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

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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

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/portage-main-reopening-money-1.4352603

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

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/manitoba/portage-main-funding-epc-1.4360126

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City of Winnipeg and WPS failing to meet the Conditions of Authority from the Province for the Photo Enforcement Program

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Oct 16 2017 – Kevin Yaworski – WiseUpWinnipeg http://wp.me/p1fJaD-1a2
The City of Winnipeg and WPS have failed every year since 2003 to meet the Conditions of Authority set out by the Province of Manitoba for the Photo Enforcement Program.
Here is a summary of the Conditions of Authority and related information.
They have failed every year on almost all counts and have not followed the most important recommendations in the following City Audit. This is grounds for the program to be terminated at cost to the City.

They also ignored the few proper recommendations in the following “study” by TIRF in 2011 for WPS / CoW that was used to expand Photo Enforcement.

The Province has also failed to enforce these conditions and are continuing to to take 50% of the apparent revenue. In the big picture this and related abuse on the road and in the court room to say the lease is having enormous costs and impacts to taxpayers, society and the economy.

Find details of of a proper study of red light cameras and the findings below.

If you want the program terminated for not meeting these requirement or to help reform it and related enforcement programs so they are being operated as legislators intended visit http://www.wiseupwinnipeg.com and join the discussions on our Facebook group at WiseUpWinnipeg

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Original Conditions of Authority

The legislation still require most of this and the City and WPS have failed to meet these conditions every year since 2003. The safety improvement “stats” provided are only for stationary not mobile and are incomplete, false and misleading. Every time we have included the complete data from MPIC, WPS and PWD plus correlated it is clear there is actually a reduction in safety.

The Province and MPIC are ignoring these conditions and actually supporting this unfair and unlawful enforcement. They turning a blind eye to dangerous misengineering and the resulting increase in accidents and injuries in return for their share of the apparent $afety revenue. In the big picture this only benefiting the few at the expense of the many, more focus on serious crime, society and the economy.

Now they want to add more unneccessary legislation, lower speed limits against engineering recommendations and expand automate enforcement. They are not enforcing these conditions, required signage, national engineering standards, charter and other legal rights and are not adding any transparency or accountability.

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

City of Winnipeg Audit report of PE from 2005-2006

This audit confirmed the stats and info relied upon initially and while operating were false and misleading and that the procurement process was not followed.
The Pilot study was conducted by the same Corporation that received what equated to a sole source contract (ACS / Lockheed Martin (since acquired by Xerox who have now spun it off to Conduent to avoid fall out from executives and public officials being convicted of bribery and related crimes and others being investigated). The entire safety camera industry is imploding from similar issues.

The complete data also confirms the primary goal of improving safety was and is not being achieved. This confirms incomplete and inaccurate stats also used to mislead officials for the secondary goal of revenue to supplement City budgeting challenges. It was less than forcasted due to less violations (i.e. safe drivers).

There is overwhelming evidence they then stepped up aggressive targeting of engineering deficiencies and other unfair and unlawful tactics to make up for this. This wasn’t enough so they created more deficiencies and used more false and misleading info to expand the program and stepped up WPS officer enforcement including asking officers to volunteer for OT to do Project Drive (FIPPA) and others since than. Their own stats indicate an large upward trend in violations.

Photo Enforcement Program Review Final Report February 2006
Audit Department Leaders in building public trust in civic government

Summary of this audit below and the full report here:

http://www.winnipeg.ca/audit/pdfs/reports/photo_enforcement.pdf

The City launched the Photo Enforcement Program in late 2002, pursuant to an amendment to the Highway Traffic Act.

The primary intent of the new legislation is to improve traffic safety through reduction of red light running and speeding violations and collisions and injuries associated with these high risk driving behaviours. While enhanced safety is the primary goal of the program, projections made at the launch of the program suggested that it would also help to address the City’s budget challenges. Significant revenues were projected – over the first five years of operation, gross revenues were projected to exceed $95 million with net revenues expected to exceed $65 million. The actual revenues realized to date have been significantly less than projected.

