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Old Posted May 25, 2012, 6:38 PM
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P3 infrastructure projects seem to be the only projects in this province that are done on time, to spec and on budget.

Do you have any information of your "behind the door deals with his friends" claims or are you just spouting garbage because you don't like Katz.
Fort Rouge Yards were granted to Lexington Investment Corp, despite the fact that they have a history of legal issues. I don't know why you are defending him, there aren't anything wrong with P3's, however the right bidder should be chosen and transparency is always a good thing when it comes to government decisions.

There isn't anything wrong with this bill, and if there is, like Katz suggests, than he is hiding something, or is frustrated because he can no longer pick developers of his choice without consulting other bidders when it comes to future projects. If he is mad about this, than it is because he will not personally benefit from this bill.

I may not know exactly what Katz does behind closed doors, but a lot of his dealings are shady at best, and as mayor that doesn't sit well with me. You can say I am spouting garbage all you like, but if we were to ask at this moment of time what the general populace thought of Katz it would result in negative feedback. My accusations are very much warranted and could hardly be considered the spewing of garbage. If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and looks like a duck, then it is most likely a duck.
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Is this good enough for you H0twired? I still don't understand why you defend our mayor. Name one good thing that he has done (since coming to office) and I may back off of him.
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So mayor and one councillor trump the rest.

Interesting side note is that Phil Sheegl (like Mr. Katz) was a real estate agent before he was CAO, and apparently the two were good friends before hand...Although now I am on the verge of spewing garbage again, so I will zip the lips.
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REVENUE from an added one percentage point of provincial sales tax would benefit municipal infrastructure, Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz suggested Thursday without going so far as to formally endorse the idea.
This weekend, Manitoba's New Democrats will debate a labour-sponsored motion to hike the provincial sales tax by one point to help municipalities whittle away at their infrastructure deficit.
Katz, who has been asking the province to slice off a share of PST for municipal infrastructure since 2007, said he would support such a tax if the proceeds were truly dedicated entirely to infrastructure -- provided voters endorse the idea in a referendum.
"If the public is happy with the condition of our roads, community centres and our pipes underground... they can make the (decision)," Katz said from Saskatoon, where he was at the big-city mayors' caucus at the annual Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference.
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The special mayor episode of Winnipeg Internet Pundits got me thinking about mayors. My particular train of thought revolved around mayoral performance. Why do mayors always seem to underperform? Is it just my perception, or do cities generally have a hard time attracting capable leaders?
I think most Winnipeggers can relate to this. Before our last civic election, there was near-unanimous consensus that Mayor Sam Katz was doing a poor job: making poor planning decisions, spending too much time in Phoenix and not enough running the city, screwing up rapid transit, screwing up active transportation, doing things that were uncomfortably close to conflict of interest, burying us in an infrastructure deficit, poisoning the relationship with the province...
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Land swap: When Gerbasi, Colin Craig, AND even Peter Kaufmann are all calling you out, you know it's bad...
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I know this is old, but I just read this for the first time;

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"So this is how people treat someone who is not trying to be the typical politician. This move deeply hurts me."

"Mike, if you voted for this f---- crap, you are not going to like Community Committee any more. Nobody f---s with my home. I have a definition of density that says no f---- multifamily structures mid block. If this f---- project was at the corner of a feeder street and Scotia, it might be okay with a proper design.

"Rus you are just a f---- a--hole. Your pal could have made lots off f---- money without this crap. I knew you would pull this s--- when you lied to me about Jenny.

"Jeff, how would you feel about pulling this s--- on Kildonan Drive?

"Paula, not sure how you voted, but how would you feel if this crap was pulled on you?"
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manito...-winnipeg.html

Now, I have no problem with Eadie's choice of words, as has been said, they swear to each other all the time behind close doors - which this email was supposed to signify. However why is it that even our Councillors are nimby's?

I am probably going to sound rash and immature here, but I am getting extremely frustrated with the mentality of the citizens of this city. Once again, another ignorant question coming here, but why in the world is everyone so against density in this city? I would much prefer a line of streets filled with multifamily units such as Verve, over single family units.

