Why Marianne Alto + Rose Henry should not be supported. PLEASE VOTE “NO” IN VICTORIA REFERENDUM 2010

 

 

 

QUESTIONABLE POLICIES OF THESE TWO CANDIDATES ARE SHOCKING 

 

Out of eleven candidates seeking the now vacant Victoria City Council seat, only three are women: Marianne Alto, Rose Henry and Susan Woods.

While it is commendable that these citizens, all of whom have sought the office before, have returned to try again, two of them, Marianne Alto and Rose Henry, would be unsuitable as a Councillor, and therefor neither of these two ladies should be supported by Victoria voters on November 20.

Marianne Alto

ALTO: WANTS TO TEAR DOWN THE BRIDGE

Marianne Alto was identified as the only candidate in favour of tearing down and replacing the Johnson Street Bridge in a recent article by Bill Cleverley in the Victoria Times Colonist.

While that information has subsequently been proved to be incorrect, because Candidate Rimas Tumasonis also supports Marianne Alto in upholding that ridiculous position, Marianne Alto’s support for the YES side automatically disqualifies her as unsuitable to serve as a Victoria City Councillor.

Marianne Alto’s bookmark propaganda, found by this writer on a table in the narthex of the Metropolitan United Church last week, has the legend ‘CUPE 2081’ at the bottom, betraying an allegiance to a special interest group, organized socialist international Big Labour.

That suggests that every time contract negociations come up with the City of Victoria, Marianne Alto would vote to give her fellow CUPE-NDP-VCE travellers in socialism a raise.

While that might be great for the rank and file in that union (and that would include my own cousin who works for the City), it would not be good for the vast majority of Victorians, who are already burdened in this recession by tax increases that defy economic reality.

 

ROSE HENRY: Barely literate… 

[Ingmar Lee photo from First Nations website]

Rose Henry is barely functionally literate, having just recently learned to read and write, but is apparently not yet proficient enough in the English language to write her own propaganda material.

She has a four page pamphlet that is written by others, thus we don’t really have a good sense of what she thinks in her own voice.

Even when she does talk in public in her own manner, her thoughts are often disjointed, rambling, and frankly, off-topic.

It is a mystery to this writer what voters who have never seen or heard her in action see to support in this candidate.

A vote for Rose will be a vote for social justice and an effective way to challenge the barriers of race, class and gender privilege that typically prevail in political decision-making,’ says a letter from the Rose Henry Campaign Team.

If people vote for Rose Henry because she is a poor unemployed Aboriginal woman, they are voting for all the wrong reasons.

Should voters be expected to vote for a candidate who makes a big deal about her race, her socio-economic status and her sex?

That would not be any more appropriate than if I was to ask you to vote for me next time because I am a well-off Caucasian male.

It must also be noted that New Democratic Party leader Carole James has handwritten a letter, reproduced on Rose Henry’s pamphlet, that appears to give her some encouragement, which surely must rankle Marianne Alto!

 

– Gregory Paul Michael Hartnell, 

CONCERNED CITIZENS’ COALITION

Victoria November 12, 2010

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Susan Woods is the Publisher of the Moss Rock Review, and has a six panel pamphlet with endorsements from a half dozen prominent people, including former Victoria City Councillor Martin Segger, Linda Foubister, Past President, Rockland Community Association, Bernard von Schulmann, Land Use Consultant, Stewart Johnston, Lawyer, Kevin Smith, Maple Leaf Tall Ship Adventures owner, John Sanderson, Past President, Victoria Esquimalt Harbour Society .

While Mr. Segger’s endorsement of Susan Woods is significant and impressive, it should be noted that Susan Woods was somewhat ambiguous on the Johnson Street Bridge issue, at least as far as I understood it, expressed in her pamphlet.

Before it was corrected for better clarity, Susan Woods’  first campaign pamphlet stated: ‘Susan is opposed to borrowing $49.2 million to replace the Johnson Street Bridge.

