Marc Garneau coming to the Durham area

February 7th, 2013

Marc Garneau who is a candidate for the Federal Liberal Leadership is coming to the Durham Region area, here are the details.

Marc Garneau will be in the Durham Region area on Sunday - This Sunday so mark your calendars. First Stop is Durham Federal Riding AGM - Annual General Meeting in Blackstock at the Blackstock Rec centre 3440 Church Street 2-3:15 pm.
THEN to Oshawa
4-5 pm at the Oshawa Airport Enterprise Hanger 1191 Keith Ross Drive Oshawa.

I will be going to Oshawa event!

Councillor wage freeze - Region of Durham

January 28th, 2013

You may have heard about the motion to have a wage freeze at the Durham Region Council.

Here are links to the speeches by our Ajax Regional Councillors,  Colleen Jordan and Mayor Steve Parish

Colleen Jordan is after the seconder of the motion, Peter Rodrigues of Pickering.
Mayor Parish   Mayor Parish references other ways to save a lot more money,  Merge Fire services with EMS  and his reasoning and size of council.    All valid arguments. 

Why did he not vote on the issue then, he said he would not support it, I have no idea.

I sent an email to Colleen to correct her report as she said All Councillors voted No.  In the time I was writing this post she replied and said she will correct her report.   Have not heard back from Parish why he missed the vote.

Credit to Kerry Casey Meydam for her youtube videos.   Here is a link to all of them if you are interested, I really liked Pickering Councillor Jennifer O’Connells, Whitby Don Mitchell can be heard on it as well.

They have to do something!   Here is the motion being moved by Councillor Akerman .

Why Councillor’s who represent the public who pay the bills have their salary increases linked to union settlements/non union staff is beyond me.

Renrick Ashby was endorsed by Ajax Firefighters association, so it would be interesting to know how he feels about Parish’s comments about merging with EMS at the Regional level.

Renrick Ashby- Page for all Information created

January 27th, 2013

I have created a new page to house all information pertaining to Renrick Ashby and his Liquor Licence issue as more information is known.

Nancy Henry sent me a post that I put on it.

Renrick Ashby Nexx Lounge - Breaking News- zoning info

January 26th, 2013

The Town of Ajax has laid zoning By-law charges against Renrick but it is an open investigation and the Media did not really elude to what the infractions are.   Renrick stated in the article the business had consistent uses for the zoning of the plaza. He is wrong and it is misleading to the public.   Read the rest of this entry »

Deport Renrick Ashby to Pickering - He violated their code of Conduct.

January 25th, 2013

Had Renrick Ashby been Ward 2 Councillor in Pickering the following would apply in this situation of his charges of operating a business without a Liquor Licence.

Pickering has a section that covers Applicable Laws and Policies: Renrick violated this as I read it.  Citizens are not expected to be lawyers and Councillor Codes are not supposed to be written in such a way that you need a lawyer to know if you broke it.  Read the rest of this entry »

Not a criminal offence- But are councillors above the rules?

January 19th, 2013

The story is making the rounds now you can read it here - Excellent work Reka!
Renrick Ashby has been charged with Liquor Licence related charges - Provincial and Local By-law infractions for not having an entertainment Licence.

I laughed when the Fire department was mentioned in the article, remember the union endorsed Renrick and they put signs up for him.

Everyone knows Liquor rules!  Councillors who own a business that is a bar should be extra vigilant.  Anyone that has ever had a stag and doe party and weddings knows about liquor licences.

When you own a business you are responsible for all compliance issues, even if you entrust day to day operations to a manager– this is an excuse that I am expecting to come out.  Renrick is the President and the buck stops with him.  Does he still work with the City of Toronto?

A Councillor that enters into a business with anyone needs to also ensure who they do business with is skilled in regulation and compliance requirements to operate said Business.

I was actually thinking of giving up the blog cause I was politically bored and not too interested lately but I changed my mind.  Maybe tomorrow I will post links to some of my favourite Renrick blog posts.

How long was Renrick the owner of this place?  I have no idea who the other people are that are connected to it.
They did not comply with the Ajax Entertainment by-law and I ask ,  if there was no raid when would this have come to light that he had no Municipal Licence?  They were supposed to supply a certificate of insurance with the Town.

Can’t wait to read more as this story develops!

Next election is October 2014!
Let’s remember this incident folks! you can be sure you will be reminded though.

Who wants to go to the Next Council Meeting?

Saturday February 16th from 2-4 pm is Renrick’s unplugged session.  Maybe in addition to being unplugged he will be unhinged! 

Pickering wants the payoff now too! Motion to be willing Casino Host

December 10th, 2012

Here is a link to the article on .

 Who would have thought that having a Casino in Ajax would lead to future shakedowns. 

I still believe we should be sharing some revenue with the Region but now Pickering wants to get a bribe offer as well to not have a Casino I think.

Pickering will state in their motion a willingness to share revenues of any Casino with Ajax AND Whitby.  

Ford Voted on his own issue in August 2010 — Where was vigilance then?

November 27th, 2012

I am looking at a copy of minutes from the City of Toronto meeting from August 2010,  this is when he was still an annoying Councillor.     He was warned as well by the council speaker in advance of his vote and she testified in the court case.   Then he voted again in February 2012 it was only the vote in 2012 that is the cause of the situation currently.

Deadline to file a complaint is within six weeks of becoming aware of the the conflict and it has to be less then 6 years after the alleged conflict.

Here is a copy of the August 25, 2010 vote.  Ford announced his run in March of 2010 so the gravy train had left the station at this point. Read the rest of this entry »

Open Season on Mayors!

November 27th, 2012

So what do we think about Toronto Mayor Rob Ford being kicked out of office?

I will say , I have been an on and off again Ford Fan but this issue has turned into a witch hunt. 

The Municipal Conflict of Interest act is unenforced, if the Province really felt it wanted to protect us it would enforce the law and not leave it to Citizens to obtain lawyers- lucky if you get one to work for free if they are motivated enough to do it.   Glory and political outcome.

If Mayor Ford had just had a lovely Mayor’s gala with the Football foundation as the recipient of the money raised, all would be ok.     That’s my thinking.   Then he could have stood up in Council and announced the event and sent invites on City letterhead even.

Do they not have Mayor Galas in Toronto?  All the  burbs around the city have them.

I realise the reason the he is out is because he spoke on an issue that he was involved in but the act itself gives loopholes so it does not have to be strictly enforced if a judge so decided.  

How did Mayor McCallion survive on what I feel was a larger abuse of the law?

If they like you , it’s ok if they don’t , look out.  

Ward 2 Community Meeting- Taxes and GO station

November 6th, 2012

I was unable to make the last Ward 2 Community meeting , it was being held by all 3 North Councillors,  Renrick Ashby Ward 2 , Marilyn Crawford Ward 1 and Shaun Collier, Regional Wards 1, 2.

I was informed the 2 dominating topics were, Taxes and the GO station.

How do you feel about the property Taxes in Ajax?