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Sask. Buffalo Party sued by PGIB

One lawsuit is against the party and its leader Wade Sira, while the other is against the party and Humboldt-Watrous candidate Constance Maffenbeier.

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The Buffalo Party of Saskatchewan and two of its candidates are being sued by a Calgary company for breach of contract.

The lawsuits were filed Oct. 13 by a Calgary law firm.

In separate suits, the Progressive Group for Independent Business is seeking “the outstanding amount of $21,250 in breach of contract and loss of opportunity plus costs and interest” in each of two separate lawsuits.

One is against the party and its leader Wade Sira, while the other is against the party and Humboldt-Watrous candidate Constance Maffenbeier.

Western Standard was provided with copies of the statement of claim and samples of literature.

PGIB was to provide graphic design, website construction, social media promotion and drafting literature for the candidates. PGIB was paid $5,000 by Maffenbeier on Sept. 21, and $5,000 by Sira on the 22nd.

Chris Tan, the Saskatchewan Chair of PGIB, said in a statement the company added a slogan to a revamped logo in addition to other work.

“We created a campaign called The Big Listen to garner data. We created a website called thebiglisten.ca, which has been receiving data. We promoted The Big Listen throughout social media. We established a phone number for the party and have been answering live calls. We established a call centre, where we started making calls throughout Saskatchewan,” Tan wrote.

“We created a piece of literature for each candidate. We did a detailed demographic constituency plan for one of the candidates and the second was almost complete. We made several calls from the Calgary office, recruiting volunteers that would be joining us when we were to campaign full out on October 2, 2020.


But Sira told Western Standard that PGIB was too slow.

“The election [writ] was dropped on Tuesday the 29th. So it was the 28th when there was supposed be deliverables in our hand and we still haven’t seen anything yet. Nothing had taken place,” Sira said, adding that PGIB president Craig Chandler was late to arrive in person to help with the provincial campaign.


“He said he would show up the Wednesday before the election [writ] was supposed to be dropped. And then [he] moved it to Friday, then he moved it to Sunday, then he moved it to Monday, then he moved it to Wednesday, then he moved to Friday [Oct. 2] again. So he kept pushing the date off to start working for us.”

Sira said PGIB was late to prepare a speech. “By the time he delivered the speech, it was five hours after the speech was made.”

Sira says he doubted Chandler’s claim to be western chair for Leslyn Lewis’ federal Conservative leadership campaign after he talked to Lewis’ national campaign manager Steve Outhouse.

“And he directly told me that he [Chandler] only ran the call centre for Alberta and Saskatchewan and set up a couple meet and greets for her. And that was it. . . We realized that OK, you’ve lied to us, you failed to show up to work, and you failed to deliver on deliverables. He breached his end of the contract.”

In an interview with Western Standard, Chandler said, “We ran the phone centre from here…167,000 phone calls . . . We provided all the scrutineers from Calgary for Leslyn Lewis. They counted the ballots in Ottawa. If you saw my Facebook, you’d see how my guys were picking up ballots for her all over Ontario. . . On all my outgoing information, it said ‘western chair.’”

Regarding the speech, Chandler said, “I misunderstood. He needed it for 8 in the morning. I thought he needed it for 8 at night.”

Chandler says PGIB works with “small-c conservative parties” but has no partisan loyalties. “There’s no reason why I would ever want conflict with anyone. I have a very good reputation for getting things done. And this is what we do for a living. So I turned down other contracts. And so because of the breach of contract, we’re going for the full amount because now we’re out,” Chandler said.
“Gosh, it’s frustrating. It’s very unfortunate, but this is the way it is.”

Lee Harding is the Saskatchewan Affairs Columnist for the Western Standard. He is also a Research Fellow at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy and is the former Saskatchewan Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

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Edmonton spends nearly $550K to keep eight public washrooms clean during COVID pandemic

The dollar figures have some Edmonton councillors shaking their heads.

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Talk about pricey Port-a-Potties!

Edmonton taxpayers have been flushing out a pretty penny to keep the Whyte Ave. and seven other public washrooms clean during the pandemic.

A report headed to council on Wednesday shows from April 7 to Oct. 8, 2020, a total of $548,002 was spent on COVID-19 washroom response to ensure residents, especially vulnerable populations, have access to public toilets.

A total of $126,000 was spent just keeping the Whyte Ave. facility clean. There are two attendants on the site, day and night.

