By Ephrem Gallant, North Bay.
The corporate advisor facts shake the trust of reasonable people; not independently, but as part of a long list and in the context of timing.
Memorial Gardens fiascoes aren’t even cold. Implications of financial mismanagement, finger pointing and impressions of much more below the surface became more concerning with the manner that associated staff changes were handled.
Since then, we’ve paid for a lot of CAO advice; three CAO’s including the current temporary one. One hired and fired, and an overlapping Corporate Adviser.
There may have been a contract with penalties for early release of the last one after two years. What advice, if any, did Mr. Knox give Council in hiring Mr. Robichaud? If he wasn’t asked for advice in the hiring, why not as Corporate Adviser? What seems consistent over six years is bad choices and a lack of transparency.
Add the FOI information, revealed thanks to Mr. Ferris’s efforts, we are deeply shaken.
Suspicion now begs to ask, what would’ve been the effect on the recent election, had the recent matters been revealed and considered by the electorate. With these concerns, could there have been any delay in the timing of this recent release?
Thanks for reporting on these important issues.