BREAKING NEWS: Vancouver’s Chief Electrical Inspector Wrongfully Dismissed Making Vancouver Less Safe: No Comment From the Mayor, Lies from the City Manager:
This story apparently has no end.
The plot gets thicker by the day…but finally…THE SMOKING GUN!
If any of you were thinking that there was no reason for Dr. Penny Ballem to either be fired or resign, keep reading.
I can confirm today, that the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), fed up with the lack of a response and lack of attention to the life safety issues raised by Arkady Tsisserev right prior to his wrongful dismissal from City Hall, recently met with illustrious Vision Councillor Geoff Meggs–someone many conside the de facto Mayor.
Now, let me be clear: I endorsed Mr. Meggs during the last election campaign, as much for his being the best Chief of Staff any Mayor ever had (he did, after all make sense of Larry Campbell, the most impossible Mayor in the history of Vancouver–hardly an easy task) as much as his forthright manner. But since his election he has shown breathtaking stupidity in the manner he has so arrogantly dismissed serious concerns and his last stunt, the possible elimination of the Georgia viaduct is SHEER LUNACY. And his defense of Penny Ballem’s “competence” in minimizing city staff layoffs is simply union pandering.
Notwithstanding, his shadow chairmanship of the so-called ‘Kingsway NDP Mafia’, his long-standing union involvement found him at the table with the IBEW. They discussed several safety issues, raised by a number of individuals, and were looking for explanations about how their professionalism has been compromised (the IBEW has to be one of the more principled unions, in my experience, and their members are salt-of-the-earth types: hard-working and honest). Councillor Meggs was shown several sources, including copies of the original breaking news and follow-ups from this website.
After some discussion, Clr. Meggs dropped a bombshell admission and THE PROOF, THE SMOKING GUN: Mr. Meggs claimed that Vancouver City Council was advised by city staff that Arkady Tsisserev, HAD RETIRED!!! Council was then presented with a report insisting that a new ‘City Electrician’ had to be hired and that a city staff report recommended Mr. Will Johnston, a structural engineer without a stitch of electrical knowledge or experience.
This proves beyond any doubt that the termination of Arkady Tsisserev was a clear and unmistakable violation of the Vancouver Charter by senior City of Vancouver management, who are attempting to cover up their tracks by deliberately misleading city council with respect to the reasons Canada’s most respected electrical life safety engineer was wrongfully dismissed–ALL UNDER THE NOSES OF COUNCIL MEMBERS.
In addition to this, I am also informed that the Mayor’s Office is irritated. Why?
Apparently, they are not pleased with the way Dr. Ballem, as City Manager, has taken on such a front row position with the media and the public. Lest you forget, the Mayor of Vancouver must begin his re-election pitch soon (by June) for the fall of 2011. I’m informed that the Mayor’s people were not pleased with Dr. Ballem’s performance in the press over the barricade issue at LiveCity during the Olympics and other moments of prima donna complex….and if you haven’t been stunned by the aforementioned lying to council by senior city staff…I hope you’re seated…
One of the Mayor’s closest advisors has revealed to a close mutual friend that they are considering dismissing Dr. Ballem as a result of her meddlesome ham-fisted ways.
Problem: Dr. Ballem’s contract allegedly demands a three year pay-out at this point. Meaning: Getting rid of this shameful harridan would cost taxpayers in the vicinity of $1,000,000 dollars.
Of course, they will dismiss this and deny it, unless they actually show some care about the taxpayer.
But more importantly, the people, who work at City Hall are some of the most decent folks you could ever have the privilege to meet. They are union folks that are first-rate value for you, the taxpayer. The only problems seem to be at the senior staff level and they all lead back to one person: Penny Ballem.
By Thursday, I’ll have some more of Dr. Ballem’s handy work for you to pour over. You will not be disappointed if you were hoping to see some incredible examples of institutional thuggery. I’m just having the paperwork authenticated.
So, over to you Geoff. Since His Worship is not prepared to interrupt counting jellybeans, playing with his blocks and twirling his propeller beanie on the floor of the Mayor’s office…..
In all seriousness, what are you and council prepared to do to make Vancouver safe again? Your union friends, city staff, the entire clan of electrical industry reps and contractors in Vancouver are waiting.
You are lucky nothing happened during the Olympics. Are you prepared to continue to take that risk?
You owe taxpayers answers.