[GPMH EDITOR’S NOTE, NOVEMBER 18: THIS QUOTE ABOVE IS QUITE CLEAR AND UNAMBIGUOUS, BUT THE NEXT ONE WAS THE PROBLEM, WHICH HAS NOW EFFECTIVELY BEEN RECTIFIED. – GREGORY HARTNELL, EDITOR.]

‘She believes that a less costly alternative needs to be found for the repair or ultimate replacement of the Bridge, and other important infrastructure projects must be addressed.’

It is that very important phrase ‘or ultimate replacement of the Bridge‘ that voters should pay attention to.

It suggested to this reader that Susan Woods WAS not quite so convinced of the need to save the heritage bascule bridge as other candidates such as Barry Hobbis, Hugh Kruzel or George Sirk are.

The other night at the Metropolitan Church, when asked whether she would seek alternative sources of revenue to replace the Johnson Street Bridge, in the happy event of a NO victory, she said she would not.

This apparent contradiction made me wonder at what point would she start considering that ‘alternative,’ because her pamphlet clearly stated that one of two options she would consider is ‘a less costly alternative… for the ultimate replacement of the Bridge’  is what she believes ‘needs to be found.’

There seemed to be a radical disconnect between what Susan Woods first pamphlet said and what she later said at the Church on Wednesday night, and I thought when I noticed these things that she owed the good voter-citizens of Victoria an explanation.

[Nov. 4 Editor’s note: Susan Woods has effectively acknowledged these problems in comments below where she now clarifies for the historical record that she is in favour of repair, and has revised her pamphlet and website to clarify this. – Gregory Hartnell, CCC BLOG Editor]

She supports ‘food sustainability’ and using the E&N Railway to import ‘farm products from around the Island’ to Victoria.

These issues, which are interesting, are not priorities, and are not top of mind for many people.

They would be better left pursued by private interest groups, and are not matters for public policy.

Shockingly, she says nothing about homelessness or poverty issues.

To their credit, both Marianne Alto and Rose Henry (or those who wrote her pamphlet) put those issues high on their priority lists.

Lest readers think that I am somehow prejudiced against women candidates generally, I counter with this: women have only themselves to blame if there are not enough quality female candidates in Canadian elections.

The ultimate goal of our society should be a complete parity of numbers in terms of sexual representation, but this goal should not be mandated, nor should it be pursued merely in terms of quantities of  female candidates, but rather their quality should also be improved.

Only qualified Canadian women themselves can do this.

 

Gregory Paul Michael Hartnell, President

Concerned Citizens’ Coalition

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VOTE


 

[For links to the candidates’ websites, please refer to the Comments section below.]

ROSZAN HOLMEN: “We don’t have $50,000 like the City,” said Ross Crockford of Fortin using public money for faltering YES campaign

JOSEPH STRAUSS BRIDGE THIRTEEN MONTHS AGO BY GOYO DE LA ROSA

SIDES GEAR UP FOR REFERENDUM BATTLE

Campaigns hit high gear this week as Nov. 20 vote looms on the Johnson Street Bridge

 

One morning earlier this week, posters urging residents to “Vote Yes” in the upcoming Johnson Street Bridge referendum appeared on the City’s automatic parking metres.

The posturing is part of a $50,000 City campaign now in full swing.

The goal is to convince Victoria residents to approve plans to borrow $49.2 million toward a $77 million project to replace the Blue Bridge.

Mayor Dean Fortin, backed by a team of high-ranking City Hall staff, has been making the rounds to the editorial boards of various media outlets in town.

The message is straightforward: the Johnson Street Bridge must be replaced in three years or it’s at risk of being closed due to mechanical failure or City decision.

As the City promotes its message, another campaign is also ramping up.

Arguing for a NO vote in the referendum is the group called johnsonstreetbridge.org named after its website.

Organizer Ross Crockford calls his campaign “unconventional.”

“We don’t have $50,000 like the City,” said Crockford.

While a few donations have trickled in, Crockford said his credit card is doing most of the financing.

He’s helped by a network of 80 to 100 volunteers, including four of the Council candidates running in the upcoming City byelection.

On Wednesday, Crockford organized an all-candidates meeting focusing exclusively on the bridge.

