Posted in Hillbilly, UBID

Union Bay Improvement District Trustee’s Wife thinks it’s okay to respond to UBID business queries

Obviously, missed this one.  So Cheri Loxam thought it was fine to respond to an email regarding UBID business because she recognized the sender.  Well, that makes it all okay, right?  That’s her justification – if she recognizes the sender, she’s free to respond?  Bad enough we have the elected gong show – seems the gong show spouses believe they have standing.  Hillbilly politics.

The lack of knowledge by this admin is astounding.  James Wood asked all the right questions and Mason was unable to provide answers.  Mason refers to the the Freedom of Information and Privacy Protection and yet provided my personal email address to
Simon Rasmussen in April 2018, and then lied to me twice claiming he hadn’t provided it to Simon.

https://www.mycomoxvalleynow.com/31437/union-bay-trustee-sees-no-problems-use-personal-email-government-business/

UNION BAY TRUSTEE SEES NO PROBLEMS WITH USE OF PERSONAL EMAIL FOR GOVERNMENT BUSINESS


UNION BAY, B.C- A recent email exchange with a Union Bay trustee has put a spotlight on how the district handles it’s record-keeping.

According to the information listed on the Union Bay Improvement District (UBID) website, all six elected trustees of the district appear to be using personal email addresses to communicate with each other and landowners in the district.

The use of those personal email addresses led to the spouse of trustee Glenn Loxam responding to an inquiry from a member of the public, instead of the trustee it was intended for.

In an email exchange posted to a local blog focused on Union Bay matters, Cheri Loxam, the wife of Glenn Loxam, appears to have replied to a message that appears to have been sent to the UBID administration in late December.

The sender had copied every member of the trustee board in the message. The photo of the exchange, posted to the blog, is included below.

When reached for comment on the matter, Glenn Loxam stated he had no issues with his use of a personal email for UBID business, and said he had no plans to change his email practices.

Cheri Loxam also confirmed that she had replied to that particular inquiry, though she had only done so because she recognized the sender.

98.9 The Goat reached out to Gordon Mason, the administrator for the UBID, for clarification on what rules the district has on personal email use by trustees.

According to Mason, the UBID doesn’t have an internal email system, beyond the one used for employees of the district.

“The emails that are posted on the website are the emails that trustees use for corresponding between themselves and the landowners,” said Mason.

There are also no plans to change the email addresses listed on the website, or to give trustees email accounts that are used for solely UBID business.

“Currently, there are no plans in place to change anything,” said Mason.

“We have internal email addresses for the staff, and for the trustees, they use the addresses that are posted on the website.”

98.9 The Goat also reached out to the Office of the Information and Privacy Commission for British Columbia for further clarification on the rules governing personal email use by public officials.

While they couldn’t comment on the specifics of the Union Bay situation, the agency indicated that there are no regulations in provincial privacy legislation that prohibit the use of personal email accounts.

However, the use can “frustrate” the ability of public bodies to comply with their duties laid out in that legislation, with a focus on the accessibility, security, and storage of records in Canada.

The agency’s response indicated that under the Freedom of Information and the Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) in British Columbia, public bodies are required to take reasonable security measures to protect personal information in their custody, or control.

If personal email accounts are being used for public business, the messages are considered to be under the control of that public body.

Emails are also considered records under FIPPA, and are subject to freedom of information requests, which means the public body must be able to search for and retrieve records that fit those requests. According to the agency, personal email use could make this process difficult, as the public body may not be aware of emails that are responsive to the request.

FIPPA also requires that public bodies store personal information in Canada, as it’s disclosure is restricted outside of the country. The use of an email service with servers outside Canada could lead to a risk of non-compliance with FIPPA.

When asked for further information on the email practices of the UBID, Mason indicated that he couldn’t answer any questions about how trustee’s store their emails, or if they are actively archiving their emails concerning UBID business.

When asked if members of the public and residents in the UBID could assume that only trustees will be viewing emails sent to their email addresses listed on the district’s website, he again couldn’t answer the question.

“I can not answer this questions as this is personal information concerning the trustee’s,” he wrote, in an emailed response.

Despite his inability to answer most questions related to the email practices of the trustees, Mason did state that the district follows Chapter 165 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, which lays out how public bodies should handle the information they collect.

He also said that all information requests concerning the UBID come straight to him from the Information Access Operations branch of the Ministry of Citizen’s Services.

