SONYA CHANDLER PULLS A PALIN: Both betrayed those who voted for them






Thank God she is quitting, although her careering caprices will cost Victoria taxpayers.

 Instead of finishing her second three year term for which she was strangely re-elected by a minority of Victoria’s eligible voters in the last municipal election, not long after being returned to office, Sonya Chandler became an even more fanatic proponent of the ‘replacement’ option for the heritage Johnson Street Bridge, despite overwhelming public opposition to that foolish position by those who signed the petition for a referendum on the future of the bridge.

That group actually dwarfed the number of people who voted for her and her philistine cohort, which undeniable fact must surely have had some bearing on her decision to follow in the footsteps of Alaska’s notorious career celebrity posing as a serious politician.

She is very likely the first of a number of lame duck spendthrift Victoria City Councillors who will either quit while they are ahead, or will certainly not stand to be re-elected in the next election, or will certainly not get re-elected if they do.

My hope is that whoever replaces Sonya Chandler will be more concerned with housing the homeless, helping the addicted get off hard drugs and booze by supporting their abstinence in recovery (not giving them needles, crack pipe ‘kits’ or ‘wet houses’), opposing the replacement of the Joseph Strauss-designed bridge near Victoria’s Chinatown, favouring its refurbishment, freezing residential property taxes, freezing City of Victoria hiring, freezing salaries and wages of City of Victoria employees, protecting existing City of Victoria public service jobs, supporting improvements to stormwater drainage systems in Victoria, but opposing unnecessary costly land-based sewage treatment.


Gregory Hartnell, President

Concerned Citizens’ Coalition


[For a link to a Vancouver Sun article on this issue, please refer to the Comments section below.]


PEACE, LOVE + RUKUS ROCK THE UNION CLUB: Vic High Class of 1970 psychedelic poster by ‘Goyo de la Rosa’




I’ve just delivered a new psychedelic poster design to Brian Dunn, auction organizer for the 40th Reunion celebration of the Victoria High School Class of 1970, to be auctioned for a minimum bid of $200.10 tomorrow night (Friday, May 28, 2010) at the Union Club of B. C.

The Rukus Rock + Roll Dance Band will play after the dinner.

Eight recycled t-shirts of various sizes, colours and design (four for women, four for men) with transfers of the design on the front or back will be available at the event, for a minimum donation of $15.00 each.

97 signed and numbered golden yellow handbills with the design were printed at FedEx’s Broadway location in Vancouver for inclusion in guests’ tote bags.

For more information about this design, please refer to the Comments section below for a link to LA ROSA.

 ‘Goyo de la Rosa’, Editor

(Gregory Paul Michael Hartnell)




Gregory Hartnell on Government House wildlife: ‘In the Rockland neighbourhood we have a growing problem with roaming deer’




Re: Slow and unsteady wins this race (Victoria News, May 4)


The dereliction of duty by University of Victoria officials has resulted in a very real problem with the growing feral rabbit population on campus, as reported by Kyle Slavin.

UVic is not the only local institution that has been negligent in controlling pesky critters.

In the Rockland neighbourhood we have a growing problem with roaming deer.

Every day I take a walk up Rockland, and down Lotbiniere.

As I head down that enchanted pathway, I often see deer grazing or resting in the beautiful Garry oak groves.

Rockland gardeners such as myself have had to incur added expenses in recent years to protect our flowers and vegetables.

A number of solutions come to mind, including sedation and removal of these creatures to CRD park property in Sooke, a complete cull, or perhaps even a fancy high wrought iron fence around the Government House woods to protect the formal gardens of that property and adjacent private properties.

Whichever solution is tried, it will cost money.

Perhaps the Monarchist Society would like to help out with these costs.

I call upon Lieutenant-Governor Stephen Point, the present resident of Government House, to explain to his long-suffering neighbours what he is prepared to do about this unsustainable situation for which he is directly responsible.


Gregory Hartnell, President

Concerned Citizens’ Coalition


CCC BLOG reprint:

Victoria News:

Pesky animals not unique to UVic

Friday, May 21, 2010

Page A11



Gemma Karstens-Smith: ‘The B. C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA)… put YPY [Youth Protecting Youth] in contact with Vancouver lawyer Joseph Arvay, who will represent the club in [B. C. Supreme] Court’


Pro-life club launches lawsuit against

University of Victoria Students’ Society

over status and funding


After years of battling the UVic Students’ Society (UVSS) for club status and funding, pro-life group Youth Protecting Youth (YPY) is taking the fight off campus and into court.

YPY filed a petition with the B. C. Supreme Court against the UVSS on May 3.

“What we’re asking for is that we’re treated like any other club and that means being granted status and funding and being allowed to share our beliefs with students on campus,” said YPY President Anastasia Pearse.

“The UVSS has acted unlawfully in denying us.

“They need to know they cannot practice this censorship against the group.

“So, if it takes a court case to show them that what they have done is wrong, so be it.”

The B. C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) is supporting YPY and seeking intervenor status in the lawsuit.

BCCLA also put YPY in contact with Vancouver lawyer Joseph Arvay, who will represent the club in court.

“The lawsuit seeks relief from a protracted campaign of censorship and discrimination against the club, in which the [UVSS] has deprived YPY of official club status and withdrawn its funding to punish it for expressing pro-life views,” said a BCLLA press release regarding the lawsuit.

“The position of the [UVSS] has deprived YPY of official club status and withdrawn its funding to punish it for expressing pro-life views,” said a BCLLA press release regarding the lawsuit.

“The position of the [UVSS] seems to be that all pro-life advocacy is inherently a form of harassment and discrimination against women, and hence YPY is appropriately denied the status and privileges of an official student club.”

