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Following a very interesting career in politcs from 1988 to 2019, I am taking a new direction and wanted to update my webpage to reflect this new direction.

My plan is to renovate this website and also my webpage in order to then make regular postings regarding all things political.  I very much believe that we have one of the best political systems and I want to encourage and help those who aspire to be politicians. There is also an important role for those who want to work behind the scenes, and I believe that I can give some advice there as well.

My 30 years in politics has provided me with a unique perspective and a great appreciation for how well our system works. In my postings I will outline some of the aspects I think work well and I will also point out where it could be improved. The comments will not be partisan, but designed to help anyone interested in the political process in any party.

I intend to talk about Parliament, party politics, the role of members of parliament, how to contact members of parliament and how to affect change. I also intend to talk about current events and issues that affect us all. I perhaps will tell some interesting stories from my days as an MP.

There will also be an area where you can make a comment or ask a question and I will do my best to answer whatever issue is on your mind. I also hope to do a podcast and tell some stories there as well.

But to start with I’d like very much for you to write to me and tell me what you would like to hear about regarding our political system, politics or any issue that is on your mind. I want to know what you want to hear about.  I look forward to your comments and your questions.

Just go to  billcasey.ca   and click on the contact section and post your comments and questions to me.  Or email me at    billcasey45@hotmail.com.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks very much,

Bill

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The Wrong Decision for Very Wrong Reasons

Attached is another letter sent to Hon Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety, and to Commissioner Brenda Lucki, Commissioner of the RCMP. It explains why the RCMP decided to move the Emergency 911 Police Communication Center to their Headquarters Building in Dartmouth. The decision was made to solve a real estate problem and nothing to do with your safety.

 

From: Bill Casey
Sent: March 20, 2020 12:44 PM
Subject: The Wrong Decision for the Wrong Reasons

 

Honourable Bill Blair,
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness,
Ottawa, Ontario.

Ms. Brenda Lucki,
Commissioner of the RCMP,
Ottawa, Ontario.

 

The Wrong Decision for Very Wrong Reasons

 

Dear Minister Blair and Commissioner Lucki

The safety of the public and of RCMP officers should have been the number one priority when choosing the location for the RCMP 911 Emergency Call Center but it was not.

Below are three quotes taken directly from internal RCMP documents received through Access to Information that confirm that the RCMP are occupying empty space that they are “not entitled to” according to Public Works. In these quotes it is clear that for seven years the RCMP building had significant vacant, unused space at significant cost.

The decision to move the 911 Emergency Call Center to downtown Dartmouth was because of pressure to fill this empty space…. nothing to do with safety.

One quote says that the RCMP has 2365 sq meters of vacant space that they are “not entitled to”. At $547 per sq meter this is a huge waste of taxpayer money. From these RCMP documents, it is clear that Public Works was pressuring the RCMP to pay a surcharge for the vacant space, or share it with another government department (Transport, Coast Guard, DND etc).

Instead of sharing the empty space with another government department, the RCMP pretended to do an objective assessment of six sites and arrived at the decision to concentrate the RCMP 911 Emergency Call Center in downtown Dartmouth, near the other major police 911 Emergency Call Center, also in downtown Dartmouth. This breaks the number one rule for continuity of service in the event of a disaster…. geographic separation and redundancy.

The current coronavirus pandemic is another wake up call that this decision puts the people of Nova Scotia and RCMP officers at risk. A quarantine in one part of downtown Dartmouth means that most emergency communications around all of Nova Scotia would be lost. RCMP, Fire, Police and ambulance calls will be interrupted at a time when they are need most. Why do this?

The world has changed and this decision should be changed immediately. A new plan that puts the safety of all Nova Scotians first should be adopted. The fact that the RCMP prefers not to share the vacant space in their building as recommended by Public Works should not take priority over the safety of the all Nova Scotians.

Thank you.

Bill Casey
Former Member of Parliament
902 397 1305

 

Quotes taken from internal RCMP Documents

Quote 1

There is significant pressure from public works to decrease H-HQ footprint. Public Works has advised the building has 236 5 m² more space than entitled to.

Quote 2

There is potential for this review to lead to departments being held accountable for vacant space they are not entitled to. This may result in a financial charge or sharing of workspace with other departments. H division HQ currently has 145 vacant spots

Quote 3

With the anticipated cost to H division having to reimburse PSPC for excess space in the current HQ building the current rental rate at $547 per square metre cost would be $164,100 annually over ten years.

 

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Not A Level Playing Field….RCMP Concentration of Emergency 911 Police Call Centers in Dartmouth

You be the judge.  Check out the letter and the charts and tell me if you think that this was an honest and fair competition.


Honourable Bill Blair,

Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness,

Ottawa, Ontario.

 

Ms. Brenda Lucki,

Commissioner of the RCMP,

Ottawa, Ontario.

                                                            Re: RCMP OCC Emergency Call Center Site Competition

 Dear Minister Blair and Commissioner Lucki

 

No intelligent person could look at the 2017 RCMP Feasibility Study chart below and conclude that it was a fair and legitimate competition.