However, when asked if he would be able to search the personal email accounts of trustees for information pertaining to a request, his reply was simple, –simply “NO”.

He also couldn’t answer whether or not any steps would be taken to ensure that personal information collected by the UBID in trustee’s email accounts would be stored in Canada, as is required by the legislation he indicated the UBID follows.

“I can not answer this questions as this is personal information concerning the trustee’s,” was his emailed response.

Peter Jacques, the chairperson of the UBID board, declined to comment for this report.

Posted in Hillbilly, UBID

Does Union Bay Improvement District Have an Unelected Trustee/Administrator Now?

You better think twice before sending an email to any of the Union Bay Improvement District Trustees on the contact page of the UBID website.

Perhaps they should include a disclaimer that only Union Bay landowners might be treated professionally – no guarantee there either!  I guess it depends on the mood swings of their spouses.

This is the response from the WIFE of a Trustee to a letter sent in an email to the Admin and all trustees asking questions regarding UBID issues.  Correspondence sent to an elected official about Union Bay Improvement District business.  Who the hell does she think she is?

You would think these guys would have an email account that is specifically to do with UBID matters instead of their spouses/shared emails to prevent crap like this happening.

Funny, I don’t recall seeing this individuals name on any ballot ever.  Only in redneck/dysfunctional Union Bay this is normal!

This is the letter sent to the Admin and trustees Elliott, Kaljur, Jacques, Bitten and Loxam.

 

http://union-bay.ca/contact/

Posted in Conflict of Interest, Hillbilly, Kensington Island Properties aka KIP Costanza, 34083 Yukon Inc., UBID

Update on Conflict of Interest Complaint Against Union Bay Improvement District Trustees

This is a follow up to the 2 posts below regarding my conflict of interest complaint.

https://allthingsunionbay.com/2017/06/11/my-conflict-of-interest-complaint-regarding-union-bay-improvement-district-trustees-received/

https://allthingsunionbay.com/2017/06/07/union-bay-trustees-jacques-and-loxam-must-recuse-themselves-due-to-conflict-of-interest/

Note the email from the Admin on June 15, 2017 stating:

Once the board has made a decision we will let you know.

Note the most recent email where the board made a decision July 4, 2017.  The administrator only responded on August 17, 2017 when he was forced to by Acting Chair Elliott.

And the decision:

Chair Jacques indicated there would be no further discussion on this issue.

This board is absolutely useless and nothing is being accomplished because we have 7 people who don’t have a clue what they’re supposed to be doing.  No experience, no committees – a big f**king mess.

I think the posts are up to date now.

Posted in coal hill, Government, Hillbilly, Kensington Island Properties aka KIP Costanza, 34083 Yukon Inc., UBID, Union Bay Goofs

Does Kensington Island Properties Resemble What We Were Told in 2005?

We were ripe for the picking.  A community with a population easily fooled who believed a developer was going to GIVE Union Bay a new water treatment facility, 3,500 more people NOT 3,440 doors, sewage treatment, and on and on.

For those who weren’t here in those years, Langley Lake was initially proposed as a temporary water source, then Bob Long assured landowners Langley Lake wasn’t even being considered and then the Regional District changed the source to Langley Lake for the entire development.

The Comox Valley Echo June 10, 2005. What’s interesting is KIP’s fear of the media as evidenced in the last paragraph of the first section of the article:

Plans for the development were released to the media Wednesday after two private open house meetings in Union Bay.  Reporters were asked to leave or not attend both meetings.

 

 

The water for homes, golf course and development will come partly from Langley Lake which will could see a longer intake pipe and new dam onsite for a cost of $1.5 to $2 million.

Kensington has also found underwater aquifers on site and may consider creating a second lake to help supply water into Washer Creek, a salmon habitat.

“We are not looking for money,” said McMahon.

Calling the company a Canadian Corporation “based in Courtenay” McMahon says its primary shareholder Jim Youngren had lead several successful developments in Canada and the U.S.

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May 27, 2005 Comox Valley Echo

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Posted in Hillbilly, UBID

The Union Bay Improvement District Pro Kensington Island Properties Trustees Who Fear Accuracy

There are elected officials who welcome questions and don’t hide from the very people they represent and then there are those who talk about being transparent and accountable but it’s just not in them and they must do everything possible to hide after elected.

We have three fearful trustees – meeting canceled with no explanation.  These three are in control and this is what they do before they have their third official board meeting?

