Craig’s Commentary Volume 2 Number 26


TSBP Hides Proposal To Give Away Our Interest In The Wiarton Keppel Airport

It was hard to tell from item 5.2 in the May 15 Council Agenda, titled “Public Meeting Notice-Restructuring, Georgian Bluffs and South Bruce Peninsula”, but the proposal is not really about “restructuring” at all. The item was about a proposal to give away our share of the Wiarton Keppel airport.

The one page report include in the agenda package indicated only one clue:

“The Town of South Bruce Peninsula has also consented to the transfer of their 50% ownership in the Wiarton-Keppel International Airport to the Township of Georgian Bluffs”.

This proposal is unacceptable, and is not in the interests of the people of TSBP.

I have two concerns.

One is that the giveaway of half of the airport to Georgian Bluffs is a bad deal. The second is that the bad deal is being hidden as “restructuring”.

A BAD DEAL

The airport straddles the border between Georgian Bluffs and TSBP. The airport was owned by the Canadian Government until 1996, at which time it was given to TSBP and Georgian Bluffs on a 50/50 ownership basis. It has been managed ever since by a joint board. The airport has always run deficits, last year at about $150,000. The deficit is covered by taxpayers, 50% by TSBP and 50% by Georgian Bluffs.

I understand that the airport was appraised at $2,000,000 in about 2008. See
https://bruceonthebruce.wordpress.com/page/4/

In 2010 there was a buyer interested, but apparently Georgian Bluffs refused to consider selling.

A special task force of TSBP council members and Georgian Bluffs council members and staff of both towns have been discussing, mostly in closed session, what to do with the airport.

What they appear to have consented to is a very good deal for the people of Georgian Bluffs, but a very bad deal for the people of TSBP.

Here’s the proposed deal. Georgian Bluffs gets our share of the airport, and gets their town boundary redrawn to include the whole airport. In return the people of TSBP get no cash, no assets, no property, nothing tangible, nothing of value.

What we get is to redraw the TSBP boundaries to include a little strip of land along highway 6 that is currently within the town of Georgian bluffs. We don’t get ownership of that land. What we get is worthless.

Georgian Bluffs gets to own our share of the airport, and we get to own nothing in return.

It’s a bad deal. It’s the same as giving away our share of the airport.

BAD DEAL / HIDDEN DEAL

TSBP council is trying to hide the bad deal. Why else would they discuss a million dollar policy decision completely and unnecessarily in closed session and then hide it with a title “restructuring proposal” and then falsely portray it as a few minor boundary line adjustments?

There will be two public sessions to gather public comments.

They are:

Wednesday May 23rd, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. AT Wiarton & District Community
Centre and Arena, 526 Taylor St. Wiarton

Wednesday May 30th, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. AT Shallow Lake & District
Community Centre 550 Princes St. Shallow Lake

Come out and tell TSBP council not to give away our million dollar share in the airport.

And /or send a written submission to:

Angie Cathrae
Clerk/CEMC
Town of South Bruce Peninsula
315 George Street, PO Box 310
Wiarton, Ontario.
N0H 2T0
Phone 519-534-1400
Email: sbpen@bmts.com

Craig

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Craig’s Commentary Volume 2 Number 25


RE: May 15, 2012 Council Agenda

The pdf version of the full agenda package is available on the town website at:

https://southbrucepeninsula.civicweb.net/Documents/DocumentList.aspx?ID=49360

An Html version is at:

https://southbrucepeninsula.civicweb.net/Documents/DocumentList.aspx?ID=49358

Following are some comments on a few select agendas items.

Item 4.3 Litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting the municipality or local board AND Personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees (Sauble Beach Development Corporation)

As with the May 1 agenda item with the same name, council is breaching the Municipal Act by not disclosing the general nature of the matter being discussed “in closed”. I do not believe that there are “personal matters about an identifiable individual”. And I do not believe that there is “litigation or potential litigation” that warrants closed session. The Ombudsman was very clear. The Ombudsman said that council “may” go into closed for “litigation” but council is “not required” to go into closed for “litigation”. The Ombudsman also said to err on the side of discussing in open, and being transparent.

