Patient No More
Last night’s Ratepayers Association meeting drew another large lively and engaged crowd to their monthly meeting at the Hillcrest Miners Club.
The focus of the meeting dealt with Municipal Affairs dragging of their feet with respect to sending the investigators down here to investigate our municipal government. Unlike Montreal, where their province has a criminal investigation unit looking into corruption and malfeasance and even sent a swat team in to raid City Hall yesterday, our province mired in too many problems of their own doesn’t appear to know, or worse yet, care where our City Hall is.
Ratepayers unanimously voted to take action by way of contacting various media outlets including W5 to bring the glare of unwanted publicity on these deadbeats in Edmonton. They want to get their attention, have them respect the democratic process whereby 2510 residents in this municipality by way of petition demanded action and accountability to our plight here, and get a move on with both an investigation and curtailing this municipal government from continuing on their road of destruction with respect to our community.
Failing this, acts of civil disobedience were discussed. After all, a good ol’ fashioned lynching(s) and the burning down of city hall has proven to have gotten both the politicians and the establishment’s attention in the past, now hasn’t it? :-) Talk of blocking the railroad or Hwy 3, because hey, “the Indians do it”, was also entertained. :-0 :-)
Obviously folks here are getting pretty upset, are tired of being ignored, with some ready to resort to drastic measures in order to get their grievances addressed. Is this what it will take to get Edmonton’s attention, I wonder?
Near the close of the meeting Ed Strembecki on the executive announced he will be running for a seat on council in our upcoming municipal election. He is now joined by Dean Ward who announced his candidacy earlier this week, followed by Sasha JaegerBaird who announced the day after the last election (nothing like getting an early start :-) ).
On a final note, the Ratepayers executive is encouraging members and nonmembers alike to contact their council members and voice their displeasure with the Fire Protection Master Plan, and encourage them to vote against it.
UPDATE: 9:14 p.m.
Absolute power depends on fear and passivity.