Thursday, November 01, 2018

Adrienne Clarkson Billing Canadians $100,000/yr

 Adriene Clarkson

According to this National Post article former governor general Adrienne Clarkson has billed taxpayers for $1.1 million in expenses on top of the $1.6 million she has received in pension benefits which is in addition to the $3 million grant she received courtesy of Canadian taxpayers.

Launch Petition

Taxpayers have paid $1.1 million in expenses for a former governor general since she LEFT office in 2005.

Former governor general Adrienne Clarkson's time in office ended in 2005. She has continued to submit receipts to the Government of Canada. Those expenses have added up to $1.1 million, according to the Ottawa Citizen. And all of this is legal and approved by the Government of Canada.

What ordinary Canadian keeps submitting expenses to an employer years after leaving a job?

And what kind of employer keeps paying those expenses?

The $1.1 million Clarkson billed for expenses is on top of the $1.6 million she’s collected from her pension and the $3 million the government gave her to start a foundation.

Clarkson is sticking taxpayers with the biggest bills, but former governors general have been submitting expenses to the government since the 1970s.

Enough is enough.

Within minutes of the story breaking, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation launched a petition demanding an end to the gravy train for former governors general.

To sign the petition, PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK NOW:


Tuesday, October 16, 2018


Bring your little ghosts and goblins Trick or Treating at participating merchants on Victoria Crescent in Downtown Nanaimo Saturday, October 27, from Noon - 3pm.

The Victoria Crescent Association wishes you all a Very Spooky & Scary Halloween!


CUPE Slate For Nanaimo City Council??

The following are the candidates that are being endorsed by the local union forces. Times past you could see how many dollars CUPE and other unions gave to 'their' candidates. This time around it won't be known how many of these candidates received financial support of some kind until after the election. With 13,000 members they can influence, they clearly can be the king-makers during the current civic election.

The following candidates are the ones that have been endorsed by the labour council. It is reasonable to assume that these are the candidates the unions see as being most favourable to their continued labour agreements with the city of Nanaimo. Of course that means they may not have the best interest of Nanaimo taxpayers at heart as they make their decisions.

I have not heard any candidates say anything that indicates they really have much understanding of how city hall functions. But, when you consider that nearly 85% of every property tax dollar is consumed by wages and benefits at the city, this, or any council really only has a say as to how 15% of your money is spent.

Perhaps that explains why last spring staff had to ask council for another $800,000 to fix some potholes because of the cold winter. That's right, will all the money flowing from your pocket into city coffers, they had to come to council seeking special funding to fix some potholes.


Armstrong, Thorpe, Bonner, Hemmens, Maarten, Brown, Geselbrecht, Beaulieu, Krog


Liberal Financial Management??

Remember how our Prime Minister promised to balance the budget and how he was going to spend all that money on infrastructure??

This is what happens when voters who only believe what the nice politician says to get elected but don't have any idea what they really stand for and elect them because they have nice hair.

Think about it, the next time you keep asking the government to GIVE you this or that ............. they have already spent all our tax dollars and now are borrowing to keep buying our vote. All the time, piling on the interest to service that debt.

Some people understand what globalism is all about, and then there are the Liberal and NDP supporters. The Cons are the only ones who pretend to have sound fiscal policy, but their performance doesn't seem to stand the test either.


Monday, October 01, 2018

Sheila Gurrie CIty Clerk Nanaimo ---- Conflict??

I recently posted an article in an attempt to educate Nanaimo taxpayers on the union/city relationship which has proven and is proving to be very costly for Nanaimo taxpayers. I am all for fair wages etc. but the contracts that CUPE 401 have been able to 'negotiate' with the city of Nanaimo are the richest in the region. Why?

The very idea that civil servants should hold unionized positions is beyond common sense, but that is a story for another day.

In response to the article a reader, 'Tim McGrath' posted a comment calling attention to what he sees as a perceived conflict of interest with the City Clerk and the head of CUPE 401. His concerns seem valid given the nature of the position of city clerk and the information they are privy to.

I have written the city clerk for a comment on the accusation and await reply.

