I like it when people follow my writing, especially Springwater Township senior staff officers using their taxpayer-funded email address, hardware and salary.

March 6, 2014

Find below a message I received at 1:48 pm today from WordPress.com showing (presumably) that Mr. Brad Sokach is now receiving each of my posts on voteLesStewart.ca by email.

Brad Sokach 2

The last business card that I have for Mr. Sokach P.Eng., his position and duties is here:

Brad Sokach business card

The  6 weblogs/wikis that I have solely written on  since February 2008 have had 1,893,461 views.

Disclosure: I am a candidate for Deputy Mayor in the township Oct 27, 2014 municipal election.

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Who is on the Midhurst Secondary Plan Resident Liasion Committee?

February 27, 2014

Midhurst residents 1

Chair/Facilitator:

  • Robert Brindley

Members:

  • Paul Fleming
  • Robert Wright
  • Gerald Scanlan
  • Regan Frankcom
  • Tiziano Zaghi
  • Linda Collins
  • Sandy McConkey
  • Jack Hanna

Resource:

  • Joe Mullan
  • Brad Sokach

Words, July 25, 2013 Minutes: link & pdfImage


Credence good experts tend to cheat because they have the opportunity and incentive to do so.

April 5, 2012

An economic analysis of expert credence good providers is useful for the layperson trying to understand the Midhurst Secondary Plan crisis.

Competent public administrators know about the risk of credence good experts and take action to militate the risk of opportunism (self-interest with deceit) foisted on themselves and the public.

Email from Springwater Township to Les Stewart:

From: Brad Sokach
Date: 24 Feb 2012
To: Brent, me, John, Council

Hello Mr. Stewart,

The firm we use for legal matters associated with the Midhurst Secondary Plan is Weir Foulds LLP (www.weirfoulds.com).   Mr. Barnet Kussner and Mr. Bruce Engell are the attorneys assigned to the file.

Outside of the OMB appeals I am not aware of the Township being a plaintiff or defendant on any matters related to the Midhurst Secondary Plan.  I have asked the staff member who tracks claims against the municipality for confirmation and will advise if there are any claims related to the Plan.

Regards,

Brad Sokach, P.Eng.
Director of Planning and Public Works
Township of Springwater
2231 Nursery Road
Minesing, ON  L0L 1Y2
P. 705.728.4784 ext 2034
F. 705.728.6957

ANALYSIS

A. Credence Good

Legal advice is a credence good. To economists, credence goods are goods or services with the following 3 characteristics:

  1. the value is difficult or impossible for the buyer to determine accurately before they buy it,
  2. the buyer can’t know if it was useful [even after they did buy it] and
  3. the seller does know the value of #1 and #2 and therefore can exploit this ignorance for their own self-interest (ie. information asymmetry leads to opportunism risk). Wikipedia

Two academic references on credence good experts who cheat.
1. Dr. Gillian K. Hadfield, University of Southern California:

Economists refer to a good as a credence good if it is provided by an expert who also determines the buyer’s needs. Buyers of credence goods are unable to assess how much of the good or service they in fact need; nor can they assess whether or not the service was performed or how well. This puts buyers at risk of opportunistic behavior on the part of sellers: they may be sold too much of a service or billed for services not performed or performed poorly. Theoretical work on markets for credence goods predicts that markets for credence goods may be characterized by fraud (billing for unnecessary services or services not performed) and a price mark-up over cost…Legal services are credence goods… Free download: The Price of Law: How the Market for Lawyers Distorts the Justice System

2. Dr. Winand Emons, University of Bern:

With a credence good, consumers are never sure about the extent of the good that they actually need. Experts such as doctors and lawyers, as well as auto mechanics and appliance service-persons (the sellers) not only provide the services, but also act as the expert in determining the customer’s requirements. This information asymmetry between buyers and the seller creates strong incentives for the seller to cheat. Free download: Credence Good Monopolists

B. NPV (net present value) of Competing Clients

  1. An economically weak municipality in a minor county; next-to-zero repeat business potential

versus

  1. Consortium of national-scale corporations that control thousands of acres of raw land within commuting distance of the largest residential market in Canada; 30 to 50 year time frame.

