Monday, 31 March 2014

Continued Criminal Harassment

UPDATE: Riderfans.com Site Owner permanently bans me; cites that he "doesn't want to turn the site into a circus". 
Mere hours prior to this ban, and the thread being closed, I posted this warning on the riderfans.com forum. VBulletin's Terms of Service, as a reminder:

This was the message I received, from the Site Owner, "CalgaryRiderFan":

Apparently, however, allowing a thread to go on for nearly 300 pages, over 5700 posts, solely based around attacking one person, is considered acceptable by this site owner.

Just who is the site owner, and why did he allow this to go on for so long? 
Well, the site owner is none other than a Mr. Govind Achyuthan, Chief Compliance Officer with AltaCorp Capital Inc.


As for why he allowed this to go on for so long, well, that's something he will have to answer.

UPDATE: Apparently it's only funny if he harasses me. He doesn't like it when his identity is outed.


FYI Scott Fleming: All of the above information is available on the PUBLIC internet. No privacy has been breached.

Good afternoon Regina!!

Well, today's "March" went as well as could be expected. For anyone that hasn't seen the Social Media stream about the event, you can watch the demonstration later this week, when I am able to upload the video to YouTube. Not surprisingly, many kept their distance, including the media, but in a sign of positivity, Austin Davis with the Leader Post did make an appearance, and took notes and a photo of me in front of the Solstice, as well as at least two other print media, and CTV and Global were simply circling the area like vultures - presumably waiting for me to "act crazy" to put it on the 6 O'Clock news. When I didn't give them what they wanted, they left. It will be interesting to see if any of this hits the mainstream media, and if it does, how it is portrayed.

When you watch the video later this week, you'll understand far better why I am declaring this event a success. Suffice it to say, for now, the entire point of holding this on a Monday at noon, was to demonstrate that City Hall has no problems holding their very important meetings during the middle of a weekday, and to show how many people are available to come to those meetings. Also, it was to demonstrate that I am currently unemployed, and to speak to exactly why that is. It seems as if this is the story that people have jumped onto, so I feel obliged to elaborate further on what I spoke on today.

Rather than you hearing everything second, or third, hand, I'll give it to you straight from the horse's mouth. First off, I originally made every effort in the world to keep my employment with Crawford Homes a secret, which no human being should ever have to do. They should be able to proudly shout from the rooftops where they work if they enjoy their workplace. And I did. Then came September 11, 2013 when Mr. Terry Hincks, City Councillor, and Century 21 Dome Realty Realtor, tweeted the following:

It was after that time that I had been "outed" and it was also shortly thereafter that the continual emails and phone calls from "random people" would come in, stating they wouldn't buy from Crawford Homes, simply because they dared to employ me. Keep in mind these identities were often fake, so it could very well have been the same individual reporting under alias emails. The one individual who has been identified to me as one of the main callers was Mr. Terry Hincks.

The following are PROOF of such emails:

This continued day in, day out, week after week, month after month. Until in February, my great boss (I still highly respect him because this was something I know was a very difficult decision for him) had enough of the continued harassment. To clear the air, there had never, ever been any issues with my work performance, and you can ask any former employer of mine that exact same question and they will confirm that my work speaks for itself. It is just unfortunate that there are individuals in this great City that feel it is their life mission to destroy me, politically, socially, or otherwise. I want to ensure that everyone understands I have made cognisant decisions to continue my social activism role, and am very well aware that there are people out there who will stop at nothing to shut me down. This is exactly why I have not backed down, nor will I "just disappear", for if I was to do that, they've ultimately won. Whether I'm broke, alone and homeless, or not, they will have won. I'd rather them not win and keep my personal pride and dignity. Which I do have, and it is quite evident in my continued delegations at City Hall.  

Have a great Regina day everyone!

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

MARCH AGAINST CORRUPTION - High Noon Monday!

