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  • Re: Public Housing - Seniors Deserve Better Than This!!!

    Had contacted authorities in Public Housing for the "Halifax Regional Municipality" or "HRM" (known by that 'moniker' since its amalgamation with the city of Dartmouth across its infamous harbour along with the urban and rural areas surrounding the old port cities.) several times, had spoken to many, reached almost to the top, once; but eventually, to no avail. Guess I had to go "Public" to get actual attention to the conditions endured, without 'housing.' Pun inteneded.

    However, 'where' the issue I'm about to disclose matters not where the city is found on a map, could be anywhere there's incompetence, I suppose; though it IS within the city where I live that the issue mentioned in the title of this post is taking place.  An issue of tremendous importance to we tenants living here. I'm speaking, of course, our senior's Manor situated in the Northend of old Halifax, on a street by the name of the city's founder; someone causing as much contention and bandied about in 'news' and political circles as I hope will become of what I am about to reveal.

    This issue I'm concerned about is much more personal than who, when, where, what, and why the contentious name of the city's founder, Edward Cornwallis is meted out here and around the province on street signs, public schools, government buildings, parks, etc.; nor even the name of a town and former naval base in the gorgeous Annapolis Valley on the west side of our beautiful province of Nova Scotia, which it is.

    No, my issue is with the incompetence (and arrogance; maybe fibs???) of the "Property Management" of our Public Housing's unit of the "Gordon B. Isnor (Seniors') Manor" located on Cornwallis Street in the "Northend" of 'ye olde city of Halifax, Nova Scotia's provincial 'Capital,' located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean on the east coast of Canada. (for all you folk who may not know or heard about our infamous city noted globally for the "Halifax Explosion" of 1917).

    But I digressed; I've a habit of wandering off the rails when striving to pen details regarding an issue. My bad!

    Anywho, we have had many problems with life at the GBI Manor; it's an older structure that has been known to have had 'asbestos' used in its structure for insulation and retarding fire should one break out. But, that's not my current issue either; although it's definitely one still needing address. I'll hold off on that for another day. Wandered again; shhh!

    My current personal issue (along with 'all' tenants whether they own up to it or not because most are too shy, gullible and/or simply afraid about 'rocking the boat,' as it were) is concern of the ongoing presence and dreadful consequences, physical and mental, of the dreaded "BED BUG" of which there are countless nests of them living in the walls of this building whose off-spring crawl creepily from hiding and infiltrate apartments , especially via laundry facilities throughout the structure, from where they infest clothing, eventually brought to bedrooms and closets and placed in furniture where they're left lurking in clothes awaiting to be worn, in dirty laundry, in crevices of beds and mattresses and furniture and books and electrical outlets ...well, you get the horrific picture, yes?

    And, in relation to this building; why else would a professional 'extermination' company have been hired to spray myriad rental units throughout the building twice a week, Tuesdays and Fridays, for years already. Well, for the nearly three years that I've been a tenant, at least; but I'd finally realized after talking to tenants that had been greatly affected after having lived in the building for a very long time. They're disgusted and tired of the 'same ole, same ole,' as well. But, afraid to speak up. Not I, never was; hopefully, shall never be.

    "Fear reverses all intelligent processes!" (quote by Leland T Powers' from his text, "Principles of Expression!")

    All seemed well in my unit for the first while until a year or so after I'd moved in, the spring of 2011; that is, except for the Laundry Room. Wait a sec, I've a photo taken soon after I'd arrived at the GBI Manor. Which I can show you; along with myriad others I've already uploaded along with videos at YouTube. It was unbelievable.

    Broken wall in GBI Manor Laundry Rm- 2011

    Mended wall-GBIManor-Nov-20131

    Unkempt-Laundry-Room-GBI-Manor-Dec-9-2013-8

    Of course, I called 'housing' and tried to lodge a complaint. Even then I'd found out how slack and/or unconnected the inner workings of housing 'staff'' were with the issues confronting tenants in our Manor.

    You see, in my professional life, I'd been a 'dancing choreographer' (mainly Tap Dance) which awarded me with an ability to 'dance through life,' as it were; 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8. Repeat. haha Everything I do, I relate that way and make no excuses for not doing things, not only rhythmically; but, to the best of my ability. I expect the same of every professional, regardless of 'metier.' When I go to a dentist; I expect to be ordered to have my teeth cleaned before any actual dental work is done; you??? Of course, you do; else, you're not seeing a qualified professional.

