Tuesday, October 21, 2014

surely we understand that it is all as it has been for decades?



now that Redford
has set up the web for Prentice
what is needed
is a little bit of tweaking

now that Redford
has made it possible
for Prentice to be the court jester
to amuse us      all we have to do is vote Tory


now that Redford has the threads arranged
so that Prentice can pluck them as required
surely we understand that it is all as it has been for decades?
that the web of corruption is permanent in Alberta?





http://zverev-gallery.com/index.php?option=com_phocagallery&view=detail&catid=30&id=341&tmpl=component&Itemid=24

Dear Mr. Prentice-Redford, I respectfully suggest you get outside / to the streets of downtown Edmonton / where the Katz Arena makes a mockery / of democracy



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Subject: -That's not quite the change we expected from you--- Mr. Prentice-Redford------I suggest that you do your job--------Premier Jim Prentice says the provincial government is monitoring the situation but has no immediate plans to step in as Calgary shelters warn of a potential crisis situation in the upcoming winter. Inn From the Cold — a temporary emergency shelter — said this week it has been running overcapacity every day in 2014, with the problem the most challenging it has seen in its 17 years of existence. The Calgary Drop-In Centre is also full each night, with executive director Debbie Newman recently describing the city’s rental market as the worst she has seen. Prentice said he has seen the circumstances first hand, having served Thanksgiving dinner at the drop-in centre, but said at this point in time there are no proposals being considered to increase funding to the shelters. “If it is a difficult winter ­­— that remains to be seen — we know the pressures in our city in terms of homeless people that are here. It’s going to take all of the resources of the Drop-In Centre, the shelters ... together with the good work, the charitable work of Calgarians, to respond. We always have in the past,” said Prentice.


Dear Mr. Prentice-Redford,

I respectfully suggest you get outside
to the streets of downtown Edmonton
where the Katz Arena makes a mockery
of democracy

I suspect you do not realize
that the men and women lying between the buildings
are cold and that their feet are freezing
I suggest you try their lives and wake up to the new rules of your constituents

I suggest that you do your job
these are Albertans too       find a home for them please
and if you can't figure the solutions to the homeless problem
you don't deserve to rule as the new oil monarch of Alberta

instead perhaps we need to turf you all out
the best solution to the problem of the homeless folks might be
the major kick to the Tory rumps that the voters administer
in the byelections in Alberta            wake up please

Sincerely,

Julie Ali


http://readingchildrensbooks.blogspot.ca/2014/10/i-do-not-like-them-sam-i-am-gaston.html



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I do not like them / Sam I am---------------Gaston Synnott · Top Commenter · Works at Travailleur autonome Bad way of dealing with a perennial problem that's growing at an endemic rate. If that's supposed to represent the 'new management ' Prentice was talking about earlier in the year I say: nope, it's just more of the same. Yet, I won't says I am disappointed , I expected it.




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I do not like them / Sam I am---------------Gaston Synnott · Top Commenter · Works at Travailleur autonome Bad way of dealing with a perennial problem that's growing at an endemic rate. If that's supposed to represent the 'new management ' Prentice was talking about earlier in the year I say: nope, it's just more of the same. Yet, I won't says I am disappointed , I expected it.

so here's the thing
I do not like them 
Sam I am
I do not like
their faces
or their lies


so here's the thing
they remind me of snakes 
who wriggle out of every hole they make 
and then when cut with a spade
they divide   and reconquer the dirt
they lie upon


so here's the thing
I have to think of them as human beings
I put the hoods over the forked tongues to pretend this is true
I pretend they are not hissing in their bed of illusions
I tell myself that this is democracy now
we are in the garden of Eden   but the tree of life is filled with them 

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/calgary/Prentice+says+immediate+plans+step+shelters+warn+winter/10311457/story.html

Prentice says no immediate plans to step in as shelters warn of winter crisis

BY JAMES WOOD, CALGARY HERALD OCTOBER 21, 2014 4:04 PM
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Prentice says no immediate plans to step in as shelters warn of winter crisis

Premier Jim Prentice held a press conference on October 17, 2014 at McDougall Centre in Calgary.