Seven years ago this month, I, along with many other concerned parents, fought desperately to save a school in Moose Jaw, that was in a very similar situation to that of Connaught School. Unfortunately for the Prairie South School Division, they didn't have the benefit of the - highly questionable and very subjective - "structurally unsound" excuse to use. Instead, they opted for the all-too-often-used-in-2007 excuse of "declining enrolment" that many communities were facing in Saskatchewan at the time. Oddly enough though, that school was actually bursting at the seams in enrolment, so of course, that excuse was about as valid as the questionable "structural" problems that the Regina Public School Board is claiming for Connaught School. To see this exact same situation play out before my very eyes once again - it hurts me so much, not only as a taxpayer, but as someone that was directly impacted by the disgusting actions of a select few that only have dollar $igns in their eyes. In Moose Jaw, Ecole Ross School has now been converted to condominums. In Regina, it seems that our construction-friendly Mayor and School Board (vis a vis Provincial Government) are all-too-happy to destroy rich heritage for new and flashy, just to satisfy their construction buddies

To the parents and community supporters in the Connaught School area, I have this to say:
KEEP FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT!!!
Accept nothing less than a moratorium on any school closures until a truly independent review is done. 

These situations are far too easily manipulated by those with corporate dollars wanting their way. For the School Board to claim structural issues, for example, these issues wouldn't just develop overnight. This happens due to years upon years of wilful neglect, and furthermore, when the School Board refuses to allow an independent second opinion to be provided, something stinks to high heaven.

It is certainly no coincidence that we have all of this record construction happening in a City run by the "former" President of the Saskatchewan Construction Association.

On that note, another interesting development regarding the recent PCL Stadium Announcement:  
Did you know? - PCL Construction was actually the company that provided a "very detailed" breakdown of construction costs for the Stadium Project that the Provincial Government, under the leadership of Ken Cheveldayoff and Premier Brad Wall, proposed to happen back in 2010.

In February 2010, the construction costs were pegged at $336.4 MILLION just for the construction of the stadium alone. Granted, this included a roof, but considering the exhorbitant inflation that Regina and area has seen in the last four years, and that figure assumably uses 2008-2010 construction rates (after all, these reports aren't just thrown together in a month), it certainly makes one wonder - 

How realistic are the costs in this "new" proposal that PCL submitted to the City of Regina? 

More specifically, how on Earth did PCL Construction magically shave off at least $86 MILLION (considering the current project is $250M for construction alone, and the $336.4M should be grossed up significantly to account for construction cost inflation of 4-6 years, one could reasonably assume they've easily shaved off $100-150 MILLION from the 2010 figures) and exactly what features are the taxpayers losing out on with this new TOP SECRET proposal?

PROPOSAL IN CITY DOCUMENTS MAY 2012: 
This is what PCL had to shoot for, and was the absolute maximum they could submit their RFP for. (And are continued into February 2014)
(Ignore the Municipal/Provincial breakdown since that's shot out the window now, as well - surprise, surprise!)

PCL CONSTRUCTION COSTS DETAILED BREAKDOWN FEBRUARY 2010:

One must also ask - Why is the City of Regina entrusting any project to PCL Construction, considering the horrible experience they had with the massively over budget and timeframe City Square Plaza project? (AKA "Pat's Patio" or "Hill's Haven").

DIRECTLY FROM RECOMMENDATION REPORT REGARDING CITY SQUARE PLAZA:
It certainly couldn't have anything to do with PCL's association with many - ultra expensive - downtown highrise projects - could it?
  Nahhhh...I'm sure this is just a coincidence!

It's time to MARCH AGAINST CORRUPTION everyone!

Join us this Monday, March 31, 2014 at City Hall at HIGH NOON!

Thursday, 20 March 2014

BREAKING: Loblaw & Fiacco to join forces?

BREAKING:


The Regina rumour mill is abuzz that former Mayoral Candidate David Robert Loblaw has joined forces with former Mayor Pasquale Fiacco in a new proposed Retail/Condo development, that will have an open house TONIGHT. 


Details are sketchy, but it appears that Loblaw and Fiacco have partnered up in a new condo/retail development. If this is true, this is huge news - the question is will the mainstream media pick up on this potential story or just ignore it? 


For those that may not recall, David Robert Loblaw mysteriously dropped out of the mayoral race in 2012. His public excuse was "to focus on business". But his real reason? To focus on making new business relationship with one of the most corrupt in Regina? The rumour has it that this development is being proposed by one of Fiacco's business partners. It's all slowly making sense! Oh, and for the record, Loblaw's chocolate company has also been given "preferential" treatment at City and Chamber sponsored events. This is a little known FACT.


You can read all about the development below, thanks to Mr. Loblaw's incessant tweeting - shameless self-promotion - about the open house. Don't just buy into the excuse that he's simply a disinterested onlooker. The true story will all come out in due course. 


