Eradication of Chronic Homelessness in Fredericton

 

By André Faust

The stereotypical view of poverty and homelessness is those individuals are in that position because they choose to be in that position and therefore deserve to be in that position and pay the consequences of their choice. The reality is, that is not the case poverty and chronic homelessness is not entirely due to the individual character type but more so to do with external factors that the individual has absolutely no control over.

The root cause of this ever-increasing homelessness and poverty is that our current local and global economic system has become antiquated and no longer can meet the social needs of both our local communities and global communities. The longer that this obsolete economy is allowed to continue the greater the number of people will fall into a state of poverty and homelessness and the closer that we will come to the tipping point that even those who a enjoying the great wealth and power will eventually also start to lose.

There can only be two possible outcomes either the economic system evolves and adapts to meet the needs of modern society or the system will eventually collapse in which no one will be spared.

While all the stakeholders in Canada are recognising the symptoms of a dying economy, steps are being made to buy time by developing strategies to address both poverty and homelessness. Hopefully, these strategies will buy enough time to allow the economy to evolve to accommodate the needs of the upcoming generation.

Fredericton the capital city of New Brunswick has put forth a workable strategic plan to eliminate Chronic Homelessness in the city of Fredericton. The mandate of the Mayor’s task force on homelessness was to study the problem and come back to council with a plan of action.

The task force consulted with all the stakeholders, the provincial/federal government, the business community, various churches and non-profits to arrive at a workable solution.

On June 12, 2017, the findings and the solutions were presented to council.
The task force reported that in the long term it would be cheaper to develop stable living accommodations to house the homeless than to have these people living on the streets.

Here are some of the recommendation that was outlined in the executive summary of the task force report.

• Reduce parking requirements for Housing First construction where appropriate as this:
· Decreases development costs
· Increases land available for other purposes that better meets community needs

• Donate or lease surplus city-owned remnant properties where appropriate for Housing First developments:
· Many such areas currently under-used
· Transportation and servicing infrastructure already in place

• Amend the definition of “assisted living” to include “permanent supportive/supported housing” as this will avoid the necessity of rezoning that can be expensive and time-consuming
· Will allow churches to more easily build housing on their own land that can be used for Housing First placements

• Provide Housing First participants with subsidised bus passes
· Helps people access much-needed health and social supports
· Helps access education and employment opportunities
· Incentive to remain actively involved in Housing First program

• Conduct an analysis of best practices and regulatory structures for rooming houses
· Least expensive housing option
· Other benefits could be realised

• Raise awareness about the broad community benefits of affordable housing and Housing First through ‘Yes in My Backyard’ education campaign

• Explore the viability of creating an Affordable Housing Land Trust under our municipal structure

• Conduct a process improvement strategy to make it easier for non-profits to participate in affordable housing development

Jeff Richardson reported that the intent is to build 40 units at cost of 1.4 million dollars. The Housing First Fund has been created and as of date has received $500,000.

The down side is that if the economy keeps degrading it is possible that once these 40 units are completed there still may not be enough units to meet the demand at the time of completion.


God Save the Queen, Yeah Right!

By André Faust

July 1st Canada 150th year celebration since the founding of Confederation, a union which eventually placed the Maritime provinces at a trade disadvantage with Central Canada, but that is a whole different story.

The question to be examined is what purpose and function do the monarchy play in Canadian contemporary Society.

Historically there was a useful purpose for the monarchy, but at least from a Canadian perspective, that usefulness has outlived its purpose.

Canada is an independent, self-sustaining body which doesn’t need the monarchy nor the British Common Wealth to maintain its identity on the world socio-political stage.

I say that the time has come to put this dog to rest.


 

McGill University’s Roll in Mind Control (MK-Ultra): The Canadian Secret

Mind Control Experiments in Canada?

During the Cold War, the CIA funded a series of secret brainwashing experiments at a prestigious psychiatric clinic at McGill University.

No method was too bizarre, including using LSD, hypnosis, prolonged periods of induced sleep, and electrical shocks to the brain. Patients were given the treatment without explanation or consent, and even decades later complained that they had never completely recovered.

In 1980, the fifth estate exposed the magnitude of the human tragedy with this episode in which two Canadians told their stories publicly for the first time.

Bob Logie was admitted to Allen Memorial hospital at age 18 to treat psychosomatic leg pain. He was repeatedly given LSD as a test subject without his consent.

Logie also received an experimental therapy called depatterning. He was exposed to massive doses of electroshock therapy and kept asleep for up to a month at a time. Tape messages were played repeatedly while he slept.

“I feel like I’ve been completely used. I feel like my mind has been completely invaded. I suppose if guinea pigs have feelings they’d feel like I do,” Logie told the fifth estate host Adrienne Clarkson.

Logie said the effect of the treatments stayed with him and that as a result anxiety built up and he couldn’t hold down a job for long.

No one knows how many patients were exposed to the program of chemical and electro-shock treatments at Allen Memorial. But documents and testimony have revealed that the Montreal experiments were part of a series of psychological projects given code names such as MK Ultra and run by the CIA in a quest to understand how to brainwash people.

