Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Early Morning Mind Wanderers

I'm taken





sometimes trampled

I'm fighting



tool boxes


occassional self-talk

Floating on a river

often tired

easy to give in

give up

turn around

to drown

Yet I keep moving




depends on the time of day

Just know

 my story isn't done yet.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Early Morning Mind Wanderers

It creeps in

slithering, sliding

wrapping it's tendrils

my hair stands on end

my body chills

the presence is

strong and suffocating

it's a memory

that's nothing more than a silhouette

a black form that dominates

nights are filled with terror

my mind wants me to break free

to remember

to heal

I'm too afraid

I pull it in

push it down

I squeeze my eyes tight

I say my prayers

an anxiety filled sleep

leads to anxiety filled days

really bad times

standing over me

 calls me by my name

I answer, "yes?"

then reality slams me

I bolt upright

in a cold sweat

the cycle repeats

until it's down so far

I can breathe again.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

All Is Not O.K. In Old Kildonan pt.3: Civic Election Edition

Candidate # 3 Suzanne Hrynyk

- Can be contacted by phone, email, twitter and Facebook
- She has a website
- She is a school trustee, and does not live in our ward.
- If she hasn't lived in our ward, she's already miles behind on what we want and need in order to be the vibrant area that's been hidden under four years of poor management.
- She will move into our ward once elected, and a New Democrat.
- I have put up with Selinger's horrible spending habits of my hard earned money. I don't want someone with the same mission plan representing my ward.
- She is backed by the Labour Board.
- "We're the ones who make the policy for the governement to follow" - Winnipeg Labour Council President David Sauer at the 2011 NDP Convection (from the comment section of the article) I personally cannot trust that she won't be another "yes woman" for someone else's agenda. I think we've had more than enough of that in the last four years.
- Hrynyk also appears to already have transparency and accountability issues of her own in the position she's in. I concur with the author, Dan Lett, when he writes, "Hrynyk's disregard for the principles of transparency and accountibility should certainly be taken into consideration by voters thinking about supporting her for city council. She is not only ignorant of the law but also clueless about the importance of keeping the public informed of the transactions and debates of a public body".

Old Kildonan, I have lived with you for the last five years. I am fighting your same fight. I believe the communities that make up this ward can be vibrant and beautiful if we are active and vigilant. So I'm putting my voice here. Raising up my voice, and bringing the candidates to your social media outlets. I can't, and won't tell you how to vote. But I wanted to do my best to bring the candidates into one place with easier access for comparison. The links provide you with articles so you can compare it to your own experiences, and make your own informed decisions. Please though, whatever you choose, vote. No change has ever happened from sitting passively while life rushes on by.

***Cast your vote! Make your voice heard!***
***Be your change October 22, 2014***

All Is Not O.K. In Old Kildonan pt.2: Civic Election Edition

Candidate #2 Donovan Martin

- Invites us to come shake hands with him.
- He can be contacted by phone, email, twitter and Facebook.
- When contacted, he returns the call or email/message.
- He has an extensive, and easily navigated website:
- His website tells us in detail who Donovan Martin is.
- How we can be volunteers for his campaign.
- Has a blog
- It details Old Kildonan, gives us the history, and talks about the infrastructure
- He shares his platform for all of us; Youth, Seniors, Families and Businesses
- Shares photos and video
- A section called Voter's Pledge, which not only calls us to pledge our vote before the polls, but also gives info on:
- Voter identification, voter eligibility, voting by mail, voter's notice, voting locations, how to mark the ballot, contact page, and a place to donate to his campaign
- Donovan is living in the ward.
- He is actively engaged in his community, and the ward as a whole.
- He is absolutely approachable and friendly, on and off the campaign trail
- I've had personal interactions with Donovan Martin over the last four years through mini soccer. In the last season one of my children expressed wanting to try something else, and Donovan was helpful with several options.
- In 2011 many parents complained about having to travel far out of the area for games. (Most of ours were a good 20 minute drive away) In 2012, our concerns were actively addressed and we have enjoyed the last three years playing close to home.
- He is a coach

Next up....

