to post on this website and my Chad4Regina Taxpayers Facebook page, as these are much easier for me to control the harassment from. Politically, I'll be observing from afar, while still maintaining a presence on this site to continue to push for transparency and accountability from our municipally elected officials.

Have a great summer everyone and you will see a follow up to my Call for the Developer Full Disclosure soon enough!!

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Tax Breaks for the Rich & Tax Hikes for the Poor

Good morning Regina!!

What the mainstream media won't bring you, we gladly will.

#1 - 2013 ANNUAL REPORT RESULTS

Last night, the Regina City Council accepted a report on the 2013 Operating Fund results. In it, there were two glaring displays of gross incompetence on the part of our City's former Chief Financial Officer, current Stadium Lead, and Suspected Instigator of the recent failed Mental Health Warrant against myself, Mr. Brent Sjoberg.

The first being the fact that we have a General Utility Reserve of over $85 MILLION which is set to remain very high over the next five years, even after the repayment of $45M for the GTH utility extension (which is it's own topic for another day), and the much debated P3 WWTP expansion. Add to the fact that a portion of our utility bills currently go to the general coffers, and there is absolutely no justification for the fact we pay 50-75% more than most other cities on Western Canada.

Secondly, because we have such massive reserves, there is absolutely no justification for the record Property Tax rate hike this year, or the past several years. A responsible Municipal Government would tap into these reserves or add to the debt before ever going back to the taxpayers for more money.

VIDEO OF MY DELEGATION:


#2 - FORMER MAYOR AND COMPANY GET TAX EXEMPTIONS

Last evening, Regina City Council voted on giving tax breaks to landowners that were recently annexed into our City. It should be noted that included in these landowners are our Former Mayor, his immediate and extended family, his business associates and Corporate Developers such as DREAM (Formerly Dundee), and Harvard Developments (Along with Forster Projects owned by an employee of Harvard, Blair Forster). - It should also be noted that the planned projects by Forster Projects appear to be a driving force behind the entire Regina Bypass, but again, that's another topic for another day.

As Founder of the Saskatchewan Taxpayers Advocacy Group, I am all about FAIR AND EQUITABLE TREATMENT of ALL Regina Taxpayers. It is evident that this was not respected by the City of Regina last evening, and while it is truly unfortunate, it is also, sadly, not surprising. When you have a fascist regime focused on capitalizing on taxpayer money, they will do anything they can that the general public simply doesn't understand or appreciate the gravity of.

I am here to tell you, which no other outlet will tell you, your tax dollars are being abused and assaulted by a ruling elite that think your tax dollars are their personal bank account. They seem to be so arrogant that, while they could easily afford the extra tax costs of being annexed into the City, they requested to have these extra taxes exempted. This is pure greed, and nothing less. Add to that the fact that it is suspected that many of these landowners were the ones crying to BE annexed last year, and it becomes evident that they want their cake and eat it to. On your dime. (It is not evident as to exactly which landowners requested to be annexed, as the City deems this to be "confidential information")

Then, add to the fact that Former Mayor Pat Fiacco was key in orchestrating the development of lands that were never intended to be developed for a variety of reasons, that conveniently lead right to his lands and those of close relatives, business partners and others, and you can see why I have been harping so much on Mr. Fiacco and his illegal activities as Mayor and beyond. In Ontario, there is a Mayor in the courts for fraud over a $1,700 bill for his kid's wedding. Here in Regina, we have a former mayor that stands to gain millions off the backs of hardworking taxpayers, and the media, the Regina Police Service and others deliberately ignore it, in the hopes that no one will catch on.

We live in a pretty disgusting environment where this kind of activity can go on underneath our very noses, and yet, the media plays dumb and wants taxpayers to do their work for them and bring them the stories.


I should note that - I am perfectly fine with tax exemptions for innocent landowners that were annexed against their will, who legitimately cannot afford the tax rates of the City of Regina.

VIDEO OF MY DELEGATION:

Friday, 16 May 2014

FIRST EVER STEAK NIGHT FUNDRAISER

Happy May Long Weekend Regina!!


After a devastating fire last month, a good friend, Ryley Balon, lost virtually everything to fire, smoke and water damage. As if that weren't bad enough, he was already struggling to make ends meet living in our less-than-ideal Social Services system, and battling daily between having to pay for food or rent. I won't get into all the details here, but suffice it to say, our Social Services system is severely broken in that it is not possible for anyone to pay basic rent in today's inflated market, even with the "rental supplement" that the Government of Saskatchewan provides. Ryley has had to struggle each month just to figure out if he should take money out of his (very limited) food allowance to pay for the rental shortfall, or find other ways to pay for that rental difference. This is something that no one should ever have to deal with, no matter what their situation in life.

