Matthew Van Dongen a reporter who knew me well enough had all the information of the corruption from the first week of June. His e-mail to me dated June 7th 2010 is now posted and my comments on it in this update. You Matthew Van Dongen bumble through the e-mail in a ludicrous fashion, misreading and fumbling in a fashion that insults journalism. But as I said I speak of your bumbling e-mail in more detail further in this update, here I have a clear question for you and it’s not a comfortable one. Knowing about the corrupt act, hearing the voice of Councillor Jennie Stevens confirm that Mayor McMullan fixed a lawful By-Law fine, yet you wrote the piece “McMullan says e-mail smeared everyone at city hall” on October 5th 2010. There is more of your brilliant journalism following on October 15th and October 23rd 2010. Each and every time you wrote themes to destroy the credibility of the truth! Each and every time you Matthew Van Dongen knew of the corrupt act committed by Mayor McMullan and Councillor Stevens and of the role of your newspaper played. You quoted Andrew Gill as saying “I think there is a lot of disappointment in the community that the election has come to this.” You and your bunch at The Standard made sure that the community never knew the truth.
Matthew Van Dongen was made aware of the corrupt act in June 2010. Matthew Van Dongen heard the voice of City Councillor Jennie Stevens confirm that Mayor McMullan made a lawful By-Law fine ‘go away.’ An illegal act not permitted under the Municipal Act. Matthew Van Dongen e-mailed me with an insane response. Matthew Van Dongen did not do this on his own authority, no, he had to refer to his editors. Yet Matthew Van Dongen wrote columns on October 15th, 16th, and 23rd with one goal and theme, to destroy the credibility of the truth and to mislead the people of St.Catharines in the final weeks of an election.
The actions taken by The Standard its reporters and editors, together with the action of the Niagara Regional Police demand answers and even investigation. An election had been influenced and evidence tampered with! I will not stop asking questions nor stop fighting for the truth regardless.
Before I take you through the current update to Mayorgate Blogspot I have a question to both Chief Wendy Southall of the Niagara Regional Police Service and to NRP officer Cataldo. On October 22nd 2010 I had an officer come to my home and spend over half an hour asking questions regarding Councillor Stevens’ mother Pat Lindal and her criminal harassment of business owners. This officer knew he was being recorded and he had no reason to “cut it short” and run. Now this was two days before officer Cataldo and his now famous visit. This officer also made it clear on how to handle a By-Law fine if you think it unfair and you can hear his voice following this. So Chief Southall if your police already came to get details on the Pat Lindal affair how is it that officer Cataldo followed his line of questioning? Why? For what purpose? Now we are not going to go over the Cataldo Incident Report #2010-103419 all over again or the voice recording of officer Cataldo in my home, but the questions are hanging in the air Chief Southall. As this officer came on October 22nd 2010 at approx., 11:00 a.m. it was later that same afternoon at approx., 3:35 p.m. October 22nd 2010 that Mayor McMullan had his secretary call me and make the threat that he had gone to his Toronto lawyers as I called him corrupt. Wow that threat sent the shiver of the Gods through me. Then on October 24th 2010 the Cataldo “you obviously know why we are here,” visitation. Chief Southall anything sound suspicious here or is it purely circumstantial and coincidental?
Listen To Partial Of The Recording Of NRP Officer From October 22nd 2010 And His Comments On How To Handle A By-Law Fine
I started this blog some nine months ago simply because the main newspaper The Standard decided to wilfully censor the truth from the public. It all began with a corrupt act committed by Mayor Brian McMullan and Merritton Ward Councillor Jennie Stevens. A lawful By-Law fine issued to an individual was fixed by Mayor McMullan. This is a breech of the Municipal Act, breach of Oath of Office and in fact breach of our Charter of Rights. The telephone answering machine message left by Councillor Stevens was clear and left no questions, yet the truth was both damaging and very dangerous as Mayor Brian McMullan had already made it clear that he was going for re-election.