He’ll also be representing the NO side at various community debates.

Coming soon are Vote No leaflets and posters, as well as an art show dedicated to works of the 86-year-old bridge.

“The main thing I am communicating to volunteer is the thousand voices of no.

“I am not going to be the leader or director of this [so much] as kind of the editor and advisor,” said Crockford.

According to Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin, getting people out to vote is going to be the City’s biggest challenge.

“People think we’ve already made the decision and we’re moving forward,” said Fortin.

“We want to hear from everybody as opposed to just a select few.”

Roszan Holmen: Victoria News staff: rholmen@vicnews.com

Sides gear up for referendum battle

Friday, October 29, 2010

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VOTE NO ON NOVEMBER 20 TO SAVE THIS JOSEPH STRAUSS BASCULE BRIDGE

Johnson Street Bridge’s purety + simplicity of engineering is ‘nice’ says Sebastian Ricard, the English designer whose new bridge would replace it

 

THIS JOSEPH STRAUSS BRIDGE IN VICTORIA IS ‘NICE’ SAYS SEBASTIAN RICARD

 

‘SIMPLICITY’ INTENDED TO MIMIC OLD BLUE

 

It’s been more than a year since Victorians were first introduced to the design chosen to replace the Johnson Street Bridge.

Since then, there’s been a lot of bumps in the road: petitioners thwarted City plans to borrow money for the $63-million project; in response, City staff re-examined the possibility of fixing the 86-year-old bridge; project costs escalated dramatically and now the City aims to borrow even more – but not without public consent through referendum.

Now, with the vote date mere weeks away, City staff and politicians are once again reminding people of the amenities and esthetics offered by the new bridge design.

“People are starting to get excited about it,” said Mayor Dean Fortin, who is well into his Vote Yes campaign.

The design, by WilkinsonEyre Architects, is billed as a “landmark” bridge.

“When I was looking at designing the project, it was very important to respect the previous bridge and try to refer back to it,” said Sebastian Ricard of WilkinsonEyre.

“What is nice about (the Johnson Street Bridge) is the purity and simplicity of the engineering and what we wanted to recreate was the same effect in a modern way.”

The rolling bascule bridge rotates to its lifted positions on two large wheels located under the bridge span.

The design offers some rare bells and whistles, such as a pedestrian pathway running through the wheels.

Above deck run two lateral beams which rise and peak at a height of 10 metres on the downtown side.

These heavy peaks form the counterweights used to help raise the bridge.

Only half the weight is carried at this high level.

The other half is designed to sit below deck.

No word yet on the new colour set to replace the familiar blue, but lighting will likely play a role.

“There are illuminated aspects built into the project in terms of night lighting, which from a functional perspective is for safety, but from an esthetic perspective is value-added,” said City spokesperson Katie Josephson.

Aside from esthetics, the new bridge design offers some improvement for cyclists, and people using wheelchairs.

They include on-road cycling lanes, a multi-use trail and an end to the winding, steep pathways into Vic West.

On the south side of the bridge, a pedestrian deck sits lower than the bridge’s road surface, providing views of the Inner Harbour.

It connects to the Songhees walkway, and to the future Harbour Pathway, planned for downtown.

The remaining question is whether the new bridge is worth its $77 million price tag.

Opponents argue a partial repair of the Johnson Street Bridge could be cheaper.

Some heritage advocates say the “iconic” 86-year-old bridge is worth preserving as a reminder of our city’s industrial roots.

 

Roszan Holmen: rholmen@vicnews.com

Victoria News: http://www.vicnews.com

Friday, October 29, 2010

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JOSEPH STRAUSS BRIDGE: LAUDED BY THOSE WHO WOULD DESTROY IT


 

Fernwood Community Association organizes two Victoria byelection-referendum forums: Mon. Nov. 8, Tue. Nov. 9, 2010

 

'JOSEPH STRAUSS BRIDGE' BY GOYO DE LA ROSA: SEPT. 2009

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2010

ALL CANDIDATES’ FORUM

7:30 P. M. –  9:00 P. M.

