[bc-gnso] Parting is such sweet sorrow
mike at haven2.com
Thu Oct 22 15:39:58 UTC 2009
i'm very sorry to see you go George. i hope we can do something, as a
constituency, that will make you and others feel more welcome here.
it's been a pleasure working with you, as one cranky guy to
don't be a stranger.
On Oct 22, 2009, at 10:31 AM, George Kirikos wrote:
> Hi folks,
> After much thought, I've concluded my company is better off leaving
> the BC. Please remove my company from the BC members list, mailing
> list, and myself from the Responsibilies page of the website.
> It's clear that the charter that will be adopted will not reflect our
> views. Staying within the BC would simply give the impression that the
> BC and its officers has our continuing support, which is not the case.
> The BC cannot legitimately represent the views of businesses when it
> is captured, top-down, anti-democratic, and actively discourages
> participation. For example (and not limited to these):
> (1) Look at how many times the words "appoint" continue to appear in
> the charter, despite this being the 18th revision, and despite the
> demand for more elected and thus accountable leaders (both on the list
> and during the conference call).
> (2) Look at how 7.4 changes the percentages for a required vote from
> 10% to 25% -- we saw that even when there was actual 10% division over
> the IRT, there was no actual vote. This will institutionalize that
> negative trend.
> (3) The categories of members has not been modified, despite repeated
> assurances that this would be done when the charter was reformed.
> In other words, it'll be business as usual, and indeed in a worse
> I estimate that my company's pro-rata share of the existing BC reserve
> amounts to approximately USD $2,500. I request that these funds be
> donated in full to the United Way of Toronto --
> http://www.unitedwaytoronto.com/ .
> It's been a pleasure working with some of you.
> Try not to miss me too much.
> George Kirikos
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