    Same goes for the 'pros' running housing, right? WRONG!!! Here in the fax, am not sure if it's nepotism or what, but the "Property Manager" of our Manor, for example, hasn't a clue when it comes to attacking one of the main sources of this "Bedbug" issue terrorizing all of us in this building. We've been living out of plastic bags for ages due to the never ending bites and infestations of the nasty 'blood-sucking' varmits that continually attack each and everyone of us at one time or another.

    So, if you were competent, wouldn't you begin by, at least, expecting and making sure the laundry rooms on each floor of the building were 'bedbug free zones' for folk washing their infected clothing in the laundry machines, washers & dryers?

    As you'll see if you visit the link to my video via clicking on the second photo above; you 'll need no further reason for my disgust with 'management' as well as for those dastardly creatures of which I dare not reveal a photo. They're much too disgusting to offer anyone's eyes, yes? If you must see what bedbugs look like, you may bravely open the following enbedded link to find the information outside this blog domain.

    May as well visit ORKIN FOR ANSWERS ON BEDBUGS; they're the outfit that have been spraying here since I moved in.  It's not intended as a plug for the company, but am grateful for their service. We all are, methinks.

    Thanks Robert; especially helping out with the removal of my 'infected' and heavy old couch needing removal from my apartment when 'maintenance' had refused me help, "you're able bodied" I was told, without giving me a second thought because I'd spoken up excusing myself from ill-preparedness when the 'sprayers' arrived, even though they'd been told I was terrbily weakened by the recent bout of phneumonia I'd survived. I didn't mention that along with my recent illness, I'd been coping all along with asthma, COPD, hemochromatosis, mental and physical fatigue, to name a few of the personal medical issues I endure daily.

    There will be follow up to this post ...to be sure. Am resting this case for a short while to see if the above gets any reaction out of 'housing.' However, would love to hear from interested media and bloggers with queries regarding what else is lurking within this operation unfolding around habitation here; as well as informing the 'general Public' about what is and not being done to afford decent housing .for we lower income Seniors living in Public Housing. Revolting, yes?

    You saw the video??? Horrifying, yes? I'd cleaned it all up, except repairing the wall, via using my trusty Dyson to suck up that filth I'd found early Saturday morning, the 23rd of November. I sent the video's link to the "authorities" while it was still "unlisted" at YouTube; now, it's linked in social media; my own. That'll stir them into action. Yes? Hope so; but if not, for back up, there's this post. I had warned the heads of housing I'd go public;  but, like needed repairs around here, promises were made, then ignored! There must be someone competent to properly maintain this property; a real PROPERTY MANAGER. If only the present one had contacted his staff posing this simple question:  "Did you check the upkeep of the laundry rooms on each floor? Clean the gathered lint and dirt from the floors under the old machines after removing them and before installing the 'new' washers and dryers? A laundry room is 'BEDBUG CENTRAL' for further infestations, you aught to know."

    But 'nada, nope, un-uh, nah, wasn't that astute about the situation, I suppose. The laundry room on my floor remained the same before and after the instillation of the new machines and the room's back wall? It still remains unfinished. Has been like that for years. Why didn't maintenance do something about it?. Oh, guess they were waiting for a proper 'manager' to instruct them to 'complete the job.' 

    My query, that nags at my conscientious discerning mind, however, is: how did the current so-called "Property Manager" merit the job post of 'manager' in the first place? Must have lied on his application about his experience and competence, I guess. Obviously, there's a lack of competence. I think I may know the 'who' from 'where, and 'when;' but I'm still uncertain about 'what' (was on his application , maybe?) nor 'why' he had been hired? Isn't one properly screened, especially for a position that affects so many tenants in this city. Rhetorical!

    But "the jury is still out" on that query, if you get my drift. So that is all I'll say for now. Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks. There's still the 'asbestos' issue. And, of course, the issue of tenants treated as if criminals by security checking picture ID's of our 'guests' after 9pm, even though we're the ones who must go downstairs to allow them entrance to the building. Authorities making decisions certainly haven't thought that one through. We seniors deseve better than this. Indeed; there will be more. Be well and have a safe and happy holiday season. We'll do our best to try.



  • My Hereditary Day & Nightmare Blood Disorder- "Hemochromatosis"

    Wow; wish I'd had had the opportunity to know about or see this extremely well done introduction to this hereditary malady when still a child but I'd discovered I'd had it only after my older sister had been diagnosed with it and asked by her physician to contact her siblings and ask that we be tested as well. "It's genetic, and so, hereditary. I was 49-50 methinks at that time.

