Posted in Dictatorship, Trustee Kaljur, UBID

Second Union Bay protest highlights residents’ discontent with UBID board

https://www.comoxvalleyrecord.com/news/second-union-bay-protest-highlights-residents-discontent-with-ubid-board/

Second Union Bay protest highlights residents’ discontent with UBID board

The protest was organized by a group called Supporters of Susanna

Jolene Rudisuela

UBID trustee Susanna Kaljur stands on the side of the highway outside the Union Bay Improvement District office. Approximately 35 people showed up to the Thursday afternoon protest. Photo by Jolene Rudisuela

A second protest was held in front of the Union Bay Improvement District office on Thursday, with residents lined up along the highway, holding signs and voicing their concerns about their local governing board.

A similar protest was held two weeks prior, with residents showing their disapproval of the cancellation of board meetings, as well as their closure to the public. Many also showed their support for trustee Susanna Kaljur who had been temporarily suspended from the board.

READ MORE: UBID board suspends trustee

RELATED: Union Bay trustee files lawsuit against UBID board chair

A Thursday’s protest, Kaljur stood on the side of the highway, alongside approximately 35 residents, holding a sign emblazoned with the words, “We want clean water now”.

Though she has been reinstated to the board, she said she is angered by the cancelled February and March meetings as there are currently many important issues that need a functioning board to progress.

Kaljur said her hope for the protest was to raise awareness about some of the issues and to get two like-minded candidates to run for the two board positions available in the upcoming election.

“We have a lot of things at play like the water treatment plant – our tenders are up right as we speak,” she said. “With two people and myself, we regain the majority and we will get [a service agreement] initiated with the Comox Valley Regional District so that we can proceed with our treatment plant and all the other infrastructure that needs to be done.”

Kaljur explained that entering into a service agreement with the CVRD would mean the regional district would take over the administration and the collection of the taxes, and Union Bay would also then qualify for infrastructure grants and municipal financing. Currently, as an improvement district, UBID does not qualify for these grants to cover the estimated $4 million cost of a water treatment plant.

“In essence, that move would save 700 households $2 million because that’s what the borrowing costs would be to borrow $4 million at your regular interest rate over 25 years,” she said.

Kaljur also discussed her unlawful suspension from the board, the closing of UBID meetings to the public in January and the changed election date. At the in-camera January meeting, which Kaljur was not a part of, the election date was moved five days before the Annual General Meeting, a move Kaljur worries will prevent landowners from making an informed decision while voting.

This is a sentiment that some of the protesters shared as well.

“My concern is that we won’t have a financial report and we won’t know about the new water treatment plant before the election,” said one landowner.

Another landowner expressed her concern for the ongoing boil water advisory and the lack of information that has come from the board.

“It’s pretty upsetting that we don’t get representation,” she said. “I’ve been here for only a year and a half and I’m just shocked. We’re being kept in the dark.”

The election is scheduled for April 20 with the advanced poll on April 9. The AGM is scheduled for April 25.

Kaljur’s term as trustee is finished in April 2020 and she says she is not planning on running for another term.

Approximately 35 Union Bay landowners stood along the highway Thursday to protest the closing of UBID meetings to the public, the cancellation of February and March meetings and the rescheduling of the election date. Photo by Jolene Rudisuela

Approximately 35 Union Bay landowners stood along the highway Thursday to protest the closing of UBID meetings to the public, the cancellation of February and March meetings and the rescheduling of the election date. Photo by Jolene Rudisuela

Posted in Government, Trustee Kaljur, UBID

The answer should have been, ‘Yes. I may disagree with her statements, but no one can fault her dedication to her principles, and we need more of that in government.”

Thought this was timely considering what Trustee Susanna Kaljur has endured because she is a woman of principle.

https://www.comoxvalleyrecord.com/opinion/editorial-a-woman-of-principle/

Editorial: A woman of principle

Wilson-Raybould’s dedication is the real story

The testimony of Jody Wilson-Raybould, the former attorney general of Canada, was disturbing, but so was the response from the prime minister.

It wasn’t Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s response about it being one person’s perspective — that was predictable — but his non-answer when asked if Wilson-Raybould would be allowed to remain in the Liberal caucus and whether she would be allowed to run this fall in the next federal election.

The answer should have been, ‘Yes. I may disagree with her statements, but no one can fault her dedication to her principles, and we need more of that in government.”

He’s no doubt dealing with a lot of personal anger at the moment, but the way forward is clear.

That is if the Liberal Party wants to retain any appearance of honour.

Wilson-Raybould’s testimony about the pressure put on her to find a way to get SNC-Lavalin a deal was a rare glimpse into how the game of politics is played. But people shouldn’t assume this was the only time such an incident occurred, or that it is something limited to Trudeau’s Liberal government.

