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OMB Rulings Threaten the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood

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The frantic Downtown building boom continues. Three new, tall and very dense Downtown projects are in the news. One is a large office development close to Union Station along Bay Street; two are condos in the sensitive St. Lawrence Neighbourhood.

The Bay Street project by Ivanhoé Cambridge is two very tall office towers with a connecting landscaped bridge spanning the railway tracks between them .The 48-storey southern tower at 45 Bay will include a relocated GO bus station closer to the Gardiner Expressway. This is good for traffic.

Apart from GO buses, other long-distance buses are today farther north close to Bay and Dundas. They are not well connected to city public transit. They add to centretown traffic congestion. There is now a possibility these other buses may also be included in 45 Bay cresting a real central public transit hub. This location will also be connected to the future East Bayfront Light Rail Transit (LRT).

The 58-storey northern 141 Bay St. tower will be on the present GO bus station between the railway and the fine Classical Front St. federal office building. This tower will have a deep, 5-level underground public parking garage for 440 cars and also trucks serving the tower.

The garage access on Yonge Street is a problem. It directly faces The Esplanade leading into the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood. This stable, successful, mixed-income neighbourhood must be protected from more and heavy traffic.

New traffic lights on Yonge will control the garage access. But tricky means must be found to prevent or severely limit garage traffic from entering the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood via The Esplanade, the main street tying together the unique neighbourhood along the linear David Crombie Park.

The wide, landscaped bridge linking the Bay Street office towers seems innovative at first sight. Lush landscape drawings are seductive. But how will trees and plants grow in soil not well protected from winter freezing by the cold underside of the bridge? Also, how will the public be attracted to use the bridge far above pedestrian street level?

Another issue for the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood is a huge condo project by the Pemberton Group. The new project occupies a whole city block formerly occupied by Sobey’s and Acura Motors between The Esplanade, Front, Sherbourne and Princess streets.

Even as revised, this project is totally out of scale and density with the existing low- and mid-rise, well-planned, mixed-income neighbourhood. The project will have four tall towers of 33, 29, 27 and 25 storeys on a 10-storey podium base. This is higher than even the nearby area tallest-yet-to-be-built two 26-storey towers along Front at Sherbourne recently approved by the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) against city and community objections.

The developer has successfully used the now common developer tactic of filing an early threatening appeal with the developer-friendly OMB. This appears again to have achieved the desired effect of intimidating overworked city planners and the community to basically accept the ever-so slightly reduced project still not fitting the unique neighbourhood.

Another proposed project threatening the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood is 75 The Esplanade on the south side of the street on the Church Street parking lot. The north side of The Esplanade in this area has heritage designated, 4-storey original waterfront warehouses. They have attracted lively bars and restaurants with busy summer outdoor patios on the wide sidewalk.

The tall, new project of 34 storeys by Harhay and Carttera will shadow The Esplanade for part of the day. Adjoining it is the unusual Novotel Hotel built some years ago according to the then but no longer enforceable city zoning bylaw.

The hotel rises six storeys before sloping back for three storeys to keep sunlight reaching the street. (Novotel’s attractive sidewalk arcade, reminiscent of old European cities, will not be continued along 75 The Esplanade.)

Condos on the back, southern side of 75 The Esplanade will stare across a narrow, busy lane right into the 8-storey city community housing residence built on top of the high, 6-storey open and 24/7 brightly lit city public parking garage.

A better solution would be to replace the lower condos facing the garage with internal parking in its 8-storey podium. Such parking is much less expensive for the developer than a deep 3-level underground garage for 126 cars. Condos in the podium can still face The Esplanade and Church St. The incessant push for more density and height in downtown continues. The question remains: Will the boom continue or bust?
Stig Harvor is a retired architect

Clarification and corrections of Stig’s February profile in The Bulletin:
Stig was born 1929. He spent World War 2 in German-occupied Norway. He came to Canada in 1945 and moved from New Brunswick to Ottawa in 1959.

His Ottawa architectural firm Harvor and Menendez worked in association with Schoeler and Heaton on some notable projects. Later, Stig was involved in the design management of Place du Portage IV in Hull. He moved to Toronto in 1993 and took over retired architect and professor John Flanders’ column in The Bulletin in 2003.

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John E. Summers: How an Ottawa lawyer’s actions condemned an elderly black woman to death

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There has been much talk in the media about how various police forces across Canada and the United States have been abusing and sometimes even murdering black people, First Nations people and other minorities.

This has prompted calls to “defund the police” in response to the police killing of George Floyd. who uttered the now infamous phrase “I can’t breathe.”

However, one particular lawyer in Ottawa shows us how collusion between mostly white lawyers and judges who support a system rife with racism is arguably a far worse problem.

Indeed, police who inflict abuse and commit murders can generally take solace that the judicial system will mostly shelter them from the kind of legal consequences they would face as a civilian.

In the case of John Summers, who is the Ottawa lawyer in question, the evil that he is responsible for might arguably be considered more atrocious than the crime committed by Minnesota police officers against George Floyd.

