Monika Schaefer busking permit still declined by tyrannical authorities
Open Letter by Monika Schaefer
“Who is this Dave Baker to possess such power over a gentle, law-abiding individual, whom he EXCLUDES from normal opportunity on the basis of some Communist-inspired crackpot theory of INCLUSIVENESS?”
~ Robert Klinck
Monika Schaefer <email@example.com>
dave baker <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Richard Ireland <email@example.com>, gwall <firstname.lastname@example.org>, varsenault <email@example.com>, rdamota <firstname.lastname@example.org>, hkempey <email@example.com>, bnesbitt <firstname.lastname@example.org>, dwacko <email@example.com>
jim.eglinski <firstname.lastname@example.org>, justin.trudeau <email@example.com>, thomas.mulcair <firstname.lastname@example.org>, rona.ambrose <email@example.com>, Elizabeth May <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Friday, August 5, 2016 at 4:23 PM
Habitat for the Arts
5 August 2016
Thank you very much for showing me yesterday exactly where you stand on the issue of my busking permit. Before having finally seen you face-to-face for the first time this summer, I had given you the benefit of the doubt. I believed that surely someone else is whispering in your ear, giving you direction. I believed that, because I did not recognize the Dave Baker that I have known since many years, in the curt email which you sent on 23rd July 2016, quoted here:
“We have considered your application for a busking permit in Jasper. In light of your recently publicly proclaimed non-inclusive beliefs we have decided to decline a permit to you at this time….Please see the attached Values and Principles statement.”
The hostility with which you treated me yesterday, at the “soft opening” of the new library-and-arts facility, gave me quite a clear picture. It became much more obvious to me that it must indeed be you who has made the decision to arbitrarily deny me a busking permit. Your attitude was belligerent and quite frankly, cowardly.
“You – already – have – the – only – answer – that – you – will – get.”
You and I have been generous with each other and with the community in the countless endeavours that we have participated in and shared over the years. Is that all forgotten? It seems you have left your humanity behind.
You have designated yourself judge, jury, prosecutor, and enforcer all at once, on a spurious assumption that I am guilty of a crime, when in fact I am acting in good conscience to rectify past wrongs. My actions are based on my new understanding that the Hollywood version of history we have been taught is indeed full of factual errors.
You made it perfectly clear that answers are not forthcoming to my two questions which I asked in my email of August 1st quoted here:
“There has been a stunning silence from you since the cursory email you sent me on July 23rd, 2016 … I am wondering who you are accountable to, and who the “we” refers to in your (original) message to me. These are two very important questions and I expect that you will be forthcoming with an answer to these…. Monika”
I asked those questions again yesterday, peacefully and in person, and you repeatedly told me “I will not discuss this here, I will not discuss this now. This is a sacred place.” So I asked when and where? When would the answers be coming? Could we set up a meeting please? You then told me point blank “You – already – have – the – only – answer – that – you – will – get.”
I see… final judgement has been made, and the proverbial jail key has been tossed out.
My first question was about accountability. I received a partial answer from the cover of this week’s Fitzhugh newspaper. The caption under the front-page picture of happy buskers says “Music in the Streets… thanks to a new pilot-project between the municipality and Habitat for the Arts.” For that reason I am sending this to all the town councillors and mayor, as they have a role to play in this. Are they also playing the role of thought police?
The Habitat “Values and Principles” statement is very good. The second paragraph follows (emphases mine), to show the absurdity of your accusation of “non-inclusive beliefs” against me. I contend it is you who is being non-inclusive.
“We believe that learning never stops
We know it enhances social inclusion, active citizenship and personal development.
We embrace new challenges and ideas.
We welcome new methods and change.
We help each other grow through knowledge exchange and support.”
Dave Baker, since you do not want to talk with me, then you simply become part of the wider story. My ‘bcc’ list is growing ever larger, as more and more people from around the world are taking an interest in this story. It is beginning to look like this pretty little town in a National Park and a World Heritage Site is becoming a leader in the totalitarian anti-free-speech direction that Canada is taking.
Cogent Commentary on Dave Baker’s Actions Against Monika Schaefer
by Robert Klinck
Incredibly in this age of unprecedented material abundance, access to the necessities of survival is still conditional on meeting criteria laid down by domineering, puritanical financiers and their political minions. They can destroy anyone by restricting their ability to secure income. Who is this Dave Baker to possess such power over a gentle, law-abiding individual, whom he EXCLUDES from normal opportunity on the basis of some Communist-inspired crackpot theory of INCLUSIVENESS? I know about this occult power inherent in the employment system from personal experience, having had the administration of the House of Commons deny the existence of my degrees from the University of Alberta for the past 28 years. Get that – blatant, unrelenting lying on the part of the federal parliament (successive Speakers included), which promulgates laws and regulations to which it says I must conform! Unseen by the public, bureaucratic animus is given free rein, and protection absolute, against targeted individuals in the corridors of power. Let’s call this ability on the part of an elect arbitrarily to close avenues of survival, and punish selectively through misuse of the institutions of government, by its proper name: terrorism. This immediate, pervasive form is the one the police and judicial authorities should be most assiduously working to eradicate. But they are blind to it.