Pollution causing more deaths worldwide than war or smoking: Lancet

This more than sad especially when so many experts in so many fields involved in this detailed study and report agreed in the findings. Developing and middle class countries being hit the hardest and remote people like Canada’s Inuit facing some of the highest levels of pollution yet the the farthest away from the sources.

At least 9 million premature deaths were caused by diseases from toxic emissions

The Associated Press

October 20, 2017


Update as well as more on the above report including podcast or transcript.

New Delhi’s toxic smog poses serious health threat, warns doctor


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First Nation banishes man suspected of selling drugs in community – CBC

Pine Creek First Nation Chief Karen Batson says the man banished from the community was suspected of selling prescription drugs and marijuana.
Pine Creek First Nation Chief Karen Batson says the man banished from the community was suspected of selling prescription drugs and marijuana. (David Donnelly/CBC)
Oct 31 2017 – Kevin Yaworski – Public Advocate

Information related to this incident detailed in CBC article below. Also what is needed in Winnipeg and with WPS to tackle similar issues.

The fact the Chief and Council took drug tests before and expanded this to include mandatory random testing of all band employees shows their people they are sober, acting as role models and taking these issues very seriously.

Based on past and recent charges and reports with WPS officers involved with drugs, illegal firearms or driving under influence and causing death the Winnipeg Police should do this. They also need to bring back the low cost body camera and cadet programs that they cut to help pay out of control OT, overstaffing, bloated pensions, armored vehicle, advanced rifles etc…

They will need to layoff some of the 300 more officers then we need or can afford and bring back the two serious crime units that partnered with RCMP that they childisly cut after the Province forced them to be more efficient and fiscally responsible so they not chewing up almost a third of the City’s nearly $1 Billion budget every year.

There is many honest hard working officers and more needs to be done to weed out the rotten ones and reform the direction and culture.

This band not waiting for the issues to continue or get worse. Why should WPS and the City be any different? They can’t banish people but they can do more to tackle serious crime and prevent it. Other Cities and Provinces have taken steps we have not or with enough priority.

If you agree contact your councillor, MLA and the Justice Minister. More info in the pinned post, http://www.wiseupwinnipeg.com and on my blog at http://www.yaworski.net

Collectively we can make a difference. This proven here and elsewhere on other serious issues.

Pine Creek homes

‘Some people aren’t happy with our approach,’ Chief Karen Batson says. (Riley Laychuk/CBC)

First Nation banishes man suspected of selling drugs in community


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Corruption being tackled in Quebec but stalling in Manitoba and elsewhere

Oct 30 2017 – Kevin Yaworski – WiseUpWinnipeg

Quebec has been leading by example for several years now with exposing and prosecuting serious crime (organized crime, corruption in the construction industry, police, municipal and provincial governments etc …).

This after pressure from journalists and advocacy groups some of which were victims of illegal wire taps. They have much more to do but there has already been many convictions, resignations and ongoing investigations including very recent news like here and related.

There was an ongoing RCMP investigation or pending charges involving corruption in Winnipeg related to at least former Mayor Sam Katz, Former CAO Phil Sheegl, Caspian Construction and others.

There is other serious allegations not investigated yet that we are aware of. The RCMP Corporate Crimes Division has said it is under funded and under staffed to the point it can’t investigate some serious allegations even with substanciated information.

Are you like many in Manitoba and asking why Premier Pallister or Deputy Premier / Justice Minister Heather Stefanson are not calling on the OAG or for a public inquiry? They are giving the excuse that there is an ongoing investigation by the RCMP. Yet CBC said the two years worth of investigations handed over to the Crown and charges were pending but nothing has been announced for several months now. Quebec is not waiting for this why are they?

To make matters worse many of the issues in MB have been going on since at least 2002 and much of it exposed via WiseUpWinnipeg using FIPPA requests, Ombudsman; APEGM, Law Society, LERA, WPS and other formal complaints, Whistle Blowers, Court records, unbiased and verified media reports and many independent 1st hand accounts. Most of this ignored.

