There will be an election this evening in the little police state that could. A new Board of Directors will be elected at the Carnegie Centre on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, a left wing organizing base which doubles as a community centre. The election comes after a year of assaults on democracy at Carnegie Centre through ‘star chambers’ hearings and secret interrogations to have bloggers barred, and even recruitment of Vancouver Police to intimidate bloggers daring to expose Carnegie practices.

The Carnegie election will change nothing. The same cluster of left wingers tends to get regularly elected. Most people in this Downtown Eastside neighborhood don’t show up at the Carnegie election. One 35-year resident and activist who wished to remain anonymous — speaking out can get you blacklisted for jobs and other perks in this ‘company town’ where everybody relies on government funding — scoffed, “You can’t change anything there!

There will be no scrutineers to ensure fairness — even though a few Downtown Eastside residents have stated that they would like to see them. Last year, when Carnegie member Bill Simpson spoke up at the Annual General Meeting and asked if there were scrutineers, Director Ethel Whitty — who is paid $104,000 annually to enhance life in Canada’s poorest neighborhood — completely ignored him. Then Stephen Lytton, who up until that time had been viewed by residents as the token native on the Carnegie Board, showed some backbone. He turned to Whitty and said, “The man asked a question”. Whitty then curtly answered Simpson, “It’s taken care of.” Whatever that means.

Whitty would later be involved in ‘taking care’ of Simpson by barring him from computers at the Carnegie Learning Centre, accusing him — wrongly — of blogging.

There will be a major difference this year though. Margaret “Muggs” Sigurdson and her spouse, retired Vancouver Sun reporter Bob Sarti who yelled, “Tattle tale Queen of the Carnegie!” in a Carnegie corridor at a suspected blogger, will not be running. There is a chance that these two lefties will make an appearance at the election at Carnegie though, looking relaxed and refreshed after their recent vacation in that other little police state that could, Cuba.

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