Public unrest demands attention

Public unrest

For an astute assessment of our current situation here in the Pass read Joni’s editorial below. Afterwards, if you happen to see the Mayor or any of the councillors for our municipality have them read it too, for they need to know… “The very purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing opinion we have of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think about us.”… their refusal to communicate openly and honestly with those they represent has resulted in an alienation far deeper than they can obviously fathom. As a result, at the end of the day their best laid plans will be for naught, because it is a fact of life, people do not love tyrants, no matter how benevolent and well-meaning they may think they be.

Crowsnest PromoterJoni MacFarlane

Once again the Crowsnest Pass makes headlines and once again it’s for the wrong reasons. The turmoil surrounding the firing of the fire chief, the subsequent walk out by a majority of firefighters and the public protest that followed again reinforce our image in a negative light.

Responsibility for this falls squarely on municipal council.

Despite lip service to the contrary, this council’s lack of communication to the public about what exactly they are trying to achieve and public consultation on how they are doing it is staggering. Their disdain for taxpayers and for spending their money was on track for a train wreck and that wreck is now.

It doesn’t matter how many consultants are hired or how much time is spent on a strategic plan if the public doesn’t buy into it. Without a majority of support, council can’t continue to govern with a “Father Knows Best” attitude.

Rightly or wrongly, there is a pervasive belief among the public that council sees them as fools; too dumb or too unworthy to be told or trusted with the truth. Exclusion into decision-making has given them little reason to think otherwise.

Residents of the Crowsnest Pass are not fools and as now clearly seen, are not willing to sit idly by as elected officials dictate how things will be.

This is not about accepting change. This is about effectively listening to what people want, to changing those things that should be changed and leaving those that worked, alone.

The fire department worked.

Henry Ford said the secret to success is to understand the point of view of others. That’s the starting point.



Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy.

from John Prince
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15 Responses to Public unrest demands attention

  1. Anonymous says:

    From facebook: Looks like the blogs are getting behind, lol

    The Municipality of Crowsnest Pass has never purchased high explosive fireworks nor has it sold high explosive fireworks to Thunder in the Valley (TIV) or the Blairmore Smoke Eaters (BSE) or the Blairmore Fire Department (BFD). Thunder in the Valley-TIV (Blairmore Smoke Eaters-BSE) members have always ordered and purchased high explosive fireworks for their annual event since TIV was first started.

    In 2007, TIV (BSE) approached the Mayor and CAO to have the Municipality PAY for their fireworks and REINVOICE the TIV (BSE) sighting the Municipality receives 100% of GST back on invoices and this saving would be passed onto TIV (BSE).

    On November 6, 2008 the Municipality issued a letter to TIV (BSE) advising that this arrangement was not in compliance with GST legislation and the GST on the 2007 invoices to TIV (BSE) for fireworks was to be paid immediately to the Municipality for submission to Revenue Canada as the fireworks were NOT a Municipal supply or product.

    Up until 2011, TIV (BSE) members have continued to purchase all fireworks for TIV and the Municipality has paid for these TIV (BSE) invoices. The Municipality has in turn invoiced TIV (BSE) back – inclusive of GST as the fireworks are NOT a Municipal supply or product. This arrangement allowed the TIV (BSE) to pay the Municipality for their fireworks after their annual (TIV) event as opposed having to pay a Supplier before their annual (TIV) event.

    TIV (BSE) members declared that their members are certified Pyrotechnicians who are educated and responsible for the safe storage, handling and functioning of fireworks and firework devices. TIV (BSE) members chose to store these high explosive fireworks without proper containment in the Blairmore Fire Hall without advising the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass.

  2. Anonymous says:

    So, does the Municipality think there is no shared responsibility in the above? Do we really need another expensive legal fight? We have a very litigious bunch at the top. Too bad the taxpayers are always responsible for the legal tab – mo matter which way it goes.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Anon 3:00 Does the municapality not have inspectors to catch this sort of thing.
    Also, what do you think are the chances that they just stumbled upon these fireworks within the last week.My best guess would be slim to none. They either turned a blind eye or they knew all along. It is obvious that they are like children and now that they are not getting there way, They turn into a tattletale. Evil bunch we have running the show.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I am not really sure it would be up to council to know about storing of explosives.

