Winnipegs feckless Mayor

Jan 12, 2020

I was not surprised by Winnipeg mayor’s statement regarding construction cost overruns in some of the City sponsored projects. I was not surprised by his reaction and measures taken in the Planning Dept fiasco. From my perspective, he is a coaster in a world of high horsepower race cars.

The personnel problems, the issues with job performance, the lack of oversight on City paid projects are things that go back decades. I moved into Winnipeg in 1981, and it took me, a newcomer, a few months to see these issues and realize there was no political will to correct them. I became a member of RAG, concerned about what we the citizens of our fair metropolis could do or assist in the governing. A rude awakening ensued.

A quick overview regarding accountability within the City hierarchy.

For the past 40 plus years, the average employee within the City purview has been managed by personnel that they worked with, on the job, for years. They were friends, in some cases relatives, this led to a severe lack of accountability, and led to endemic corruption.

Corruption is not just the taking of money it is also things like getting to work at 7, loading up the truck with materials, the crew jumps in and away they go. Right after they left the yard, they would “stop for coffee (breakfast)”, and instead of a timely arrival at the site for the day, they would show up by 9. At 10, they would break for coffee more than 15 min, often 30 min. Lunch at noon was at least 60 min, and more often or not 90min.  Afternoon break was the same as the morning break. Un-remembered was the plethora of small mom and pop restaurants that were near the old (and new) works yards. Over 20 by memory. Most are gone now.

Keep in mind that the same thing was happening in all Civic Departments including the Fire, Ems and the Police. Scams multiplied. Blind eyes were turned, shoulders were shrugged, new generations were inoculated and infected. Entitlements ran amok. If you think your civic organization is unaffected, shake your head. If you think your Crown corporation is immune, naive you are. The construction industry is rife with abuse, the bigger the job, the bigger the scams. Look around at the issues that have come to light in the past few years.

Back to Brian. Elected as a Mayor with a mandate, what did he do to correct some of the abuses? HELL, IT TOOK PRIVATE CITIZENS TO HAND HIM THE PROOF on the Planning Department. As well, the City legal department dropped the ball on the Water Purification plant problems. As a Mayor, he reminds me of Jimmy Carter, or even honest and open Obama, yes, the Obama of fast and furious, of Bengasi, and so many other cockups, Barak the open he called himself.

Back to action.

What happened. A few minor players were fired, Supervisors and department heads sweated, and that was about it. A few early retirements and everything became good again. Is it? Nope. The rot is still there, the files are stashed, the network has closed ranks again, business is unchanged. Can the system be fixed? Hell yes. Is the political will there? Hell no. Brian will retire with his unearned pension from your pockets, and the graft will continue.

Slavery in Western Canada

Let nobody tell you that the second decade of the 21st century has been a bad time. We are living through the greatest improvement in human living standards in history. Extreme poverty has fallen below 10 per cent of the world’s population for the first time. It was 60 per cent when I was born. Global inequality has been plunging as Africa and Asia experience faster economic growth than Europe and North America; child mortality has fallen to record low levels; famine virtually went extinct; malaria, polio and heart disease are all in decline.

Thank you, Matt Ridley, please read the rest of the article here:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/12/weve-just-had-the-best-decade-in-human-history-seriously/

 

For anyone who looks around, it is true. More of the good (over all) less of the bad. But the complaining continues.

Let’s start with Western Canada. During my life, the complaint has been “they (the eastern bastards) don’t understand us and what drives us. And they are correct, those from other parts of the country don’t understand the rest. How could they? Their experiences are different, basic needs are the same but everything around them is different. And out Government is NOT set up and/or equipped to deal with that. So, we are left with enclaves. The Maritimes, Quebec, Ontario, Western Canada (which to me includes all of British Columbia without the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island) and then everything north of 60.

2nd biggest country in the world, but even with todays communications, we consist of enclaves, we are a notion, not a nation. Our last National leader, who’s character included compassion, honesty and patriotism, was treated shabbily by the press, hated by his opposition and reviled by a vocal minority within his own party (shades of Donald Trump), one of his successors is a person (not man) who’s fecklessness has made him reviled, considered to be untrustworthy, and ultimately useless to Canadians as a group. His personal lack of patriotism to Canada has him standing out from all of his predecessors. I wear a Maple Leaf on my sleeve, over my heart and I sing O Canada loud and with abandon. He by his actions shows his lack of compassion and care for the country he is supposed to lead. He is however proof of the adage that if you promise to give stuff away, (shades of Obungler) you can and will get elected, despite your personal track record.