This video clip is from the May 2016 UBID board meeting discussing the video recording bylaw.   At 4:15 a trustee voices his concerns.

At 6:52 questions from those attending.  Listen to the concern about how much it is costing to accommodate Mary as no one else records and goes on to say there are people who have no interest…….WTF?

First cancel meetings so they don’t have to face the electorate.  Second, find a way to prevent the video recording of any public meetings they actually have.

I must have a terrible memory because I can never remember everything that is stated at these meetings and yet the majority of landowners appear to have excellent recall despite never taking notes or having any documentation with them or ask any questions.  I wish they could answer some of my questions or explain how they can be so confident in the information they have stored in those amazing brains.

Video recording meetings provides an accurate account of what took place and is an important tool in preventing the misinformation spread by those who are sloppy about details like the following which was titled May 2016 meeting but is actually a piss poor account of the June 2016 meeting and is composed as though it is minutes of the meeting.  The very people who were concerned about me recording actually recorded the June 2016 meeting and still got the facts wrong.

 

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How can anyone put out the misinformation contained in their inaugaral post on their new website? Thanks to Bruce for pointing this one out with the comment below:

More inaccurate info from the UBID Meeting of May 2016 . I dont know who the writer is but are you stupid to write such misleading information. Bylaw264, 3rd paragraph, last sentence,”only the Regional District has authority for approving subdivision developments” Wrong authority meathead it is the Ministry of Transportation that approves subdivision developments.

These are the people you trust with your investment in this community? https://youtu.be/3kaOGnyp3Ho?t=12m52s

Here’s another one: Second paragraph “On the motion to approve this plan, (Webb and Alcock) voted in favour, Peter Jacques voted against and Glen Loxam abstained. With the Board locked in a tie vote, Chair Molstad voted in favour to break the tie and passed the motion.” Bullshit! How can it be a tie vote when 2 voted in favour, 1 abstention and 1 against? Again, here is the actual statement: https://youtu.be/hmUmKjsbFUU?t=5m41s

This had to be put together by a “challenged” person. Jesus Christ –  get the dates right – at least. If you’re going to quote someone – get it right FFS. How stupid can you be after recording the June meeting and put out this bullshit. Prove to me where the Chair stated: “that the Board did not consider a Trustee as a worthy negotiator and therefore appointed the Administrator to negotiate on their behalf.” And this bullshit: “….the Chair stated that when an agreement is reached, Mr. Kelleher will be asked to review the document before approval”. Where are they getting this information? This did not happen and these tools have no idea what the words accurate, honest, etc. mean.

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Here is the exact quote from the Chair at the June 15, 2016 meeting. https://youtu.be/3kaOGnyp3Ho?t=16m21s How stupid are these people who can’t even provide accurate quotes from their own video? Plus, no matter how many times the Chair explains facilitator they still want to use negotiator. The facilitator requested McMahon and UBID Admin to meet with him. Mr. Kelliher is the negotiator hired to represent UBID negotiating (if/when?) a new water deal with Kensington Island Properties.

These folks have shown their ignorance and complete lack of accuracy. Either they are stupid or intentionally misleading landowners. Hard to tell which it is.

Posted in Hillbilly, Kensington Island Properties aka KIP Costanza, 34083 Yukon Inc., UBID

Comprehension Problem With the Three Pro Kensington Island Properties Trustees of the Union Bay Improvement District

I’ve added a condensed version of the November 13, 2016 meeting.  These two videos are proof the three pro KIP trustees don’t understand the importance of accuracy.  Listen to how many times they state “as I understand it” and “my understanding”.  Well, there’s the problem isn’t it?  Their understanding is wrong!  

This is Jacques repeating to the board what he understands Trustee Kalju’s motion for a committee to be struck:

“So we have a motion put forward by Trustee Kaljur to the effect that she wishes to establish a committee to look at producing a petition in order to dissolve the UBID board in favour of joining the CVRD.”     SEE DEFINITION BELOW!

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Here’s the November 13 meeting condensed to 29 minutes, highlighting the lack of understanding exhibited.  How can they not be embarrassed?  Kind of makes you feel a bit sorry for them. 🙂

At 4:54 an interesting exchange takes place between Trustee Kaljur and the chair regarding how correspondence will be dealt with at the meetings.

