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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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