Thursday, December 21, 2017

Hnatiw's Commitment to Recreation Facilities for Sturgeon County Residents

Let's Build Recreation Facilities for the People - NOT

We are all very familiar with Hnatiw's campaign to build the Morinville Rec Center, at about $70 million. Her and her SUREAL kinfolk made this a key part of their platform, speaking about it at every SUREAL meeting and then some.

So you probably have the impression that she is places a very high priority of recreation facilities for the residents of Sturgeon County. Have another drink of the SUREAL Kool-Aid. As I've been saying for a year now, the entire Rec Center push from the Morinville Business-centric Rotary is to allow their members to sell more houses and draw business traffic to Morinville. The actual recreation benefits to the citizens is entirely inconsequential. 

Don't believe this; then let's take a look at the self-serving hypocrisy of Hnatiw and her gang on recreation issues. 

At their very first Council meeting they were asked for approval of a grant to a County community wishing to upgrade and improve a volunteer-run outdoor rink. This proposal would have gone through due diligence by County staff and apparently was recommended for approval. What better way to support healthy recreation and community building while being incredibly cost efficient than by supporting a neighborhood who for several years have been struggling to maintain a rink at their own time and expense.

So what did your new recreation-friendly council do (led by Hnatiw and Tighe)?

Thumbs down!

Seriously? And how much were they asking for? 
Not much - 1/1500th the cost of Hnatiw's white-elephant Morinville Rec Center that she's lobbied so hard for.

That's right, they could support one thousand five hundred (1500) of these rink applications for the cost of her rec center! That means every neighborhood in the county could have a well-funded outdoor rink for a fraction of the cost of her Morinville Rec Center.

Sorry - Not interested!

Just goes to prove - for all their election bluster about transparent and accountable representation of the residents and stewards of the taxpayer's dollars; this council is all about looking after Morinville Business Owners and Land Developers. 

For the rest of us average residents - pass the Vaseline.

SUREAL - A non-political taxpayer citizen initiative to protect Sturgeon Co residents

(said with a straight face)

The fact that several prominent business people from Morinville, Sturgeon County and St Albert, not to mention two elected officials from Sturgeon County Council itself have been able to walk around preaching this to anyone who will listen for the past 10 months, and do it with a straight face, is a pretty heartbreaking indictment of what local politics has become here lately. 

The fact that there are so many sheep in the county that have been unwittingly led down the parade route by this group of charlatans doesn't speak well for the critical thinking ability of people nowdays.

Now if you have been following, you will remember from many articles and speeches that SUREAL was a type of  'of the people for the people' grassroots citizen's group protecting the taxpayer. They emphasized they had no political agenda. Two councillors accused of pulling strings behind the backs of their fellow councillors to undermine and disrupt your council adamantly denied being involved.

Well a hot off the press release by Twitter Superhero @SurealFYI (who correctly called SUREAL out right from the get go) just sent out some excerpts from an early meeting of SUREAL back in January.

There are a number of hot potatoes included in this. 

Rotary, who's constitution bars them from any political affiliation, rented the meeting rooms for SUREAL. 

One of the participants is a writer for the Morinville News and has to fly under the radar because of her job. Forgive me if I connect this with what has been a whole series of prominent and favorable articles of SUREAL in this paper and not-so-flattering coverage of current council.

Pat Tighe along with Dwayne Gibb and (land developer) Neilsens are charged with getting group funding from people in the shadows
(Nice nod to openness, transparency and good grassroots government there gang).

One participant who sounds an awful lot like a current candidate is there because the County won't buy his land for the right price.