“From: Leah Hartley
Send: Wednesday, November 06, 2013 5:57 AM
To: Carmen Thiel; Pauline Brazier ; David Marlor
cc: Linda Adams
Subject: RE: Proposed DRAFT Amendement Options to the Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee Procedures Bylaw
Thank you for circulating. I will aim for the Victoria office this afternoon at 3:15 pm and I can discuss if there are outstanding questions . In meantime, it asppears that I am not able to open the two options through my connection this morning. In terms of the two options, I think that generally the LTC meetings are running well over last three years so Option 2 might just be the sense of formality to the way that the meetings are being held. This provides protection should LTC receive challenge when conducting the meetings in a manner that work well. Even the recent decision not to print some delegation material seems well respected by the membvers of public present. Thus our objective may be to legitimize current procedures rather than introducing much change other than the requested electronic meetings.
I will come to look at the two options this afternoon. However, we are also at agenda deadline and the matter will be well discussed at LTC next week so please proceed without my comments as needed to meet deadline today.
After making me file a FOI on April 14, 2015 for the reasons you have been trampling my civil rights, you demand I pay $45 for that information.
Recently I asked for that, once again and you answer me with a copy of a May 25, 2015 letter, from Carmen Thiel, the FOI-designate Trust Officer, who “explains” that the reason for which the Trust “penalized” me, [is that the subject of my FOI] is not “personal information” and, therefore, I must pay $45 if I wish to know why I get the “strap” from the Trust.
I refuted Thiel’s strange logic, and you came back with a copy of Chair Luckham’s May 21, 2015 epistle insinuating that the reasons the Trust denies my civil rights is that my submissions fall into one or more of the following “offences”: “defamatory, profane or otherwise inappropriate for general circulation” categories. But Luckham would neither say which of these I offend nor how I did that. As if he has never heard about citizens being innocent until proven guilty. It all crescendoed with the following message from Stefan Cermak, Commander of the Trusts’s forces in the SaltSpring Colony:
“Showing up at the Salt Spring Island office will not change the opinion of staff. Further, as manager of the office, I am bound to ensure a harassment free workplace. I will accept expressing difference of opinions and offering of constructive feedback; I will not however, permit any signs of bullying or harassment.”
Would the Trust consider making things right?
Tom Varzeliotis, Citizen”
1. Luckham pronounced “correct” Cermak’s bile saying he was simply defending the Trust Staff against “bullying or harassing” by Big Bad Tom.
2. Luckham was unable to identify any conceivable basis on which Cermak could have based his threatening and insulting me. But he kept on chanting his support of Cermak, insulting propriety and the public.
3. As a reminder, Luckham has proclaimed me “Public Enemy Numero Uno” and brag that the Trust protects the Salt Spring Society from me. Yes he did, both in voice and print ...
4. After reading my message in the Placard which I made available to the Trust prior to commencement of the afternoon session, Cermac departed the meeting Hall so that he would not be called on to explain his doings.
5. In the recent past the Trust had been decking the Lions Hall with 11 x 17 inch “Meeting Decorum” posters, intended to intimidate citizens. They had started by taping one poster on the glass of the entry door to the Hall. Then, added a second poster on the information table located by the Hall washrooms. But still were feeling insecure and had escalated the “information spreading”, again, by hanging a third poster on the projector table, mis-directed at the the public instead of facing the LTC side, as arguably it should have been. Then, again without provocation, continued by affixing one on the podium alongside the holder of the presenters speaking notes. Very ugly, grossly insulting the public.
On the July 20, 2017 LTC meeting, the Trust surprised all and sundry with a poster-clean Hall. What a small but blessed relief this was.
The removal of the “behave or else” posters were the results of the July 11, 2017 submission, (censored), which I had filed subsequent to Cermak’s atrocious July 6 email.
6. There was also some noticeable moderation in the Chairman’s lingo which is also welcome after his frequent run-away logorrhea which is displeasing to the ear.
7. It was only after the end of my presentation that Trustee Grams, counting on Luckham’s protection, voiced the bit about me going to the ombudsperson, if I believe that the Trust conduct violates the law. As expected by Grams et al, Luckham would not let me respond to that cliché.