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From: Gerda Peachey <gerdapeachey@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, Nov 11, 2016 at 8:16 AM
Subject: Request to be a delegation to Regular Council meeting at the first meeting past ten days from now.
To: Bill Flitton <BFlitton@abbotsford.ca>, Katie Karn <KKarn@abbotsford.ca>, Henry Braun <hbraun@abbotsford.ca>, George Murray <gmurray@abbotsford.ca>

Hello Bill and Katie:

You, the City, have three times denied Richard’s request for a delegation.  Please send me the legal, moral or civil reasons as to how you can justify this stonewalling in a democratic society.

I’ve read a lot about the tyranny of oppressive governments.  One comes to mind here.  During the horror years in Vietnam the officials had the lovely habit of assembling the villagers for public shamings.  The unfortunates would be forced to stand on a podium before their friends and neighbours and ‘confess‘ to a long list of crimes against the state, or humanity,….or the universe.

The crowds would (upon fear of a similar fate) loudly condemn the vile offender, and give praise to their benevolent and wise leaders, for their loving protection.

So ever since I alerted my neighbours to a re-zoning proposal that would entail a precedent by-law amendment for us and some 195 properties, you, the City, have accused me of spreading misinformation.  I’ve looked over my communication and don’t see much I would want to change.  However I’ve asked you to set the record straight where I may be wrong.

Instead, my noble leaders kind of took a page out of depraved government and proceeded to publicly cast aspersions on my name and character.  Oh, right,……not exactly my name.  That was left unspoken.  Can it be that Mayor Braun and Councillor Siemens had some other fair maiden in their crosshairs?

So I say, don’t be so shy boys.  Name those crimes against my neighbours, list them boldly where I can ponder them and find correction.  But oh no.  No that must wait for a further public shaming.  We will have a community consultation,…..and there all will be made known.

Oh and while Mayor Braun was uttering warm fuzzies and kind concerns for my neighbours who had suffered so much “angst” and “fear” because of my “misleading” and “misinformation“, he did a bait and switch.  Suddenly and subtly our mayor took the community plea for consultation and consideration for our own unique zoning, (something like RMH1 is what some of them want….) and not the RS3 currently proposed, well in the middle of the kind word, the mayor reaches past Martens, down the hill, to a completely different clump of houses, and says we will now be part of a much larger, happier group.  Now the City will listen to all of us at once, those who already live in houses and want more suites, and those of us who want to retain something of the character of mobile and modular on our own land.

Not wanting to be held to account for their very public AND OFFICIAL slander of my name, my character and my integrity, the mayor and council refuse to let Richard challenge this appalling abuse of the power of public office.  Certainly fit behaviour for the Ho Chi Minh, but not fitting for the Mayor and Council of Abbotsford.

So if you can produce just cause to deny Richard the right to speak on behalf of his wife, then consider this to be


Gerda Peachey