Photograph by: Lorraine Hjalte , Calgary Herald

Premier Jim Prentice says the provincial government is monitoring the situation but has no immediate plans to step in as Calgary shelters warn of a potential crisis situation in the upcoming winter.
Inn From the Cold — a temporary emergency shelter — said this week it has been running overcapacity every day in 2014, with the problem the most challenging it has seen in its 17 years of existence. The Calgary Drop-In Centre is also full each night, with executive director Debbie Newman recently describing the city’s rental market as the worst she has seen.
Prentice said he has seen the circumstances first hand, having served Thanksgiving dinner at the drop-in centre, but said at this point in time there are no proposals being considered to increase funding to the shelters.
“If it is a difficult winter ­­— that remains to be seen — we know the pressures in our city in terms of homeless people that are here. It’s going to take all of the resources of the Drop-In Centre, the shelters ... together with the good work, the charitable work of Calgarians, to respond. We always have in the past,” said Prentice.
“We’ll continue to work together to make sure that we’re equipped to deal with whatever circumstances present this winter, but it is of concern to all of us,” he added.
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.’s market survey last April found Calgary and Edmonton’s residential vacancy rate was tied for the lowest in the country, at 1.4 per cent. The average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Calgary was $1,267, trailing only Vancouver.
Mayor Naheed Nenshi said last week that some landlords were “gouging” tenants with outlandish rent increases that in some cases forced individuals from their homes.
“I would certainly encourage all landlords to be cautious about that. We all need to be responsible,” said Prentice when asked about the comment.
Prentice has rejected calls for rent controls and said again Tuesday the private sector has to respond to the need for more housing stock.
Governments of all levels must ensure there are no barriers to new construction, he said.
“We are going to need more construction that meets the needs of the market,” said the premier.
jwood@calgaryherald.com


  • Gaston Synnott ·  Top Commenter · Works at Travailleur autonome
    Bad way of dealing with a perennial problem that's growing at an endemic rate. If that's supposed to represent the 'new management ' Prentice was talking about earlier in the year I say: nope, it's just more of the same. Yet, I won't says I am disappointed , I expected it.
    • Terry Olinek ·  Top Commenter · Works at United Association Local 488
      Why would Prentice do anything for the homeless, they don't vote anyway

    such are the wages of poetry

    I watch the clouds
    as they race
    I stare at the grass
    on the field
    such are the wages of poetry

    I reap what I sow
    I give out love
    and injuries are paid back
    in compassion and dignity
    such are the wages of poetry


    I say the words of him that comes
    and do not say that he does not exist
    he does    he is in you
    and he is in me   whatever you conceive him to be
    such are the wages of poetry


    I preach the words of faith
    take up arms against those who hate
    but let those arms hold them close to us
    let those arms be those that embrace the outsiders
    such are the wages of poetry

    there is no outsider
    what you see in the one outside the circle
    is inside you   what you fear in the despised among us
    is also in you   who are you to judge?
    such are the wages of poetry




    ---------Let the bidding begin for the Katz Krew---------GoinFawr OCTOBER 21, 2014 AT 12:13 PM What exactly is the guy on the far right of that pic staring at so intently anyway? Opponents might find the following speech of Mr.Mandel’s interesting: http://alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=371919FB781CE-99CD-56D8-CB3E787C90AC7449 Simply scroll down to the audio; he starts speaking at around 7 min, the neat bit (Freudian slip?) happens ~8:23 “….we probably won’t have enough beds available, and so we will be bidding, uh building in conjunction with my partner from, uh, from uh, um, seniors…

    There was an interesting comment on this post that is very revealing about the plans Mandel and crew have for the long term care situation in Alberta. Bidding.
    http://daveberta.ca/2014/10/nimby-mandel-edmonton-whitemud-by-election/
    1. What exactly is the guy on the far right of that pic staring at so intently anyway?
      Opponents might find the following speech of Mr.Mandel’s interesting:
      http://alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=371919FB781CE-99CD-56D8-CB3E787C90AC7449
      Simply scroll down to the audio; he starts speaking at around 7 min, the neat bit (Freudian slip?) happens ~8:23
      “….we probably won’t have enough beds available, and so we will be bidding, uh building in conjunction with my partner from, uh, from uh, um, seniors…”
    http://alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=371919FB781CE-99CD-56D8-CB3E787C90AC7449

