What a gorgeous weekend it is out there. Today started with a heavy ice fog, and left a lot of beautiful hoar frost on the trees and anything else it could cling itself to. To me, there is nothing more beautiful in the winter than the sights that you see today.
So, after months upon months, threats of legal action, actual legal action, City Hall Banning and follow up from the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, numerous Freedom of Information requests, today is the day you've all been waiting for. Today, I am posting the first of many weekly blog posts intended to expose the Dirty Little Secrets that have been happening at the City of Regina, the RM of Sherwood, and those who we've put our trust in by electing them into the positions to represent you and I - the taxpayer.
I would like to first start off by setting the scene. Please bear with me as this is essential in understanding the enormity of what I will unveil over the coming weeks. There are those out there - I like to refer to them as my haters - who may say they've known about this or that for a long time, and "what's the big deal?" Well, I believe in being completely open and up front about everything I put out there, and part of that process is ensuring that everyone is able to understand anything that I post on this website. Unfortunately, there is no way to detect the level of knowledge of the thousands that read this blog monthly, otherwise I'd skip the "newbie" stuff and get right into the meat and potatoes. Consider this your prologue, and also the opportunity for those involved in the situations described to also come out on their own before they are exposed for the dirty little crooks that (in my opinion) they are.
DEVELOPMENT INDUSTRY AND CITY COUNCIL
There is a basic law of Economics, and that is the concept of Supply and Demand. In short, the idea is if you reduce supply, or are able to increase demand (for whatever product or service you are supplying), then you are able to increase the prices accordingly. We see this basic concept most often at the gas pumps. When you had the Iraq war way back in the early 1990's, gas spiked from averages of $0.35-0.40/L to $0.60-0.70/L in a matter of weeks. This was due to a shortage of supply, and the threat of this continuing for a long time, due to the oil supplies in Kuwait and Iraq at the time. An example of demand increasing is when a long weekend approaches, and prices suddenly spike. With more anticipated travel expected to happen, the demand is obviously going to go up, and - in theory - to protect the supply from running out, you see the prices jump at the pump. I firmly believe there is more collusion to this than the actual law of supply and demand, but that is the theory anyways.
Most industries are majorly influenced by the global economy, with very little impact from local economies. Using the gas example, you generally see gas prices around the same level nation wide, within a reasonable range. However, one industry that is very unique, and very suceptable to local economies, is the housing and land development industry. City Councils are granted pretty powerful authority over regulations that can have a very direct impact to this industry. I'll get into more detail on this concept next week, but in short, City Councils can ultimately (artificially) create a "bubble" by controlling the Supply of housing and developments in a municipality. Obviously, global economics do play a (minor) part in this industry, as a global recession wouldn't allow much investment in new housing, for example.
Where this gets downright disgusting (hence the Dirty Little Secret concept) is when you have those major developers being able to directly influence City Council and City Hall. In an ideal world, you'd have elected officials and senior administration that would remain impartial and wouldn't bow to this pressure. However, in reality, more often than not, this pressure is enough to turn even the most honest of people into what I would certainly call a crook (in my opinion). The concept of housing booms moving from City to City isn't just happenstance, and in the coming weeks, I'll share with you why I feel that way. For now, I'll leave you with two situations that you can review at your leisure.
The first is playing out right now in Calgary, where Canada's most popular and nicest Mayor is being sued for $6M by a - surprise, surprise - developer, for alleged defamation. Thankfully, Mayor Nenshi isn't taking this lying down and is going to fight this to the end.
The second is a very candid conversation that I had with our Mayor back in January 2013. So far, I've only published half of the meeting - that I feel eventually led to them banning me from City Hall. Obviously in my opinion, this banning has far more to do with my objecting to the Mayor, and my recordings of public meetings like this, rather than anyone actually feeling uneasy about me allegedly "roaming" through City Hall.