    Of course, my first thought was; "not me, I've been eating a healthy diet, at least after I'd left home and became acquainted with "health food" and Yoga, and all those marvelous 'new & exciting' fads that came with the latter part of the '60s' & 70's of the last century. While, on the other hand; my siblings, I'd believed, had not. Though I'm not dissing the nourishment provided by my hard working parents who each had one of the particular 'carrier' genes that connected and caused the disease in my sister, myself and our other three siblings; our 'baby' sister and our two oldest, more brothers.

    But, "I cannot have the disease," I'd thought; especially one which I never heard of nor could have easily spelled upon first hearing the name, 'Hema' and/or 'Hemochromatosis.' Was shocked when I finally succumbed to the notion purported by my sister, and did an internet search only to find the first entry on the subject citing three large unwelcome words in the form of an arc across the middle of the first introductory page stating a dire directive which I now believe may have saved my life:

    "Absolutely NO Alcohol!"

    Wow! And me a regular patron of myriad bars and dance halls in a couple or three North American cities over at least three of my five first decades on this 'orb' where sometimes I'd imbibed to excess. My bad!

    I was flummoxed by the notion; but guess what? I decided then and there that I would never imbibe the 'iron absorption enhancer' ever again should I have been tested positive. For decades, I'd been an habitual beer drinker imbibing at least 'one drink a day.' However, since my diagnosis was indeed positive for the disease, after my test results were finally returned from a 'special lab' (where all major blood tests in Canada were carried out) in Ottawa on July 27 (I'd seen the date typed on the letter that accompanied my results which my GP at the time had left unattended on his desk when he left his office during our interview and I'd stolen a peek to assure myself it was indeed true. However, I've remained 'almost' true to my promise and determination to never imbibe alcohol again, ever since. Though, I must admit, now and then, I do partake in an occasional alcoholic drink; but only to mark a special celebratory occasions with friends or family. Sometimes, not even once a year. Though at times, a couple or three a year; but no more.

    Took 48 regular sessions or phlebotomies administered by the most kind and deliverers of honest to goodness tender loving care (TLC) nurses at the Victoria General Hospital over several years to regulate my condition; so, a couple or three years ago, my 'ferritin' (and or my 'iron overload' level) was finally diagnosed as being "normal." However, a number of my close friends & acquaintances would beg to differ. haha Have been and still am 'quite the character' 'they' say; but I believe my buoyant 'happy go lucky' personality has been mainly due to having been a professional tap-dancing, choreographer & musical theater 'song & dance man, an entertainer on or off the stage, for a major part of my life, where imbibing after a performance was and still is, likely, a 'mainstay' of the post-performance art form. Or, at least, it was during my time professionally after an occasion of 'strutting the boards,' so to speak.

    What on earth am I going on about, some may ask??? Well, no need for bewilderment any more; here's the tale explaining the background and remedies of this sometimes 'deadly' disease. Watch this:

    One in nine in the general population have the disease; so, please, the next time you're sent for a so-called 'regular blood test;' don't forget to ask to have your 'ferritin' (or 'iron') checked for possible "iron over-load" in your blood, as well.

    Am willing all a happy and healthy holiday season. And though not an overly 'religious' person, I do have an indomitable spirit to overcome odds stacked against me; so I'll leave you with a quote from another afflicted soul from another fictional time and place as well as a seasonal favourite: Tiny Tim's words in the last line from the Charles Dickens classic tale, "A Christmas Carol"...

    "GOD BLESS US EVERY ONE!"

     BTW, the above post is dedicated to my very special 'friend' and 'adoptive nephew,' Colin, whose recent learning curve both astounds and delights me to 'know' end. Pun intended. hehe 

    Colin dear; you've heard me use the word "hemochromatosis" many times but you likely do not know what that malady I endure entails. So, on this very special occasion celebrating the completion of your recent  school semester, yesterday, as well as your very special day today; am thrilled to 'present' you with the above post as a 'gift' in lieu of something material or 'store bought,' as some say in some 'circles.'

