Posted in Conversion, Hillbilly

Year After Year KIP Flunkies Spread Falsehoods – Stop Relying on These People for Information!

NOTE: Godfrey has removed his comments from the Facebook Union Bay Bulletin Board contained in the screenshot below.

Haraldson has spewed a lot of bullshit including claiming a PRV (pressure reducing valve) costs 1 million dollars each when disparaging the Molstad board for purchasing the 20 acres near the lake. Haraldson also claimed the land was a bog. True to form, Haraldson spewed the CEC boogey man in 2018 while running for trustee. This guy was elected and became chair – that’s how gullible the community is.

These guys are scare mongering when they claim the CEC’s from development would go to the CVRD if we became a service area.

It didn’t stop Godfrey from spewing the same bullshit in 2020, hoping to influence and discourage landowners from voting for conversion. It’s what you would expect from a KIP representative as it’s no secret KIP never wanted Union Bay to become a service area of the CVRD – wanted to keep the hillbillies under his control.

See the red below? Trustee Kaljur contacted Chair of the CVRD, Bruce Jolliffe who stated very clearly the CEC’s stay in Union Bay.

Then in November 2020, we have Godfrey spewing the same misinformation. How can he possibly believe this? Are his statements as a “Representative of Kip”? If he’s speaking as a landowner, why make these claims when it’s so easily disputed? Why does this guy think he is an authority on Union Bay matters – he clearly needs to be ignored.

Posted in Conversion, CVRD, UBID

Union Bay Referendum Results on Conversion

Kudos to Mike Chouinard for providing continuing coverage of important matters in Union Bay. We have been lucky the last few years with excellent local reporters who have gone on to bigger and better things.

Union Bay voters opt for governance change

More than seventy per cent support dissolving UBID to roll services into regional district

Across from Argyle Road, just outside the heart of Union Bay, there’s a field, and facing drivers connecting to the Old Island Highway are two signs with conflicting messages,

To the left, the sign says, “Vote No to CVRD,” while the sign to the right offers a rebuttal, ”Vote Today. Vote CVRD Makes Sense.”

On Saturday, Nov. 28 then, Union Bay voters made their choice as to which message they supported, ultimately deciding to go a new direction. The question before voters was: “Are you in favour of dissolving the Union Bay Improvement District and converting to Comox Valley Regional District local service areas?”

Unofficial results as of Saturday night showed 418 Yes votes to 159 No votes, meaning about 72 per cent of 557 voters opted for change.

Voting at the Union Bay Community Hall on general voting day was described as “steady,” following a couple of days of advance voting earlier this month.

At issue for voters in the community south of Courtenay was whether to roll the three services of water, fire protection and streetlights into Comox Valley Regional District administrative jurisdiction, or to maintain the status quo of having the Union Bay Improvement District (UBID) board and staff oversee operations, though with recommendations to enhance current governance.

RELATED STORY: Union Bay decides governance fate this month

The referendum question marked the end of a period for the community to consider the future of its governance. This has included discussions with stakeholders, forums for voters and a report looking at the ramifications of converting the services to the regional district. The governance discussion itself followed more upheaval on the board in recent years, which has included court action and resignations of board members.

“In recent years, there have been a number of challenges to UBID’s governance model including multiple board trustee resignations resulting in a loss of quorum. Staff transitions have added to the challenges,” the conversion study states.

On Nov. 19, returning officer Peter Crawford released numbers from the two days of advanced voting, held on Nov. 10 and 17. Voters cast a total of 415 ballots prior to general voting day. The recent governance study report notes that UBID provides service to 690 properties and almost 800 ratepayers.

Posted in Conversion, UBID

Union Bay Improvement District Touting Their Accomplishments from 2000 to 2010

VOTE YES for conversion

General Voting day set for Saturday, Nov. 28. Voting time from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Union Bay Community Hall.

Get the facts. UBID Conversion Study.

When many landowners questioned the increasing costs of staffing UBID, this is what was distributed. Acknowledges the same outstanding issues in 2010 as 2000. So it took 20 years to get a water treatment plant because of those sucked into believing KIP would pay for everything, and look who ended up paying.

Twenty years on and no replacement and renewal plan but they still want Union Bay to be governed by 5 ignorant trustees dealing with the same developer spewing bullshit and dividing the community . They knew since 1996 fire hall needed replacement. Let’s move ahead and leave this mickey mouse style of governance behind us.