Here in Western Canada. We have a good-sized portion of our population that has problems. Hard, difficult to resolve problems. Problems that can be corrected only by hard pragmatic negotiation with others, who are also hard and pragmatic. Unfortunately, neither side has those people. Our neighbors to the south have about 14% of their population  that live with up to an 80% rate of single parent homes, horrendous crime and incarceration rates, a festering wound in their side (thanks to LBJ and FDR who both proved that promises cost nothing, but they keep you in power). Western Canada has a similar problem. We have an entire segment of our society cut off from us by slavery. These “slaves” suffer from the same issues and our neighbors minority group has (in the 50’s, neither group had massive unemployment, over 80% of all families were 2 parent, both groups had pride) and you may ask, what keeps these Canadians enslaved? It is their so-called leaders and our department of Indian Affairs that keeps them in thrall. A very large stain on our country and people.

I sense that only blood will enable the emancipation of my Indian cousins as well as the balance of Western Canada. Together we could become something, as it is we are less than nothing.

The Province of Quebec has the only chance of leaving Confederation, none of the other provinces have this. However, Quebec will never leave. They are the willing recipients of political largess that is denied the rest of our country, created by a formula that can only be altered with the willingness of Quebec, very very unlikely.

Parallels


Black News

The Black Family Is Worse Off Today Than In the 1960’s, Report Shows

A new report released by the Urban Institute finds that the African-American family has declined across almost every measure since the 1960's.

According to a report released by the Urban Institute, the state of the African-American family is worse today than it was in the 1960’s. Before you become offended and charge, “What about the White family?!” The report also discloses that families of all ethnicities are showing a decline; however, the African-American household has suffered the worst decline.  Plus, YourBlackWorld.com offers you news specifically about the state of Black America, so, our focus will be on the state of the African-American family.

In 1950, 17 percent of African-American children lived in a home with their mother but not their father. By 2010 that had increased to 50 percent. In 1965, only eight percent of childbirths in the Black community occurred out-of-wedlock. In 2010 that figure was 41 percent; and today, the out-of-wedlock childbirth in the Black community sits at an astonishing 72 percent. The number of African-American women married and living with their spouse was recorded as 53 percent in 1950. By 2010, it had dropped to 25 percent.

The original report titled “The Negro Family: The Case for National Action,” was released in 1965 by the late New York Sen. Daniel Moynihan. Moynihan, who was the assistant labor secretary at the time of the report’s release, laid out a series of statistics on the African-American family. Moynihan, in his report’s conclusion declared, “at the heart of the deterioration of the fabric of Negro society is the deterioration of the Negro family. It is the fundamental source of the weakness of the Negro community at the present time.” Sadly, the outlook of the African-American family is more bleak than when Moynihan wrote his conclusion.

An analysis of national data indicates that little progress has been made on the key issues Moynihan identified,” wrote Gregory Acs, of the Urban Institute, in a statement released with the report. “Further, many of the issues he identified for Black families are now prevalent among other families.” The Urban Institute’s report also added to the original scope of the Moynihan report to include the rate of incarceration, employment, and educational attainment in the African-American community. “Since the Moynihan report was released, another major social trend has put further strains on Black families — the mass incarceration of Black men,” Acs said. “By 2010, about one out of every six Black men had spent some time in prison, compared with about 1 out of 33 white men.”

A demographic breakdown by race was not available for the 1965 report, but numbers beginning in 1974 showed disproportionate numbers of African-American men being sent to prison. In 1974, it was nine percent of Black men compared to one percent of white men. By 2010, that had risen to 16 percent of Black men and three percent of white men. The report did note that number has started to decline slightly among Black men.

