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From: “Kevin Yaworski”
Date: Aug 26, 2016 6:53 PM
Subject: Re: Root causes of court delays, dismissals and abuse of the public
To: “Allard, Matt” <MattAllard@winnipeg.ca>
Cc: “Palmquist, Ryan” <RPalmquist@winnipeg.ca>
Time has been ticking for a while.
You have ignored many of these serious public safety and public service accountability issues for over 4 months when I brought them to your attention in April. See the attached email.
There has been several serious accidents since then including one multi car pile up at Bishop and River and others that likely could have been prevented if some of the changes that were recommended by myself and others and have been asked for by some of the City’s own engineers. These are engineering standards required by law in Ontario and elsewhere that are being ignored in Winnipeg in the name of “safety” revenue.
We have collected a long list of evidence of this abuse, of the propaganda, lies or misleading statements, ignoring etc… including court transcripts, unbiased media reports, FIPPA results, engineering reports, Formal complaints, documents proving coverups and more going as far back as 2002.
A guided presentation was ignored repeatedly but finally accepted after some pressure from the media and given to Michael Jack, Janice Lukes and before that a policy analyst of the Mayors. They pretended to want to collaborate and then only said things to the media that make the City look even worse and have just ignored since. Michael Jack has said things like do what you must (i.e. see you in court).
Do not be part of the problem and help us with solutions that will put true public safety and interest before $afety, parking and bylaw revenue and self or special interest serving. If not you will be caught up in the mess that is soon to fall on the Mayor and others at City Hall who continue to ignore these serious public safety and public service accountability issues.
We have also been in touch with the MB Ombudsman who have investigators who are happy to start looking at the evidence we have collected. Lets save the City and Province this embarrassment and deal with it internally.
As for the Provincial issues I have reached out to those with authority or ability to put pressure on officials after we have been ignored by the past and present Premier and others past and present at the Province including the OAG / AG. This is all documented and does not look good.
We are willing to meet with you to discuss this in more detail and we have a guided presentation mentioned above for you to see. We are also recording it to put on social media but this will only hurt the city even more so lets act before it needed.
If we do not get a response and see reasonable steps taken to help end this abuse we will release a chronological list of this abuse since 2002 to Winnipeg social media groups totaling at least 20k member and to local and national media. This list will include the actions and statements or lack of by those that started this abuse or allowed it to continue or ignored it. It will include dates, names, times and links to documents or media coverage to verify.
I know you are only one councillor but there are things you can do so you are not part of the fallout.
On Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 7:50 PM, Kevin Yaworski wrote:
Hello Ryan and Matt,
Do you honestly expect myself and the public to believe this was meant to help?. All this does in infringe on more charter rights and make it more costly and difficult to contest the many unfair or illegal parking tickets issued every year by WPA via it’s 3rd party for profit partner G4S Tech. Many of the 100k parking tickets being issued every year are unfair and illegal and this exposed by the media in the past and more so recently with whistle blower and court actions. There has been a lot of media coverage recently in the papers and TV so I assume you already informed. If not I have highlighted just some of this below.
This amending of MB legislation and City Bylaws does not address the root cause of these delays and dismissal of serious offenses and convictions.
Neither does amending the summary convictions act to allow operators or officers to provide a statement instead of appearing in court to be questioned.
All this will do is infringe on more charter rights and make it more costly and difficult to contest the many unfair or illegal traffic tickets issued every year by WPS and 3rd party for profit partner ACS / Xerox. Many of the 150k-200k traffic tickets being issued every year are unfair and illegal due to known traffic engineering deficiencies and this exposed by WUW, the media in the past and more so recently with whistle blower and court actions.
These band aid and solely Parking or $afety revenue focused solutions will only result on more charter challenges, court challenges and make this Province and City look like more of a joke and have not Province that people want to leave.
This relates to several issues the way the City and Province have allowed traffic enforcement with WPS and their for profit partner ACS/ Xerox to operate via amendments to legislation, bylaws and policy’s that are putting $afety revenue before true public safety and we have proof it is putting the public at risk and has already caused harm. They are ignoring or not enforcing some legislation, bylaws and policy’s that were put in place to prevent this abuse.
This abuse is also taking valuable police resources away from solving and preventing serious crime (violent and property) which WPS’s own annual reports have shown is at one of the highest rates in Canada and has been for several years. Recent media coverage of this and related has resulted in WPS only saying we don’t plan to change anything other than check the stats to see if they get worse next year and do more traffic enforcement. The Mayor only responded to some of this by saying it isn’t really that bad.
We have collected a long list of evidence of this abuse, of the propaganda, lies or misleading statements, ignoring etc… including court transcripts, media reports, FIPPA’s, engineering reports, documents proving coverups and more going as far back as 2002.
When you add in abuse by WPA and 3rd party for profit partner G4S Tech this abuse involves at least $80 million / year and when you extrapolate loosing this from the Wpg and MB economies with the velocity of money it works out to $Billions since 2003.
This abuse is having huge social and economic consequences for the people of this City and Province.
It proven these $afety programs don’t actually improve safety and in many cases reduce it. When they corrected and operated fairly, legally and efficiently they loose money and are shutdown.