Yes, it is true that Union Bay still has the same outstanding issues in 2010 that were there in 2000 – aging water infrastructure and a need for water treatment, fire hall replacement identified in the 1996 Fire Coommissioner’s report…

Posted in Conversion, Hillbilly, Kensington Coastal Pointe, Kensington Island Properties aka KIP Costanza, 34083 Yukon Inc., Kensington Union Bay Properties Ltd., The Union Bay Community, UBID, UBRA Union Bay Residents' Association, Union Bay Estates, Union Bay Residents' Association - fake of course, Union Bay Resorts

Some Developers are Predators and Destroy the Communities They Target – Union Bay Stopped being “The Friendly Port” when KIP Divided the Community with Empty Promises and Outright Lies.

VOTE YES for conversion

General Voting day set for Saturday, Nov. 28. Voting time from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Union Bay Community Hall.

Get the facts. UBID Conversion Study.

Kensington Island Properties knew it was easy to manipulate people if you pat them on their heads and tell them how smart they are. KIP convinced a group of landowners to support the development and get elected on the UBID board years ago. None of the individuals had the expertise or basic knowledge of what was involved with such a huge development. KIP first convinced UBID trustees that the promises made to the community would actually materialize which resulted in years passing without any action by UBID planning for future projects because they believed KIP would be paying for everything.

The community supported the development in March 2006 when Bob Long, CAO advised Langley Lake would not be considered as a water source and 14 conditions must be met by KIP.

In Oct. of the same year the community faced a referendum on becoming a Municipality. Those cosy with KIP declared “we would be in the drivers seat” negotiating directly with KIP and getting rid of the pesky Regional District being involved. The Union Bay Residents’ Association put out false and misleading information all the while planning on changing the water source if the outcome was a YES to municipality status. Brian McMahon was a member and aware of this plan by unelected landowners to overturn what the community was promised mere months earlier.

This is where the rot started in the community by landowners who believed they knew what was best for Union Bay. Susan Hargreaves and Ruth McVeigh, founders of the Union Bay Residents’ Association became the mouthpiece for KIP and spread the bullshit and the rot of dividing the community took hold.

As a member of the UBRA, I questioned their actions and was told to do something to myself which was physically impossible and promptly removed from their fake association. UBRA eventually was dissolved as they only abided by the rules of a society the first year to give them cover for their undemocratic actions.

KIP ran a full page ad encouraging Municipality status knowing if a YES was the outcome he would be able to manipulate a mayor and council made up of those he has groomed.

This letter to the editor from Oct. 2006 questions McMahon’s actions with the full page ad.

NOTE: All the promises – this was 2006 – what has materialized since then? How come we were all so ignorant? Why didn’t anyone challenge this developer on some of the statements like raising the dam. We don’t own the land around Langley Lake and can’t raise the dam. Why didn’t anyone question the $17.4 Million dollars for the water supply alone? We now know when KIP stated $17.4 Million development costs, they meant the Capital Expense Charges paid for each lot to UBID which is presently around $8,900. KIP was never going to give the community anything. KIP was dictating what these CEC’s would be spent on. KIP believes the CEC’s is “giving” to Union Bay. So you folks who purchased lots to build your home and paid the $8,900. to UBID – we should thank you for your “gift”.

Here’s an article from the Record Oct. 2006, UBID stating KIP would pay $17 Million. Misinformation from elected officials regarding KIP has been the diet of Union Bay. It’s been one ignorant mistake after another because people may have good intentions – we simply do not have the expertise required. Emphasis added by me.

This from Sept. 1, 2016: “We were upgrading their water system at our cost,” McMahon said. “We have $1.2 million that’s been set aside that is in our lawyer’s trust account for the upgrades…” Wait a second – wasn’t it an interest free loan that caused those 424 landowners to sign the petition demanding KIP be given an extension? McMahon knew the agreement was dead but had his flunkies convince people it wasn’t.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that his trustees chose to ignore a petition from over 400 landowners to become a service area of the CVRD in Nov. 2016 since he obviously was against it according to the article below. That’s why the trustees were never able to answer questions – they didn’t know why they were making the decisions – just that they were supposed to make them.

Kensington Island Properties ruined Union Bay by pitting those who wanted to believe against those who dared to ask questions. This developer is not your friend – it is a predator. This developer know it’s harder to bullshit experts he may face at the CVRD. Remember he did say it’s not exactly dealing with Wall St. referring to the UBID Board.

Posted in Conversion, Hillbilly, UBID

The Gong Show Memory Lane

VOTE YES for conversion

Advance poll on Tuesday, Nov. 17, with general voting day set for Saturday, Nov. 28. Voting time each day occurs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Union Bay Community Hall.

Get the facts. UBID Conversion Study.