We here at the Saskatchewan Taxpayers Advocacy Group refuse to stand idly by while we witness such injustices happening in our own backyard. As such, we are proud to announce our FIRST EVER STEAK NIGHT FUNDRAISER to help out those in need of a hand up in our society. We firmly believe in helping those that are simply not able to help themselves due to the many shortfalls of our government programs. This will be the first of many such fundraisers, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to those impacted by these tragic situations. We have also been blessed to have been provided with $25 Gift Cards and 20% off future dining Gift Cards as door prizes, and will also be holding a silent auction. All proceeds from this particular fundraiser will be provided directly to Ryley in order to allow him to get back on his feet, providing much needed clothing, furniture, food and more. This is one of many ways that we plan on giving back to our community with absolutely no expectation of anything more than a "thank you" by those that we can help out. If the event does very well, perhaps Ryley can finally stop having to decide between food and rent - month after month.

As a personal touch, I will hand deliver the steak night tickets to you, if you live in the Regina area. 
Tickets are $25 each and will be held Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at Bocado's in Regina. Tickets are going fast!
Please email for payment details.

We will also have door prizes and a Silent Auction on site. If you cannot attend , but still want to help out, please consider buying two tickets and donating them for others that may not otherwise be able to attend. If you are looking for an evening out, and cannot afford this, please send us your contact information, and we will add you to the list of potential donated ticket recipients. 

We have already received tremendous response, so please act fast as tickets are limited!

Sunday, 11 May 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Win at Any Cost - Riders VS Taxpayers

Good afternoon Regina,

In what can best be described as bizarre behaviour, this weekend is probably one of the most explosive on the Social Media scene that I have ever been witness to. What began as a simple announcement that - by summer's end - we at Prairie Soul Productions Inc. will be making a formal announcement on Regina's latest option for Sports Entertainment, has turned into the necessary exposure of criminal actions by some of the most "elite" of our City and our Province.

While many will question me for daring speak of our leaders in such a way, as I have always stated publicly, if they feel anything that I am stating here is deliberately misleading, not based on fact, or slanderous in any way, they are more than welcome to take me to a Court of Law. While they seem to think that my only legal advisors are what they like to call the "Sweatpant Mafia" (because a good friend likes to wear sweats in public - oh no!), they failed miserably at getting their hired goons (allegedly Hinchcliffe Investigations - Run by Bob Hinchcliffe, former RPS investigator and husband to Sask Party Minister of Policing, Christine Tell) to find out the easiest fact that they should have been able to pick out. And, no, I'm not going to publicly out my great legal advisement team on here, because A) It's none of their business and B) I like to make these "elitists" squirm for fear of what they may have to face in an - independent - Court of Law.

FIRST OFF, the great, exciting news. We are so very pumped to tell you that by the end of Summer 2014, we will be making the official announcement of the new Queen City Motorsports Park.


A world-class Motorsports Facility that will bring a new level of entertainment to the Regina area. 

And, what's the best part of it - potentially not a single dime of your tax dollars will be going towards this facility. I know I had stated in the past that it would be ideal - and very politically responsible - for the City, Province and Federal Government to come on board, but it is obvious that I am not allowed to "play in their sandbox" and may not be allowed to have equal access to Government funding and programs, even though it is TAXPAYER monies, and not those of the elite, to use responsibly in our society. And, if that's the political game they want to play, they are free to do as they please. It isn't going to help them in the 2016 Municipal, Provincial or Federal elections, mind you, but that, again, is their choice.

SECONDLY, the political attacks and deliberate attempts at Character Assasination:

It is time Regina. Time to out these "elitists" for what they truly are. 

FORMER MAYOR PASQUALE FIACCO, CURRENT MAYOR MICHAEL FOUGERE, RRI CHIEF BRENT SJOBERG, PREMIER BRAD WALL, MINISTER OF POLICING CHRISTINE TELL, REGINA POLICE CHIEF TROY HAGEN, to name but only a few key members in the utterly disgusting and deliberate, continued attacks against anyone who dare to even question the numbers behind their beloved $278 MILLION TAXPAYER FUNDED stadtium.

Just over two years ago, when I entered the Mayoral race in the 2012 Municipal Election, I dared to state publicly that I was all for the new stadium project - AS LONG AS THE NUMBERS MADE SENSE. This seemed like a pretty standard, reasonable stance to take, for anyone wanting to enter a public office. Especially when you are talking about hundreds of millions of TAX DOLLARS to fund basically an identical stadium - where many of the elite get to watch big boys play with their balls only a few times a year.

Anything "community" related would be a great way to sell the project to the taxpayers, but in the end, they could care less about community events, or community members. 

If they did, they wouldn't even think about simply relocating the stadium - open-air, smaller seating capacity - only two blocks West. They wouldn't pretend to promote the project as a massive "revitalization" project, and then when the bills started rolling in, admit that they can't afford to build the MADE IN REGINA definition of "affordable" housing they had promsied all along.

They most certainly wouldn't be ostracizing residents of North Central by forcing them into squaller while they put expensive sports entertainment - and the odd concert - in their own backyard. 