At the time the other newsprint delivered to our homes twice a week, I don’t know if I’d call it a 'newspaper' as it is either too late with some news or too early for the rest, decided that slander might work. Its main reporter, and at the time City Editor Mike Zettel decided to slander me to the one individual Mark Leeson at the center of the situation. Mike Zettel of Niagara This Week told Mark I had a “hard-on for the mayor” that I had a “vendetta for the mayor.” Instead of dealing with facts Mike Zettle of Niagara This Week slandered me. I guess Mike Zettle thought if you can’t destroy the message then destroy the messenger. Mr. Mike Williscraft Head of Editorial at Niagara This Week called Mark who was fined and tried in a conversation lasting over 30 minutes to change his mind, in fact to tamper with or interfere with a witness. It didn’t work for Mike Williscraft. Mike Williscraft in the end did not dispute the fact of the ‘ticket fixing’ but referred to it as “after all only a small thing.” You can listen to Mike Williscraft Head of Editorial at Niagara This Week following this update, and yes it was recorded.
Listen To The Director Of Editorial Mike Williscraft Of Niagara This Week 'newspaper' Try And Change The Mind Of An Individual Regarding Slander By His Reporter Mike Zettel
So I had no choice and decided to nominate myself in the Mayoral Race. The only media in town decided to censor the facts of a corrupt act by Mayor Brian McMullan and Councillor Jennie Stevens. Yet both were coming to the people of this city asking for trust and faith for a new term in office. Slander by Mike Zettle of Niagara This Week didn’t work. An attempt by Head of Editorial at Niagara This Week Mike Williscraft to interfere with the witness to the slander didn’t work. I had no idea to what lengths this would extend.
During the election campaign it wasn’t enough for The Standard to simply censor the truth of the corrupt act by Mayor Brian McMullan and Councillor Jennie Stevens. Our Provincial Government in the form of Minister Jim Bradley, Minister for Municipal Affairs, who administers the Municipal Act, friend to Mayor Brian McMullan walked away from his responsibility. Premier Dalton McGuinty famous for his hands on approach in governing our province did the washing of the hands and delegated to Minister Jim Bradley. The Standard now went further as mere censorship wasn’t working. Marlene Bergsma wrote an intentional LIE. Andrea Kriluck Senior Editor approved the LIE, Rick VanSickle City Editor approved the LIE and more, Peter Downs reporter wrote and repeated not only the LIE but the whole editorial merry-go-round process.
Rick VanSickle is now gone as City Editor only days after the March 7th update and his voice recording. His departure came after a meeting with Publisher Judy Bullis and Editor Andrea Kriluck on Thursday 10th March. To you Andrea Kriluck I say this, do not dare pretend you did not know any of this or were not a part of this. Do not think you can dump only on Rick VanSickle. In the first week of June 2010 I hand delivered all the details about the blog and the ’fixing’ of the By-Law fine to your reporter Matthew Van Dongen. Now Matthew Van Dongen may be considered as a hatchling reporter, after all not of the standing of Marlene Bergsma, he sure as hell would not have authority on an issue such as this on his own. Matthew Van Dongen reporter of The Standard sent me an e-mail dated June 7th 2010. Reporter Matthew Van Dongen starts off that he has my letter and that he is “taking a look at the website now.” He proceeds to jabber about my letter and “misreading.” If I was to post a copy of my letter to reporter Matthew Van Dongen it would turn out to be most embarrassing to Matthew and his ability to read the written word. I always wanted to ask reporter Matthew Van Dongen was he typing out his e-mail response which appears on the computer screen while it was attempting to show “the website.” Or did he type the e-mail then “look at the website.” Or did he “look at the website” and then type the e-mail. Heck, maybe I am “misreading” his e-mail and well he could “set me straight.” In any case however he did it, he did it with referral to his editor, and under no circumstances did Matthew Van Dongen have authority on his own. A great deal was “unclear” to Matthew Van Dongen it seems.
Someone should explain the law to ‘grasshopper’ Matthew Van Dongen. A lawful fine issued cannot be simply cancelled by bureaucrats in particular a Mayor. There is a system of law the alternative is called ‘corruption.’ So Andrea Kriluck still want to try and wash your hands of this. Then do you remember during the election you called me on the phone? When brilliant ’grasshopper’ Matthew Van Dongen messed up my name and I left a complaint on Bullis’ answering machine, it was you Andrea Kriluck who called me with your false apologies, it was not VanSickle hell he did call me but later and for a different reason as you all have heard now. You called me Andrea Kriluck Managing Editor. You knew and approved the LIE and cannot walk away from the responsibility or the consequences.
