Letter to the Editor

Departing director speaks out I would like to use the courtesy of this letter to the editor to say a final farewell to readers of my Yukon News…

Departing director

speaks out

I would like to use the courtesy of this letter to the editor to say a final farewell to readers of my Yukon News Inclusion by Design column, and to all Yukon Council on Disability clients, whom I shall miss very dearly.

I have resigned my position with the council and, therefore, cannot write that column any more.

I want the world of disability to know didn’t want to leave my job; I left in protest.

Indeed, I was productive there and the stats and client numbers were the highest on record, thanks to a great staff team.

Clients spoke of the good atmosphere in the council building, and some referred to the offices as a “sanctuary” where it was possible to find hope and support for their needs.

I shall miss the clients. But I shall not miss the board of directors.

It puzzles me how some individuals find their way on to boards, and the way they go on periodic power trips with the sole intent of making the executive director’s life a misery.

Of course the clients don’t matter at all in this equation.

Once a month, these same individuals come to the board meeting and show a complete ignorance of what is going on with client services. In fact, they don’t really seem to care.

They seem to find client services boring, so, to break the monotony, they engage in the occasional scapegoat campaign to amuse themselves. And what better way to do that than to pillory someone for something — and why not the executive director?

Meanwhile, the clients and client services suffer because stressful, behind-the-scenes dramas are acted out.

In the end, all that matters is the maintenance of Machiavellian mind games and plots to oust someone from their job. And, perhaps, if no one notices, they can slip in someone who will be their own particular lackey.

Is this the real issue? I certainly hope not.

When I went to a lawyer to seek legal advice about a month ago, he said I was the second council executive director who came to him with almost the same complaints.

It is interesting that the self-same protagonists who were there in that person’s time are still on the YCOD board, and one wonders how many more executive directors will be pilloried before the organization’s funders realize what is happening to client-service delivery, and intervene.

The average lifespan for a council executive director seems to be approximately one year. I was there 18 months, so my departure must have been six months overdue!

I received a phone call from an associate from another non-government organization who said that they heard that I just “quit for no reason.”

These are fallacies an organization circulates to cover up its activities.

I just want to set the story right here and say that I left the council in protest, and my letter of resignation states just that.

It stated: “I find this board so very unsupportive of my work and I cannot continue to serve our clients with the unpleasant atmosphere which prevails here.

“The situation is much too stressful, intolerable and completely unacceptable.” 

Unfortunately the council is not unionized, so boards can break every rule they feel like breaking and can fire anyone on two weeks notice without giving a reason.

It’s like living in the Third World, or in some banana republic.

It is a shame and a pity for client services that people can get away with such behaviour, and that the system should allow one or two individuals to browbeat a board into their own convoluted way of thinking. 

It’s like the tail wagging the dog.

I do wish the next executive director lots of luck: he or she will need it — especially after the first year, if they last that long.

Colum McCready


Alaska’s secret weapon

Your readers might be interested in knowing that a growing number of concerned Yukon and Northern BC residents have been noting very unusual and abrupt changes in northern lights displays, bush radio communications, and long familiar weather patterns here at home and around the globe.

These events are signaling an important wake-up call to everyone, and suggests that the experimental US Defence department HAARP project in Alaska just might be to blame.

The super-secret High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program in Alaska transmits a powerful one-billion-watt directional microwave beam upwards into the sky.

This effectively super-heats and elevates our planet’s Ionosphere, bouncing these electromagnetic waves back down to Earth, penetrating everything and everyone!

This technology has been utilized for peaceful purposes for many years in places around the world like Puerto Rico, Norway, and the former Soviet Union.

However, respected scientists at  HYPERLINK “http://www.geocities” www.geocities com/covertmatrix/haarp.tx strongly suggest that the Alaska HAARP facility’s extremely much higher output could do irreparable damage to our planet for all time.

HAARP’s military experiment has the disturbing capacity to do such things as manipulate weather systems anywhere around the globe, detect or engineer earthquakes, control ocean waves, selectively disrupt communications, alter migration patterns in fish and wildlife, disrupt human mental and physical health — and the list goes on.

I am confident your readers will appreciate the serious threat these experiments could pose to all humanity.

In conclusion, I respectfully suggest that by combining scientific input, investigative journalism and full public awareness, we could demand that our federal government pressure the United States government to terminate this project, or place verifiable limits on its activities.

Hopefully rapidly growing concern will result in public inquiries at national and international levels, before further harm befalls our planet as a result of this very dangerous military experiment in Alaska. 

Donald E. Taylor

Watson Lake