1923 FERNWOOD ROAD

FERNWOOD COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

ROBBIE CLARKE: 250 383 06 74

FCA

 

DID CROSS, LOWE + FORTIN COUNCILS NEGLECT OUR HERITAGE STRAUSS BRIDGE ON PURPOSE?

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2010

REFERENDUM FORUM

7:30 – 9:00 P. M.

1923 FERNWOOD ROAD NEAR GLADSTONE

PHONE: ROBBIE CLARKE: 250 383 06 74

 

FCA

 

CCC PUBLIC INTEREST INFORMATION SERVICE 2010

 

[For info on other all candidates’ meetings, please refer to the City of Victoria schedule, a link to which is found in the comments section below.]

 

JSB, SEPT. 2009, BY GOYO DE LA ROSA

BARRY HOBBIS ON POVERTY IN VICTORIA: Independent candidate laments Council’s shameful failure @ B Channel News TV

Barry Hobbis, an independent candidate standing to be elected to the Victoria City Council, laments the performance of the current Council on the poverty issue, calling poverty a ‘shame’ that has been with us for thousands of years, and a problem which the Council has failed to solve, mainly due to partisan politics.

While acknowledging, as do most candidates, that the issue is local, he also stresses that it has regional, provincial and federal ramifications.

He says that  the current Council has made some efforts to address the issue, but that after two years, it has still failed to address the housing needs of the poor in Victoria.

Mr. Hobbis lambasts other levels of government for not helping enough.

While all this is true enough, it is a tiresome refrain that seems to be used by both incumbent and aspiring politicians, and to what avail?

Seems like a cop-out to me.

B Channel News TV, an independent media group based in Victoria, has videotaped most of the current candidates in the Victoria Byelection – Referendum.

To watch their interview with Barry Hobbis, and similar interviews with the other candidates, please refer to the Comments section below.

Gregory Paul Michael Hartnell, President

Concerned Citizens’ Coalition

SIMON NATRASS’ VICTORIA VOTES: A new website chronicles the 2010 Johnson Street Bridge Referendum – Byelection in Victoria

FORMER VICTORIA CITY COUNCILLOR CANDIDATE 

BLOGS ON VICTORIA’S ELEVEN CANDIDATE  POLITICAL AUDITION DRAMA

 

In the last civic election, Simon Natrass stood to be elected to the Victoria City Council.

This year, he has set up a very timely, informative and useful blogsite for the Victoria byelection – referendum.

It features print interviews with the candidates by Simon Natrass and others, and video interviews with many of the candidates by B Channel TV News.

A link to Simon Natrass’ new Victoria Votes blogsite is found in the Comments section below.

Thanks very much, Simon, for all your good work in the public interest.

 

Gregory Paul Michael Hartnel, President

Concerned Citizens’ Coalition

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SUSAN WOODS + HUGH KRUZEL stand out among 11 Victoria City Council Candidates

VICTORIA CONCERNED CITIZENS’ COALITION VOTERS FOR SUSAN WOODS

 

VICTORIA REFERENDUM 2010 ALERT!

PLEASE VOTE FOR SUSAN WOODS FOR VICTORIA CITY COUNCIL ON NOVEMBER 20, 2010.

SUSAN WOODS OPPOSES NEEDLE EXCHANGES + DISTRIBUTION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA

TO USING ADDICTS ON THE STREETS OF BEAUTIFUL VICTORIA, VANCOUVER ISLAND

SHE SUPPORTS HOLISTIC ABSTINENCE-BASED RECOVERY PROGRAMMES 

 

SUSAN WOODS IS A RESIDENT FAIRFIELD VICTORIA VOTER

SUSAN WOODS IS LEGALLY ABLE TO VOTE ‘NO’ IN THE VICTORIA REFERENDUM 

SUSAN WOODS WILL VOTE ‘NO’ IN THE VICTORIA REFERENDUM

SUSAN WOODS ENCOURAGES VICTORIA VOTERS TO ALSO VOTE ‘NO’

SUSAN WOODS WANTS TO FIX THE JOHNSON STREET BRIDGE

HELP SAVE THE JOHNSON STREET BRIDGE BY VOTING FOR SUSAN WOODS

SAVE THE JOHNSON STREET BRIDGE BY VOTING NO!

