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Bullied Union Bay Improvement District Trustee addresses recent publication from the Chair

The following information distributed by Trustee Susanna Kaljur:

As a landowner and twice elected trustee I read with interest the October 30, 2018 “Safety Message” from Chair Ted Haraldson where he writes:

At our last public board meeting (October 18) Trustee Kaljur was asked to leave the meeting due to her behavour after receiving three warnings. Before this point in the meeting she stated the NTU’s (clarity of water) are greater than point one (.1) the UBID water system is always above .1 and the thresh hold  for a boil water order from VIHA is 1.0. Which is ten time higher than the number point one stated by Trustee Kaljur.”

This entire paragraph is misleading and blatantly false.

I have never stated on October 18 or at any time that “the UBID water system is always above.1” and Haraldson’s definition of NTU’s as “(Clarity of Water)” is absolutely incorrect. Chair Ted Haraldson has made falsestatements in writing to all of Union Bay before.  I recall Haraldson’s very incorrect statement that “joining with the CVRD means losing some of our CEC money” this statement has been proven absolutely false. Joining the CVRD would mean all monies collected by Union Bay including CEC’s stays in Union Bay’s accounts, the CVRD can not touch it! Joining also means we would be entitled to infrastructure grants and municipal financing to the tune of 75 to 80 percent! Both Cumberland and CVRD have to build water treatment plants and are borrowing very little money because they receive subsidies and financing which we, being an improvement district, are not entitled to. Instead we will be paying close to 2 million in interest rates costs alone. (if we borrow 4 million) This is a huge waste of landowners money!

Watch the UBID October 18 Board meeting video and judge for yourself (it is only 9 minutes long).

Why is the threshold of greater than 1.0 NTU’s an important measurement?

In Union Bay our drinking water comes from Langley Lake, this water is both unfiltered and untreated.  To remedy this VIHA has mandated that Union Bay build a water treatment plant.  Meanwhile and based on UBID’s Public Works Reports water from Langley Lake shows measurements greater that 1.0 NTU’s  regularly, some examples, Jan. 2017- 2.9 NTU’s and Feb. 2017 2.3 NTU’s.  These higher readings of turbidity usually occur in winter months and the high turbidity readings happen every year.   The 2013 Ministry Turbidity Tree is used to help in determining if a ‘boil water advisory’ should be issued.

What is an NTU?  It stands for Nephelometric Turbidity Unit not “Clarity of Water” as falsely ‘defined’ by Chair Ted Haraldson

Turbidity is defined as “suspended and colloidal particles and/or microscopic organisms.” which may or may not be harmful to human health. I believe it is false and misleading to imply that Union Bay has quality water and thereby safe since “we have never had a boil water order in 40 years.”  This is a logical fallacy and demonstrates the Board Majority’s lack of understanding and lack of competence in potable water management.  It should be of concern to Landowners when UBID provides false definitions of technical terms (NTU’s).

The true “quality” of drinking water can only be accurately determined by expensive and time consuming lab tests, something no community can afford to do on a regular basis including Union Bay.  The truth (based on scientific evidence) is we really don’t really know how ‘safe’ our drinking water is.  What we do know is that it is currently unfiltered and untreated (other than chlorine) and it comes from a small spring fed boggy lake.  There is a lot of brown sludge in our water as well, as evidenced by the scum you have to remove from any pot or kettle used to regularly boil water in. This adds an additional layer of processing  needed via settling ponds to remove this sediment.

At the June 21 Public Board meeting a unanimous motion was passed by the Board to have the Public Works Superintendent provide a written report regarding the procedures used by UBID Public Works department when the NTU’s are greater that 1.0 and on what basis was it determined NOT to issue a ‘boil water advisory’? This motion appears on the UBID video of the June 21, 2018 Board Meeting. (see UBID website)

So far the Public Works Report on this matter has not been forthcoming, and it has been 4 months since the motion was passed.  Where is this report?

VIHA has been very clear that Union Bay is responsible to landowners with regards to our drinking water and UBID must provide this information, several landowners have requested this information and have been ignored.
I was ordered to leave the October 18, 2018 Board Meeting for asking about the missing Public Works Report which should have been included as part of the September UBID Board minutes. I was recognized by the Chair as I had a question about the missing report.  Despite having the floor I was repeatedly interrupted by other Trustees. It must be stated that Chair Haraldson routinely allows others to interrupt and interject which is a form of harassment and a suppression of political speech. I was asking for the whereabouts of a water report the Board unanimously requested in June Board meeting.  There was nothing inappropriate with my question. Ordering me to leave the meeting was inappropriate and unnecessary.  Not providing a response with regards to the missing Water Report which is supposed to explain what UBID has done in the past when water measured from Langley Lake indicates greater than 1.0 NTU’s
is unreasonable and undemocratic and possibly unsafe!

