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Steve Stone

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I am very privileged to know Gene Checora, a long-time St. Albert citizen and reputable realtor. Gene has sacrificed a great deal of his time and energy in putting together a detailed financial analysis and report comparing the City of St. Albert with the City of Airdrie – two Alberta cities with an almost identical population number.

Take a good look at his research stats and comparisons which exposes St. Albert as being in dire need of auditing and inspection for wastage and correction in budgeting and spending principles. His report is on my website; linked here:

      http://votestevestone.ca/2017/10/06/we-need-to-take-a-close-look-at-our-citys-financial-management/
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Lynda Flannery's letter to the editor could not be better! It describes the perceived local media bias in a very forthright manner. I find this matter to be very disheartening due in no small part to the fact that over the course of the last four years none of my submissions to The St. Albert Gazette have ever not been published. There have been some title changes from time to time and other minor edits but never anything that I couldn't accept or live with.
The recent proliferation of increasingly vitriolic letters edifying the 'Power Group' members on council while demonizing the 'Dissenting Group' comprised of Sheena Hughes, Cam MacKay and to a lesser extent, Bob Russell are so far 'over the top' and exaggerated that they could be described as unbelievably 'stratospheric'.

Once again, my thanks go out to Lynda while hoping her letter is published in time so as to reach the St. Albert citizens/rate payers who read our local newspaper. Although I had intended for my most recent submission entitled; "Mayor shows his true colours..." to be my last before election dayI am currently in the process of constructing a rebuttal of my own which should be on its way later today.
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A resounding and alarming concern I have found to be common among all I have met in our community, is the absence of responsible financial management of our tax dollars.

On one hand we have the highest taxes in Alberta and on the other hand we throw away money like it is going out of style – We need to be responsible in the way we manage our income and expenses. Additionally, our very high Utility Fees are unacceptable.

My top priority as a Councillor, if elected to serve you, is to re-establish responsible financial management which has been long lost.

In the video link below, mayoral candidate Cam MacKay expresses his thoughts on Financial Responsibility; it is high time we see a renewal of responsible spending. We do share the very same concern and urgency of needed correction. I am firmly committed to having our City’s books and operations scrutinized by means of auditing and inspection for wastage and correction in budgeting and spending principles.

… no doubt in my books, for a recovery of responsible leadership, Cam’s the way to go.

Take a good at his videoed presentation below and give me your thoughts.

 

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Morning all. I have been receiving complaints that people cannot comment on any of my Facebook posts. That is because Facebook has been up and down, at least on all my devices.

A reminder that you can still post election related comments here, particularly after the bombshell dropped on the YES crew of the library debate carried on the front page here today. Just be sure to use your real name as any anonymous comments will be deleted on posting.

This is a major setback for the Pro-Library group and I suspect it will have a very negative affect on the Heron for mayor campaign as she was so public in her support and coughed up a thousand bucks to assist in broadcasting apparently fudged data promoting a branch library through public ads, some of them in the Gazette.

I also question any semblance of fair play or neutrality that the Community of St. Albert Facebook page has claimed. John Carle's public collaboration with mayor Crouse on Facebook trying to discredit Cam MacKay leaves no doubt in people's minds as to the extreme bias that exists on that site.

If that is the kind of thing that voters want, they are welcome to vote for the 'Crousette' team candidate. I want no part of more of Crouse's style of politics and refuse to vote for either her or Broadhed due to their constant support of a the former mayor over the course of both terms served.

It is time for change St. Albert. Are you up for it? If so get your butts to the polls and support some fine people who can change all that for you. Just be careful they do not support the Crousette team. No other way exists to stop the bad governance we have experienced from former Crouse supporters.




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I hope someone had the foresight to send a copy of Frank Vagi's report to the Gazette.
I wouldn't put it past them to gamble away the last of their credibility by sitting on the story 'till after the election, ..... but I have been wrong before.

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Here is the latest copy of the report that we could host:

http://jmp.sh/lCG9Xa8
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Well, It unfortunately looks like I called this one correctly.  Not a whisper of the document in today's paper. 

I seems a bit hypocritical for the Gazette's editorial in today's edition to claim they have 'turned down a significant amount of third party advertising because they contained falsehoods, defamatory comments or misleading information' while continuing to run copy from the Say Yes to the Library group.

The Gazette has likely had a copy of Frank Vagi's report to the City since Tuesday, but for whatever reason, the publisher and /or editor have decided that it is in the public's best interest to not expose the biased information put forth by the pro library group. This has got to be partisan journalism at its worst. Once the story leaks, and you can be sure it will, it will take a masterful amount of spin by the publisher to retain any sort of ethical credibility. My only thought is they are giving the library board some time to determine who is going to take the fall.

I know a lot of voters as well as prominent people who let their name be associated with the 'Yes group' are going to be infuriated when they learn they were led down the proverbial garden path with the full knowledge and support of the Gazette. 

Jennifer Henderson is quite correct in her statement in today's paper;  'An informed electorate is truly needed to ensure good governance'   All we need now is a newspaper with some moral values.

Maybe while the top brass is away taking a refresher course in Professional Ethics at the next Canadian Association of Journalists convention, someone on staff can step up to the plate and report the news, the whole news and nothing but the news.

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While I'm not certain if the Gazette has been made privy to Frank's report it is doubtful that they would give it any consideration let alone running a story on it. The numbers constituting the study speak for themselves in revealing the bogus underpinnings of the entire pro-library movement many of the members of which have themselves undoubtedly been duped into believing that they were supporting an above board, worthy and deserving cause.This whole  issue is simply another example of the shallowness that has permeated the governance and management of our city for a much too long time. Unfortunately, far too few citizens of St. Albert have the slightest awareness of such goings on.
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So, Nolan Crouse takes a picture of his ballot in the booth and posts it to Twitter.