There are many people very concerned about the “Sauble-beach-development-corporation-issue” and about the lack of transparency. This discussion must be in open or at least largely in open. And there must be a proper opportunity for the public to participate in any decision.

If council tries to decide the matter in closed or vote in closed or make an agreement in closed or even if council tries to rush a by-law or agreement through in open session, they will be seen as in contempt of the people they supposedly represent.

Item 8.3 FS30-2012 Water Meter Readings for April

The water rates for Wiarton and Sauble area systems are already set by by-law 41-2012 of March 20. The rates take effect May 1. Agenda item 8.3 is a report on water use of some properties to April 30, and the average bills that would have been paid had the May 1 rates been in effect.

I have heard much concern about the rates, and especially the Sauble Area rates. The concern I hear most is that the volume at which the tier 1 rate of $5.00 per cubic meter changes to tier 2 rate $10.77 is too low, and should be changed from 7 cubic meters per month to 18 cubic meters per month to match the Wiarton level of 18 cubic meters per month.

I am opposed to the Tier system, and I have recommended a single rate per cubic meter no matter how many cubic meters are consumed.

If council decides to stay with the two tier system, I have this caution.

If the tier 1 level cutoff at Sauble is raised from 7 cubic meters (option A) to 18 (option B) and the lower tier rate is adjusted up so that the total dollar amount received stays the same and thus the water treatment plant bills can be paid, the result will be that the total amount billed to users and the average bill to users will be exactly the same under option A as under option B.

But the individual bills will be different under the two options. With option B, low water users, including most seasonal, will pay more than under option A, and high water users will pay less. Changing the tier threshold just shifts costs from one set of users to another.

My recommendation is to stop discussing the level at which rates change from tier 1 and tier 2 and start looking for ways to reduce the treatment plant costs so that everyone’s invoices can be reduced.

I understand that some people are planning to hold a meeting of Sauble area water users, in late June or early July, to discusss water rates, water bills, and what can be done.

Craig

What the Hell Happened????


We as a society are really messed up!

We started out on the right track, but the road to hell is paved with good intentions!

We have somehow forgotten where we came from and why we are here.

The fact of the matter is we as people are fast becoming we the Sheeple!

Government and more particularly, the Simple serpents, are driving the bus and we blindly do as we are told. Our MP’s and MPP’s tell us it is all a part of the great plan and we buy into it.

Let’s think about things for a minute…..

The good book says that we are to honour our creator, we spend our time and money honouring the creation not the creator. What is wrong with this picture?

The creators of our society are shamed! challenged at every turn by regulations developed and enforced by the Simple serpents!

These regulations never see the light of the legislator but are in fact laws that we blindly follow as it is too costly in both time and money to defend ourselves.

Our elected officials are given a hand book of protocol that they must follow and guess what it is written by the same Simple serpents that write the regulations.

Lets talk about a simple example in Owen Sound!
Dave Taylor, a creator, has been in business for the better part of twenty years. Pays his taxes, employes eight or nine people and manages to make a living subject to the regulations.

Here is the thing, it is alleged, that he put out his garbage and overlooked one bag by failing to attach the $2.00 bag tag.

The Simple Serpent By-law enforcement officer issues a summons to him.
He now has to go to court to fight this or face a conviction under the Provincial Offences Act. Now the fine is only a hundred bucks but lets look at the costs involved.

The Simple Serpent, only doing his job now has to produce a summons, lay the charge file a report and go to court to give evidence. This involves a JP to swear the charge in his office which we pay for, the paper work to get that far is produced by the office, file and put on the docket for trial, this involves a Judge, a clerk a bailiff court-house and security. Poor Dave as to hire a lawyer take time from his business got to court to defend himself etc etc.
Let’s say all in win-lose or draw ten grand. Over a $2.00 bag tag.