The public expect answers to the many serious issues that are taking place many of which I have raised below and in the past.
This is only going to get worse with more protests and court actions taking place and planned as well as more local and national media coverage.
It is well overdue for Matt and others at City Hall and the Province that have the ability to do something act and try and salvage any respect they may have left. If they can’t they need to resign and the public will vote someone who can fight for what is right and keep their promises.
We expect to get a proper response and hear something publicly very soon.
If not we will release a chronological list of this abuse since 2002 to our social media groups totalling at least 20k member and to local and national media.
This list will include the actions and statements or lack of by those that started this abuse or allowed it to continue or ignored it. It will include dates, names, times and links to documents or media coverage to verify.
We have already contacted the Past and Present Premier, Ministers of Justice; MIT and FIN, OAG / AG, Mayor, Chair of Public Works and others and have been ignored or spewed more $afety propaganda.
If needed we will contact the Lieutenant Governor and then if needed the RCMP, Federal Attorney General / Justice Minister but if action at their level is required this will only make the City and Province look worse so I must impress upon you the importance of trying to do this internally.
Parking ticket abuse:
Winnipeg’s most ticketed drivers and top parking patrol officers exposed and high paid City officials ignore or down play. Are they just buying time to try and coverup their tracks and save their jobs?
Some of this previous news but still relevant. At the time senior City officials ignored the fact something was wrong and I am sure the media or some of the public complained.
Now this deliberate abuse exposed our current COO Michael Jack (previously a City lawyer) with approx 222k + annual compensation before pension and benefits is trying to down play. Same with Colin Stewart, a WPA policy analyst (another of the City’s many unnecessary spin doctors / admin staff).
Comments from them like we would have terminated any ticketing agent knowingly issuing unfair tickets and we don’t need to do anything other than the “courtesy” of painting lines were no parking due to fire hydrant.
They think we are going to be ok with this? Not all of all members of the public have high paid public jobs and pensions and can afford to pay unfair or illegal tickets like many of the parking and traffic tickets being issued in Winipeg are.
Winnipeg’s most ticketed drivers and top parking patrol officers
November 5, 2014
Each day, the Winnipeg Parking Authority (WPA) slides around 350 tickets under the windshield wipers of unsuspecting motorists.
In 2013, 143 479 tickets were handed out, totalling $7.74 million in revenues for the city’s coffers.
While most people learn their lesson after feeling the sting of a ticket, there exists an exclusive group of drivers who appear to simply brush them off and carry on.
Most ticketed vehicles
According to parking ticket data provided by the WPA, since 2012, the most ticketed vehicle in Winnipeg received a whopping 164 parking offences.
CBC Manitoba managed to track down the sixth-most ticketed driver in the city.
Lorne Johannson, a delivery truck driver for UPS, has been working in the core area of Winnipeg for over 14 years.
“The most I had in one day is four tickets in a day. I swear as I was driving along, the [parking officers] were following me around,” jokes Johannson.
Since 2012, he’s received 93 tickets, worth potentially over $7 000 in fines — a cost covered by his employer, says Johannson.
“I’m always double parking every day. So essentially I’m leaving myself open to getting tickets every day.”
The WPA said that for some people, it comes down to a cost-benefit analysis.
“There are a number of people who figure for them it’s easier to just park illegally, get the ticket and pay the ticket,” explains Colin Stewart, special projects manager with the WPA.
The ticket Tzar
The data provided by the city also showed that the parking authority’s top ticket officer wrote 5,434 tickets in 2013. Officer #562W generated potentially $511,390 in revenues for the city last year alone.
The most heavily ticketed area for the ticket Tzar: Osborne Village, with River Avenue, Stradbrook Avenue and Roslyn Road being his most ticketed roads.
The Winnipeg Parking Authority says they employ 52 parking enforcement officers, 18 of which work the downtown beat at any given time.
See high paid City staff compensation info below.
Winter parking tickets plow at least $1.5M into Winnipeg city coffers
New CAO Doug McNeil (incl photo) after Deepac Joshi after he suspended and then allowed to to resign with severence
City top officials pay in 2012. Changes since than incl several raise well above Canadian average. To see last year’s full list of City staff over 50k check link below.
2015 COMPENSATIONbefore pension contributions and some other benefits:
– Deepac Joshi CAO $567,339(replaced by Doug McNeil after he suspended and then allowed to to resign with severence .
-Michael Jack COO $222,251
On Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 5:25 PM, Palmquist, Ryan <RPalmquist@winnipeg.ca> wrote:
Assuming I am understanding your message correctly, there was a recent change implimented by the City of Winnipeg and Province of Manitoba, to take parking tickets out of the provincial court system and have them handled through a process with the WPA, intended in part to address this issue. See attached article;
Executive Assistant/ Adjoint exécutif
City Councillor Matt Allard
Conseiller muncipal Mathieu Allard
Quartier Saint-Boniface Ward
Alt E: RPalmquist@winnipeg.ca
From: Kevin Yaworski
Sent: Friday, August 19, 2016 11:57 AM
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Subject: Root causes of court delays, dismissals and abuse of the public
Dear Honorable Premier, Minister, MLA, Councillors and officials.
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