In launching the program, we found that a lack of due diligence in the procurement process led to misleading and unsubstantiated information going forward to the Award Authority, City Council. The WPS Contract Administrator did not identify and address all significant risks associated with the procurement process.

We suggested that the City attempt to negotiate a reduction in future contract costs. We also made other recommendations to improve operational and financial management of the program. With respect to performance reporting, we suggested that the WPS continue to work with the Province to obtain better data and to place more effort on analyzing data that is available.

Summary of the Conditions of Authority:

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The primary goal of the Photo Enforcement Program is to enhance safety.

In the shorter-term, an outcome could be lower speeds at monitored sites. In the mid-term, speeds may be lower across the City as drivers change their behaviour. The longer term anticipated outcome of the Photo Enforcement Program is a reduction in serious collisions and injuries.

The assumption is that an overall reduction in speeding and red light running will lead to the desired long-term outcome. We would not expect a program of this scope to achieve its long-term objectives for several years. We would expect, however, data to be collected and analyzed, trends identified and evaluated, and progress to be measured and reported on as the program matures.

Annual Report to the Province

Under the Conditions of Authority agreement with the Province, the City is required to submit an annual report by April 1st of each year outlining the status and effectiveness of the Photo Enforcement Program.

The WPS report must contain information on the following:

(a) Amount of surplus fine revenue derived from the use of photo enforcement, and the specific purposes for which the surplus revenue has been used.

(b) Effectiveness of photo enforcement initiatives:

Program Outputs

• locations of units

• deployment criterion

• hours of operation

• number of offences

• number of not guilty pleas, acquittals or stays, and convictions

• number of offence notices issued for speeding and red light violations detected by conventional means

• all public awareness initiatives

Program Outcomes

• a controlled study evaluating the impact of photo enforcement on speed and red light violations including average speeds at locations with and without photo enforcement

• 85th percentile speeds at both (speed at which 85% of traffic is travelling at or below)

• proportion of speeding vehicles by speed range

• speed adjustments resulting from the analysis of data arising from photo enforcement activities

• an analysis of the effect of the photo enforcement on traffic safety including annual statistics and year to year variance in traffic collisions, traffic injuries and collision severity

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More details on the regulations for Photo Enforcement:

https://web2.gov.mb.ca/laws/regs/current/_pdf-regs.php?reg=220/2002

MPIC is contributing to false and misleading information (Safety Propaganda)

This being used to advance their and ACS / Xerox, WPS, CoW and Province’s hidden agenda of unlawful taxation as fines and penalties. MPIC even funding (sponsoring) 3rd party institutions that provided WPS “independent” studies (paid for by more public funds) that are filled with more false and misleading stats and info. What little honest info was in there was recommendations that have been ignored including looking into cause of 50% increase in rear end collisions.

Research that is relied on for public safety decisions should be completely independent of 3r parties. This is usually secondary education institutions or other well respected institutions that have conflict of interest policies that are enforced.

WPS photo enforcement site is filled with false or misleading info (Safety Propaganda) the same as was provided by ACS Photo Enforcement partner that City Audit even said was false and misleading but Senior people at WPS, City Hall and the Province ignored other than include more MPIC data but it still incomplete and not presented accurately or independently verified.

http://www.winnipeg.ca/police/safestreets/stats.stm

Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF)

http://www.tirf.ca/publications/project_show.php?pid=13

http://www.tirf.ca/publications/PDF_publications/WinnipegPhotoEnf-FinalReport-12.pdf

The study concluded that there was a slight reduction in the rare right angle collisions but it said there was not enough data to come to proper conclusions and recommended more data be included (i.e. the data WPS provided was limited and missed some of the information from MPIC). Also not all crashes reported to police. No study done since then to confirm the slight reduction in right angle crashes. Other indepependent and verified studies have been done and found no improvement and and only an increase in collisions and engineering changes are all that are needed to improve safety . See study details below.

