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In the beginning, there was light followed by a tremendous bang.

The following day, Joe Kushner became the Council Representative and or a Director of the Lincoln County Humane Society and darkness immediately ensued, lasting for 35years!

70,000 plus, and the KILLING continues

June 10, 1989, St Catharines Standard “St Catharines alderman also a board member, said he “can live with “ the strict new rules.

The rules Joe refers to are those that continue to this day in which an applicant must obtain the sponsorship of a Board Directors and two references in order to become a member of LCHS.

But he said he also has “some difficulty” with the rule which eliminates members of competing organizations from eligibility and leaves the definition up to the board.

On the heals of the “election” which ousted Catherine Ens and installed Ashley Shannon as President LCHS, the illustrious Kushner had this to say,

October 7, 1989, St Catharines Standard, Ald. Joe Kushner, St Catharines council’s representative for 12 years, agrees that the society is there to protect animals.

Although he considers himself a part of the “old guard” he stops short of saying people with different beliefs on animal welfare should be prevented from serving on the board.”

October 7, 1989,

Further on in the article “In a memo to the board, Ald Kushner insisted that the board meetings be open to the public.”

October 17th, 2012.

Joe Kushner voted to keep the 50plus membership applicants from joining the Board of Directors, Meeting held prior to the AGM (that didn’t happen)

October 19, 2012, St Catharines Standard, To Siscoe’s threat that the city should look elsewhere for animal control services, St. Catharines Councilor Joe Kushner — the municipal representative on the humane society board — said dropping the agency might not be a good idea. “If the contract is ended, what does the city do with animal control?” he said. “In my opinion, the humane society does an excellent job. But when you’re dealing with animals, you have very passionate feelings and it can be difficult at times. “Kushner did, however, agree the doors should be open for the agency’s meetings.”

Nov. 8, 2012

Kushner said he is also an advocate of transparency. FOR THE THIRD TIME!!!!

 Nov 21, 2012

A couple of highlights, during the debate regarding passing a motion to accept the applicants’ as members, Joe Kushner states “I have some concerns with one of the names in the list”. When asked who that might be, he can’t recall the name. When pushed further, he did not wish to state publicly the person with whom he had issues. Tom Manney suggested that Kushner should then vote in favour of the remainder of the applicants. NO WAY! Joe Kushner who was introduced as the City Council representative on the LCHS Board of Directors voted against the motion

November 21, 2012,

On a motion by Council representative, Joe Kushner made a motion that all Board of Directors’ meeting be open to the public

December 6th, 2012 Joe Kushner and the Board of Directors met via “email” and voted to defer all but 11 memberships for an undetermined period of time.

The 11 applicants that were approved are volunteers at LCHS and yet, four other volunteers were rebuffed. In one case, a volunteer that is a Foster home, Miriam Cooper was accepted and yet her husband, Brad Davis who also applied and who resides in the same home was deferred.

An employee’s application was deferred

Two City Councilors’ applications were deferred

December 12, 2012

Board of Directors’ Meeting for December 19th announced. I have sent an email to the Queen of Hearts (Ann Davidson) and her entire court  (Board of Directors) asking consideration be given to changing the venue d to avoid the Joe Kushner “FIRE CODE” excuse. As of this writing no reply, no surprise there.

 Ms. Davidson

I would like to thank you and your Board of Directors for displaying some common sense and responsibility by arranging a larger venue in which the last Board of Directors’ meeting was held. It is my sincere hope that you will continue to display the same respect for those who are interested in the proceedings of these very important meetings by making similar arrangement for the upcoming meeting of December 19th 2012.

 I am quite confident there will be a significant turn out for this meeting and it would most certainly serve in the best interested of the Board and yourself to make the proceedings open to the public as moved by Joe Kushner and approved by the ENTIRE board. Granted, recently the Board has reneged on this motion and once again reverted too its “secret society” methods of doing business but let’s just assume that was an unfortunate anomaly. 

This morning, Tim Denis and yesterday both Tim Denis and Tom McConnell of 610 CKTB (radio) commented on the “terrible optics” of these secret meetings. Given these types of comments surely it would behoove the Board of Directors to ensure that all that attend the upcoming meeting shall be admitted safely and comfortably in an appropriate venue.

If you wish, I would be delighted to assist in finding a venue that will satisfy the needs of a meeting of this size. Please let me know if I may be of assistance. Granted that would mean a reply and since you have not done so on my previous eleven messages it is highly unlikely you would choose to show any respect or common decency at this point. If however, you do manage to scrounge up a bit of courtesy, do let me know.

Regards

Julia McLaren

MEMBER, LCHS

Cc: jkushner@stcatharines.ca, Thomas Manney tm9633@icloud.com, marylou.2012@gmail.com, msgambati@cogeco.ca, Grace P gpgracep@gmail.com, dr_zydis@hotmail.com, kstrooband@lchs.ca, probst@hhsc.ca, nkobylka@macgillivray.com

On November 20, 2012, a public meeting was held at the Russell Avenue Community Centre, ironically the same meeting room that would host the Board of Directors meeting, the venue of which had been changed to accommodate the crowd. The purpose of the public meting was to educate the public, animal care workers, staff, volunteers, BOARD OF DIRECTORS anyone with an interest in learning what NO KILL is truly all about, facts, myths, truth, lies the whole enchilada. Of the 150 attendees, no surprise, no Joe, no Ann, no Nadia, no MaryLou (who attests to be a No Kill advocate, but obviously a coward), no Ed, no Christine. NO SURPRISE!

The following night in the same building with virtually the same people in attendance Ann, Joe, Ed. Christine, Mary Lou (no still a coward) Nadia (nope), voted to defer the memberships of over 60 people indefinitely. When met with a mighty roar of hostile, angry voices, the Board of Directors did a quick back up and agreed to “deal” with the applications in two weeks. They couldn’t even keep that commitment, it had to go another day. It reminds me of a little kid pushing to see what the limits might be before an angry frustrated, fed up parent might do in responds to the childish behaviour. Pathetic, just plain pathetic.

The piece de resistance has got to be this piece of unadulterated, uneducated, ignorant, biased garbage that was submitted to the Standard by Joe aka Blowhard Kushner. Kushner Current LCHS 121206to download Joe’s latest insanity

This waste of oxygen didn’t have the decency, common sense and or the cojones to attend a public meeting in which had he kept an open mind, he may have become educated in the No Kill Equation. NO, much better he should spew his totally uneducated, totally misinformed drivel in a pathetic attempt to save face within a community that considers him nothing more than a pathetic caricature of a man.

70,000 plus, and the KILLING continues

You’re a mean one Mister K

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