Unemployment for African-American men remains more than twice as high as among white men. For white men in 1954, unemployment was zero. For African-American men in 1954, it was about 4 percent. By 2010 it was 16.7 percent for African-American men and 7.7 percent for white men. In 1954, 79 percent of African-American men were employed. By 2011 that had decreased to 57 percent. For Black women the numbers rose. In 1954, 43 percent of African-American women had jobs. By 2011 that had risen to 54 percent. The trend among African Americans was mirrored among whites, but in both cases white men and women fared better in terms of employment. Although the earnings gap between African-Americans and their white peers has narrowed, it still persists with Black men earning about 70 percent what white men do. In 1960, Black men earned about 60 percent what white men did.

There is one area of improvement: High school graduation. In 1964, fewer than half of African-American students finished high school. That compared to roughly 70 percent of white students. That has since risen to about 85 percent for both Blacks and whites. But, the number of Black students that repeat grades or were suspended was higher than for whites. Half of Black male students have been suspended, compared to 21 percent of whites.

The report was released in December 2012, but a video presentation including a roundtable with various experts was unveiled this week.

Quebec and unintended consequences.

 

Super large smile today, just read an article from Kate at SDA, outlining the consequences of the CN railway strike, and the difficulties of propane supply by rail car.

As I understand it, 83% of the propane consumed in Quebec moves by CN rail, balance by truck, and there is no way to alter that. So as things cool down, propane runs short, factories close, agriculture finds additional difficulties and the average Quebecer adds layers of clothing, I find very little sympathy.

The attitude in Quebec, Eastern Ontario and the Maritimes is “much better rail (and perhaps more Lac-Megantic’s) than a pipeline. Some facts are in order.

  • Pipelines do not de-rail
  • Pipelines do not “go on strike” or cease service for any political reason.
  • Pipelines are cheaper to operate, construct, maintain and are significantly more efficient and safer.
  • Pipelines DO NOT enrich those who pay for the activists that employ them, the George Soros, Warren Buffet and Rockefeller types found out there.
  • A coast to coast to coast pipeline network would do more for our economy, security, gosh so many things, the benefits boggle the mind.
  • Pipelines produce LESS CO2 than railways, a reminder for the useful idiots in the environmental crowd.

I will bet that all you have seen and heard about the strike revolved around the impact to Western Canada’s Agriculture community. Do you know how your natural gas/propane, gas and oil get to your door? Bet your thinking of it now.

So the Eastern mandarins, the useful idjuts in the many and various green movements, the bought and paid for politicians and their minions and lackeys have and continue to oppose pipelines and other worthwhile endeavors. This is just one of the results of their short-sighted traitorous ways. Ahh for a row of crosses, or an avenue of poles.

Did you like this? Agree or disagree? Share it freely, drop me a line and let me know. Criticize to your hearts content. It will assist me.

Don Cherry

Conservative Denver radio station 710 KNUS fired host and former district attorney Craig Silverman during his broadcast Saturday after he criticized Donald Trump, according to the Denver Post.”

For the first time, liberals are protesting the firing of a conservative.

Thanks to Don Surber.

HUMAN RIGHTS

Aug. 29, 2018

 

Basic Human Rights.

I have been reading a lot these days about freedom, rights, responsibilities and duty.  I hear a lot of drivel about how “it’s my right to do this or that”, or “you have the right to……”. So, I got to thinking about my rights, and where they come from, and quickly realised that there is a problem, there are NO rights.

My copy of Webster’s says that a right, in this context, is something that is morally or socially correct or acceptable. With the rapidly changing attitudes regarding morals, socially correctness and acceptability, how can I have rights?  If I live in the USA, I can have Inalienable rights, which means they cannot be bought sold or transferred, and secured by law. But, I live in Canada, under a different political system, one that lately seems more capricious.

So where are my rights? Damn good question. I don’t have the right of free speech, there is a palatable fear that I may hurt someone’s feelings, I do not have the right to live my life the way I may wish, I would encounter vagrancy laws. There are so many ways that our rights in Canada differ from those experienced by our neighbours to the south, to our detriment.

One thing for sure, the more “freedom” I have, the more rights I enjoy, but, and it is a big BUT, the more responsibilities I must shoulder, and the more duty presses me. There is an enjoyable movie called Open Range available, it stars Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall, and it is all about these 4 things, freedom, rights, responsibilities and duty. Watch it, and think about our upcoming elections, here in Manitoba this fall, and Country wide in 2019.