Even though many in North Central couldn't even dream of ever being able to afford to attend these events, the hope and desire to one day be able to, is enough to keep them thinking positive and looking forward to what "could be".

I am here to tell you, ladies and gentlemen, that is a complete and utter lie to get you to believe anything they want you to think, just so they can get their pet project off the ground.

There is so much more that can and should be talked about in regards to this EXCLUSIVE story that we bring you before any member of the "mainstream" media, but like any organization, we can only put so much effort into exposing corruption. Don't worry, this is only the tip of the iceberg, ladies and gentlemen. We will bring you so much more in this developing story that you will most likely only find HERE, as it has clearly been demonstrated by certain members of the "media", that they will not talk about anything that I am ever involved in, because I dare to question the actions of their dear friends.

(Speaking here about RAQUEL FLETCHER OF GLOBAL REGINA standing up for her dear friend MELISSA FIACCO by completely ignoring a great opportunity to get the public awareness campaign of the DEFEAT DEPRESSION movement. Instead, she felt it better to cover a story about second hand breast milk, and a "charity" event that focuses on getting flashy business attire for those who allegedly suffer at the abusive hands of their spouses)

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Broken Social Services System Failing Our Children

Good afternoon Regina!!

It is because of rare situations like the tragedy at the Cornwall Centre two weeks ago that we get to catch a glimpse into the potential future of those that are destroyed by our less than ideal Social Services system in Saskatchewan.


I truly do feel for the families of the victims, but I feel even more for those that are tossed around in our system because our fucking government has nothing better to do with their time (and our money) than to pad their own fucking pocket books and those of their developer-friendly cohorts.

I sincerely APPLAUD the amazing folks out there, like our good friends (names withheld for their right to privacy), for doing their part in helping provide a better life for children stuck in this severely broken system.

It is amazing and rare that you get guardian angels like these people, that take the time to care for a child at any cost. They open their hearts, their home and their wallets to an amazingly gifted child who was born to an individual who has their own problems to deal with (not going to name specifics due to privacy). Our great friends spent the first few years of this child's life being the only parents that he knows. In my opinion, they rightfully deserve to be able to adopt him into their lives to be a permanent part of the family that he has known, and loves dearly, since only a few months old. Unfortuntely, solely because our great friends are of "non-aboriginal" descent, the aboriginal community has first rights to this child. No matter how long our great friends actually parent him, care for him, and love him unconditionally, they get the short end of the stick, as does their amazing blessing from God.

Our Social Services system is severely broken. 

There are only two ways to fix it. Either DEMAND BETTER from Premier Brad Wall or Elect another party in 2016.  
Enough is enough!! 

UPDATE: This came across my Facebook feed late this afternoon. Another sad example of our severely broken Social Services program. MANY THANKS TO SPENCE BERGEN for stepping up and helping out where our system failed.

Monday, 28 April 2014

WANTS versus NEEDS: You decide!

Good evening Regina!!

Two weeks ago Tuesday, I sent the following email to every member of the Regina City Council, Senior City Administration, the Ministry of Government Relations, my local MLA, the Premier, CUPE, the Media, and some amazing supporters and past acquaintances of myself and the efforts of those behind the Saskatchewan Taxpayers Advocacy Group. To date, not a single member has replied to this enquiry, even though they have assured the general public that they take every concern very seriously and want to make every effort to ensure that our crumbling infrastructure is taken care of long before the wants and desires of the few elite members of our great communities. (AKA The #yqrmafia)

This is evidence that there is absolutely no desire, on behalf of these politicians anyways, to actually proactively address our alleged $2 Billion infrastructure deficit

The only thing that these individuals seem to care about is finding ways to exploit the needs of many in order to further their own distorted view of "capitalism" (which is actually Fascism). It is very easy to simply state that we have a massive infrastructure deficit. But it is far more difficult (for them anyways) to put (our) money where (their) respective mouths are and pony up when push comes to shove. As the saying goes, ACTIONS speak far louder than WORDS.

We must all ask ourselves - what do our City Council, City Administration, and Provincial leaders believe are more important to our province and our communities? Pet projects such as "Pat's Patio" ($14-24 MILLION City Square Plaza project developed on the backs of hard working taxpayers, effectively destroying any sense of community that the Regina Downtown may have had, also destroying the traffic flow and parking situation in Downtown Regina), "Mosaic 2.0" ($278M+ completely unnecessary, duplicate stadium project - awarded to PCL Construction, major contributors to Mayor Fougere's mayoral bid, and Premier Wall's Saskatchewan Party), and "P3" projects such as the WWTP upgrades ($230M+ - the "P3" however seems to stand more for Public (dollars) for Private Profit). Or desperately needed expenditures, like true infrastructure upgrades, fixing our crumbling roads, addressing the exhorbitant pension deficits and fiscally-responsible management of our municipal and provincial debt load, to name but a few.

