Saturday, November 22, 2014

Election 2014 rankings

This will become more complete when the financial disclosures are made but here are the electoral results.

1 Craig Keating         4885      9.2% (10.3%)     Team Mussatto
1 Linda Buchanan    4646      8.8% (10.7%)      Team Mussatto
1 Don Bell                   4491      8.5%  (11.0%)     Ind
1 Pam Bookham        4392     8.3%   (8.4%)    Morris Nation
1 Rod Clark                 4354     8.2%   (8.8%)    Morris Nation

PLATEAU 1-2              766

2 Holly Back                 3588      6.8%      Team Mussatto
2 Kathy McGrenera       3515     6.6%       Team Mussatto
2 Bill Bell                      3346     6.3%        Morris Nation
2 Amanda Nichol           3316    6.3%        Morris Nation
2 Matt Clark                  3113     5.9%        Team Mussatto
2 Tony Valente              3102     5.9%        Ind
2 Dorothy Bell               2900     5.5%        Morris Nation

PLATEAU 2-3                805

3 Iani Markis                   2095     4.0%                 Team Mussatto
3 Joe Heilman                  2087     3.9% (2.1%)     Ind
3 Via Fearnley                 1805      3.4%                 Ind

PLATEAU 3-4                  1017

4 John Harvey                   788        1.5%   Ind
4 David Janis                     326        0.6%   Ind
4 Ron Sostad                      231        0.4      COPE

One thing is quite clear, two not legally registered slates ran our Council and really there is no point in running (unless you're a former MP) if you're not part of one of them.

If you look at the % of vote change, Don Bell went from 11% to 8.5% but in 2011 he was endorsed by Team Mussatto (but not part of their slate) and endorsed by Voices so he held most of his vote and retained his seat, finishing above the Morris Nation candidates.

It looks like Craig and Linda dropped a little more than a percent from 2011 to 2014 but Team Mussatto ran a six person slate rather than a four person slate so their drop (I think) is due to their drive to take a majority of Council which they did.

Snippets wise, we've probably seen the last of Bill and Dorothy Bell, their public revealing that they were part of the Morris Nation has left a taint on them that they can never (electorally) recover from.

Amanda Nichol still finished in the middle of category 2 as she did last time but as with the Bell couple she now walks in the City with the taint of Kerry Morris on her so she will never be elected no matter how many "inside the bubble" machinations she may perform in the future.

And Joe Heilman dramatically increased his vote share, despite not being a member of either slate (joined by Tony Valente.)  The Federal Liberals used to be a slate a decade ago.  It will be interesting to be see if Don, Tony, Joe and Via who are all Federal Liberals can recombine reform the slate of decade ago before before Voices co-opted them. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

What happened to Kerry Morris' criminal conviction?

It's a mystery.  Let's start with the actual criminal court case.

I received a letter from Kerry's lawyer dated October 29, 2014 threatening a lawsuit as he claims that his criminal conviction was overturned by the Court of Appeal.  Kerry's other Court of Appeal appearance was there but not record of this "alleged" appeal. I had professional legal help checking this out after and they too said there was no appeal of this decision but they found a trial in which the records are sealed.  Hmm... the Court only does this in extreme circumstances.

It is certainly in Kerry's M.O. to bully and threaten people while trying to keep this conviction secret until after Election Day.  I can't see a lawyer being involved in a overt lie but of course since it wasn't in court and no oath was swore perhaps it doesn't really count in a lawyer's world.

Of course, there is the chance that this closed trial had something to do with it but I feel confident that the court would toss Kerry's threat into the garbage.

I've been stressing that Pam Bookham, Rod Clark, Amanda Nichol, Bill Bell and Dorothy have put their reputations on the line in endorsing Kerry Morris.  They have shown themselves to be a slate of hate, so clouded in their hatred of Mayor Mussatto that will support the absolutely worst choice of Mayor they could.  They have made an absolute mockery of everything they've said they believe in. 

It's time to deny them your vote as they should have done when Kerry asked them for their endorsement.

Let's not have petty little Councillors who disgrace us every week.

Ron Polly caught sign stealing

Ron Polly, self proclaimed President of the Harbourside Community Association had a visit from the police in the past few days to warn him against stealing campaign signs.   Ron Polly, part of the Morris Nation and probably following instructions given to him by Kerry is the latest evidence that Kerry's need to be Mayor must never be granted by the voters.

Kerry has gone to trial for drinking and driving, had an arrest warrant issued for failing to appear in court, made extremely homophobic statements to Officers of the Court and been in and out of court in his business of shipping oil in our habour and water.

But he has the trust of people like Ron Polly who will break election laws and common decency for him.  He has the endorsement of Rod Clark, Pam Bookham and Amanda Nichol.  He has had Bill and Dorthy Bell working for him and purposely holding back their endorsement until the last week.  

They have formed a "slate of hate." Voters shouldn't give their trust or votes to these five either, it may be just their need to remain in office or regain it or just a deeply rooted hatred of Mayor Mussatto but at the end of the day, their judgement in recommending Kerry Morris to the voters stains their repetitions.

Send Rod Clark, Pam Bookham, Amanda Nichol, Bill Bell and Dorothy back home on November 15th and let's have a Council that is not a disgrace anymore.

