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Galt

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In response to today’s front page:

Water reader meter people have NOT been going door to door in our area for several years since they installed remote readers where the individual can read the meters by just parking on the street and getting the information.

Once again, how are the individuals monitoring this in real time being vetted to compensate for security concerns of individual residences?

Why would there be a need for “more expensive water storage and transfer pump stations”? According to Edmonton, these will eventually have to be replaced anyway.

Water conservation efforts were observed by many, especially with the wet summer we experienced.  Saying that it was not, is an insult to those who put effort into it. 

Regardless, if water was not being used, the cost to the consumer still went up and will continue to go up because Epcor is not making enough money with less water usage.

In response to HH:

Meters haven’t been installed, so there shouldn’t be an issue returning them if they’ve already been purchased.

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Is anyone else as tired as I am of reading crap like this dreamed up by another Social Justice Warrior? I mean really now!

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/12/14/boston-professor-proclaims-jingle-bells-racist-song/?__twitter_impression=true
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Don;  Not sure if this topic belongs here, under state of the City, Scams or it deserves its own topic.

 Anyway, I certainly had a chuckle this morning reading April Hudson's story 'City explores water meter opt outs' on page 13 of the Gazette.

This has got to be one of the best examples of bait and switch I have ever come across. For those of you who have not read the story, the City has not yet nailed down the cost of opting out of the new smart water meter program.

Our utilities Director warns that opting out will cost residents who decide to opt out at least $ 10.00 to $ 15.00 dollars a month because smart meters will eliminate the need for in-person meter reading.

I'm sure we are already paying for water meter readers.  So..... charge us more for the service we are already getting?  Really.
Do we seem to be that gullible? 

Is giving someone with a smart meter a monthly credit so there is no need to read their meter at all, just too logical a solution to work?

Some people have expressed concerned about the RF energy emitted by the meters. Myself, I'm more concerned about the people running the show.

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An oldie but still a goodie


My 2018 New Year’s Resolution

 

Hello to All You SAP Readers and Contributors:

For a while now, I’ve been thinking about all the things we have to be thankful for.  For the majority of us, that means: food in our bellies, warm clothing on our backs and places to sleep.  That also means someone has been kind enough to give us a soapbox on which to stand and shout out our thoughts and feelings. 

For example, consider the time and energy some people devote to keeping us out of trouble by giving us a forum to display our frustration, wit and disgust in relation to issues regarding world politics, the state of our country and the province, not to mention the city – and yes, even small things like who didn’t shovel their walks or move their vehicles for weeks on end.


For this, we can thank HH.

 

Since we all know it costs money to do virtually everything these days; why does HH continually do his level best to save us from ourselves?  Could it be that he supplements his retirement income with the myriad of ads posted on SAP?  Probably not.   

 

Could it be that he invites the more well-heeled residents of St Albert over for Saturday evening socials involving soda crackers and orange kool-aid to get them involved in rousing games of Twister, with the hopes that all that moving around will cause spare change to roll under the couch?  Probably not. 

 

Did HH take on an alias and apply for a part time job as a janitor with the city and just hasn’t yet been caught in Mr. Draper’s growing spider web of a lawsuit against the www?  Probably not.

 

Let’s think about this for a minute.  Without SAP, would the more anarchistic of us suddenly run amok on that main street of St Albert, chasing chickens, smoking pot and posting signs displaying our illustrious mayor sitting on a commode with his fist held high in the air screaming “No, you can’t kidnap my children!” or “DARP SHALL LIVE!”?  Maybe…

 

Or how about the Mayor and Mr. Draper sharing a “two holer”, while a few council members dig out their crayons and demand that their Minions send letters of outrage to what passes for our local newspaper?  Hmmmmm….

 

But, somehow, SAP continues to run on a limited benefit of cash funding.   HH hasn’t approached me (the one with the loudest mouth) to ante up some money to cover any extra costs.  In fact, it wasn’t until just recently that I even thought about how much it costs to run SAP.

 

So, the question still remains: who helps defray these costs? 

 

That’s why I began thinking that, for my 2016 New Year’s Resolution, I’ll put a note on my calendar every month reminding me to skip that can of pop and chips or odd trip to Tim’s and send a few bucks via Interac to HH as a way of saying thank you for having saved my backside from a whole world of hurt.

