Thursday, October 20, 2011

Winnipeg City Council plays fast and loose with our $

I find it amazing that these people keep getting re elected. It's a testament to the average attention span and I think that had we all been properly diagnosed, we'd find there are a lot of people who vote who also suffer from ADHD.
Now before you go on telling me, "It's not nice to use an example like that", an on line medical site defines ADHD as, " a problem with inattentiveness, over-activity, impulsivity, or a combination", and we clearly haven't been paying attention, and our voting skills must be based on a name recognition impulse. As for the over activity, I can't think of an example right off, but perhaps as I write...
First we have the garbage issue. Council votes to pass off yet another tax and call it a user fee. We won't see a decrease in our tax bill as a result of the currently allotted funds, rather we'll pay more per household and it will (allegedly) go to refuse collection and a higher recycling rate.
I could make a pretty good case about how recycling is a net loss to the environment via our location. Any idea where the glass goes? Do you know of a glass recycling plant nearby? The best use we can come up with here is to crush it and use it in road base and/or cement as an aggregate. Any other "recycling" required a lot of trucking, using fuel to accomplish more actual "inputs" of energy than just creating more glass from scratch, (or silica sand). Plastics?
How many plastic bumper curbs can they make at X-Potenential in Transcona? They use 1% of Winnipeg's plastics, the rest is sent out of province, and the bulk of it goes to... wait for it... China.
Imagine the amount of "oil" used to pick the stuff up, deliver it to the sorting facility where people sift through this shit by hand to, then bale it, ship it to Vancouver, then transfer it to a container ship where it travels across the widest ocean we know, then off load in China, then onto another barge, or train where it gets remade into a fly swatter or a bird feeder. Now replay the shipping process in the opposite direction. We are doing to earth NO favours here.
Dromo, Winnipeg's "garbage man", thinks this is better than burying it. I beg to differ. He says, "...it's better to ship the plastics overseas than bury them in a local landfill site." We PAY you for this critical thinking? How about an "oil input" calculation to back up your "expert" thoughts. For more on this, http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2010/11/09/man-recycling-garbage-plastics-expo.html
So Dromo wants more money for his little empire... of dirt and waste. As well, he wants a slush fund! Yup, Winnipeg's refuse plan is to gather up a few million dollars for a "just in case" scenario. How many millions?
Well, out of the $64 million they'll be collecting, over the next 10 years they forecast $13-20 million will be in a slush fund. No plans... just as a contingency in case something happens.
LIKE WHAT?
This plan didn't pass with any rave reviews when it was first rolled out, Mayor Sam told us "the media is just focusing on the one recommendation where user fees are suggested, let's wait until we see the final copy" (paraphrased), his EPC didn't agree on it any better than a 50/50 vote, yet Council embraces the idea.
We elect people who just don't take a stand on things. This is a bureaucratic decision made by the hired hep and submitted by a consulting firm to ward off any dissent plain and simple.

Bad decision #1

Gem Equities. I have to be careful here knowing how the Waverly West blog suddenly "disappeared" for tying together strings others would rather have left untied. Let's just say there were allegations that a certain Winnipeg businessman allows another certain Winnipeg business man use of his plane to go to a southern destination where they have a hockey team that used to play here in Winnipeg.
Aside from things that are over my head to "prove", a sorta half critical look at Gem Equities, B & M Land, and Andrew Marquess yields a lot of hits. One would think the people on City Council have been locked in a cell for the past decade to not know the name (s). As a businessman, my radar screams, "ALERT ALERT ALERT" followed by, "RUN AWAY" when people of reputations such as those of the named firms and their owner come up. If there are millions of dollars owed as a result of court action, how many more millions have people just walked away from when dealing with this poor guy who hit on bad times after a financial lender backed out. (Maybe they had the same "alert" epiphany?) I can't even start to list all the firms that are seriously screwed as a result of having done business with these guys, and Winnipeg is going to guarantee a loan for them.
Now let's consider the lucrative "land development" opportunities in Winnipeg. Ever hear of anyone loosing money developing land here? There is such pent up demand, even the Province can do it and make money (although best I can tell they lied about Waverly West becoming geothermal, as well as giving back all the profits from the development to inner city groups).
Not happy to just develop the land, Gem plans to build town houses and high rises. Great. Hey, I've seen the workmanship these guys sluff off first hand, and let me tell you, there is NO quality control. They talk a good talk, but after I did my inspection of a property B & M developed for my (then) employers, I was aghast at the amount of blatant fire and building code violations I found, as well as various other by-law infractions like pumping sump pit water into the sewer drain, not properly ventilating crawlspaces, and not following their own drawings when the work became too "difficult". The "new" laminate floors were scratched up and installed by amatures, the geo thermal system didn't work ,and I needed to call in the factory rep to fix it, and the cold pipes weren't insulated, causing them to drip all over the poorly installed suspended ceilings.
If the work I saw was any indication of their abilities, Winnipeg would be better off without those "developers" developing anything.
Drive by the mess left behind at McPhillips Commons where up until recently, walls were strewn about after being blown over by the wind. For all the pain in the ass inspectors I meet, I wonder who told them to lay off putting the boots to these guys?
Then there's that high rise on Donald. You know the one that's been undergoing a retrofit for the past few years? They received a cheque for a million plus to off set future property taxes.
Lemme see if I can explain this better, because right now you're thinking, "He couldn't have said that right."
Center Venture gave Marquess and/or one of his companies a cheque for $1.2 million instead of simply getting installments yearly, or better still, simply a write down of the taxes owed, or Center Venture paying the funds "in trust" to a law firm who would the pay the taxes. Nope, not in Winnipeg. Here we simply cut you a cheque. Wonder who was told to do that? And do you wonder who told them to?
To suggest that Marquess' various firms have had some "trouble" might be an understatement by the media. CBC reported last February on some of the problems plaguing the various entities. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2010/02/08/man-bandm-land-developer-grants.html