@ChocolatesbyBC: LeaderPost story on tonight's Open House for new condo/retail development on 13th Ave in Cathedral:   http://t.co/g2CeG1TD1l #YQR #YQRcc

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

March Against Corruption

Good afternoon Regina!!

What are you doing on Monday, March 31, 2014? We here, at the Saskatchewan Taxpayers Advocacy Group, are looking to join in on the global movement to March Against Corruption - Exact time and itinerary to be announced by March 28. We would be honoured if you would join us in this march. We are doing this in an effort to get money out of politics, which we see far too often throughout Canada, North America and the World. Our focus, however, is going to be right here in our own backyard, at the City of Regina. As many have recognized over the past several years, and is no secret to those "in the know", our currently elected municipal officials have let their opinions be swayed far too often by the private interests of the construction and development industry, and this must stop!

This issue became glaringly obvious as a serious concern when the City announced, not surprisingly, that their "preferred" partner for the Stadium Project was PCL Construction. The same company that was apparently behind the horribly-over-budget, and horribly-overdue City Square Plaza project. The same project that actually had a report created to advise City Hall of their numerous mistakes, and how best to learn from this project and avoid these same mistakes in the future. It is quite apparent that the City has not learned from this report, and is setting taxpayers on a course for destruction by allowing this very same company/conglomerate to tackle a $278M project, even though they failed miserably at managing a measly $6M project.

It is high time to get money out of politics, and we are very pleased to have developed a truly viable alternative, which is based on some existing and proposed legislation from around the world. We will talk about this, and much more, at the March, and look forward to bringing attention to this very serious matter that affects each and every one of you in Regina and beyond.

We are proudly standing up for our tax dollars and demand that the City of Regina become truly accountable and transparent about how they are spending our hard earned dollars. 

As well, we will be calling upon the Province of Saskatchewan to enact legislation that prevents the manipulation of elected municipal officials for any private interest. It's time to get the money OUT of politics, one small step at a time. Will you march with us?


March Against Corruption.

Monday, 17 March 2014

BREAKING: Mayor's Assistant Resigns

Good morning Regina!!

UPDATE: The "official" word given to Global Regina (after we broke the news to them) is that Mr. Hulshoff is "retiring", and that the Mayor had known about this for weeks. However, evidence would suggest otherwise - and it should be noted that this was the same excuse provided for Ms. Swidnicki leaving the City of Regina until pressed further by the media. I am very confident that this story will continue to develop over the coming days and weeks.




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Well, another day and another resignation. This one is probably the biggest of them all to date. Herman Hulshoff, the Mayor's Chief of Staffs, who replaced Mark Rathwell as the Mayor's Executive Assistant when Fiacco stepped down, is no longer with the Mayor's office.

It is unclear as to whether this was a resignation or a termination, but regardless, this is big. Why did this only happen immediately after public notice of the CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION into the corruption at City Hall? One can only speculate.

Also, important to note, the City of Regina is apparently looking to amend the Regina Revitalization Initiative Borrowing Bylaw from January 27, 2014.


This is the very same bylaw which Mr. Brent Sjoberg misrepresented the truth about on January 27, 2014, in order to apparently influence the votes that evening. Our group placed a call into Service Regina, and after about 30 minutes on hold, they confirmed they know nothing about this. A call was also made to Brent Sjoberg's office, which was forwarded through to the City Manager's office, Mr. Glen Davies, and his assistant, Cathy, confirmed that she knows nothing about this.

STAY TUNED REGINA:
It's only going to get better!! You are now back in control of your tax dollars.

Saturday, 15 March 2014

PCL = Plainly Corrupt Lands

Good morning Regina!!! 

The winning bidder for the Stadium Build is none other than one of the MAJOR FUNDERS of the Mayoral Campaign of Mr. Michael Fougere during the 2012 Municipal Election. Is there any reason to believe this was going to be any different?? Was the RFP process truly fair and transparent, or was it as flawed as the one for the Recycling program?

As the founder of the Saskatchewan Taxpayers Advocacy Group, I am VERY PROUD to share with you the video of my delegation to the Regina Executive Committee yesterday regarding the Regina Revitalization Initiative. You will note that NOT ONE MEDIA OUTLET has dared to broadcast a single second of my speech yet. Why? What was so wrong with what I said? Scared to bite the hand that feeds them? Who knows, who cares.

