Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Tale of Two Toilets

For the casual follower, you already know my run ins with a few city departments and my dislike for some of the things our city just can't seem to get a handle on.
The leader of  the garbage brigade, Darryl Drohomerski, (and Water and Waste), already has attempted some recycling programs that are likely a "resounding success" as measured by... Darryl himself, but here we see where things just fall apart.
Winnipeg has a rebate program for water saver toilets. Now I'm actually a believer in this sort of program as I do see that Prince Charles was right when he said, "There must be a better way of disposing of a pint of piss than by flushing a gallon of clean water down the toilet". Using less water to flush helps Winnipeg to keep it's century old aqua duct as our sole water source. The water saving toilet program is simple.
Buy a low flush or dual flush toilet, take your old toilet to the dump and get a "receipt", send both to the Water Department with the application form and Voila!, you get $60 back as a credit.
It seems that not everyone here in the 'hood is interested, or knows about it, or... maybe it's not worth the $60? Maybe they didn't use a low flush or dual flush toilet to replace their old one? Whatever the reason, there are at least two bowls flanking a home here on the block.
The woman who lives there is a blog follower and forwarded me the e-mails to 311 and told me about telephone conversations with By-Law enforcement. There is also an ongoing concern over an address on Simcoe that falls into the mix.
The e-mails below have been "sanitized" to protect the innocent, (even the clown(s) at 311), but really, these two toilets demonstrate just what a "shit show" the City is running.

From:
Sent: Monday, September 26, 2011 10:06 AM
To: 311
Subject: Garbage Pickup at ### and ### Home Street

Please be aware that there has been a toilet left outside of both ### and ### Home street for about 1 ½ months now. Can you please arrange for someone to pick these up as they are a huge eye sore to our community.

### Home Street - it is placed by the fence in the back lane.
### Home Street (establishment specified here) - it is in the back lane parallel to  _____Ave.

The city's prompt attention into this matter would be greatly appreciated.


Citizen's name
________________________________________

From: 311 [mailto:311@winnipeg.ca]
Sent: Monday, September 26, 2011 12:50 PM
To:

Subject: RE: Garbage Pickup at ### and ### Home Street

Good afternoon,

 Thank you for bringing this to our attention. I have notified the Water and Waste Department and have scheduled a pick up of the toilets for September 30th, which is the next collection date in that area. Should you need to follow up further on this matter please refer to reference number 684315 (### Home Street) or 684326 (### Home Street).


Thank you for contacting Winnipeg 311.

Sincerely,

(311 clown)

Service Representative
311 Contact Centre


________________________________________

From:
Sent: Monday, October 03, 2011 11:46 AM
To: 311
Cc: Smith, Harvey
Subject: reference number 684315 and 684326

Good morning,

Can someone please confirm when this garbage will be picked up? Friday has come and gone and the city is true to form and consistently delivers poor customer service. I've come to expect this from Winnipeg. When will we become the great city we can actually be??

Anyway, I know you're just the person who gets the emails and you just work for the big machine.......but for once, it would be nice if something actually got done when the city says it's going to get something done. What ever happened to the good old fashioned values our mama's taught us??? When you say you're going to do something you DO IT?

I especially like the line below "Should you need to follow up further on this matter please refer to reference number 684315 (###Home Street) or 684326 (### Home Street)."

Like there was any doubt I would have to follow up on this matter. I'm almost certain I'll have to follow up on it more than once. Let's see if I'm proven wrong?

Oh and by the way. There is also a big piece of wood lying by the toilet behind the (establishment specified here). That has also been there for two months!

Can you also open another reference number for a couch and mattress laying behind ### Simcoe! The bed
 bug infested hole of an apartment block.