This link is to a very long post giving the compete history of the stunts pulled by the board to deny landowners access to information on becoming a service area. In Nov. 2017, Kaljur brought forth a motion which passed with a yes from Elliott and Kaljur and no coming from Loxam and Bitten, Jacques broke the tie and voted yes. When Jacques voted he said “There’s no harm in getting information”. Well, that all changed after that meeting. Jacques must have been scolded for daring to vote for the motion. The 17 minutes of discussion was ‘accidentally’ erased from the meeting video. They dealt with that pesky motion that had passed by ignoring it as though it never happened and created a new one which specifically stated a letter would not be sent to the RD.

Here’s an excerpt from the 2011 WIA regarding ownership and the fact KIP didn’t comply with any of the conditions in the agreement and yet wanted an extension.

Loxam’s letter containing false information regarding the expired Water Infrastructure Agreement. This was after 3 trustees resigned when Loxam and Jacques went behind the back of the board and negotiated with KIP. Pretty much the whole letter is bullshit. In the 2011 WIA, KIP would own the temporary treatment plant on land leased from KIP until a permanent one was built. The community was told it was a $1.7 Million ‘gift’ but turned out to be an interest free loan on a temporary treatment facility we wouldn’t own until we no longer needed one – as a permanent one would be built. Make sense?

NOTE: The second last paragraph above – “Trustee Peter Jacques and I are confident that, with some adjustments, this previous agreement can be extended and made workable”. Again, there is no legal basis for this statement – none of them bothered to find out if an expired agreement could be extended! This is the madness that infects this community.

Letter below Jacques and Loxam presented to the rest of the board they received from McMahon when they went behind the board (and the government appointed facilitator when McMahon claimed the board wouldn’t meet with him), to negotiate an agreement. Please take note of the 4 acres for the firehall – it was always to be 4 acres until these goofs brought it into the 2017 agreement and NEGOTIATED DOWN!

Only a ‘special’ person could write the letter below justifying their statements in the above letter. It appears a contract doesn’t need to actually have details and specifics that could withstand legal challenges. You just need to talk to those involved who negotiated a multi-million dollar contract and have them explain to you “what the intent was”! I’m sure a judge would have no problem with a legal ruling because someone tells you what their intent was at the time, but they didn’t write it down.

Then this doozy. Seriously? I love how he mentions “…in addition to the land already identified for the firehall…” Ya, that was 4 acres that YOU negotiated down!

Loxam really went to town on the bullshit above. This is what Trustee Kaljur provided in response to the wild claim about having the consent of the chair to negotiate with KIP:

Five green trustees at their first official meeting. Here’s Loxam explaining his interpretation of the expired WIA after speaking to two of the parties involved in the negotiation. If it’s not written down – you can’t spin it into something else. You will notice Bitten speak up without being confirmed by the Chair telling everyone that the chair must be recognized! You can’t make this shit up. Loxam then goes on to introduce a motion to extend the expired Water Infrastructure Agreement. Lots of ignorant statements made about the agreement still being legal – this is 2 years after the agreement expired and not one of these idiots bothered to find out if it could legally be extended. Bitten believes the contract is legal and binding. Again, just his gut – no due diligence, and this is how these guys governed. No due diligence – a recipe for disaster at the expense of the community.

Here’s when Jacques admits to not obtaining legal advice before supporting the extension of the expired 2011 WIA but tries to justify his incompetent actions. When are people going to wake up to the fact these dolts never had a clue and failed to learn anything?

If any of these dolts had bothered to read the opinions already received by UBID confirming the agreement was dead or bothered to contact UBID’s lawyer, it would have saved time and upheaval in the community. NOTE: “…the ‘force majeure clause cannot be unilaterally invoked by UBID nor has a claim of force majeure been established…”. The good little puppets loved to parrot Kensington Island Properties who was always whining about the ‘force majeure” clause.

Bitten just can’t stand it when Trustee Kaljur speaks. He never allows her to complete a statement, so worried she will divulge the bullshit that is taking place. Bitten also goes after the newspaper reporter for taking pictures at a public meeting.

The illegal suspension of a duly elected trustee. The board also held a meeting in a secret location to prevent Trustee Kaljur from attending. This is the level of incompetence you will continue to have if we remain an Improvement District.

This is a funny quote from Haraldson talking about following the rules and bylaws all the while unlawfully suspending a trustee. See, it’s idiots learning one huge mistake at a time.

“Union Bay has had it’s problems, with it’s boards, for a number of years,” said Haraldson.

“The only way that you’re going to rectify this, straighten it out, is turn around and you have to start using the bylaws, using the rules, and following them. If the rules aren’t followed, then that’s what you have, you have a problem.”

He stated that Kaljur would not be participating in any meetings while suspended, and indicated that the Annual General Meeting in April will be the next meeting where the public will be allowed to attend.