Hey Councillor! Episode 1 – Aldo and Pino

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(THUNDER BAY, ON) โ€“ Today, I (Pino Demasi) sat down with city councillor Aldo Ruberto to discuss some issues surrounding comments made to our Facebook page.

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Ruberto reached out to me in the days prior, and we agreed to have a sit down on video to respond to claims that have been made regarding The REAL Concerned Citizens of Thunder Bay.

Ruberto had recently questioned a post made to Facebook by the Bear Clan that shared the story of an alleged โ€œStarlight Tourโ€ that had occured. In that post, a person had asked Ruberto why he didnโ€™t address any other Facebook pages for the comments and allegations that they put forth.

Ruberto has reached out the administrators of a few local Facebook pages with an invite to address issues people have raised regarding comments and allegations etc. We were the first to take the city councillor up on his offer.

There is an open invitation still standing for anyone to take up Rubertoโ€™s offer for the video interview.

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Below is the video:

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14 Replies to “Hey Councillor! Episode 1 – Aldo and Pino”

  1. That was an awesome video. It said alot about you both towards the direction you would like to take your page to. Thank you to you both!

  2. Pino,keep your page running the way it is .It is fantastic and real.It allows people to have the truth with no bullshit.I think that comments ,although harsh at times,allows people to have insight on what is going on in peoples minds and reflects and possibly even warns of what could potentially be unfolding .That is whether it be vigilante groups ,racism ,or whatever one wishes to call it.The truth is the truth and controlling and burying peoples thoughts wont make the very issues that are causing it to go away.Perhaps I am on the Black List myself and my comments wont get posted ,but this is just my thoughts.

  3. well that was certainly interesting.

    Im no fan of Ruberto’s politics by any means however I will certainly thank him for reaching out and addressing his concerns. Also, Pino, that’s great doing what you did and do everyday. Your efforts to keep us all informed are absolutely wonderful.

    I would like to address the content of the video though and I am rather unhappy with it. What I see is Ruberto trying to stifle the truth and reality that lives within this city. This is nothing but passive aggressive bullying by a councillor who is more concerned with an outward image than he is with actually solving problems. He is hoping that peoples opinions are swept under the rug more than he is concerned about why these people have their opinions. I see this as again a passive/aggressive attempt to put the boot on the necks of people that have valid opinion.

    I do not know the level of “hatred” and “racist” comments you get and do not display however I do know that all comes down to opinions. What one person deems racist or hateful is another persons truth. If the media and people like Ruberto have it their way then anything they don’t like is considered hateful. Also along those lines people need to learn to differentiate the difference between “racism” and RACIAL discussion. The reality is that as long as people choose to define themselves by race, then by default everything discussion concerning these people will be considered RACIAL, however the lines have been blurred by panicky people who have chosen to stand down because they fear being called “racist”

    Learn the difference people because we cant move forward in any meaningful way if:
    1) the media and councillors or people of stature want to stifle opinions because they don’t like or agree with them
    2) people are scared to be labelled “racist” and are scared away from expressing their valid opinions or experiences
    3) people who do not get their way in a discussion cry “racist!” and then are rewarded for it
    4) people continue to define themselves by race and expect special or differential treatment from others because of it.

    so lets have racial discussions and let the racial comments fall where they may. If people don’t want to be defined by their race then they simply need to stop identifying by race. Its simple! Now Ruberto, stop trying to squash opinions and do something to make people change them. Make them love this city again because by silencing them all youre doing is marginalizing them and these opinions will continue to increase in volume and content.

    thanks Pino for all you do for this city and community!

    1. He’s not trying to stop peoples opinions, we are trying to stop the racist comments that have been flowing steadily on all social media and websites. Nothing has changed with the way I run my page, we are just publicly posting why people get banned to show people that we are against the racist comments.

    2. Pino, it seems that’s exactly what hes focusing on.

      stopping “racist” comments which ultimately are peoples opinions is exactly that. Now again we need to learn whats racial, and what is racist.

      Its racial separation that causes “racist” remarks. Trying to hide peoples opinions will never work. It wont change the attitudes people have. Ruberto needs to focus on streets, sewers, and garbage pick up. Hes a city councillor, not a social engineer.

  4. Well put Walter and I 100% AGREE.Aldo is just another phony councilman more concerned about burying the truth and peoples opinions.He is only concerned with the image he wants for the city whether it be bulls**t or not.If a site is to be real ,it needs to be real on EVERY level.Pino should not have to justify himself for allowing peoples opinions to be openly expressed.A truthful ,real site cannot always come out smelling like roses.Otherwise,we end up with the typical edited propoganda bulls**t and half truths.What is important above most is that THE TRUTH IS BEING TOLD FOLLOWED BY PEOPLES VIEWS AND OPINIONS AND WE HAVE ALDO SEEING THE IMPACT ITS HAVING WHEN FACED WITH THE REALITY OF WHATS GOING ON IN OUR CITY AND WHAT PEOPLE ACTUALLY THINK.

