Crowsnest Pass Builders and Developers Association

Last week saw the organizational meeting of the newly formed group above that I spoke about here last month…

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Crowsnest Builders & Developers Association Meeting

… in which elections were held to form an executive.

Unfortunately, I was not able to attend this meeting but Joni MacFarlane from the Crowsnest Promoter was. Here is what she had to say about it: Crowsnest Pass Builders and Developers Association


Alex by way of comment in a previous post asked: “So John what’s your position on this new association? Will they carry any weight in this up coming election?”

The mandate of this organization is obvious which is to promote their industry while ensuring a healthy and viable community for one and all. Through the members of their board they will endeavour to liaison on a regular basis with the CAO and senior managers, as well as from time to time with the mayor and council to resolve issues and concerns that affect growth and development in our community. (Hopefully, before they become problem issues, as what has transpired in the past.) In other words, this organization will act as an advocate when serious concerns arise.

As things evolve, I’m sure this organization will by way of an events co-ordinator organize monthly lunches for the membership as well as educational workshops and seminars. Thanks to Shane Stewart, they have already actively been engaging the Livingstone School Division with respect to pushing a symbiotic relationship between the skilled trades and our high school.

Now with respect to Alex’s question on whether this new organization will carry any weight in the upcoming election, I can say only this. Wolfgang Wendrich, as this organization’s new president (see Joni’s article above), will ^not have his tongue in his pocket. That you can take to the bank. :-) But whether as a group just starting out they will have enough clout this time around to actually make a difference in our election is highly doubtful. I think, as any group or organization in the Pass they will have an influence but no one group will call the shots. However, collectively these entities can make all the difference in the world.

With respect to the Crowsnest Pass Builders and Developers Association again, they are on record as stating they are non-political in nature. With Wolfgang at the helm, I find that highly doubtful… which I personally have no problem with. After all, I think in the past what has been instrumental in holding our community back is all the groups like the Chamber of Commerce and Community Futures to use these two as perfect examples of organizations who failed their members and this community, in my opinion, for not standing up and being more vocal and political. In many cases, such as with the cancellation of TITV, not raising a peep even though this event meant the loss of millions of dollars to local businesses while at the same time being what put us on the map. The golden goose was killed and those most affected said nothing because they didn’t want to be perceived as being “too political”. Give me a break! Everything about business is about politics, in one way or another. The sooner people and organizations here realize that the sooner mayor and council will start receiving the direction they so desperately need.

I wish the Crowsnest Pass Builders and Developers Association all the best… and hope to work with them collaboratively in the future.


The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.

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18 Responses to Crowsnest Pass Builders and Developers Association

  1. Anonymous says:

    I’m OK with organisations like this, but I’m not comfortable with business and special interest groups having secret backroom meetings with Council:
    This was months before the plan was made public.

    “liaison on a regular basis with the CAO and senior managers, as well as from time to time with the mayor and council”

    In secret backroom meetings? It’s fine to have “liaison” but why always secret. What do they have to hide?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Yes, I totally agree.

    I think builders and developers probably only have their own agenda and I cannot see what this has to do with the common Joe Blow.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Sounds like more of the same. Secret meetings, haven’t we had enough of that. They sound like they are local consultants without the high price. If they were with the people, would they not have worked with the people and not the useless administration?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Well after finishing up the Mayor’s newsletter just now, a couple of comments.
    1. Considerable amount of liquor at fire station. My goodness, sounds like a little more than left over.
    2. Fire departments having meetings that don’t sound good.
    3. Comments about the fire truck “being a part of the community”. Pretty funny. I find his letters quite informative.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Sorry, was a little unclear about the firemen meeting. Here is the except.

    I did respond to the accusation of Council holding “secret” meetings because it was sheer balderdash. The only secret meetings I am aware of are those rumored to have been held by a group referred to as the “four horsemen”, members on our previous council. I am also aware of a meeting held by the Ratepayers, former fire chiefs and former interim Fire Chief in early August of 2012 of which none of your administration or members of rescue services were informed of or invited to. It was soon afterwards that we received a letter from the office of the Alberta Fire Commissioner condemning the actions that took place relative to the meeting as it was determined that one of his staff was invited and sat in on the meeting under false pretenses.