Methinks the chief electoral officer might just have something to say about that.

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Well,!!!! The results are in.  Congratulations and hats off to everyone who ran a campaign. You make democracy work.

Wes Brodhead with the most votes? I would never have predicted that.  New councilors !!   WOW !!!!    Who would'a thunk.

As for Nolan, OMG  WHAT WERE YOU THINKING ???

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Just wondering what we have. 

Let's say in terms of the Crouse 4 vs the Mackay/Hughes/Russel 3.

Who, would you say, would have voted with Crouse group over Mackay Group?

Heron  - Crouse

Broadhead - Crouse

Hughes - Mackay


Watkins - 

Joly - 

Hansen - 

Ken MacKay - 
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Wow, am I getting attacked on twitter for suggesting the library is dead.  HELL NO they say. Voters are stupid.

That "study" was poorly done. Deliberately inaccurate per author and defamatory. Citing it reflects poorly on you. We will move forward.



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You're being quite rude. Again, research and those who were informed said this was needed. Sure hope they had more info than public.




Nolan knew early   https://twitter.com/nkorotash/status/920150448069152769



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    I'm not affiliated with the library group. I believe in statistics. The pleb. *will* be taken into account. It does not overwrite. lus it appears the Heron group has won?

    election was a mixed bag. How can we vote against a new library, but for a progressive city council?!

     





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It should be considered an act of war towards citizens if they try for a library.  the vote is clear.  It must never be built.  All actions are warranted when the elected dare to ignore the voters who have clearly spoken.
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@enough  - then expect civil disobedience, lawsuits and chaos. 
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Whatever Don. I gave up on Facebook and thought this would be a good outlet to come back to. Good grief. With so very little traffic and interaction, you'd think you'd want some people back. Good luck, Have a great day!!!!

EDIT: There is only a single thread where I demanded real names be used. Any other thread is open.

Why you choose to use your own name on Facebook and not here is a mystery to me.

At the end of the day, this thread had one condition to post. You ignored that and chose to post without the required name. And you blame me? You could have posted your comments in any other thread with your nick name as the election was over.

It was critical that folks used their real names to end speculation on who had what opinion on the election. That was all I asked. That's why I deleted the posts. I am leaving this one to address your concern. - HH


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Yeah, how to kill your own website 101

Might as well shut it down. 
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S.A.P has backed the losing candidate in the last 3 municipal elections. Clearly SAP is out of touch with the majority of residents. S.A.P predicted that the swearing incident, the double billing, the governance report and pecuniary interest law suite would all result in Crouse being removed from office. None of these things happened. Wrong again. SAP once provided a voice for a minority of residents but even those seem to have abandoned it in favour of Facebook. Heck, only two candidates thought it worthwhile to even post something on SAP. Time to shut it down, at least the forum.

EDIT: I was far from the only one to predict the court would do the right thing. It didn't happen and Crouse won. Nothing I can do about it. I can back anyone I want as can you. That is called democracy. I chose my picks, you chose yours. Seems fair to me and I sure as hell don't criticize yours.

Not even enough cajones to use your real name now either? I use mine and admit when I am wrong. You continue to hide from any scrutiny and dare to tell me to shut down? Not a chance from an anonymous nobody. Sorry. - HH
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Give it a break for crying out loud, if you can't put your name to your posts you shouldn't be making them in the first place. Why do people not balk at their identity being revealed on Facebook and the like but scream bloody blue murder with regards to SAP. I will never understand the reasoning behind such twisted logic.
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I concur with Murray...this is the one and only category that Don asks for actual names. If you won't comply, then submit your post in another category with your anonymous name. Sheesh.

Moving on - did anyone else read today's Edmonton Journal? On A4 there's an article "New mayors seek to build better relationships", and of course there are some quotes by our new mayor, Cathy Heron. When asked about the issue of the results of the non-binding plebiscite questions (with no's for both the library and rink), she said: "There will be some hard questions...about how to go ahead in a different way." That's alarming to me...sounds like she means to still pursue the library and rink. And: "The demand is still there and the need is still there" REALLY??? According to who, exactly? And how do you just wave your hand and discount 61% of voters? Some of whom actually voted for her as mayor. That 61% translates to a LOT of people...thousands of people. And finally: "Plebiscites naturally draw out...the 'no' vote, because nobody likes taxes." So, is she inferring the plebiscite is invalid somehow because only No voters came out? And yet those same voters voted Yes to the pool, and even Yes to her as mayor. Maybe she should have the guts to put the whole issue to the real test, and have a BINDING plebiscite with a clear question and let St. Albert residents decide. Then accept the results and MOVE ON already.

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Anyone who may have viewed the CTV and Global television coverage of The Heron Camp's lovefest at our local casino would have witnessed proof positive that Nolan Crouse is not really going anywhere but will be continuing to pull the strings, though longer as they may be, from off stage through his surrogate, our mayor elect. In fact, if you counted the seconds on the TV spot I'm sure Crouse got more air time than she did as if he had just won the election which for all intents and purposes is what really happened.

In trying to remain a 'glass half full person', I sincerely hope that the newcomers to council, all of whom I believe are strong individuals in their own right, will not succumb to the same manipulation that their predecessors did. Even if there is the slimmest glimmer of a silver lining in the other night's results, I am willing to give them a chance before passing further judgement. The library issue will undoubtedly be the first 'litmus test'.

Murray,
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