This Blog will discuss politics, government, corruption, police, S.I.U., courts, education, min. of attorney general, min. of labour, v.o.i.c.e. and other current and past events of interest to concerned citizens. In the "About me" section to the right and down I have included the names of persons whom I have tremendous respect for. Their influence on me however has been primarily environmental (and personal) and this is therefore a disclaimer that all words posted on this Blog/Website are mine and I alone am responsible for them. I say this with the greatest respect and affection to my friends.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Boy this is really becoming a habit with WRPS. I've asked this question before, each and every time an officer or two get into trouble. We were treated to a 25 year veteran of the force last week being up on several Police Act charges including deceit, insubordination and corrupt practice. Then as usual the public were blatantly bullshitted and lied to by our authorities whether regional politicians pulling the strings or others.
Today's Waterloo Region Record sets the record straight so to speak. The article is titled "Former officer to work as civilian, says Chief". Last week we were told that the multiple serious Police Act charges were being dropped in exchange for the 25 year veteran resigning from the force. O.K. there were some who thought she was getting off easy but imagine their surprise to learn she's been rehired albeit for less pay, "only" $70,000 per annum.
How to teach a bad apple a lesson there, Police Board and Chief. Just exactly how serious were these internal charges again? All of them dropped and via negotiations she gets a job most of us would die for. You know if I weren't such a skeptic I might think that she, her lawyer and her union maybe had a little dirt on some more senior officers. They certainly had some serious cards in their hands to be able to negotiate out of serious charges and into another probably easier job. Exactly what do you think the chances are the public will ever know the full truth of this situation?
Friday, August 28, 2015
I'd hate to think it was personal. Do they discriminate about taking complaints, requests for investigations and or witness names and contact info simply because thay think they have an axe to grind with the individual contacting them? Tell me that isn't so. Regardless I've had nothing but polite dismissal and attempts at technical/legal jargon to throw me off. Hell after 25 years plus of that crap from the Ontario Ministry of Environment plus various environmental consultants (read Conestoga Rovers) I'm almost immune to it.
Number one offender (for me) is Detective Costa of the Fraud Division. Next would be his superviser Staff Sgt. Robert Cowan although I currently have a message into him and he may yet pleasantly surprise me. Still while I appreciate them advising me of the technical complexities of elements necessary for sucessful prosecutions I don't appreciate advising them as to where they can readily obtain the evidence required and them simply saying no they won't. What the hell!
I am now slowly understanding why local politicians are so cocky and confident about blatantly breaking various laws. It's almost as if they've all taken a course upon how to sucessfully bend, break and mutilate laws and then what you need to say or do to stickhandle your way out of trouble.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Today's Waterloo Region Record carrys a story titled "Summer of 1971: "young and pretty" ". It's all about two teenage meter maids from Guelph who were fired for being too attractive for their jobs as meter maids. Apparently the city engineer was the one who pulled the plug on them. They both appealed their job loss internally with the City of Guelph and got no where.
As bad as that was how about here in Elmira a few years back when a private employer was told by his wife to get rid of a young, attractive female employee for the same reason. He complied and she was out of her summer job. Similarily I personally had problems with the City of Waterloo over twenty years ago because of how their middle aged public works crew were treating young, attractive females doing landscaping work. Have we really advanced all that much or is it like appearances, merely superficial?
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Today's Waterloo Region Record Editorial is disturbing. As if we didn't have enough reasons already to hold our entire judicial system in disrespect, now we learn this. The title of the Editorial is "Another view: Act quickly to protect the young". It seems that here in Ontario we don't think twice about putting youth as young as thirteen into solitary confinement for indefinite periods and without telling them ahead of time why they are being isolated. We all new the death of the young female inmate incarcerated in Kitchener's women prison several years ago was an unnecessary tragedy and a scandal. Now this. When will we learn as a scoiety that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely?
