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NOWESI (Sugar Loaf) Transfer Station Finance
The Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO)
Central Okanagan West (COW) Electoral District
January 25, 2015
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Below are letters from the BC Ombudsman in regards to complaints about the Sugar
Loaf transfer station and its finances.
There was more than one complaint filed with the BC Ombudsman. Nothing
became of the one complaint regarding the proposed La Casa transfer station.
For more about the finances in regards to the Sugar Loaf transfer station
|UPDATE January 5, 2010
The BC Ombudsman phoned and said that the Local Service Area
for Sugar Loaf includes the entire Regional District and that RDCO
can pool the entire districts money collected for garbage disposal
into one big pot and divide it out however they feel.
Unbelievable when you read how the Ministry of Rural Development and
Community Services website reads:
Regional District Taxes
Regional districts tax specific properties for specific services
Each service is established by bylaw which sets out the maximum
amount to be charged for that service in a given year. The bylaw
also defines which properties fall within the service area. A single
property may fall within a number of service areas and therefore be
taxed a different amount than another property depending on the
number of services it receives.
Fees and Charges
Local governments use fees and charges as an alternative to property
taxation for generating revenue. Typically, fees and charges are
used for recovering the cost of services, or for using municipal
property. For example, user fees are usually
charged for sewer, water, and garbage
collection. Charges are often required when applying for a
building permit or a business license. In addition, fees and charges
are common when using public transit, using recreation facilities
and renting local government property.
Fees and charges can be a one-time amount or they can be varied
according to different factors. For instance, a bus pass could be
purchased that is good for one month, or a rider could choose to pay
the fare each time they ride the bus. In addition, different amounts
can be owing depending on the distance travelled.
The amount of a fee or charge is chosen to provide enough money
to recover costs and ensure the service will continue in the future.
Fees are generally applied on a user-pay basis
so that those who benefit from the service, bear the cost of it.
For instance, a property owner may be charged directly for the cost
of fire personnel responding to a false alarm so that this cost does
not have to be shared by all property owners. Local governments must
make available to the public, on request, a report showing how a fee
Regional District Services
Regional districts provide services on many scales – they provide
local services to unincorporated rural communities, to entire
electoral areas, to several electoral areas and municipalities, and
sometimes to the entire region. With so many options in terms of
scale of service, regional districts are able to take advantage of
economies of scale and still ensure that local needs are met.
Some of the more common services provided by regional districts
parks and recreation;
solid waste management;
A regional district may operate a service directly, or enter into
contracts with other public authorities or private organizations.
While most services are delivered within the boundary of the
regional district, the regional district board may also deliver
services outside its boundary under certain circumstances.
Each service provided by a regional district has its own
operating and capital budgets,
the costs of which are recovered
only from the area that benefits from the service.
Although regional district services are mostly funded by property
taxes, user fees and grants from other governments are other common
sources of service funding particularly for capital-intensive
projects such as sewer infrastructure.
Property owners who benefit from several property tax-funded
services will see separate tax rates for each service on their tax
Like municipalities, regional districts have broad authority
operate any service that the board considers necessary or desirable
for all or part of the regional district. The range of services
provided by regional districts can be quite large.
Among the wide variety of optional services, there are few that
regional districts are required to provide. These include general
administration, land-use planning in electoral areas, and
solid waste management planning.
In order to provide a new service, the regional district must
adopt a "service area establishment bylaw".
This bylaw outlines what the service is, how it will be delivered,
who will benefit from the service, the maximum amount it will cost,
and how the costs will be recovered.
Where services are provided to several areas within the regional
district, some negotiation may be involved to reach agreement among
representatives of the benefiting areas on the
specific service arrangements.
The decision to establish a new service is made by the entire
regional board, although the electors or representatives of the
benefiting areas must provide consent as they will bear the cost of
the service. In addition, service area establishment bylaws must be
approved by the Inspector of Municipalities
Once a service has been established, the full board continues to
be involved in certain instances, but decisions related to a
specific service are the responsibility of those members of the
board who represent the areas that receive the service.
It is therefore the representatives of those
who receive the service that decide how it will be run.
In regional districts, most services are provided on the basis of
custom-designed sub-areas (service areas) of the regional district
paid for by the persons in those
areas (whether the service area comprises just
electoral (unorganized) areas, a number of municipalities or parts
of them, or a combination of both). Regional districts establish
most such services through service bylaws, approved by participants
in the service and by the Inspector of Municipalities.
Service bylaws cover matters such as cost-sharing among
participants, boundaries and operational cost limits. For most
regional district services, such matters can be the subject of a
service review if
[Does THE DEFINITION OF SOLE DIRECTOR mean participants, and are residents not participants?] are
unhappy with the arrangements. No people don't have a say in
anything at all ... so FU2!
