Monthly Archives: November 2013

Post Election Reflections

by Ted Durham

Now that we are past the election and are settling in with a new council, I want to congratulate them for being elected. It was a campaign that was interesting and opened some eyes up. It opened mine up as a candidate. You see, I learned that the election wasn’t about the issues, but about how a person is perceived. Many of the winning candidates didn’t talk about issues at all. They talked about vision and why we shouldn’t worry about the direction our city is headed.

Here is the reality I now see.

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It’s Back!

Same concept.  New form.

Check out our new page:  “YOUR tax dollars

This page is dedicated to how present council spends YOUR tax dollars. Dates votes occurred are included. Comments are always welcome.

As always, guest authors are welcome to discuss any of the issues. Links will be added to the chart as discussions, editorials and/or articles permit.

Word document for the chart will be supplied on regular intervals.

Forgot Democracy

Democracy is a universal value based on the freely-expressed will of people to determine their own political, economic, social and cultural systems, and their full participation in all aspects of life.

It is surprising with Premier Redford’s background that her government conveniently forgot about democracy as they tried to entrench Bill 28 into law.

When Mayor Crouse stated that this Bill “sends a strong message to municipalities to co-operate or else”(1), he should have included that this threat goes against everything that democracy in Canada stands for.

To subject voters to a bill that gives them no say in what happens to them, their city or their future is as undemocratic as it can get. The CRB is already undemocratic. It was never elected into being by voters. It has no obligations or accountability to the electorate and systematically shrinks individual property rights and liberties.

As for those mayors and reeves, who still respect the voice of the people who put them in office, they would be silenced with threats of heavy fines and/or incarceration. How democratic is that?

Albertans can be thankful that the provincial opposition parties spoke out as strongly as they did. Otherwise this province would be another step closer to a soviet style council system.

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(1) St. Albert Gazette, Province puts CRB law on hold, November 2, 2013

Money Talks

Dollar protests seems to speak louder than commonsense nowadays. Remember the following boycotts:

Twitter

Journal News Advertisers

Television Advertisers

Yellow Tail Wine

And then there are the numerous boycotts Starbucks faced over the years from political to their ethics in coffee bean purchases.

Observe any of the boycotts from the watermelon movement to see how effective they are and the results they achieve.

The well organized ones definitely make an impact.

So there is really no need to sit back and allow media or politicians to take over the course of the next four years while voters sit back and wait for the next election. Taxpayers can effect change. It can obviously done with class even though we are talking money. But that means tenacity, organization and real passion about the end goal.

If there is something bothersome about what the media presents (i.e. unbalance reporting), get the ball rolling by contacting others who think alike. And then contact advertisers en masse. Let them know that as long as they are supporting the views of a particular media by advertising with them, you will boycott them and seek out their competitor instead.

To stay profitable, corporations, small businesses and organizations rely on the consumer. When they realize that consumer actions will affect their bottom line, they will act accordingly. So will media when they realize that their bottom line is being affected.

Even though the non-taxpayer may have swayed the results of St. Albert’s outcome, it is the taxpayers who will carry the burden of those results for the next four years. Taxpayers still have a voice. A stronger voice than the non-taxpayer. Use it. Use it with wisdom. Use it with class. But use it.

If you don’t like your tax dollars beautifying businesses (When was the last time taxpayers contributed to beautify your home?), let businesses know that they will be boycotted. Sales or services bring in more than $2,500 dollars and most businesses will recognize that.

If an organization supports using your tax dollars and you don’t agree with it, voice it. With your wallet.

Businesses are more receptive to the consumer than government is. They can not afford to lose revenue. Governments, on the other hand, believe that the taxpayers’ trough will never empty.

As a taxpayer it is your voice. Your wallet. You choose.