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BARRY HOBBIS AND MARIANNE ALTO ARE BOTH SAANICH RESIDENTS 

BOTH SAANICH RESIDENTS ALTO AND HOBBIS ARE PROHIBITED FROM VOTING IN VICTORIA’S REFERENDUM

BOTH THESE SAANICH RESIDENTS FAVOUR EXPANSION OF NEEDLE S, DRUG PARAPHERNALIA TO VICTORIA ADDICTS

PLEASE DO NOT VOTE FOR SAANICH RESIDENT MARIANNE ALTO IN VICTORIA BYELECTION

PLEASE DO NOT VOTE FOR SANNICH RESIDENT BARRY HOBBIS IN VICTORIA BYELECTION

PLEASE VOTE FOR SUSAN WOODS FOR VICTORIA CITY COUNCIL ON NOVEMBER 20, 2010

PLEASE VOTE ‘NO’ TO BORROW $49,200,000 TO DESTROY JOHNSON STREET BRIDGE

SAVE JOHNSON STREET BRIDGE!

VOTE SUSAN WOODS

VOTE ‘NO’

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HUGH KRUZEL IS ALSO AN EXCELLENT ‘COMMON SENSE’ CANDIDATE ON SO CALLED ‘HARM REDUCTION’

HUGH KRUZEL LIVES IN VICTORIA AND IS LEGALLY ABLE TO VOTE IN THE VICTORIA REFERENDUM

VICTORIA RESIDENT HUGH KRUZEL WILL VOTE ‘NO’ IN THE VICTORIA REFERENDUM

HUGH KRUZEL ENCOURAGES ALL HIS NEIGHBOURS IN VICTORIA TO VOTE ‘NO’

HUGH KRUZEL WOULD MAKE AN EXCELLENT COUNCILLOR CANDIDATE TO SUPPORT NEXT YEAR, 2011

LIKE CANDIDATE SUSAN WOODS, HUGH KRUZEL IS OPPOSED TO SO-CALLED ‘HARM REDUCTION SERVICES’

HUGH KRUZEL IS OPPOSED TO ‘NEEDLE EXCHANGES’ IN PANDORA GREEN WHERE HE RESIDES WITH HIS FAMILY 

PLEASE VOTE FOR HUGH KRUZEL IN 2011 FOR VICTORIA CITY COUNCIL

PLEASE SUPPORT HUGH KRUZEL AND SUSAN WOODS IN VOTING ‘NO’ IN THE REFERENDUM THIS YEAR

BOTH SUSAN WOODS AND HUGH KRUZEL HAVE ‘COMMON SENSE’ ON SO-CALLED ‘HARM REDUCTION’ 

BOTH SUSAN WOODS AND HUGH KRUZEL WANT TO SAVE THE JOHNSON STREET BRIDGE NOW

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 VICTORIA CONCERNED CITIZENS COALITION VOTERS 

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!

PLEASE VOTE FOR SUSAN WOODS FOR VICTORIA CITY COUNCIL

SHE IS THE ‘COMMON SENSE’ CANDIDATE FOR COUNCIL

PLEASE SUPPORT SUSAN WOODS’ ‘COMMON SENSE’ OPPOSITION TO SO-CALLED ‘HARM REDUCTION’

VOTE ‘NO’ IN VICTORIA BYELECTION NOVEMBER 20, 2010

 

– GREGORY PAUL MICHAEL HARTNELL, PRESIDENT

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ALL CANDIDATES’ MEETING DISRUPTED BY CANDIDATE WITH PINK HAIR

 

SUSAN WOODS and Hugh Kruzel distinguish themselves among the eleven candidates standing for a Victoria City Council seat.

Both are fiscal conservatives who want to save the Johnson Street Bridge.  

Either one would make a good Victoria City Councillor.

