Blunder in the Valley 2012

Blunder in the Valley

From the front page to the back this week’s Pass Herald is filled with stories, articles, letters to the editor 1, 2, 3, a newspaper ad, and Bricks critical of Mayor and Council for their cancellation of this year’s Thunder in the Valley.

In addition to the above it is my understanding that the Mayor’s house got egged over this weekend (with enough eggs to make an omelette big enough to feed the whole community), and that individual councillors got so many nasty phone calls and emails that at least one councillor left town to get away from it all.

The rancor displayed en mass in this one newspaper publication against our elected officials and administration is unparalleled. Both for coming from this particular newspaper, and as a reflection of our communities general feeling towards the powers that be.

Below are some notable quotes:

“Disappointed,” “angry,” and “frustrated,” were a few of the words heard after speaking to numerous locals following Rum Runner Days…

Councillor Brian Gallant said the weekend turned out well. “It was still very busy, and still very well attended.”

“The Pass he said will not suffer any loss due to one year’s absence of the fireworks.”

Note: Gallant, “Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt”. (For those who don’t know this is a humourous way of saying that someone refuses to see what is obvious to every one else, usually as a way of protecting himself from the pain the truth would cause.)

Bud Slapak: Editorial
… Crowsnest people are known for their friendliness, compassion and the ability to accept the cards Mother Nature has dealt us.

Buddy, I got news for ya! “Mother Nature” had nothing to do with it. What transpired (the cancelling of TITV) wasn’t an act of God, but man-made by council. It was a ‘council decision’ to cancel Thunder in the Valley. Had nothing to do with “Mother Nature”… or God.

“Those responsible should be riddled with the deepest shame.”

Almost dinner time, so I’ll stop here. In an upcoming post I will voice my opinion on what I think Mayor and Council should have learnt from all this. Stay tuned!


The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything – or nothing.

from John Prince
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5 Responses to Blunder in the Valley 2012

  1. John when people speak about what was expected for attendance. I would remind everybody to go back to the Rum Runner flyer that was included in the last utility bill.
    I am sure it boldly predicted 20,000 or more people. I stated on my blog that was either a case of being overly optimistic, or a typo.

    Dean Ward

  2. John Prince says:

    Dean, just checked the brochure and sure enough… “It is anticipated over 20,000 people will attend the celebrations.”

    From my best guesstimate, less than 2,000 actually showed up which as someone on your blog rightfully said “Rum Runner Days is nothing without Thunder in the Valley.”

    How the ‘suits’ on council couldn’t figure that out before spending ‘our money’ like drunken sailors, including a host of ‘ticket police’ taking money out of locals and tourist pockets alike, is beyond me? Almost everybody else living here knew this was going to happen.

    Certainly speaks volumes about the ‘major disconnect’ this council has with the people they are suppose to be serving, now doesn’t it?


  3. Anonymous says:

    The question now should be , How will council react? If you read Gallants comments you would have to believe that they are prepared to stand there ground instead of owning up to their msitake.
    Taking millions out of our fragile economy, listening to the majority, and now concluding that Thunder was the draw, should be reason enuogh to own up to their mistake.
    If they do not have a change of heart then I would think that they do not wish to get reelected. There job is to do what is best for the community.How has this council made the community better?It takes a big man to admit his mistakes.I would like to see a few councilors find their balls and man up instead of doing what they are told to do.

  4. Chloe says:

    John, sadly the carnage left by the sitting council will be every bit as ugly and dispiriting as that of the BBoys.I simply can’t understand why they are trying so damn hard to kill the CNP. Why else would one councillor make such a ridiculous statement about the lack of TITV not affecting business? Man, stupid is as stupid does. Take care.


  5. Anonymous says:

    any word on the foreclosure sale of the Bridgecreek river Run lands?

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