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News Views: A point of order

June 27, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Blog

“Coun. Bell’s recent actions are the epitome of democracy. A healthy one allows questions, sparks debate and permits criticism. But that takes leadership, which Maple Ridge council is lacking.”

– Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News

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An update on my complaint against Maple Ridge CAO and the municipalities potential lawsuit against me

June 27, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Blog

Hello Everyone!

I wanted to connect with and thank everyone for their support while I continue to challenge the status quo for the purpose of transparency and accountability. I was elected to represent the citizens of Maple Ridge and I will continue to do so regardless of obstacles put in front of me.

Many of you have requested exact details about my formal complaint against the District CAO, and my request for the Mayor to suspend the CAO under Section 151(1) of the Community Charter which reads:

151 (1) The mayor must suspend a municipal officer or employee if the mayor considers this necessary.

It is my position that a failure by the Mayor to act is sanctioning the CAO’s actions as appropriate. Further to that, I’ve been advised that as the charges are serious, I should not speak publicly about the specifics of the HR complaint until the time to do so is appropriate.

My complaint was first discussed on June 10 and filed formally with Human Resources on June 16. On June 18, I was informed by the Mayor that the taped proceedings of a Committee of the Whole meeting on June 17 had been removed from the District website and sent directly, and without my knowledge, to the municipalities lawyer to determine if there were grounds for defamation of character charges against me. I was stunned to learn this. To date, I have been denied a copy of the tape in order to enable me to seek my own legal advice. I have been informed today by District staff that to obtain a copy of the tape, I must file a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to try and obtain the video.

Someone who was aware of the tape, and the request by the municipality for legal advice, had shared the details with the press as of Friday, June 21. I believe this was a deliberate attempt to discredit me, which is why I have chosen to respond to the press. The press should ask why the Mayor hasn’t immediately taken action and why I’m not being provided access to important information and resources.

I believe that I have performed my duties with integrity and respect. I am frustrated at the lack of support and the constant criticism of my desire for answers. My Great-Great-Grandfather Robert Gillespie, who was from Whonnock, fought in WW1 to defend our right to democracy and to open debate. Now, nearly one hundred years later, there is an apparent unwillingness by certain individuals to allow me to participate in discussions for which I constitute elected representation.

Having mentally replayed the events and finally now viewing the tape, it confounds me how my actions constitute any grounds for defamation of character charges. While I am not a lawyer, I can’t for the life of me understand these allegations.

Once again, thank you so much for your support, it means the world to me.  If you’d like to connect with me or have any questions feel free to contact me directly on LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook.

Corisa Bell




Maple Ridge – Maple Ridge – 2013 Reports, Minutes and Video – Council Meetings

June 19, 2013 at 12:10 am | Blog

Public Hearing tonight 7 pm Chambers, agenda at bottom of the page on the link below!

http://www.mapleridge.ca/EN/main/municipal/council/council_meetings/2013_council_minutes.html




Maple Ridge News – Sidewinder: In business of representing Ridge

June 15, 2013 at 5:46 am | Blog

If the mayor and council members don’t represent residents, who does?

http://www.mapleridgenews.com/opinion/211484571.html




Maple Ridge – Maple Ridge – Community Heritage Commission – Committees and Commissions

June 14, 2013 at 12:14 am | Blog

TONIGHT:
Heritage Plan Public Open House
Everyone is encouraged to attend the drop in event regarding the draft Heritage Plan.
TIME: 4:30pm to 8:00pm
WHERE: Maple Ridge Municipal Hall, main lobby entrance

Highlights of the Plan will be presented at the open house and the CHC is seeking public input prior to preparing a final draft.

More details:
http://www.mapleridge.ca/EN/main/municipal/728/chc.html




Maple Ridge – Council Meetings, Agendas & Minutes

June 11, 2013 at 9:51 pm | Blog

Council Meeting in Chambers tonight 7 pm!

Council will be debating borrowing 6 Million dollars to build Fire Hall #4. Well Council and staff say it is a done deal because it was voted on in 2008, but I say a lot has changed from 2008 and I haven’t seen any information from the fire department on the element of risk if this firehall isn’t built. Another firehall is more than just the initial building costs, I think we need to have more conversation, this decision was made 5 years ago and the bylaw for borrowing can lapse no problem and be recreated when economy is not still experiencing a Globally accepted down turn!!! What do you think?

Check out the rest of tonight’s agenda here and hope to see you there!

http://www.mapleridge.ca/EN/main/municipal/council/council_meetings.html




The Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows Interactive Sports Expo | Showcasing local sports and…

June 11, 2013 at 7:25 pm | Blog

Sports Expo! This was the event I gave my very first Mayor’s speech, Kaylyn and I had so much fun that day trying all the different sports. I was absolutely awful at archery, the lady was so patient with me! LOL. There is a Key note at 11am (Tom Walker) and from 12-4 pm there are Interactive Sport Demos and Information Booths. Check out the new website for this year! www.thesportsexpo.ca




Maple Ridge – Maple Ridge – 2013 Reports, Minutes and Video – Council Meetings

June 10, 2013 at 4:51 am | Blog

Here are the links for this weeks agenda’s for Monday and Tuesday Council meetings. There are many VERY important discussions and decisions happening over the next two days please make sure to take a look and if there is anything you would like to comment on in support of or out of concern please email mayorandcouncil@mapleridge.ca

SOME important items:

1. Amenity Zoning Study and Albion Area Plan Review Outcomes of Consultation Process.

2. Amenity Zoning Study and Albion Area Plan Review – OCP BYLAW recommendation.

3. Hospital Parking Discussion

4. New Waste to Energy Capacity for Metro Van – Potential Site Identification.

5. Temporary Borrowing Bylaw. 6998-2013 – wanting to borrow 6 MILLION dollars for new Fire Hall #4.

http://www.mapleridge.ca/EN/main/municipal/council/council_meetings/2013_council_minutes.html




I just bought tickets for TRYING to get to Mainstage!!

June 6, 2013 at 7:01 am | Blog

Trying is such a great script, the acting is something you have to see and by attending one of these two shows you will be helping your local theatre group travel to Kamloops BC in July to compete at Mainstage which is an amazing opportunity! I will be attending the Saturday performance if you’d like to join me!! Congratulations again to Emerald Pig for winning best performance at The Fraser Valley Zones!




Police Warn Parents – Internet Predators Targeting Local Youth | SD42

June 5, 2013 at 7:45 pm | Blog

IMPORTANT!! Just received this email from one of our local high schools; MRSS:

Ridge Meadows RCMP have issued a news release, warning parents in the Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows community that Internet predators are targeting local children on social media. Some of the victims are as young as nine. The release is available at http://www.sd42.ca/rcmp-alert and offers parents/guardians important tips on what they can do to keep their children safe.






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