Sincerely,
a frustrated Winnipeg citizen

(Citizen's name)

________________________________________
From: 311 [mailto:311@winnipeg.ca]
Sent: Monday, October 03, 2011 6:46 PM
To:
Subject: RE: reference number 684315 and 684326

Good Evening,

I am sorry for the confusion but the Water and Waste Department doesn't collect construction or renovation materials including lumber and toilets. I have submitted complaints about the garbage at these two locations to the Community Bylaw Enforcement Division. They will dispatch an inspector to those addresses who will complete their investigation within 10 business days. There reference numbers for these two address are as follows:

### Home: 689605
### Home: 689607

With regard to the couch and mattress at ### Simcoe, I have scheduled the pickup for those items for this Friday, October 7th. The reference number for this request is 689609.


Thank you for contacting Winnipeg 311.

Sincerely,

(Second 311 Clown)
Service Representative
311 Contact Centre
________________________________________

From:
Sent: Tuesday, October 04, 2011 9:06 AM
To: '311'
Cc: hsmith@winnipeg.ca
Subject: RE: reference number 684315 and 684326

Am I reading this correctly, you need to send a by-law officer over for two toilets????? AND they have to conduct an investigation!!

You have GOT to be kidding me. Unbelievable.

Go ahead, let's waste more government money.

________________________________________

From:
Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 9:12 AM
To: 311
Cc: Smith, Harvey
Subject: RE: reference number 684315 and 684326

Can I please have an update on the two reference numbers above. It's been more than the 10 business days noted below and the toilets are still sitting in the back lanes.

________________________________________
From: 311 [mailto:311@winnipeg.ca]
Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 7:15 PM
To:
Subject: RE: reference number 684315 and 684326

Good Evening,

Due to strict privacy concerns, The Community Bylaw Enforcement Service does not share the outcome of their investigations with us at 311. You, as the complainant, can contact them directly for more information at (204) 986- 2234. They are available between the hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday excluding holidays. Please have your reference numbers handy as they will be required to verify your identity.


Thank you for contacting Winnipeg 311.

Sincerely,

(Second 311 clown)
Service Representative
311 Contact Centre

________________________________________

Sent: Thursday, October 20, 2011 10:50 AM
To: 311
Subject: ### Simcoe - Bulk garbage pickup


Please have it arranged to have a box spring, mattress and a couch picked up in the back lane behind ### Simcoe.

(Note. This is a different box spring and mattress at the same Simcoe address)

From: 311 [mailto:311@winnipeg.ca]
Sent: Thursday, October 20, 2011 12:12 PM
To:

Subject: RE: ### Simcoe - Bulk garbage pickup

Good Afternoon.

Thank you for contacting Winnipeg 311.  I would like to assist you. May I ask of these are abandoned items or if they are items you are placing uot for collection?

Sincerely,

(Third 311 clown)
Service Representative
311 Contact Centre

(Note. The grammatical errors are original)




From:
Sent: Thursday, October 20, 2011 1:16 PM
To: '311'
Subject: RE: ### Simcoe - Bulk garbage pickup

I do not live at this location and these are not my discarded items.

### Simcoe is a problem location and has been for some time.  I would think the City would have a VERY long list in your computer system regarding this address at this point.

Regards,
(citizens name)


From: 311 [mailto:311@winnipeg.ca]
Sent: Thursday, October 20, 2011 1:44 PM
To:
Subject: RE: ### Simcoe - Bulk garbage pickup

Good Afternoon.

Thank you for contacting Winnipeg 311.  I have submitted a report to the Water and Waste department for the items in the backlane.   The reference number is 701514 and it is scheduled for the next available pick up date, October 31st.

If you have any other questions or concerns please feel free to contact us again.

Sincerely,

(Third 311 clown) 
Service Representative
311 Contact Centre

From: 311 [mailto:311@winnipeg.ca]
Sent: Friday, October 21, 2011 11:04 AM
To:
Subject: Reference numbers for abandoned items on Home and Simcoe

Good Morning.

Thank you for contacting Winnipeg 311.  The reference numbers for the new reports to the Water and Waste department regarding the abandoned items are:

SR # 701972 for ### HOME St (toilet)
SR # 701983 for ### HOME St (toilet)
SR # 702010 for ### SIMCOE St (couch and mattress)

If you have any other questions or concerns please feel free to contact us again.