The WPS & MPIC funded study also found a 42% increase in rear end crashes. That this negative side effect can be rectified using mitigating strategies such as improving signage and education.
However, the evidence then also suggests there was a 25% increase in rear end crashes at other intersections in Winnipeg without cameras. Again, this would suggest mitigating strategies are required to combat these negative side effects, not only in the vicinity of camera intersections, but throughout the entire city of Winnipeg. Further monitoring will be required. WPS, City Hall and Province ignored.

However, the data also suggest that photo enforcement may be less effective in preventing serious speeding violations.

Unfortunately, due to limitations of the data it was not possible to draw any meaningful conclusions about the effectiveness of these mobile radar cameras.

Conduct further research into infrastructure and engineering differences between
intersections.

It is recommended that efforts are made to improve data collection.

All these recommendations ignored.

MPIC benefits from increased revenue from demerits assigned after police enforcement tickets issued and even funds police for enforcement which is a conflict of interest. It should focus on driver training and education not enforcement.

There is also concern that MPIC funding / sponsoring TIRF many have influence the studies results.

TIRF website lists Sponsors:

– Platinum Sponsor – SGI (Sask Public Insurance)

– Gold – MPIC

SGI & WPS partners with ACS Photo Enforcement and they as well as MPIC benefit from revenue directly from unfair and unlawful taxation as fines or penalties.

http://tirf.ca/sponsors/index.html

Much more details of this and related here including link to proper safety study of photo enforcement by an independent and trustworthy academic institute with verified results.

MPIC diverting Millions to Police for $afety initiatives most of which are a waste and actually putting the public at risk

https://yaworski.net/2016/09/10/mpic-diverting-millions-to-police-for-safety-initiatives-most-of-which-are-a-waste-and-actually-putting-the-public-at-risk/

Example of unbiased and detailed engineering study and conclusions on how to address an increase in rare right angle crashes and more common rear end collisions and other collisions at intersections.

… Longer Yellows Reduce Crashes (Texas Transportation Institute)

The Texas Transportation Institute shows that engineering improvements are an effective alternative to cameras. The objective of a red-light-running treatment program should be the reduction of red-light related crashes (as opposed to red-light violations).

Countermeasures that reduce red-light-related crashes will likely also reduce violations. The identification of intersections with the potential for safety improvement (i.e., “problem” locations) should be based on an evaluation of individual intersection approaches. … Any treatment of a problem intersection approach should be intended to return the approach’s expected crash frequency to a level that is consistent with that of the typical approach.

The implementation of countermeasures with the intent to reduce crashes below that of the typical approach represents “over treatment.” Over treatment is not likely to be cost-effective.

Treatment programs for locations with red-light-related problems should follow a sequential process that includes the following steps:

1. Conduct an engineering study to confirm the nature and extent of the problem.

2. Identify and implement viable enforcement countermeasures.

3. Evaluate the effectiveness of the implemented countermeasures.

4. If red-light-related problems still exist, consider implementation and evaluation of additional (or other) engineering countermeasures until all viable countermeasures have been tried.

5. If red-light-related problems still exist, consider the implementation of an officer enforcement program that targets intersection traffic control violations and includes a public awareness campaign.

6. If officer enforcement is determined to be unsuccessful or ineffective, then camera enforcement can be considered. If camera enforcement is implemented, it should be accompanied by a public awareness campaign.

Also, rear-end crashes should be monitored and remedial action taken if a sustained increase in rear-end crashes is observed. In general, countermeasure selection to address a problem location should be based on a comprehensive engineering study of traffic conditions, traffic control device visibility, crash history, and intersection sight distance.

The findings from the engineering analysis can then be used with the procedure outlined in Figure 5-6 to determine the most viable set of countermeasures. …

Title: Development of Guidelines for Identifying and Treating Locations with a Red-Light-Running Problem

Report No.: FHWA/TX-05/0-4196-2 Author(s): James Bonneson and Karl Zimmerman Publisher: Texas A&M University. Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) College Station, Texas

2004 Format: Monograph, 1 volume Study Sponsor: Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)

i.e. not influenced by ACS or Redflex or other 3rd party for profit Photo Enforcement vendors or one of their lobby groups or private or public insurance providers that can benefit from demerits and license and insurance penalties assigned after unfair or unlawful Officer or red light or speed camera tickets.

