Stunned Victoria’s stolen Byelection-Referendum: Not a single letter published in any paper about Nov. 20 travesty of democracy. Eery silence similar to April 2009, when Dean Fortin announced planned ‘replacement’ for Joseph Strauss’ heritage Johnson Street Bridge

The city's "yes" vote campaign included a media tour of the existing bridge with boat’s-eye views of the span’s condition.

SIGNS OF DECADENCE: Times Colonist pro-YES propaganda photo by Adrian Lam

 

VICTORIA STUNNED BY SOCIALISTS’ STOLEN BYELECTION-REFERENDUM STUNT

‘Typical Victoria delayed reaction to shocking news syndrome’

I find it very troubling that editors at the Victoria newspapers are either sitting on readers’ reactions to the events of last weekend, or that Victorians are apparently so stunned by the shocking miscarriage of justice that they have been rendered speechless… so far.

As far as I can discern, not a single letter written by anyone in the CRD was published in the Victoria Times Colonist, the Victoria News, or even in the so-called ‘alternative’ Monday rag in this week immediately after the November 20 vote.

There was one letter to the TC by Michael Butterfield on the new bridge, but that could have been written before the Nov. 20 events happened, and other letters in Monday this week addressed the now-familiar Johnson Street Bridge issues, but none said a thing about the Byelection-Referendum that was stolen by the Yellow Scarf Cult (or the YSC, if you will).

Let’s call this the ‘typcial Victoria delayed reaction to shocking news syndrome’ and that might explain a similar delayed reaction phenomenon that was noted early last year by Yule Heibel (FOCUS magazine’s urbanist columnist at the time), after socialist Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin announced, completely out of the blue, that the City of Victoria was intent on tearing down the heritage Johnson Street Bridge.

Yule Heibel couldn’t quite believe that she was then apparently the only person in this stunned town who thought that the socialist Mayor’s sudden new interest in new bridge designs was odd, as the old bridge’s condition and its future were not mentioned as problematic issues to debate by any incumbent Victoria City Councillors trying to hold onto their seats, nor by any of their would-be challengers in the 2008 campaign.

I have written a number of letters to editors of the Victoria Times Colonist and the Victoria News in the last week, analysing the so-called ‘victory’ that is now being claimed by Carole James’ creepy Yellow Scarf Cult that has presumed to invade Victoria’s local government.

I realize that I need to pare these epistles down somewhat sometimes, and I do oblige the Times Colonist editors when they request such pare-downs from time to time, but I also realize that they have well-paid comfortable jobs at the monopoly daily, and that the CCC is broke, so I often bear that economic reality in mind before sending my longer letters off, hoping said editors will find time away from their online card games, or whatever else they do all day at the huge TC newsroom to distract themselves from actually editing peoples’ letters.

It can’t be that difficult of a job, now, can it?

Nobody pays your humble servant to write such cranky letters attempting to defend the public interest; no political party, no corporations, no union, nobody.

I think that we have to encourage each other, therefor, to wake up, realize we are being abused here, protest in no uncertain terms in letters, long, medium or short in length, to the City of Victoria, to the Provincial Government, to the newspapers, to blogsites and to forums like Puget Sound Radio, etc. 

It is only right and just that a debate be started among the fed-up citizenry of this town, and it would be a simple one:

 AS A REGISTERED VICTORIA VOTER, DO YOU, OR DO YOU NOT,

ACCEPT THE RESULTS OF THE VICTORIA BYELECTION-REFERENDUM

AS ETHICAL, JUST AND LEGALLY BINDING ?

Or, one could rephrase the debate this way:

SHOULD THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT INTEREVENE

TO NULLIFY THE NOVEMBER 20 RESULTS IN VICTORIA,

REFORM LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS REGULATIONS,  

AND ORDER THE CITY OF VICTORIA TO RESCHEDULE IT

TO THE NEXT REGULARLY SCHEDULED ELECTION IN 2011?

 

Gregory Paul Michael Hartnell, Editor

Concerned Citizens’ Coalition

 

The city's "yes" vote campaign included a media tour of the existing bridge with boat’s-eye views of the span’s condition.

POSTMEDIA CORPORATIST PRO-“YES” PROPAGANDA PHOTO BY ADRIAN LAM

FOR PHILISTINE SOCIALIST STIMULUS SPENDING PLAN IN VICTORIA 

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