C. Conflict of Interest (reputation risk of real or perceived)

Conflicts of interest do arise in the business of practicing law. They just seldom arise in a public fashion such as here.

The dealers also named Cassels Brock & Blackwell as a defendant in the action, alleging the law firm was in a conflict of interest. The lawsuit alleges that at the same time Cassels was advising dealers of their legal rights during the wind-down, the firm was also representing the federal government during GM’s bailout negotiations.

Judge certifies class action against General Motors, Cassels Brock, March 2, 2011


Top 10 searches this week on iLoveMidhurst.ca

January 29, 2012

WordPress does not show me the names of the people searching this weblog. Same for those who choose to follow the weblog by email.

But what (or whom) is being searched for is valuable feedback to those of us in the municipal government social media space.

  1. erving goffman
  2. “midhurst secondary plan”
  3. brad sokach
  4. mario giampeitri geranium
  5. “big bay point”
  6. bullying facts
  7. omb appeal geranium corporation secondary plan
  8. helen coutts and geranium
  9. cheryl shindruk
  10. shauna dudding

Word melt: erving goffman “midhurst secondary plan” brad sokach mario giampeitri geranium “big bay point” bullying facts omb appeal geranium corporation secondary plan helen coutts and geranium cheryl shindruk shauna dudding


People & companies appearing at the Springwater Township Planning Committee in 2007

January 27, 2012

Slowly a picture emerges.

Does there seem to be a lot of employee turnover at the Township office?

People and companies who were recorded as having attended in Elmavale in 2007:

