June 08, 2018

Ward 5 Councillor’s “abuse of power” to shut down musical acts baffles residents

David MenziesMission Specialist


Richmond Hill resident Steffi Goodfield is a big music aficionado who decided to bolster what was once a non-existent music culture in Canada’s largest town.

She set up York Region Open Mic to book musicians and bands at local pubs at events where anyone in the audience who wants to take part for a song or two is welcome to do so.

Her labour of love has proven enormously successful, but not everyone is happy.

Richmond Hill Councillor Karen Cilevitz has sent Goodfield emails and voicemails demanding any reference to “Ward 5” be removed from the posters and Facebook information.

But not only is Ward 5 the location of the Open Mic event, it’s also in one of the band names, “Ward 5 Jam”.

Many are baffled by the threats against this fun, community event and of course, there are always two sides to a story, so I attempted to get that other side and also find out where the town stands on the issue.

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commented 2018-06-11 10:07:17 -0400
I’m sure she thinks she’s elevating her importance by claiming proprietary rights to “Ward 5”. Ironically, she will no doubt be at the front of the first parade protesting Doug Ford’s “authoritarianism”.
commented 2018-06-10 23:49:08 -0400
The smiling amicable photo of Cilevitz that you chose for your post is quite flattering compared to the person you met in the park.
commented 2018-06-10 20:17:44 -0400
Somebody has delusions of Godhood.

It could be argued that the name is illegal, but not for the reasons she states.
commented 2018-06-09 19:35:42 -0400
As one person said, she needs to go to “Ward 5” of the nearest psych hospital.
commented 2018-06-09 13:46:20 -0400
it’s funny how when Menzies shows up with balls in tow she is the one dodging.
commented 2018-06-09 13:01:08 -0400
She acted like it was a direct attack on her identity. I really think those running for office need to be screened for mental disorders. We the people need to be way more selective in who is elected to public office.
commented 2018-06-09 13:01:08 -0400
She acted like it was a direct attack on her identity. I really think those running for office need to be screened for mental disorders. We the people need to be way more selective in who is elected to public office.
commented 2018-06-09 12:32:27 -0400
Top off the arrogant attitude with a fake British’y accent ! she needs to be sent to the un-employment line ASAP
commented 2018-06-09 11:28:22 -0400
Legal action is in order here!
commented 2018-06-09 11:01:41 -0400
Never, Never, Never try to build community anywhere in Canada….the New World Order forbids family,community, strong society. Bet George Soros is behind this as a front man for the Vatican’s NWO.
commented 2018-06-09 09:53:37 -0400
(1) Ms Cilevitz has in the past attempted to silence me, as an activist in the David Dunlap Observatory forest-destruction case (in moves that included threatening a court injunction to block my door-to-door canvassing in the 2014 elections that brought her to power; she was a candidate, but I was not; I opposed, and she supported, a 530(approx)-home, 14-street subdivision on 32 of the legacy 77 DDO hectares). I lost about $50,000 in reaching our 2014 out-of-court settlement, most of it on lawyer bills. Details are at my two Web sites http://www.karen-vs-toomas-blog.ca/ and http://www.karen-vs-toomas-legaldocs.ca/. In here publicly referring, as Ms Cilevitz has herself in the past publicly referred, to the FACT of a settlement, I refrain from commenting on the TERMS of our settlement. The sole commentary permitted to me on the terms is found in the second of the two just-mentioned Web sites. (2) Ms Cilevitz runs a Facebook page, from which she has in the past week been systematically deleting incoming criticisms. I was not among those trying to publish the criticisms. I display a log of most of her deletions, with corroborating screenshots, at http://toomaskarmo.blogspot.com. (signed) Toomas.Karmo@gmail.com
commented 2018-06-09 05:15:14 -0400
I don’t know what she has to gain but this does have a faint whiff of corruption here or is she just demonstrating to her women’s’ organization mates what great power she wields?
commented 2018-06-09 03:33:49 -0400
And doesn’t speak well for the judgement of the Ward 5 residents who elected her…
commented 2018-06-09 03:29:57 -0400
Thank you Liza Rosie for stating the “obvious” that first flashed into my mind as I watched this – “menopausal nutter” personified…
commented 2018-06-09 02:06:02 -0400
Another woman in a position of power and abusing that power for personal reasons unknown to the rest of the world. Probably just enjoys the rush she gets from throwing her Municipal weight around. I think that Councillor Karen Sillyvitz should return to where she originally came from. I’m guessing she is an immigrant, not the kind we want in Canada, she managed to squeeze through our stringent screening process. (sarc)
That musical group wants to call their event Ward 5, if I were them it would be a sure thing that it would be called Ward 5. Make an issue out of it, any legal bills crowdfund, arrange some protests, but make a stink so the Sillyvitz Woman doesn’t get voted back in.
commented 2018-06-08 23:11:03 -0400
Now that’s one ticked off Aussie. She sounds like a menopausal nutter. Just the type of person you want in municipal politics. Is that how they do it where she comes from? As if ’WARD 5" is proprietary.

Drew, there are far too many of them in politics. Its giving the rest of us a bad name and I’m sick of it. These witches should be weeded out, not allowed to climb the ladder. Bloody omnipotence!
commented 2018-06-08 21:45:04 -0400
Wow, this politician sounds unhinged….drunk on power she has given herself. Maybe she should speak to a therapist about this need to threaten and abuse citizens, her enormous ego is taking up too much space.
commented 2018-06-08 20:14:48 -0400
Wonder how this witch would feel if only she knew that many towns and cities have a ward. 5. What a see under near table.
commented 2018-06-08 19:58:18 -0400
“Ward 5” is not a registered trade mark…it is a geographic location. This is douchebaggery of the highest order. What is more….NOBODY gets to write and sign off on their own performnce evaluation.
commented 2018-06-08 19:57:51 -0400
So …….. was this idiot elected Empress of Richmond Hill? She seems to think so. Next election, voters need to be reminded what kind of a**hole Councillor Karen Cilevitz really is.