Yet I had no idea how far this would go or how dangerous this blog had become. It is clear now that The Standard in its intentional LIE went a long way to influence the outcome of an election. Marlene Bergsma wrote an intentional and premeditated LIE, editors VanSickle and Kriluck approved the LIE, Peter Downs repeated the LIE and Matthew Van Dongen, well ’grasshopper’ simply “misread” the facts it seems. But that wasn’t enough. The Niagara Regional Police were used to destroy the credibility of the evidence, of the facts. Constable Cataldo wrote an official government document in the form of an Incident Report #2010-103419 and it was a LIE! Incident Reports are used as evidence in a court of law! They have been used to destroy people and even when someone had claimed but not proven that a police officer coloured the truth a judge sides with the police and their sworn Incident Report! A larger question is, as an official government record who else had access to that document, and please don’t carry on too loudly on the confidentiality issue of these things. The Niagara Regional Police decided to investigate this. WHY? Why now only a few weeks before the election? I wrote Chief Wendy Southall on May 24th 2010 explaining vandalism to my home and about the blog. Chief Wendy Southall at the Niagara Regional Police knew of the blog since May 24th 2010 yet no one from the Niagara Regional Police came to investigate anything! My evidence of the corrupt act by Mayor Brian McMullan and Councillor Jennie Stevens was there for her to see, did it need time to mature? Why no NRP investigation then or for months later? My letter to Chief Southall is posted here and more. When Pat Lindal candidate for Regional Council and mother of Merritton Ward Councillor Jennie Stevens threatened, harassed and terrorised small business owners by mail and phone calls for one reason only and that was simply because they advertised in a newsletter that made public the Mayorgate Blog and what Councillor Jennie Stevens and Mayor McMullan had done, I wrote Chief Wendy Southall of the Niagara Regional Police again.
Here we have the Criminal Code breached with premeditation and intent, yet no NRP investigation. A candidate decides, a momma, that the truth of her 'little girl’s' corruption would be too damaging so she - momma - harasses, threatens, and terrorises business owners for placing a small add in a publication. Yet the Niagara Regional Police did nothing! Well a constable did come to me, yes I have it all recorded. This constable of the Niagara Regional Police Service does state that there is only one legal way to handle a fine that was issued. Yet no detectives, no investigation, nothing! Can you answer that Chief Wendy Southall? Who sent the NRP to 'investigate' only when panic set in? Why was there no care from the NRP in June, July, August, September in the evidence that was carried on the Mayorgate Blog? Yet only a few weeks before the election your police lie on an Incident Report, and as stated in writing by another candidate make statements to him that were a lie regarding the whole issue of the corrupt act by Mayor McMullan and Councillor Stevens. Those 'detectives' saw and read the original fine and saw the assessment of it! Those ’detectives’ heard the voice of Councillor Jennie Stevens! Maybe they are like 'grasshopper Matthew Van Dongen of The Standard and “misread” facts and evidence? Yet on October 26th Mayor Brian McMullan was able to crow on the front page of The Standard in a story written by Bergsma that there was nothing to the blog and the evidence against him.
A corrupt act by Mayor McMullan and Merritton Ward Councillor Jennie Stevens escalated to the destruction of the very basis of what we are as Canadians. Drawn in to the destruction The Standard printed an intentional LIE written by Marlene Bergsma, approved by editors Andrea Kriluck and Rick VanSickle (VanSickle now gone from The Standard after only days of the March 7th update to this blog and his voice made public) repeated again by reporter Peter Downs, and bumbled by reporter Matthew Van Dongen. The intentional lie is liable! That was not enough. The Niagara Regional Police aware of the details for months before the election now are used to discredit and tamper with the evidence. A police force was used to influence the outcome of an election! I guess we do have a banana republic minus the beautiful palm trees. In a democracy this is both shocking and alarming. Even though the actions of both The Standard newspaper and the Niagara Regional Police are devastating to the whole of the City of St.Catharines no less. Each and every councillor on the City Council knew months prior to the election of the 'fixing' of the fine by Mayor McMullan and Councillor Stevens. I handed out my flyer at the doors prior to the regular Council meeting directly to the hands of those entering. One councillor even after reading with stern face gave it back to me.
St. Andrews Councillor Joseph Kushner you knew!
St. George Councillor Peter Secord and Greg Washuta you knew!
St. Patricks Councillor Mark Elliott you knew!
Grantham Councillors Dawn Dodge and Bill Phillips you knew!
Port Dalhousie Councillors Len Stack and Bruce Williamson you knew!
And ex-councillor Heather Foss you knew!
Ex-councillor Andrew Gill you knew of the corrupt act and you publicly attacked the evidence in defence of Mayor McMullan. Not only were you willing to ignore the corruption but went so far as to publicly lie and attack. Now ex-councillor Andrew Gill you are going to ask for the trust of Canadians as a Federal Candidate for the Liberals.