These trustees really don’t seem able to understand or grasp what is being said.  At the November 13, 2016, all three of them mentioned hearing back from the lawyer confirming if the agreement was in effect and yet Loxam’s motion clearly instructed the lawyer to enact the force majeure clause.  They see nothing wrong with this and remain ignorant.  Their ignorance puts landowners at risk as there is a need for accuracy in all legal matters involving Union Bay.

The first part of the meeting highlighting the reasons for my conclusion of them being unfit. Comprehension problem is evident.  Condensed to 8 minutes 48 seconds.

At the Dec. 14, 2016 meeting, Trustee Kaljur brings forth a motion for a committee to be struck to look at the pros and cons of joining the Regional District.  At 3:45 Jacques repeats what he has comprehended and no surprise it is not what Trustee Kaljur stated in her motion.  Bitten makes a statement regarding someone running for trustee and then putting a motion forward to give the board away to the Regional District.   How Bitten arrives at that conclusion is mind boggling.  Although he does admit he cannot comprehend the motion.  No surprise there.  Trustee Elliott clarifies the motion that it was to form a committee.  Bitten’s snarky response is that he understood the motion.  No – he didn’t – and then after the motion was defeated Bitten says “what a waste of time”.  You have got to be kidding.  The last 18 months have been a waste of time because none of this was necessary.  What is a waste of time is the fact we have three trustees who choose not to listen to anything other than KIP related matters.  The three of them voted to defeat a motion they did not understand and they refuse to educate themselves preferring to believe the bullshit spouted by the VP of Kensington Island Properties.

What does Jacques think “Business Arising” means?  He claims  “the Administrator pointed out where the receipt of the letter should be” in response to Trustee Kaljur claims of the Administrator advising the letter would be added to  “Business Arising”  in the agenda.  Comprehension.

The arrogance from these ignorant people is astounding.  They believe they have all the knowledge necessary to make decisions simply because they have been elected.  There is absolutely no proof they have done any research and don’t pay attention to what is being stated at the meetings.  Bitten talks about the committees admitting he doesn’t know anything about how the committees are created and thinks he’s coming up with something original when it is identical to what the Administrator was instructed to do at the Nov. 13, board meeting.  Try to catch up.

A chair who is rude at every opportunity, banging the table like a child and raising his voice because people aren’t cowering to his authority.  A chair who thinks he has the power to remove a duly elected Trustee because he doesn’t want the embarrassing correspondence provided by Loxam.  A chair who thinks he can bring a meeting to a halt to avoid the embarrassment of more misinformation spewed by a trustee who is unfit and unable to comprehend the issues he’s expected to be able to make informed decisions. You can’t sweep this shit under the carpet.  These tactics where attempted by the corrupt board who were turfed in April 2011, who figured if you were given an answer, that’s the end of it.  Doesn’t matter if your questions/concerns were addressed – you got a response – deal with it.

I don’t believe Loxam authored the motion on Nov. 13, and I don’t believe he authored the letters signed by him to Trustee Kaljur and landowner Bruce Livesey.  This guy doesn’t have a clue and all three pro KIP trustees campaigned on putting the trust back in trustee.

The chair reads out a question from a landowner regarding employing Hew McConnell to complete the water study report in preparation for KIP or any other developer who wishes to acquire water.  The chair answers “no” because there is no water agreement at this time.  How can he not understand what he just read?  This is when Trustee Kaljur calls him on the no answer and results in Jacques throwing a hissy fit and shutting down the meeting.  So now we’re at the mercy of someone who can’t control his outbursts.  We are a laughing stock.

These three trustees can’t take questions and will be running for cover at every opportunity.  This is the attitude the board that was turfed out in April 2011 possessed, when they unlawfully locked out the electorate while Royer and Godfrey secretly negotiated the NOW DEAD 2011 WIA.  They couldn’t take the pressure from the landowners and decided to close the meetings to the public through emails to each other.  These trustees will be taking their direction from VP of KIP Brian McMahon and David Godfrey.  It’s been Godfrey of the Concerned Citizens pushing the resurrection of the NOW DEAD 2011 WIA which cost the landowners money unnecessarily spent on legal opinions and a complete shutdown of the progress trying to meet VIHA’s mandate.

Loxam, Jacques and Bitten are out of their depth here and their careless attitude cannot be allowed to continue.  Media exposure and public pressure in the form of letters and demands for accuracy and accountability has the same effect as sunlight on a vampire.

 

 

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