DEATH OF DEMOCRACY? Gregory Hartnell’s warning to University of Victoria Student Society’s 17,000 undergrads: ‘If democracy dies in our day for lack of participation, the youth and students that abrogate the franchise by not exercising it will be directly responsible for the increasing tyranny that will ensue.’

Gregory Hartnell
GREGORY HARTNELL, ARTIST-HISTORIAN
1357 ROCKLAND AVENUE
VICTORIA, V8S 1V7
TEL. 250 382 97 67
INDEPENDENT, NON-PARTISAN, PRO-LIFE
CANDIDATE FOR OAK BAY DISTRICT COUNCIL
OFFICIAL CAMPAIGN WEBSITE:
GREGORY PAUL MICHAEL HARTNELL:
gregoryhartnell.wordpress.com
Dear Candidates,
On behalf of the over 17,000 undergraduate students at the University of Victoria, we are sending you this survey comprised of questions that are hot-button municipal issues on our campus.
1. What will you do to increase affordable housing for students in your municipality?

2. What are your priorities for public transit, and how do students fit into these priorities?

3. What are the solutions to congestion and lack of capacity in the public transportation system?

4. How do students fit into local community development measures?

5. What will you do to improve the sustainability of the operations of the municipality?

6. What is your position on bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure?

7. How do you see recreation services for students in the municipalities improving?

8. How will you increase student voter turnout in municipal elections?

Are you willing to commit to campus poll stations by 2014?
9. How will you better include youth in decision making process of the municipality?
10. What is your position on open data initiatives?

11. What is your position on harm reduction services?

12. What is your strategy for dealing with homelessness and the lack of subsidized housing?

What is your position on outdoor camping?
13. How will you increase food security in the region?
GREGORY HARTNELL’S RESPONSES:
1. INCREASE AFFORDABLE HOUSING:
Gregory Hartnell:The best way to ensure increased affordable housing for students in Oak Bay is for the District Council to lower commercial and residential property taxes radically, which I will always vote to do, as lower property taxes in both sectors leave more money in the pockets of all Oak Bay residents, including student tenants. 
A low tax regime is needed urgently so that harried Oak Bay landlords and landladies do not continue to pass their heavy property tax burdens onto stressed students who can least afford to bear them, and so that risk-taking developers will be able to better budget for their new apartments and renovation projects in a relatively more stable Oak Bay economy.
For those property taxpayers and their tenants still struggling with the current high tax regime, I favour leaving the so-called ‘illegal suites’ untaxed.
There is a reason why the underground economy is growing, and it is a direct consequence of high taxes.
 Lower the taxes, and the District of Oak Bay will likely find more voluntary compliance from owners of such suites, and eventually higher revenue from new affordable housing projects.
High tax regimes only favour foreign non-resident condo owners, thus producing anomalies like the still unfinished Oak Bay Beach Hotel, a seven year old highrise luxury time share condo project that is only 50% sold and still far from finished.
Not many UVSS students will likely end up living in housing such as the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, as it will be completely out of their range.
2.  PUBLIC TRANSIT:

Free bus passes for all disabled, homeless and unemployed Oak Bay residents, including jobless or part-time employed Oak Bay students, subject to an eligibility test. 
Light Rapid Transit should only be mandated by a double major majority of electors in a direct democratic binding referendum in all the municipalities in the Capitol Regional District.
A major majority of at least 66% of Oak Bay resident electors on the voters’ list would have to vote, and of those voters, 66% would have to vote for LRT to have it become real as far as Oak Bay is concerned.
Obviously, as a prudent fiscal conservative, I would never advocate for, nor would I ever vote for such for such utopian cost-prohibitive nonsense, as this project is already expected to cost at least $1,000,000,000 Canadian devalued dollars, and is not economically ‘sustainable’.
3. SOLUTIONS TO CONGESTION
Lower property taxes to grow Oak Bay’s economy, free bus passes for those eligible, car-pooling, hitch-hiking, biking, running, walking, more Liberty generally.

4. STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT:

Concerned Oak Bay students can get involved in real community development by finding summer or part-time jobs, and particularly by learning skilled trades in the construction sector, starting with humble on-site labouring jobs, to better understand how the real economy works.

Oak Bay’s concerned students could also attend Oak Bay District Council meetings to understand how their local government works, and volunteer for relevant community development charities such as Birthright, Victoria Hospice or the Saint Vincent de Paul social justice office.

5. IMPROVING SUSTAINABILITY OF MUNICIPAL OPERATIONS:

Lower Oak Bay property taxes!

“Sustainability” is a meaningless buzzword usually only used by so-called ‘climate change’ fanatics, and only makes sense in terms of the ruined Globalist economy if one buys into the great ‘anthropogenic global warming’ myths of our day. 

6. BICYCLING AND PEDESTRIAN INFRASTRUCTURE:

Ongoing  maintenance of existing bike racks is prudent, but we don’t need new paint on the roadways for bicyclists, as they can easily manoeuver well enough without such lines on the roads of Oak Bay, which they generally disregard anyway. 

I do not have a bicycle at the moment, due to health problems, but I have had many in the past when I was younger and I recommend the purchase of a good used bicycle as an excellent pollution-free mode of transport for Oak Bay students heading up the hill to Camosun or UVic.
I have biked up that hill hundreds of times and used to arrive for my classes completely soaked with sweat and feeling very invigorated.

As for pedestrian infrastructure, we do not need any more concrete sidewalks in Oak Bay, as the semi-rural look of many Oak Bay streets without them has served us well, enhancing residential neighbourhood aesthetic values over the years by giving Oak Bay the beautiful Garden City suburban look that brings people to buy houses and to live with their families in the District in the first place. 

7. IMPROVING OAK BAY’S RECREATION SERVICES FOR STUDENTS

I am not aware of any improvements that need to be made in this regard, but will be open to learning about any new proposals which could be made by the private sector, as generally I think that sector is more efficient in providing value to Oak Bay students with limited budgets. 

8. IMPROVING STUDENT VOTER TURNOUT IN OAK BAY ELECTION:
I believe that my Campaign for Oak Bay Liberty, including my 10 Point Plan for Oak Bay Recovery, inspired by Dr. Ron Paul, is radical enough to garner the attention of wide-awake sophisticated Oak Bay students who are dismayed by the inefficiency, corruption and myopia of the current high tax regime in Oak Bay, and I am therefor confident that many of them will be responsible enough to make sure that they vote in this historic election in a time of real revolution around the world.

To make it easier for Oak Bay students to do so, I would of course be in favour of polling stations to be set up at UVic and Camosun for this coming election, and not wait for some bizarre reason for the 2014 election to bring in such an easy reform.

9. INCLUDING YOUTH IN OAK BAY DISTRICT DECISION-MAKING
It is the democratic responsibility of every adult citizen in a working participatory democracy to pay attention to the shenanigans of their elected officials, get informed on the topical issues of the local government, vote, throw most or all of them out, and replace them with others better suited for the jobs, if need be. 
There are very few, if any, real impediments to this participatory democracy in Oak Bay.
As a matter of fact, no deposit is necessary for aspiring candidates to pay to Oak Bay and only two nomination signatures are needed, so democracy is remarkably free and easy already in the District.
So if democracy dies in our day for lack of participation, the youth and students that abrogate the franchise by not exercising it will be directly responsible for the increasing tyranny that will ensue.
10. OPEN DATA INITIATIVES:
Accountability will be improved at the local level with a radical diminution of secret in camera meetings of the Oak Bay District Council, attendance at those meetings by vigilant citizens, including Oak Bay students studying politics, and improvements to the Oak Bay District website.

11. ‘HARM REDUCTION SERVICES’

Like Dr. Ron Paul, I favour the complete dismantling of the current failed ‘Globalist war on drugs and terrorism’ prohibition regime, and the phoney so-called ‘harm reduction services’ which come with them.

