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#141 rmpeers

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 08:01 PM

At least you got a response. He seems to have ignored my SJAM Day message. :( :P


Too busy celebrating, no doubt.
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#142 sebberry

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 09:36 PM

I just replied to Ben's latest email:

 

 

 

Ben,

 

Your last email to me from a non-CoV email address on November 30, 2016 was as follows. 

 

I’ve bolded the important bit.

 

 

Hi Sebastien,

Thanks for providing this input.

 

Your email address was added to my address book when I responded to your previous message. I have not shared your email address to anyone. I will remove you from my address book.

 

Ben


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#143 sdwright.vic

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 08:07 AM

He has no right to be doing this!
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#144 rmpeers

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 12:30 PM

Maybe his apparent email weaselry is a key part of his otherwise inexplicable success at the polls.

#145 AllseeingEye

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 01:03 PM

Dunno....not sure why but for whatever reason(s) in recent years the City of Victoria has swung hard to the Left.

 

Difficult to believe that once upon a time electing Conservative MP's especially, or at least non-NDP politicians, was practically a given for the CoV. No longer. "Unfortunately" as they are now stuck with people that think writing letters to Vladimir Putin, having a perpetual hard on in opposition to "business" or long dead political figures, and engaging in futile gestures like petitioning Big Oil to buck up (yes good luck with that....I'm sure checks from Shell, Exxon and BP et al are in the mail....), should be part of their mandate.

 

Just represent all of your constituents - and not just the ones who pad the "likes" your personal Facebook pages - provide competent oversight over items like city contracts for bridges (cough), wage and benefits negotiations for your unionized staff, fix and maintain the sewers, the roads and city infrastructure, and keep a reasonable lid on taxes for crying out loud. IOW do your jobs.....


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#146 Nparker

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 04:14 PM

...provide competent oversight over items like city contracts for bridges (cough), wage and benefits negotiations for your unionized staff, fix and maintain the sewers, the roads and city infrastructure, and keep a reasonable lid on taxes for crying out loud. IOW do your jobs.....

This!  :thumbsup:


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#147 Midnightly

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 07:00 PM


 

Just represent all of your constituents - and not just the ones who pad the "likes" your personal Facebook pages - provide competent oversight over items like city contracts for bridges (cough), wage and benefits negotiations for your unionized staff, fix and maintain the sewers, the roads and city infrastructure, and keep a reasonable lid on taxes for crying out loud. IOW do your jobs.....

 

 

i'm still waiting for them to finish fixing the hole they dug near my building that has had a piece of plywood sitting over it (with some city of victoria cones on it) since before thanksgiving, if the last time is any indication of how long it will take them to fix it, i won't expect it to be finished till well into 2020 at the earliest



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Posted 13 January 2019 - 07:33 PM

i'm still waiting for them to finish fixing the hole they dug near my building that has had a piece of plywood sitting over it (with some city of victoria cones on it) since before thanksgiving, if the last time is any indication of how long it will take them to fix it, i won't expect it to be finished till well into 2020 at the earliest

 

Is that hole in the ground with a plywood roof on your property?......if so is it occupied?  Given the potential new tax on unoccupied dwellings and all....

 

Ben....if you are reading this, I'm being sarcastic.  It's not a good idea.    



#149 sdwright.vic

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 08:10 PM

From good ol' Ben's Facebook.... (warning it is going to be him admitting his agenda)

"Reflections on the Proportional Representation referendum: There was an old saying on the socialist left in BC – that the task was to "make socialists," rather than "catch votes." According to this view, real social transformation would only be brought about in the long run by engaging in the "battle of ideas" and winning over a majority of the population to the socialist viewpoint. While the referendum result on a fairer voting system is highly disappointing, progressives can perhaps find some consolation in the overwhelming support for PR in those ridings where the left has been most successful at "making socialists." For example, in the two ridings that encompass the City of Victoria, 2/3rds of voters favoured a fairer voting system over the status quo. This bodes well for progress on other areas of public policy in our local community. And it provides some insight into how socialist ideas and progressive gains can be extended to other communities: by "making socialists" – engaging in the "battle of ideas" at the grassroots level, issue by issue through a movement of movements, to build support for the viewpoint that organized compassion rather than atomized exploitation should order human relationships and interactions with the natural world."
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#150 rjag

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 08:40 PM

From good ol' Ben's Facebook.... (warning it is going to be him admitting his agenda)

 

 

And to think that people believe that nonsense. 