McGrath's comment:
The City of Nanaimo and it's citizens have even a greater reason to be concerned - the city is in bed with the union - LITERALLY!

There is certainly a perceived CONFLICT of interest. It has been brought to the attention of the Mayor, but he hasn't even replied to the email.

The Legislative Services Dept Head is sleeping with the local Cupe 401 head! The head of Legislative Services has 100% access to all in camera as well as EVERY document in the city. Any strategic planning and discussion is available to Sheila Gurrie Legislative Head.

NB: for transparency, I am currently involved in a Attorney General case involving Legislative Head Gurrie."


Thursday, September 27, 2018

Nanaimo City Council Union Connection

 News Link

An article appearing in the Sept. 2 News Bulletin reveals the level of influence the local unions can exercise over the outcome of the next Nanaimo civic election.

The article notes the labour council represents 13,000 unionized members which in itself is a potential block of votes that can determine the face of Nanaimo governance for the next four years.

City of Nanaimo very friendly with CUPE 401

You could argue that for the past decades there has never been a serious 'negotiation' with the city and CUPE 401. From what I have seen and heard the union basically tells the city what they will settle for and the city agrees. The proof of that suspicion is evidenced by the contracts the union has signed with the last four city councils.

The last time I looked into the union contract with the city a level 1 CUPE worker which does not qualify for the classification of being a labourer will start at $24.45/hr. with 3 weeks holiday and health and dental benefits to die for.

Compared with the private sector which would likely pay minimum wage (and rightly so) for similar job skills it clearly shows the huge unfairness between those who 'work' for the city and those who live in the real world.

Even if you compare the city union contract with other union contracts in the city (school board, health authority) it becomes evident that the city of Nanaimo has never been serious about trying to control the cost of wages for Nanaimo taxpayers.

No Incentive To Really Negotiate With CUPE

The first obvious reason for not trying to hold the line on the union contract is the fact that few councilors have the spine to stand up to the threatened strike the union can call to back their demands. The ability to strike and allow garbage to build up across the city, is a pretty blunt club in the hands of the union.

Another reason there is little to no incentive to hold the line on union wages lies in the method used to determine non-union wage increases. Unless it has been recently changed the wage increases being granted to non-union employees went up in lock-step with the 'negotiated' union wage increase.

So. the whole system begs the question "who is really looking out for the Nanaimo taxpayer when it comes to the cost of wages and benefits enjoyed by city employees?"

Single Biggest Expense At City Hall

The last time I crunched the numbers taken from the city financial statements the cost of wages and benefits represented over 82% of every property tax dollar collected by the city. In other words, city taxpayers can expect their taxes to increase each and every year by about 1.5% just to cover the cost of increased wages and benefits enjoyed by city employees.

City Councilor Wannabes can promise this and that all they want, but unless they are willing to address the single largest expenditure they will never get control of ever-increasing property taxes.


Trudeau Liberals Support Police Killer

Every single Liberal voted for convicted police killer Chris Garnier to keep receiving PTSD benefits from Veterans Affairs.


Friday, September 14, 2018

Nanaimo Automated Garbage Bins

Operator Needs More Training?
or just doesn't like his new job?

We have been on an automated route since they were first introduced and while I still doubt the increased cost is justified have learned to live with the new system.

When the whole city came online with the automated system my street is now on a border, meaning a different driver now picks up the bins on the other side of my street on the day following my pick up.

The driver who does my pick up has learned the new skills that allows him to operate a mechanical arm using a joystick from the cab rather than jumping in and out of a vehicle emptying trash cans (like in the old days). He is able to precisely pick up, empty and set the bins back down with the skill of a surgeon.

The driver on the other side of the street however is either clearly lacking in dexterity or perhaps doesn't like the new system and drops the bins as I would slam a door to express my displeasure.

Last week was the first time I noticed this and chalked it up to a bit of a learning curve, but this is the second week so I presume this operator has had considerable 'practice'.

I wonder how many times you can slam a bin down and they fall over willy-nilly before something breaks? When that happens is the 'owner' on the hook to replace them? Hope not.