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Friday January 24 2014.
Well the report by the Post Office Ombudsman
came by email. I had laid a complaint after a large amount of
my election flyers were not delivered, or were delivered to the
The Postal Office Ombudsman is just another pretend service that acts like it helps people, when it just covers up mistakes of their own.
This is far too common in Edmonton.
Several times I have asked for help from various committees,
boards, and human rights offices. They always start off deeply
concerned. Then half way through they begin to evade your eyes
and stare at the floor. Then they always end up saying nothing
was wrong with anything.
They actually had a feedback form on the email. I sent the following.
This was not a proper investigation. It
was nothing but an attempt to cover up the mistakes made by Canada
Post. It was not an attempt to get to the Truth or fix the problem.
I have to say, avoid Canada Post
whenever possible. They have one job, and can't do it properly,
and blame you for their incompetence.
In my neighborhood, mail is coming
later and later. I've checked it at 6pm, and yet the box has
mail in the morning. It even came Saturday morning. I could tell
by the tracks in the fresh snow, newer than the journal carriers,
which I backtracked from house to house down the block.
December 2013. So what was achieved? As
far as my personal growth, quite a bit.
Everyone says "Somebody oughtta do something about that". But the somebody is always someone else. People are tigers in their own living room, but tend to be mice in the real world. When it's time to stare down injustice, they are staring at their shoes. And I'm pretty much the same.
But at least I can say I gave it a try. I stood up and spoke my mind and pointed out the Truth.
One thing that I learned is that having a political platform to speak from gets you more attention than writing a letter to the editor or writing a blog that only your buddies read.
When I first tried in 2010 I had a real uneasiness about speaking in public. Just having all those people staring at me felt uncomfortable. I used to be a fat kid who was called every insult in the book and half expected it again.
So I read my speech and tried to give helpful answers to questions, while some others handed out political clichés.
In 2013 I was much more at ease. You may have noticed I never read from notes in any debate or TV spot. I winged it every time. And by the second debate I was able to crack jokes and make the audience laugh at the comments from the others. [at least I think that's what they were laughing at.]
Overall it was worth it. I just dug myself into a financial hole to do it, that's all. Every penny went onto my credit cards. But many others spent far more and lost as well. Second place lost as big as last place, and it cost them more to do it.
So, you don't like the way things are? What're you gonna do about that? Try something, or mouse around?
Well, the election has come
and gone and I did worse than in 2010. I don't even mind not
winning as much as the fact that nothing was achieved. The same
person is in with the same mindset.
But I have one from the President. http://www.terryrolls.org/Images/WhiteHouseLetter.jpg
This is Terry Rolls. He has lived most of his life in Ward 7. He has had years of experience in many areas of government. He also ran for Councillor in 2010.
He should be your choice for Ward 7 Councillor. Terry believes in the revitalization of Ward 7. He feels that a Ward Councillor should represent all of the people of the Ward and do the best for the most.
For the last 6 years this has not ocurred.
Incumbent Tony Caterina has focused only on one small part of Ward 7, consisting of the area around Northlands, a private company of which he is a shareholder and was a board member. The area in question has had never-ending cash input, getting over $50 million from the city for several glamour projects that do nothing but feed his desire to be a big shot.
In 2009 Caterina said of Indy
Racing; "It's not a cost, it's an investment into promoting
Edmonton as a world-class city. We made a decision as council
to support this event because it is world-renowned
the exposure we have had, it's money well spent."
Why wasn't the job put out to tender?
In an interview in July 2013, Caterina
seems to think his proudest work in 6 years has been upgrades
for Alberta Avenue and Borden Park.
Last Canada Day, Borden Park had
dozens of tents advertising Tony
Caterina and Northlands. That is not what Canada Day is for.
This is not patriotism. That is not why soldiers died for us.
It is not supposed to be an opportunity to pimp yourself and
your buddies. It's not to be used as a political rally.
He has always been ready to vote for big budget spending, like the airport re-do. But he's voted against a new arena. Why? Because Northlands would lose status if one was built. So he dances between yes and no.
He says "Communities to be proud of", but there's only one area that's he's concerned with, and no one lives there.
Meanwhile, things are worse for the Ward. Within the last 6 years 5 schools were shut down 'to save money'. Without them young couples are moving away. Without them, the Ward has no future. Those schools happened to be the ones closest to Northlands.
In the parks and schoolyards they won't even pick up the grass or sweep the streets, 'to save money', so the drains clog every time it rains. The trails along the river valley are overgrown and peppered with mud bogs. Yet Borden gets $20 million, and probably a plaque or statue to boot.
For poor folks, there used to
be a home upgrade program called R.R.A.P.. RRAP would give you
necessary upgrades to your home. After 3 years they were free.
If you left your house sooner you had to pay back a percentage.
Perhaps the people who can't afford to fix
their house can go live in Borden Park.
In an interview in July 2013, Caterina said he "can move the money". Yes, he moves it to his own interests. A park and a street do not really help the people of the Ward. Those millions could have been better used on many other projects within the ward, and if we ask for more, we're told that Ward 7 has gotten plenty of money lately.
Check out the results on this map of Ward 7.
With office expenses as high as $102,000 a year, and his history for the last 6 years, he has shown he is not the right one for the job. Let's retire him to the house he bought in Florida.
is clear. Vote for Terry Rolls. A vote
for him is a vote for all of Ward 7. He has had years of experience
in many areas of government. He is ready and Willing to stand
up for your interests. He will be Responsible to the voters.
-Any new funding will be shared throughout the Ward as needed for increased rebuilding or new projects.
-Businesses will get a fair chance to progress without the buddy system.
-The Arena situation will get input from the