 

Heck, maybe, if he’ll let me, I’ll even offer up my services up as a Moderator.

 

How about you?

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Today's the day!

Blue Monday: Why January 15 is already 2018’s most miserable day

Blue Monday: 15 Jan is 2018's most miserable day

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I see the shoebox Mayor is pulling no punches on his twitter account.. blaming Cam, Sheena.. you know, childish bitter comments from, in my opinion, a cruel classless shell of a man.
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Why does nobody take us seriously ?

The City of Hamilton, Ontario (Pop 551,751) pushes to hire six new RCMP officers and makes the National news top stories. (CBC January 29th, 2018)

The City of St. Albert (Pop 65,589) projects they will need up to 10 new RCMP officers plus and additional 5 municipal enforcement officers this year and barely makes the front page of the Gazette. (January 20,2018).    Go figure. 

I feel so much safer knowing who is about to rob me.

 

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I got the following email this morning from Elke Blodgett and you know, she just might be right in that final comment:

Hi Don, I went to council since I expected a lot of pubic interest in the agenda topics ... There were 8 people in the gallery!!!! Main speaker dealt with water meter replacement…great presentation! I went home early to listen on computer since the acoustics in that room  make it impossible to hear anything.  Visual displays illegible … Amazing lack of interest in what is going on in town … I guess the public has given up.

At least that is what it seems like to me as well.
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I've been known to complain about the city of St Albert but when all is said and done, am grateful that I live here. I live in an older neighborhood and the kindness and helpfulness of neighbors is remarkable. As a senior with asthma, it is a struggle to keep up with clearing my sidewalks and driveway - I do pretty good until it gets really cold. Some kind soul came around with a snowblower and did my sidewalk early this morning and when I was trying to move a foot of drifted snow from the driveway, my neighbor from across the street came over with his snowblower and made short work of it. Another neighbor also cut down a huge tree on our property that was causing major problems with power lines and fences - totally out of the goodness of his heart. We may not know each other well, but we watch out for each other and I feel lucky and safe to have such good neighbors. 
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For the information of members here, local resident Elke Blodgett, a frequent contributor to both the forum and the main page, has suffered a heart attack and been taken to the Mazankowski Heart Institute for surgery yesterday evening. We wish her well.
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H.H., please let us know if you hear anything more on this. I have gotten to know Elke somewhat over the last number of years as we have been seat mates at city council a number of times. i doubt if there has ever been a more ardent advocate for environmental issues in particular. I have come to admire her and will keep her in my thoughts and prayers as I'm sure many others will as well. She's a real trooper!  
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Will do Murray. I get my updates via her son from a good friend. He described the attack as 'massive' and the prognosis as 'not good' last night.

I too have a special relationship with Elke and have been to her home dozens of times to assist her with computer issues.

She is one tough lady, so I hold hope for her.
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Elke's daughter, Astrid, just confirmed that Elke is no longer stirring up trouble on this earth. R.I.P. Elke my friend, you were one of a kind, I will miss you.
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Final Sunset For Elke Blodgett

St. Albert lost one of it's most unique residents yesterday when Elke Blodgett left this earth.

It was my honour and privilege to call her a friend.

We spent many hours both online and in person discussing issues that were near and dear to her heart.

She was a strong supporter and booster of this website and encouraged me over the years to continue to provide another voice in this city for over 15 years now.

Elke was as feisty as she was kind and I have been on both ends of that scale.

She put St. Albert on the map with her artistry as well as her environmental campaigns and passion for the people who reside here.

I wanted to pay one final tribute to Elke by sharing some of the photos we published over the years of her beloved Big Lake.

RIP Elke. You earned your rest.

See the photos on the main page. -HH
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A message from Elke Blodgett's family: 

Elke moved to another world on February 15 2018 at 5:30 p.m. She was surrounded by friends and family in a tearful, poetic, song-filled ceremony of passage. A fierce, angry, loving, creative and generous spirit has left us today and we are diminished by this. Elke is now an eagle, soaring over her lake and her woodshouse.

This was copied and pasted from the BLESS Facebook page.