Sincerely,

(Third 311 clown)
Service Representative
311 Contact Centre


From:
Sent: Monday, October 24, 2011 11:45 AM
To: 311; Smith, Harvey
Subject: RE: Reference numbers for abandoned items on Home and Simcoe

So this week you’re going to give this task back to Water & Waste.  Will they actually carry out the duty this time?

What happens to these reference numbers?:
701514
689609
689605
689607
684315
684326

We sure are accumulating a collection aren’t we?  311 runs quite a gong show doesn’t it!?

I wonder if the local news would be interested in doing a story on this particular case?  Especially since we are now going to be getting a new “tax” on garbage collection. 

I wonder how many people out there would like to hear about the fiasco of having two toilets and one piece of wood picked up.  This started the last week in September (after the toilets had already sat out all summer).  We are now into the end of October. 

Harvey,
Why is garbage collection in the West End so hard to accomplish???  Isn’t it your job to look after us and see to these things getting resolved in a more timely fashion.  One month to have two toilets removed???  In my opinion this is unacceptable.


From: 311 [mailto:311@winnipeg.ca]
Sent: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 12:19 PM
To:
Subject: RE: Reference numbers for abandoned items on Home and Simcoe

Good Afternoon.

Thank you for contacting Winnipeg 311.  The Water and Waste department does not collect construction or renovation waste.  They consider a toilet to be such waste.  Therefore we are having difficulty getting the items collected. 

We have notified the by law enforcement office of the toilets at the back and sides of the properties as well as the Water and Waste department, in an effort to get this matter resolved as quickly as possible.

If you have any other questions or concerns please feel free to contact us again.


Sincerely,

(Third 311 clown)
Service Representative
311 Contact Centre


From:
Sent: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 1:39 PM
To: 311
Subject: RE: Reference numbers for abandoned items on Home and Simcoe

The by-law enforcement office was already contacted once by 311.  I spoke with that office last week along with (By-Law Officer's name) at 619-220#.  What happened with his investigation?

If the Water & Waste and by-law enforcement offices can’t figure this out, what EXACTLY is a citizen supposed to do to have these materials removed?  This is not my garbage, I am merely a person who resides in the neighborhood who is sick and tired of the hassle trying to clean up what others have been too lazy and ignorant enough to do. 

At this point the owners of both such properties should be contacted with requests to take these materials to the landfill at their own expense!!

### Simcoe is a problem location and has been for some time.  Please reference the below email that was sent earlier this year by the 311 office.  What is being done about this situation and when will the owners of this building be held liable and responsible???!!!!

From: 311 [mailto:311@winnipeg.ca]
Sent: Thursday, June 02, 2011 8:54 AM
To:
Subject: RE: GARBAGE removal at ### Simcoe Street

Good Morning.

Thank you for contacting Winnipeg 311.    I have submitted a report to the Water and Waste department advising them of the issue and requesting that this area be monitored more frequently.  Should you wish to follow up on this matter the reference number is 594482.

If you have any other questions or concerns please feel free to contact us again.

Sincerely,

(Third 311 Clown)
Service Representative
311 Contact Centre
311@winnipeg.ca

Note. This is the same (Third 311 Clown) in the referenced e-mail from June as in the October e-mails
From: 311 [mailto:311@winnipeg.ca]
Sent: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 12:46 PM
To:
Subject: RE: Reference numbers for abandoned items on Home and Simcoe

Good Afternoon.

Thank you for contacting Winnipeg 311.  Unfortunately we do not have access to the outcome or status of a By Law report here at 311 so I am unable to advise you what action was taken by their office.  You can contact the By Law Enforcement office directly at 204-986-2234 during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm for an update as to the status of this complaint.

With regards to ### Simcoe your original email indicated that a couch and a mattress were laying behind ### Simcoe.   A request was made to the Water and Waste department to have those items collected.  That request is still pending.   Can you confirm if the items are located in the lane or are they on the property? Are there other issues with the property that you wish to report?

Sincerely,

(Third 311 Clown)
Service Representative
311 Contact Centre

____________________________________________________________
The system is BROKEN Mayor Katz... and apparently, so is Harvey.

