The Good, Bad and Ugly of Community Futures

Back in March of 2010, I did a post on this blog on Community Futures that I believe is worth repeating here so that with this important municipal election now upon us people get their eyes open to the very real threat we as a community will be in if one of the directors of this board (Bill Kovach) and its employee manager (Shar Lazzarotto) along with a weak-kneed, lame duck, green as grass mayor (Blair Painter) are elected to manage our municipal and financial affairs here in the Crowsnest Pass.

Without further ado….

The Good, Bad and Ugly of Community Futures

I see that over the last few weeks of my writing about Community Futures they have been spending taxpayers dollars like drunken sailors on a self-promotion campaign like no other we have seen here in some time. Radio, newspaper(s) ads, articles, etc. have been inundating our community with advertising dollars. This has resulted in a much needed economic stimulus for our local economy. :-) That’s the GOOD!

The BAD! is that while they are now trying to be all things to all people and painting themselves with a white brush while wearing a Halo, their track record speaks volumes as far as their dismal failures are concerned. Maybe I error here? Because in order to have failures one must have at least tried to attempt something e.g. CLC, Hotel/Casino, River Run, etc. From the mouth of their own manager they admitted that over the years since their inception (1988), they have invested (on average) a total of $90,000/yr into our community. I think a modern day hot dog stand costs about that much? Millions of federal taxpayer dollars has come into our local Community Futures office, but very little has ever come out of it… and into the hands of our local businesses and entrepeneurs, as it was meant to?

The UGLY! part is that Community Futures is a ‘society’ similar in all aspects to what our local Chamber of Commerce is. Now our Chamber of Commerce provides its members and the public with Financial Statements, its Bylaws, Board/Membership List, and advertises for new members and conducts Annual General Meetings (AGM’s) open to the public. And prides itself on being an open, accountable and transparent entity that serves the needs of the community.

On the other hand, our local Community Futures does none of the above. They are secretive, unaccountable and have agendas best described as hidden. Having tried, I know for a fact, you cannot get Financial Statements off them, their Bylaws, Annual Returns, a Board/Membership List, and in the 15 years I have lived here I do not recall ever seeing them advertise when and if they have AGM’s that are open to the public. For all intents and purposes they are a ‘closed shop’, despite being a duly registered Alberta ‘society’? How the members of their Board are elected is any body’s guess? If that ain’t UGLY, I don’t know what is?

So the moral of this story is: you can try and bamboozle the public all you like with your massive advertising and propaganda campaigns, paid for with taxpayer dollars, designed to fool the public that you actually serve a useful purpose, but at the end of the day all you will have accomplished is to have put lipstick on a pig. But you are still a pig!

Vote experience, vote Prince!


It takes too much energy to be against something unless it’s really important.

from John Prince
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9 Responses to The Good, Bad and Ugly of Community Futures

  1. Anonymous says:

    These people you mentioned John, all they would need is a fourth on council to run things as they see fit for their benefit and not necessarily for that of the community as a whole. SCARY! SCARY!! SCARY!!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Of the average invested in the community is $90,000/ year, this is likely small,compared to the overall budget. Perhaps Ms Lazzarotto can provide a brief accounting of: Salaries and wages of staff; Benefits package including retirement funding; Rent/utilities and general operating expenses; Travel expenses including any vehicle allowances, and the ever present Miscellaneous expenses.

    This would give an idea of the yearly % of the CF income/funding (to also be provided) that is spent for keeping the doors open versus the money allocated ie $90,000/yr

    If money is sent out the side door, it will become apparent with this info. Hopefully that is not the case unless the primary benefactors of the CF program are the employees and “contractors”.

    Any “public” business has this info at hand and should be able to provide it, that is unless there is something to hide.

  3. John Prince says:

    Anon @11:50
    Further to your point.

    If economic development for this community will be a #1 priority for the next council, as it should be, maybe people should be thinking of asking these candidates this question on how effective they will be as CF councillors.

    Q. If sitting on the CF board (or working for it) and needing to keep information confidential i.e. not able to share with their fellow councillors, while at the same time when wearing the other hat and sitting as councillors in council chambers at the municipal office discussing confidential information pertaining to economic development initiatives in doing the same thing i.e. unable to share (or vote due to a conflict of interest) with CF how does one rectify this conflicting dual role effectively working towards economic development when constricted like this in being able to perform your duties effectively? Which master does one serve?

    “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.”


  4. Anonymous says:

    Yes, it seems like a very glaring conflict of interest to me. People should be wary.
    I don’t think an accounting of salaries and wages etc will be happening though. As mentioned, you have to even pull teeth to find out who the directors are.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Industry Canada that created those C. futures stated there is 27 of them in Alberta.
    Incorporation Canada that register them state there is none in Alberta
    Would you like to know why?
    The snakes in Alberta created a society to run those Community Futures Development Corporation
    (CFDC)To make sure the Public do not untangle their web and follow the money.If you ask questions to the Society get stock with the cost of the lawyer.
    This is the same as the last report
    encouraging the system to be corrupt to protect themselves up above. Only in the CNP.
    Good job keep on their ASS

  6. Anonymous says:

    Before we jump to conclusions. Let us see how the CFers running for council answer questions at the political forum. Perhaps they could diffuse any apparent issues then and there.

    If the CF “business” is so secretive then I would begin the believe what Fred P said and what John P is concerned about. Why is is that a simple question asked involves much more work by the people trying to avoid giving a simple answer? Something to hide usually comes to mind.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Of course the big issue is corruption, but the issue at hand right now is being on both council and CF. Which is a blatant conflict of issue without question. You can’t be on both. And a person of any character should know that.

  8. Anonymous says:

    5:11 Are you talking about me? My name is Fred Poirier you can google my name and find all the answers to your questions. My blog is down since the Power kidnapped my daughter using the MCFD to accomplish their evil deed. My girl was doing the work. You can go on YouTube and see her video GETTING YOUTH INVOLVED IN POLITICS. Only in Port McNeill you say???

  9. Anonymous says:

    5:11 “PERHAPS they could diffuse any apparent issues then and there” “IMPOSSIBLE” With the corrupt paper trail that exists in these Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDC) no one can answer your questions truthfully!! Except JOHN. If any one tries to answer you and believes he is telling you the truth it’s because he’s been lied to by the shyster that he replaced. The phoney name that is used to fool the residents of the PASS will not disclose anything on Google about the inside dirty work. You have to put your imagination to work. Ask Industry Canada, they created that pile of CRAP with your money. And don’t forget all the local sheep so-called (LUCKY SPERMERS) are all considered Fed votes, also the place where the money comes from. Don’t rock the boat Charley!! If that place only invested $90K a year with 4-5 employees that tells me it cost more to operate than what we benefit from it, and therefore runs on the same principal as our Council. MY GRAND FATHER SAID: “If you can’t drink it, eat it, or F—it, get rid of it.

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