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City Hall; Notice “The bear has been poked, don’t provoke.”

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The recent debate over the Molly Banister could be seen as democracy at work and possibly an expose of city hall dysfunction.

At first reading of the bylaw to remove the road alignment it seemed supported by the Mayor, by the council and by the administration. Comments from some elected officials about campaign promises made it appear inevitable.

The public reacted and it appeared that city hall was out of sync with today’s reality.

The local newspaper did an editorial on September 29, declaring in bold headline that the “Road extension must be kept”. Writing ;”It’s surprising that public workers paid to plan for the city’s growth would do the opposite; not plan for the responsible development of the region.” “ What is portrayed as an environmental concern is really just an interest in keeping neighbourhood traffic down to a minimum,”

Former city manager, Craig Curtis, waded into the debate, questioning the recommendation and reminding us of past decisions that were essential to our development that were similar.

Legal opinions on historical commitments and legal obligations.

Knowledgeable residents debunked many of the environmental issues.

The local church came out in favour of the extension.

The Mayor who championed removal, declared herself in conflict, as she lives in the area, removed herself from voting before each reading.

Councillor Wong started off questioning, after the public hearing, why the administration would bring up a 250 foot bridge when an old man like himself could hop the creek?

Councillor Lee questioned why the city would emphasize the road would cause several instances of ecological damage when the other option of building houses on the creek would have the same effect? Councillor Lee admitted that the majority wanted the extension and voted against the removal.

Councillor Hendley, questioned the city about the future changes. How, when the city administration repeated that there is no current connection to Springfield Avenue, countered, that when the neighbourhood plan is presented it could then be connected, initiating another public hearing. She didn’t claim to know what the future would bring and wanted to leave all options opened.

Councillor Buchanan mentioned that in his non-councillor life he has witnessed the short-cutting of drivers that were of concern to neighbouring communities.

Councillor Higham, took note of the less than complete information on traffic. Bringing her own detailed analyses of traffic to the table.

Together they formed the majority that paralleled the wishes of the majority.

On the face of it, democracy won, a fragile democracy but still a democracy.

2 of the opposition councillors credited the support of the administration in buoying their determined support to remove the alignment, another one used the “Green” umbrella to support her opposition to keeping the alignment.

Poll after poll showed majority support for the extension, so why did we need to go through this stressful and expensive process? Why did the same traffic study get 2 extremely different interpretations?

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City hall has been put on notice. Do their jobs, leave the politics and biases out of the equation. You get paid the big bucks to give your political masters the untarnished truth, so do it.

Someone said; “The bear has been poked, do not provoke”.

The next municipal election is on the horizon, provocation could mean great change. Not just at the ballot box.

Is it time for a shake-up and renewal at city hall? Just asking.

Political editor/writer and retired oilfield supervisor

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WHO’s Global Digital Health Certification Network

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From the youtube channel of   Dr. John Campbell

In order to prepare for a future pandemic, the WHO is looking to acquire your personal health information. This week, the World Health Organization and the European Union announced plans for the Global Digital Health Certification Network.
As British Health Researcher Dr. John Campbell explains, the plan is for the Global Digital Health Certificate to monitor the health status of everyone on the planet, and use this information to “facilitate global mobility”.  In other words there are plans to use your health status to determine your ability to travel, and to participate in other aspects of regular life.

With notes from the World Health Organization website,  Dr. John Campbell explains the WHO’s Global Digital Health Certification Network.

Dr. John Campbell’s Presentation notes:

WHO’s Global Digital Health Certification Network https://www.who.int/initiatives/globa…

WHO has established the Global Digital Health Certification Network (GDHCN). Open-source platform, built on robust & transparent standards, that establishes the first building block of digital public health infrastructure, for developing a wide range of digital products, for strengthening pandemic preparedness

Background Member States used digital COVID-19 test and vaccine certificates As the directing and coordinating authority on international health work, at the onset of the pandemic, WHO engaged with all WHO Regions to define overall guidance for such certificates and published the Digital Documentation of COVID-19 Certificates

https://www.who.int/publications/i/it… https://www.who.int/publications/i/it… there is a recognition of an existing gap, and continued need for a global mechanism, that can support bilateral verification of the provenance of health documents

The GDHCN may include Digitisation of the International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis, verification of prescriptions across borders

International Patient Summary Verification of vaccination certificates within and across borders Certification of public health professionals (through WHO Academy) Expanding such digital solutions will be essential to deliver better health for people across the globe.

The GDHCN has been designed to be interoperable with other existing regional networks EU-WHO digital partnership https://www.who.int/news/item/05-06-2…    • LIVE: WHO and @EU…   https://commission.europa.eu/strategy… WHO and the European Commission have agreed to partner in digital health.

This partnership will work to technically develop the WHO system with a staged approach to cover additional use cases, In June 2023, WHO will take up the European Union (EU) system of digital COVID-19 certification to establish a global system, that will help facilitate global mobility

This is the first building block of the WHO Global Digital Health Certification Network (GDHCN)

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus WHO aims to offer all WHO Member States access, On the principles of equity, innovation, transparency and data protection and privacy Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety

This partnership is an important step for the digital action plan of the EU Global Health Strategy, we contribute to digital health standards and interoperability globally

Thierry Breton, Commissioner for Internal Market The EU certificate … has also facilitated international travel and tourism I am pleased that the WHO will build on …. cutting-edge technology … to create a global tool against future pandemics

One of the key elements in the European Union’s work against the COVID-19 pandemic has been digital COVID-19 certificates. WHO will facilitate this process globally under its own structure … allow the world to benefit from convergence of digital certificates. Expanding such digital solutions will be essential to deliver better health for citizens across the globe.

The WHO and the European Commission will work together to encourage maximum global uptake and participation.

 

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John Stossel

Socialism Ruins The Environment

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From Stossel TV

Socialists say they care about the environment. The real world shows that capitalism works better.

Saving the planet, I’m told, requires socialism! Greed “is literally destroying our planet,” says Sen. Bernie Senders. We need “an environment that provides for all people, not just the privileged few!” says Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Sanders and AOC, as usual, have it backwards. Socialist governments have “the worst environmental record on the planet,” says Tom Palmer, Executive Vice President of the Atlas Network. Here is evidence.

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Libertarian journalist John Stossel created Stossel TV to explain liberty and free markets to young people. Prior to Stossel TV he hosted a show on Fox Business and co-anchored ABC’s primetime newsmagazine show, 20/20.

Stossel’s economic programs have been adapted into teaching kits by a non-profit organization, “Stossel in the Classroom.” High school teachers in American public schools now use the videos to help educate their students on economics and economic freedom. They are seen by more than 12 million students every year.

Stossel has received 19 Emmy Awards and has been honored five times for excellence in consumer reporting by the National Press Club. Other honors include the George Polk Award for Outstanding Local Reporting and the George Foster Peabody Award.

 

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