HARVEY!!!   HARVEY!!! We thought you were "paying" people for reports of garbage. This one is sent to you FREE... Are you reneging on your "offer"? http://www.winnipegcity.com/garbage.htm

Kudos to the citizen who continues to try to keep 311's feet to the fire, insofar as anyone can scorch a slagger making $54K a year to answer phones and provide reference numbers.

This is an absolute cluster fuck. I use that word, because it came up in the urban dictionary when looking for another word for "shit show". We could also call this bullshit.

Sooooo. Who wants to see someone dump the toilets at City Hall?

Darryl. You don't need any more $. You need to spend the money you have better.

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.
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Friday, October 14, 2011

Sluts are walkin'

I'm glad I don't know any of the slightly confused souls that will be participating in the "Slut Walk" on Sunday. I'm actually quite proud that I don't know anyone that unclear about what "dressing appropriately" means.
I suppose that over the last 30 years, we have spiraled down the great toilet bowl where boys and girls no long learn from Mom that there are things you don't wear to school, or out with friends.
Girls with bare midriffs and wearing make up in grade school are the seeds for young women who go out on the town dressed like a street walker.
All those personal "fashion advice" comments aside, I'm also a big believer in freedom, and I don't subscribe to "blaming the victim" when someone forces their attention on another when it is unwanted. That doesn't mean I'm a proponent of this weekends "rally".
The inception of "Slut Walk" is more of a protest against some words from a police constable in Toronto who told a group of young women,  “Women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.”
Like Air Canada, telling it like it is garnered him a public whipping, and was the inception of a Sunday walk where women will dress provocatively just to make a point.

Might I suggest a few twists on this.

"Beer Walk" 


We can have this one any hot July Saturday night at midnight, carrying 12's and 24's of our favourite ale. We'll start at the corner of Portage and Main and head north to Selkirk Avenue where we'll split up into groups of 20 and go up the streets on either side of Main. The crux of our walk will be to demonstrate our right to carry beer in any area, at any time without fear of getting shanked for it.

"Bag Walk"

This one will be in Central Park, where police recently advised a man I know, "You should never carry a bag. Someone will attack you just to see what's in it." We'll be out in full force after nightfall, taunting those "would be thieves" with our old Addidas bags full of...nothing, but THEY won't know that. The premise is that we citizens should be able to carry bags wherever and wherever we like in defiance of the advice given by Police.

"Door Unlock"

It rhymes... isn't that enough? All citizens of Winnipeg will leave their doors unlocked for an entire weekend AND go away. The point of the campaign will be to show how we should really NOT have to lock our doors as no one has the right to enter our homes and take our stuff, regardless of the state of our locks. (Alarms must be off that weekend too) After the resounding success of this weekend we'll move on to leaving keys in our cars, and bicycles out on the street while we shop, but I'm getting ahead of myself.

I could go on, but I don't want to bore you. The point is, clowns like Laurie Mustard subscribe to this notion that by saying, “Women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.”, someone is blaming the victim anymore than as a society we blame people who carry beer in rough areas. http://www.winnipegsun.com/2011/10/13/go-sluts-go

When Police tell us not to carry bags with our stuff in them, is that tantamount to blaming the victim?  Laurie would likely have a whole lot of fun with people leaving their keys in the ignition of their car at the Portage Place surface parking lot. I think Laurie might actually "get" that one, being a self professed "car nut". Laurie... do you "get" that one?

In a perfect world, we wouldn't have keys. Keys are only necessary because we need to keep our things out of easy access to others who might take it otherwise. Keys are, in the words of a friend, "A symbol of sin".