What has been done and what needs to be done?

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Important update on Delay Motions with Charter 11b challenges for simple traffic matters with unreasonable delay to go to trial

MB Law Courts – Home of the MB Appeals Court
Oct 28 2017 – Kevin Yaworski – WiseUpWinnipeg

WUW and the media covered this in Sept but here is link to the Justices full decision to grant leave to appeal.

Here is a recap and some new information. Manitoba’s highest court is taking the unusual step of weighting in on a simple traffic matter. In R v. Grant MBQB Justice Vic Toews said the 18m ceiling for reasonable delay for criminal matters at Provincial Court as per R vs. Jordan (Supreme Cout of Canada) should be followed for simple traffic matters. Yet Jordan says simple matters should take less time to go to trial than more complex matters. Several Justices in Provincial Court have agreed and said 6 months is reasonable. Several also said the institutional delays in these matters are well known and not reasonable.

Toews who had a long political career and ties in MB also being investigated by the Judicial Council of Canada for allegations of conflict of interest which in at least public opinion and trust is relevant.

Below is part of what the Appeals Court Justice said. They also listed several other cases where the motions were denied but most of the accused in these were not well prepared which is not uncommon for self represented but this should have been taken into consideration. Charter Rights, Court Directives and MB Justice policies require this consideration as well as all actions of the Crown and Court must promote confidence in the administration of Justice.

Based on this it can be argued that delay motions before the Provincial Court (e.g. for traffic matters in MBSCC) should be adjourned once filed until the higher court decision.

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Airbus takes Bombardier to the cleaners with C Series deal – Taxpayers and workers maybe on the hook

 aircraft takes off to participate a flying display as an Airbus A380, the world's largest jetliner, waits on the taxiway during the 51st Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airport near Paris, in this June 2015 photo. (Pascal Rossignol/Reuters)

A Bombardier CS300 aircraft takes off to participate a flying display as an Airbus A380, the world’s largest jetliner, waits on the taxiway during the 51st Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airport near Paris, in this June 2015 photo. (Pascal Rossignol/Reuters)

Oct 23 2017 – Kevin Yaworski – Public Advocate

“Tax payers of Canada and Quebec … got taken to the cleaners”

Over $6 Billion in funding or guaranteed loans from for Bombardier from Federal and Quebec Government friends.

$700 Million still owing over 3 years with taxpayers and workers possibly on the hook again.

There is some good news if it isn’t false and misleading.

Airbus CEO expects to sell ‘thousands’ of C Series aircraft

No plans to buy out Bombardier’s stake in C Series venture, Airbus executive says


If Airbus moves C Series parts assembly to the US to avoid murderous tarrifs there will be huge job losses in at least Quebec.

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Unprofessional, Unreasonable and unlawful behavior by WPS Officers, Special Constables and others involved

Oct 21 2017 – Kevin Yaworski – WiseUpWinnipeg

This is getting out of hand even for the low standards documented for Winnipeg Police Service, CoW, GoM, MB SCC and others related.

This is more than sad but is an strong indication thatour collective activism for exposing wrong doing and calling for the much needed reforms is starting to get traction.

Here are just some recent examples of unprofessional, unreasonable or unlawful behavior by WPS Officers, Special Constables / Peace Officers / operators, WPS Chief and others involved There is many more documented which demonstrate a clear and very concerning trend.

It is important to include there is still many hard working officers trying to do their job often under very tough conditions and it is the culture, direction and priorities that need to change to help properly address serious crime and regain trust and respect from the public.

1) Some Officers in WPS have started labeling WUW and some peaceful and lawful protesters acting on behalf of the public as “borderline terrorists” and lumping them with mentally unstable and similar. Doing so with out evidence is a breach of WPS policy or worse and anyone doing so should be disiplined at a minimum. Some say this is LIBEL.

2) A member recently reported that WPS Sgt Pawel from the Photo Enforcement unit called to say he was going to issue a ticket for hocking at an operator who proceeded to follow the member and get licence plate number.

