Bullying in the Pass



A friend of mine who was at last night’s council meeting for the duration said to me this morning that when the Anti-Bullying Bylaw came up for discussion and a vote, it passed. With only Mayor Bruce ‘Vernon’ Decoux and Councillor Jerry Lonsbury voting against it.

My friend stated no reasons were given for their dissenting votes?

Can someone explain to me why two former ‘educators’ would vote against an Anti-Bullying Bylaw?

UPDATE: March 08, 2013

In this week’s Free Press there is a letter to the editor on Bullying that everyone must read.


None are so busy as the fool and knave.

from John Prince
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29 Responses to Bullying in the Pass

  1. Anonymous says:

    It’s quite simple. It wasn’t their idea.

  2. Chloe says:

    John, educators, especially men, are some of the most terrifying bullies. Arrogance goes along with bullying as has been aptly shown by these two incompetents every time they open their cakeholes. How many more days ’til the election? Take care.

  3. Diane Prince says:

    I am not surprised one bit that Councillor Jerry Lonsbury did not vote for this Anti-Bullying Bylaw, for he has proven in the past that he is a bully himself.

    Last June at the Town Hall Meeting when I was debating with the mayor Jerry took it upon himself to jump in even though it did not concern him and personally verbally attacked me, as everyone who was there will recall. He got so mad and red in the face I thought his head was going to blow off. He disrespected me and bullied me, plain and simple. As of today, I still have not received a letter of apology from him, nor do I expect one at this late date.

    When I heard he did not support this Anti-Bullying Bylaw I was not surprised. Shame on him and Bruce Decoux too.


  4. Anonymous says:

    I,m thinking they did not support it as they are the BIGGEST bullies in Administration. They have bullied everyone since getting voted in.

  5. Peter Rosner says:

    Come October Napoleon will meet his Waterloo.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Oh phooey, last night the Hillcrest Fire Hall, today, Stompin’ Tom. It just gets more and more depressing. It’s a good thing the time change is this weekend. I’m going to need all the lightening up I can get!

    And BULLY to you’s Bruce and Jerry.


  7. Anonymous says:

    It is very obvious Main Fella used Legal threats to BULLY our local press. Seems he is very skilled using taxpayers money on lawyers and consultants of every stripe. Now a PR campaign?

  8. Anonymous says:

    My question is how much is this bylaw going to cost? Can it really be managed. Leave it to the RCMP and the criminal code. I find that the “Bullying” card is played to trump all others cards. I support anti bullying campaigns but where do we draw the line to what the taxpayers have to pay? Am I going to have to flip the bill for everyone calling out the Mayor for his Bullying Tactics?
    “Being a good person does not depend on your religion or status in life, your race or skin color, political views or culture. It depends on how you treat others” Unknown

  9. Anonymous says:

    Well, I just wrote this in the last 5 minutes, and although it’s pretty rough, I thought I’d share.

    Any more verses out there?

    Hello, my name is Bruce Decoux
    And, I know what is good for you.

    Trust me to run these towns,
    Cause though I may look it, I’m not a clown.

    I’ll take your money and your fun, fame and fortune under the sun,

    I’ll give it to some people I know,
    So they can put on a safer show.

    No local yokels will work for me,
    I’ll hire out, just wait and see!

    ……..(insert next verse here)

  10. Anonymous says:

    whoops, I missed two verses, (maybe that was a sign?, but here they are anyway)

    You can complain, and stomp and rave.
    Uninformed I’ll call you, and to my bodyguard I’ll wave.

    Don’t try to stop me, I’m the authority,
    backed by my SILENT MAJORITY.

    …….(insert next verse here)(or maybe not?)

  11. Anonymous says:

    hey you peasant i demand special treatment
    and if not ill puff out my chest and give you much beratement

  12. Anonymous says:

    I will lead you down the garden path,
    cross me once and see my wrath,
    take it with a grain of salt,
    I am perfect to a fault,
    the ratepayers shall have no word,
    i just as soon flip them the bird

  13. Anonymous says:

    The poor Fella was most likely Bullied as a teenager. Too bad. Just goes to show us the far reaching consequences of bullying.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Heah all I was a District Sup,
    It’s there I became full of poop.