Given that (most)  people can understand and agree with the simple examples given, I'm never clear on the hard stance people who organize a walk like this take to  views that are not dissenting, but question the message delivery as well as the dismissal of the good advice of, “Women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.” You shoulda' heard the show Cloutier had on CJOB yesterday. I could scarcely listen to the idealistic babble.
There's no guarantee that "covering up" will keep anyone safe, but there's no way of ensuring that locking your doors will keep you from being robbed. The point is, you don't make a habit of NOT locking your doors, do you? Why not? Principals?
"I draw the line at restricting how I dress. I choose to ignore all advice to the contrary because I shouldn't have to bend what I want to do to avoid the unwanted actions of another."
Ya, OK... work with that. I do know that eventually  my insurance under writer will stop paying out if I make a habit of not locking my doors, and likely, I'll eventually be called...

stupid.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Random, disconnected things

I have been thinking about the old Fire Hall on Sherbrook St and it's impending demolition. I had seen the building when the City first declared it surplus and offered it for sale.. I seem to recall that in the "package" we received we were informed that the exterior was "historic" and we'd need to apply for "permission" to alter it. That's pretty neat. If I had purchased it I'd have to ask for some pin head's ok to alter the facade, but that protection is pretty worthless if a group like Lion's , (who can't even fill the building they have, let alone start buying up a fire hall, two vacant lots and three 100+ year old homes), can simply knock it down. For all the "green" talk, re purposing a historic building is something that seems too difficult for Lion's, the one time "housing machine" of West Broadway. (For photos I defer to West End Dumplings post... I thought I saw Mr. C walking down Portage with his camera and knew he was either there, or at the old National Typewriter Building, so I didn't bother shooting any pics)
http://westenddumplings.blogspot.com/2011/10/winnipeg-building-demolition-derby_11.html
Speaking of which... the old National Typewriter Building is applying to be razed too. Given that this isn't a terribly remarkable building, I suppose saving the facade is more than could be expected.
Now we've glossed over a couple of old buildings, let's get to one a bit newer... the old airport terminal. Given that "Modern" architecture is also called "toilet bowl" architecture, I was a bit surprised to see Jordan Van Sewell on CTV news (no name accredited to his smiling mug), as a part of some sort of heritage committee wanting to stop the impending demo. Now really. This is a purpose built building, adjacent to an area that requires security, and frankly, it's fugly. I'm not sure what the artsy Van Sewell has in mind for the old terminal, but he can pay for it if he wants to. Submit a redevelopment application Jordy, it can be a really big artist's loft space.

