Vision Vancouver Propagandist Jonathan Ross Gets It Wrong–Again…
In all of the times we’ve dissected the mental meanderings of Vision propagandist lapdog, Jonathan Ross, never has there been a time such as this to really showcase the insanity (and lies…and spin) that spring from the wellhead of his amateurish and feeble attempts to spin for the Mayor of Vancouver and his party.
This kid has managed to, in no particular order, vilify innocents (for which he has twice been threatened with lawsuits–causing him to almost immediately relent and recant); unjustly accused Vancouver city staff of meddling (Vision do this only when it suits them); try to spin his own magnificent failure as an organizer for an Indo-Canadian candidate in the fall of 2008, as being the result of “racism” in Vancouver; attack the folks organizing to save the Bloedel Conservatory and Stanley Park Zoo; and generally try to damage the reputations of anyone even moderately critical of the rapidly failing city council majority known as Vision Vancouver.
Well, yesterday he prominently featured a piece on his blog where he attempted to offer “Breaking News” about the Ark Tsisserev story he and the Mayor’s minions have been following here every day.
But I think based on his “analysis” he should change that title to “Breaking Bullshit”
As embarrassing as it may sound he selectively stole quotes from my site, and offered them against some “telling” paperwork he received from the city—without realizing (or perhaps he did and he’s stupider than we think he is…) that I had already released the same paperwork from the City of Vancouver, well-over a month and half ago, showing that Mr. Tsisserev signed off on the problematic panels that are in place at the Olympic Village–but that they were STILL a potential problem. Ross, deep in delusion, refuses to point out that these panels can still be difficult and that Mr. Tsisserev only signed off because after an investigation, measures were taken to keep two-way radios a certain distance away from the panels, because when you don’t and get within approximately a two-foot range, they can malfunction. This was confirmed to me by no less than three firemen, one police officer and four separate electrical technicians and engineers. This information was also available to Ross if he’d bother to read all the research done here under ‘Featured News’. But since the Mayor’s people are in such a panic over this story, they charged him with the task of getting the information out too quickly.
Judging from Ross’ usual level of inaccuracy, I doubt extra time would have made a difference.
But here’s the rub: He didn’t bother to address the ONGOING safety concerns at all. I emailed him clarification and tried to assist him in seeing the light, but to no avail. The spin had to get out. The nonsense from the Mayor needed to be supported.
Essentially Jonathan Ross supported the lies told by the Mayor by putting out a slanted explanation of what’s happened just prior to the City firing of Mr. Tsisserev.
Problem: I just received a phone call from a Frank Kurz of the Fire Technicians Network. Mr. Kurz tells me that he saw Jonathan Ross’ post and was very upset with the distortions he saw in the piece.
So, being the apparently responsible fellow he is, Mr. Kurz emailed a response to Ross through Ross’ website (read: Center for Flagellation Excellence).
And guess what? Ross has refused to print the truth. It would, of course, shatter his “Breaking News” into tiny pieces–AND, Mr. Kurz tells that he’s been waiting for almost two days for his comment to be published on the civic scene site.
You be the judge as to how quickly Jonathan Ross, Kevin Quinlan (who is his direct contact in the Mayor’s Office), Penny Ballem, Dave McLellan and the Mayor himself should hide their heads in SHAME.
With Mr. Kurz’s permission, I am reprinting his response to Jonathan Ross, for all to see. A response that DEMOLISHES the piffle offered yesterday by Vision’s propaganda lapdog. And don’t forget, Mr. Kurz is a highly respected industry expert, with no political agenda whatsoever.
One of the people, like me, that the Mayor says is throwing around “baseless” accusations.
Dear Mr. Ross,
Why would you consider this breaking news? The issue surrounding the GE Security EST-3 equipment was dealt with in the manner one would expect from the City Electrician and moreover from someone that was concerned enough to take the appropriate action. Mr. Tsakumis reported all this in one of his earlier blogs, so I would hardly dignify this story as “breaking news”. The EST-3 fire alarm system continues to be problematic when exposed to high frequency RF, so much so that other jurisdictions have required the panels to be posted with labels warning first responders to maintain a one metre clearance.
I have no “political” agenda here. The Fire Protection Technicians Network is concerned with one thing. To improve the standard of practice for individuals engaged in the service, maintenance and testing of life safety equipment.
Your “spin” on this story is obviously politically motivated or you wouldn’t be using the plural form of “concern” in your headline when the actual story focusses on one aspect of an issue with many facets. It’s up the Mayor and Council to step up now, and do the right thing. If you need to know what that is, I make that perfectly clear (on our website).
You should really be asking the Mayor how he’s responded to the more than one hundred emails and letters addressed to his office from industry stakeholders and the engineering community across North America in the wake of Arkady Tsisserev’s ILLEGAL dismissal. You should also examine the Vancouver City Charter which clearly defines the appointment parameters for the City Electrician. If you still feel that the citizens of Vancouver are “safe” in the hands of an individual with no formal electrical training (as is the case with Will Johnston) and limited knowledge of the Electrical Code, then I think Council should have appointed a dog catcher to the position and saved even more in the budget.