    Listen to the news conference


    I will sit here and write a poem

    I will sit here and write a poem
    I will say that the sky falls to its knees
    and crawls over
    the marsh that pants in childbirth
    for winter is laboring into existence
    I will say that the aspens wither
    in their strings of desire
    and the poplars clap their broad palms
    I ignore everything today
    I do what I want in the language
    which has a chance of evolving
    the rest of the world
    is stuck in the mud
    and won't recover
    the fate of the children
    is up to the mummies
    but today I take a break
    from saving them


    I will sit here and write a poem
    that exclaims over the few red leaves I have discovered
    among the red body of the dogwood that snarls by the fence
    I will speak about the dead day lilies
    who have left their lattices of stems as a roof over
    the Hosta    I will say that garden has been trampled
    by the bulls of the autumn
    that even now
    roar down the streets
    I will say that Halloween grins
    from every pumpkin
    I will ask why the geese say goodbye 
    could the safety pins of the cattails be so dangerous?
    could the stabbing blades of the grasses have them running for cover?


    I will sit here and write a poem
    about the dust that flies
    how each of us will one day
    accept the fate that is constant
    none of us escape from the death that comes now to the day lilies
    and stables the lilacs in their tents of leaves
    there are a few days left to the geranium that has survived the curse
    of freezing   but soon even that hardy stem in the planter will go to the afterlife
    all the people running about searching for satisfaction
    and success in worldly endeavors that are pointless
    will one day stumble upon the facts of life
    we are transitory
    and some of us fade prematurely
    what will your riches serve you
    when you arrive at the final door to the future?


    I will sit here and write a poem
    about the day that I hold in my head like a cup
    and drink as slowly as I wish
    I will speak about the riches I have collected
    in my imagination
    the hard button of a rose hip that I press against my cheek
    the solid bulk of a stone that screams blue
    the hard rubbing stick that I tap
    the leaves in their constellation of colors
    all of my treasures are worthless to everyone
    but for me they contain the cells and organelles
    of mystery   each object has a world within it
    and occupy the space elegantly
    the feather laid down by the crow
    is painted glossy black
    and the silver web that holds the morning dew
    is jeweled and priceless
    the solid weight of coins in my bag means nothing to me
    I have these objects
    that I consider in this poem
    I will sit here and write a poem


    missed EPS meeting ----------- Pundit Slayer 8 days ago They are a den of ruthless wolves. We need to release the hounds on them.

    Because I am tuckered out going here and there to keep my sister alive, I haven't gone to the EPS board meeting.
    The last one I went to I didn't even write up and post because it was so boring.
    I find it difficult to go to meetings when they are like Harlequin romances--with predictable endings.
    The trustees yap behind closed doors and the decisions for the most part are done before they come out and tell us the decisions so why even bother to have these public reviews?
    The entire school board business is a pointless and expensive matter. The school board training is simply school for MLAs and MPs and I see no reason why taxpayers should be paying for the correspondence courses of provincial and federal politicians.

    I feel grumpy about the amount of money we waste on all the school board trustees who simply rubberstamp the decisions already made by the administration of schools.
    Parents don't have any power and really are outside the circle of democracy.
    I will not think about how powerless we are but the single point of contact business has made it amply clear to me how disrespectful our elected board is to their employers.
    I will put down this comment about politicians that got me to laugh:

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/harper-sets-november-date-for-federal-byelections-in-ontario-and-alberta/article21075851/comments/

    - Pundit Slayer 8 days ago They are a den of ruthless wolves. We need to release the hounds on them.
    *********************************************************
    Yeah, this so true.
    But we're just sheep.
    And how are we to release the hounds on the wolves?