It is clearly evident, Saskatchewan, that our politicians are waiting for the public pressure to be put on them, to demand their focus be on the needs of many, rather than the wants of just a few.

YOU DECIDE SASKATCHEWAN. 
WANTS VERSUS NEEDS.
#CourtOfPublicOpinion
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Good afternoon members of City Council and Senior City Administration,

Thank you once again for taking the time to reconsider the projects that are currently proposed under the Local Improvement Program. As a very concerned taxpayer, and a representative of the Saskatchewan Taxpayers Advocacy Group, it brings me great pleasure to provide recommendations of viable alternatives to address our crumbling infrastructure deficit, which by your own accounts, is in the area of $2 BILLION. While I appreciate you each might have your own opinion on HOW we got to the point we are now or who is responsible for funding it, the fact of the matter is we are here. And, as such, we need to work together AS A CITY to find ways to address this ever-growing problem.


As I've made very clear in my delegations on this matter, the Local Improvement Act, 1993, is entirely optional in how it is implemented or applied, as well as what portion you choose to fund for each project that is deemed necessary under this program. While I disagree with your interpretation of what projects should be included under the Local Improvement Act, I agree that we have roads, sidewalks and other core infrastructure that are in desperate need of attention. Some of these needed repairs, by your own internal documents, are three to four decades past their useful life. To me, this is completely unacceptable, and to simply defer this to Administration to "come back with a report" is irresponsible and reprehensible. You owe it to the citizens of Regina to address the crumbling roads now. Not tomorrow, not next month, next year or 10 years from now. We will have to agree to disagree on what caused us to get into this situation, but the fact of the matter is you must ACT NOW.

To avoid a City-wide Tax Revolt, like the Business Tax Revolt of 1988, which is what you are sure to have on your hands soon enough, I would highly recommend going ahead with ALL PROJECTS that were recommended to you in the 2014 Local Improvement Program list, and also any others that were scheduled to be completed within the past 20 years that were postponed/stopped due to successful petition drives by residents. As I have stated, and your administration should be well aware of, the primary funding for these projects is intended to be through debt financing, as per the Act. Thus, there should be zero impact to the Operating Budget for 2014 or prior years.

We all recognize it "costs money" to fix these situations, but so does building a $278M stadium, a $25M City Square Plaza, a questionably-needed, privately-run $250M WWTP facility, or any other capital project that you have on your wish list. It is high time you demonstrate to taxpayers that you understand the difference between NEEDS and WANTS. We all WANT to have a flashy BMW or a fancy house, but we don't NEED them. We all NEED to have roof over our heads, especially in the dead of winter in Saskatchewan. We all WANT to have a car for our primary mode of transportation. But we NEED to have some form of primary transportation, such as a meaningful and useful Transit system.

I implore you, as a representative of many taxpayers who are too afraid to even speak to you, let alone come public with acknowledging they support me, in fear of being publicly reprimanded by the likes of some on Council and those that operate the ridiculous Twitter parody accounts. Do what you know is RIGHT. Don't do it because you're afraid of not being re-elected in 2016, do it because you know this is what taxpayers want. For you to plead ignorance to the wants and desires of Taxpayers is not acceptable any longer. If you spent the time doing your public research, like I have, and speaking directly to those impacted by these situations, and not just those who you choose to speak to, then perhaps you would be fully aware that the majority of taxpayers DO NOT want to pay extra money for these desperately needed road and sidewalk repairs. They DO WANT the work to still get done, however. I know you might run the risk of getting sued by those that have had to pay for the 65 projects since 2000, but so be it. If that is your fear, might I suggest finding a way to refund those taxpayers proactively, preventing the need for good-hearted citizens to take the time and money to pursue you legally.

Thank you for your time and attention to this matter, and I trust that at least one of you will take the time to respond to genuine Taxpayer concerns - regardless of your personal viewpoints on myself as a person.

Best Regards,

Chad A. Novak, CMA
Saskatchewan Taxpayers Advocacy Group
www.chad4regina.com

Saturday, 26 April 2014

TFW Part One: Is Saskatchewan's "Boom" about to Bust?

Good afternoon Regina!!

I have long maintained that Saskatchewan's "boom" is one that has been artificially manufactured, due to the deliberate abuse and misuse of the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program. I want to extend my sincerest gratitude to the CBC Go Public Team for bringing this issue to the national spotlight.

First off, I truly commend the Federal Government for initiating the TFW program years ago, in an attempt to truly help with the need in certain labour markets for immediate "temporary" essential help, which could be found nowhere else. This helped many businesses in a time of desperation, in order to allow them to continue operations without much of a hiccup.

But, then, some greedy fascist corporate giants (some like to think of them as capitalists, but they are far from that) found out just how amazing this program can be, and how it could be manipulated in a manner that one could only dream of.  
Wise Words from the late, great Mr. Tommy Douglas:

The Temporary Foreign Workers program allowed employers to basically get a non-stop stream of dedicated, hard working staff, at a very minimal cost to their bottom line, while being allowed to virtually enslave these workers for a minimum of two years, with little to no complaining from the workers. This allowed the employers to basically have paid slaves that couldn't talk back, couldn't question authority, or dare to speak out about the working conditions, because if they did, well, they'd be threatened to be "shipped back" home.