Under the Community Charter and the Local Government Act,
municipalities and regional districts have broad authority to
provide any service that their respective council or board considers
necessary or desirable. That could be
services such as water, sewer or
or “soft” services such as recreation, child care and economic
5. Fiscal equivalence. The legislation for regional districts
requires a close matching between the benefits and costs of
The intent is that residents "pay for
what they get". In practice, this can mean
that each service that is delivered by the regional district has a
cost recovery formula. To this end, the legislation provides a wide
range of cost recovery tools including taxes, charges and fees and
the flexibility to vary these. As well, it requires that each
service be separately accounted for in the budget and accounts of
the regional district.
[#5 really means that Regional
Districts can charge you whatever they want]
6. Soft Boundaries. Closely related to the principles of
flexibility and fiscal equivalence is soft boundaries or custom
geography. Every service provided by regional districts has a
defined service area, or a custom boundary which,
to the maximum extent
possible, attempts to match the cost recovery with the beneficiaries
of the service. Whereas "hard boundaries" are
boundaries that dominate the delivery of a jurisdiction's service
portfolio, in a "soft boundary" system it is the natural scope of
the service delivery that dominates boundary setting.
When I voted for director, I
didn't know it meant, choose a ruler!
LARGE GROUP AWARENESS TRAINING IN RADICAL THERAPY FOR VICTIMS OF
LEGAL AND GOVERNMENT ABUSE
By David Grossack
More people are beginning to realize that in every respect we all
live on what can best called a "Global Plantation," based on social
systems in which those who control resources and wealth of the world
are perpetrators of large scale legal and government abuse that
serves to perpetuate rule by elites. Further, what many people do
not realize is that aside from the war, pollution, epidemics, and
poverty, the social systems imposed upon us by the elites produce
They produce psychological depression, anxiety, substance abuse,
sexual problems, obesity, and many other forms of disturbance that
plague millions of people across the globe.
The mechanisms for this are quite simple. The stress of living in
highly regulated societies, with a predatory legal system
results in a population which reflects the
mental conditions of wounded, exploited, and bullied people.
Moreover, we are tracked and watched through computers, and
increasingly the entire industrialized world is being videotaped and
monitored constantly. This is the beginning of a dehumanization
process to which will alienate us from our individual nature and
reduce us to cogs of production wheels in their factories, offices
and other companies.
The disturbances may come about from being a party in a long,
protracted, and ugly lawsuit. This now afflicts millions of people
in the United States.
The disturbance may come about from a random IRS audit (or several
The disturbance may come about through extortion by a bureaucrat, or
false arrest, or "forfeiture of assets", because a stranger used
your property for an allegedly criminal purpose.
Marriages are torn apart by the stress of coping with the abuses of
government and the legal system, relationships with friends,
relatives, children, and the ability to enjoy
life can be twisted inside out.
Our potential to live happy, productive, and fulfilled lives is
being robbed from us every day by a malignant and parasitic class of
lawyers, judges, and government officials who are in their essence
second tier masters on the Global Plantation.
We are the victims.
But too few people realize the victimization becomes a psychological
problem, that is, a problem that affects your mind and your behavior.
Once they rob us of our peace of mind and dignity, once they make us
sick, we need a healing process.
as do many mental health professionals, that the most effective
therapy for emotional disturbance caused by government and legal
abuse is radical and militant activism directed against its sources,
wherever that may lead.
What do I mean by "radical activism." I refer to picketing,
demonstrations, sit-ins, organizing public communications, and in
general the kind of conduct that transforms society, produces
changes, and puts the wrongdoers on the defensive.
When you suffer in silence, when you allow the
wrongs to stand without seeking redress and accountability, when you
avoid demanding justice, you have become part of the problem.
You have told yourself that you will set aside reclaiming your
dignity and demanding justice for whatever reason. But you have
essentially betrayed yourself and accepted being a victim. That
cannot possibly be an emotionally healthy decision. It is also
likely to produce serious physiological symptoms over time.
Hours of traditional psychoanalysis will not ever be as therapeutic
as organizing a picket line.
Prescription anti-depressants may help, but
they are only masking the source of the problem.
Some people feel self-conscious about being in public. Others feel
they ought to pray for those that hurt them. These thoughts are, in
effect, self-destructive as they serve to perpetuate the
To where do we trace the origins of our problems?
On a daily basis, the face of the Global Plantation deceives. While
a policeman, lawyer, or government functionary may appear to be
oppressive, and can certainly act accordingly, the Phaoronic
pyramidical structure of the "System" leads upwards.