Source: City of Edmonton

“The outbreak of COVID-19 disrupted the operation and accessibility of many public facilities including washrooms, libraries and recreational centers (sic). In order to ensure Edmontonians still had access to public washrooms, Administration worked with Boyle Street Ventures to provide washroom attendants,” the report said.

“Public washrooms play a key role in ensuring healthy and equitable urban places.

“A cost analysis showed that despite a significant increase in direct staffing costs for monitoring the washroom (compared with costs of custodial services with no attendants on site), these costs may be partially offset via the overall increase in safety, cleanliness and a reduction in police response to social disorder as well as a reduction in repairs to the facility.

“Attendants provided thorough cleaning of the washrooms, disinfection and ensured users followed physical distancing guidelines to make washrooms safe and mitigate the spread of the virus.”

Source: City of Edmonton

The city will now create a formal long-term implementation plan to address challenges
associated with managing public washrooms.

The dollar figures have some Edmonton councillors shaking their heads.

“I do not understand how we spent over half a million dollars  in half a year to operate eight bathrooms. When we are thinking about cutting everything else in our budget this seems like a prime opportunity. I will be finding out how we can save money here,” said Coun. Jon Dziadyk, vice chair of the Community and Public Services committee which the report will be presented to on Wednesday.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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Majority of Canadians want Terry Fox to be the face of new $5 bill

Past Tory voters overwhelming pick Fox

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The vast majority of Canadians want Terry Fox to adorn the new $5 bill, a new poll finds.

The non-profit Angus Reid Institute found that among the eight final candidates, Terry Fox is named more than all others as the preferred new face, chosen by 57 per cent of Canadians.

Angus Reid poll

After losing part of his right leg to cancer, Terry Fox campaigned to raise national awareness and funding for cancer research by running his Marathon of Hope, a cross-Canada 42-km daily run, on his prosthetic leg.

By February 1981, $24.7 million had been raised—or $1 for every Canadian.

His run was interrupted just past the half-way point when the cancer reached his lungs, and ultimately took his life.

Today, annual Terry Fox Runs are held all over the world to raise money for cancer research. In 2020, the Marathon of Hope marked its 40th anniversary.

“Famed Indigenous soldier Binaaswi (Francis Pegahmagabow) is chosen by one-in-five (21 per cent), including one-quarter of residents in Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Atlantic Canada. Crowfoot (Isapo-muxika), an integral part of Treaty 7 negotiations in Alberta, is chosen by one-in-five (19 per cent) as well,” Angus Reid pollsters found.

“Past Conservative voters are much more likely to prefer Terry Fox as their choice (three-quarters do so), while those who support other parties like candidates other than him.

Angus Reid poll

“Residents in Quebec (34 per cent) and young women across the country (27 per cent) show considerable support for Robertine Barry, the first French-Canadian journalist and an advocate for women’s rights, as a candidate.”

Angus Reid poll

More than three-in-five overall, and a majority in each region of the country, say it is a good idea to change the face of the five. But a significant segment, 37 per cent (including 57 per cent of past Conservative voters), disagree.

Sir Wilfred Laurier, Canada’s seventh prime minister, has graced the nation’s sky blue five-dollar bank note for almost 50 years.

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland is to make a decision early next year about who should adorn the new bill.

Bios on all the finalists can be found here.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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Legal fund for arrested restaurant owner Skelly hits $150,000

He’s set to appear in court later Friday to face charges of attempt to obstruct police, mischief under, failure to comply with Reopening Act.

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Legal funds raised for a Toronto-area man arrested after he refused to close his BBQ joint have already topped $150,000.

A crowd of supporters chanted “Shame” as police took Adam Skelly, 33, away on Thursday afternoon.

Skelly being arrested

He’s set to appear in court later Friday to face charges of attempt to obstruct police, mischief under, failure to comply with Reopening Act.

GoFundMe campaign online boasts at least 3,200 people donating over $150,000 for the owner of Adamson Barbecue

More than 10 police cars as many as 18 officers came to the restaurant after a Wednesday raid saw them change the locks and bolt it shut.

Before being arrested, Skelly vowed to remain open.

“The break-in of #adamsonbarbecue by Toronto Police and the city is tyrannical. They CANNOT silence us!” he tweeted Thursday.

He also issued a call for a locksmith to come and help him get into his place in Etobicoke.

“This isn’t just about #adamsonbarbecue. it’s about all small businesses and their livelihoods. spread the word and let’s get back to work. thank you. #IStandWithAdam” he tweeted.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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