Here are the portions of the Job Description that I referred to in the interview:
Have a great week Regina!! Oh, be sure to check out the City of Regina Facebook page and website for candid feedback from actual taxpayers, and for the upcoming agendas of various committees. This week proves to be something fun - proposed tax abatements for a company that is represented by none other than THE Mr. John Hopkins (CEO of the Regina Chamber of Commerce) - perhaps this is his reward for helping to push the "Vote No" side of the referendum?
UPDATE: After posting the above, the following was contributed from another member of the Saskatchewan Taxpayers Advocacy Group. Please forgive the grammar and language - it is this individual's way of speaking. I try to post as submitted.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------I wrote a small bit showing how rumors and falsities - created by and forwarded by family - when left unaddressed can and will grow out of control. Over the course of time by my direct experience, as one who was used as an experiment to see how false stories are skewed, as the lies are passed around and for reasons unknown to me - and though this sounds all very soap opera-ish - I'm telling you that just as investigative journalist writer Chris Hedges and others like him have had to deal with similar B.S. in their careers that what often is never spoken about are the travesties that are the result of false negative projections onto them.
Now that I am at the point of addressing who these psychos are, these small minds of neo cons who rather enjoyed steamrolling a witch-hunt - mostly members of my mothers family - they seem to freeze up and or run when in my sight. So you see that using my own well placed informants, using Freedom of Information legislation, and I have a photographic mind when it comes to noticing people suddenly changing their dance steps (this includes voice body language etc.) I keep journals, I have searched the history of these folks which confirmed their participation. Over the years, their sickness has caused much damage in my life but, yes, documents prove this. But, psychos like these are busy every day creating havoc and ruining many people's lives. Not just I, no; I know that many family members avoid these same sickos for the same reasons that I do. How many non family members avoid them?.....maybe 100's.
Research proves these types of psychopaths - many of who end up in positions of power such as police work, nursing/medical, government justice, unions, etc. - their menu of potential victims is very large. At their home or in the workplace or in their family system they place themselves high up demanding servitude from others in ways that are blatantly obvious or subtle. Either method indicates its game on...a victim is sure to be had. I have a psycho cousin who likely fucked his way into employment opportunities, married a few times as he can't admit to monogamy who spent years trying to slander my community successess. And...he's not alone....that family is chalk full of sickos who will only throw a person in need the short end of the rope. This is a telling truth about these psychos - all psychos really - their claims are they help people often being employed in jobs that cater to helping folk but, no one is ever really helped. In fact, they are harmed by these fucks. Anyone who is a family member or not, who was perceived to be friendly and helpful and ready to address social injustice,s who when it comes time to step up to the plate and get it done doesn't, is in my view and from my research on these sickos, is a perpetrator of the highest order.
The following is from Dr. Judith Herman. She wrote a concise letter about these psychos. Family or not these sicko inbred non-humans will be stopped. I've slowed them down, it took years for them to know I'm on their trail now, soon, they will be totally ceased. And now a few words from the Doctor.
In order to escape accountability for his crimes the perpetrator does everything in his power to promote forgetting. Secrecy and silence are the perpetrators first line of defense.
If secrecy fails, the perpetrator attacks the credibility of the victim. If he cannot silence her absolutely, he tries to make sure that no one listens. To this end, he marshals an impressive array of arguments from the most blatant denial to the most sophisticated and elegant rationalization. After every atrocity one can expect to hear the same predictable apologies, “it never happened, the victim lies, the victim exaggerates, the victim brought it upon herself, and in any case it is time to forget the past and move on.” - NOTE: All of this has happened to me from individuals who shall remain nameless at this point, but I will refer to them as my haters.
The more powerful the perpetrator, the greater is his prerogative to name and define reality, and the more completely his arguments prevail. The perpetrator’s arguments prove irresistible when the bystander faces them in isolation. Without a supportive social environment, the bystander usually succumbs to the temptation to look the other way.
This is true even when the victim is an idealized and valued member of society. Soldiers in every war, even those who have been regarded as heroes, complain bitterly that no one wants to hear the real truth about war.
When the victim is already devalued (a woman, a child), she may find that the most traumatic events of her life take place outside the realm of socially validated reality. Her experience becomes unspeakable.
Judith Herman M.D.