It’s likely that almost every government, Conservative or Liberal, has done something like this behind closed doors, at one time or another, during their time in power.

And with 9,000 Canadian jobs at stake, it’s pretty understandable that any party in power would press for a favourable resolution that would allow those jobs to continue, especially when there is a commonly-used option like deferred prosecution on the table.

The only thing making this incident different was Wilson-Raybould’s refusal to back away from what she saw as the right thing to do.

Rather than cave to the pressures of her leader, she stood for justice. She knew there would be consequences for her actions, but she refused to let party devotion interfere with the job she was assigned.

For that, she deserves everyone’s respect. 

—Black Press Media

Posted in Jason Gratl, Ted Haraldson, Trustee Kaljur

“Mr. Haraldson should apologize for his defamatory remarks,” said Gratl.

Kudos to James Wood who provides objective and accurate reporting.

https://www.mycomoxvalleynow.com/50798/union-bay-trustee-launches-legal-action-against-board-chair/

UNION BAY TRUSTEE LAUNCHES LEGAL ACTION AGAINST BOARD CHAIR


James Wood

JAMES WOOD, STAFF THURSDAY, FEB. 28TH, 2019

 The community of Union Bay is pictured in a Goat News file photo. Photo by James Wood/98.9 The Goat/Vista Radio 

UNION BAY, B.C- A trustee of the Union Bay Improvement District is officially suing the chair of the board.

According to a notice of civil claim, trustee Susanna Kaljur has started legal action against UBID chair Ted Haraldson for defamation.

The notice names Haraldson as a defendant, as well as four John Does, who had a role in the defamation of her character.

It states that there has been a “sustained public effort to politically marginalize and humiliate the plaintiff, including persistently interrupting the plaintiff at board meetings, claiming that the plaintiff was not entitled to vote on or propose corrections to board meeting minutes, and repeatedly evicting and excluding the plaintiff from board meetings by various means.”

The full court filing can be found here: Notice of Civil Claim (Kaljur) Feb 25 2019 (filed)

Earlier this month, Kaljur’s lawyer Jason Gratl had sent a letter to the board threatening legal action after her “suspension” on January 10th. In the letter, Haraldson was given a deadline of February 15th to acknowledge the suspension of Kaljur was illegal, along with sending a written apology.

Shortly afterwards, a written apology was posted to the UBID website signed by Haraldson and the three other trustees. At the time, Haraldson told the Comox Valley Record that there were no plans to mail out the letter, which has now been set in motion.

Four days after that latter was posted online, the remaining public board meetings in February and March, which were already closed to the public, were cancelled by Haraldson without explanation.

The MyComoxValleyNow.com newsroom spoke with Gratl about the court action.

According to Gratl, Haraldson should apologize for what he’s said about Kaljur.

“Mr. Haraldson should apologize for his defamatory remarks,” said Gratl.

He would also have to make a contribution towards Kaljur’s legal fees.

“They were wrong, damaging, and without any foundation.”

Gratl also noted that Kaljur’s court action is addressed to Haraldson in his personal capacity, not in his capacity as chair of the district, which was meant to not cost the district money.

“The suggestion that Mr Haraldson and the other trustees had reason to attempt to indefinitely suspend Ms Kaljur, that concern was raised against the trustees in their personal capacity, rather than in their capacity as trustees, because of course, lacking any legal authourity, these individuals couldn’t have been acting in their capacity as trustees,” said Gratl.

“To my mind and Ms. Kaljur’s mind, the taxpayers shouldn’t be footing any of the legal fees or expenses for this dispute.”

According to Gratl, Haraldson’s lawyer has confirmed receipt of the civil suit.

A request for comment has been sent to Haraldson.

Posted in Dictatorship, Trustee Kaljur, UBID

Union Bay Improvement District sorry but they’re still preventing Kaljur from participating as a trustee and locking you out!

https://www.mycomoxvalleynow.com/50714/union-bay-mailing-out-boards-apology-letter-to-susanna-kaljur/

UNION BAY MAILING OUT BOARD’S APOLOGY LETTER TO SUSANNA KALJUR

ASHLEY ROBERTS, STAFF WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27TH, 2019

 Vista file photo of Susanna Kaljur. Photo by James Wood/98.9 The Goat/Vista Radio 

UNION BAY, B.C- The Union Bay Improvement District board is letting their residents know they’re sorry.

Earlier this month, the district posted a letter to their website, which carried an apology to trustee Susanna Kaljur from the four other trustees on the board for her “suspension” earlier in 2019.