Within moments, Minnesota police offers in the United States destroyed a human life through immediate physical trauma involving asphyxiation.

What the Minnesota police did within moments, John Summers, through unethical conduct,has inflicted since February 2016 against Dezrin Carby-Samuels.

Can you imagine the life of an elderly woman forcibly cut-off from her son and other loved ones at the hands of an abusive husband who constantly subjected his wife to tortuous mental, physical, and emotional abuse in isolation for more than five years?

Can you also imagine a lawyer who used lies and treachery to perpetuate and deprive an elderly woman of medical assistance, nutritious food, and the support of her loved ones, along with a wellness check which had been endorsed by an Ottawa judge back in February 2016?

In my book “Justin Trudeau, Judicial Corruption and the Supreme Court of Canada: Aliens and Archons in Our Midst,” I document the sheer evil of John Summers’ conduct.

Thanks to John Summers, Dezrin Carby-Samuels endured neglect and abuse which has now led to her reported death a reliable source reveals.

Dezrin’s son Raymond was legally blocked from seeing his mother since June 15, 2015.

John Summers, along with conspiring judges at the Ottawa Superior Court and the Ottawa Police, worked against the will of Dezrin Carby-Samuels to see her son.

Dezrin wanted her son Raymond to protect her from domestic abuse by Horace Carby-Samuels,a situation in which Dezrin endured horrific conditions, rotting in fecal matter.

Apparently for John Summers, Dezrin was just another black woman and he worked tirelessly to perpetuate the profound physical, mental and emotional abuse which led to Dezrin’s death.

In the above video, we see the situation that John Summers worked to perpetuate. In this video, Raymond, Dezrin Carby-Samuels’ son, is seen delivering a February 2016 court order to enable him to see his mother, who had wanted to reunite with him since June 2015. It was just after this video that John Summers intervened to perpetuate the forced isolation of Dezrin Carby-Samuels.

Horace Carby-Samuels is seen near the end of this video shouting at Ottawa Police, who were prevented from doing a wellness check accompanied by Raymond.

People who observe the evils of police have no idea that, for every evil cop they observe, there are a lot more evil lawyers like John Summers and evil judges like Sylvia Corthon of the Ottawa Superior Court who apparently have no regard for the lives of black people.

When Raymond, Dezrin’s son, sought to complain to media organizations like CBC Ottawa, organizations pledged to protect women from abuse, and various religious leaders in the city, his cries were ignored because, after all, she was just an elderly black woman. The legal plight of Dezrin and the efforts of her black son to protect his mother from the evils of John Summers were irrelevant to these institutions. That’s because, in the eyes of all these institutions, Dezrin appears to be just another black woman that ought to be left alone to suffer under the terror imposed by her husband, Horace Carby-Samuels, with the diabolical orchestration of Mr. Summers.

I am donating any money received from sales of my book to seeking justice for Dezrin in her death.  I aim to expose all the evil actors in our justice system that worked for over five years to deprive Dezrin Carby-Samuels of her life. This includes the evil deeds of Ms. Alison Timons, who had been serving as a social worker at the Nepean, Rideau and Osgoode Community Resource Centre.

My book also reveals how this so-called social worker had first reported to Raymond the abuse that Dezrin had been experiencing from May 2015.

At first, Ms. Timons said that she would be a witness for Raymond in any court proceeding against Horace Carby-Samuels.

But under the pressure of a very dirty Ottawa police detective named Robert Griffin Jr., who sought to work on behalf of Horace Carby-Samuels, Ms. Alison Timons not only decided not to help Dezrin’s son expose the abuse but refused to have any further contact with Raymond.

Systemic racism operates in a manner that marginalizes and destroys the lives of visible minorities, who are often viewed with much less regard than someone’s cat or dog.

Dezrin’s horrific death in isolation from her loved ones was orchestrated by John Summers, who was in turn paid by some evil mastermind that, to this day, he has not revealed, and the court has supported his silence on this matter, because I can tell you for a fact that Horace Carby-Samuels cannot in any way afford $300 per/hr to pay such a lawyer over multiple years.

Was Dezrin a guinea pig of some Deep State medical experiment against an elderly black woman and paid-off by these conspirators?

Was this Deep State linked to the manipulative aliens that have been documented by Dr. Michael Salla as existing and presiding over evil experiments against humankind?

Do the evils of the police before the camera also reveal mind control experiments by a Deep State to divide, rule and conquer humanity?

Explore these and other questions in my book “Justin Trudeau, Judicial Corruption and the Supreme Court of Canada: Aliens and Archons.”

Let us hold the evil responsible for the death of Dezrin Carby-Samuels and other people at the hands of police and the judicial system accountable and pursue the disbarment of John Summers for his key role in orchestrating Dezrin’s death.

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John Summers: Bell Baker Lawyer Ridicules Motherhood and Society

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Action has always been known to speak louder than words. The actions of John Summers, an Ottawa based lawyer has left a lot of well-meaning citizens dumbfounded and shocked. This is a lawyer who claims to really value human decency and family values with his words but does the complete apparent opposite with his actions.