  5. This city has NO FREE PRESS and nor do they want one.
    You can judge for yourself by comments made by the alderman: “They make the city look bad; thunder bay getting a bad reputation across the country; the more idiots that you catch and ban the more others are going to think twice; posting pictures, releasing names, how do you justify that; those pages, hurt our city; let’s clean up these sites; to ruin our reputation and our city.
    I associate these comments with those of an official in Communist Red China. A FREE PRESS IS OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT even crippled as it is by so called hate speech laws which amount to censorship! Keep on doing what you are doing and as tempting as it is do not sell out. When they notice you and try to stop you from reporting then you are doing what a journalist is supposed to be doing. GOOD WORK.๏ปฟ

  6. I can imagine how rough some of the posts that get deleted must be, when we still see some that pass muster like “we should send them back to where they came from” etc. Racism is painting all of a “race” with the same brush. Now, saying something like “a high number of social problems in town involve native people” is not. It’s “racial”, but not “racist”. The problem is social justice warriors want to eliminate all racial discussions in order to remove the racist offenses.
    As long as people keep defining themselves by race, we will have (and need) racial discussion.
    Racist comments are not needed.

    1. excellent comment as well as Steves up there too. Im glad Im not the only one that sees it that way. The cold hard fact as stated is that people defining themselves by race will always be identified that way, both positively and negatively.

      Its not wrong to notice patterns, in fact its total human nature and is born into us and all living creatures as survival instincts. Trying to deny these instincts is against nature. So when the pattern is obviously one thing and the one thing identifies themselves by a certain race then of course well will have a racial subject in the discussion. Whether that subject is seen in a positive or negative light remains up to interpretation by the parties involved.

      Quite simply if one doesn’t like being called an azz, then one should not act like one. If you and your buddies largely as a group then you will be called azzes. Well, the simple answer is to act appropriately and stop identifying with other azzes. That’s really how simple it is, its too bad there are lots of good people swept up into the mess.

      So again to keep focus.. Aldo Ruberto.. give up your moral crusade and be a city councillor, you’re not our Daddy.

  7. Love the site, hate the comments. Anonymous is too easy, people hide behind that. If your that sincere, put your real name and address. Stand up and back up your statement. All these articles, are about real people, we donโ€™t know the story, we donโ€™t know backgrounds. We assume, we judge, and we donโ€™t know half the story. Judging an entire race because of a few people is rediculous. I love Thunder Bay and the people, all the people. We need to come together, not get further apart. Volunteer at shelter, dew drop etc, it will make you think twice about sitting in your warm house with a hot cup of coffee writing comments because you think you know……. thank you Pino for your hard work, for opening our eyes to whatโ€™s really happening in our city. now itโ€™s up to all of us to either get involved or hide behind our computers and make dumb comments.

  8. cโ€™mon people…….its OBVIOUS what ethnic background you are.You say go volunteer at Dew Drop? That will make me think twice? NO IT WILL NOT BECAUSE HALF OF THEM ARE MORE THAN ABLE TO GET A JOB AND CLEAN UP THEIR LIVES.I CHOSE TO WORK HARD,STAY AWAY FROM DRUGS AND ALCOHOL AND BE DISCIPLINED .DONT GIVE THAT B.S. THAT THEY COME FROM BAD HOMES BECAUSE I KNOW A NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT CAME FROM VERY BAD HOMES AND IT DROVE THEM TO MAKE SOMETHING OF THEMSELVES AND BUILD THIER OWN SECURITY IN LIFE.
    IF I WERE TO VOLUNTEER ,IT WOULD BE FOR DISABLED PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO CHOICE ,NOT PEOPLE THAT ARE ABLE BODIED AND HAVE CHOSEN TO THROW THEIR LIVES DOWN THE TOILET AND ABUSE DRUGS AND ALCOHOL AND COMMIT CRIMES AGAINST INNOCENT PEOPLE!
    THE ONLY DUMB COMMENT I SEE THUS FAR IS YOURS………
    P.S. ONLY AN IDIOT WOULD GIVE OUT THEIR ADDRESS SO THAT THE LOW LIFES CAN COME AND VANDALIZE WHAT I HAVE WORKED FOR BECAUSE THEY DONT CARE BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOTHING.

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