January 27, 2017

SJW mayor of Smithers, BC forces small business to build “sidewalk to nowhere”

Christopher WilsonRebel Commentator

The only thing worse than the blatant waste of tax dollars is when government rules, regulation or bylaws, force small businesses’ to waste their money on ridiculous things, as happened recently in Smithers BC when a business was forced to spend $10,000 on a sidewalk to nowhere.

Watch as I explain what happened when North Central Plumbing and Heating needed to make renovations to a building they owned that would cost over $75,000, which meant that in order to be in compliance with a local bylaw, they would have to spend $10,000 on public infrastructure.

This particular idiotic, business killing, entrepreneur stifling policy that resulted in a “sidewalk to nowhere”, won them the Canadian Federation of Independent Business award for the most egregious examples of excessive red-tape in Canada.

You might be wondering why a small town in the logging and mining belt of BC is doing such a thing? Well, locals to Smithers, BC will know that their Mayor Taylor Bachrach is a social justice warrior.

This Mayor should be focusing on bringing back our forestry and mining jobs in the region, not worrying about fancy public toilets or forcing businesses to build sidewalks to nowhere.

If he did, perhaps his local community would have more tax dollars from the industries in the region instead of milking small businesses for every penny.

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commented 2017-02-03 15:39:06 -0500
Taylor ‘Bike Rack’ Bachrach is a Gregor Robertson wanna be! In the big picture, he is, I believe, eyeing higher politics. He’s great friends with MP Nathan Cullen. Taylor got the nickname, Bike Rack, because of the thousands of dollars that was spent to put up bike racks all around the downtown core. They were extremely expensive (although we got some freebees due to an error). Problem is they have to be removed and put back after every winter to accommodate snow removal. The new arena was NOT supposed to be paid for with tax payer dollars but, low an behold, we are paying due to ‘unforeseen’ costs. It’s an eyesore and apparently it’s having all sorts of issues. The council, when elected, promised to listen to the people of Smithers but that certainly has NOT happened. Thanks for letting me rant!!!!!
commented 2017-02-02 14:19:04 -0500
The toilet is going to cost $200,000 apparently. But like everything in this town it will probably end up costing a lot more. They seem to be quoted an amount and then a few months later realize they need, example $2 million dollars more for the airport or $1 million more for the arena. The only reason he is our mayor is because nonone ran against him so therefore no one literally voted for him…
commented 2017-01-29 22:07:57 -0500
Mayor Bachrach is a nitwit & so is his council & they should all be run out of Smithers. The people electing these nitwits are dimwits. That’s the NDP for you, no brains whatsoever. His portrait reeks of pompousness & narcissism.
commented 2017-01-29 10:36:28 -0500
“sidewalk to nowhere”

Just like the socialists … the sidewalk does not go all the way to the street, elevator does not go to the top floor, etc..
commented 2017-01-28 18:41:48 -0500
Sounds like the Mayor may have or knows some who is going to use the land by the sidewalk Now he won’t have to pay for it
commented 2017-01-28 16:21:13 -0500
Lloyd Nolan Most of the locals I know from canmore have moved out, The town is a trendy place now, Overran by rabbits that the new granola eaters will not control, Rules regulations, rising prices, All the blue collar real types have moved out. Just another over priced tourist town now full of progressive SJW people.
commented 2017-01-28 12:33:25 -0500
If this SJWmayor is going to extort the taxpayers money anyway, for stupid stuff, it’s just as easy to use it for something useful – like what about the yearly flooding of the Bulkley River – the common sense about building on a floodplain, aside…
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive…”
commented 2017-01-28 11:16:04 -0500
Canmore, Banff, Jasper, Radium, Pemberton, Salmon Arm, Campbell River , the list of once uniquely western Canadian pioneer towns are falling to the parasitic alpine/wilderness tourism blight – I’d rather see them as preserved ghost towns than the wretched excesses, pretension and materialistic decay of urban culture.
commented 2017-01-28 04:08:40 -0500
@ Drew Wakariuk commented 9 hours ago