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I am very saddened by Elke's passing as I was holding out hope that she might overcome. It is a great loss not only to those who may have known her but without their knowledge, those who did not. She was one of those special persons one might meet in the course of a lifetime. I'm certain she will continue to be a guardian of us all and the natural world only now from above in place of down here with the rest of us. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and close friends.  

Goodbye Elke! ............. Murray Lambert.  
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[comp] In a follow up to today's (02/24/18) editorial I believe that I am safe in saying with a straight face that Facebook is facing a questionable future to wit Facebookers may be able to save some face by facing the music. Let's face it, the only thing that stays the same in this world is change which is most obvious when it is staring you in the face and on the face of it that is not necessarily a bad thing. [smile] 
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It is no secret that I abhor Justin Trudeau and his Liberal party, but this Indian columnist outlines exactly why no one should ever cast a ballot for him or his party again.

The truth about Trudeau.jpg 

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While I believe Ajit Datta's comments are a little too strong, I personally am tired of Justin Trudeau and his performances on the world stage. Just as the current American president is a totally absurd brainless moron who brings humiliation to what is already a devolving country that is the U.S.A., our prime minister is an embarrassment to Canada and all of us who reside within. Long before he ever delved into politics I regarded Trudeau as demonstrating very little depth, a sentiment which has only been confirmed by his outright foolishness while in office. While the Americans have a 'clown' as their so called leader, we have nothing more than a 'Ken Doll'!
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I see in the front page of Saturdays Gazette, that Councillor Brodhead intends to introduce a motion to add franchise fee to my electrical bills.

Well, what a brilliant idea, We'll be able to charge everyone more money for something we don't produce, maintain or distribute, and we'll be able to add a whole new department at Silly Hall at the same time. We can hire a few more managers, a department head, a bunch more staff to administer everything, some IT people to set it all up, and we'll even announce it will be revenue neutral.

A franchise fee is just one more name for tax.  Ladies and gentlemen, If you believe there was ever such a thing as a revenue neutral tax, you are truly misguided.  This whole shell game of give and take only works when explained by a politician using lots of graphs and charts.    

 What will actually occur, is the people in our city least able to afford higher costs will end up paying for a bunch more bureaucracy we don't need.  If you think my landlord is going to cut me a deal on the rent because his property taxes have gone down, it's quite apparent you two have never met.  At some point, all the little people - be they renters or small business people are going to say enough is enough, and just pack up and leave.

I propose to Councillor Brodhead, using identical logic, if you don't implement the franchise fee, we will be financially ahead by the cost of the bureaucracy you would have created.
This is equivalent to a tax savings and by doing nothing, you will have single handedly managed to create a financial windfall for the city.  Congratulations.

 

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1. How much notice will I get before my water is shut-off?
Response: The water will only need to be disconnected for 20-30 minutes to accommodate the meter replacement which is scheduled through an appointment. The replacement of the water meter is not optional. The City is taking every effort to work with customers to gain access to their property without the disruption of service. Notices and reminders are being provided to customers to encourage the efficient replacement of City infrastructure on a neighbourhood basis by the contractor. The City sincerely hopes that we do not have to shut off water to any customers. Within the current Water Bylaw 05/2001, (Section 20 (2) (d) and Section 36) a customer who refuses to provide access to their land and any structure for the purpose of installing, inspecting or repairing, the water meter, the couplings or the remote reading device, is guilty of an offense. A person who commits an offence under this bylaw is liable to a fine of $1,000, and $2,500 for each subsequent offence. Furthermore, as per Section 30 the City can disconnect the water supply if a customer fails to comply with section 20 (2) (d). Administration would be happy to discuss any concerns you may have with the required installation and the contractor has provided extremely flexible installation options for customers.

2. Is there an alternative available to access water after shut-off?
Response: The City sincerely hopes that we do not have to shut off water to any customers. If it did come to that, residents have the option to purchase bottled water from a company of their choice.

3. What is the current end of life date for my current water meter on my residence? Can I keep it until then?
Response: The City owned water meter at your residence is over 12 years old. This meter is scheduled for a full replacement as it is more efficient and cost effective to time this replacement with the program underway. As per section 11 of the Water Bylaw “Water meters and remote reading devices installed by the City remain the property of the City.”

