Facts of Community Futures
How appropriate with New Year’s fast approaching to look back at the past year(s) and reflect on our community’s economic woes. In this regard, Community Futures is deserving of special attention, considering our stagnant (declining) economy and ongoing business closures. Taxes are going up (again) and the cost of utilities is going up as well. The Pass is awash with vacant commercial spaces, and developments such as River Run continue to struggle and/or fail to get off the ground.
During the good times we saw little progress and now with the hard times upon us there seems to be little hope. Which begs the question, what is going on and where has all the money gone? Our community by way of Community Futures has received countless millions of dollars over the years from both our federal and provincial governments, but the community as a whole has gotten little if anything to show for it?
Is this not more of the same of what I have already recently written about on Dean’s blog with respect to how the Centre was set up and being run for the benefit of the elite in our community, at our expense? Is not Community Futures more of the same i.e. a personal bank for the well-to-do in our community, to be used by them as they see fit solely for their benefit, but with all taxpayers picking up the tab? Once again, it seems, We get to pay, for them to play.
Over the years, how many budding entrepreneurs and small business people have been denied grants, business loans and help because of systemic greed, cronyism and nepotism running rampant throughout our local institutions?
Western Economic Diversification (a Federal body) with Community Futures offices throughout Western Canada, including our own in Blairmore, seem to be oblivious to what is really going on at the street level. Nor, do they apparently care, as exemplified by the following videos.
The videos below, although dealing primarily with a Community Futures office in B.C. on Vancouver Island, is typical, I think, of a growing economic problem throughout Western Canada, because of how some of them are being (mis)managed solely for the personal benefit of a small elite. In this regard, I feel many of the issues and problems stated here can and do apply to our own Community Futures office in Blairmore.
The facts about Community Futures Development Corporation. A bunch of non-elected people run our local economy through a Federal Incorporated Corporation that is not accountable to anyone.
Western Diversification, a federal program that allows their Community Futures offices to play favourites (nepotism) and as a result is mismanaged and ineffective. Works against the principals of small business. Offices are run for the personal benefit of a small elite.
Where is the transparency? Members of the board are nominated but by who, where and when? “Looks like the bureaucrats get the gold, but small business gets the shaft.”
The next three videos show how the bureaucrats can mislead the public when they are in charge of a program which they’re suppose to inform the public. How insulting can this be? How can the federal government create good programs like this that they put a lot of effort in designing and managing, yet then allow them to be run so loosey-goosey that it becomes a federal trough for a few selected people?
We have far more to fear from an unaccountable government at home than from any foreign terrorist.