 

a few counter points from folks a lot smarter than me

 

Although the big word on the left is 'compassion,' the big agenda on the left is dependency. Thomas Sowell

 

 

The greatest advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science and literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government. Milton Friedman

 


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#151 Nparker

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 09:55 PM

"...engaging in the "battle of ideas" at the grassroots level, issue by issue through a movement of movements, to build support for the viewpoint that organized compassion rather than atomized exploitation should order human relationships and interactions with the natural world..."

It's like the very definition of academic BS. Fix the damn potholes, keep the water flowing and leave the social engineering to philosophers and priests.


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#152 Casual Kev

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 11:26 PM

And to think that people believe that nonsense. 

 

a few counter points from folks a lot smarter than me

 

The counter to feel-good progressivism shouldn't necessarily be cynical libertarianism. As Nparker implied, it should be going out there and tackling real problems.


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#153 rjag

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 06:58 AM

The counter to feel-good progressivism shouldn't necessarily be cynical libertarianism. As Nparker implied, it should be going out there and tackling real problems.


Absolutely, but his choir believes the rhetoric so you need to counter it.

Saying “just do what you were elected to do “ to these folks isn’t going to achieve much as in their mind they are doing what they were elected to do. It’s the job description that’s wrong as far as they’re concerned
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#154 Cassidy

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 07:28 AM

It's actually quite sad to watch a bunch of local politicians who have managed to convince themselves that they're somehow incredibly important on a Provincial and National scale.

 

This COV current crop have deluded themselves into believing that they can change the world, when they should really only be focused on changing the traffic paint they use on local roads.


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#155 jonny

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 08:58 AM

This COV current crop have deluded themselves into believing that they can change the world, when they should really only be focused on changing the traffic paint they use on local roads.

 

Forget paint. We need those reflective thingies. 

 

 


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#156 rmpeers

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 09:37 AM

It's actually quite sad to watch a bunch of local politicians who have managed to convince themselves that they're somehow incredibly important on a Provincial and National scale.

This COV current crop have deluded themselves into believing that they can change the world, when they should really only be focused on changing the traffic paint they use on local roads.


Yes, the inflated sense of self importance, while also completely failing to handle things about which they could actually have an effect, eg, sexual harassment at the VicPD.
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Posted 14 January 2019 - 12:35 PM

I'd like to see some leaves picked up please! Great piles of mush everywhere. And some streets, which seem to allow parking, have faded yellow lines on them. We were trying to park the other day, there was a sign saying "Two hour parking", but the curb was peeling yellow paint. I wish the city would clarify. But I guess that's too much trouble.


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#158 rjag

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 02:40 PM

https://humanprogres...ticle.php?p=181

 

Americans in 2016 Richer than Rockefeller in 1916

 

 

I hope Ben reads this when he considers all the oppressed masses he is claiming to represent....in the last 100 years the average person is better off and has more freedoms than a Rockefeller 



#159 Midnightly

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 03:10 PM

Is that hole in the ground with a plywood roof on your property?......if so is it occupied?  Given the potential new tax on unoccupied dwellings and all....

 

Ben....if you are reading this, I'm being sarcastic.  It's not a good idea.    

 

 

the hole in the ground is on city property the boulevard beside a huge old tree, it's most likely opened up due to a pipe/roots issue, a number of years ago they had a hole on the other side which had plywood over it for years, until they did another repair job around said tree and had to replace part of the sidewalk, so they chucked the left over cement from the sidewalk into the first hole (mind you they didn't clean out the hole first so there was debris cemented into it sticking up and some flagging) and this would be the second hole..

 

now if you want to address a place to live, there is currently a mini van that has been on our street and has not moved for well over 6 months, there is even grass and weeds growing in the debris around the wheels near the curb.. (i'll admit i'm waiting for it's insurance to expire then i'm going to make a call)



#160 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 03:24 PM

^ you can call now if you want. it has to move every 48 or 72 hours or something, there is a law. they will stick a sticker on the window and windshield telling the owner it has to move.

I broke a drive axle on my van once and three days later got to it to move it and it had the tow warning on it.

Edited by Victoria Watcher, 14 January 2019 - 03:26 PM.


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