Get involved, volunteer and canvas. Tell your friends. Vote.

Be glad your not a landowner in South Africa, soon to become Zimbabwe II.

HOW TO CREATE RACISM

April 11, 2015

RACISM

 

How to foster and increase racism:

 

Treat one or more segments of society differently than the others. Give them “fast-tracks” to jobs, services, etc. They, the few, will now be “SPECIAL”, above the throng, they will (for the most part) be able to do no wrong, because they now have privilege.

Suspend the “law of the land” for some of these “SPECIAL” people. Allow the things, the illegal things that they do to go un-punished. No matter the harm or inconvenience to the rest of society, these are special people, and their cause is just. Just cause, because they are special.

Cater to “loud mouthed” social justice warriors, because of their “perceived” hurt.

 

Three simple things to alienate the rest of society.

 

Ending racism is a lofty goal, impossible to obtain. However, we can reduce its effects, mitigate its growth, and provide a society where most people can succeed.

Reverse ALL of the laws and policies in the above three items.

No special segments of society. It doesn’t matter the past, it is what YOU do for yourself that raises you above the masses.

Apply the laws equally. Sob stories about upbringing, etc. etc. mean nothing. They are excuses. Plain and simple. The more you drag “special” people, kicking and screaming into a society of personal responsibility, the faster their humanity will shine for others to admire.

Stop listening to feelings, force reality on them. Hiding behind a mask is a criminal offence after all.

As I said, you can’t end racism, it is how we are wired. But you can make it better. YOU CANNOT LEGISLATE AGAINST STUPIDITY. And if you try, you make it worse.

Lead by example.

Canada Cancellation

Well, the new American practice of cancellation has officially come to Canada. Reminding us all that there is no such thing as free speech inside our borders.

My week ended with a young lady being suspended from school for objecting to a rainbow poppy being presented as an alternative for Remembrance Day displays. The misguided oafish leaders in her school and school district, claimed that offending more than 60 percent of the population was much better than offending less than 1 percent, and in proclaiming this absurdity, branded her with publishing hate speech and as a punishment, suspended her.

Then, adding insult to injury, a Sports commenter, known for bold brash (and usually) correct pronouncements was summarily fired for stating that in the case of most newcomers to Canada the wearing of the poppy and showing respect of tradition during remembrance day (read the transcript), was lacking and missing. Remember, Canada is not known as a melting pot, we have MULTICULTERALISM. The brainless twits with the network that owns “Hockey Night in Canada” fired Mr. Cherry. The Hockey world is poorer as a result, and fans of Hockey will deeply miss him.

Like the USA’s Trump, Cherry has his poop in a group, knew his subject, and was unafraid to voice an opinion. The perpetually offended were (surprise) perpetually offended by his remarks. The suits caved to the vocal idiots and Cherry has left THIS scene. I sense Trumpenfruede coming for SN.

Don’t like what you see and hear out there? Stand up, speak out, let your voice be heard.

NOVEMBER 11TH

To every man upon this earth, death cometh soon or late;
And how can man die better than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods.

On the 8th of May 1945, the Axis forces capitulated, bringing the official end to hostilities in the Western areas of Europe. However, a scant 45 days before, a Hudson, AE595 M-A-L, from the Tempsford air base went missing over the Western part of Germany during a “secret squirrel” mission. Much of these ops are still rated “classified” today. On board were:

F/S Percy Bradley, Bomber, RAFVR, from Aigburth Liverpool G. B.,

W/O 1st Frank Gray, RCAF, Wireless operator/air gunner, from Canada,

F/O George Ragan RCAF, Pilot, from Rainier AB Canada

F/S Thomas Algot RNZAF, Air gunner, from Hawera Taranaki N.Z.

The remains of these 4 young men are interred at the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery in Western Germany, not far from Nijmegen Holland. They are buried, as they passed, side by side.

At the time of their training, the Commonwealth Air Training program was up and running, and we here in Canada were hosting young men from around the world, schooling them in their duties. I do not doubt for one second that they all trained in Canada, but it is very unlikely that they crossed paths until they were asked to join 161 Sqn. They were rarely assigned there, very elite group. I cannot imagine flying through the black night, often much less than 500 ft AGL, dodging AAA, looking for landmarks in the dark, landing in pastures, lit by flashlight. Very very high pucker factor.