Kim Anderson, Dan Clement, Linda Collins, Reg Cowan, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Winanne Grant, Andrew Fyfe, Brent Spagnol, Elaine Cairncross, Jim Scott, Paul Macallum, Angela Rudy, Rudy & Associates Ltd., Darren Vella, Innovative Planning Solutions Inc., Greg Gemmell, Richardson Foster Engineering, Glenn Lucas, Lucas & Associates, Brian Smith, Ron Sheardown, Stan Wismer, Kim Anderson, Dan Clement, Linda Collins, Reg Cowan, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Winanne Grant, Andrew Fyfe, Brent Spagnol, Elaine Cairncross, Barry Peyton,  ProVista, Nicola Mitchinson, Mitchinson Planning Consultants, Arlette Utton, Angela Rudy, Rudy & Associates Limited, Darren Vella,  Innovative Planning Solutions Inc., Kim Anderson, Mick Caldwell, Dan Clement, Linda Collins, Reg Cowan, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Winanne Grant, Andrew Fyfe, Brent Spagnol, Brad Sokach, Carey DeGorter, Elaine Cairncross, Rick Green, Albert Colosimo, Alison McLeod, Gwen Lousylik, Alec A. Ovenden, Bill Preston, Heather Balck, Mario Giampietri, Maria Gatzios, Bousfields Inc., David White, Ron Sheardown, Brian Smith, Mary Ellen Wood, Rudy & Associates Ltd., Michelle Cutts, Rudy & Associates Ltd., Angela Rudy, Rudy & Associates Ltd., Roger Deschamps, Claire Bateman-Czerry, Chet Czerny, Sandy Hoare, Kevin Everton, Derek Cook, Ross Money, Ken Westra, Harold McMaster, Ken French, Mike Townes, Bill French, Ken Westra, Bob Keeler, Helen Keeler, Ross Money, Steve Bound, Claire Bateman-Czerry, Sandra Beatty, Mick Caldwell, Dan Clement, Linda Collins,Reg Cowan, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Winanne Grant, Andrew Fyfe, Brent Spagnol, Brad Sokach, Elaine Cairncross, Brad Flach, Darren Vella, Shayne Large, Nicola Mitditch, Phillip Rubinoff, Stephen Sperling, Angela Rudy, Rudy & Associates Ltd., L. D. Jones, Ron Coutts, Helen Coutts, John Bell, Heather Black, Mario Giapietri, Ron Sheardown, Brian Smith, Albert Colosimo, Zancor Homes, Fabricic Cortellucci, Zancor Homes, Alison McLeod, Tehsha Hubbard, Terry Geddes, Mario Gatzios, Bousfields Inc., Gwen Wasyluk, Victor Mason, Bill Preston, Diane Spear, Kim Anderson , Mick Caldwell, Dan Clement, Linda Collins, Reg Cowan, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Winanne Grant, Andrew Fyfe, Mark DeNardis, Elaine Cairncross, Joan Bailey, Doug Bailey, Steve Bound, Ivor Corson, Jen Fairy, Sean Keeping, Jim Roberts, Bill French, Jody Hoare, Bill Hoare, Angela Rudy, Rudy & Associates Ltd., Ron Sheardown, Kim Anderson, Mick Caldwell, Linda Collins, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Winanne Grant, Andrew Fyfe, Brent Spagnol, Marc De Nardis, Elaine Cairncross, Perry Ritchie, REMAX, Dan Amadio, The Jones Consulting Group, Henry Vander Wielen, Barrie Agricultural Society, George Bridge, Barrie Agricultural Society,  Darlene Gould, Barrie Agricultural Society, Kim Anderson, Mick Caldwell, Linda Collins, Reg Cowan, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Dan Clement, Winanne Grant, Andrew Fyfe, Carey deGorter, Brad Sokach, Brent Spagnol, Ron Belcourt, Marc de Nardis, Elaine Cairncross, Angela Rudy, Rudy & Associates Ltd., Maria Gatzios, Gatzios Planning, Heather Black, Geranium Corp., Ron Watkin, Ainley Group, Greg Corbett,  Planscape, Steven Wimmer, MBTW Group, Melissa McKay, MBTW Group, Gwen Wasyluk, CROH, David White, LL.B., John Geist, Amanda Geist, CROH, Diana Spear, Jay Pattison, Peter Maleganovski, Gatzios Planning, Mario Giampietri, Geranium Corp., Kim Anderson, Mick Caldwell, Dan Clement, Linda Collins, Reg Cowan, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Winanne Grant, Andrew Fyfe, Brent Spagnol, Ralph Scheunemann, City of Barrie, Ken Buck, Stantech, Brian W. Gibbon, Heather Black, Kim Anderson, Mick Caldwell, Dan Clement, Linda Collins, Reg Cowan, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Winanne Grant, Andrew Fyfe, Brent Spagnol, Elaine Cairncross, Ray Duhamel, Jones Consulting Group, Eric Lawton, Gwen Wasyluk, JJ Pettison, Amanda Geist, Heather Black, Geranium Corp., Lou Nitsopolous, David White, QC, Hillsdale Land Corp., Stan Wismer, Kim Anderson, Mick Caldwell, Dan Clement, Linda Collins, Reg Cowan, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Winanne Grant, Andrew Fyfe, Brent Spagnol, Elaine Cairncross, Kim Anderson, Mick Caldwell, Dan Clement, Linda Collins, Reg Cowan, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Winanne Grant, Andrew Fyfe, Brent Spagnol, Brad Sokach, Elaine Cairncross, Suzanne Troxler, CC Tatham & Associates, Ron Watkin, Ainley Group, Norm Godfrey, Ron Sheardown, Joe Mullan, Jay Pattison, GW Jordan, Lou Nitsopoulos, Kim Anderson, Mick Caldwell, Dan Clement, Linda Collins, Reg Cowan, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Winanne Grant, Andrew Fyfe, Brent Spagnol, Elaine Cairncross, Steve Bertram, Jerry Jorden, GW Jorden Planning Consultants, Darren Vella, Innovative Planning Solutions, Stan Wismer, Breanne Adams

Source:

  1. Click here.
  2. Then click on triangle just before the words “Springwater Planning Committee” (14th from top).
  3. Then click on triangle just before “2007″.
  4. Then click on each of the triangles, by month and cut-and-paste the attendees.