    I do think that would fall under the duties of the firemen.

    I am starting my bestseller now, ha ha.

  5. Anonymous says:

    This is a very sick place. You voted for change, you got it, and now you revolt. Why on earth would anyone in their right mind want to move here? You can’t change the beautiful scenery, but seriously, you have to change your attitude. You can’t have it both ways. What was presented on TV made us look absolutely pathetic! Something to be proud of? I think not.

  6. Anonymous says:

    10:51 AM
    I agree. It is like the “old” west here. So many people are afraid to speak up with their opinion as they immediately get shot down. Some very forceable people around who think that only they know the right thing to do. Some people have told me that they don’t even go to the town meetings because special interest people always hijack it. But there is room to change. I think the change should come at the next election – that is what they are for. What a country we would have if everytime a politician did something we did not like – we would be changing every day.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous 10:51, well said….and I think more people are going to have to start saying it. The mayor may be a little too self-important and struggle with the complexities of human interaction, but this is the change YOU voted for.

    The CNP is the laughing-stock of Albertan communities and quite possibly beyond that. Long-time residents have carved out cushy little existences and now that they’re being called on 25 years of corruption, they’re starting to freak out. Half the people that want this council gone wanted the last council gone…the circle of life, in the CNP.

    No one will move to the Pass. No one will start a business that isn’t a hair salon or flower shop. The community will just slowly backslide into nothing and in 30 years, some rich moron will buy the whole valley for pennies and probably make a fortune turning it into what it could be RIGHT NOW.

  8. Anonymous says:

    We moved here a couple years ago. People will always move here as it is what they want when they want to get out of the city. This is what we were told after we moved here:
    1. Coleman people do not speak to Blairmore people.
    2. You must be Catholic to get a job like school bus or whatever.
    3. Do not ever express your opinion on politics.
    I just laughed about it. I would never even listen to such things as the above-mentioned. There are way worse things going on other places than here. Sometimes people need to think about how lucky they really are; instead of woe is me, woe is me. I have met a few really nice people and they do not want to discuss issues in the least, and that suites me just fine. You could have a heart attack fighting everything.

  9. Anonymous says:

    The last council did a lot of the leg work in getting the Crowsnest Center removed. What happened to them because a few, vocal people wanted it to stay so they could continue cashing their cheques from the Municipality? Now everyone is peeing their pants in anticipation about the new hotel that will be built there…how quickly we forget.

    Yes, the mayor is condescending and scared of the internet but he won’t ruin the town in the next year. Vote him out when the time comes because overthrowing them sure won’t have the desired result.

  10. Anonymous says:

    anon 10:51 and anon 11:03 I think you are the same person. The CNP is ready for change.We are not ready for stupidity though. Name me something positive this council has done.

  11. Anonymous says:

    “… now that they’re being called on 25 years of corruption…”

    Today’s problems were created and stem from councils lead by the former mayor. Current mayor is trying to fix in three years what took 25 to create. Both mayors have been a disaster. In all likelihood the next mayor will be a true ‘Prince’ compared to his predecessors.

    Thank you for the opportunity to post this here, Mr. Prince. :-)

  12. Anonymous says:

    Have yu got your signs ready, John? Better get on it, cause it looks like you’ll be needing them soon. ;-) :-)

  13. John Prince says:

    Anon @1:40

    Anon @1:46
    Threw out all my signs after the last election. None left. Maybe, Chad Petrone will donate some to me for the next election? Making up for some of his past mistakes and bad judgement, on who he supported the last time around. :-)

  14. Anonymous says:

    Global News – Lethbridge

    News Hour – Crowsnest council
    On Tuesday a meeting was held between the Ratepayers Association, council and administration. It was a chance for both sides to air their grievances. But as Quinn Campbell reports even after the face to face discussion unanswered questions are still swirling in the southern Alberta community.

    News Hour – Crowsnest council

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