Fabricating lies about another person in the court of law is an offence that law practitioners tend to frown upon. However, John Summers did not only fabricate lies to keep Raymond from seeing his mother, Dezrin Carby-Samuels but also went ahead to blatantly pursue a negative agenda against an elderly woman. Dezrin is a woman who has had her fair share of abuse from both her husband, Horace and daughter, Marcella. She and her son Raymond saw the law courts as their last resort in their quest for justice to prevail. However, the complete opposite is what they obtained thanks to John Summers’ apparent campaign of manipulation of court procedure and deception

The era where lawyers were deemed as honest and truthful is long gone as is being shown being John Summers. For a lawyer to be able to produce a non-truthful and deceitful affidavit claiming that Raymond  suffers from “mental illness” when that is not the case shows the lengths that lawyers of John Summers’ calibre are willing to go in order to try twist court procedure to their advantage at the possible expense of human life or the perpetuation of human suffering.

John Summers also claimed that his client, Horace Carby-Samuels was ignorant of the procedures adopted by courts which is the reason why his client could not file any defence. However, Horace Carby-Samuels happens to be the same person who had enough belief in his legal capabilities that he decided to do away with the services of his lawyer in order to represent himself during a legal battle against both the Government of Canada and his union during the 1990’s.

There are certain values and ethics that keep society together and differentiate humans from other living things in the world and respect for the elderly happens to be among such things. However, if for the love of money a lawyer who has sworn to always ensure that justice prevails is able to trample on the fundamental human rights of a sick mother and her son, then something definitely is wrong somewhere. The basic things like empathy and love for humanity that makes us human are now being thrown away just for the love of money.

Where did humanity really go wrong? How can the life of an elderly woman be exchanged for a few bucks? Since when did humans become so cruel to one another? These are questions that beg to be answered but can’t and the behavioural patterns of people like John Summers also makes it even more difficult to understand. If a lawyer can lie under oath against an elderly woman just to please his client, then the world is really about to come to an end.

With Dezrin being unable to walk, speak or even write, the fraudulent activities being perpetuated by John Summers will only help in negatively impact her health. The behaviour of John Summers is bad for society and humanity and should be condemned in no uncertain terms.  

One report from a reliable source alleges that Dezrin died four months ago as a result of evil actions of John Summers.

Mr. Summers had no business practicing law anywhere in Canada for the torture he has put this elderly black woman since 2016.

John Summers can be regarded as little more than a handsome demon.

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Nova Scotia’s Film Inudstry Needs Fixing

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Darlene Lewis is a set decorator who lives in Boutiliers Point.  She has always worked in the arts. She began her career in theatre, eventually moving over into film and television.

The making of films in Nova Scotia has been a part of the artistic and business landscape since 1913 when Evangeline, one of Canada’s very first films, was shot here.

Thousands of Nova Scotians have been employed in this industry over the years. They and their families were a vital part of the Nova Scotia economy. Students graduating from our colleges and universities stayed in Nova Scotia to work in film. Trained technicians and craftspeople moved to Nova Scotia to participate in the industry.

The making of films and TV shows is like any other manufacturing venture. Investors bring in capital and purchase goods and services from local businesses. They hire Nova Scotian carpenters, painters, electricians, caterers, hairdressers, make-up artists, prop builders, decorators, graphic artists, editors, animators, designers, drivers, actors, directors and producers and more to create the production. A finished product is shipped out to market.

During the 2013 election, the Liberal government promised stable funding for the film industry until 2020. Yet, in April 2015, they abruptly axed the film industry tax credit that was so vital to the industry.

Businesses closed. Millions of dollars’ worth of film projects that were lined up to shoot here went away. A combined workforce of over 2,700 Nova Scotians was thrown out of work. We then turned to our provincial government, asking them to work with us to fix this situation.

“Get back to work,” McNeil said.

But there is no work.

The tax credit made money for the province. From 1993 through 2014, the film industry showed a steady increase in revenue. The tax credit was replaced with a Film Incentive Fund with no time for the industry to transition to the new formula. Now, with the Canadian dollar so low compared to the American dollar, film in other provinces is booming. Yet in Nova Scotia, we remain dead in the water. Broadcasters and film studios are wary of Nova Scotia’s new system, reluctant to invest millions in something unproven and untried.

The loss is palpable. Throughout the province, businesses that supplied the film industry have been hit hard in the bottom line and many have closed shop. Infrastructure that took 30 years to build has been destroyed—victims of misguided political policy.

Talented people in their prime with young families, so badly needed in this aging province—people who helped build our economy and support our communities—are packing up and heading off to find work in other provinces where the benefits of film production are recognized and nurtured. For many of these families, this is a permanent move, and our loss.

We must protect industries like film that offer proven growth and jobs. We ask all Nova Scotians to talk to their elected officials. Make sure they understand the importance of the Nova Scotia film industry to the future of this province. Urge them to work with the industry to amend the Film Incentive Fund to bring it up to industry standards. We believe that it can be made to work. We believe that if the government and the industry pull together in the same direction, we can rebuild our industry for the benefit of all Nova Scotians.

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