I told you about the village of Acme, Alberta where some issues arose with their Town Council. Citizens had become concerned with what they saw as corrupt behaviour from council members.
The three main concerns were what appeared to be a fixed election, council’s attempt to sell a park located in the town and the purchase of a property by a council member, Dennis Kuiken, in a tax recovery sale which is against the rules and a conflict of interest.
Further, Mayor of Acme, Bruce McLeod, is a union boss and was once the president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, which residents also see as a conflict of interest due to assumed union affiliations with the NDP.
Many other allegations were lodged by the residents of Acme. For the backstory check out the link to my previous video HERE.
The behaviour of council members led to circulation of a petition which gathered enough signatures to submit to the province. Minister of Municipal Affairs, Danielle Larivee, granted a full municipal inspection, which I attended.
I was greeted at the door by a sign that advised no cameras were allowed, reminding me of the time Rachel Notley and the NDP decided The Rebel couldn’t cover their media events.
The results of the municipal inspection report favour the town council and included 17 recommendations that were basically housekeeping details on reviews, repeals, analyses and training. But one thing I noticed was that the report took a direct shot at the citizens of Acme comparing their concerns to a “cancer”, an odd thing coming from the government.
Residents weren’t happy with the outcome.
I spoke with Barbara Vanjoff, who initiated the petition, Acme resident Doreen Ternowetsky and former Mayor Leona Dekoter about their biggest concerns with the ordeal. Leona was disappointed with the results and how the tax recovery sale was handled. She attempted to get an injunction but withdrew the request on the advice of a judge. She won’t continue to challenge the Council in court and is satisfied that residents tried their very best to hold Town Council accountable.
I did try to contact both the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Danielle Larivee, and Acme Town Council for comment, but they did not respond to my requests.