Big crooks hang little crooks

…. but don’t hang each other, do they?

Lately, Real Estate has been getting hot (like the weather) in more ways than one.

As a Realtor, I have been extremely busy this month and I am glad to see things are starting to get back to normal again, after what has been an unusually dismal first half of this year, in our local market. It is a relieve to have robust activity again. This despite the fact we are in the midst of a community’s worst nightmare, with the potential failure of a major land development. Which so far, has only succeeded in digging a big hole that some people now wish these guys were put in prior to its being filled in again… some day.

From the amount of comments on my last two posts with respect to Bridgegate and their River Run development, it is quite evident that many people are concerned.

Makes me think of ancient Rome and the coliseum with the masses wanting blood from their white collar vipers, only to be fed their own kind instead. Wasn’t it Helmsley (The ‘Queen of Mean’) who said, “only poor people pay taxes”.

White collar crime is running rampant in this country and people are fed up paying the bill and being treated as suckers by a system that has corruption entrenched in every pore and fiber of its collective body. The big crooks hang the little crooks, but obviously don’t hang each other. Do they?


Corruption is merely a nasty word for the autumn of a people.

from John Prince
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20 Responses to Big crooks hang little crooks

  1. Anonymous says:

    My God, Where is the local government through all of this? Where is the leadership?
    Oh, they will probably say that it is a business matter, not political, even though the mayor was on the promotional video and 2 councillors were employed by them in the past.
    Are the Crowsnest Pass people left alone to fend for themselves? So sad.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Who is the second councillor? As far as I know the only elected member on Bridgegate’s payroll was Gary Taje.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Two Councillors employed by them? From what I know there is only one councillor who sat on council, while being employed by them. Who would be the second one be? Where is the video of the Mayor?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Tom Sterling, John Irwins former right hand man and Gary Taje. Tom is a former Councilor and represented Bridgecreek locally. Quite the bully about it I might add, and now is looking to relocate as well. Quite the co-winkydink, huh?

  5. Anonymous says:

    According to Country 95 News, on July 13th, 2009, Bradley was talking about happy investors and that River Run would be starting infrastructure, showhomes in the fall. The megalomaniac never stops.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Really? take a drive by the site may be those two great big holes are for the condo foundations!

  7. John Prince says:

    According to this week’s Promoter…
    … it has come to the attention of The Promoter that Bridgegate Financial Corporation has moved out of its downtown Calgary offices in Dorchester Square at 1333-8th Street S.W.
    The company’s high-end office space is available for sub-lease by Gordon Commercial Realty Corp.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Things still moving on schedule for River Run Project in the Crowsnest Pass

    Monday, July 13, 2009
    Posted at 12:40:18 PM
    Source: Patrick Burles– Country 95 News

    CROWSNEST PASS- Bridgecreek Developments is taking steps to dispell some rumors surrounding its River Run project in the Crowsnest Pass.

    One of the rumors involved concerns among investors in the project worried that things were progressing too slowly, however Bridgecreek Vice President Bill Bradley explained that not only are the investors happy, but things are still moving ahead on schedule.

    Bradley commented that an issue with a similar development in Canmore created the confusion, but that the two projects are completely unrelated.

    Phase one of construction, which involves setting up the infrastructure and building the first showhomes is set to begin this fall.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Staying in Canmore tonight right next to Bridecreek’s development Bighorn.

    The whole place is shut down and incomplete. Probably going to be a eyesore soon.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Interesting. I just went to a wedding in the Pass on Saturday, and I talked to some of the locals. One had said that Bill Bradley had been around on as recently as Thursday, and had indicated that “we have made some mistakes,” said he had a new partner or partners, was looking at retooling and refinancing, and that things were going to go ahead with their plans with some modifications.

    In the meantime, I heard that they were driving their Hummers in a recent parade (probably Thunder in the Valley last weekend) and carrying on as if the investors are all happy.

    One thing to check is who actually paid for the earth moving and clearing of coal that originally happened on-site. There are rumours from locals that the Bridgecreek crew had told they would buy the land if Scurry Rainbow, the mining company, came in and cleaned up the coal. So that might have looked like BCD was doing the work, but were they? It would be nice if the local papers would come up with some of these answers.