Disconnect

Watching the Evening news there was a report about Canada helping Libya out, assisting in helping find WMD's or something. I noticed the flag made by the local Tripoli elementary school grade three class hanging in the back ground.
Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird meets with Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) Chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil (not shown) in Tripoli, Libya on Tuesday, October 11, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick Could also be John Baird made that flag on the plane flight over. Nice... How much money is this costing us? Think we could get them a flag of ours to fly? Pathetic.
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Out in the RM where the cottage is, the State of Emergency continues, as well as the mandatory evacuation. The lake is going down, the dikes are completed, and we're kept from our property. Some of the cottage owners are talking about lawyers... this seems to be an abuse, or at least a over reach of the Emergency Measures Act. Did you know that property rights are not enshrined in our constitution? THAT should bother everyone, but we're Canadians... we've been taught to just take it. Two and a half months after being told it would take Water Stewardship a month to let me know about my claim... silence, aside from ANOTHER form in the mail to fill out again from MASC. I'm waiting for someone to call and say, "You've been denied because you've filled out too many claim forms. This will be fifth one I think.
Disconnect
The Black Rod had an interesting post on Selinger and the on going relationship with Tom Simms.
http://blackrod.blogspot.com/2011/10/spilling-beans-on-selinger-where-he.html  I found it interesting that Simms was connected to numerous "ventures" that received Crocus $$$ while Greg was Finance Minister and in charge of Crocus, or at least responsible for it. Incredible that no PC's figured that out years ago.
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I simply do not understand the on going and escalating violence in our City. My wife continues to ask ,"What is wrong with people?". I got no answers.
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I'm always a bit put out when I get letters from a certain City Department threatening to break into a building to do an "inspection". I respond, citing their own by-law and ask them to clarify where they get the idea they can enter a secured building... and never get a response to the question. Seems someday we're going to have to find someone willing to sue them, or at least report the B & E to the WPS. This particular department seems very busy doing a lot of paper shuffling. Maybe these guys could actually go up and down back lanes  looking for real infractions  instead of "following up" on people they had in their sights and couldn't actually "nail them" with anything. I got a list of places they could visit, as does Rae from "A Day in the Hood".  http://adayinthehood.blogspot.com/2011/10/update-on-house-falling-in-on-itself.html
Disconnect... sort of
An e-mail to 311, (never call, with an e-mail you have it in writing... all the stupidity), about a few toilets in the lane leads to the operator telling us they'll be picked up on Friday. Friday comes and goes, and the toilets are still there. A follow up e-mail has someone else telling us that the refuse won't be picked up because it's construction debris and a by-law officer would have to do an investigation. What exactly will this By-law officer be able to tell from the toilet bowls? Will he lift the lid and take a swab? Check for finger prints? Will he take a piss in the bowl? How retarded is this system? Maybe we should inundate them with complaints and give them something to do.
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Steve Jobs passed away, and while I think he was innovative and a genius in his field, to liken him to Edison would probably be insulting since Edison was more of a patent scammer and an inventor who stole others ideas than a true inventor. Likening him to Princess Di was just... stupid. Mr. Jobs will be missed by the techno world. He put the world in our hands.
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European financial melt down. When should I buy Euros?
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A fence along the 49th parallel, apparently necessary to prevent terrorists from crossing over the border to the US from Canada. Just how many terrorists slide across the border? Don't know, but remember 9/11! Oh ya, they didn't come through Canada as first suggested, BUT we need a secure border! (Or THEY do). This is a cash cow for the Homeland Security Department, nothing more.
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Sharon Carstairs is retiring from retirement in the Senate. I remember Sharon when she was a Liberal in Manitoba, back when Liberals were a party in Manitoba. She yammered about a triple E Senate. I was never sure how she'd accomplish that from the inside of that "house".
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I remember our illustrious Police Chief giving an interview some time ago where he said that crime is down, and that citizens should be less concerned... basically insinuating that the media is hyping up the escalating violence and things are getting better. http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/wfptv/news/local-news/chief-mccaskill-responds-to-latest-crime-stats-125967298.html Later in the interview he was concerned about the increase in violent attacks on Police officers.
Is he too stupid to connect the dots, or are we? Violence against officers is up and citizens are supposed to believe violence towards other unarmed people without guns and tasers is down? Ummm.... OK Chief.
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Discreet Boutique is closing blaming agressive pan handlers for threatening customers. Mayor Katz was over heard saying, "You're wrong!"

Monday, October 10, 2011

Election 2011. What went wrong?