By continuing to not only do business with, but to guarantee loans to this firm is not only stupid, but is a slap in the face to all the Winnipeg firms listed below. The next time some one comes to your door asking you to vote for them for City Council, slam the door in their face.


File NumberReg DateShort Title
CI06-01-45862 31-Jan-2006LANSARD BROS. ROOFING LTD. VS MARQUESS, ANDREW
CI09-01-60256 02-Mar-20095258287 MANITOBA LTD. VS NORWIN ROOFING LTD.
CI09-01-60262 03-Mar-20095258287 MANITOBA LTD. VS REXEL CANADA ELECTRICAL INC.
CI09-01-60296 02-Mar-20095258287 MANITOBA LTD VS NEDCO WEST
CI09-01-60304 05-Mar-2009SMITH PERSONNEL LTD. VS 3063935 NOVA SCOTIA
CI09-01-60325 03-Mar-20095258287 MANITOBA LTD. VS REXEL CANADA ELECTRICAL INC
CI09-01-61073 28-Apr-2009EMCO CORPORATION VS MARQUESS, ANDREW
CI09-01-61100 11-May-2009NCS INTERNATIONAL CO. VS 3063935 NOVA SCOTIA COMPANY
CI09-01-62029 17-Jul-2009GENERAL PAINT CORP. VS 4482850 MANITOBA LIMITED
CI09-01-62168 27-Jul-2009DIR. OF EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS VS MARQUESS, ANDREW
CI09-01-62170 27-Jul-2009DIR. OF EMPLOYMENT STANDARDSAP VS MARQUESS, ANDREW
CI09-01-63515 27-Oct-2009BROCK WHITE CANADA COMPANY VS MARQUESS, ANDREW
CI09-01-64322 17-Dec-2009JANICO INVESTMENTS LTD. VS 4482850 MANITOBA LTD.
CI09-01-64359 23-Dec-2009HERTZ EQUIPMENT RENTAL VS 2404559 MANITOBA LTD.
CI09-01-64393 23-Dec-2009AAF-MCQUAY INC VS 4482850 MANITOBA LTD.
CI10-01-64568 14-Jan-2010EVAPCO INC. VS 4482850 MANITOBA LTD.
CI10-01-65437 10-Mar-2010INTER-CITY ELEVATORS INC. VS 3063935 NOVA SCOTIA COMPANY
CI10-01-67011 21-Jun-2010HUMPHREY PRODUCTS OF WPG LTD VS MARQUESS, ANDREW F
CI10-01-68934 05-Nov-2010ICE AGE MECHANICAL LTD. VS 4482850 MANITOBA LIMITED
CI10-01-69671 21-Dec-2010NEW AGE AUTOMATION GROUP INC. VS GEM EQUITIES INC.
SC06-01-04864 17-Mar-2006MARQUESS, ANDREW VS AFFLECK, CURTIS
SC09-01-14453 18-Aug-2009EECOL ELECTRIC (SASK.) INC. VS 4482850 MANITOBA LIMITED
SC09-06-11536 21-Apr-2009LLUMA SALES & RENTALS LTD. VS MARQUESS, ANDREW
SC09-06-11537 21-Apr-2009LLUMA SALES & RENTALS LTD. VS MARQUESS, ANDREW
SC09-06-11538 21-Apr-2009LLUMA SALES & RENTALS LTD. VS MARQUESS, ANDREW
SC09-06-11539 21-Apr-2009LLUMA SALES & RENTALS LTD. VS MARQUESS, ANDREW
SC09-06-11540 21-Apr-2009LLUMA SALES & RENTALS LTD. VS MARQUESS, ANDREW
SC10-01-16026 10-Feb-2010RONA REVY INC. VS GEM EQUITIES INC.