Special Planning Committee, Township of Springwater, 2008

January 26, 2012

The stated intent was to graft 3 new communities onto Midhurst.

This was a solution to a problem that existed only in speculators’ minds.

In addition to monthly Planning Committee meetings, there were 10 Special Planning meetings in Elmvale  in 2008.

These are the names if you cut-and-paste all the attendees together.

Kim Anderson, Mick Caldwell, Dan Clement, Linda Collins, Reg Cowan, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Winanne Grant, Andrew Fyfe, Brent Spagnol, Ron Watkin, Ainley Group, Rick Hunter, PlanScape, Ron Palmer, The Planning Partnership, Mario Giampietri, Geranium Corporation, Earl Rumm, Geranium Corporation, Maria Gatzios, Gatzios Planning, Heather Black, Geranium Corporation, Darren Vella,  Innovative Planning Solutions, Lou Nitsopolous, David White, QC, Angela Rudy, Rudy & Associates Ltd., Jay Pattison, Kim Anderson, Mick Caldwell, Dan Clement, Linda Collins, Reg Cowan, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Winanne Grant, Andrew Fyfe, Brad Sokach, Ron Belcourt, Laurie Kennard, Ron Watkin, Ainley Group, Ron Palmer, The Planning Partnership, Rick Hunter, PlanScape, Elaine Cairncross, P&DC, Kim Anderson, Mick Caldwell, Dan Clement, Linda Collins, Reg Cowan, Mayor Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Winanne Grant, Andrew Fyfe, Brad Sokach, Ron Belcourt, Elaine Cairncross, Rick Hunter, Planscape, Ron Watkin, Ainley Group, Angela Rudy, Cathy Borchuk, Nicola Mitchinson, Ron Sheardown, Mario Giampretti, Norm Godfrey, Darren Vella, Innovative Planning Solutions, Gail Hall, Maurice Barbe, Stan Wismer, Kim Anderson, Mick Caldwell, Dan Clement, Linda Collins, Reg Cowan, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Winanne Grant, Andrew Fyfe, Ron Belcourt, Brad Sokach, Carol Trainor, Rick Hunter, Planscape, Ron Palmer, The Planning Partnership, Elaine Cairncross, Angela Rudy, Rudy & Associates Ltd., Steve Witty, Norman Godfrey, Shauna Dudding, Mario Giampietri, Earl Rumm, Terry Geddes, Darren Vella, IPS, Brian Smith, Nicola Mitchinson, Mitchinson Planning, Deb Micks, Cathy Borchuk, Kim Anderson, Mick Caldwell, Dan Clement, Linda Collins, Reg Cowan, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Winanne Grant, Andrew Fyfe, Elaine Cairncross, P&DC, Stan Wismer, Shauna Dudding, Kim Anderson, Mick Caldwell, Dan Clement, Linda Collins, Reg Cowan, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Winanne Grant, Andrew Fyfe, Elaine Cairncross, Joe Mullan, Ainley Group, Shauna Dudding, Mary Proka, Greg Gemmell, Richardson Foster, Stan Wismer, Cathy Borchuk, Norm Godfrey, Kim Anderson, Mick Caldwell, Linda Collins, Dan Clement, Reg Cowan, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Winanne Grant, Andrew Fyfe, Brad Sokach, Nick Ippolito, Carol Trainor, Brent Spagnol, Rick Hunter, Ron Watkin, Ainley Group, Elaine Cairncross, P&DC, Arlette Utton, Peter Smith, James B. Bujak, Mary Prokova, Gord Dickson, The Jones Group, Stan Wismer, Glenn Lucas, Don Currie, Terry Geddes, Nicola Mitchinson, Angela Hummelink, Kim Anderson, Mick Caldwell, Dan Clement, Linda Collins, Reg Cowan, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Winanne Grant, Laurie Kennard, Tony Van Dam, Ron Belcourt, Brad Sokach, Carol Trainor, Andrew Fyfe, Herb Clemments, Joe Mullan, Ainley Group, Ryan Guetter, WCGI, Mario Giampietri, Terry Geddes, John Alpeza, Stefan Krzeczunowiz, Hemson Consulting Ltd., Craig Binning, Hemson Consulting Ltd., Trevor Parker, Greg Gemmell, Mary Pakova, Shauna Dudding, David Steinberg, Kim Anderson, Dan Clement, Linda Collins, Reg Cowan, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Winanne Grant, Andrew Fyfe, Carol Trainor, Gary Page, Kim Anderson, Mick Caldwell, Dan Clement, Linda Collins, Reg Cowan, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Winanne Grant, Carol O. Trainor, Brad Sokach

