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Re: “Reg Rankin lands "sweet gig" as executive director for Otter Lake monitoring committee

Obviously you did not attend the publicly advertised AGM, that shows how much you cared then; but since you know so much and are interested now, I suggest you become a member of the HWRS... I am sure you will be able to straighten every thing out. The CMCs annual budget is only $70K or so but the landfill operation that the CMC monitors is a multi-million dollar operation and HRM is looking to save about $9million dollars a year by stepping back and having having the CMC take on additional responsibilities to monitor the environmental aspects of the operation. That is not an insignificant task. Meanwhile Mirror NS will be taking over the costs of operating the landfill based on a newly negotiated, but as yet not publicly released, agreement with HRM. HRM will certainly benefit from you becoming a HWRS member and bringing your vast understanding of municipal solid waste management operations into the organization.

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Posted by jdcas on 07/02/2016 at 5:51 PM

Re: “Reg Rankin lands "sweet gig" as executive director for Otter Lake monitoring committee

Back in the 2000,2002 and 2004 years, things were very quiet on the landfill site front... going so smoothly that I agree registrations were not at the top of the HWRS's list. But then again if you look at a number of registered entities, they also forgot to file in time for the renewal date and they are still in business... if you think that is a big deal, you are welcome to that opinion... bottom line, the HWRS is still here today. In 2016, things were very, very busy so I guess as the story goes, S4!T happens. But the HWRS was front and centre and not backing down when HRM was getting ready to break every promise that was made to the local communities that surround the Otter Lake landfill... and most people who care, found that to be what is important. So nitpick away if that makes you happy. The mean salary range across Canada for Executive Directors of non-profit organizations is C$42,203 - C$100,906... the CMC's Executive Director receives $37,542 today, but last year is was $25K... the average salary is $63,249... as I said, he is not over-paid.... funny that was not reported on eh?

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Posted by jdcas on 07/01/2016 at 8:06 PM

Re: “Reg Rankin lands "sweet gig" as executive director for Otter Lake monitoring committee

People make comments without actually understanding what goes on. The CMC is a volunteer committee sanctioned by the municipality to monitor Otter Lake landfill operations. The CMC is made up of unpaid members... in other words "volunteers". The members of the CMC give direction to a Executive Director who is available on a daily basis to liaise with Mirror NS, the landfill operator, HRM and the provincial authority (NSE) as required on behalf of the CMC. This is a paid position... some members of Council may say they do not see a business case; but I venture to say that those same Councillors would not agree to carry out the tasks of the Executive Director and make themselves available for daily action when required for free. Check out what Executive Directors get paid by other organizations and you will find that the CMC's Executive Director is not over-paid. HRM has stepped back from being involved with the daily operations at the landfill and this will increase the workload of the Executive Director from what it was before. Environmental protection is the heart and core responsibility of the CMC and without the efforts of the Executive Director, the CMC and the public that supports environmental efforts, HRM would have implemented a height increase of the waste storage cells and removed the Front End Processor (FEP) and Waste Stabilization Facility (WSF) processes. 80% of the public who took part in the recent HRM solid waste management review were vehemently against any such height increase of removal of the environmental protections afforded by the FEP and WSF. Some people make comments without knowing the background information. Many of the members of the Halifax Waste Resource Society (HWRS) are also members of the CMC. There was a publicly advertised AGM for the HWRS, that was held this past Monday Jun 27, 2016. No one from the The Coast attended, Councillor Karsten certainly did not attend. Some people make comments without knowing the background information or participating in publicly held events, where they might become better informed. Just saying....

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Posted by jdcas on 07/01/2016 at 3:51 PM

Re: “Bruce Holland uses his community newspaper to announce campaign for city council

As a journalist, Holland appears to be unethical; as a politician, he seems to be running true to form... unfortunately. “Because I could,”... sort of sums up how he will possibly vote on issues.

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Posted by jdcas on 06/16/2016 at 8:34 PM

Re: “Bruce Holland uses his community newspaper to announce campaign for city council

Excerpts from the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics

- Be vigilant and courageous about holding those with power accountable. Give voice to the voiceless.

- Avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived. Disclose unavoidable conflicts.

- Refuse gifts, favors, fees, free travel and special treatment, and avoid political and other outside activities that may compromise integrity or impartiality, or may damage credibility.

– Deny favored treatment to advertisers, donors or any other special interests, and resist internal and external pressure to influence coverage.

– Expose unethical conduct in journalism, including within their organizations.

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Posted by jdcas on 06/16/2016 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Here’s to a new Nova Scotian economy

Though some might think that fracking in an area remote from residences is a safe option, they have failed to consider the fractured geological structure that exists in NS. It could take years for a contaminated water resource to affect a residential location; but that does not make the occurrence any more palatable. Water is life, and life is precious. NS has existed without a shale gas industry up to this point, and will continue to exist without it in the future... the sky is not falling and Ms Abreu's article makes that point exceedingly well.

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Posted by jdcas on 10/17/2014 at 9:24 AM

Re: “Council passes clear garbage bag policy, delays votes on more controversial proposals

During the public engagement process there was a vote taken that effectively stated that extending the operational term past 2024, or extending the the height of the waste storage cells or co-locating a campus at the Otter Lake facility were all NOT supported by the public. The public also said to honour the two legal agreement contracts which stated clearly that the Front End Processor, Waste Stabilization Facility, enhanced cell liner specification and the Community Monitoring Committee were to be actively in service throughout the operational term for the Otter Lake Facility. The votes did NOT give HRM Council a mandate to proceed with the majority of the recommendations put forward by HRM staff who effectively ignored the expressed will of the public throughout the review process thus far. A democracy works for and with the public and does not work against it when the ruling body does not have a mandate to do so. The written staff report minimizes the express views of the public while extolling the virtues of staff's recommendations which are counter to the will of the people. This is not a good example of democracy in progress.

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Posted by jdcas on 01/17/2014 at 9:28 PM

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