Once these young men arrived in Great Britian, their paths started to converge, ending in Western Germany. To be involved in the super-secret stuff these men did, you had to be asked, not posted. As a result, they were all volunteers, familiar with their duties and risks, and not able to share their fears and thoughts with friends and family. My mother said her brother George was up to secret duties, but he would not talk to her about them. My Uncle Ralph also said he had no idea of what was going on or how his brother died until after the war. A lot of what they did, how they did it and why, is still classified today.

I am asking that on November 11, 2019 that we all remember these 4 and all the others that gave their youth, their health and far too often, their lives in the service of their countries. As you can see, two Canuks, a Brit and a Kiwi, good representatives of the Commonwealth. Prayers and perhaps a Haka.

Doug Hornby

Negligence!

neg·li·gence

/ˈneɡləjəns/

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noun

noun: negligence; plural noun: negligences

failure to take proper care in doing something.

 

Being complacent about what is going around in your community is very dangerous and expensive. a good example or two would be large to major construction projects. These are fraught with peril, in so many ways. There is basic corruption, out and out theft, malfeasance, incompetence to name a few. These issues can affect the planning, design bidding and construction stages individually or collectively or both. If something goes wrong, is done wrong, or just doesn’t work, then there must be consequences (four letter word to most) and reparations.

 

Examples could be:

  • City of Winnipeg, Water Works plant near Deacons corner. Deficiencies in the construction. The City relied on the Court system to ensure compensation for extra monies spent is resolving the issues. The lawyer in charge missed the filing deadline and the case was dismissed. She was fired for many reasons, but what about her boss? where was that person’s oversight? and their boss, (the City has lots and lots of bosses) Where are their responsibilities, and why are they still employed?
  • Province of Manitoba/City of Winnipeg/University of Manitoba, Multi-use stadium on the U of M grounds. The three partners allowed the design and construction of the stadium to proceed without any oversight. There were many questions asked regarding the bidding process, The Architect that won the design, later claimed his creation “was not being used properly” he cited pressure from the “owners” (read Provincial NDP), regarding budget. The Contractor blames the “Owners” and the designer for their problems, ignoring their responsibility to provide a safe working product, not the shabby result we got, and the “owners” shuffled their problems off on the Football team. The end result will be court cases that will run 10 plus years, with no resolution, leaving the taxpayer holding the bag. Thanks again Greg.
  • The RM of Portage la Prairie in conjunction with the City of Portage la Prairie essentially created the Portage Regional Recreation Authority to facilitate the creation of what we now know as Stride Place. Designs were commissioned, Proposals were accepted, bids were let and accepted with construction commencing. After a few short years of occupation deficiencies in design and construction of the building were noted. These were so severe; occupancy was halted until repairs were complete and the building again deemed safe. The Mayor of the day said “we are going to sue, and the courts will see we are compensated for this” or words to that effect. To that, I say Ha. Read the previous 2 items.

In all 3 of these situations it is a series of various levels of Government that contract for these products and are not getting what they pay for, I cannot imagine any business that would invest their wealth (and that of their stockholders) without some protection. Someone or some Company who knows the business and is ready to pass judgement on design, construction and be responsible for the end quality of the product, some one with the orders to stop the work until a problem is solved. They cannot wait for some court to listen to arguments and pass judgment. The solution must me now, or work will not proceed until one is created.

Why are our governments not doing this? To me that would be cheap insurance.

Politicians and bureaucracies are inherently inept. Politicians look only to be re-elected, and I do not recall any bureaucrat ever taking any responsibility, except in cashing their paycheck and accepting their over blown pensions. They are excellent in creating debt and long-term problems, but poor in solutions. Where is the Dwight Eisenhowers, the Winston Churchills or Alberta’s Ralph Kline, even Donald Trump (waiting on history for the Donald)? These guys got/get things done. They looked at the people who elected them and did their best to do right by them. I will say that in the Province of Manitoba, the cities of Portage la Prairie and Winnipeg, I personally do not see any leaders of the type of character and integrity displayed by the above, and we are the poorer for it.

Now you have 3 more examples of negligence.