Candidate #3 Susan Hyrnyk

***Cast your vote! Make your voice heard!***
***Be your change October 22, 2014***

All Is Not O.K. In Old Kildonan: Civic Election Edition

If the last four years of Sam Katz and his 15 ward counsilors that make up the Winnipeg City Council have taught us anything, they've taught us that it's time for big changes in Winnipeg. While we can't change the whole city, we do have the ability to make small changes in our own ward. These small changes have a tendency to lead to bigger changes. Remember that squeaky wheel?

So let's look at our ward candidates Old Kildonan, because let's face it, our ward councilor sits on city council. We need a good ward councilor. A good ward councilor will be an active participant in our ward, not just the portion of the community he/she resides in. A good ward councilor will also listen to us and conscientiously be our voice, not just push through his/her own agenda.

Candidate #1 Devi Sharma

- She can be contacted by phone and email. No other social media interactions. That's right folks, no Facebook, twitter, or a website.
- Personal experience and community member voices on a community Facebook board have shown she doesn't respond to either emails or phone calls.
- She will show up to things if there is media.
- She takes a great photo.
- She has areas of conflict of interest. Her intern Sid Koshul worked for Devi from May 2011- Aug 2012. In June of 2012-Sept 2012 that same intern worked for Shindico. A 2-3 month overlap.
- Shindico has been involved in very publicized and scrutinized deals with Mayor Sam Katz.
- 13 months later (November 2013), Sharma is voted in as the first woman to be the Council Speaker, despite her inexperience, including never chairing a committee and only on the council for 3 years.
- Council member Orlikow let it be known publicly that council was pressured by Mayor Sam Katz to vote in Devi as Speaker, beating out the "obvious choice", a council veteran, Dan Vandal.
- While its common for ward councillors to spend some of their allotted $100,000 per year (not including money left over from previous years), Devi gave $50,000 to the Punjab Community Center, not in her ward. And yet she continues to ignore people in her ward over safety issues, and says there is no money to put in a sidewalk along Donan so that elementary school children on the south side of Murray can get to school safely. Unless she raises our taxes further, of course.
- Devi is putting an indoor splash pad at Seven Oaks Community Pool that will only be available to those willing to pay. It is also located in the area in which she immediately lives. It wasn't a need in the area, it was a want that could have waited, while very real safety issues in her ward could have been taken seriously and addressed.
- As a community member of her ward, I hear the common theme is her placation, her usual rhetoric, or complete un-involvement altogether.
- In July, Devi was one of 6 councilors opposing the effort to examine suspicions of criminal wrongoing. She sat back as Councilor Swandal wanted to "shut [this] down", referring to Havixbeck as a "this" and a "that". Reducing her to a mere object. Devi did nothing but admonish Havixbeck and made a comment about her "reading from a script". (Most people have "scripts"/notes when they are addressing a matter in which they want to ensure all points are hit) Devi allowed the blatant disrespect of a fellow woman and councilor, absolutely reprehensible. (Article and video)
- Her "frugal" spending that was touted in a 2011 article has also taken an upswing along with the vote to "boost" ward budgets. Costs have gone up (check out how much she is now spending on her SECOND ward office, that's our tax dollars hard at work), and many of us over the winter complained about decrease of proper services to our ward, i.e. proper snow removal and street sanding.
- She is seeking re-election at the very last second. Many unconfirmed rumours of reason for wanting to be re-elected. None of them positive.
- My own experiences with Devi Sharma have echoed community voices, that she is all talk and no action, unless it's on her personal agenda. She attempted to tell me that our ward needs a "strong voice" and she is it, when she approached me at the community hall meeting September 10, 2014 at the Red River Community Center. I didn't mince words when I stated her actions spoke much louder than her words. I did forget to ask her if her child was able to walk safely to and from school, as she told me her assistant would "deal with" me and walked away. I have yet heard only silence. Like my previous attempt at email contact, the crickets in the wild life preserve behind my home are louder.

Next up....