Add to that, the fact that the workers were being promised a life that they could only dream of back home, typically the Phillipines, with a fraction of the work hours of back home, and a wage (even at near minimum wage) that was light years ahead of what they could get at home. They were promised the opportunity to travel back home to visit family, and send as much money back home as they'd like. After two years of being enslaved to whatever corporation brought them over, they were then "allowed" to do whatever they wanted, as long as they were granted permanent resident status. They would also then be allowed to move their family to Canada, as they chose. It should be noted that their employment was also tied to the province of original employment, and if they chose to pursue other employment in other provinces during that time, employers made it very difficult to do so. After the two years, however, the TFW's were free to move to anywhere in Canada they chose.
This is a key factor when considering how this impacts Saskatchewan and it's "booming" population.

What everyone needs to keep in mind is that many of these Temporary Foreign Workers in the hospitatlity sector are college graduates, often highly skilled and highly qualified for some other much-needed professions here in Canada. Did the government put them into those professions? Of course not. They gave them the "menial" jobs that no one else would do for the measly $10-12/hour that the corporations were willing to pay. This was not a matter of an actual labour shortage, but more of a shortage of reasonably paid positions offered by employers. Add to that, the fact that many employers received Wage Subsidies from the Government of Saskatchewan to employ these Temporary Foreign Workers, and the already "cheap" labour was even cheaper than you could get Canadians to work for, even at minimum wage. And, contrary to the CFIB's claims that there were no subsidies provided, I personally know for a fact there were, as I was employed in the hospitality industry and I was the person handling the wage subsidy payments as they came in. It is possible these subsidies have since been removed, but that is highly unlikely given the continued intensity of the TFW program within Saskatchewan.

When considering boycotting any businesses, please, please keep this in mind:
THIS IS A PROBLEM OF THE SYSTEM - NOT NECESSARILY INDIVIDUAL EMPLOYERS - AND THE SYSTEM MUST BE CORRECTED BEFORE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE IN ANY FASHION.


Stay Tuned for Part Two! 
I will speak to how this may have a severe impact to Saskatchewan's "boom" and how it pertains directly to the next Provincial Election.

Friday, 25 April 2014

Help support the Defeat Depression Campaign

Good afternoon Regina!!!

I "came out of the closet" last summer with the fact that I have a mental illness, and as such, I have been battling the negative stigma that is associated with that on an ongoing basis. Many of you are very accepting and understanding of the situations surrounding Mental Health, but some are either not aware of just what is involved with having a mental illness, or don't quite understand how severe it can be suffering from an illness that is both invisible and highly misunderstood in our society.

This year, I am very proud to be taking part in the 2014 Defeat Depression "Move for Mental Health" campaign. Will you please help this great program by sponsoring my efforts through the link below? The event is on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 9:00AM. I would be honoured if you would support the efforts financially, but even more honoured if you would show up in support of this great campaign.

Thank you everyone for your help and understanding!

Click the following link to donate:

Thursday, 24 April 2014

EXCLUSIVE: RPS Harassment Hits Home

Good afternoon Regina!!

What more can be said, but wow? Wow. Just wow. I have tried to extend an olive branch to the Regina Police Service on more than one occasion over the past several months, by offering to meet with them to discuss proactive ways to address some serious issues that affect our great City. (Full Audio Interview with Elizabeth Popowich will be posted in a future blog post) What has been their response? "We'll think about it" They refuse to even sit down and discuss some ideas that may actually make their jobs easier. Why? Are they afraid that their jobs might actually get easier, and thus they won't have the ability to justify their exhorbitant budget that keeps magically going up - without question - each and every year?

If the focus of a Police Service is to reduce crime and proactively address crime before it happens, why would they refuse to listen to ideas of taxpayers? 

I want to make it perfectly clear that I am not asking for preferential treatment by any means. I have made this very clear to any officer I have ever spoken with, and most respect and understand that I genuinely want to make our City a better and safer place to live in. Some, however, seem to think I am doing this for attention, for revenge, or for a future mayoral campaign. Those who think that way, I should add, are also on the list of "Dirty Cops on the Take" that the RPS have under Criminal File #RM11000963 - a proud partner of the "#yqrmafia". In that file, it speaks to bribes offered between the U of R and the RPS. I lay no claim to knowing what all is in that file, I am only sharing it with the public. If the RPS choose to disclose the details, then that is their choice.