As I have done for over a decade I will continue to boil my water. In summer I have drinking water delivered.  The fact is our current drinking water is both unfiltered and untreated (other than chlorine) and remains so until the treatment plant is functional.

Instead of sending “safety letters” designed to malign a Trustee, UBID needs to provide accurate information based on facts and evidence on its water management. Providing a thorough water report written by our Public works Superintendent  explaining what specifically UBID does when NTU’s are greater than 1.0 including what  extra testing is done and what are these tests measuring would be a necessary first step restoring public trust and accountability.  This report should be simple and straight forward for the superintendent to prepare. The superintendent does all the testing and keeps records.  It is our water after all and we have a right to kn0w what UBID does when NTU readings are greater than 1.0 NTU’s. Winter is approaching and the time for increased turbidity is coming.


Susanna Kaljur

I have added the campaign letter from Ted Haraldson referred to above:

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Still no report from Union Bay Improvement District Water Superintendent from June 21, 2018 – throwing this out to see if it will stick

Why don’t they just get the water superintendent to submit the report the entire board voted on June 21, 2018?  What is the problem?

At least they are consistent in being morons.  Trustee Kaljur mistakenly stated .1 NTU instead of 1. NTU at the Oct. 18, 2018 meeting.  Trustee Kaljur has correctly stated at all the previous meetings discussing the NTU’s that >l. NTU is the new guideline according to the Turbidity Tree of April 2013.

They have gotten their knickers in a twist because of this mistake at the Oct. 18, 2018 meeting and have issued the following – BUT – still no report from the Water Superintendent:


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The regular characters put on quite the display at the Union Bay Improvement District Gong Show Oct. 18, 2018

Here is the video of the Oct. 18, 2018 Union Bay Improvement District Gong Show Characters.  A table of bullies.  Five men who do everything possible to prevent the lone female trustee from speaking about subjects they are not comfortable with or want hidden.  Look at the hostility towards her for asking questions.  This is what they do publicly – now stop and think what they are like when she is alone with them at their secretive ‘executive meetings’ and in camera meetings.  They can hardly control their tempers in public so you can be pretty sure they don’t hold anything back in private.

It’s pretty evident minutes of public meetings are not accurate – how creative are these characters when it comes to these ‘executive and  in camera’ minutes?  I don’t trust these guys for one minute and Trustee Kaljur appears to be a prime target for them without any witnesses.  If all five of these so called ‘men’ decide on alternative facts – they can claim anything.  Cowards, and that’s why they can’t allow the public to witness their decisions.

The five gathered together after the meeting like mean school girls who are only brave as a group – gutless individually.

From my own experience, there are many so called ‘men’ like this in Union Bay.  They are gutless when it comes to another man but are so brave and courageous when it’s a woman on her own.  Gutless wonders.

Note who is in place as the star character of the gong show and true to form disrupts the meeting by butting in claiming Trustee Kaljur is off subject without being given the floor when the Chair and Trustee Kaljur are discussing her question about the lack of the Water Superintendent’s report in the minutes.  Kaljur was recognized by the chair when she stated she had a question.   Note who disrupts for the second time making the same claim and then puts forth a motion without being recognized by the Chair.  This guy just takes right over and the chair says diddly squat.

The gong show culprit, loves to hear his own voice – thinks he’s a bigshot.  What a joke.

Then there is this one with 9 outbursts in one meeting.

Note the other Trustees who speak without being recognized by the Chair with one of them falling back on the old “point of order” without any follow up.

Note the Chair hasn’t got a clue what he’s talking about asking Trustee Kaljur “Can you state the unanimous report from the board for what specific topic, answer me?”.   These goofs don’t keep track of what they say or do from one meeting to the next.  Watching too much Trump, I guess.  Truth doesn’t matter any more.

Here’s the unanimous motion from June 21, 2018.

Why is the video camera so far away from the Board of Trustees?  How can you pick up the audio that far away when they don’t use the microphone?

Here’s a screenshot of their video.  What the hell is the point of being back so far?




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COURTENAY, B.C- The Comox Valley Regional District has two new directors.

Unofficial voting results have indicated that Arzeena Hamir has won in Area B over incumbent Rod Nichol with 852 votes to his 740, and Daniel Arbour has won over former Union Bay Improvement District trustee Jim Elliott for Area A with 1385 votes to Elliot’s 803.

Area C Director Edwin Grieve won re-election over challenger Jay Oddleifson with 987 votes to Oddleifson’s 601.