The American spy agency launched the experiments after the Korean War, when soldiers came home criticizing the American way of life. The CIA was convinced that the Communists had found the key to brainwashing and set out on an elaborate but secret attempt to use any chemical or psychological means to discover how to work with it.

The CIA set up a number of fronts that were run by its brainwashing experts. In Canada, that included the Human Ecology Fund, which paid for the research conducted at McGill University.

Between 1957 and 1961, the CIA funneled about $62 thousand dollars for its brainwashing experiments to Dr. Ewen Cameron, the director of the Allen Memorial hospital. It’s possible that Cameron didn’t know where the funding for his research came from.

Many years passed before there was any public or official acknowledgment of what patients at Allen Memorial had been through. the fifth estate followed the story for until 1998, when the CIA agreed to pay some of the patients an out of court settlement of $750 thousand. The case had been in court for several years.

It emerged that during that time Ottawa helped suppress evidence that CIA officials had apologized to the Canadian government when the CIA experiments were first revealed – evidence that legal experts said would have gone a long way toward settling the case quickly.

In 1992, the Canadian government agreed to compensate some of Cameron’s victims $100 thousand each. In exchange, the victims signed away the right to sue the government or the hospital. (Fith Estate, 1980)


CIA admits to Mind Control Experiments Conducted at McGill University Canada


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Source: CIA https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/document/cia-rdp91-00901r000500150005-5

City of Fredericton will not Reveal Total Cost in Unsuccessful Criminal Investigation of Blogger Charles Leblanc

A Request to Information was filed to the City of Fredericton to find out the total cost to the taxpayer for the city of Fredericton cival suit file by Mr. Leblan and the Fredericton City Police because Charles Leblanc has questioned their authority. There is, however, some questions about the actual amount that the city provided in their response to the request to information. One the invoice from the law firm of McInnis Cooper. Given the hundred plus pages of documents that the firm prepared. 1,097.23$ seem very low relative to the time they spent on the persecution of Mr Leblanc. For the average person to take a simple case to court for example impaired driving is a minimum of 1,800$.

Charles defence in the assault charge with Mr Spence, the legal fees were over 4,300$. Something doesn’t add up. When you look at the complexity of the City/Police investigation compared to the complexity of the assault case much more time was spent on the police and cities case then the lawyer spent on Charles’ Case.

Request for information for cost


Reply from the City to Charles’ request for information regarding costs


Fredericton City Council Talks the Talk About Eradication of Homelessness but Fails to Deliver

By André Faust

Just when you think you have seen it all, then bang something out the blue is thrown at you. The city of Fredericton has boasted that they were the leaders in fighting poverty and homelessness in the city of Fredericton, Mayor O’Brien even created the task force on homelessness.

Here is a direct quote take from Mayor Mike Obrien’s bio which can be found on the city of Fredericton web page.

“Mike has been in the forefront of promoting Housing First, a proven model to eradicate chronic homelessness in his City. This effort has put Fredericton on the path to being the first City in New Brunswick to eliminate chronic homelessness.”
That objective has become totally meaningless. The City had the opportunity to show it’s commitment to the eradication of homelessness and really shine as a progressive city in the fight against homelessness. But they blew it!
Instead, they passed a motion that will place a minimum for individuals on the street because their landlord in his act of compassion for those socially disadvantaged individuals allowed an additional four people to live in his room house after being asked by several organisations to help these desolate people. In his act of kindness, he did not think about by-laws and regulations. He put people first.

Well that didn’t go over well with town council, the issue for refusing application to convert his duplex into to a triplex so wasn’t because his building didn’t meet building or fire codes, on the contrary, his building exceeded the legal requirements The Problem is the as a result of act of humanity where he provided sanctuary to people who couldn’t wait for a lengthy bureaucratic process. They need help now, not 6 months down the road or a year down the road their need was Immediate.

Get this and again I quote from the city’s web page ” Councillor Price is a proud supporter of the city’s drive to end homeless” Yet he reprimanded Keith young for not following procedures, Eric Price essentially told Landlord Keith young he was voting against the application for conversion because Keith Young didn’t follow the rules, the process. Price basically told to Young we have to follow the rules and so do you. Obviously, Price has diminished memory capacity or is showing the early symptoms of dementia. Because right before the election council had to apologise for breaking their own rules in regards to holding an illegal meeting. Or when the Fredericton City Police falsified document to the internet provider to retrieve personal information from Blogger Charles Leblanc. In The Bernard Richards report, she admitted that the documents were false, but she apologised and said yes it was wrong, but it was due to a bad “Cut” and Paste”.

So it appears that if you are the decision makers of this city you can break your own laws, and all you need to do is apologise and it justifies the action. Well, Eric price didn’t accept Mr Young’s apology for his oversight, even though Mr Young’s reason was for compassionate reasons. His application was rejected for a minor technicality.

All this hype about Fredericton to eradicate homelessness genuine or are the players just creating a halo effect to make themselves look good to advance their careers.