May 20, 2017

Bureaucrats slow to remove “Flintstones” lien on Ontario woman’s car

David MenziesMission Specialist

Another loony tune bureaucratic blunder has been committed in Ontario, transforming the province into an international laughing stock.

It all started when a 75 year old woman tried to sell her vehicle and was shocked to find there was a lien on it. That surprised her because the Chevy had been paid off in full years ago but even more curious were the names on the lien - Fred and Pebbles Flintstone.

Watch as I explain how it all happened and how this poor woman was left to deal with the mess that had been created by some hapless bureaucrats.

You’ll learn two things from this saga:

For one, too many people in government and the bureaucracy have nothing but utter contempt for those they are supposed to serve – i.e., the taxpayers who pay their wages and benefits.

And secondly, the Flintstone Fiasco proves yet again that despite the sexual orientation of Ontario’s premier, it would appear that very few people in the province are having a gay old time!

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commented 2017-05-21 22:12:39 -0400
@Evylyn Cooper…sorry Evelyn..bureaucrats in your neck of the woods are just as obteuse and voluntarily autistic as they are anywhere else…in fact they are hand picked for those characteristics.

(Civil Service promotion interview)

Personnel Executive….“When have you ever shown initiative and who were your accomplices….we are taking names and heads will roll”

Candidate…..“I have NEVER shown initiative and what is more you cannot make me”

Personnel Executive….“I doubt what you say is true….if it were you would be management already”…..:-)

You think I’m kidding don’t you….:-)

@Henery Reardon…having worked on system developement and testing let me assure you that these things do happen…..being obteuse and voluntarily autistic about it is often a form of Luddite revenge against developers who upset somebody’s apple cart. The remedy was simple….making it a news issue was office politics.
commented 2017-05-20 12:03:51 -0400
It seems like every day the mound of evidence to support the need to separate from the East, gets bigger and bigger, while the benefits of not doing so become more and more questionable.
commented 2017-05-20 11:56:41 -0400
The MTO was in the news a few months back for demanding that a man’s vanity plate be given up. The plate had the numbers “666” (and some other stuff) on it and someone saw that and complained. Apparently, the rules in Ontario are such that just one person complaining about a license plate means you can’t use it any more. In this individual’s case, the 666 had nothing to do with any satanic beings; it was an homage to a favourite hockey player and to his father!

The Manitoba equivalent to the MTO recently forced a man to give up his vanity plate because it said “ASIMIL8”, which was obviously a reference to the Borg from Star Trek, but a couple of people in Manitoba got the vapours because they thought it was some kind of jab at aboriginals.

In Nova Scotia, their equivalent to the MTO insisted a man give up his vanity plate because it said “GRABHER” and someone complained, apparently thinking it was misogynistic. As it turned out though, it is his last name and he’d been using that plate for the past TWENTY SEVEN YEARS without a complaint. He’s so mad that he’s taking it to court.

I hope he wins and that the message gets through to all MTOs in this country! The bar is set FAR too low if a single person can cause you to lose your license plate especially when the person with the plate has no way to explain the meaning of the plate in the hopes that the offended person will relent.

If that message doesn’t get sent, maybe we should send one of our own: determine the plate used by your local MPP/MLA and complain about THAT plate. Let them see how unjust and arbitrary the system is firsthand!
commented 2017-05-20 11:29:32 -0400
Dave, the attitude of Ontario bureaucrats towards those they serve goes beyond “contempt” . The MTO runs like a government extortion vehicle used to oppress, rob and punish the population. Holding the “privilege” of property ownership and free mobility hostage to a litany of fees, taxes and arbitrary private personal claims. An Ontario driver’s license or registering your private property with them is a coercive tool used to extract any number of payment demands and claims from its holder all of which have nothing to with your safety record or driving ability.

I have heard many horror stories of professional drivers who had to move from Ontario to a less hostile jurisdiction so they could escape the coercive extortion of the MTO. When a government uses a RIGHT to drive ( for most this is directly the right to make a living) hostage to your ability to pay alimony or other debts, you have a bureaucracy being employed as a collection agency and not a registry or public safety tool – ask anyone who has had dealings with the MTO about their draconian misanthropic process. Shake up needed – but I really don’t expect righteous indignation from the simpering servile Ontario electorate – I mean just look at the degenerates they elect.
commented 2017-05-20 11:11:53 -0400
Apparently there is a lot more swamp to be drained than we initially thought. Fire the imperious scumbags who think they are above scrutiny and accountability. Amazing how that left wing sense of entitlement spreads like cancer.
commented 2017-05-20 10:37:08 -0400
Henry Reardon, thanks for taking the time to explain. I thought it was strange a test was conducted on an actual computer file….and, no one correcting this was even more strange.
commented 2017-05-20 10:20:25 -0400
There is another aspect of this incident that jumps out at me as a guy with some significant IT experience: testing of the system should never happen in the “live” system. For the benefit of those who aren’t professional IT people, let me explain.

There are two kinds of computer systems: “test” systems that are operated outside of the public view and that the public should never see or interact with and “live” systems that are visible to the public and with which the public does interact. Test systems often have only small volumes of data and much of that data is often fake data involving individuals and things that don’t really exist while “live” systems contain REAL data (and ONLY real data). Otherwise, test and live systems are typically identical in structure.

Now, it is inevitable that systems need to change over time. Changes in legislation and in procedures happen regularly and necessitate changes to the systems. When that happens, changes are first implemented in the test system. Only when everything has been thoroughly tested in the test system should the same changes be made in the live system. Therefore, it should only be possible to enter the new values in the live system after all the new functionality has been proven to work in the test system.

The fact that someone was testing system changes in the live system rather than the test system tells me that someone in the MTO was not following normal IT protocols. No testing should EVER happen in the live system because it should never NEED to be tested; if the normal time-honoured protocols were followed all the necessary testing already took place in the test system!

Somebody needs to do a thorough audit of the MTOs practices to make sure they get back to doing things properly. Somebody needs to determine if this aberration was an unprecedented fluke or an ongoing practice. In either case, steps need to be taken to prevent a recurrence, including improving the security of the live system. (No programmer should ever have been able to test in the live system.) Certainly, some knuckles need to be rapped too. That needs to include the managers who let people test in the live system. This is very basic stuff: no one should ever make these mistakes especially in large multimillion dollar systems.
commented 2017-05-20 09:55:19 -0400
David Menzies, thanks for your report. I hope Maureen’s legal bills are reimbursed, this type of government incompetence shouldn’t be foisted on on this senior or anyone else.
commented 2017-05-20 08:58:54 -0400
As former Ontario MPP and cabinet minister Frank Klees put it, “The great problem is, far too many of our public servants have forgotten that their duty first and foremost is to serve the public”.

Indeed. They hide behind a wall of anonimity and confusing process that seems designed to frustrate and embitter us poor innocent buggers who have to pay for these parasites.