Full-text Link: http://tti.tamu.edu/documents/0-4196-2.pdf

Summary: The problem of red-light-running is widespread and growing; its cost to society is significant. However, the literature is void of quantitative guidelines that can be used to identify and treat problem locations. Moreover, there has been concern voiced over the validity of various methods used to identify problem locations, especially when automated enforcement is being considered.

The objectives of this research project were to:

(1) quantify the safety impact of red-light-running at intersections in Texas, and (2) provide guidelines for identifying truly problem intersections and whether enforcement or engineering countermeasures are appropriate. This report documents the work performed and conclusions reached as a result of a two-year research project. During the first year, the researchers determined that about 37,700 red-light-related crashes occur each year in Texas. Of this number, 121 crashes are fatal. These crashes have a societal cost to Texans of about $2.0 billion dollars annually. During the second year, red-light-related crash and violation prediction models were developed. These models were used to quantify the effect of various intersection features on crash and violation frequency. The insights obtained were used to identify effective engineering countermeasures. The models were also used to quantify the effectiveness of officer enforcement. Procedures were developed to identify and rank problem locations. The models and procedures were incorporated in a Red-Light-Running Handbook that is intended to serve as a guide to help engineers reduce red-light-related crashes.

Study Number: TxDOT Research Project 0-4196 >> Study Title: Safety Impact of Red-Light-Running in Texas: Where is Enforcement Really Needed? Study Sponsor: Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Lead University:

TTI Above Summary obtained from: Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Website

A summary of the report from pro fact source: http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/02/243.asp

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

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This four way partnership is not working in the best interest of the public

Oct 8 2017 – Kevin Yaworski – WiseUpWinnipeg
Important story after the Province and MPIC recently released their new traffic safety strategy for 2017 – 2020. I have not finished reading or summarizing the full document but will finalize this when I have time and update where needed. Find links below to the GoM News Bulletin and MPIC document.

Do you want to stop more artifically reduced speed limits or “automated” and traditional traffic enforcement as well as more out of control spending at MPIC instead of rate increase freezes and refunds ? Do you want to bring back proper engineering and better driver education?

Then this a must read that needs to be shared online and by word of mouth. Don’t wait for GoM, MPIC, CoW, WPS, ACS / Xerox to start making their “planned” changes.

Here is a summary and points members and the general public should be more concerned about and what actions they can take to help their elected and appointed representatives to focus on proper public safety and interest.

This is what main stream media should be reporting and not just the Province wanting to reduce fatalities and repeat some of what is in the plan with out giving any critique like the Sun has done here.

“…we aspire to have a road system where emerging vehicle technology; road design, construction and maintenance; traffic safety legislation and enforcement; public awareness and safe travel speeds all contribute to reductions in traffic fatalities and serious injuries,” Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler (since replaced in a Cabinet Shuffle) said in a statement.”

They mention “Safespeed limits, traffic safety legislation and enforcement”

** Does safe mean based on 85th percentile speed, road design, accurate and complete data and stats for accidents, injuries, claims, violations, demerits, penalties, fixed AND mobile photo enforcement plus Public Works traffic counts including correlating all the data sources? Does it include comparing with other jurisdictions percapita?

Reducing some highways from 100 kph to 80 and some Urban roads to 40 kph or less

“Setting speed limits is based on injury minimization within the Safe Systems Approach. This means speed limits are set according to collision types that are likely to occur, the impact forces that result from collisions, and the human body’s tolerance to withstand crash forces.

This may mean reducing rural speeds to 80 km/h where a 100 km/h open road limit is not safe or encouraging speed limits equal to or less than 40 km/h in some urban areas.

However, altering speed limits in developed communities and neighbourhoods, which offer well established external cues to drivers on perceived safe travel speed, is a tremendous challenge. But once this change is understood, in the spirit of traffc safety culture, road users are more likely to comply with speed limits and drive to road conditions.”

** Once again no mention of engineering standards, better education and no stats that there has been a safety improvement in zones reduced to 50 or 30 already and aggressively enforced.