Easily answered, but how to solve the issue?
The PC's have been in a virtual leadership vacuum for... well since the boogy man who fired a thousand nurses ran the ship.
The Stu Murray years were dismal at best, a great lesson in who NOT to retain as a leader, the PC's went on to reinforce the lesson with Hugh. I have no doubt that Hugh is a nice guy, who really loves Manitoba and wants to make it a better place. I said the same thing about Iggy in the Federal mess we recently saw. You don't take on the sort of responsibility and public exposure unless you believe what you're doing is right, but HOW you're doing it is another matter all together.
As the campaign drew nearer to the fixed election date I would say to my lovely wife, "I'm waiting for the ads to combat the blatant lies the NDP is spewing... the knock out punch to put them in their place and expose Selinger for who he is."
"When do you think they'll do that?", she asked.
"I'm afraid they won't. They are trying not to campaign that way and it will ruin them."
True to my prediction, the party stood still, going neither forward, nor back. Had they campaigned more aggressively and lost seats, at least there would be some honour in that, but 25% of eligible voters (+/-) came out to tell Hugh and the PC's they liked the message and the "vision". (Just a few more than Greg and company had endorse their plans, or as R. Blakie said, "Given a clear mandate to continue the course", or some sort of drivel to that end. Pathetic.
Manitoban's said no such thing Rebecca. Manitoban's held their noses as they voted, and to say anything else is as big a fairytale as the nurses getting fired story.
On to Hugh and company. Pandering to the masses by making promises... a bad idea. Not seeing that, and publicly thanking your team that plotted the course to your demise reinforces your lack of ability to see the forest... and the cost was you running smack into a tree at full speed. This election was lost before it started, and it's as a result of your team.
If your opponent slings mud, you'd better sling back rocks, bricks and whatever else will seriously hurt them. If you're not in it to get bloodied up, stay home.
Greg, by his record, will deflect and lie at any opportunity. The NDP will coerce and circumvent legal process and do whatever it takes to remain looking clean while in reality they are a dirty bunch.
Hugh thought he could campaign as politics should be, and had no real "vision" to boot. The election was his SIMPLY by pounding away at the failures and the lies of the NDP. Never happened... it was as if they collectively forgot about those things.
Here's a plan for 2015.
Start taking notes. Get a ringed note pad and hire someone to keep track of all the failures and publicly exposed disasters the NDP head up and keep the best ones in your pocket. News papers and TV reports... cut them out and record them. Let the NDP defeat the NDP. Easily done, or should have been.
The PC's have a leadership convention next year. Too soon in my estimation. There are always a few looking for the opportunity, but there are those who might need some grooming before stepping forward.
I'm not sure about the actual process, but the nomination committee should see the people in action. Throw them into a focus group with some notes on a specific issue and them WHAM!, blindside them with something else and see how they handle it.
The PC's need a personable person who is well spoken and a true Gentleman or Lady until someone slights them. At that point, they need to be a street fighter, ready to grab whatever is available to pummel their opponent witless.
That person exists... they are out there... but they'll have to find them, and that could be a problem.
Given the sort of nature that person would have, they are likely less inclined to be a "party line" sort, have a very small group of friends who really know the person and overlook the rough spots because they see the good in them, and can easily rub dissenting people the wrong way.
That person needs to be moulded, and taught to handle themselves as a statesman, (states person? states woman?). The street fighter needs to be kept under the surface, released only when necessary, and with a fury that can be tempered when needed, but still there.
Cretien was like that. Trudeau... arrogant, but still elected. Filmon was like that too yet we only saw him uncontrolled once, "Come on over here Timmie and I'll punch your lights out", he threatened Tim Sale in the Leg. Most people don't know that Timmie was doing a right arm at 22.5 degrees salute, aka "Sieg Heil!" from his seat.
That person with real leadership abilities... they are out there.
FIND THEM.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

What's wrong with downtown? Good Quest Inn

That was a play on words... get it? Quest Inn... question.

Sorry. I couldn't resist. The temptation was simply more than I could... never mind.