Candidate #2 Donovan Martin

***Cast your vote! Make your voice heard!***
*** October 22, 2014***

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Summer why you leave me?

This is just a filler post. I'm still here, I swear! I have been a neglectful blogger these last few years. A lot has gone on and it's taken all my energy. The easiest was to fill the depression filled times and the overwhelmed times with pointless games on FB. I did do fun things with the family as well. I did plan on having those posted as we did them. FAIL! Lately my world has been built on a lot of good intentions. And now, summer left me. I don't think it truly ever showed up. Global warming, Global Weirding, Climate Change, whatever you want to call it has left me weather jaded and summer longing.

So while I'm adjusting to this sudden turn in cold weather, wondering why I still live in this frigid climate that I clearly dislike, and thankful we don't have snow already like another Province, I'm going to turn my time on to making a list of things I want to do and write about them! They will be positive and silly, and a couple serious. No particular order, I don't have time for that. lol

Here's how I feel about Summer leaving us so soon.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Who's Responsible Winnipeg?

Hi! I'm a resident of Riverbend. Riverbend is a rapidly growing community on the North side of the city of Winnipeg. And I have a problem. A serious one that my ward councellor Devi Sharma, my city, nor the 7 Oaks School Division are willing to address. It's a safety issue that affects many of us in the area.

In Riverbend, Donan Street is a direct route from Murray Avenue to the elementary school on Red River Blvd. In all of the city's infrastructure brilliance there is only a sidewalk halfway up the very long street. From Murry Avenue to Park Manor Blvd, spring through fall, parents, children and other area residents dodge vehicles and large school buses, often jumping into ditches on the narrow stretch. On garbage day, with the new bins, the trip can resemble a large game of freeze tag. Impatient drivers too often try to drive around an "idling" car into oncoming traffic with a parent and child(ren) caught in the middle and nowhere to go. In the winter, the road conditions are downright deadly. Plowing, when it gets done, leave high snow piles that fill in ditches and scattered driveways are the only sanctuary. Winnipeg city also sands as little as possible, which means Donan is almost always a sheet of ice presenting an even bigger danger for your children who behave like deer in headlights when put in a scary situation. They run toward the oncoming vehicle, not away, as they don't have the experience or maturity to know better yet.

(Donan St and Ridgecrest Ave. Spring 2014)

In the last five years alone, traffic has increased substantially on Donan. Our schools are bursting at the seams and a new school is being built, the sidewalk is still not being addressed. They want the children to use Swinford Way, which comes with its own problems. Just look at the way the streets and stop signs are set up. This is no more safe, than the most logical route; down Donan Street. My children want desperately to walk to school on their own, a right of passage back in our day, but I can't let them because one misstep and they will be renaming the street E___ Memorial Way. How could I even think about my child dying and naming a street after him? How could I not? I would be foolish to think only someone else's child could die, not mine. Being a mother how could I not advocate for all children?

But that is how our city thinks. That's why they "grandfathered" Donan out when Riverbend expanded. Devi Sharma has done nothing either. She suggests more people should walk. Please Ms. Sharma, you walk the daily trip with your children and tell me how safe you feel? And walk it in winter. She also says adding in a sidewalk (even on one side), will up our taxes and she doesn't want to do that. Well guess what Ms. Sharma, our taxes are being raised yearly, and yet somehow are services continue to decline. Why are my taxes paying for infrastructure on Rapid Trasit on the opposite side of the city? A service I will never use based on location alone?

Now at the top of Main Street and Murray Avenue they are building a Dollarama, add the new school and a new apartment complex going up behind the Dollarama (all around the busy community club), and your traffic just tripled in the three block radius with no sidewalk. Somebody please tell me and other parents how a sidewalk is not a main priority? Explain to us why at meetings we are continually told that the city isn't repsonsible for the sidewalk, and neither is the school division. Shouldn't the safety of our children trump political bs? Somebody, tell me if these people aren't responsible who is, because I don't want to wait until another child dies before they put in a sidewalk and rename a street after a broken hearted parents child.

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