Am I really the only one who has this mentality, or does someone out there share it. Please lets hear what people have to say on this one.

Are streets such as Balmoral, Westminster and Woseley east of Sherbrooke really that unattractive, and undesirable to people? Because, aside from the exchange I believe West Broadway has the most character in the city. Especially along that stretch of "f---in multi-family structures", as Mr. Eadie so eloquently put it..
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i would not slam edie hes done some really good community work in mynarski
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this is more pressing...

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/loc...169590886.html

Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
Katz says purchase unwise
Concedes buying firm from city CAO raised questions
By: Bartley Kives
Posted: 1:00 AM |

One day after complaining about being the prey in a media "witch hunt," a more contrite Mayor Sam Katz conceded it wasn't a good idea to buy a shell company from the city's top bureaucrat.
In March, Katz purchased a Scottsdale, Ariz., entity called Duddy Enterprises LLC from Winnipeg chief administrative officer Phil Sheegl. When asked about the transaction on Tuesday, Katz said the company was dormant and suggested scrutiny of the move was part of a plan to discredit him.

n Wednesday, Katz continued to insist he did nothing untoward -- but acknowledged it doesn't look great when the mayor buys a company from a senior city official, who is also a good friend.
"When you're in the world of politics, the sad statement is reality doesn't count. As you've heard the expression, perception is reality and perception appears to be extremely important. So should one exercise more caution? I think the answer is a definitive yes," Katz told reporters.
"If I had to do this again, I would have paid three or four thousand dollars, found a lawyer and, boom, done that. No doubt about that. That's a very valuable lesson learned."
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i would not slam edie hes done some really good community work in mynarski
I understand that Eadie has some good traits. But his complaint was uncharacteristic of his job description. He is all for development, and improvement, just as long as it doesn't effect him. And that to me spells NIMBY.
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Now, I have no problem with Eadie's choice of words, as has been said, they swear to each other all the time behind close doors - which this email was supposed to signify. However why is it that even our Councillors are nimby's?

I am probably going to sound rash and immature here, but I am getting extremely frustrated with the mentality of the citizens of this city. Once again, another ignorant question coming here, but why in the world is everyone so against density in this city? I would much prefer a line of streets filled with multifamily units such as Verve, over single family units.
In regards to your questions, councillors are generally Nimby's in these controversial cases if the majority (or vocal minority) are also NIMBYs. Politicians want to keep their jobs, and they do this best by not angering or riling up their electorate. It's often as simple as that.

In regards to your second question, not everyone is against density. It's just that people have different preferences. For young professionals, students, urban-minded folk like we find here, and even empty nesters, it may be appealing to live in a smaller condo in a high density area. However, not everyone shares this mentality, which is fine. Some people want to have quiet streets, a backyard, proximity to good schools, and the convenience of free parking. Sometimes, people perceive higher density neighbourhoods as unsafe, dirty and noisy. People with kids may find it harder to get to activities etc. by only the bus or walking. So, while high density is appealing to some, so are other urban forms to others.
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This isn't necessarily politics, but from what I can see this is a very disgusting display of Police Brutality, if not abuse of authority.

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/25492443/theater
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This isn't necessarily politics, but from what I can see this is a very disgusting display of Police Brutality, if not abuse of authority.

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/25492443/theater
So what exactly is "disgusting"?

I don't really feel like watching 20 minutes of people arguing with cops, reading off cop badges and then pretending to be legal experts as they cry brutality.
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So what exactly is "disgusting"?

I don't really feel like watching 20 minutes of people arguing with cops, reading off cop badges and then pretending to be legal experts as they cry brutality.
Then don't comment on the matter. If it isn't worth your time, then why did you feel the need to comment on it?
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Then don't comment on the matter. If it isn't worth your time, then why did you feel the need to comment on it?
Just wondering what the facts were. Claiming police brutality is a pretty serious allegation to be making.

Looks like the WFP has already reported on the video.

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/bre...170126306.html

Surprise surprise. No police brutality.
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Just wondering what the facts were. Claiming police brutality is a pretty serious allegation to be making.