    I am going to do nothing today.
    I will simply sit in my chair and read.
    The lack of sleep is astonishingly debilitating and lets me become potato-like except I lack the potato eyes.

    I haven't done anything in the garden.
    Everything is weedy and disgusting.
    Leaves fall to the garden beds and cover the worst of the ant hills.
    Soon there will be a plastic tarp of snow so that  I won't have to look at the underbelly of autumn anymore.
    I hope the trees will survive the hare attacks.
    The split body of the apple tree is evidence that one out of three trees do survive hare attacks.
    The apple tree waves her slack arms at me pathetically but I ignore her. Her apples have become mush on the ground. They aren't good apples and so I don't mind them becoming mush.

    The political race in Whitemud is very unlively.
    The signs are everywhere like paper tulips.
    I can't get too excited about this by election since the Tories always win.
    I mean I might be willing to do more than just vote if I was sure that there was a contender but the bribes the Tories have offered will prove to be irresistible and the citizens will vote for the politicians that they have grown up with. Voters are like children and want to simply suck on their thumbs; I have no confidence in any of the citizens in Riverbend growing up and kicking Tory rumps.But at least a few citizens are awake:

    http://www.cbc.ca/edmontonam/episodes/2014/10/16/park-becomes-election-issue/

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    Park becomes election issue

    Could former mayor Stephen Mandel lose a Provincial by-election over a neighbourhood park? We talk to residents of Haddow, who are trying to make that happen. 



    Cooking food consumes most of my mental energy.
    I have potatoes boiled and ready for supper.
    I will steam peas for veggies.
    The chicken breasts are marinating in the fridge.
    I haven't got the use of the BBQ because the grease catcher broke and I have to use the stove to make the chicken.

    Let me look for a good way to make chicken breasts now.

    This recipe looks perfect.
    I won't be able to destroy the chicken using this easy recipe:

    http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/seasoned-oven-roasted-chicken/bd796e74-3745-4007-a54f-45baf5ca9d8a


    8
    boneless skinless chicken breast halves (about 2 lb)
    1
    tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
    1 1/2
    teaspoons parsley flakes
    1
    teaspoon seasoned salt
    1
    teaspoon garlic pepper blend
    1
    teaspoon dried basil leaves

    Directions

    • 1Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Brush both sides of chicken with oil. Sprinkle both sides with parsley, seasoned salt, garlic pepper and basil. Place in baking dish.
    • 2Bake uncovered 25 to 35 minutes or until juice of chicken is no longer pink when centers of thickest pieces are cut.
    • 3Cool chicken 10 to 15 minutes. Cut into desired size pieces for recipes calling for cooked chicken. Wrap tightly and refrigerate up to 2 days or freeze up to 1 month.

    a few notes to myself

    1.
    between the houses
    the tall lit lamps
    of the Swedish aspens

    I do nothing

    I say nothing

    I watch them flame


    2.

    the potatoes
    in their red coats
    transform
    from hard to soft
    in the same manner
    as a face
    encountering acceptance and love

    we are not that different
    from potatoes


    3.

    spiders
    build bridges on my two potted vines
    copying the house
    they live in
    they extend themselves
    in communion


    4.

    the laundry on the line
    is a statement of my account
    I have a bank
    where I deposit a few coins
    and withdrawals are rare

    the potatoes boiling
    on the stove top
    add to my balance
    as do the washed mats
    that dry on the deck

    I heard a chickadee exclaiming
    over his losses
    I understand him
    there are so many losses to think about
    and yet a few chores done well make up for them all

    I leave the outer world
    to its locks and keys
    I scramble about
    trying to finish
    the small tier of work I set for myself

    happiness might be
    the willingness to see limits
    and then pushing past them
    but then realizing the futility of further efforts
    standing in the circle of love and spinning joyously 

    I am only one

    I make a route
    and I change it as I go
    I say to myself
    I am only one
    but others will come to join me

    I make a route
    and I say that one mummy cannot do
    the work that is required
    but if other mummies join me
    we can alter the world for our children