    We’d look around and staff we’d hire and hire,
    The money for this came from the teachers we’d fire.

    It was but a short jump from the Principality,
    For me to become King of the Municipality.

    The only thing I needed to get the votes and fame,
    Was to insert the Vernon in my name.

    I had learned the way to spend and spend,
    So what if the taxpayers for themselves are left to fend.

    We find the coffers are easy to feed,
    All we wait for is non-stops and speed.

    I know what’s needed to get into the 21st Century,
    Who cares if the Crowsnest feels like a penitentiary?

    You look cross at me and that’s a threat,
    I’ll call the cops, on that you can bet.

    For this, one can place the blame and faulten
    On a Literature teacher named Dave Halton.

    And “Eey Sir”!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Hiring a PR Consultant on the sly in a small town is very bad PR. You’d think a top notch expensive PR consultant would have warned Bruce about the negative conseqequnces from such weird move.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Honestly my idea is that the Council should not be involved in any type of bullying issues. How would anything like that be enforced? It is up to each individual person – my goodness, do we want government involved in every single aspect of our lives…. NOOOO

  17. Anonymous says:

    I wrote some more while eating my pudding after work, had a great laugh while reading the new posts.

    Here’s my new ones:

    First TITV, then the Firehall,
    Just wait and watch, I’ll destroy ’em all.

    Come to my meetings, and you will see,
    Just how I can manipulate thee.

    The councilors are at my beck and call,
    You can be sure I have befuddled ’em all.

    I’ve got seven more months to accomplish my list,
    The tasks will get done, not matter what the voters wish.

    The Agenda I’ll fix, I’ve got lots of trix,
    You know it’s not hard, to mess up these hicks!

  18. Anonymous says:

    If I recall the Mayors comment to the young gentleman who presented the bullying question at the Townhall Meeting was ” that matter should be referred to the RCMP”. Perhaps the Mayor’s egging incident and his regression to his being bullied in his childhood days has resulted in a change of heart. Or, is it vote getting of the young crowd, and/or
    the need to show a gentler, kinder Mayor and Council. Won’t work.

  19. Anonymous says:

    To anon at March 7, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    The Mayor voted against the Bullying bylaw, not for it. He was out-voted.

    To anon at March 7, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Pincher Creek has an anti-bullying bylaw and is doing a fine job enforcing it.

    Bullying is not just a school issue, it is a community issue. It takes a village to raise a child.

    It not only affects our children, but bullying in the workplace is ever present. Look at a recent local incident, what happened to Deborah Wenisch at her workplace, Western Financial Group. Now if that is not a case of work place harassment and bullying, I do not know what is. That person should be ashamed of themselves. The rest of the office just sat by watching and let it happen. Shame on them too.

  20. Anonymous says:

    I have found that some people just always play the victim role And blame others for all their problems all the time. I agree with 8:27. To the poet- it’s fine to express yourself and have fun with words but could your poems not be a type of cyberbullying? Bullying term is complex and I think the past school administrators are familiar that. Where do we draw the line of freedom of speech and bullying ? What are the taxpayers going to pay to maintain this? Bylaw officers can’t even keep up to their other bylaw enforcements. This community is becoming more communist everyday.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Anon 8:44 AM. First you think that this poetry is a form of cyber bullying, then you say that the place has gone communist. (You are right on the latter). But you can’t have it both ways. Society has reached the point where everything is a problem and needs solving — usually by Government. We are handing the power over to the officials at our acquiescence, then we complain about the resulting control. We are now reaping what we have sowen. At least we can change this with a vote — so far.

  22. John Prince says:

    In this week’s Free Press there is a letter to the editor on Bullying that everyone must read.