    But, I'm presenting and dedicating this blog post to you because, not only am I tremendously proud of you and your academic achievements this year, as well as, those leading up to now ever since we first met a dozen years ago and I'd begun to mentor and encourage you to learn to be the very best you're able, regardless of what obstacles stand in your way; I simply adore your presence in my life and your impressive successes and want you to share in the understanding of what exactly my hereditary disease is that causes 'your' Uncle Neil to be so adamantly concerned about you and to realize that it is my disease (presented in the video) that makes me a blathering fool sometimes; but not today my dear one... when I'm saying:

    HAPPY 29TH BIRTHDAY, COLIN !!!
    AM LOVING YOU ALWAYS, SON  
    HEAPS of WARM (((HUGS)))
    Call me! 
    Uncle Neil xox

  • Psst! "MANDIBA'S QUOTES" you likely won't hear in MSM

    Yes, thank you Common Dreams! Have said what I had to say about the following linked article posted at their site regarding what I'd read moments ago.

    Want a list or just the top ten? Rhetorical. See for yourself, please. Below you'll find the link to the page for you to read a collection list of profoundly courageous statements that had been made by one of the most brilliantly astute men to ever have walked this EARTH.

    Sure will miss 'our' awesome NELSON MANDELA; his "speaking TRUTH to POWER" is not only amazingly 'quoted;' but was astoundingly brave of him in the face of 'racism' to being so direct. Well spoken, too, by our 'socially conscious hero,'. "Mandiba" (an endearment for him cited by his country's proud indigenous peoples) upon his 'freedom from prison,' who had greatly enhanced the joyful eventual demise of the 'heinous policies' of Apartheid that had been put in place by the heretofore 'white extremist government' who'd invaded and robbed South Africa for ages.

    BRAVO to all involved at Common Dreams for presenting "the list."

    Please click the following link and dare to be amazed as well as 'informed by the greatness of NELSON MANDELA'

    12 Mandela Quotes That Won't Be In the Corporate Media Obituaries

    Thanks again for bravely posting it, 'Common Dreams;', gratefully appreciated.

    Am willing PEACE & SOCIAL JUSTICE for all, GLOBALLY!

    Be Well! :>>

  • "Waste is an illusion!" - "The Compost Heap" by Earthtomihail

    Greetings friends and visitors: welcome!

    Has been quite some time since I've scribbled thoughts and exposed issues going on in 'my world;' but I'd received the following video this morning via a YouTube 'alert' in my email, a video regarding a 'composting' process whose steps toward fruition are highlighted. Needless to say, I was compelled to "pay it forward" to you, as well.

    Yes, embedded you'll find an eco-friendly approach to 'recycling' the so called 'organic waste' such as food scraps and other organically sourced items llike paper, box board, wood chips and straw, etc., both containing nitrogen & carbon that are necessary for composting both into powerful nutritive components later to be added to and enhance growth of a truly healthy garden, organically.

    By video's end, you'll definitely learn, as well as realize, the empowerment achieved via watching this beautifully video-graphed, "The Compost Heap." It's an instructional video teaching us all how to conscientiously do our part in maintaining a healthier Planet for all. "Compost please!" :.

    The Compost Heap by Eathtomihail

    Be well everyone and remember: :.

    [[[[[ "Waste is an illusion!"]]]]] : >>

    *Special thanks to YouTube 'user,' Earthtomihail's channel at YouTube for this informative instructional video. May peace and healthy 'green spaces flourish and nurture us all toward our Planet's peace & harmony. Love is always! :wave:

  • "Clearing the Fog" exposes guarded facts re GMOs [video & more]

    But first, how about getting active today; please find and join the "March Against Monsanto," [click link for March Against Monsanto Event List] today. May 25, 2013.


    Find a March & Join TODAY!

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    Reasons to Protest Monsanto with Ronnie Cummins, Patty Lovera and Adam Eidinger

    Click me, too; please. The Growing Global Challenge To Monsanto's Monopolistic Greed

    More:

    Be informed re 'chem-trails.' too:'

    Click me too, please: Research explaining why they are spraying the sky's around the world.

    So endeth my first post in ages. May have been absent from posting the last while; but haven't been asleep. Wake up everyone; please. And please Watch this whistle blown re the facts behind the 'cloudy covers-up' and much much more ...from the mouth of an awesome ex-military 'mom' who witnessed 'the facts' first hand. :>

    And if you 'think,' you can't find reason; you may readily understand the whole bloody conspiracy by seeing and reading what has already been etched in stone, in 1980. Ever hear of the The Georgia Guidestones?

    Watch this:

    More videos: Research explaining why they are spraying the sky's around the world.

    Be well everyone!

     

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