This is just a another of their recent scare or harassment tactics after more and more of the public are protesting and signs of civil unrest.

Like wasting expensive and limited police resources in these and many other cases:

2) AIR One circling above lawful protests by WUW on at least 3 different occasions.

3 & 4) Senior WPS Stg Riffel responding within 15 mins on two occassions to lawful protests to help slow drivers down by WUW members to give out parking ticket even after member said the signage was missing and they offered to move right away. Worse yet calls for serious crime (break n enters) took up to 36 hrs to get response. The Crown has tossed the tickets.

5) WPS Stg. Pawel responding rapidly to lawful protest to help drivers slow down on Grant ave and asking for the Safety Cones to be removed from around the rear of the pe vehicle. We regularly see Shaw, MTS and Hydro do this to improve visibility and improve safety.

6) A member recently had sign taken away and assaulted with vehicle while peacefully protesting to help drivers alow down. Their sign had to be returned later and officer the incident reported to agreed the special constable / operator should be terminated or press for assault. They said to contact Sgt. Pawel who didn’t do anything about the assault that we are aware of. Now Sgt. Pawel taking time from his regular duties to give out a ticket for honking.

7) Several documented behavior of special constables / operators breaching sections of the hta regularly when not attending an emergency. Also reading books, watching phones and sleeping while “observing violations”. Then swearing under oath they observed the violation, checked the signage …

8) A member was peacefully protesting on more than one occasion to help slow down drivers on 4 lane divided road with inadequate signage, artifically reduced speed limit and aggressively targeted by WPS for over 20 years. They were verbally assulted and yelled at by WPS officer in unmarked vehicle. In another case officer outside of vehicle without safety vest doing enforcement when approached yelled at them and pointed gun in their face (later seen to be radar gun). One direction has missing reduced speed ahead signage and both directions missing signage on blvd as per Provincial and National Standards.

9) Several recent and past cases of operators setup in locations they not permitted (outside city limits and or missing or inadequate signage as per the HTA, … In most cases the accused felt the system rigged and nothing they can do. The ones that contested many were rail roaded by the JJP, Crown and clerks under undue pressure from up to 300,000 traffic and parking alleged offenses per year with delays up to 24 months, low moral and even clerks resigning with one blowing the whistle.

In some cases WPS Chief Danny Smyth was contacted but has not responded or inadequately. Several FIPPA requests, formal complaints filed with WPS or LERA as well as Councillors and MLA’s contacted but little to nothing has been done.

Is any of this promoting confidence in the administration of justice, following their professional standards, their sworn oath and their code of ethics?

Yet OUR WPS Chief Danny Smyth (30 year WPS veteran) wants more photo enforcement and has said:

“As you can see through my actions, I don’t have a lot of tolerance for people that aren’t going to do their job, or act unprofessional,” he said. “We will deal with that head on. I don’t want to paint the whole service as something that it’s not, because this is not the whole service. But we will deal with the conduct of individual officers if they step out of line.”

From this article.
This not meant to distract from the seriousness of these recent incidents with officer charged with dui and causing death and related investigation into two other officers.

Officers under investigation


…This and related are signs many of the public live from cradle to grave a slave to the stupidity of society and to the will of those that allow greed and influence to control their actions even at the expense of the public.

This will only get worse if the public does not act now and collectively. Just one example of this is the Province recently announcing it’s Road To Zero plans for 2017 – 2020 that include more legislation to enable more automated and traditional enforcement, more reduced speed limits and other actions that to date have resulted in little to no real safety improvements and in many cases the opposite.

The plans are filled with $afety propaganda that has been coming from ACS / Xerox, WPS, CoW, MPIC and others and no word of addressing any of the root issues WUW has raised for years including known and dangerous engineering deficiencies; missing or inadequate data and stats; ignoring certified engineers and national standards they rely on for public safety and efficient traffic flow; ignoring sections of the CDN Charter of Rights, HTA, FIPPA, APEGM and other legislation, bylaws, due process, policies and more when it convenient yet aggressively enforcing other sections etc … on the public even when it is excessive, unreasonable or unlawful.