Give me a break!!

They ought to be giving Dave a medal for going to work and employing people but instead they take him to court for a $2.00 bag tag.

Now Mayor Debb is all apologetic saying it was an isolated incident but I don’t buy that line of crap!

The only reason we have government is to provide services like garbage pick up which now we pay extra for cause we the town cannot pay all the simple serpents with the taxes we pay!

How long are we going to tolerate this bullshit?????

It is out of control, it is broken! Wake up you stupid Sheeple! We are getting screwed by over paid 9 to 5 ers, covering their ass with our tax dollars so they can get their fat pensions while we work over time to pay the freight!!!

We are being run by latte drinking tree huggers that think electricity comes for a wall outlet while they stand arround in their chinese made shoes, sipping their imported coffee and driving home in their Honda!!!

It is fast approaching time to crank out the twelve gauge and clean house!!!

BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Bruce

Craig’s Commentary Volume 2 Number 24


Déjà Vu – Dark Side Once Again Tricks TSBP Council Into Using Taxpayer Money For Private Matter Legal Fees

From January 2011 to March 2012 TSBP council was tricked into believing that “bill 168” and the “human rights code” required the town to pay Rhonda’s legal fees (out of tax money). In March 2012 a majority of council members caught on that they had been duped, and on March 20 council voted to stop the funding. Notable is that Councillors Turner and Kirkland fought to the end to continue Rhonda’s funding, in spite of the fact that two lawyers had said that there was absolutely no justification for the town (taxpayers) to pay or be involved in any way. Mayor Close also fought to the end to continue paying, disingenuously switching sides only when he knew the game was clearly lost.

I suppose it should have come as no surprise that the same gang, namely Kirkland, Turner, and Close, with the cooperation of clerk Cathrae, have once again pulled the same kind of stunt.

On April 20, 2012 I filed, in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, an application for a judge to find five members of the BIA board of management in contravention of the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, citing their March 13 motion to request removal of Councillor Standen from the Board and also their motion to transfer BIA funds to the chamber of commerce.

It seems that the five BIA members, and also John Close, Jim Turner, Jay Kirkland and Angie Cathrae were not happy with my application to the court.

So they cooked up a strategy to deal with me, and to teach me a lesson, and to protect their agenda.

Here’s how it played out.

They put on the closed session agenda for May 1 this item:

4.4 Litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals affecting the municipality or local board (Litigation Update)

I remarked in Commentary 23 that “litigation update” meant nothing and was insufficient description. At the time it did not even occur to me that item 4.4 was about me and my application to the Court.

In the closed session of May 1 between 1:00 and 1:30 item 4.4 (litigation update) was not discussed in any form.

Yet before the meeting, Turner, Close, Kirkland and Cathrae had written up a “motion” for item 4.4, and immediately after closed session, in open session, John Close read the motion as follows:

“We’ll have to go back into closed later on today…with regards to item 4.2 partial direction has been given to the Clerk to carry out.. and with regards to item 4.4 we have a recommendation moved by councillor Kirkland seconded by councillor Turner .. that Town’s legal council represents the respondents as noted in the application with the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act ….. all in favour ? … opposed ? .. that’s carried”

The motion was introduced as if item 4.4 had just been debated in closed session. But it had not been discussed at all in closed session. Introducing it and voting on it as if it had been discussed was a cunning, fraudulent deception. And once again council was deceived (Councillor Bowman was absent).

The rule is that no motion can be introduced without notice unless council on a two-thirds vote agrees to introduce it. Yet the item 4.4 motion was introduced without notice and without the two-thirds consent.

The rule is that council must be given an opportunity to fully understand any motion introduced before it is debated. Yet no such opportunity was given.

The rule is that council must be given an opportunity to discuss and debate any motion that is placed before them before it is voted. Yet no such opportunity was provided.