Marrianne Alto is an NDP candidate who would help the present NDP Mayor (Dean Fortin) continue on his foolish spendthrift ways.

 She wants the present bridge torn down and she wants you to endorse the borrowing of almost $50,000,000 to do it.

Saul Anderson is a perrennial candidate who is fanatical about ‘harm reduction’ and mentioned a so-called ‘safe injection site’ a number of times as a priority, more than any other candidate.  

Oddly, he won’t say how he will vote on the bridge referendum, but prefers the NO outcome.

Steve Filipovic is a loose cannon Green who dissents from the voting record of the two Greens on Victoria Council (Philippe Lucas and the departing Sonya Chandler) on the bridge issue.  

He wants it fixed up for $8,600,000, a cost figure he attributes to one of the City’s early engineering assessments.

 Like Saul Anderson, Steve Filipovic is a ‘harm reduction’ fanatic, meaning he wants the City of Victoria to distribute needles to addicts, supposedly to help their health.

George Sirk is a naturalist tour guide , former Victoria Council candidate and prefers to refurbish the old bascule bridge.

But like Anderson, Filipovic, Alto and perhaps others, he is also a ‘harm reduction’ fanatic.

EDITOR’S NOTE NOVEMBER 18, 2010:

NOTA BENE:

I LEAVE THE FOLLOWING FOR THE PURPOSES OF HISTORY ONLY.

I HAVE REDACTED IT TO PROVIDE UPDATED INFORMATION FOR VICTORIA VOTERS.

SUSAN WOODS HAS SINCE CLARIFIED HER POSITION ON THE FATE OF THE JOHNSON STREET BRIDGE..

SHE BELIEVES IT SHOULD BE SAVED AT A REASONABLE COST FOR MUCH LESS

GREGORY PAUL MICHAEL HARTNELL.

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VOTE SUSAN WOODS PLEASE 

VOTE ‘NO’ PLEASE

SAVE THE JOHNSON STREET BRIDGE!

 

Susan Woods is a single mother, Fairfield publisher, former VICTORIA City Council Candidate, and an independent and not a member of any political party.

 She prefers the bridge fixed up and will vote ‘No’ in the referendum.

SUSAN WOODS HAS CLARIFIED THESE MATTERS:

 But she also says in her pamphlet that ‘she believes that a less costly alternative needs to be found for the repair or ultimate replacement of the Bridge.’ 

Voters should pay close attention to what this candidate says about this issue, because her pamphlet clearly indicates she is considering both options, but that is not what she indicated when asked about this matter on Wednesday’s first all candidates’ meeting.

When I first wrote about her, I had not noticed this discrepancy, but now that it is evident, I have revised my former tentative support for her as the third candidate I would mark on a ballot, if it was a preferential system.

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I AM NOW SATISFIED THAT SUSAN WOODS IS WITHOUT A SHADOW OF A DOUBT THE SUPERIOR CANDIDATE TO SUPPORT FOR THE CARE SHE HAS TAKEN IN CLARIFYING HER POSITION ON THE JOHNSON STREET BRIDGE FOR OUR GPMH READERS. 

– GREGORY PAUL MICHAEL HARTNELL

CONCERNED  CITIZENS’ COALITION

VICTORIA NOVEMBER 18, 2010

VOTE FOR SUSAN WOODS IN VICTORIA BYELECTION NOVEMBER 20, 2010

VOTE ‘NO’ IN REFERENDUM

All the other candidates have debits that outweigh their merits.

Senor Mora is a convicted sex offender.

Say no more.

Rimas Toumasonis is a man with pink hair, highly disruptive, rude and self-absorbed.

 He would not say how he would vote in the referendum.

 I was impressed that the moderator Stephen Andrew maintained his cool and didn’t have him ejected from the all candidates’ meeting at the Metropolitan United Church tonight.

Mr. Toumasonis was asking for it, that’s for sure.

What kind of people support these unsuitable candidates?  

Who would actually sign their nomination papers, I wonder?

 

Gregory Paul Michael Hartnell, Editor

Concerned Citizens’ Coalition

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