Source:

  1. Click here.
  2. Then click on triangle just before the words “Special Planning Committee” (12th from top).
  3. Then click on triangle just before “2008″.
  4. Then click on each of the triangles, by month (only 10) and add up the attendees.

The Planning Committee is where the electorates’ will should be exercised

January 25, 2012

Will there be a worse “year of horrors” in Midhurst’s near-200 year history than 2008?

These are the people and corporations who were recorded as having attended the Township of Springwater’s Planning Committee meetings in Elmvale  in 2008.

I have corrected some of the most obvious spelling errors.

Kim Anderson, Dan Clement, Linda Collins, Reg Cowan, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Winanne Grant, Andrew Fyfe, Brent Spagnol, Heather Black, Geranium Corporation, Cheryl Shindruk, Geranium Corporation, Earl Rumm, Geranium Corporation, Peter Maleganovski, Gatzios Planning & Development Inc., Paul Lowes, Sorensen, Groves, Lowes Consulting, Scott Elliott, Sarjeant Company Ltd., Darren Vella, Innovative Planning Solutions, Angela Rudy, Rudy & Associates Inc., Gilbert Moreau, Betty Nelson, Don Nelson, Kim Anderson, Linda Collins, Reg Cowan, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Mick Caldwell, Dan Clement, Winanne Grant, Andrew Fyfe, Wm. S. Koughan, Russell Christie, Rick Hunter, Planscape, Brent Spagnol, Elaine Cairncross, P&DC, Mick Caldwell, Dan Clement, Linda Collins, Reg Cowan, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Winanne Grant, Andrew Fyfe, Brad Sokach, Brent Spagnol, Mark Nastasiuk, Elaine Cairncross, P&DC, Cathy Borchuk, Gary Page, Angela Hummelink, Sam Langman, Nicola Mitchinson, Mitchinson Planning, Mick Caldwell, Dan Clement, Linda Collins, Reg Cowan, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Winanne Grant, Andrew Fyfe, Brad Sokach, Brent Spagnol, Nick Ippolito, CBO, Elaine Cairncross, Rick Hunter, Planscape, Simon Ainley, Ainley Group, Don Gordon, Celeste Phillips, ?, Mike McMillan, Cheryl Shindruk, Stan Wismer, Terry Geddes, Shauna Dudding, Geranium Corp., Darren Vella, IPS, Cathy Borchuk, Ron Sheardown, Earl Rumm, Mario Giampietri, Kim Anderson, Mick Caldwell, Dan Clement, Linda Collins, Reg Cowan, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Winanne Grant, Andrew Fyfe, Brad Sokach, Brent Spagnol, Elaine Cairncross, Rick Hunter, Planscape, John Tassiopoulos, The Planning Partnership, Kathryn Dawson, Cathy Borchuk, Stan Wismer, Alex Troop, Angela Rudy, Rudy & Associates Ltd., Steve Graves, Atlas Block, Robert O’Brien, Mario Giampietri, Cheryl Shindruk, Phil Watts, C.C. Tatham & Associates, Darren Vella, Innovative Planning, Kathy Dawson, Gord Dickson, The Jones Consulting Group,  ?, Norm Godfrey, Rick Hunter, Ron Matheson, Chris Jones, Jamie Robinson, Don Gordon, ? Gordon, L Vaughan, Mark Vaughan, Diane Buker, ?, Linda Loftus, Cheryl Shindruk, Kim Anderson, Mick Caldwell, Dan Clement, Linda Collins, Reg