There is no word of more priority and focus on preventing, investigating, solving and prosecuting serious crime, proper engineering and education all of which proven to be much more efficient and effective than a heavy focus on enforcement. More info below.

All this and much more documented in Court records, FIPPA requests as well as Ombudsman, LERA, APEGM, Law Society and other formal Complaints, unbiased media coverage, many photos and video and more.

Saying it will never change is not an option anymore. We can’t continue to focus on the smaller issues while ignoring the underlying bigger issues. We are already paying among the highest taxes, fees and fines in Canada and getting among the least in return. Serious Crime (Violent and property) has been steadily high compared to decreasing across Canada and actually increased last year. Yet we have more sworn officers and police budget per capita than anywhere in Canada.

The City and Province owe $1 Billion and $23 Billion net debt with enormous interest payments and rising rates predicted. The social and economic impacts of all this are enormous. The vast majority of people are affected and the most vulnerable in society are being hit the hardest.

Once more are informed of the issues, deep impacts and take meaningful steps collectively things will improve. More of us need to share the facts online and by word of mouth. There is examples of this working elsewhere.

Province of Manitoba, City of Winnipeg and MPIC supporting Toward Zero / Vision Zero Strategy – What this really means

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Unprofessional, Unreasonable and unlawful behavior by WPS Officers, Special Constables and others involved



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Reopening Portage and Main and more important matters including “Studies”, “Reports” and “Stats”


Or not accountable to the public who are compensating them very well to lead effectively and efficiently on their behalf


Oct 14 2017 – Kevin Yaworski – WiseUpWinnipeg

The following involves discussions to “beautify” or a full reopening of Portage and Main to pedestrians and much more important but related matters involving “Studies”, “Reports” and “Stats”. We (the public) must not let the individual issues detract from the trend in much larger, underlying and very concerning issues.

Once we get our public officials to do their job we are compensating them well to do and they fix the larger issues there will be a lot less of the smaller issues and much more money in our pockets and the economy. This will translate to more legitimate tax revenue, less stress and head aches for them and us. Not sure why this is such a hard concept to grasp for them. This model has proven itself repeatedly in other Cities, Provinces and Countries with strong leadership, attention to the greater public interests and fiscal responsibility. Even in MB and Winnipeg with several governments and City Councils in the distant past.

Back to Portage and Main

Some industry experts have estimated over $16M to complete OUR Mayor Bowman’s “vision” or Legacy.

Bowman says he wants to keep his campaign promise to re-open this important and busy intersection using money initially from road renewal fund which they already raided indirectly or are under funding after jacking up frontage levels to avoid more property tax increases. What happened to his more important promise to improve transparency, accountability at City Hall to improve public trust which was dismal after Mayor Katz era? It has only gotten lower which I go into detail for some of this below.

Bowman and now his CAO Doug McNeil want to persist with reopening P & M even when over 90% of respondents in this and other polls say they disagree. Even when the City and Province are trying to get to grips with over $1 Billion and $23 Billion Net Debt, repeated credit downgrades and huge interests payments with more interest rate hikes predicted.

It makes sense to open up less busy streets in busy shopping districts and there is many examples of this around the world but Portage and Main is a very busy intersection and there is little shopping other than the underground shops in the perfectly functional crossings under it now in Winnipeg Square. It is the Wagon Wheel hug in Winnipeg.

Some intersections with high traffic volumes just don’t work with this open concept. Do you think Paris would open the roundabout around the Arc de Triomphe?

It sounds like OUR City CAO Doug McNeil is trying to appease OUR Mayor Bowman with support for P & M reopening after the $30M expired lawsuit debacle under his watch.

CAO recommends Winnipeg spend $3.5M this year to get ball rolling on Portage and Main reopening

No timeframe or total cost of project yet known; consultant pegged simple removal of barricades at $6.1M


Mayor’s inner circle (EPC) approves millions to prepare for possible Portage and Main reopening $3.5M plan approved after amendment to ensure council has final say on opening intersection to pedestrians


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