Here is a great example of where the public was fed up with Traffic $afety Propaganda and unsafe speed limits. After this campaign in BC the Government increased several roads and highways with artificially reduced limits to safer limits based on engineering.

Speed Kills Your Pocketbook.

https://youtu.be/2BKdbxX1pDw

It is roads with speeds limits set lower than they were designed for that result in the larger speed difference which leads to more accidents. Not sign posting properly makes this even worse.

Increasing speed limits reduced accidents

From US – Department of Transportation

More info here: http://www.sensebc.org


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This isn’t going to end well – powerful statements from novelist / biologist

Barbara Kingsolver’s novel Flight Behaviour is widely viewed as a climate change parable because it captures the emotional essence of living through an era of climate change. (Annie Griffiths)

Sept 27 2017 – Kevin Yaworski – Global Citizen

It is people like Ms. Kingsolver and some of the countries she speaks of that give me hope for humanity.

The biocapacity or organic output produced annually by all things living on planet earth is a measurable quantity by biologists.

The human species is consuming this at a rate of over 125% per year. The bulk of this excess is from fossil fuels.

You can’t get a better description of unsustainable.

Those contributing the least are usually least able to cope or move to higher ground so to say and they are the ones most effected.

We can’t give up hope.

Ignoring this is a form of institutionalised child abuse.

How accurate are these calculations? Are we already seeing the impacts? Do you find these powerful and concerning statements?

Read the transcript:

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-september-27-2017-1.4307943/september-27-2017-full-episode-transcript-1.4310230#segment2

Summary:

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-september-27-2017-1.4307943/this-is-not-going-to-end-well-author-barbara-kingsolver-on-climate-change-1.4307979

Listen to the podcast:

http://www.cbc.ca/listen/shows/the-current/segment/14187203

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Fiscal responsibility by government and public services prevents tax hikes or austerity

Sept 16 2017 – Kevin Yaworski – WiseUpWinnipeg
This is related to the City of Winnipeg and Province of Manitoba but much of this is related to similar fiscal responsibility that is needed elsewhere in Canada but especially so in Winnipeg.

Here is several interesting articles in the Winnipeg Sun recently if you have not seen them that are related to fiscal responsibility which is at the root of many of the issues our group and the public are focused on. I don’t know if it is the pressure from financial difficulties of Postmedia and reducing readership but they seem to be getting it right (unbiased) more often than not which was not the case in the past. Of course it depends on the journalist but many of these are unnamed.
I encourage reading the full articles when you have time and here is a summary and some commentary.

Tory’s in Manitoba about-face on taxes a betrayal
PC’s proposed Health Care tax instead of reigning in out of control bureaucracy and related wasteful spending.
More commentary here:
Restricted labour bids costing taxpayers
The PC Majority Provincial government needs to stop restricting labour bids to union only and the related promises to help allow the Province and Public to benefit from proper competition and higher quality of work.  Having to repair roads, bridges and other important infrastructure much earlier than expected at public expense from poor quality project management and quality of work is unsustainable.  Blaming the damage from our frost and our climate is bs as 2-3 hrs south of us in GF and  Fargo you will find much of their infrastructure build to a higher standard and lasting much longer with lifetime costs much lower.  It is time for the Governments, Politicians and Public to look past just the next election.

http://www.winnipegsun.com/2017/09/14/restricted-labour-bids-costing-taxpayers

City of Winnipeg has spending not revenue problem
Current Bowman lead City Council continuing the trend from at least Katz to mislead the public for the benefit of the few and at the expense of the many.
The un authored article says the City is not permitted to run a deficit by legislation so how has it racked up $1 Billion in net debt and gotten credit downgrades with Bowman and his Finance Chair having to go to NYC on the public dime to grovel (or influence?) to prevent more?
At least pressure from the PC Majority Provincial government for the City to be more fiscally responsible has lead to some changes including with WPS to reign in out of control spending
More info:
Learn more info about WiseUpWinnipeg and the many areas we are Advocating for on top of fiscal responsibility including how to contest unfair and unlawful traffic or parking tickets or MPIC decisions and much more.
New WiseUpWinnipeg Website
After the previous was hacked (info to suspect intentionally due to exposing of corruption with ACS / Xerox and related).
WiseUpWinnipeg Facebook Group
View to learn more and requets to join to be part of the discussions and ask questions.
Pinned post with link to previous pinned post with much info not transferred to new website yet.
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Equifax credit reporting agency hacked – check if you affected

Image: photos.com credit score

Sept 8 2017 – Kevin Yaworski

Over 200k US credit files with Equifax accessed by hackers. An undisclosed number of Canadians affected.