  23. Anonymous says:

    9:20 I am not in favor of the bylaw- first time I agree with his “worship” actually. I wanted to point out that many will consider the above rhymes bullying and I don’t think my tax dollars should be spent on bylaw officer responding to such in incidents. As for the communist part- I think we’ve become a glorified social system where our govt keeps telling us the things we should like, things we have to do and things we cant do – especially in our own back yards. I feel that the bylaws are a bullying tactic to make me conform to societys “everything has to look pretty and perfect” Conforming to such bylaws goes against my personal beliefs and freedom of rights. I don’t need “stuff, big, better or prettier” As for Bullying – sometimes the truth needs to be said. Sometimes the respondent has an ego so big that they can’t accept the Truth.

  24. peter rosner says:

    We dont need “More” bylaws we are being legislated to death in this country and now in this community. Do you really think a kid is going to say “OH” i better not bully that kid there is a bylaw against that. What he will understand though is a quick response of equal and opposite reaction. In saying that i know some kids do not have the intestinal fortitude to stick up for themselves and need support. I understand the well documented cases of bullying and feel sorry for those kids. I feel the parents should be holding their kids more accountable for this type of behaviour. Also it should be a mandatory course taught in schools at an early age.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Peter, if the “it takes a village to raise a kid” attitude prevails as mentioned in an earlier post, that is really suggesting even more control by government. They sure are taking advantage of this in the Crowsnest.

    One can’t even criticize or discipline an obvious bullying case or other bad behavior without now getting into trouble with the authorities. I guess that is justifiacation for some form of bullying law, but look out for other bylaws as they unfold.

    In the good old days, one usually stepped in when there was bad behavior and then the next punishment came when the kid got home. (That was a different type of it takes a village scenario than the one today, when most kids still had respect for their elders). The only remedy is for the parent(s) to do their job, but this isn’t happening.

    Your comment re teaching a course in school is right on. This rather than the BS stuff they put into our kids heads that has led to our present entitlement society. Next will come the GLTB issue in the schools.

  26. peter rosner says:

    Anon: 12:38 We are living in troubling times. We cant call a spade a spade anymore for fear we may offend someone. I do know it does take a village to raise a child for the good people of the CNP have helped us raise three of them. We used to take matters into our own hands but i guess children arent equipped to do that any more. Even back then there was still the odd kid that got bullied and needed someone to stick up for him. So i can understand what these well meaning people are trying to accomplish. They do have to be careful that you dont diminish your rights to free speech when you look for more laws that are meant to protect you.– Nice to hear from someone with their senses intact. Dont think i will touch the “LGTB” issue today im sure someone will be offended and call the language police.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Whoops….sorry Bruce Decoux, I didn’t mean to hurt your feelings. My poem was just a way to express my feelings, and were just the uninformed ramblings that came out of my brain, upon awakening one morning, and while eating my pudding that afternoon. I realize that I am just a mere voting citizen, and I should never make fun of your learned decisions. Please accept my apology.

    The Poet. (well, the one that started the poem.)

    Just to be clear, I am not the citizen that you accused of being an uniformed rambler at the meeting in June. I am the one who walked out of the meeting after you told him “If the shoe fits, wear it.”

  28. Anonymous says:

    I’m a putting on the shoe….
    cause that’s what I was told to do….

    Sorry, I just couldn’t resist!

  29. Anonymous says:

    I am to do what I was told,
    cause I was a dope a while ago.

    My voting skills, I sure will be honing,
    cause in the future, I don’t want to be moaning.

    A busy buddy (body?) I will be,
    Until I get a chance to vote out thee.

    I won’t shut my mouth, I just can’t stop,
    It makes me so mad, I just want to hop.

    So if you don’t like it,
    cover your eyes,
    Or better yet, hire more spies.

    Don’t take me serious, I didn’t mean it,
    Cause my pocketbook’s empty, and I didn’t clean it!

    I’d better go, I’ve got something to do,
    My pussy would like me to clean up her poo.

    Sorry (again)

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