Politics

Dreaming of Donald By Arthur Topham

Sep
27

 

Dreaming of Donald

By
Arthur Topham
May 23rd, 2016

 

“Trump is Scottish!

This may not surprise you, but you will be happy to learn that Donald Trump is not only of German extraction but also is at least half Scottish, both his maternal grandparents and his mother being born in Scotland.  Strangely he hasn’t mentioned this compelling evidence of insight, intellect, honesty and productivity. Perhaps he is simply too modest (a virtue) or believes that voters could think he were boasting.  Or, maybe he’s just saving the best news for a good punch-line!
 
What a change from the sleazy, parasitic money-changers, traitors and con-men who have controlled our lives and destiny during the past few decades. Given more time they would have dispossessed us of both our freedom and our assets, not to mention our reputation.”

~ Ian V. Macdonald, former Canadian Ambassador, Publisher and Author

 

Recently I received an email from my friend and associate Ian V. Macdonald that contained a brief biographical sketch of Donald Trump’s life and work. Given all the divergent media hype from every possible angle that’s been flooding cyberspace for months now I decided to read the bio through and maybe…just maybe… try to catch a bit of general, objective information on this colourful and provocative individual who has managed to throw the whole nation of American into a state of turbulent confusion, outrage and, yes, even hope…hope that there still could be a slim chance that the US of A might redeem its soul and get back to its non-GMO roots during these trying times.

After reading the bio on Trump I didn’t give it much more thought but later that night, much to my amused amazement I ended up having a dream about Donald T! I wish I had gotten out of bed right away and wrote down everything that went on but, alas, I didn’t. The next day I could only recollect the fact that Donald Trump was in the scenarios that were passing through my dreamworld and that he was talking with me and just hanging out like one of the guys (so to speak). The substance of our discussions are gone and all that was left was a feeling or tone; a mood of mind wherein what had transpired was nothing more than common place as if it had been my neighbour from across the road who’d appeared in the night to discuss some mundane subject with me.

What was totally missing from the dream was the media circus frenzy that has been performing non-stop since Donald Trump announced to the world that he definitely had a dog in the presidential race. Speculation and assumption from every quarter has been the order of the day when it comes to coverage of every word and deed (past and present) of Donald Trump.

Those who have witnessed American politics over the past six or seven decades and seen every dirty trick in the book used in order to capture the title to the Number 1 spot on the global political calendar are the most skeptical of Trump (and rightfully so). Those who’ve been immersed in the political process and have benefited from it’s manipulation by the powerful lobbyists have had the comfort of pre-emptive foreknowledge of events pulled from under their feet and are being forced for the first time to actually consider radical possibilities that could unfold should Trump end up triumphant in his quest for the presidential title.

Being one of the former group above I have been observing the machinations of the U.S.A. since that historic day on November 22nd, 1963 when I first heard the intercom suddenly come on in my high school class and the principal announcing to us that US President J.F. Kennedy had been assassinated. It was the first forewarning that the world was heading down the rough road to hell.

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Open letter to Mayor and Council City of Quesnel, BC

Jul
24

***Editor's Note: The following Open Letter to the Mayor and Council of Quesnel first appeared on the local FB group Quesnel In Action on July 21st, the same day that Mayor Simpson had the Quesnel Gold Pan City sign removed from its old location at the start of the Barkerville Hwy and Hwy 97 North. The Author of this letter Debra Cann McKelvie administers Quesnel In Action.

Preface to the Letter from Quesnel In Action: Do not comment unless you read the entire report. Yes, It's extensive. It shows that the relocation of the gold pan was kept from the public and not voted on by Council until Oct. of 2019. At that time, a committee of local folks opposed to the relocation was formed to get a petition started which has since been hand delivered in early May to Mayor and Council. The report given by the City Manager on June 23, 2020 is the main focus of the report, however we have taken it several steps further to show you, the public, the actual minutes and relevant reports on the issue of relocating the gold pan. Judge for yourselves. Thank you for taking the time to get through this and PM me if you have any questions as I will not be fielding questions here.
 