The FACTS are the FACTS.


PCL Construction contributed quite heavily to the Mayoral Campaign of Mr. Michael Fougere, and others. They were also very active in the "Vote for Continued Growth" campaign that supported only one very obvious contender. This was "outside" of the budget that Mr. Fougere has to publicly disclose, and who knows how much was spent by PCL?


Friday, 14 March 2014

Why So Secretive Mr. Mayor?

EMAIL SENT TO THE MAYOR AND EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAM (AND THE MEDIA) THIS MORNING:

WITHOUT PREJUDICE

Good morning Mr. Mayor and members of the Executive Leadership Team:

Considering the respectful requests for information earlier this week were deliberately ignored by your staff, I am hoping you could provide a response this AM regarding how transparent you feel this process has been to date. Considering that there were direct questions regarding a very simple aspect of this project - that should most certainly not be treated as "confidential information" - I am curious to know why your Team decided it was best to wait until the last minute, as has been your past practice - contrary to your public statements of being the most open and transparent level of goveernment.

As I am sure you can appreciate, there are many questions that remain unanswered regarding this project, along with a CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION (RPS File #RM14010518) into the actions of Mr. Brent Sjoberg on January 27, 2014 and the attached COURT ACTION that you were served notice of on March 12, 2014.

Could you please advise why you felt it best to keep this information secret from the public until the last minute? For such a historically massive project, which is going to raise our City debt level to record amounts, one would reasonably expect their elected officials to be open and up front about the entire process.

We look forward to your prompt reply regarding this matter. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

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


ALTHOUGH IT WOULD APPEAR THEY ARE "TRANSPARENT" TO THE DEVELOPMENT INDUSTRY AND THEIR "BUDDIES" - How nice!

Thursday, 13 March 2014

BREAKING: RRI Project Subject to CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION

Good afternoon Regina!!

Well, it turns out the rumour mill is as good as it gets here in Regina. What began as one simple Tweet from a Fiacco-afficiando (#yqrmafia elite member), turned into reality just now when the Leader Post published that there will be an announcement tomorrow regarding the successful bidder on the Regina Revitalization Initiative (RRI). Even though we had requests in on Tuesday to confirm this rumour, no one returned our calls or emails to provide any further information. UPDATE: This will be announced at a "Special" Executive Committee Meeting Friday at 11:45AM at City Hall Henry Baker Hall. 
Seeing as how it has an Agenda Item # assigned to it, you should be able to speak on the matter, if you so choose.

It seems as though this "most transparent" level of government isn't as transparent as they claim - or at least not to the individual taxpayers.

But wait? What's this? The RRI project is currently under review for a CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION? And there's a COURT ACTION looking to cease all activity on it and any other Major Capital Project over $50M subject to the completion of the CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION and a FORENSIC AUDIT? Say it ain't so!

Oh, it be so, baby. 

And, as I've told the City of Regina this week on a number of occasions, we here at the Saskatchewan Taxpayers Advocacy Group are always five steps ahead of the "learned" executive team at the hallowed City Hall.

So...Where do we go from here? STAY TUNED!



HAVE A GREAT REGINA DAY EVERYONE!!!

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

You've Been Served!!

https://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/government-of-saskatchewan-call-a-public-inquiry-into-the-municipal-affairs-of-major-cities-in-saskatchewan
Good evening Regina!!

What a gorgeous day today was, and tomorrow is going to be another beautiful day in our amazing Queen City. I must say, today was the best day I've had in quite a while, and even an assault by a Regina Police Service officer couldn't change that outlook. Yes, you read that right - a Regina Police Service officer assaulted me. It's all captured on the City of Regina Security Cameras, and I have an audio recording of the incident which I may release publicly in the coming days. To make a long story short, I called the Regina Police Service to help escort me up to the City Clerk's Office at City Hall, "defying" this fabricated ban that the City of Regina thinks they have implemented against me. The intention was simply to serve Court documents upon the City of Regina.

What happened when I got to City Hall, however, was certainly far more than I had ever expected.