I am in favour of decriminalization of all the drugs, and will only support public subsidization of abstinence-based treatment programmes.

I will not vote to set up any so-called ‘harm reduction services’ in Oak Bay as I consider the public subsidization of such ridiculous ‘services’ as completely sinister counterproductive Globalist eugenics programmes, and not in the best interests of the suffering addicts nor of society generally. 

12. HOMELESSNESS, SUBSIDIZED HOUSING AND OUTDOOR CAMPING

Oak Bay does not have a visible homeless population, so the question is academic and irrelevant to the District, but Victoria has failed miserably in this regard. 

I will work harmoniously with any responsible Oak Bay District Council that lowers property taxes every year of the next three year term, that encourages private sector developers to set up offices in Oak Bay, and to build such affordable housing where it can blend into the existing built ambience, with a four storey building height limit.

While I favour the complete revolutionary radicalization of the homeless in Victoria, allowing them to camp 24/7 wherever suitable, without harassment or molestation by Victoria Police, in City of Victoria parks, so as to thoroughly discredit, embarrass and consequently bring down the current Gloablist Socialist Mayor and his sold-out high tax regime, I see no need for such accommodation or lenience in Oak Bay, and would vote to ban such homeless camps in Oak Bay.

The homelessness problem is basically a Downtown Victoria problem, primarily the fault of a heartless Globalist Socialist regime in the City of Victoria which has ignored their plight, instead concentrating on the planned transfer of Canadian stimulus cash to Communist steel factories in Nanning, for the new unneeded futurist bascule bridge designed in England, to replace the endangered heritage Joseph Strauss-designed Johnson Street Bridge.

13. FOOD SECURITY:

I favour a legally binding chem trail dump ban in the District of Oak Bay, to protect our organic gardens, and a similar subsequent direct democratic referendum on a chem trail dump ban in the whole Capitol Regional District.

I would favour public ‘Victory Gardens’ to be started by organic gardeners in certain unused parts of Oak Bay’s parks, and let them plant fruit trees, and produce vegetables year round, but these allotment gardens would receive no public subsidization. 

I grow organic vegetables myself, and encourage everyone in Oak Bay, Victoria and all the CRD municipalities to do likewise, to reduce their overall food costs.

We also try to buy local whenever possible and so I would support any symbolic Oak Bay Council initiative that encourages but does not subsidize Oak Bay citizens to purchase organic produce, fruit and dairy products from Island farmers, and wild Pacific salmon, but not farmed Atlantic salmon.

I favour a complete pesticide ban in the District of Oak Bay.

PLEASE VOTE FOR GREGORY HARTNELL
‘THE ROCKLAND OUTSIDER’
 INDEPENDENT NON-PARTISAN PRO-LIFE 
CANDIDATE FOR OAK BAY COUNCIL

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5 Responses to DEATH OF DEMOCRACY? Gregory Hartnell’s warning to University of Victoria Student Society’s 17,000 undergrads: ‘If democracy dies in our day for lack of participation, the youth and students that abrogate the franchise by not exercising it will be directly responsible for the increasing tyranny that will ensue.’

  1. Diane Dillon says:

    YOU HAVE MY VOTE. IT IS TIME TO TAKE BACK OUT STREETS OUR LIVES AND BE ACCOUNTABLE AND REPSONISBLE. THOSE IN OFFICE HAVE NOT ACHIEVED SUCCESS AND NOW WE HAVE HOMELESSNESS, POVERTY, JOBLESSNESS, EDUCATION THAT IS NOT AFFORDABLE. NO AFFORDABLE HOUSING, HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS NON EXISTANT. SENIORS AND OTHERS CAN NOT AFFORD TO LIVE OR PAY FOR MEDICATIONS. CRIMES ARE NO LONGER CONSIDERED CRIMES OR AN OFFENCE DUE TO CROWN COUSELS IMPOTENT NATURE AND TIMID WAY OF DOING BUSINESS, SPINELESS AND LIKE JELLYFISH. POLICE AND RCMP THAT ARE SO CONTEMPTABLE THAT CORRUPTION IS THE MAINSTAY. WE NO LONGER HAVE A VALUE SYSTEM IN EFFECT. FOR THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE ME AND THOSE WHO COME AFTER MY I HUMBLEY APOLOGIZE SINCE WE ARE ALL TO PROTECT AND ENFORCE THE VALUE OTHERS PUT IN PLACE AND THAT WE HAVE BENIFITED FROM.