  6. Anonymous says:

    12:14 :
    They refused a FOIP request for the reports of the Fire Hall investigations (refusal currently being appealed).
    If this information is legally confidential, how come Bruce is leaking bits of it at his whim?
    Will the “forensic audit” be published or will we just have to take Bruce’s word on what’s in it.

    That seems to be their operative definition of Open and Transparent: “Trust Us, Take Our Word for It”.

    As for his “no secret meetings”, it doesn’t count if they’re called “briefings”, “meet’n’greets”, “retreats”, … .

  7. Anonymous says:

    12:23 quoted:
    “one of his staff was invited and sat in on the meeting under false pretenses.”

    There was a RRD2012 meeting in Council chamber attended by RCMP brass to discuss public safety issues re TiTV. I think they would be surprised to learn that RRD2012 was an outside organisation with no official status (that’s what CNP says if you ask for RRD2012 finances).

  8. Anonymous says:

    Well, obviously there are some things in discrepancy. It will all come out. It is not all one-sided. Be interesting when the reports are done.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Bruce’s publicly funded Newsletter political rant makes a big point of Council not interfering in Administration’s role. So how did this Penrose company get invited to appear before Council when they are engaged in (supposedly confidential) negotiations with Administration?

  10. Anonymous says:

    I think this may have been the first time in a long time that the mare did not promise something like a hotel, or light duty manufacturing …
    I thought the Ratepayers could have all of the secret meeting with whoever they want, whenever they want. Since when, would they have to invite council or CNP administration.
    And a quick passing of the buck about the selling of the fire department equipment as if council or the mare himself had nothing to say about it. Either way, is it not wrong. Maybe they were informed at 1 of there not so secret meetings.

  11. Anonymous says:

    This council is very transparent in their non-transparency. They never had strategy meetings behind closed doors and instructions were never given to the administration outside the normal channels. It was a total shock to find 600 Kg of fireworks in the fireworks storage building behind the fire hall. RCMP had to be called in. Auditors recommend to have a audit, isn’t it what auditors do? Lawyer recommended tons of legal work which needs to be done. No one recommended to audit the finance department which should have kept an eye on the fire department, but this is probably normal. Audit costs are not material when issues of honor are involved. Whatever it costs.

  12. Anonymous says:

    What happened to common sense? Auditors recommended an audit and lawyers recommended legal work. Taxpayers recommend: tell us how much you are spending on all this bull! No wonder they don’t want to release the information. They will not look good once this becomes public, no matter what they tell us they have found. Talk about frivolous spending when we need pot holes filled!

  13. Anonymous says:

    1:58 wrote:
    “Well, obviously there are some things in discrepancy. It will all come out. It is not all one-sided. Be interesting when the reports are done.”

    Any chance we will see these reports? In the past, all that has “come out” is what Bruce tells us.

  14. Anonymous says:

    They took $100,000 from senior housing reserves and it is all going to lawyers and accountants. Now they have to dig deeper hole in our budget to justify this spending.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Since we’ve already hijacked your topic, might as well also call BS on Bruce’s claim that restructuring of fire services resulted in “netting a savings of $170,000 per annum to the community”.

    That figure only includes savings from closing Hillcrest and bogus “savings” from not buying some equipment that was never needed.

    A “net” figure would take account of the increased cost of salaries, pickups and administration, which he refuses to disclose to taxpayers.

  16. Anonymous says:


    Thanks! Too funny!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Seems to me that after the fire dept brought their lawyers to meet with council and were turned away because of a “mixup” and therefore couldn’t publicly present their issues that the mare figured he’d fire a few more shots at them to try making them look bad…again. I would guess that once all the facts come out people will realize how badly the fire depts have been treated by council and admin.Ps @ anon 7:59 From what I understand, the fireworks were kept in a legal room that had been approved by the fed govnt, not in the building behind the hall.

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