Considering the fact that John Q Taxpayer currently has full and unfettered access to a large part of City Hall - as long as they inform the security guards where they are going and for what - and there are no legal grounds for banning me, other than opinions of one or two employees, this should have been a simple case of the RPS helping enforce the Charter Right of myself, and keeping the Peace - which should include protecting taxpayers from harassment from City of Regina Management which I continue to be subject to, to this very day. Unfortunately, these three officers (yes, three) decided that that wasn't part of their civic duty, and instead they tried to enforce this fabricated ban, which as I stated previously, is supported by nothing more than the verbal opinion of one or two people. One officer in particular was quite arrogant and rude and actually physically assaulted me. This is actually a Criminal Offense under the Canadian Criminal Code Section 265:
265. (1) A person commits an assault when

(a) without the consent of another person, he applies force intentionally to that other person, directly or indirectly;
I immediately attended to the Regina Police Service to report this incident, and all I've been told is to file a Police Report and "it'll be looked into". I do intend to file a Police Report within the next 48 hours, but anyone that knows me, knows that I won't just let this incident be swept under the rug.

I will make damned sure to make this incident known as far and as wide as possible.

THIS is what's wrong with the Regina Police Service and their "Board of Police Commissioners":
The Court Action that was filed upon the City of Regina today is looking to force immediate cessation of the Regina Revitalization Initiative and any other Major Capital Project in excess of $50 Million, subject to the results of the Regina Police Service Investigation into the alleged Criminal Actions of the Executive Leadership Team when Brent Sjoberg misrepresented the truth on January 27, 2014, along with a Forensic Audit and Public Inquiry being performed upon the Municipal Affairs of the City of Regina.

Stay tuned as I will post more on this incident and the Court Action in the coming days.

Have a great Regina day!!

Monday, 10 March 2014

TODAY AT 4PM - City Hall Banning Being Challenged

https://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/government-of-saskatchewan-call-a-public-inquiry-into-the-municipal-affairs-of-major-cities-in-saskatchewan

Good afternoon Regina!!
THE FOLLOWING WAS SENT TO THE LOCAL MEDIA AND THE CITY OF REGINA THIS AFTERNOON AFTER THE CITY REFUSED TO PROVIDE ANY LEGAL GROUNDS FOR BANNING ME FROM CITY HALL.

Good afternoon,

Pursuant to the below response from the City of Regina, I will be appearing at City Hall in person this afternoon at 4:00PM, to address a number of issues that are currently facing Regina residents. Of utmost importance for today (as it is the deadline for residents to submit their petition), I am looking to discuss the Local Improvement Program, and the unfair treatment of individual taxpayers in contrast to their corporate counterparts. As the City of Regina has refused to provide me with any legal support or the original Post Order that states that I am formally banned from City Hall, I plan to attend this afternoon, as any other taxpayer would have equal access to these same requests.

It should be noted that I have left a number of messages over the past few weeks with Mayor Fougere's office, Councillor Burnett, Glen Davies' office, Brent Sjoberg's office, Jim Nicol's office, and Service Regina. To this date, not one of these individuals have returned my phone calls, even though their assistants have instructed that they had been told that they would. I refuse to leave City Hall today, without one of the above listed individuals granting me a five minute meeting today to discuss the matters at hand. That is all I have been asking for, and they have been given ample notice and time to respond appropriately.

If you care to attend, you are welcome to. I am not doing this for any other purpose than to stand up for the rights of all taxpayers. The disrespecting of taxpayers has gone on far too long, and randomly banning and censoring taxpayers simply because they disagree with their message or viewpoints is simply a violation of their Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

FYI - I have already applied for, and received a response regarding the banning through the FOI request as Mr. Levy outlines below, as I am confident he is already aware of. Therefore, there is no Post Order that exists or any legal grounds to continue the bannishment of myself from City Hall.

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


Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Hypocrisy at City Hall

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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.

UPDATE: The following was posted on the City of Regina Facebook page on Wednesday, and it is the best letter I have seen yet! Will the Mayor respond to this taxpayer? I'm betting he will give her the typical runaround or just ignore her serious concerns.

To City of Regina | Municipal Government: the citizens of your city have questions and are demanding answers. Recent fiscal decisions on behalf of the municipal government are appalling and unacceptable. I grew up in Regina and completed my first degree at the University of Regina. While I used to plan on moving back to Saskatchewan and making a home for myself there as an adult, the direction that the city has gone in (as guided by the municipal government) has greatly diminished the desirability (and feasibility) of doing so.