  2. goyodelarosa says:

    Thanks, Diane.

    Blessings to you.

    Gregory Hartnell

  3. Diane Dillon says:

    Gregory. I love the picture. By the way I now realize that I met you a long time ago. it was in Jame bay. I lived there at the same address from 1985 to 1995. You had longer hair then. I remember you had a very interesting T-shirt on and I liked it and wanted to get one. You were at the park at the corner of Menzies and Michigan street there was always something going on then and you had either magazines or newspapers to hand out . You obviousley made an impression then as I rembered it. I think we knew some of the same people. I had me 3 sons with me then. They are grown men now and I have 4 grandkids. I want them to have a world that is better which is what I want for all kids. the homeless and the people that have been marginalized were someones kids and look where they are now. is any infant child born to what is happpening in the world today. Do we teach them when they are in kindergaten the fact that the sytem is corrupt and that they will have to have 500,000 to buy a house or face the streets that they will be slaves to the greed of others who run the companies and places that keep you poor from paycheck to paycheck. That all the ideals of childhood will not be real in their adult life.
    We teach them to be fair and play fair and be nice but what is it like when they get into adult life how nice is it and how fair.
    We give the kids a package when they are young promote the package and then when they get to adult life it does not fit what they will be facing. The package is usually ideas and ideals and it is filled with things that create a false sense of security that is not there later on. It is basically ripped away and then as adults a person can become an outsider the the life they were led to belive would be there for them

  4. goyodelarosa says:

    Pics shown in the posting on sewage were taken from our balcony, looking southwest from the Rockland escarpement toward the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the Olympic Mountains in Washington in the fuzzy background.

    The picture of me above was probably taken by Patrick Jamieson, Editor of the Island Catholic News.

    Thanks for the memories you share… I believe that must have been me, as I used to live in the neighbourhood, and gave out thousands of copies of LA ROSA over the years.

    You are ‘Raging Grannie’, Diane, and your love and concern for all the children of the world comes through in many of your private emails to me and comments published here.

    Thanks

    Peace

    Gregory

  5. Diane Dillon says:

    It was you as I remeber la Rosa. Do you have any copies left. My aunt was a Catholic and was a guest at the vatican. She was a very disciplend person and a famous ballet instructor, loved children.

    I ran a daycare in Jame bay On Michigan street and I also had what was open house for holiday so people who had no one or anywhere to go would come to my place for a free meal.

    one time there were 35 people who showed up. a lot of people still remember that years later.

    I ran into constable Keith Lewis at RCMP heaquarters in 2009 or so. I was there being interviewed
    for crimes I was a witness to etc on tpae by an agent from Vacnouver and 2 people from the office to combat human trafficking. The agent acked keith how he knew me and he siad Diane used to take care of my 2 boys when they were young. I also ran into his wife Michelle in 2008 and I was recieving an award on stage at one of the big churches in Victoria, she was in the audience. she came to me and shook my hand and talked about my taking care of her 2 sons and how much energy they had and it took 3 of us to change thier diapers it was funny. Seems odd That inspite of all this others have destroyed my reputation and they are the guilty parties.
    I am simply the voice in the wilderness which seems to be a bigger wilderness then I had expected. I try to be the voice of reason in a world that has become more unreasonable.
    the next time I am in town I will definetly come to see you. I can give a lot of evidence for the stories. lots of the witnesses are near your area as are the victims!
    keeping a good heart in a world that at times does seem heartless that is the deciding factor

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