On Easter Sunday, my darling wife and I were rudely awakened by the arrival of three uniformed Regina Police members. These were the same three who attended City Hall when I had requested an escort to the Mayor's office to deliver some legal documents, as is my Charter Right. They are: Constable Roger Wiebe (Badge #691), Constable Andrea Renchko (Badge #815) and Sargent Cameron Kuffner (Badge #537). All three also happen to be named in the Criminal File #RM11000963. In the below video, you will witness the ignorant attitude and treatment of myself, a TAXPAYING CITIZEN OF THE CITY OF REGINA, by Constable Wiebe. You will also note that they had no respect for the time of day (before 10AM on a weekend), the day (EASTER SUNDAY - THE Holy Day), the perception of my neighbours (When three uniformed officers attend your residence in a quiet suburb, it's going to raise eyebrows), or the possibility that I had guests over for Easter Weekend and what their perception might have been to be awoken by three uniformed Police Officers.

What's worse, is what might my neighbours think is going on at our house? Were we guilty of a crime? Did we have family members pass away? 

These are things that all members of the Regina Police Service should keep in mind when considering future dealings with ANY taxpaying citizen of our great City.


Sunday, 20 April 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Targeted by the RPS?

UPDATE: Arrested for parking on the Plaza
On Monday, April 21, 2014, one day after the "4/20 rally" in Victoria Park - where absolutely no arrests were made - I decided to take a cruise downtown to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather. I figured a great place would be the City Square Plaza, since it is closed to through traffic, and would be a relaxing environment to have the top down on my Convertible. I had actually joked on my personal Facebook about "how long will it take for the RPS to arrive?" Little did I realize they actually WOULD show up. 

Even worse, that they had actually been DISPATCHED to attend to my "illegal" parking on the Plaza, based on a complaint. What's even worse - I was ARRESTED for "Breaching the Peace". Yes. Arrested. What constituted "breaching the peace", exactly? Apparently taking video of the officer in her cruiser is grounds for that. Or at least, that's the best conclusion that I am able to arrive at, since the officer wasn't willing to answer many of my questions.

I was arrested, detained for over an hour in the back of a stuffy cruiser (first time in my life by the way), threatened with taking me into cells, threatened with seizing my vehicle, and refused access to contact my lawyer. In the end, I was released, "allowed" to take my car, and given only a parking ticket. Yes - a parking ticket. Of course I'll be fighting that in court, because I know the rules around the City Square Plaza after renting it on a few occasions, and know this is not right. 

But, the more important issue, of course, is was this a wrongful arrest, and if so, what will I be doing to pursue this injustice? I will not speak about that publicly at this point in time. 

For now, here is the video of the arrest:



Happy Easter Sunday everyone!!

Well, this morning, in what has to be described as nothing less than an absolute shock to the system, my household was rattled by a disgusting display of an abuse of authority that I would never have imagined from our "Finest". While many in Regina were either sleeping in, or getting ready for Church, my wife and I were awoken by the arrival of THREE Regina Police Service members attending my personal residence.




 The same three who were exposed in the below EXCLUSIVE video:


What were they here for? Was it because of my "attacks" on the #yqrmafia online over the past couple days? Was it to inform me of a deceased family member? Was it to advise me that they have successfully arrested one of the individuals who have been criminally harassing myself over the past number of months?

Nope. None of the Above!

It was to inform me that they were dropping the file against MR. CHRIS SPENCER, who uttered the following disgusting tweet:


I hadn't formally published anything on this complaint previously as I did not want to compromise the "investigation" that ought to have followed the below Police Report (File #RM14019186)
Instead, I was told that they were simply dropping the file because - in their opinion - this didn't qualify as "counselling" suicide. It should be noted that it is not their job - as officers - to determine the guilt of a party. They are to enforce the LAW as best interpreted. It is the job of the legal system to determine the guilt of a party. This is obviously a case that should have at least made it to the Courts to determine the guilt or innocence of this individual.

This, in my opinion, is evidence of nothing more than pure revenge against myself because I dared to publicly out the actions of these three officers from the incident at City Hall last month. I have full video evidence of this incident, but will not be posting the video of the event in question until I have had a chance to meet with appropriate legal counsel to determine the next course of action.

For now, I'll let the circumstancial evidence speak for itself. 

 
YOU BE THE JUDGE. #CourtOfPublicOpinion

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Fougere: "Let's Fix Roads Only - Scrap the Sidewalks!"

MAYOR WANTS TO SCRAP SIDEWALK REPAIRS ENTIRELY

NOT-SO-BOLD PREDICTION: When the City of Regina comes back in a year ("well before the 2015 budget period") and recommends changes to how they can "fix" the way they apply the Local Improvement Program, my money is on that they will recommend completely scrapping the necessary repair of sidewalks, so that local roads can be fixed without the added costs to taxpayers. This recommendation is obvious, when you listen to the horribly scripted words that our Mayor and Council spoke last night at the Off-Broadway musical held inside Henry Baker Hall, called Regina City Council Meeting.

