CNP Report on Corporate Review

Corporate Review

Last night, I downloaded and then did a cursory review of the recently completed and released Municipality of Crowsnest Pass Report on the Corporate Review, done by George B. Cuff & Associates Ltd., October 2009.

Let me say from the outset and in all fairness that no one was spared. From the mayor, cao, council, management, and on down, fault was found.

It is not my intent in this post to get into the particulars of where we have failed as a community in the administration of our municipality. However, with this in mind, one thing is glaringly obvious from this report and that is that over the years of this mayor’s reign we have been poorly managed, have an economic disaster on our hands as a result, are in a fiscal mess (… the Municipality is facing significant fiscal challenges over the next few yearsconsistent erosion of Municipal equity, including reserves), and have a municipal workforce and community that is demoralized, while at the same time, we have been suffering from a lack of fundamentals in the areas of strategic planning, vision and policy development.

The aforementioned is just a sampling from the report of the serious problems and down-ward slope that we have been on for some time now. There is still lots more… I leave it to you my readers to read the report for yourselves and then ask yourself, how could we as a community have allowed things to get this bad? Were we blind, stupid, or was it just plain apathy combined with the big local ‘conservative’ political machine?

And before some of you who have not read the report start blaming this council (who are for the most part serving their first term) solely for all our community’s ills, please remember the many problems and issues pointed out in the report are long in the making, having a common denominator, whose presence and micro-managing (… the mayor exercises more control… than is healthy or normal to other municipalities), has resulted in this second corporate review in as many years of his recent rule. Never mind the revolving door of CAO’s, CFO’s, Community Services Directors and Public Works Superintendents that have come and gone during this period. (With even more on the way, me thinks??)

His unwillingness to change or adjust to new circumstances and a new age has resulted in council(s) and a community at loggerheads, having no particular course of action planned to move forward.

This report and the one before are clear indictments that his leadership is anything but, and it is time for this community to finally wake up to that fact.


What was leadership, after all, but the blind choice of one route over another and the confident pretence that the decision was based on reason?

from John Prince
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8 Responses to CNP Report on Corporate Review

  1. Anonymous says:

    You sweetie! You used my quote! ok, not really mine, the one I sent you. Did you read the novel it came from? It was good.

  2. John Prince says:

    On my blog, every `good quote has its day. :-) Thanks!

    I’d love to read it… will you loan it to me? I did read the story summary (I love ‘historical’ novels, especially on the Greek/Roman civilizations) on Wikipedia.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I would if I could John, but I’m generally a library kind of book reader and did indeed get it through the chinook system.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Meant to add that I started to read that report last night. Won’t say more than that right now.

  5. John Prince says:

    Will check with Doreen at the Bellevue library. Thanks!
    Your feedback on the Corporate Review Report, and others as well, is important. The better informed and educated people are, the better government we will get the next time around… at least I hope so.

  6. Anonymous says:

    The big question is will council do anything with it?

  7. John Prince says:

    Hard to say… both Dean and Gary have stopped blogging? No disrespect intended, but even when they did, they didn`t tell us much if anything on issues that mattered. Such as Bridgecreek/River Run/Bridgegate, Municipal Finances (where did all the money go?), Centre’s Future, ‘our Future!!’, etc.. They are even slow in responding to this report… or are they all waiting for the ‘papers’ to tell them what to think? Thereby being ‘reactive’ rather than ‘proactive’. These guys need a manager. :-)

    Seriously, its a pretty sad state of affairs, if you ask me.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Why won’t the leaders tell us about Bridgecreek/River Run/Bridgegate?
    What happened and why is it not mentioned anymore in Council meetings?
    What is the big secret?. What is Bridgecreek telling our leaders? Are they going to do something about this?
    Come on leaders!!

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