The rules are there to prevent unscrupulous councillors from ramming their own agenda through at the expense of the public interest.

Close, Turner, Kirkland and their accomplice Cathrae knowlingly did an end-run around the rules, breaking every rule in the book in order to trick council into passing a resolution that would otherwise have surely failed.

Close, Turner, Kirkland and Cathrae broke every rule in the book in order to trick council into committing taxpayer dollars to pay a lawyer to act against a taxpayer (me).

Unscrupulously cunning Close, Turner, Kirkland and Cathrae broke every rule in the book in order to further their dark-side agenda.

Turner, Close, Kirkland and Cathrae did not have the guts to present their views for public scrutiny and for council debate. So they did it all by nefarious, scandalous trickery.

In their trickery they have shamed not just themselves, but all of council, and all staff.

Fortunately several councillors are outraged and embarrassed that they were tricked once again, and have vowed to set this matter straight.

A special council meeting has been called for Monday May 7 at 9:00 am. It is a closed session. In the closed session item 4.4 from the May 1 agenda will be discussed.

Whether the town should be involved in any way in the private matter of my “application” pursuant to the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act is an important issue.

But more important is undoing the damage done by Turner, Close, Kirkland and their accomplice Cathrae.

And this time the honest councillors will be watching Turner, Close, Kirkland and their accomplice Cathrae very, very closely.

Craig

So Let’s Talk About Craig Gammie!


I met with someone whom I have a great deal of respect for this morning. This fellow I considered a friend and we share some common interests one being politics.

My friend, a strong Capital C conservative, was very upset with me as I have been posting material on this blog written by Craig Gammie. My friends position was that since I allowed Craig to post on the blog that I was worse than Gammie or at the very least just as bad!

He went further suggesting that Gammie was dead wrong about the sewers in Sauble and that since I was publishing his drivel I am assisting Craig in the destruction of this community.

I argued that Craig Gammie has every right in the world to his opinion and if my friend doesn’t like what Craig had to say respond and correct him. My friend refused to use the blog to respond and my reply to him was, that then he is part of the problem, becasue he is allowing Craig free reign.

Now I do not support or promote a lot of what Craig Gammie has to say, but he has a right to say it and if anyone who proports to be a supporter of democracy and wants to argue that censorship is a means to promote democracy then that person is a hypocrite.

The whole point of the blog is to promote discussion! To compare notes and to open the door to commnication.

Times have changed and the prospect of closing your mind and ears to the view point of others just doesn’t work.

Some folks may say that Craig Gammie is a liar and an opportunist, some may say he is costing the taxpayers a fortune with is opinions and view point. I say it takes two to tango and if you don’t want to dance then shut the hell up!

I have made known that I do not support the old boys and the old boy ways! The do as I say not as I do mentality only gives people like Craig more fuel to work with!

The fact remains that the “Boys” are getting pissy as they are not getting their way without answering questions, some valid, some stupid and some outrageous.

It saddens me to see people ignoring their opponents without laying out their arguemnt and proving their point. To ignore is to promote, in my opinion. To discuss openly will bring resolve.

Now I was told by my firend that I am part of the problem, well if publishing the rants and raves of taxpayers is a problem, then don’t read the writings! If you want to resolve the issues then make your position known and stand behind what you say. Do not crawl into a corner and let the ranters make their point with your silence.

No communication means I am right!! Like or lump it!

As for Craig Gammie, well if he has the gonads to state his mind and run in the next election he will either be disgraced into silence or he will win a seat. If he wins then the majority rules!!!At the very least he has the balls to say what he thinks and believes, more than what I can say for people that just hide! Like our Mayor, the old boys puppet!

SO to my friend I say sorry if what I say and do offends you, but I to have a right to do as I see fit! I do respect your position, but I will not under any circumstance, support your silence as it gives credence to Craig Gammie and his methods.

Say what you will about the Martian, but he at least defends his position even though we have our differences!

BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Bruce