February 06, 2017

Corruption on rural municipal councils keep Saskatchewan ombudsman busy

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

The Ombudsman in Saskatchewan has been investigating two rural municipalities. Sherwood councillor Tim Probe and former councillor Joe Repetski have been asked by voters and council to pay back money they used to cover legal fees that accumulated over a proposed development community, Wascana Village.

Repetski has now quit and Probe is facing criminal charges including breach of trust and municipal corruption. The Ombudsman is also recommending that Probe voluntarily step down from council, or that a judge remove him.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, the Ombudsman investigated yet another rural municipality, the Village of Manor, for an inappropriate land sale.

In that case, the mayor sold public land to her son without disclosing the decision, or giving the public any notice of the intention to sell, resulting in yet another conflict of interest scandal.

I spoke with Rod Benroth, Director of Public Works and Infrastructure for the Municipality of Sherwood who told me that the councillors haven’t paid the fees back yet and a decision on Probe’s charges will take place this June. He also tells me that the Municipal Act was revised to ensure councillors declare all interests when sworn in and are also made aware of conflict of interest legislation.

In Alberta, we’ve seen our own conflict of interest scandals in Acme, where citizens alleged that council wasn’t running basic services properly, an election was mismanaged and the mayor sold land to another councillor in contravention of the rules.

In Thorhild, three councillors were fired after an investigation, initiated by a petition signed by 800 residents, revealed inappropriate behaviour on the part of those members.

It’s hard to keep track of what governments at every level are up to especially as they’ve all grown so large. So large that they think they can get away with duping citizens out of their hard earned money in backroom deals, without the public’s knowledge.

So far, there is no word on whether Sherwood councillor Probe will be convicted, or whether he will be removed from council.

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commented 2017-02-07 21:16:12 -0500
Al: I’ve been streaming Rush daily on Radio stations’ websites on free iHeart Radio. Their many differing airing times allow me listening flexibility. Also, the whole-show podcasts can all be found on youtube. I listen to many, including Levin and Hannity…but frankly, I’d pay good money to listen to Rush, Jacki Daily, and Buck Sexton(both on the Blaze network on-demand). Buck’s show is where I heard about this website and to watch Canadian Free Press. and. Don’t kid yourself, Rush and Laura Ingraham are BY FAR the best of needed analysis out there. And not at all just for the U.S. but also for ‘dragonslaying’ of the LPAgenda in general.
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commented 2017-02-07 10:15:04 -0500
Don’t often hear of Sask corruption, as PETER N noted. Certainly has spawned some fine ones over the tears though. One that spurs immediate attention is none other than Ralph " Gucci " Goodale. Would be nice to see and analyze his entire “career” from behind the scenes.
commented 2017-02-07 06:30:54 -0500
BBBBBut Justin breaks rules, he’s our leader. Thought power=responsibility & being held to higher standard. AS IF. It’s the opposite. Bazar-O World!!!!
commented 2017-02-06 21:42:28 -0500
They’re aware of conflict issues but choose to ignore them
commented 2017-02-06 21:16:29 -0500
Greg, I am blessed. I can listen to Rush Limbaugh on KFYR out of Bismark, ND from 11-3. I wish we had a conservative national radio voice to match. The Yanks must have a least 6 major ones and we have…
commented 2017-02-06 20:51:57 -0500
Bill Elder; “Deny, deny, deny.”
commented 2017-02-06 20:15:43 -0500
Why isn’t there an ombudsman to hold lil putto responsible and brought to criminal charges for government overreach or any other criminal activity or act of treason.?? Oh yeah there is and he or she is called the Governor General but they seem to turn a blind eye to his antics so they must all be slapping away at the same trough..
commented 2017-02-06 20:14:18 -0500
You can sum up the good ’ol boy Sask rural political culture in two words – Colin Thatcher
commented 2017-02-06 19:55:02 -0500
CM; We just had our elections in 2016. (Sask.)
commented 2017-02-06 19:20:04 -0500
Very rare to hear about corruption from Saskatchewan on any level of government since Brad Wall took office. Still happens, though.
commented 2017-02-06 18:09:59 -0500
Nice comment CM, these 800 petition-signers’ stirring shouldn’t be wasted. Sounds like they need to be rallied into some kinda’ ‘tea party’ for future use and activism. …it’d do wonders for their life. By the way, does anyone ever think of bootlegging more Rush Limbaugh into Canada, or is that, for some reason not possible/merited/recommended/needed/popular/productive/appropriate/allowed/reasonable/
commented 2017-02-06 16:21:25 -0500
I don’t know about Saskatchewan, but October, 2017 is Alberta’s municipal elections; conveniently timed to be Alberta’s provincial midterm election. If you are dissatisfied with your council or school board, get involved. Be one who makes the voter participation rate greater than 30%…or hold your peace.