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Tomorrow is the deadline for Mayor Shantz's Revised Financial Statement-Auditor's Report to be posted on the Woolwich Township website. Our mayor is between a rock and a hard place. Either she fudges her third set of Financials, presumably contrary to the Superior Courts ruling that she post that which she submitted to them or she posts the very same, still dramatically flawed and error filled poppycock. If she does the former would it be consdered fraud? If she does the latter then I take her back to MECAC (Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee).
Tuesday night at 7 pm. is the next Woolwich Council meeting. There will be a few Delegations including mine and I expect that Council will again behave in a disgusting and undemocratic fashion. It certainly appears as if they are my best ally in proving that they are operating without morals or ethics and outside the law.
Next Thursday at 10 am. in Council Chambers, MECAC are back to prove either their corruption or to prove that July 2/15 was an aberration. They are there in order to send Councillor Scott Hahn on for Court action based upon his recently received Compliance Audit. Scott and his family came off looking very bad.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Well the obvious example is Mike Duffy and other participants in the Senate expense scandal. It does however strike much closer to home for all of us. I am now to the point of realizing that a system set up for the benefit of the few at the expense of the many is inherently corrupt and simply can't help but remain so.
Here in Woolwich Township we have the Municipal Elections Compliance Audit Committee (MECAC). They allowed themselves to be guided into making a decision privately prior to the public meeting of July 2/15. They gave Mayor Sandy Shantz a pass on a Compliance Audit based upon a prior agreed upon plan in which she would submit a new Financial Statement combined with a months overdue Audit. MECAC did not have the authority or mandate to accept this over three months late documentation as a replacement or anything else from Mayor Shantz.
There is even the possibility based upon the mayor's under oath documents submitted to the Superior Court in Kitchener that MECAC misrepresented and lied to myself and the public regarding when they received these last minute documents.
On Friday August 27 MECAC will meet again to decide whether Councillor Scott Hahn's Compliance Audit requires a trip to court for Mr. Hahn. Any honest, above board body will have a very simple decision as the Compliance Audit has not made either Scott or his family look like choirboys. MECAC must send him to court for election act charges at the minimum. If they do not they are simply cementing their position as already indicated with mayor Shantz that they are corrupt and simply going through the motions.
Monday, August 17, 2015
Today's Waterloo Region Record carrys the following story titled "Justice system "punishes" mental illness". The John Howard Society has released a fourty page report titled "The Criminalization of Mental Illness". This report deatils the history of major changes in how society deals with people sufferring from mental illnesses. It is not a very flattering look at ourselves.
Hospitals and asylums used to be the preferred way of warehousing people with mental health issues. London Psychiatric was a well known institution at the time. Penetanguishene currently is. These days one needs only look carefully at who is incarcerated in Ontario. Seventy percent of prisoners have serious issues with substance abuse (drugs or alcohol). Fourty percent suffer from mental illness and Thirty-One percent suffer from both problems. Jails as well as the practice of solitary confinement are no way to help our mentally ill citizens. A reallocation of resources away from prisons and towards those with drug and mental health issues would be a win-win scenario.
Friday, August 14, 2015
Well apparently things didn't work out quite so well for Woolwich Council on Tuesday night as they had planned. They walked out on my Delegation three minutes in claiming I'd broken some non-existent rule about speaking to more than one item during a ten minute Delegation. When they left I advised them to be in no hurry to return as long as they were going to treat Woolwich citizens so badly. Then I simply walked around the other side of the lecturn and addressed the gallery face to face. Council I'm advised were peaking in the window in the door and didn't look happy that i was speaking to the audience and they were remaining in their chairs. Eventually Council came back and despite my being on the second last sentence of my delegation Councillor Larry Shantz and Mayor Shantz both started interrupting me again. Keep in mind there orchestrated walkout was all about petty payback on their parts. The Ombudsman Report plus election expense issues have clearly gotten under their skin. Good, it really looks good on them. Also I'd caught them holding another illegal in camera meeting at 4:30 pm. prior to the open session at 6 pmm.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
The revelation in the above title has impacts here in Woolwich Township. While it was Deloitte who were being lobbied by Senator Gerstein on behalf of the PMOs office and Mike Duffy, here in Wolwich it is Froese Partners Inc. who have audited Councillor Scott hahn's election expense statements and found them wanting. Today's Waterloo Region Record carrys this story titled "Wright admits anger, regret over Duffy payment".
