Sunday, August 26, 2007

Do We Need This On City Council?

Calgary has a sizable budget (a couple of billion or so in 2007). By any standards, this is hardly monopoly money or child's play to work with.

While some of the antics of city council in recent years have been disappointing to say the least, they have for the most part conducted themselves with some degree of respectability.

This fall, one of the candidates running against Bob Hawkesworth in Ward 4 is a piece of work that goes by the name of Richard Evans. I've commented on his candidacy before - here and here.

Today, we find a little more of Mr. Evans' oh-so-broadminded approach to those he finds disagreeable.

In this case, he goes out and purchases rights to a "soundalike" domain name - in this case "canadiancynic.net", and redirects it to something he thinks is outrageously funny. Today's "flavor du jour" is to redirect readers to the "NAMBLA" website (I won't link there - if you really want to find it, there's always google - I don't like pedophiles, and I won't link anywhere near them). The redirect page he's slapped up reads as follows: (at least as of August 25, 2007)

Raise the age of sexual consent in Canada!



The folks on the page you're about to be redirected to want to have sex with your children and it's people like "Canadian Cynic" that help to enabel them...


Okay, that's childish at best, crass and boorish at the very least. My personal thoughts on this are simple - does this kind of childish attempt at humour reflect the kind of attitude that we would trust to manage our civic budgets and affairs?

Do we want a man on council who sneers at rape victims, and plays childish little games with domain squatting tactics in his blogging? Just what kind of conduct do we think we would get from him if he were to sit on city council?

Oh yes, here is the whois domain registration for "canadiancynic.net":

Registration Service Provided By: SIBERNAME.COM
Contact: +1.8006138915

Domain Name: CANADIANCYNIC.NET

Registrant:
Let Freedom Reign
Richard Evans ()email address guarded from harvesters
275 Slater Street, Suite 900
Ottawa
ON,K1P 5H9
CA
Tel. +1.6134822085

Creation Date: 02-Jul-2007
Expiration Date: 02-Jul-2008

Domain servers in listed order:
ns6.ixwebhosting.com
ns5.ixwebhosting.com


Administrative Contact:
Let Freedom Reign
Richard Evans ()email address guarded from harvesters
275 Slater Street, Suite 900
Ottawa
ON,K1P 5H9
CA
Tel. +1.6134822085

Technical Contact:
Let Freedom Reign
Richard Evans ()email address guarded from harvesters
275 Slater Street, Suite 900
Ottawa
ON,K1P 5H9
CA
Tel. +1.6134822085

Billing Contact:
Let Freedom Reign
Richard Evans ()email address guarded from harvesters
275 Slater Street, Suite 900
Ottawa
ON,K1P 5H9
CA
Tel. +1.6134822085

Status:ACTIVE


Just to round it out, here's the domain registration for his campaign website:

Registration Service Provided By: SIBERNAME.COM
Contact: +1.8006138915

Domain Name: CALGARYWARD4.COM

Registrant:
Let Freedom Reign
Richard Evans ()email address guarded from harvesters
275 Slater Street, Suite 900
Ottawa
ON,K1P 5H9
CA
Tel. +1.6134822085

Creation Date: 06-Aug-2007
Expiration Date: 06-Aug-2008

Domain servers in listed order:
ns6.ixwebhosting.com
ns5.ixwebhosting.com


Administrative Contact:
Let Freedom Reign
Richard Evans ()email address guarded from harvesters
275 Slater Street, Suite 900
Ottawa
ON,K1P 5H9
CA
Tel. +1.6134822085

Technical Contact:
Let Freedom Reign
Richard Evans ()email address guarded from harvesters
275 Slater Street, Suite 900
Ottawa
ON,K1P 5H9
CA
Tel. +1.6134822085

Billing Contact:
Let Freedom Reign
Richard Evans ()email address guarded from harvesters
275 Slater Street, Suite 900
Ottawa
ON,K1P 5H9
CA
Tel. +1.6134822085