You all knew of the corrupt act. I am so proud of each and every one of you for how you stood up for Canada, our ideals, our laws. Each and every one of you took an oath, swore on a bible but then I guess it was only a book, a prop.
I intentionally waited till the last few days before filing my financial paperwork as a candidate. Now the City Clerk did send me a second set of forms to remind me as a Final Notice on February 22nd 2011. Then in early March I received an e-mail to remind me to file my financial paperwork. All this concern by the City Clerk for financial statements yet that same City Clerk well aware of the breach of the Municipal Act had stayed silent. The City Clerk administers the Municipal Act and the Municipal Elections Act. Our City Solicitor Annette Poulin, sworn to an oath to uphold and administer the law. Our City Solicitor Annette Poulin knew of the corrupt act committed by Mayor McMullan and Councillor Jennie Stevens. What did City Solicitor Annette Poulin do? NOTHING! What did our City Clerk do? NOTHING!
Mayor Brian McMullan and Merritton Councillor Jennie Stevens committed a corrupt act. The Standard newspaper printed an intentional LIE written by reporter Marlene Bergsma, approved by both City Editor Rick VanSickle and Managing Editor Andrea Kriluck, repeated a second time by reporter Peter Downs, and the whole censorship starting by bumbling reporter Matthew Van Dongen. The Niagara Regional Police had officers LIE on an Incident Report and other officers LIE and attempt to discredit evidence, to in fact tamper with the evidence. All for what, for the benefit of what individual? The outcome of an election had been influenced with full premeditation and intent. Can this happen in Canada? Can it be allowed?
This update is an overview of the horrendous act of corruption committed by Mayor McMullan and Councillor Jennie Stevens, the intentional lies and the involvement of a newspaper and a police force to influence an election and destroy our foundation of government in Canada. It would be thought impossible in Canada, but the proof provided throughout Mayorgate Blog is undeniable. It has been 10 months of hell but I won’t stop fighting for our ideals and the values I taught my children. It is time now to prepare for the next stage.
As always you will be kept informed as more information comes available.
53 Almond Street
St. Catharines, Ontario
May 24, 2010
Chief Wendy Southall
Niagara Regional Police
68 Church Street
St. Catharines, Ontario, L2R 3C6
Re: Incident Report #10-44914
Dear Chief Southall:
This report was only taken over the phone and I was told that an officer will call within 48 hours by phone. Photos attached show what had happened with a written description attached. Without hesitation this was deliberate attempt at intimidation and harassment. I have no way of proving who had done this and therefore can not in dignity make accusations. Yet without hesitation I say it was because of my Blog and Facebook.
On Friday an apparent attempt was made to block the audio recording from being heard. I have demanded an explanation and clarification in writing. Only a complaint that the audio was offensive and I have been informed it would create a block. I was able to get around the block and have the audio open again in a matter of hours. No such further attempts would be successful. Look at the Blog and the material.
From the photos you will see that a vehicle had mounted the sidewalk deliberately as scratches were made on the concrete. This was not an out of control vehicle not the angle it had mounted to the intersection. The vehicle then crossed over the City Garden with tire imprints clear over the planted material. At this point it is only 6 feet in width to my Juniper shrub and it was not disturbed. The vehicle then moved forward on a curve approximately some 30 feet not damaging anything in a space only 5’11” (five foot, eleven inches) to 5’8” (five foot, eight inches) in width. A dry stacked stone wall at the other end of my front yard was then pulled apart. Stones have been taken/stolen and the vehicle then crossed again over City planted material; again vehicle tire imprints are clear over the sidewalk and onto Glendale Avenue. A yellow fire hydrant is opposite the stone wall of my garden which was vandalised and only approximately 5’8” (five foot, eight inches) of space in between, yet the fire hydrant not even scratched.
This was intentional! This was deliberate! This was not simple vandalism! Whoever did this intended it to be unsettling, to be intimidating. There is no coincidence here not with the apparent attempt to block the audio on Friday on the Blog and then this. My garden walls have been up for some eight years and never anything like this. My photograph is on the Blog and address clear, I have to be concerned what could be next. In all fairness I could not provide a witness or a description of a vehicle to the dispatch on the phone yet I did get less than expected in return from your NRP.
I have provided all this to you Chief so that there is an official record on file not a simple phone call. This letter will be posted also on the Blog.
