Money, Money, Money

Like any savvy organization or corporation, dividing into affiliates, subsidiaries or sister divisions makes sense for a variety of reasons. Some of them are financial, some to appease legal or regional requirements, some because they branch out into different venues from the original parent company or organization, (i.e. food corporation branching into clothing stores/brands), and some to obtain a semblance of obscurity.

The fall of 2012 St. Albert taxpayers finally gained access to see how their money is being used by those they entrusted into office. This segment looks specifically at the initial costs of implementing a shadow government. Prior expense claims have not been made public.

Before delving into everyone’s favorite subject – money – it’s worthwhile to briefly review the various organizations that can be found listed in the seven months of expense claims of present council.

ACRWWC – Alberta Capital Region Wastewater Commission.

AUMA – Although it was founded in 1905 long before ICLEI came into play, it has now partnered with ICLEI.

CUTA – Also founded in the early 1900’s (1904) Canadian Urban Transit Association partnered with ICLEI  and is working on achieving full implementation of the “smart” blueprints for transit by 2040. This should give the reader an idea of why the LRT study was approved.

FCM – Federation of Canadian Municipalities is also a partner of ICLEI.

Regional Boards are non-elected boards that do not answer to the voter. They also comprise a part of the ICLEI program. The CRB is one such board.

“Smart Cities” is part of ICLEI’s program. Over the last few years, many presenters are changing “smart” to “resilient” as the outcry against “smart” is becoming overwhelming in what is left of the ‘free’ world.

ICLEI is known for the conferences, guidelines, training, workshops and consultations of the municipality that institutes the “Smart” blueprint series. Assessment of a municipality’s success in following their program is also done by ICLEI. No leadership required.

In regards to supporting and paying a shadow government, let’s see if interest by Council is there.

September 26, 2012 – AUMA Conference – Patrick Draper – $ 15.00
September 26, 2012 – AUMA Conference – Malcomlm Parker -$463.84
September 27, 2012 – AUMA Conference – Patrick Draper – $ 15.00
October 4 – CRB Affordable Housing Symposium – Malcolm Parker – $59.74
October 11, 2012 – CRB – Cathy Heron – $15.45
October 16, 2012 – CRWMAC – Cathy Heron – $33.99
October 18 – CRB Transit governance sub committee – L. Bracko – $240.17
October 19, 2012 – CRB Transit committee – L. Bracko – $240.17
October 19, 2012 – ACRWWC – Cathy Heron – $41.20
October 22, 2012 – CRB Governance – Cathy Heron – $224.21
October 24 Calgary Chamber of Commerce Smart Cities – C.Heron – $875.77
October 25, 2012 – CRB Landuse – Cam MacKay – $224.72
November 04, 2012 – CRB – Cathy Heron – $15.45
November 10-15, 2012 – CUTA – Wes Brodhead – $2873.21
November 15, 2012 – CRB Housing Committee – Cathy Heron – $224.21
November 19, 2012 – CRB Governance – Cathy Heron – $224.21
November 23, 2012- CRB Transit committee – L. Bracko – $211.85
December 13, 2012 – CRB – Cathy Heron – $15.45
December 14, 2012 – CRB Presentation – Cathy Heron – $20.60
December 17, 2012 – CRB Governance – Cathy Heron – $224.21
December (undecipherable),2012 – Smart Cities Summit – C.Heron -$1765.01
January 10th, 2013 – CRB – Cathy Heron – $15.45
January 14th, 2013 – MLA & AUMA meeting – Mayor Crouse – $21.63
January 14th, 2013 – CRB Governance – Cathy Heron – $224.21
January 15th, 2013 – Regional Responsibilities – Mayor Crouse – $50.99
January 17th, 2013 – CRB Housing – Cathy Heron $224.21
January 22nd – 25th, 2013 – Smart Cities Conference – Cathy Heron – $992.55
(no date decipherable, but submitted in January as prepayment)
– FCM Conference – Cathy Heron – $770.00
February 14th, 2013 – CRB – Cathy Heron – $15.45
February 15th, 2013 – AUMA – Mayor Nolan Crouse – $237.16
February 15th, 2013 – AUMA- Cathy Heron – $244.54
February 21st , 2013 – ACRWMAC – Cathy Heron – $14.94
February 25th, 2013 – CRB Governance – Cathy Heron – $224.21
February 28th, 2013 – CRB Land Use – Cathy Heron – $24.21
February 28th, 2013 – CRB – Cam MacKay – $226.78
March 26, 2013 – CRB – Patrick Draper – $15.00
April 12, 2013 – 11 Books on “Smart Cities” – Patrick Draper – $427.69
May 13, 2013 – CRB – Patrick Draper – $12.50

Update:
May 28, 2013 – ICMA Membership – Patrick Draper – $144.06
May 30 – June 2 – FCM Conference – Lemieux – $1993.25
June 6, 2013 – ICMA Webinar – Patrick Draper – $158.37

The above figures only cover a small portion of the period of time this council and mayor have been in office. Not having access to expense claims from previous years, one can only surmise how much more was spent to institute a shadow government’s blueprint.

The trickle effect the various conferences, meetings, and publications will have or already have had on St. Albert taxpayers is supported by not only the various master plans, but also the amount of yearly tax increases, the amount of utility increases, the micro-managing of private citizens’ lives, housing, transit, economic development (or lack thereof) and the extensive increase in government size.

It comes down to the age old question – who spends YOUR money better? You, the government or a shadow government?

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2 thoughts on “Money, Money, Money

  1. All expense claims have to be approved. You are basically claiming that the person doing this isn’t ethical. Enough of your fear mongering.

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