4. Will there be an additional cost when the city forces the smart meter to be installed?
Response: There are no additional costs to the customer for the smart meter installation or program. A “Non Standard meter reading alternative” with an additional fee may be considered by Council for residents who choose not to have the RF transmitter installed in place of the existing remote reading device. If a resident were to choose to have an RF Transmitter installed in the future there may be a cost for this installation.

For further information:
Water Bylaw https://stalbert.ca/uploads/legislative/WaterBy5-2001ConsolbyBylaw48-2017_(Effective_Jan1-2018).pdf
Water Meter Replacement Program info http://www.stalbert.ca/water-meter
Contact Info - P: 780-459-1555
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Hi Don,

I went to the Grey Nuns White Spruce Park yesterday and was rather dismayed by the destruction I saw there. 
The City website states:

The Grey Nuns White Spruce Forest is An ecologically and historically significant area located just east of Ray Gibbon Drive. This designated Municipal Historic Resource is the home of many trees that are well over 100 years old, and which provide a habitat for a variety of birds, mammals, plants, and amphibians.

For the sustainability of the forest, please:

  • Leave no trace
  • Keep your dog on-leash
  • Pick up after your pet
  • Stay on existing trails
  • Leave trees (both living and non-living) in place

It goes on to say;

Tree Maintenance

The Grey Nuns White Spruce Park had been hit hard with extreme weather events over the past couple of years, including several wind storms in 2017. As a result, there were areas within the forest boundary that needed more intensive maintenance to manage hazardous trees for visitor safety and to improve the health of the forest. Activities included falling leaning trees and ensuring fallen trees were dropped down to the ground. The majority of the tree material remained in the forest, but some was removed to ensure there would be good space for the understory to regrow and to help reduce the forest fire risk by removing some of the fuel load in the forest.

Work began in February 2018 and was completed in March 2018 while the ground was frozen.


What I witnessed was major destruction. By the damage left on the ground it is clear that a big wheeled piece of equipment was used (Like a large front end loader) to clear large swaths to get to the fallen trees. Yup they would have been difficult to get to with out this cut swath.  Which is why the felled trees should have been left alone.  How ever I refer you to the highlighted City statements above.  Much of the felled trees were dragged out and stacked in an open area on the other side of the main access trail.  As usual, the City says one thing and then does the opposite.
My point is this;  Anywhere I have hiked in the National Parks - Park Rangers will clear debris that is laying across a designated hiking trail. That's it. The rest of the tree is left where it is and as it fell. 

And then I came across this;
LOGGED.jpg 
It appears that the center left portion of the middle of this log must have been deemed dangerous to visitors of This designated Municipal Historic Resource. It appears that the rest of the log and stumps laying around it were not considered dangerous.

I also observed many flags indicating gas lines and also surveyor stakes in place.  2 things comes to mind. 

  1. IF the intention was to only clear logs (which should have been left where they were) I would expect no ground disturbance. So under ground gas lines wouldnt have needed to be identified.
  2. Why are there survey stakes?  This indicates to me that there are more plans to do more damage to This designated Municipal Historic Resource.  What gives?
Now I am no tree hugger but I do appreciate This designated Municipal Historic Resource for what it is.  To see the wanton destruction was rather disheartening. 

With out a doubt Elke would be spinning in her grave.

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Murray Lambert

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So much for "Cultivating Life in the Botanical City!"  [mad]
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Here is a link on RF emissions for smart grid devices. Already dated as it is from 2013, that doesn't mean the newer devices give off lower intensity signals. I have an RF and EMF meter so I can ensure I have no hot spots or high exposure locations in my house. I've moved and changed various devices to achieve this.

https://smartgridawareness.org/2013/04/24/smart-meter-rf-emission-vs-other-common-devices/

Has some good information to be aware of. At the bottom of the article there are some related links that are also relevant to "smartgrid" RF signals.
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Earth Hour BS..  What a stupid idea.   Even the left wing hypocrite loons in BC expose it as a frace.

http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/b-c-s-electricity-use-increases-0-2-per-cent-during-earth-hour-2018

B.C.'s electricity use increases 0.2 per cent during Earth Hour 2018

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