53 Almond Street
St. Catharines, Ontario
October 6, 2010
Chief Wendy Southall
Niagara Regional Police
68 Church Street
St. Catharines, Ontario, L2R 3C6
Dear Chief Southall,
I am bringing to your attention an issue that I have been advised to do so by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs. Here a candidate for Regional Council has committed threat, harassment and bullying of advertisers in a newsletter. Due to the fact that this individual is a candidate I had contacted the Ministry as they administer the Municipal Elections Act. In return I have been advised by a representative of the ministry that this is an act of criminal harassment I should inform the police immediately. This same individual verbally attacked my two children as they delivered the newsletter and I have her recorded.
Mrs. Pat Lindal sent harassing and threatening letters to all the advertisers of the newsletter published by Winners Circle. No advertiser has influence over content. No individual has the right to threaten or harass an advertiser when she doesn’t like something in the publication. It would be a different situation if she as a customer felt she was wronged by a business and stated so by telling that business she would not recommend them to anyone or that she herself would not frequent that business again. That is not the case here. Mrs. Pat Lindal threatened and harassed businesses, 20 of them, so as to force them to not advertise in the newsletter. No one has the right to harass or threaten. This was intentional and criminal action. The intent here was clear to harass and prevent these businesses from carrying out their normal functions, not because of decisions they made but only because of threat and harassment. That is criminal intent.
I have been in contact with the Minister for Municipal Affairs and representatives of the ministry. Issues relating to the Municipal Elections Act I have been told have to be resolved through court, yet it was made clear to me that harassment and threat are police issues. I was advised to contact you immediately.
No one in this country has the right to threaten and harass anyone. Our laws are in place to protect all equally. Pat Lindal has shown total disregard for the law and must face the consequences of her actions. Letters of threat were not the only method used in this campaign of harassment. Phone calls have been made to several of the businesses. These calls were made by both male and female voices who do did not identify themselves. The phone calls have apparently upset and frightened one establishment to such a degree they refused contact with the publisher of the newsletter. How can this be permitted? How is this not criminal intent?
Referring directly to the Criminal Code - Criminal Harassment:
No person shall, without lawful authority and knowing that another person is harassed or recklessly as to whether the other person is harassed, engage in conduct referred to in subsection (2) that causes that other person reasonably, in all the circumstances to fear for their safety or the safety of anyone known to them (2b) repeatedly communicating with, either directly or indirectly or indirectly, the other person or anyone known to them.
We have had our differences, and I’ll fight for what is right yet both as a candidate for mayor and as a member of this community I believe that the Police must make their own choices for our combined future. No buildings or arguments can do this, only the members the men and women of the force can. Here I ask you the police to enforce the law and stop such harassment, threat and bullying from ever happening again. People, and more than one, have been threatened and harassed from making a free choice. You the police have been made aware of this and you must act.
53 Almond Street
March 17, 2011.
Mr. Pierre Karl Peladeau, CEO
612 St. Jacques
Montreal, Quebec, H3C 4M8
Dear Mr. Peladeau:
I wrote you twice, once on October 12th 2010 and then October 28th 2010 pleading for help in this situation. I thought that a man of your stature who made his millions from Canadians and Canada would have some care for what we stand for in this country. Under no circumstances did I think you would ignore what your newspaper The Standard had done. YOU DID! It seems to me that hockey pucks and hockey teams are of greater importance than the role your newspaper played in the fixing of an election. Marlene Bergsma, Rick VanSickle, Andrea Kriluck, Peter Downs, all Sun Media staff and all Quebecor staff in term. Now according to a Sun Family Blog, VanSickle is out only days after my blog mayorgate carried the latest update on March 7th. VanSickle`s cowardly voice loud and clear for all to hear. The evidence on the Mayorgate Blog shocking and indisputable. It doesn’t matter where VanSickle runs or hides he will answer questions in the end.
I pleaded with you for the very essence of what we as Canadians stand for, you ignored it all. Your newspaper was part of an intentional cover-up of evidence, and worse printed an absolute LIE about evidence during an election campaign, that extends to tampering with evidence. Your newspaper and staff; reporters and senior editors, became a party to influence the outcome of an election. Yet that didn’t bother you it seems. So I guess only liable will bother you in the end, and dollar value justice.
Thank you from all of us in St.Catharines who care for the dignity of our town. Thank you from all of us Canadians who care for our Canada.
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