To date there are no allegations that Froese have not done an excellent and honest job. The same can not be said for MECAC, the Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee. They illegally accepted Mayor Shantz's second (or third) set of Financial Statements in order to exempt her from what should have been an automatic formal Compliance Audit. The concern of course for me and other citizens pushing for a Forensic Audit of mayor shantz is that apparently even these Forensic audits can be subject to manipulation by powerful, political interests. it is my guess that Regional officials leaned on MECAC to give Mayor Shantz a pass and if they've done it once could do so again with her as well as with Councillor Hahn.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
These guys are unbelievable. No sooner are they caught redhanded by the Ombudsman contravening the Municipal Act in regards to closed (in session) meetings but they are right back at it. I caught them yesterday holding an in camera meeting in the Councillor's Boardroom without first holding a public session as the Municipal Act requires.
The Forensic Audit of Councillor Hahn is out and boy does he look very bad. Allegedly his live at home sister contributed $600 to his election campaign from her earnings as a babysitter. I'm not buying that BS and I expect neither is anybody else. Furthermore the Forensic Auditors have been unable to find documentary receipts and the paper trail necessay to confirm this and other stories. Sure looks like Scott just like Sandy & Mark believe the Elections Act is simply to be stickhandled around.
Friday, August 7, 2015
Seemes to be getting to be a habit. Is this a case of a pervasive culture problem within the Waterloo Regional Police? Is it a top down problem based upon a lack of ethics at the very top? Today's Waterloo Region Record carrys this story titled "Judge criticizes officer in drug case". Apparently Judge Elliot Allen was less than impressed with the testimony he received from Sgt. Nathan Moyle. In fact the Judge made it clear that he found the defendant's testimony much more credible than the police officer's. The officer had done an illegal search of the woman's purse and found some personal use quantity of drugs.
Now it turns out the woman is attempting to have the officer chaged with perjury, obstruction of justice and breach of trust. Looks good on the officer according to the facts as written.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
The following caption and quote comes from the July 27, 2015 Woolwich Observer. They are quoting Duff Conacher of Democracy Watch.
caption: Duff Conacher of Democracy Watch says the federal Liberals promised reforms are just the start of what's needed to make politicians accountable to the public.
"Voters should be skeptical of politician's promises, and even if the Liberals made all the changes they promised, everyone in politics and government would still be allowed to lie to voters, politicains would still be allowed to make money from their decisions, secret lobbying would still be legal, wealthy individuals would still be allowed to use money to have unethical influence, whistleblowers would still not be effectively protected, and enforcement and penalties would still be too weak to stop wrongdoing."
And there you have it folks in a nutshell. Mr. Conacher has hit the nail on the head. democracy here in Canada is still a sham for the above reasons and more.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
The Waterloo Region Record carrys this story on July 31/15 titled "Province denies right to protest at courthouse". Apparently two local activists were politely handing out flyers on the new courthouse steps at Duke and Frederick St. two years ago when they were issued trespassing tickets. At no time were they impeding people's access to or from the building and it was a peaceful protest. Despite that they were ordered to hand out their flyers on the sidewalk. The flyers were raising issues about prisoners' rights, solitary confinement, health care in prisons etc.. A decision by Judge Marietta Roberts is expected in October.
Monday, August 3, 2015
Officer Banjamin Robinson has had two terrible run ins both causing death. One involved a motorcyclist, the other Robert Dziekanski at Vanvouver Airport. The officer is no longer such plus he has been sentenced to two years in jail for perjury. This occurred at the inquiry into the death of Robert Dziekanski in 2007. The Waterloo Region Record carried this story on July 25/15 titled "Ex-officer gets two years in jail".
The death of the motorcyclist resulted in Mr. Benjamin being convicted of obstruction. My recollection is that this involved him leaving the scene to quickly consume alcohol presumably for the purpose of masking what he'd had to drink prior to the accident with the motorcyclist.