Cowan, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Winanne Grant, Andrew Fyfe, Ron Watkin, Ainley Group, Brent Spagnol, Elaine Cairncross, P&DC, Cathy Borchuk, Stan Wismer, Darren Vella, Innovative Planning Solutions, Nicola Mitchinson, Mitchinson Planning Cons., Angela Rudy, Rudy & Associates, David White, QC, Michael, Norm Godfrey, Kim Anderson, Mick Caldwell, Dan Clement, Linda Collins, Reg Cowan, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Winanne Grant, Andrew Fyfe, Brent Spagnol, Ron Palmer, The Planning Partnership, Rick Hunter, Planscape, Elaine Cairncross, Ron Palmer, The Planning Partnership, Rick Hunter, Planscape, Nicola Mitchinson, Darren Vella, Terry Geddes, Mario Giampietri, Earl Rumm, Shauna Dudding, John Hutchinson, Peter Smith, Celeste Philips, Norm Godfrey, Angela Rudy, David White, Ron Sheardown, Cathy Borchuk, Ken Thompson, Angela Hummelink, Kim Anderson, Mick Caldwell, Dan Clement, Linda Collins, Reg Cowan, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Andrew Fyfe, Brad Sokach, Brent Spagnol, Elaine Cairncross, Ron Palmer, The Planning Partnership, Rick Hunter, Planscape, Simon Ainley, Ainley Group, Angela Rudy, Ryan Guetter, Weston Consulting, Tom McLaughlin, John C. Williams, Architects, Wai Ying Di Giogio, STLA Design, David White, QC, Stan Wismer, Nicola Mitchinson, Shauna Dudding, John Alete, Heather Black, Alex Troop, Greg Gemmell, Cheryl Shindruk, Kim Anderson, Mick Caldwell, Dan Clement, Linda Collins, Reg Cowan, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Winanne Grant, Andrew Fyfe, Brad Sokach, Brent Spagnol, Elaine Cairncross, Rick Hunter, PlanScape, Nicola Mitchinson, Mitchinson Planning, Angela Rudy, Rudy & Associates, Gord Dickson, Jones Group, Stan Wismer, Terry Geddes, Mary Prokova, Shauna Dudding, Mario Giampietri, Istvan Devecseri, Angela Hummelink, Cathy Borchuk, Kim Anderson, Mick Caldwell, Dan Clement, Linda Collins, Reg Cowan, Tony Guergis,  Winanne Grant, Brad Sokach, Brent Spagnol, Elaine Cairncross, Michelle Tremblay, Richardson Foster, Mario Giampietri, Norman Godfrey, Peter Smith, Weston Consulting, Shauna Dudding, Nicola Mitchinson, Mitchinson Planning, Kim Anderson, Mick Caldwell, Dan Clement, Linda Collins, Reg Cowan, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Winanne Grant, Brad Sokach, Brent Spagnol, Elaine Cairncross, Laura Thompson, Jennett Mays, Christie Cadotte, Dr. Murdoch, K.T. O’Connor, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Dan Clement, Reg Cowan, Linda Collins, Mick Caldwell, Kim Anderson, Winanne Grant, Brent Spagnol, Elaine Cairncross, Laura Thompson

Source:

  1. Click here.
  2. Then click on triangle just before the words “Springwater Planning Committee” (14th from top).
  3. Then click on triangle just before “2008″.
  4. Then click on each of the triangles, by month and add up the attendees.

Annus horribilis is a Latin phrase meaning “horrible year”, or alternatively, “year of horrors”.


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