But the string pullers behind events are not always transparent. The
identification and role of power elites in the United States as well
as in al other countries has become a subject of both academic and
popular focus. Because the power elites play such a significant and
arguably destructive role, and have earned the legitimate wrath of
billions of people, the activism we prescribe need be directed, at
least in part, at them.
They are the foundation heads, media moguls, and political power
brokers. They are the controllers of multinational conglomerates,
financiers of major political parties, and intelligence czars. They
are the folks who own and govern the Global Plantation at the
They are formidable adversaries and they will break the law and
perjure and murder and conspire and never be held accountable except
by the people. They, for all practical purposes, own the courts. The
policies of local judges are directed through large institutional
think tanks in Virginia, Washington D.C. and Santa Barbara,
California, not at the grassroots.
To those who shy away from
rebellion, I say you are going to miss the greatest of human
endeavors, and your illness will remain.
To those who want to be healed, get a sign, get a pen or go
to your computer or fax machine, and start agitating.
There is a process for launching this on a massive scale that the
legal reform movement needs to consider, right now, today, to win
back our Constitutional freedoms and rights.
I believe large-scale awareness training, such as the techniques
used in the human potential movement, are of immense value.
There is a branch of psychology known as
radical therapy that must be utilized where people resolve the
psychological wounds to them by becoming activists. I am
beginning this process to deal with the retaliation brought to my
household for exercising First Amendment rights. The world cannot
wait for business as usual to solve these problems and we have a
mission, a burden to use evangelical terms. To turn they're System
upside down. The tools are there, money will not be a problem, and
we will produce thousands of activists with a heightened
consciousness to take on the Establishment.
I want to do this project. As the son of a radical psychologist and
as a lawyer activist for many years I believe I am qualified. If we
work together, we can change the system and heal ourselves in the
David C. Grossack Nantasket Beach, MA
The author, an artist and lawyer, is the founder of Citizens'
Justice Institute. He is the author of Radical Planet and How to Win
A Lawsuit Without Hiring A Lawyer. See his websites at:
citizensjustice.com and grossack.com.
|UPDATE December 15, 2009
The BC Ombudsman phoned today and
left a message on the answering machine to say that the BC
Ombudsman's office has commenced two investigations into the
Regional District of Central Okanagan:
1. If RDCO provided an "adequate response" and "adequate reasons" to
one residents request for information about the NOWESI (Sugar Loaf)
transfer station finances.
2. If RDCO used a fair and reasonable response in restricting a
resident access to information, telling the resident they can only
correspond by snail mail.
The BC Ombudsman said on the answering machine that the BC
Ombudsman's office doesn't usually keep people informed as they
investigate, and that if the Ombudsman needs more information, she
will contact the resident.
Other than that we have to just wait until the investigation is
The resident sent the BC Ombudsman a whole lot of information, so
hopefully the Ombudsman doesn't need much more info.
RDCO was asked again about the large increase in garbage collection fees that
residents could not have possibly paid in 2007, and this was the reply letter
from Robert Hobson, Chair of Regional District of Central Okanagan dated
December 9, 2009.
(click on the letter to read a larger copy)
Since the Ombudsman was recruited, RDCO says it doesn't want to reply until that
process has cleared.
Letter from BC Ombudsman November 3, 2009
page 1 of 3
Letter from BC Ombudsman November 3, 2009
page 2 of 3
Letter from BC Ombudsman November 3, 2009
page 3 of 3
When this letter from the BC Ombudsman was received, information was sent to the
BC Ombudsman in regards to complaint about the Sugar Loaf transfer station
March 2, 2009
Letter from BC Ombudsman
For more detailed information in regards to the Sugar Loaf transfer station
and Westside Landfill finances,
Letter from BC Ombudsman Feb 5, 2009
page 1 of 2
Letter from BC Ombudsman Feb 5, 2009
page 2 of 2
More about the
proposed La Casa transfer station
BC Ombudsman Letters
August 23, 2006 Letter from BC Ombudsman
regarding the garbage disposal problem for North Westside Road residents.
September 12, 2006 2nd Letter from BC
Lastly, your fax notes that you think that CORD has mislead Westside residents
by stating that the option of multiple, small facilities is not an option under
the approved Solid Waste Management Plan (the Plan)
If you wish, we can investigate this last concern, your complaint that CORD's
reason for not providing service in the form requested as based on inaccurate or
mistaken information about what is possible under the Plan. If you wish us
to investigate that complaint we need more information from you, including
copies of any documents you have which explain or support your complaint and
details of any conversations you have had with CORD about the issue.
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SEE VIEWPOINT & PULLOUT GARBAGE
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