    In addition, one of my in laws was contracted by Siemens to help clean up and reseed the site. There is equipment currently on the site, but people in town are saying that Siemens was not paid, and had left the equipment there on site. Also, was Siemans not paid by the municipality, or by Bridgecreek.

    The office was locked up, the notice was gone, and there was a dim lamp on inside when we returned from the wedding.

    We went out to the Trout Landing site. There is a big sign about “Get in at the bottom level of this resort.” The road is barricaded by a chain and lock, saying that there was no trespassing other than employees or contractors for Bridgecreek, and you required hard hats and work boots to enter the site. Give me a break. You need workboots to walk down a lakeside road where there is no work being done?

    My husband’s father used to own a big chunk of land next to the former Trotz property, now owned by Bridgecreek. When they heard about this proposed development, they both just laughed. Hubby indicated that it was a great place for bush parties when he was in high school, but it was too cold to do much in the lake itself. It is also extremely windy. It is beautiful, though, and there is a Bible camp on the other side of the lake, plus a few campgrounds. The main activity is fishing, though.

    I talked to a gent at the wedding who said he had invested in one of the proposed plans. He said that he didn’t think he would ever see his money again.

    The Promoter said the Calgary office is closed (I see that was quoted above), and the River Run website is down. If you were a business and were planning on “carrying on with new partners,” would you close your offices and shut down a website? Doesn’t seem too logical.

    But in the meantime, the appearances that things are happening are still there. The PR and public appearances are still happening. The road into the lake requests hard hats, implying that there is serious building going on. The “we will still do what we planned” seems to add to the wind in the Pass.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Sorry to be so long winded, but adding to my post above; the road leading into Trout Run has not been bolstered since the last time (two years ago) that I travelled down it (with my father in law to revisit the past). If you were planning on moving heavy construction equipment, would you not have to improve the road? It looks exactly the same,except there is a signboard about Bridgegate/Trout Creek and a chain with a lock stretched across the road warning about no trespassing. No change to the access structurally.

  12. Anonymous says:

    keep the information coming, please.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Crowsnest Pass Herald, today’s edition, is carrying an amazing interview with Bradley of Bridgecreek. I’m sure the area residents will be impressed by the criticism aimed at them. Megalomania redefined.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Crowsnest Pass Herald article about River Run in today’s issue. Unbelievable.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Headquarters here in Blairmore? Wow, they’ll be operating by candlelight after the utilities are cut off for non-payment.

  16. Anonymous says:

    He actually criticized the town and our vision of the town?
    As my hockey coach always said, “keep yer head up boy”.
    (Next headquaters, Dorchester Correctional Facility.)

  17. Anonymous says:

    Unbelievable! What a huge hypocrite. They were flogging how “environmentally friendly” and green their projects were, yet they allowed coal dust to blow all over the residents of Blairmore – reminiscent of the old days when moving coal to the tipple was located in Coleman, spewing dust all over the place. How environmentally friendly is a company that allows coal dust to blow into the river and streams when fly fishing is a major tourist attraction and waterways are protected? I guess the rules don’t apply to them. Do they spell narcissists with a caplital N?

  18. Anonymous says:

    The article from the Pass Herald about River Run is posted on-line. However, it was missing a few paragraphs that appeared in the printed version. It was written by Nathen Gallagher.

    “The company as made several big changes to the corporate structure, starting at the top. Bradley said that Colin Becker, formerly half owner of Bridgecreek, divested his shares in January and is now working in the real estate market.
    “Bradley’s new 50 percent partner is Gabor Zinner, a lawyer from Calgary. “I’m just blessed to have him involved,” said Bradley. “He’s bright, he’s wealthy, he’s experienced. He adds a lot of credibility.”

    I thought it was interesting that the “gruesome twosome” are no longer partners.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Wow, this is incredible. We thought it would never happen. We sold our house and moved west in 2006. Thank heavens. Couldn’t wait for the fishing at Bridgegate’s resort. Opted for the island and the fishing is great.

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