July 21, 2020

Open letter to Mayor and Council City of Quesnel

Re: City Manager’s “fact check” on relocation of gold pan - June 23, 2020

By

Debra Cann McKelvie


Video: https://youtu.be/KUhNHAz9Bas?t=4785

Last fall, after it was first made public that the City had voted at a meeting to relocate the gold pan to the rail yard, I requested all the information through FOI regarding the relocation of the gold pan over the past three years. Mainly, in view of Mayor Simpson asserting that the gold pan was simply a marketing “gimmick” from the 80's and the matter of relocating the gold pan had been settled two - three years, or perhaps two years previously by Council, and therefore was a done deal.

I am confused, as will you be, at the report given by our City Manager at the Council meeting on June 23, 2020 unless there are two sets of minutes, one for the City and one for the public.

It is interesting to note that at the Council meeting just prior to June 23, 2020, the City Manager was given license in a policy resolution to oversee and reprimand the Council members. To my knowledge this should not be the mandate of any City Manager as politics and the operations of running the City are to be kept strictly separate.

Quite frankly, I was shocked at the footage I watched of the June 23, 2020 Council meeting as I certainly had NOT discovered the same information as the City Manager. I thought it best to have another serious examination of the materials sent to me and to do some careful research of my own. Not only was our senior member of Council completely shut down by our Mayor because he questions and sometimes opposes the status quo, he was not given anywhere near his 15 minutes to defend the allegations against him. What did Ron Paull want to say?

https://youtu.be/KUhNHAz9Bas?t=4785

From what I have seen and not heard from our Council members through reaching out personally (with respect to the relocation of the gold pan) to all of our Council members via email and hand delivering a 600+ name petition is puzzling. The silence from our elected officials, other than the Mayor, with respect to the matter is doubly puzzling. I can only come to the conclusion that the bullying and intimidation by the Mayor of our Council members is out of hand and must be addressed.

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Chamber of Commerce All Candidate 'Debate' lackluster & lame

Oct
30

Chamber of Commerce All Candidate 'Debate' lackluster & lame

QC Sentinel Editorial

By Arthur Topham

'Lackluster', 'old hat', 'par for the course' and 'lame' are terms that come to mind when I think about the recent all candidates meeting at Correlieu Senior Secondary hosted by the Quesnel & District Chamber of Commerce.

There are likely various reasons why I got this impression but more specifically I think it had something to do with the fact that the event, in terms of public's awareness of it, was severely lacking and in that regard I would have to point a finger at Quesnel's own home town newspaper the Quesnel Cariboo Observer for not having advertised it sufficiently (or even at all). If the chamber advertised it they must have done so via the local radio or via cable tv as I didn't see any announcement from them either of them in the Observer (I double checked the last two editions leading up to the October 27th gathering and not a single word was found). On top of this Quesnel's local tv network, Shaw, was unavailable to film the event. It begs the question as to who organized it on a date where the visual media would be unable to cover it. Fortunately some of the candidates, in particular Ron Paull's team, were able to video the proceedings and will likely be furnishing Shaw with footage soon.

 

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Ron Paull Mayoral Campaign off to a colourful start

Oct
29

Judging from the volume of campaign signs covering the slope leading up to Quesnel's Gold Pan City welcome sign at the junction of Hwy 97 N and the Barkerville Hwy mayoral candidate Ron Paull is red hot and full of imaginative slogans.

It's a welcome sight to see such enthusiasm and excitement happening already in these early days of the campaign. Good clean campaigning with positive messages appears to be part of Ron's down home style of leadership.

Whether Paull wins or not he's out there having fun and getting his message across to the people. There seems to be a good amount of humour involved too, something that's been sorely lacking at City Hall for some time now.

Bravo Ron! You're off to a good start.

Let's see if Mary and Ron C. top this one.

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