In the lawsuit, YPY asks that their status and funding be restored, as well as funding they have been denied since Oct. 2008.

They are also seeking a declaration that “past and current refusals to fund and/or ratify [YPY] were and are unlawful,” and an order saying that YPY can be a club with status and funding as long as they operate the same way they have in the past and do in the present.

As well, the lawsuit asks that the amendments pertaining to pro-life groups in the UVSS’ recently revised harassment policy be eliminated.

Pearse says that the group has “exhausted multiple means of appeal” through the UVSS, but the situation has only deteriorated further.

YPY’s club status was questioned in September 2008 after the group put up Feminists for Life posters at UVic.

From 2008 to 2010 the UVSS board received several complaints that YPY’s tactics constituted harassment.

As a result, YPY’s status and funding were revoked several times between 2008 and 2010.

“We think it’s time we had a more official authority decide the matter and we hope this establishes a stronger precedent so, in the future, the UVSS will treat YPY fairly,” said Pearse.

In February 2010, the UVSS board revoked YPY’s funding until December 2010 and said the club would not be eligible for status until it signed onto a revised version of the UVSS harassment policy for clubs.

The revised policy was to be developed by the UVSS Organizational Development Committee in consultation with several concerned groups, including YPY.

Pearse says YPY was against the policy amendments from the beginning because they initially targeted pro-life clubs.

She says that members of YPY attended the first two or three meetings of the committee, but eventually decided not to participate.

“We felt it would be a waste of our time to join in on the meetings because some people were determined to go ahead with making those policies,” said Pearse.

Ammendments to the harassment policy were passed by the UVSS board on April 21, including a new definition of harassment and a new process for how the board deals with harassment complaints.

The UVSS board also voted to restore YPY’s club status at the April 21 meeting.

Pearse says YPY was shocked by the board’s decision to restore YPY’s status, especially because the club was told that they would not have to sign the new harassment policy right away.

“It seemed like a goodwill thing on their part,” she said.

However, Pearse says the new harassment policy would censor her group when they do have to sign it.

“Really, we can’t sing it in good faith knowing that it prevents us from a lot of pro-life advocacy,” she said.

As of press time, it was unclear how the UVSS will react to the lawsuit.

UVSS Chairperson James Coccola noted that the decisions on YPY’s status and funding had all been made by previous boards.

“This is a new board,” he said.

“The board will be, in the future, given a chance to talk about [the lawsuit].”



CCC BLOG reprint:

Gemma Karstens-Smith

The Martlet (UVic student newspaper)

YPY debate heads to court

Page 3

May 13, 2010




HUGH + SUSAN KRUZEL ON PANDORA PROBLEMS: ‘Urine and feces are now a common occurrence both in the green space and nearby properties’

Permanent encampment seems to be developing along the Pandora corridor, and with it associated problems.

Urine and feces are now a common occurrence both in the green space and nearby properties.

The police come in the mornings to move campers along, however, the tent then becomes a groundsheet for continued occupancy of the space.

At this time a circle of waste develops still further.

It is difficult to explain to visitors and our own children how taxpaying citizens can be experiencing such an erosion of this neighbourhood.

For the sake of public health alone, please offer some sense of order along the 800, 900, 1000 and 1100 blocks of Pandora.

Hugh and Susan Kruzel


CCC BLOG reprint:

Reclaim Pandora for public health

Victoria Times Colonist:

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Page A13


91% of Quebecois, and 88% of Canadians think Auditor-General Sheila Fraser should audit MPs’ and Senators’ expenses

Two Leger polls show that a whopping 91% of Quebecois and 88% of Canadians think that Auditor-General Sheila Fraser should have free access to do detailed audits on expenses accounts of all Canadian Members of Parliament and Senators.

Only the separatist Bloc Quebecois has the decency and good sense to agree with the people.

One wonders what the other 9% of Quebecois and 12% of Canadians are thinking.

Right, they’re not thinking.

Gregory Hartnell, Editor


Gregory Hartnell to Denise Savoie, Victoria MP: Please ask NDP Leader Jack Layton to order all NDP MPs to open their expenses accounts to Auditor General Sheila Fraser


1357 Rockland Avenue

Victoria, BC

Canada V8S 1v7


Denise Savoie, Member of Parliament

Victoria, British Columbia

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Dear Ms Savoie:

I am using the Concerned Citizens’ Coalition Weblog to write you an open letter in the public interest of all Canadian citizens.

As you probably know, Auditor-General Sheila Fraser has asked Canadian Parliamentarians to allow her staff to look at all of their expenses accounts.

New Democratic Party Leader Jack Layton has declined the Auditor-General’s request for such auditing.

On behalf of the Concerned Citizens’ Coalition, I implore you to ask your party leader to order all of your fellow Members of Parliament in the New Democratic Party to co-operate fully with Auditor-General Sheila Fraser’s audit of your expenses accounts. 

A recent Leger poll found that 91% of Quebecois citizens polled said they wanted such an audit.

Bearing that in mind, the Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe has said his party’s expenses accounts are available to the AG’s staff’s inspection.

I should also point out to you the very obvious fact that the New Labour government of Gordon Brown just fell, due in large part to an expenses account scandal.

The New Democratic Party should join with the Bloc Quebecois in agreeing to be audited by the Auditor-General.

Should Mr. Layton decline to join Mr. Duceppe in opening up your party’s expenses accounts to such scrutiny, we would hope that you would act on your own, to dissent politely from your leader’s position, and to pro-actively open your own expenses accounts to the Auditor-General’s staff’s inspection.

Thanks for giving this letter the serious consideration that we believe it merits.

Very sincerely yours


Gregory Hartnell, President

Concerned Citizens’ Coalition