File NumberReg DateShort Title
CI06-01-49830 30-Nov-2006ASTROID MANAGEMENT LTD. VS 4482850 MANITOBA LIMITEDQQ
CI07-01-53416 30-Aug-20073063935 NOVA SCOTIA COMPANY VS HALL, JAMIE
CI09-01-60304 05-Mar-2009SMITH PERSONNEL LTD. VS 3063935 NOVA SCOTIA
CI09-01-60578 20-Mar-2009HOLZ CONSTRUCTORS INCORPORATED VS 2404559 MANITOBA LTD.
CI09-01-61100 11-May-2009NCS INTERNATIONAL CO. VS 3063935 NOVA SCOTIA COMPANY
CI09-01-61579 16-Jun-2009TOROMONT INDUSTRIES LTD. VS 4482850 MANITOBA LIMITED
CI09-01-62029 17-Jul-2009GENERAL PAINT CORP. VS 4482850 MANITOBA LIMITED
CI09-01-62167 27-Jul-2009DIR. OF EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS VS 4482850 MANITOBA LIMITED
CI09-01-64322 17-Dec-2009JANICO INVESTMENTS LTD. VS 4482850 MANITOBA LTD.
CI10-01-65066 18-Feb-2010BRANKO DEMOLITION & DISPOSAL VS 4482850 MANITOBA LIMITED
CI10-01-65067 18-Feb-2010BRANKO DEMOLITION & DISPOSAL VS 4482850 MANITOBA LIMITED
CI10-01-65150 18-Feb-2010DIRECTOR OF EMPLOYMENT VS 4482850 MANITOBA LIMITED
CI10-01-67011 21-Jun-2010HUMPHREY PRODUCTS OF WPG LTD VS MARQUESS, ANDREW F
CI10-01-67932 27-Aug-2010CENTRA GAS MANITOBA INC. VS 5684855 MANITOBA LTD.
CI10-01-67933 27-Aug-2010CENTRA GAS MANITOBA INC. VS 5684855 MANITOBA LTD.
CI10-01-67934 27-Aug-2010CENTRA GAS MANITOBA INC. VS 5684855 MANITOBA LTD.
CI10-01-67935 27-Aug-2010CENTRA GAS MANITOBA INC. VS 5684855 MANITOBA LTD.
CI10-01-68086 02-Sep-2010MANITOBA HYDRO VS 5684928 MANITOBA LTD.
CI10-01-68934 05-Nov-2010ICE AGE MECHANICAL LTD. VS 4482850 MANITOBA LIMITED
CI10-01-69073 08-Nov-2010MABE CANADA INC. VS 4482850 MANITOBA LTD.
CI10-01-69550 15-Dec-2010FRIESEN, CAROL VS 4482850 MANITOBA LIMITED
SC08-01-12415 05-Dec-2008MPIC VS 4482850 MANITOBA LIMITED
SC09-01-13465 09-Apr-2009MPIC VS 4482850 MANITOBA LIMITED
SC09-01-14060 17-Jun-2009THE PEOPLE BANK VS 4482850 MANITOBA LIMITED
SC09-01-14367 31-Jul-2009MANITOBA PUBLIC INSURANCE CORP VS 4482850 MANITOBA LIMITED
SC09-01-14453 18-Aug-2009EECOL ELECTRIC (SASK.) INC. VS 4482850 MANITOBA LIMITED
SC09-01-15311 09-Nov-2009CENTRA GAS MANITOBA INC. VS 4482850 MANITOBA LIMITED
SC10-01-16197 02-Mar-2010MANITOBA HYDRO VS 4482850 MANITOBA LIMITED
SC10-01-16198 02-Mar-2010MANITOBA HYDRO VS 4482850 MANITOBA LIMITED
SC10-01-16996 16-Jun-20104482850 MANIOTBA LIMITED VS BROOKS, DANIEL
SC10-01-17651 14-Sep-2010FRIESEN, CAROL VS 4482850 MANITOBA LIMITED