 Attachment A is the Estimated Cost Options of the six competing sites.  Option 4 is the RCMP preferred site in the Dartmouth RCMP Headquarters.  The other five are in Colchester County.  You will note that the five Colchester sites have a significant amount charged for Estimated Property Rental and/or a charge for “Real Property Costing.”

Option 4, Dartmouth,  has “zero rent” and “zero charge” for Real Property Costing.   No facility charge whatsoever for the Dartmouth option.   The RCMP says it is “free space”, but it isn’t.     

 

However, Attachment B  is the “Occupancy Instrument” from the Landlord,  Public Works Canada which states that the “TOTAL ANNUAL RENT” rent for that Dartmouth RCMP building is  $10,498.333.40  per year.   This works out to be $547 for every square meter including the space proposed for the Emergency Communications Center.  It the most expensive office space in Nova Scotia.

Treasury Board says that the rent is $547 per square meter.   RCMP says it is free for this competition.

 

Further, on Attachment  A the RCMP have added an arbitrary expense in amount of $1,641,000 “Real Property Costing”  to all of the Colchester options, but none for the Dartmouth option.   Again this distorts the competition by adding a fabricated $1,641,000 dollars of expense to the Colchester options.  This makes this assessment of the options illegitimate and it makes it impossible for the other options to compete.

Distortion 1 is that the Dartmouth RCMP building is free.   Not true.   The building cost $113,000,000 to build in 2013.   Public Works assigns a Rental Rate of $547 for every square meter.

Distortion 2 is that the RCMP have added $1,641,000 of illegitimate expense to all other options except Dartmouth in order to make them non-competitive.

If these distortions are corrected, suddenly the other options are more competitive than Dartmouth.   Option 6 was proposed by the Millbrook First Nation and their proposal was disqualified because of the false  “Free Rent” in Dartmouth and the distorted $1,641,000 expense added to their proposal.  

At a time when the government is committed to making available economic opportunities to First Nations, this process illegitimately disqualified their option. 

As this decision could put all Nova Scotians at risk, I respectfully request that you start this “competition” over again but this time with no predetermine conclusion.   Surely the earthquakes in Dartmouth and the corona virus make it clear that the two major police communication 911 centers should not be concentrated in one community that could be shut down on short notice.

 

Sincerely,

 

Blll Casey

Former M.P.

 902 397 1305

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The Risky Decision by the RCMP to Concentrate 911 Call Centers in Dartmouth

We have all heard about the earthquake that occurred recently in Dartmouth and you may have heard about my concerns regarding the plans to concentrate the two major 911 Emergency Communication Centers in one community.

RCMP Building Dartmouth, N.S.

The quake took place at the exact location of the planned new center…

Please read below. This is an email I sent today to the Federal Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, expressing my deep concern over these plans, with related newspaper articles attached.

Emailed Friday, March 6, 2020.

Honourable Bill Blair,
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness,
Ottawa, Ontario.

Brenda Lucki,
Commissioner of the RCMP,
Ottawa, Ontario.

Dear Minister Blair and Commissioner Lucki

Attached are three news articles regarding the earthquakes that hit Dartmouth, Nova Scotia this week. The first earthquake was described as an “explosion” that “sent people scrambling”. 238 residents reported this event to Earthquakes Canada. 911 calls were reported and emergency vehicles were dispatched to the scene. After shocks were reported for two days.

You will note in the media images attached that the epicenter of these earthquakes was exactly on the spot where the RCMP is planning to move their Emergency 911 Communication Center. And I mean exactly. Unfortunately, the other major Nova Scotia police communication center is also in the exactly same community that experienced the epicenter of the earthquake.

If there ever was a wake up call about how reckless it is for the RCMP to concentrate the two major Nova Scotia 911 Emergency Communication Centers in one location, this is it. In the future a more significant earthquake could knock out both 911 major Emergency Communication Centers in Dartmouth. Almost all Nova Scotia emergency communications, and most police, fire, and ambulance dispatching will be lost when they are needed the most.

This RCMP move stems from the fact that the building at 80 Garland Avenue in Dartmouth is too large for the RCMP Headquarters. Much of the empty space has been vacant for seven years, but the RCMP does not want to share the space with any other government department. Treasury Board reports that rent on that building at $10,498,133.40 per year, including the vacant space. …for seven years.

To solve the seven year empty space problem, they are moving the Truro RCMP 911 Emergency Call Center to 80 Garland Avenue in order to help fill some of the vacant area.

It is time now to apply common sense and make the safety of all Nova Scotians the priority. The RCMP should call a halt to this move and maintain geographic separation between the two largest communication centers in Nova Scotia.

Every continuity manual referred to me by the Toronto Police Service, the Ontario Provincial Police, the National Emergency Number Association and the National Fire Protection Association specify that the number one continuity safety issue for emergency preparedness is “geographic separation” and “redundancy in communications”.

This move to concentrate the two major 911 Emergency Communication Centers in one community does exactly the opposite of those rules, and it should stop now.

Thank you,

Bill Casey
Former M.P.

902 397 1305
billcasey45@hotmail.com

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