Some of the ideas talked about last night are pretty scary. They spoke of "grading" the streets as a temporary measure, simply "capping" concrete sidewalks which are in desperate need of repair with asphalt, and finding a better solution to the ridculously inflated - loan sharkesque - interest rates that the City imposes on Taxpayers if they choose to finance said construction.

This is completely unacceptable, and utterly ridiculous that our Senior City Administration thinks that there truly are no other viable alternatives to fixing our horribly outdated, crumbling streets and sidewalks, which they continue to bitch about day-in, day-out to other levels of government. It's no one else's fault but their own (The City's) that the state of our streets and sidewalks has fallen into such disrepair as they have, to the tune of $2 BILLION, according to City claims. The Feds aren't the ones who chose to budget horribly for decades, fail to plan for a proper road renewal program, or opt to build a disgustingly over-budget City Square Plaza, or a completely unnecessary copycat stadium (Mosaic 2.0).

MAYOR FOUGERE: "[The review] is going to generate some ideas on some program changes ... or whether we even have a Local Improvement Program at all,"

HEY MAYOR: 
Here are a few recommendations that took far less than a year to do, cost ZERO taxpayer dollars and can be implemented ASAP. 
What do you say?

Thursday, 10 April 2014

City Hall Declares War on Democracy

Good afternoon Regina!!

In an interesting string of events, the City of Regina has made it quite clear that they will not respect the rights of Taxpayers to Freedom of Expression. What began as a very questionable ban on individuals' entry into City Hall has developed into what can best be described as an all out war on democracy. Keep in mind that I am not the only individual who is currently banned from City Hall for nothing more than questioning the actions of the Mayor, Council and/or Administration.

Recently, the City of Regina changed their Bylaw for delegations to City Council, to limit speeches to five minutes, from the former ten, and - what was publicized as - a less stringent rule on reading your delegations word for word. As a challenge to the latter change, I submitted four delegation speeches to speak on a variety of issues that will be debated on Monday at City Council. Throughout the email exchange, it became very evident that City Hall did not like this challenge, and have set a pretty dangerous precedent in their ultimate decision. Not only have they chosen to cut your speech time in half, but now, you must still stick to the full speech submission, and provide only a "verbal summary" of your speech/delegation, if you so choose. This is contrary to what Mayor Fougere, and City Clerk Jim Nicol, had stated to the public previously, when they clarified that this change would actually allow people more freedom in their delegations.

I submit to you, below, the full email correspondence between the City and myself. Also, in a related matter, the Security footage from March 12, 2014 when I had requested a Police Escort into City Hall to hand deliver Court Documents to the City Clerk. Little did I realize that they would actually send three officers - not to uphold my Charter right - but to uphold a questionable ban that the City of Regina has imposed against myself, for no other reason than the fact that I've questioned City Hall. There is much more to the story on this one, but that will be saved for a future blog post.


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From: Chad4Regina [mailto:chadnovak2012@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2014 9:59 AM
To: Jim Nicol; Erna Hall
Subject: City Council Delegations April 14, 2014

Good morning,
Please find attached requests to delegate to City Council on Monday, April 14, 2014. These requests are in relation to the Downtown Transportation Study, the Regina Revitalization Initiative, the 2014 Regina Downtown BID budget, and the Local Improvement Program projects for 2014.
I trust that they meet your new guidelines, but if there are any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at your earliest convenience.

Best Regards,
Chad A. Novak, CMA
Saskatchewan Taxpayers Advocacy Group
www.chad4regina.com




 On Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 10:46 AM, Erna Hall <EHALL@regina.ca> wrote:
Good morning Mr. Novak:

Thank you for your communication identifying that you wish to be a delegate at the City Council meeting scheduled for Monday, April 14, 2014.  Your reference to the changes for delegations at Council is not the complete picture.  I have included in this email, the relevant part of the section of Bylaw #9004, The Procedure Bylaw, which deals with Council delegations.

CONDUCT OF DELEGATIONS
 
16. (1) Every delegation wishing to appear before Council shall:
 
(a) Submit a letter to the City Clerk requesting to appear as a delegation including the date of the meeting at which they wish to appear, the subject or topic to be discussed, the name and correct mailing address
of the spokesperson, and telephone number where the representative of the delegation can be reached during the day; and
 
(b) Submit a brief clearly setting out the full text of their presentation and the request being made of Council.
 
(2) The letter and brief shall be printed, typewritten or legibly written and shall be originally signed.
 
(2.1) When the spokesperson appears before Council he may either make the presentation submitted pursuant to clause (1)(b) or provide a verbal summary of that presentation, subject to the time limits in subsection (9).
 
(3) Bound documents or studies in support of the delegation's brief shall, if sufficient copies are provided by the delegation, be circulated with the agenda, but will not be reproduced.
 
(4) The brief shall be temperate and respectful and may be rejected by the City Clerk, with the approval of the Mayor, if in his opinion it does not respect the Council or the City administration.
 