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Voices collective becomes the Morris Nation

There are no other "endorsements" but some not legally registered slates who make "recommendations".  First, of course, is what I call Team Mussatto, in local politics it is common for candidates to group themselves for and against the Mayor since that position is the public focal point of the City.  I see TM as follows, candidates Mussatto, Buchanan, Keating, Back, McGrenera and Makris. 

I've said in Council and to Darrell personally that the way of winning is to form an electoral organization, North Van Vision, let's say and you'll win the majority you have always dreamed of.  Obviously, he has chosen differently.

Second, is what I call the "VOICES Collective" or now what can be called the "Morris Nation", a group that published an "approved voting list" in the North Shore News the day before the election in the last two elections.  After doing this illegally in 2008 and being seriously chastised by the Chief Election Officer, they registered as "Third Party Advertiser" like the CUPE unions do.  But since so members of their core group were also candidates they failed the "arms length" requirement and again their actions were illegal.  The "Morris Nation" is new.  The old Voices core believes they are using Kerry Morris, knowing he can't win to keep Darrel busy so their Voices candidates can hold a majority of Council 

In 2012, they posted a website "NVan City Voices", they claim to have just started in the spring of 2012, organizers will get mad when one says it's the same old Voices but they feel a need to hide from their illegal activities.

A fuller history here. The Voices Collective is Morris, Bookham, Clark(R), Nichol.  Some would place Bill and Dorothy Bell in that slate but even though their platforms will be very similar, I doubt they are controlled by the Voices Collective.  Of course, they might "recommend " the 3 Bells in order to make it appear as if they have their support as they did last time with Don Bell.

They have no formal board of directors, no formal organization, like the "Occupy" movements of a couple of years ago.  Dennis, the Constitutional Peasant described the Voices Collective best, "an anarcho - syndicalist commune, taking turns to act as an executive officer of the week but all their decisions have to be ratified at a special bi-weekly meeting by a simple majority in the case of internal affairs but by a 2/3's majority ..."  See full youtube clip here

I say the same to them as I've said to the Mayor - do things according to the law and be transparent about it for a change.   The time has passed to register so we've stuck with the shady practices of the past.   It looks like the Voices Collective thinks they using Kerry Morris to keep Darrell busy if when he is on a third place track and Kerry thinks he is using the Voices Collective.

Kerry Morris' brilliant tactics

Well at 9pm tonight on Shaw TV, Channel 4, you can all see what happens when Kerry Morris tries to make the Charge of the Light Brigade look like a sensible military maneuver.  It will be up on Shaw's website until the election.

Minutes before the meeting as we waited in the lobby, Kerry Morris made a big deal of calling his lawyer or pretending he was calling his lawyer to authorize a lawsuit against me.  He was trying to bully me so his endless drone of nonsense would dominate the debate.

Bad move Kerry, it just made me angry.

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Probably not up until after 1st broadcast 9pm - 10pm tonight

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Kerry Morris is not a convicted criminal

Three of my Blogs have altered as per request from Kerry Morris' lawyers.  It appears as if there was the original trial was appealed and Kerry won so the original charge was negated and erased as if it never existed.  Sorry for the mistake readers and I retract any statement that I've made that Kerry Morris is a convicted criminal. 

I did not check the Court of Appeals records to see if the original decision had been appealed.  I should have.  I am sorry for the mistake.  I look up the Court of Appeal decision and see what it says and verify what Kerry Morris' lawyers have told me.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Did Kerry Morris lie to voters in Mayor's Debate?

So DailyXrta published a story on Kerry's homophobic hate speech. It's business as usual for Kerry, apparently he under a lot of stress.  Good he doesn't want to serve as a Mayor for the next four years or something stressful that that. 

A Provincial Judge commented in one of Kerry's trials that "I found Mr. Morris to be evasive and non-responsive to questions put to him in cross examination. Further, I found him to be belligerent, antagonistic and argumentative (observations similar to those made by the officers) to the point where I had to instruct him to answer Mr. Flannigan's questions."

This is not what I, am saying but what a Provincial Court judge said in the official record of Kerry's trial.

In my opinion, Kerry lied in yesterday's Mayors Debate when asked by a voter to explain why he was taken away in handcuffs after allegedly threatening Telus staff when he said he was just sitting in on a couch, calmly waiting for a refund of a bill that he had overpaid.

Do you believe that armed RCMP officers apprehended Kerry Morris for sitting on a couch? Kerry likes to paint this serious incident as act of the lone individual standing up for consumer rights. I'm surprised that this didn't go to trial after seeing a portion of Kerry's court records.  

I'm surprised that they even let him go  since he signed a "Promise to Appear in Court" during a charge of Driving under the Influence and failed to show up for his Court Date until after an Arrest Warrant for "Failing to Appear" had been issued.

Kerry has an excuse for everything.  Does he deserve your trust and vote?  Why are Council Candidates Bookham, Clark and Nichol still supporting Kerry Morris?  Why have they not issued a public statement withdrawing any statements of support they have made in the past?  Do they deserve your trust and vote?

Update 30 Oct 2014:  Blog altered as per request from Kerry Morris' lawyers.  It appears as if there was the original trial was appealed and Kerry won so the original charge was negated and erased as if it never existed.  Sorry for the mistake readers and I retract any statement that I've made that Kerry Morris is a convicted criminal.