    I make a route
    and I tell myself to speak out against the Tories
    who have lied to us
    I tell myself that the words must be followed by acts
    and so I investigate the government of Alberta    and its sister organizations

    I make a  route
    I do not stop
    I say to myself I am only one
    but others will come to join me
    and we will be able to create a new future for our children

    I make a route
    so that my children will be free
    I say to myself
    I am only one
    but then the other mummies will join me and victory will be ours


    -- Yared Mehzenta · Works at University of Alberta It would be so, so sweet if the unelected Health Minister was defeated in this byelection. By a doctor, too! Vote Dr Bob, Whitemudians! Reply · · 4 · October 19 at 7:17pm-------------Edward Horne · Top Commenter · North Island Colledge as mayor he promised 10000000 for homeles housing..yet they are still wandering the streets..he promised this..he promised that....But instead of being the mayor of the city all he did was work for Mr.rexall.-----------------Michelle Hynes Mr.Mandel's memory must be very poor if he has forgotten how he presented himself as a bully during a Terwillegar community meeting last year. I am actually a little surprized that the media hasn't presented this event as part of the election coverage. Haddow community league is currently trying to clean up a mess he left behind as mayor. Mr.Mandel you have a lot of work to do if you want anyone to listen to you in this riding. Getting votes here will be impossible. ANYONE BUT MANDEL is the word on the street. Reply · · 4 · Yesterday at 8:36am----------Johny Montana · University of Alberta We do not want Stephen Mandel in Alberta politics, or any government. His behavior has shown him to be dishonest and he prefers to hold closed door meetings to avoid opposition. He took $170million of provincial grant money intended for municipal infrastructure and used it towards Katz's arena. We needed that money for the LRT, roads, schools, and he wasted it paying for an arena that Katz could afford himself. He arranged to have 'affordable housing' projects built on school lands in neighbourhoods where schools are overcrowded and kids are bussed to other parts of the city. He did this by changing bylaws illegally; law says the public had 60 days to dispute these bylaw changes but he did not let the public know, so there were no disputes! The 'affordable' row houses were never intended to be affordable and help families, they are a way to have Landmark and Rohit develop rowhouse projects and generate revenue. The arena deal cost the city too much money. Instead of working in the best interests of the citizens, he wrangled a smoking good deal for Katz, even though the Oilers are a very profitable NHL team. Alberta can not afford to have Mandell in politics. If you are in the Whitemud riding, Alberta is counting on you to get out and vote for someone to beat Mandell. Reply · · 10 hours ago---------------------------“I think it’s a two-man race: me and Mandel. And Mandel is losing, badly,” said Turner, a doctor at Edmonton’s Cross Cancer Institute. “The ones that are not so sure about me say, ‘Anybody but Mandel.’ And I’m getting that at every door that I’m reaching,” Turner said. “I really have a good feel about this election. I think we can take it.”

    the delusions of the mighty on the street
    anybody but Mandel is the sign
    I see on the corner
    of my neighborhood

    and why would this be the case?
    just think of the farmlands lost in the N.E.
    and the bully tactics
    that ensured the Katz Arena was our just desserts

    for being oblivious citizens
    to the incompetence of our hires
    let us all join hands and chant
    anybody but Mandel   anybody but Mandel

    Mandel says one thing
    and like the rest of the Tories
    gives us something else which we don't need
    but seems to be the three wishes

    of the Katz Krew that shapes Katzmonton  
    we are the rubber tires that roll for them
    the driver in the seat of this car
    is the puppet of the developers



    http://globalnews.ca/news/1623189/alberta-byelections-race-in-edmonton-whitemud-heats-up/