That letter was in response to Kaljur’s lawyer, Jason Gratl, who had sent a letter to the board threatening legal action over the suspension and asking for an apology.

Addressed to the individuals on the board, being chair Ted Haraldson, trustee Rick Bitten, trustee Glenn Loxam and trustee Peter Jacques, the letter claimed that the suspension had no legal basis.

In their written statement, the four trustees state they have been told by the province’s Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing that there are no provisions under the Local Government Act allowing the board to suspend an elected trustee from office.

“We acknowledge that the decision to suspend Trustee Kaljur is of no force or effect,” read the letter.

“We sincerely apologize to Trustee Kaljur for our actions in this manner and regret any inconvenience our decision may have caused her. We hope that as a Board, moving forward, we can work collectively and cooperatively to serve the interests of our residents.”

While the district put the letter on their website, it was not immediately apparent if it would also be mailed out to rate payers. A message from lawyer Peter Johnson to Gratl on February 15 and released by Kaljur has now made it clear that rate payer’s will be getting that letter themselves.

The letter is included in full below.


Mr. Gratl:

I am legal counsel to the Union Bay Improvement District.

I have been asked to advise you that in response to your letter dated February 12, 2019, addressed to members of the Board of Trustees, the attached letter has been posted to the Union Bay Improvement District website, and that a copy of the letter has been sent to your client.  

The Improvement District does not have the resources available to mail a copy of this letter to each elector today. The Improvement District is prepared to mail a copy of the letter with the next water bills, which will be sent out at the beginning of March.

I trust this satisfies your client’s concerns regarding the decision to suspend her from office.

Peter Johnson*

*Peter D. Johnson Law Corporation


Gratl confirmed that his office received the letter, while Johnson’s office declined to comment.

Kaljur had also threatened legal action against Haraldson specifically, due to what Gratl described as defamatory statements by Haraldson published by MyComoxValleyNow.com in an interview after Kaljur’s suspension.

That legal action is now proceeding.

Both the February and March public meetings of the board, which were barred to the public, were cancelled by Haraldson without explanation earlier in February.

Posted in Haraldson, John Doe 1 through 4, Trustee Kaljur

Union Bay Improvement District Chair can’t hide /cancel meetings in order to ignore the lawsuit.

Will be interesting to see the response filed by Haraldson justifying his statements.

Kudos to Jolene Rudisuela of the Record for objective reporting.

“The apology was really secondary,” said Kaljur. “I simply wanted to be reinstated as a board member, but now it’s meaningless in that they’ve decided what moving forward looks like is to simply disband the board.

https://www.comoxvalleyrecord.com/news/union-bay-trustee-files-lawsuit-against-ubid-board-chair/

Union Bay trustee files lawsuit against UBID board chair

Susanna Kaljur has begun legal action against Ted Haraldson and four ‘John Does’

Union Bay Improvement District Trustee Susanna Kaljur has officially started legal action against UBID chair Ted Haraldson for defamation, according to a Notice of Civil Claim.

The notice also mentions John Does #1, 2, 3 and 4 as defendants, who are allegedly unknown to Kaljur, but, according to the documents, also had a role in the defamation of her character.

The notice, dated Feb. 25, states that since Haraldson was elected in April of 2018, there has been a “sustained public effort to politically marginalize and humiliate the plaintiff, including persistently interrupting the plaintiff at board meetings, claiming that the plaintiff was not entitled to vote on or propose corrections to board meeting minutes, and repeatedly evicting and excluding the plaintiff from board meetings by various means.”

(To view the full Notice of Civil Claim, scroll to the bottom of the article.)

In mid-February, Kaljur threatened to take legal action after she was suspended from the board on Jan. 10. She gave a Feb. 15 deadline for Haraldson to acknowledge the suspension was illegal and to send a written apology.

READ MORE: Suspended Union Bay trustee threatens legal action against UBID board

A written apology was posted to the UBID website, signed by Haraldson and the other three trustees. However, four days later, a short statement also posted on the website stated that Haraldson had cancelled the remaining February and March board meetings.

“The apology was really secondary,” said Kaljur. “I simply wanted to be reinstated as a board member, but now it’s meaningless in that they’ve decided what moving forward looks like is to simply disband the board.

“There’s a tender out on the water treatment plant and all these issues require the board to be functioning.”

With the lawsuit, Kaljur hopes for acknowledgment that allegations made against her have been false and designed to discredit her. She adds that as a clinical counsellor, the defamation has hurt her professionally.

“I am holding a position of trust and what has been said about me … that’s defamation of my character, and I am a professional, and I just can’t stand by and not do something about that.”

A request for comment has been sent to Haraldson.