Monthly Archives: July 2013

Trash Talk

Oh you’ve gotta love it. A fisherman’s dream. Maggots galore. White squirmy lil’ suckers crawling and wriggling happily amongst the trash and compost multiplying in numbers as the heat soars. Even sticking the trash can in the shade doesn’t slow them down. What’s even better is the look of disgust amongst young teenage girls as they walk down the street after the garbage has been seized. Lids stay open and the grinning worms have a field day watching the girls go by.

Birds don’t care about the girls’ squeamishness as they swoop down to help themselves to a tasty morsel.   But in the searing heat they don’t last long on the hot rims of the plastic bins to do a thorough job of cleaning up. Thank you Mr. Mayor for the fisherman’s dream.

Before that dream is dashed with added taxes of collecting these maggots for medical therapy though, maybe the “artsy” side of the absurd title St. Albert has been taxed . . . . uh, branded with should be looked at. It’s a sure thing that the creative types can make some kind of ‘botanical’ mural out of the various sizes and stages of maggot larvae for all to appreciate. Hang it at St. Albert entrances right next to St. Albert’s “lovely” new name and expensive logo. It comes from residents’ hearts at no cost to the ever increasing load placed on taxpayers. Call it “community involvement”, if you will. Yeah, that sounds cozy.

Of course the critics will pounce and say ‘Disgusting. That’s only in the summer. You’ve got nothing to complain about in the winter.’ HAH! It’s even more fun for everyone then.

Garbage day comes. The pick-up artists manage to arrange the bins in odd patterns on the snow covered streets. As winter progresses, the bins creep further onto the road. What a pleasure for the keen driver. Start at one end of the street. Eye the course. Rev the engine temptingly. Get a serious look in your eyes as a sly grin crosses your face. Ready. Set. GO!

Your vehicle careens down the street, swerving to the right. Swerving to the left. Missed that can. Missed another one. Man! Just about hit that one. Forty more to go. Oh, no! Oncoming competition ahead. Who’s going to play chicken with what? Garbage bins or vehicles? Whoa! That unsanded black ice answers those questions. Once again, thank you Mr. Mayor for the winter’s entertainment.

Speaking of entertainment, has anyone noticed the extra colourful refuse floating around the city after pick-up day? Colourful flyers, boxes of various shapes and sizes, plastic bags, candy wrappers, drinking cups, amongst other interesting paraphernalia can be found flying around private and public properties. Looks so festive, doesn’t it? And guess who doesn’t get paid to collect these errant pieces of trash?

And what about those homeless bags? You know. The ones you’ve been collecting for garbage day and lo and behold there’s no room in the bin for them. For all those looking for late night entertainment, be it winter or summer, turn off your lights, open those living room curtains and watch as your neighbours do the “pink panther” pantomime with garbage bag in hand looking for a place to put their homeless bag. And when the “Pink Panther’s” theme song ends, you wonder if you should place a phone call about these late night activities. Nah. Why incur the wrath of a known temperamental deity when another more humourous ending can be found for the poor victim of high garbage billing. You quickly yell out of a window “I’ve got room! I’ve got room!” Lights flicker on in other homes as the poor victim lights up the street in embarrassment quietly waving a thank you for your generosity.

Garbage in, garbage out. Hopefully the right bags will be trashed this October.

 

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A Brief Primer

Before embarking on other local issues that affect not only residents, but substantiate leadership adequacies or inadequacies, a brief primer of public-private partnerships (P3) is in order. This is needed to help clarify how so many facets of local government have been hijacked from the voters’ realm.

Public-private partnerships are the going rage at international, federal, provincial and local levels.. It has nothing to do with free enterprise, and everything to do with economic fascism, something that the voting public should be protesting loudly against if it wants to have financial transparency, any say in public policy or retain any right to private property, infrastructure, or resources.

Public-private partnerships are a key player in ICLEI’s program that systematically seeks to destroy the government that represents the people. This program effectively redistributes wealth by transferring taxpayers’ dollars and putting profits and resources into the hands of private interest groups. Quite obviously, these private interest groups do not have to answer to the taxpaying public. And because of the nature of the relationship, governments tend to remain silent to its electorate about any arising issues leaving it ineffective in fulfilling its official mandate.

The P3’s “private” component is usually made up of any one or combination of the following: associations, corporations, foundations, non-governmental agencies, organizations, or secondary institutions.

When the private portion of this partnership is business, its ultimate goal is to seek profit, not service. And profit as a motivator will change lifestyles for the taxpaying public who has now become a commodity being tossed between private business and government. The one gains revenue, while the other obtains higher taxes.

When non-governmental organizations get involved in a P3, it is to promote their own agenda. As they are totally committed to their cause, they are calculating and at times can be quite aggressive in pushing their plans forward. They prey on the social conscience of corporations, government and the public often citing the benefits of the “collective” community instead of the individual.

Many NGO’s use various forms of on and off-line advertising, scare tactics, coercion and pseudo science as they incrementally move forward towards their goal. They value nature above human life which can frequently be observed in the various methods they use.

The issues Keystone XL have encountered from NGO’s is an excellent example of how these organizations work. Between the pseudo science, scare tactics and hysteria the NGO’s promoted regarding the assault Keystone XL could unleash on Gaia, they effectively managed to put Keystone temporarily on hold. Renown business author, Peter Foster, has written several articulate pieces on NGO’s and the propaganda techniques they inflicted on Keystone XL. Two of these can be found here and here.

And how do public-private partnerships affect our once fair city?  Stay tuned.  There’s more to come.