     
    October 19, 2014 8:24 pm

    Alberta byelections: Race in Edmonton-Whitemud heats up


    Watch above: It’s the final countdown for candidates competing in four by elections in Alberta. Shallima Maharaj spent Sunday with two of the candidates who were out pounding the pavement in the Edmonton-Whitemud riding.
    EDMONTON — With just over a week until voters head to the polls in four Alberta byelections, the race in the Edmonton-Whitemud riding is heating up.
    Global News caught up with two of the candidates who were out door-knocking Sunday afternoon – Alberta NDP candidate Bob Turner and Alberta PC candidate, and health minister, Stephen Mandel.
    “I think it’s a two-man race: me and Mandel. And Mandel is losing, badly,” said Turner, a doctor at Edmonton’s Cross Cancer Institute.
    “The ones that are not so sure about me say, ‘Anybody but Mandel.’ And I’m getting that at every door that I’m reaching,” Turner said. “I really have a good feel about this election. I think we can take it.”
    Mandel also likes his chances come Oct. 27. He and his team have knocked on thousands of doors and Mandel says the reception has been very positive and supportive.
    “It’s an incredibly dynamic riding,” he said. “I think my experience as mayor should help quite a bit… I’m very optimistic and hopefully people will get out and vote.”
    Both Turner and Mandel say health care has been one of the most important issues brought up by those who live in the riding.
    “We don’t have enough ambulance paramedics to get our sick patients to hospitals,” said Turner. “We need a new hospital at the Mis (Misericordia). There’s lots of things I can help accomplish in this riding.”
    “There’s a lot of people concerned about health, access to health, the challenge of some of their family members when they get in the system or to get in the system and then long-term care,” Mandel explained. “I’ve heard that quite a bit.”
    But while both candidates remained positive Sunday, Mandel has taken some criticism over the past few weeks. Most recently, a letter was circulated in part of the riding.
    “I have never written a political letter before. But, the election is coming and I needed to remind you of the events that happened last year that I think might have some influence on how you vote,” reads the letter.*
    The letter, which appears to be from an area resident, alleges that at an open house to discuss a proposed supportive housing development in the Terwillegar area, then-Edmonton mayor Mandel attempted to antagonize community members.
    “I truly believe he was trying to stir up anger in the crowd,” the letter reads.
    mandel-letter2
    When asked about the letter, Mandel said the claims made in the letter were far from accurate.
    “We’re not going to get into mudslinging with anybody,” he said. “What was said in that letter was so far off the truth it’s ridiculous, but we’re not going to get involved. I just don’t think I want to lower myself to that level.”
    There are four others running in the riding: Wildrose candidate Tim Grover, Alberta Party candidate Will Munsey, Liberal candidate Donna Wilson and the Green Party’s Rene Malenfant.
    For more stories and coverage on the byelections, visit Global News’ Alberta byelections website.
    With files from Shallima Maharaj, Global News.
    *Correction: The copy of the letter Global Edmonton originally received appeared to be anonymous. However, upon further investigation it appears the letter was in fact signed by the resident. 
    Mr.Mandel's memory must be very poor if he has forgotten how he presented himself as a bully during a Terwillegar community meeting last year. I am actually a little surprized that the media hasn't presented this event as part of the election coverage. Haddow community league is currently trying to clean up a mess he left behind as mayor. Mr.Mandel you have a lot of work to do if you want anyone to listen to you in this riding. Getting votes here will be impossible. ANYONE BUT MANDEL is the word on the street.
    We do not want Stephen Mandel in Alberta politics, or any government. His behavior has shown him to be dishonest and he prefers to hold closed door meetings to avoid opposition.
    He took $170million of provincial grant money intended for municipal infrastructure and used it towards Katz's arena. We needed that money for the LRT, roads, schools, and he wasted it paying for an arena that Katz could afford himself.
    He arranged to have 'affordable housing' projects built on school lands in neighbourhoods where schools are overcrowded and kids are bussed to other parts of the city. He did this by changing bylaws illegally; law says the public had 60 days to dispute these bylaw changes but he did not let the public know, so there were no disputes! The 'affordable' row houses were never intended to be affordable and help families, they are a way to have Landmark and Rohit develop rowhouse projects and generate revenue.
    The arena deal cost the city too much money. Instead of working in the best interests of the citizens, he wrangled a smoking good deal for Katz, even though the Oilers are a very profitable NHL team.
    Alberta can not afford to have Mandell in politics. If you are in the Whitemud riding, Alberta is counting on you to get out and vote for someone to beat Mandell.