Status:ACTIVE


... and here's the domain registration for his blog's domain:



Get a .CA Domain Today! From $13.46 CAD per year free web page & forwarding http://www.sibername.com







Registration Service Provided By: SIBERNAME.COM
Contact: +1.8006138915

Domain Name: NO-LIBS.COM

Registrant:
Sibername.com
Privacy Service ()email address guarded from harvesters
275 Slater Street, Suite 900
Ottawa
ON,K1P 5H9
CA
Tel. +613.4822085
Fax. +866.6801880

Creation Date: 03-Mar-2006
Expiration Date: 03-Mar-2008

Domain servers in listed order:
ns18.commonservers.com
ns17.commonservers.com


Administrative Contact:
Sibername.com
Privacy Service ()email address guarded from harvesters
275 Slater Street, Suite 900
Ottawa
ON,K1P 5H9
CA
Tel. +613.4822085
Fax. +866.6801880

Technical Contact:
Sibername.com
Privacy Service ()email address guarded from harvesters
275 Slater Street, Suite 900
Ottawa
ON,K1P 5H9
CA
Tel. +613.4822085
Fax. +866.6801880

Billing Contact:
Sibername.com
Privacy Service ()email address guarded from harvesters
275 Slater Street, Suite 900
Ottawa
ON,K1P 5H9
CA
Tel. +613.4822085
Fax. +866.6801880

Status:ACTIVE

7 comments:

Niles said...

I don't want Mister Evans. He's in my ward.

But does your article mean he's actually officially registered as an alder candidate at City Hall now, or is he just occupying domain names like other netweeb name squatters out there?

He's got until September 15th to get the proper number of ward voters to sign off on his nomination papers, pay his bond and get the papers in to City Hall. So far, I've not seen his name (or anyone's) other than Bob Hawkesworth's for Calgary Ward 4 in the 2007 municipal election. Bob Hawkesworth has been so popular in this ward for so many years, he's been acclaimed in the riding more than once.

Niles said...

Hmm. Maybe someone with more experience with Wiki could explain this to me.

My initial search for Richard Evans under the City of Calgary election information showed no entry for him in Ward 4, just Bob Hawkesworth.

But googling 'richard evans calgary election' alleged he was mentioned in that very wiki article. The cached version of the same Wiki entry contains the following... "Richard Evans[11] He is conservative, and a self-employed father of two. [citation needed]"

Does that mean there was an entry at an earlier date and then it was taken out?

Grog said...

Whether he's gotten the hundred signatures or so is an open question. He certainly has a campaign website up and running.

(Use a bit of google-fu to find it)

The "good news" for Hawkesworth is that he is the incumbent, and has done what many see as a basically good job for years - and that makes him fairly difficult to unseat.

Grog said...

Sorry Niles, I goofed while moderating comments earlier and failed to publish the wikipedia comment.

I suspect that like most people, I only know of Mr. Evans' candidacy via unofficial channels. He is, after all, a private citizen and validating anything not in a public database (such as the candidate lists) in such cases is difficult.

Richard said...

I've already got the signatures covered so you folks can stop questioning that. As far as "official candidate" status goes, no one is officially running until (Sep. 17 - after 13:00) when the nomination papers have been submitted.

I don't want Mister Evans. He's in my ward.


Then don't vote for me. It's that simple.

Grog said...

no one is officially running until (Sep. 17 - after 13:00)

Semantics. You already have your campaign website up (as do a number of other candidates), and you are busy making pronouncements on it as to what kind of government you want to be part of.

You're campaigning - be honest about it.

Richard said...

Semantics. You already have your campaign website up (as do a number of other candidates), and you are busy making pronouncements on it as to what kind of government you want to be part of.

You're campaigning - be honest about it.


Of course I'm campaigning.

Never said I wasn't.

Simply pointed out that until the nomination papers are handed in on the 17th, no one is considered an official candidate.