It seems Air Canada, or someone there, decided to make an election issue of the condition of things downtown. I don't really believe that there is any merit to their claim, but the real reasons A/C is leaving the Radisson has nothing to do with the realities of Winnipeg's downtown.
It really doesn't matter how much Stefano Grande tells you it's safe, nor how often Mayor Sam tells you the A/C decision is "wrong", going downtown is an adventure... and not always a good one. I won't even get into Selinger's lame assed response. Like a collective group of ostrich's...reminds me of a Foghorn Leghorn episode http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDDQaii0mzQ.
Instead of talking about the issues, they denied them. Tom Broadbeck stole a lot of my intended post by focusing correctly on the total lack of leadership. Seems no one really wants to "say" what the problem is.
Parking aside, it's tough not to get approached by someone looking for a smoke, or some "spare change". Those people I understand I'm gonna run into. I've seen them in other places, but no where as aggressive as here. LA, Rome, Venice, most of the people looking for "alms for the poor" are sitting in front of a very large ostentatious religious edifice, and are often prostrate with their eyes downcast. (well, maybe not in LA, where there is very little glamour in some areas). Not here in Winnipeg.
Here we have people who figure that a bus shelter is "theirs", that they are somehow entitled to whatever change I might have, and ask more than a few times.
Are they all from a particular identifiable group? Can't say. I can't say, because saying so would make me a racist, so I really can't say, because I can't be seen by my family and friends as a racist. That type of moniker is one that's hard to shake.
I can say that my wife, who works down town, has been afraid of some of the other "females" in Portage Place, seemingly picking fights over things like the sound of her high heels clicking, all the while talking far too loud, using the F bomb as if it was a necessary interjection to emphasize their superior intelligence, and walking four abreast, taking up as much of the walking area as possible.
Are they part of an identifiable group? Can't say... that'd be racist.
A guy who works for me off and on got mugged in Central Park a few days ago. They stole his tool bag, phone, and so on. Not happy with just taking his stuff, they laid a bit of a beating on him too. Can I tell you what identifiable group they belonged to? Nope... racist again. Doesn't matter that the victim is  PART of the identifiable group, if I say it, it's racist... cause I'm snow white. Even those called "apples" can't say, because they're also racist. (Apples are red on the outside, but white on the inside).
Does it matter that some people from an identifiable group refer to the St. Regis, Marlborough, The Quest Inn, and The Louis Riel (by them) as... wait for it... "Indian Palaces"?
Now I've done it. I've said it. It doesn't matter that it was told to me by a member of the identifiable group... they can say it, but I can't.
Now let's be clear, I have no issue with the members of the identifiable group, until one of them urinates in public. I'd have an issue with a turban wearing Sikh pissing against a mailbox too, but I've never actually witnessed a turban wearing Sikh pissing against a mail box. I'd have an issue with an Asian, (of any specific background... let's just lump them all together), verbally threatening people waiting for a bus, looking for "spare change", but it hasn't happened to me. Maybe it goes on all the time... I'm willing to be educated on the amount of aggressive Asian panhandlers there are downtown. I'd have a problem with Filipino's stumbling around publicly drunk, passing out in a dumpster, but again, if they are consuming excessive amounts of alcohol, they seem to be hiding it, 'cause I haven't actually seen them doing that.
Now that we know I'd have an issue with ANYBODY doing the sort of things listed, I don't think saying "I saw a (insert specific ethnic group here) being very inappropriate by (insert revolting actions here). I really think that person has some self respect issues, as well as a lack of realization of what being a part of society means.", is racist.
I am sympathetic. I try to be understanding of the many years of dysfunctional families, systemic substance abuse, and a complete lack of leadership from within their own "circle". That understanding doesn't negate the problems, nor does it excuse the personal choices made by the people in question. While I try to imagine the struggles from my "white bread" point of view, none of that changes the realities of Winnipeg's downtown.
I was in Calgary a few years ago, and while walking through an area of some "questionable repute", a man  rolled over onto his side, unzipped, and urinated on the grass next to where he was laying.
WRONG. That's BAD behaviour... the kind of thing your dog would get a rolled up newspaper across the nose for.
Why would we expect more from our dog than from other people?
This is not a post about "us" and "them"... it's a post about "us"... all of us... together as a big unit living in the same city, calling the same area downtown. As long as a few people, whatever their ethnicity, make others uncomfortable downtown, we can build whatever offices downtown, encourage condo development, build arenas and sports bars, but the EXPERIENCE of going there will be forever sullied if any one makes someone else feel unsafe. No we're not talking about just "being there" rather acting aggressively, asking for money and/or being publicly intoxicated
Without getting onto my own ideas on how to curb these problems, can we STOP calling people racist because we are unhappy with their actions?
I had said once before that we live next to a church that caters to a particular group. After a wake, there was a man who clearly had too much beer before the wake, and too much coffee at the wake. He came out and was talking far too loudly with his friends in front of our home. Without warning, he began to urinate on our boulevard as I watched incredulously.
"I'm taking a piss!" he yelled at me.
"I can see that" I said, "I'm just curious why you wouldn't use the washroom inside the church".
Does thinking this is inappropriate by this member of an identifiable group make me a racist?
If that's the way the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs defines a racist, I'd better get used to it... and those family members who happen to be a part of that identifiable group... I guess they'll just have to put up with the racist white guy at the Thanksgiving table this year... maybe I'll change for next year.