Fed up with the lack of respect this current administration shows to the People of Regina and in particular “those who are paying their taxes," my mother, a resident of Regina for the past 30+ years, wrote the following letter to the Mayor.

"Everyday my husband and I turn on the early morning news and are never disappointed to hear that something else is happening in the City of Regina that makes us want to pack up our house and move out West (and believe me, that is what we intend to do!).

What could be troubling us so much, you may ask? Well let’s list a few “highlights” from 2013 to present:

1. City approves going ahead with a new football stadium. What is this going to cost the taxpayers? Well let’s see: Regina city council is going ahead with a $100-million loan to help build a new football stadium for the CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders. Councilors have given formal approval to borrowing the money and repaying it over the next 31 and a half years with an interest rate of 3.99 per cent. The rate will remain in effect over the life of the loan, with the city making semi-annual payments of just over $2.8 million.

Don’t get me started on why the citizens of Regina should NOT need to bear the burden of this astronomical loan when only a fraction of the Residents of Regina actually have any use for the stadium. The majority of the costs for this ridiculous project should NOT be on the burden of the Regina citizens. But this has been argued over and over and you have blinders on when it comes to this pet project of yours and Pat Fiaco’s so we won’t even waste any more time on this, other than to say that for the record the people of Regina were NOT behind this.

2. The City of Regina wants to boost property taxes by 7 % this year — the biggest hike in more than 30 years. Of course we all know that after some debate ( and likely a LOT of noise from the public), it has been decided to only increase taxes by 5.9% - how wonderful! So now we not only are paying the highest property taxes than any city in North America, we are having a steep increase (the highest in 30 years!) – all this within one year of you becoming Mayor. Congratulations!

3. Residents have to pay out of their own pockets to have sidewalks repaired- to the tune of $8,000 - $12,000 each! Really?? Since when does road and sidewalk repair not fall under a resident’s property taxes? In what universe do residents get invoiced for sidewalk repairs? I know – only one - in the City of Regina! How you can stand in front of the people of Regina with a straight face and actually stand behind such an outright abuse of the public’s interests is mind-boggling. What’s that you say? “We can petition it”? Really? When has that ever made a difference? The public speaking out against something (reminds me of the heated debates over the stadium - or see #4 below to see how effective the “public’s petitions” are).

4. The residents of Gardiner Park petition against a re-zoning of property on University Park Drive. They “petition” and attend public forums and 98% speak out against a 220-unit rental complex being permitted to be built on this site. City Council and the Mayor approve the re-zoning. Apparently it doesn’t matter that 98% of the residents in the area spoke out against this project. They attended every public forum and planning commission meeting to oppose this. But there’s another example of how the Mayor and City Council listen to the tax-paying residents of the City of Regina. They don’t!

5. The City of Regina is preparing to approve $2.55 million worth of property tax exemptions. Oh and the best part, one of the many organizations requesting exemption is none other than the Saskatchewan Roughriders! Really?? The one organization that makes the most money of any in the entire Province is getting an exemption from paying their share of property taxes? So let’s all build a stadium none of us can afford and then let’s let the Riders not have to pay their fair share of the property taxes in order to keep this city running! Sounds ludicrous to anyone who has an ounce of common sense. And the Regina Airport Authority? Really? Again, another major corporation who should not need to be exempt from paying their fair share of property taxes. And the RCMP ? Really? Why are they exempt from paying taxes? Move them to Saskatoon and let that city bear the burden of keeping them in town free of charge!

With more and more homes being built and new developments being created which bring in more revenues via astronomical property taxes, why on earth would the rest of the residents of this city have to have their taxes increased by 7%? Where on earth is our money going? Maybe you should stop approving exemptions to major organizations who can well afford to pay their fair share of taxes and stop wasting taxpayers’ dollars on astronomical loans for stadiums we don’t want or need. Start using your common sense and God-given brains. You were elected as Mayor – start working for the citizens and not the major corporations and building developers. They apparently aren’t paying the taxes (because they’re exempt!) – WE ARE!

Most sincerely,

Lori F, Tax-paying resident of the City of Regina (for the time being)

Monday, 3 March 2014

Defeat Depression Campaign

https://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/government-of-saskatchewan-call-a-public-inquiry-into-the-municipal-affairs-of-major-cities-in-saskatchewan


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.

Have a great week everyone!!