Damn!! Sounds like the definition of the Alberta Nutley fraud!! …well, maybe that may be over with the convergence of the “conservative” party’s of Alberta.
commented 2017-01-28 02:11:42 -0500
Smithers!?!… The municipal pakalolo fumes from Nelson must be drifting further northwest than one though possible… (B.C. humour, eh)…
commented 2017-01-28 02:08:18 -0500
Peter Netterville it is pretty simple logic to grasp, yet they never get it.
commented 2017-01-28 01:54:30 -0500
Leviticus 2013, not only are you correct in your assertion that resource extraction can be done responsibly, but Smithers, the Bulkley Valley and the surrounding country side is a perfect example of that. Despite all those many years of resource extraction, going back long before my time I’m sure, Smithers and the surrounding area is still one of the most visually beautiful and stunning wilderness areas in northern BC. It has an abundance of wildlife, including moose, elk, deer, black bear, grizzly bear, wolves, lynx, wolverines, mountain goat, plus a protected population of mountain caribou. And great fishing. The Christy Clark government is proposing adding 75 new “stop of interest” signs around the province. Forget the rugged beauty of the Bulkley Valley, I would propose setting up a rest area and a “stop of interest” sign entitled “Side Walk to No Where”, with commentary articulating the stupidity of bureaucrats and politicians.
commented 2017-01-28 01:22:33 -0500
Smithers like any other town is a product of wealth creation and what the leg humping granola crunchers don’t understand and probably never will is that wealth comes from the ground.
They are as follows
Number 1 mining
Number 2 agriculture and that includes fishing and fish farming
Number 3 forestry
Number 4 manufacturing
Anything that follows this is only support, convenience or entertainment and cannot stand alone by itself to create and maintain wealth..
We cannot borrow or spend our way to prosperity.
Perhaps these fools would feel better if they knew the coffees and lattes they were drinking came from child labor picking coffee beans in South America or perhaps they should tour a mining operation from digging to smelting to know how their bicycles were made and so on and so on.
All of the above can be done responsibly and with minor impact on the environment where it can all be claimed back, replanted or restocked.
commented 2017-01-27 22:32:30 -0500
MAURICE , you have described the ( changing ) of Canmore Alberta

I think they even have yuppie Latte rodeos there now and rainbow arm wrestling
commented 2017-01-27 22:11:49 -0500
Bill Elder, bingo! You nailed it!
commented 2017-01-27 21:36:49 -0500
Maurice – last time I breezed through Smithers I was on a Camping- Fishing trip to Skeena – kinda reminded me of a lot of little BC logging or CPR towns that have been “Yuppie-ized” by urbanites moving in to catch the “wilderness lifestyle” – they always bring their bicycles, drippy candle/craft shops and cappachuno joints with them. When I roll through a western small town and see the old King Edward Hotel/Tavern turned into a Remax and the Mom&Pop eateries gone, replaced with Craft cake shops and artsy fartsy bistros and no rod and gun store on main street just Bicycle shops – I know the urban blight has reached there and sucked the Canadian Character out of the place.
commented 2017-01-27 20:02:13 -0500
As someone who lives less than an hour down the road from Smithers, and who actually lived in Smithers for many years with many of my closest friends still living there, I can tell you that the nature of the town has drastically changed over the years. It used to be a solid blue collar town, with logging, mining, local sawmills and local cattle ranching being primary financial support base for the community. That began to slowly change in the late 70’s to early 80’s. I’m sure those industries are still the major economic engines of the community, but most of the people involved in those industries no longer live within town limits, and therefore don’t get a vote. The town adopted an alpine motif to promote the local ski hill, and has since become a major center for ecotourism, and is now populated by ecofreaks and tree-huggers. Which is kind of ironic since the manufacturing of the very trees they’re hugging is what makes their lifestyle possible. Nobody that I know who lives in town would ever admit to voting for Taylor Bachrach, but then the people I know are from an older generation. It must be the gen-xers who keep voting these people in.
commented 2017-01-27 19:24:25 -0500
commented 2017-01-27 19:12:22 -0500
The SJW Bureaucrats theme song:

Well we know where we’re goin’
But we don’t know where we’ve been
And we know what we’re knowin’
But we can’t say what we’ve seen
And we’re not little children
But we know what we want
And the future is certain
Give us time to work it out

We’re on a road to nowhere
Come on inside
Takin’ that ride to nowhere
We’ll take that ride
And you know,
We’re on the road to paradise
Here we go, here we go

We’re on a road to nowhere
We’re on a road to nowhere
We’re on a road to nowhere
commented 2017-01-27 19:11:50 -0500
Drew, your logic is too … logical … for the left to grasp. Put a stethoscope upon the forehead of a left wing politician and all you will hear is a dial tome.
commented 2017-01-27 18:54:57 -0500
Hey left wing politicians, a little reminder, tax money comes from the private sector, you kill that and you have no more tax payer and no more revenue to do anything which leads to state sponsored slavery like communism. I know some of you wan that, but not all of you will be in power when it happens ,so you will be a slave like the rest of us.