Here is some info and links to learn more, check if your credit report has been hacked, freeze it if needed and enroll in free or paid credit monitoring.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/personal-finance/household-finances/what-to-do-if-you-fear-your-credit-report-has-been-hacked/article36214718/

https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/

https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/potential-impact/

General info

There is three main credit reporting agencies in Canada and the US. Equifax is the largest and Transunion is one of the another two.

Your lender decides which one they report your credit status to. They are each required to provide you a free copy of your report if you request it. They will send by post or you can pay to access “securely” electronically but in this case Equifax is offering this service for free for at least US customers as a result of the breaches to help restore confidence.

Like any confidential information make sure you take precautions when storing it. Consider locked cabinet, pswd protected computer and files, drive encyption etc… Follow other security recommendation with routers, wifi, devices etc…

For more info see my blog post about protecting your computers and devices …

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Police Chief calls for increased speed limit – this shouldn’t be surprising

This story involes Edmonton but shows some of what is lacking in Winnipeg and its police chief plus what can be done about it.

In the CBC article below Edmonton police chief Rod Knecht calls for increased speed limit on road with “speed limit wrong” after many complaints about the City run photo radar program agressively targeting the lower limit. He based this decision on modern vehicle standards, well built road etc… (i.e safety and engineering standards).

Does this have anything to do with Chief Knecht coming from the RCMP in 2011 rather than hiring within EPS?

Similar common sense has been heard from Ottawa’s police chief who was not afraid to stand up to pressure from the mayor and city council in Ottawa to hire or divert more officers to traffic duty when they were needed to prevent and solve serious crimes.

We have not heard anything about the many artifically lowered and agressively targeted limits in Winnipeg from WPS Chief Danny Smyth since he was promoted from within this year after serving over 30 years with WPS.

WPS under his leadership did respond to the fact serious crime rate in Winnipeg being steadily high for years while the rest of Canada dropping but with lets wait and check stats next year.

When WPS Chief Clunis resigned last year it was suggested to the Winnipeg Policeboard that they seek and recommend to City Council a new Chief from outside WPS due to years of poor performance overall especially after the 64 page detailed report in 2014 found WPS the most overstaffed and inefficient service in Canada.

This and many concerns about out of control OT and other spending, inadequate investigation of police officers accused of serious crimes and a culture of harassing officers (bullying, denying promotions etc…) for speaking out about wrong doing.

There is many honest hardworking officers that are wanting to do more to help improve the trust, respect and confidence they get from the public but they are fearful of the consequences of speaking out.

Even Robert Taman resigned from the MB Police Commission (Civilian oversight) as a protest after an active WPS officer appointed to the commission). This and much more ignored and the 30 year WPS vetran Smyth hired.

Many serious issues with WPS raised during recent public consultations during Accreditation review and the report is due sometime after Nov. The public need to put pressure on WPS and City Council if they do not make this report public. The accessors forwarded on the concerns and suggested WPS review them. They included the contact info for those that agreed to this but none of them have been contacted that we are aware of.

Things can change and lets not wait for it to get worse. An overhaul of Montreal Police including change in leadership, policies including some targting a change in culture has started. This after corruption in Police and government exposed when officers caught spying on journalists who were doing the uncovering.

If you agree that WPS needs a major overhaul and new leardership to improve performance, efficiency and confidence contact the Winnipeg Police Board, Mayor Bowman, Justice Minister Stefanson, your Councillor and MLA. They have a responsibility to respond and have influence in this or related decisions.

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/edmonton/police-chief-supports-increased-speed-limit-on-henday-1.4106544

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