File NumberReg DateShort Title
CI09-01-62128 21-Jul-20095684855 MANITOBA LTD. VS PETROWSKI, MICHAEL W.
CI09-01-63202 16-Oct-20095684855 MANITOBA LTD. VS DOMINION WINDOW AND DOOR (1983
CI09-01-63511 27-Oct-2009DOMINION WINDOW AND DOOR VS 5684855 MANITOBA LTD.
CI09-01-64121 08-Dec-2009COREY LEESON VS PETROWSKI, MICHAEL W.
CI10-01-65437 10-Mar-2010INTER-CITY ELEVATORS INC. VS 3063935 NOVA SCOTIA COMPANY
CI10-01-67932 27-Aug-2010CENTRA GAS MANITOBA INC. VS 5684855 MANITOBA LTD.
CI10-01-67933 27-Aug-2010CENTRA GAS MANITOBA INC. VS 5684855 MANITOBA LTD.
CI10-01-67934 27-Aug-2010CENTRA GAS MANITOBA INC. VS 5684855 MANITOBA LTD.
CI10-01-67935 27-Aug-2010CENTRA GAS MANITOBA INC. VS 5684855 MANITOBA LTD.
CI11-01-72078 16-May-2011FIORENTINO BUILDING AND RENOVA VS 5684855 MANITOBA LTD.



File NumberReg DateShort Title
CI06-01-45862 31-Jan-2006LANSARD BROS. ROOFING LTD. VS MARQUESS, ANDREW
CI06-01-49830 30-Nov-2006ASTROID MANAGEMENT LTD. VS 4482850 MANITOBA LIMITEDQQ
CI07-01-53416 30-Aug-20073063935 NOVA SCOTIA COMPANY VS HALL, JAMIE
CI09-01-60304 05-Mar-2009SMITH PERSONNEL LTD. VS 3063935 NOVA SCOTIA
CI09-01-60405 09-Mar-2009R.A. KANE SALES & SERVICE LTD. VS 2404559 MANITOBA LTD.
CI09-01-63271 08-Oct-2009TRANE CANADA CO. VS 2404559 MANITOBA LTD.
CI09-01-64359 23-Dec-2009HERTZ EQUIPMENT RENTAL VS 2404559 MANITOBA LTD.
CI10-01-65437 10-Mar-2010INTER-CITY ELEVATORS INC. VS 3063935 NOVA SCOTIA COMPANY
SC08-01-12415 05-Dec-2008MPIC VS 4482850 MANITOBA LIMITED
SC09-01-14367 31-Jul-2009MANITOBA PUBLIC INSURANCE CORP VS 4482850 MANITOBA LIMITED

5 comments:

  1. great post and thanks for the links.

    in regards to the following blurb from the marquess article... "Marquess was also part of a controversial land swap last summer in which the city agreed to trade 25 hectares of land in the Parker neighborhood, near Taylor and Waverley, for four hectares owned by Gem Equities along the Fort Rouge railway yards."

    this is the same land that's adjacent to the proposed reroute of the indefinitely stalled phase2 of the south-west rapid transit corridor. what's going on here? why is the city working to line this guy's pockets when his history is so incredibly shady? i'm excited about infill development (like the fort rouge yards project) but only if it's done right. marquess doesn't inspire a lot of confidence

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  2. The proposed re-route will be not far from the Taylor Ave. shopping centres that IIRC are owned by Sandy Shindleman.

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  3. There is no evidence that any local politician is unaware of the problems with GEM. Selinger claimed in his new year's message that the taxes on each new FRRY condo will be so high that the whole BRT project will be paid for by the 'profit' the city makes on such taxes. Do they not fear that a condo 'buyer' might react to this $1000/yr 'gouging' on taxes, and not buy one? The NDP is solidly behind GEM&FRRY, so there is little point in expecting any challenge to this.

    We were told that BRT would be faster. Phase 1 will take twice as long, because of 'detours', to get to rt42 and Broadway, as the current 62Express bus, which will be gone soon. By the time phase 2 takes us past all the Shindico and GEM properties in SW Wpg, it will no doubt take twice as long as the current Pembina bus. Calgary's rapid transit does not zigzag all over like Wpg's BRT.

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