Looks like the WFP has already reported on the video.

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/bre...170126306.html

Surprise surprise. No police brutality.
You read a biased media report. Watch the actual video. The behaviour of the police is questionable at best. To me any abuse of authority on the officer's part is considered police brutality.

They are given rights that most citizens do not possess and must therefore treat those rights with an exuberant amount of responsibility and integrity. When a protestor is getting tossed around for simply asking why another protester is being arrested, that is brutality.

The point of the officers in a scenario such as this should be to safely escort the protest along its way. They weren't breaking any laws, or disturbing the peace.

If you watch the video, it was the police who became physical, and the police who continued to be physical, even when the protestors didn't fight back.

The only thing that the man who was arrested did was go limp, followed by having some sort of seizure. Why was he arrested in the first place? Funny how the officers won't disclose the charges.

Your points are mute until you watch the video. And for once stop arguing for the sake of arguing.
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u can't be serious chris. A large group walking in a traffic lane is asked multiple times to get onto the sidewalk. The police are not attempting to break up the protest but rather move it to a safer area, presumably so they don't get smacked by a vehicle. After the police asking multiple times in calm manner, the protestors completely ignore the authority of the police and even scream "just keep walking". THen the male who was apprehended by the trash can, was not done in a harsh manner at all. One cop is holding onto one of his arms. I can't say what happened when he collapses. Maybe it was a seizure, maybe he was faking, but i have no sympathy for the protestors and completely side with the police on this one.

Also your claiming a media bias on a publication that is in itself quite biased to the left, that to me is strange.
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You read a biased media report. Watch the actual video. The behaviour of the police is questionable at best. To me any abuse of authority on the officer's part is considered police brutality.
I took the time to watch the video. Sorry, but I saw no signs of police brutality that you claim.
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Also your claiming a media bias on a publication that is in itself quite biased to the left, that to me is strange.
I understand, however why comment on a matter when he has no interest in it? That was my point. He could comment on an article - which can be spun in any direction - or he can watch the video and come up with his own conclusion.

In terms of people taking up lanes; it happens all of the time. There was no need to remove them from the lane, traffic was not overly heavy, and the crowd was large enough to be noticed.

Ignoring a police officer is also not an offence. A citizen doesn't have to listen to every command a police officer makes, it was the right of the citizens to decide whether they wanted to move or not. They weren't loitering. Pushing a crowd that size onto a sidewalk doesn't work, as then only a few would spill onto the road. I would rather see a large crowd on the road, thus noticed by oncoming traffic, rather than one or two individuals.

Now don't get me wrong, I want to be a police officer, so I am not one of those who will shout brutality at every case brought forward. But this situation could have been handled better. Since the police were the first - and only - to get aggressive physically, then the onus is on them for what occurred in my opinion.
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I understand, however why comment on a matter when he has no interest in it? That was my point. He could comment on an article - which can be spun in any direction - or he can watch the video and come up with his own conclusion.

In terms of people taking up lanes; it happens all of the time. There was no need to remove them from the lane, traffic was not overly heavy, and the crowd was large enough to be noticed.

Ignoring a police officer is also not an offence. A citizen doesn't have to listen to every command a police officer makes, it was the right of the citizens to decide whether they wanted to move or not. They weren't loitering. Pushing a crowd that size onto a sidewalk doesn't work, as then only a few would spill onto the road. I would rather see a large crowd on the road, thus noticed by oncoming traffic, rather than one or two individuals.

Now don't get me wrong, I want to be a police officer, so I am not one of those who will shout brutality at every case brought forward. But this situation could have been handled better. Since the police were the first - and only - to get aggressive physically, then the onus is on them for what occurred in my opinion.
You want to be a police officer and find the police actions in that video aggressively physical? I hope you have good mediating skills if you do end up being a cop.

http://www.winnipeg.ca/clkdmis/DocEx...Id=1&DocId=344

page seven, 9A and 9B

I doubt they had either, although you could debate if it was a parade, i would assume it was a "political parade" tho.
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