(5) On receipt of an application and acceptable brief, the City Clerk shall:
 
(a) If the brief deals with a Mayor's, Administration’s, Committee or Informational Report or a bylaw, place the matter on the agenda for the meeting at which the related item is to be considered.
 
(b) If the brief deals with a subject which is not on the Council agenda, list the brief on the agenda under the Referred Delegation Section, and provide copies of the brief to the members of Council, City Manager, City Solicitor and the news media who are listed on the City Clerk's distribution list.
 
(c) The City Clerk shall provide at the beginning of the Referred Delegation Section a report recommending the committee to which the briefs are to be referred.
 
(6) No delegation shall be heard unless they have
 
(i) complied with Subsections 9(3), 10(2) and 16(1) of this Bylaw, and
(ii) Council has passed a resolution during the confirmation of the agenda that all delegations listed on or added to the agenda be heard in the order approved by the confirmation of the agenda and when called forward by the Mayor, or in his absence, the Deputy Mayor or Acting Deputy Mayor.

We will be more than happy to add you as a delegation at Council once you have complied with the above-noted requirements. Although the bylaw states your submission has to be ‘originally signed’, we accept emailed submissions, deeming them to be ‘originally signed’ in accordance with current law practises.

Please let me know if you have any questions and I look forward to receiving your written submissions.

Erna

Erna M. Hall
A/Deputy City Clerk – Council Support
City of Regina



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From: Chad4Regina [mailto:chadnovak2012@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2014 11:05 AM
To: Erna Hall
Cc: Jim Nicol
Subject: Re: City Council Delegations April 14, 2014

Good morning Ms. Hall,
As per the new guidelines, it is my understanding that delegations can speak verbally to the submission, but do not have to adhere to what was submitted. And, in fact, as per Mayor Fougere's suggestions when reviewing these procedures, he suggested that the written submission could be for background informational purposes only, and a delegation could speak to the matter, but bring up new information that the delegation did not submit in their written submission.
Please advise if you feel this is inaccurate, and if so, why it was deemed appropriate for the Mayor to suggest such a thing. Remember, Mr. Fougere, along with others on the Executive Leadership Team, have been documented of stating something to the public and changing their minds at a later date. If this is the situation here, I would highly recommend that it be thought out well in advance and with consideration that all of these decisions are documented on video for public inspection at a later date.
Thank you,
Chad

On Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 11:14 AM, Erna Hall <EHALL@regina.ca> wrote:
Good morning:

While you are correct in stating that you can ‘speak verbally’ to the submission, it is still a requirement that a written submission be provided to the City Clerk.  You have the choice, at the meeting, to provide a verbal summary of the written submission provided, or read the submission within the allotted time.

I am confident that this provides the necessary clarification.


Erna M. Hall
A/Deputy City Clerk – Council Support
City of Regina


From: Chad4Regina [mailto:chadnovak2012@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2014 11:19 AM

To: Erna Hall
Cc: Jim Nicol
Subject: Re: City Council Delegations April 14, 2014

Good morning Erna,
You bet it does. Thus, I would ask that my original delegations be accepted as submitted. I will speak verbally (a verbal summary) to the issues at hand in each delegation. I have met your requirements to provide a written submission, and I trust that it will meet your expectations.

If you choose to deny me this opportunity, then I shall seek further information from the legislative bodies that authorize those within your administration.

Best Regards,
Chad A. Novak, CMA
Saskatchewan Taxpayers Advocacy Group
www.chad4regina.com

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On Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 11:28 AM, Erna Hall <EHALL@regina.ca> wrote:
Good morning:

As stated previously, your written submission must clearly set out the matter at issue and the request made of Council.  It cannot merely contain a statement that you wish to address Council.  Your request to be a delegate will be considered complete, once a written submission outlining the matter and your concerns/request of Council is received. 


Erna M. Hall
A/Deputy City Clerk – Council Support
City of Regina



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From: Chad4Regina [mailto:chadnovak2012@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2014 11:38 AM

To: Erna Hall
Cc: Jim Nicol
Subject: Re: City Council Delegations April 14, 2014

Once again, in each of my submissions, I have done just that. I have clearly stated the subject matter that I wish to discuss, and identified myself, as required by the Bylaw. If you wish to have individuals submit word-for-word what they are going to say, it kind of defeats the purpose of modifying the already horribly strict Bylaw, does it not?
Please advise ASAP, as I do not have the time right now to dedicate hours to write out my submissions that you ought to already be aware of what I am going to be talking about, based on my previous delgations at each Committee, and the matter outlined within the delegations.
Thank you,
Chad

Erna Hall

1:21 PM (3 hours ago)

to me, Jim
Good afternoon:

As previously stated, your submission does not meet the City of Regina’s bylaw requirements.  Until such time as you provide our office with a written submission that meets the requirements, you will not be added as a delegation to the Council meeting. 

Further comments from our office will not be provided until such time as a submission meeting the bylaw requirements is received.


Erna M. Hall
A/Deputy City Clerk – Council Support
City of Regina



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