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Released on October 21, 2018 at 7:00 EDT

 

Patricia Mills leading mayoral race
Forecast popular vote:  21.2% - 23.6%

Six-in-10 registered voters said the deficit, wasteful spending and KED are the factors in the poll taken between Oct 15-19, 37% who pledged to oppose Brian Bigger (incumbent mayor)  and 23% who'll be voting to support him.

Fact Checker:
 In 2014, the city of Greater Sudbury ran $7 million over budget; in 2015, $5 million over budget; in 2016, $3 million over budget; and in 2017, the budget deficit was over $17 million. 

New hotel partners are a publicity stunt and not available as reported. Hilton franchise fee cost between $ 30-100 million.

Predicting Methodology
This poll was conducted from October 15-19, 2018, among a sample of 1859 Registered Voters. The interviews were conducted online and the data were weighted to approximate a target sample of Registered Voters based on age, race/ethnicity, gender, educational attainment, and ward. Results from the full survey have a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

Please read here details of adapted methodology. 

Released on October 05, 2018 at 20:00 EDT

  Bigger's political troubles deepen

 


Brian Bigger seeking second mandate as approval rating continually dropping

 
 

 

Secret Contracts Raise Eyebrows
Privacy Commissioner Investigates Access to Employment Contracts

With reference to leaked documents from legal services division,  WikiLeaks Sudbury confirms that Sudbury mayor Brian Bigger has full knowledge of General Manager Corporate Services Kevin Fowke and City Solicitor Eric Labelle’s employment contracts.

The Bigger administration has denied public access to the contracts, prompting a complaint to Ontario’s Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner.

Leaked document from Legal services division (click here)

The secret contracts have raised eyebrows among concerned citizens about the operation of City Hall. Critics worry the scandal demonstrates Bigger’s unwillingness or inability to control his administration and is just the latest example of a civic government in disarray.  



Fowke:  Incompetent and negligence

Open Data Policy?

Sudbury taxpayers have the absolute right to know how City officials spend and receive public funds. There can be no more pertinent example of public spending than the employment contract of a municipal official.

Transparency and accountability for public funds is a hallmark of open government.

For too long now, Sudbury’s municipal government has been bogged down by a corporate culture of opacity over how tax dollars are spent.  Brian Bigger’s mayoralty campaign (2014) ran on a platform of open and transparent government, but he has yet to deliver on this promise.  The inner workings at City Hall are as opaque as ever. Mismanagement in the Bigger administration has had a ripple effect on Sudbury residents whose taxes pay for City services.  Bigger needs to take to full responsibility for the secret dealings of municipal bureaucrats.

Investigation moved to adjudication stage

The Information and Privacy Commissioner’s investigation into the employment contract controversy has now moved to the adjudication stage.  WikiLeaks Sudbury will reveal the details of Fowkes’ and Labelle’s secret contracts as soon as they become available. Sudbury taxpayers have the right to know how their tax dollars are spent.

Political uncertainty and a dark cloud over Greater Sudbury

Greater Sudbury’s confidence in its elected officials can only be alleviated in the face of rising poverty and unemployment levels if there is strong, sustained progress toward accountability and transparency in public administration. Bigger’s administration must lower administrative costs and reduce its dependency on high property tax revenue if it wants to balance its budget.  Even increased property taxes will not make much of a dent in the fiscal gap if administrative expenditures remain high.

Fowke’s already generous package was just increased by 26%. Sudbury taxpayers have no any other options: if Brian Bigger cannot control his wasteful and secret administration, they and he should be kicked of City hall.  The clock is ticking. Read More

 

 
 
                 
 
 
     

Last 5 Leaks

Released on September 07, 2018 at 16:00 EDT

Fowke led corrupt bureaucrats scamming tax dollars
Privacy commissioner to investigate City hall legal expenses complaint

WikiLeaks Sudbury has uncovered that a large number of tax dollars has been spent to cover-up incompetent of City bureaucrats. Ken Fowke, General Manager Corporate services, and Eric Lablle, City Solicitor were involved with this scandal. Fowke and Labelle were generous to arrange millions of dollars worth retainers with legal firms and benefitted from the kick back and pocketed thousands of tax dollars. WikiLeaks Sudbury follows all leads available to uncover and obtain full access to the records, specifically tax dollars paid for labour and employment matters. Read More

Released on June 15, 2018 22:12 EDT
Tag # 703

Fowke paid over $100,000 as legal fees to Toronto lawyer for matter related to labour and employment. 
Fowke back pocketed thousand of tax dollars.
Karen Matthies’s statement leaked.

The leaked documents from the human resources division revealed that Fowke paid over $100,000.00 as legal fees to one of the labour and employment matters. Karen Matthies, a former Human Resources coordinator, provided this information to the Greater Sudbury Police services. According to the report, resolution to the dispute cost only $20.00. The taxpayers were scammed by Fowke and legal services division to spend over $100,000 and back pocketed thousand of tax dollars. Read more

Released on May 07, 2018 00:12 EDT
Tag # 702

Fowke’s puppet show: Waste of Tax dollars and corruption

 
Fowke: Incompetent and negligence

Fired: Benkovich is no more. Water gate scandal unfolding.  


Benkovich: Corrupt practices

Man who wasted thousands of tax dollars finally has gone from the City hall . He tried many times and took any possible chances to extend his contract. However, all of his attempts were unsuccessful. Benkovich has become a symbol of incompetence and waste of tax dollars. He contracted out water and wastewater emergency maintenance service and scammed millions of tax dollars. Initially, the contract was awarded for only $200,000.00, later on it was  increased to over $ 1.5 million. However, Benkovich made  sure to reimburse over $60,000 for his additional expenses from tax dollars. Stay tuned more information to follow.

Incompetent Fowke and Nepotism

Benkovich’s corrupt practices are not limited to extending underhand contract deals. In order to give  his son-in-law a post in the system, Benkovich fired one of the employees from Whanapitate Water plant. Under Fowke’s watch, Benkovich hired his son-in-law to fill the vacancy within 24 hours. Former director of human resources division, Kevin Fowke, now is City’s General Manager, failed to control these corrupt practices. Sudbury tax payers were doomed and their sons and daughters were not able to reach out any job opportunity in the City hall. Fowke created a family business in City hall and now infiltrated into the Bigger administration. His corrupt practices continue.

Millions of dollars for Labour and employment external legal fees

Fowke is generous to give away millions of tax dollars as legal fees for labor and employment services.  Fowke’s department paid Sudbury based legal firm over 9 million dollars and Toronto based legal firm another over million dollars. Under his watch, labour and employment legal cost was sky rocketed. Large amount of tax dollars wasted. Every year, City has owned legal services department consumed over 1.5 million tax dollars which consists of expenses for lawyers and support staff. Read More

Released on April 17, 2017
Tag # 700

Fired: Canapini, no longer with the City


Canapini: Bad Legal advice

The man behind the spending of millions of tax dollars for external legal fees and the conspiracy to fire Ontario’s ombudsman is finally gone. According to the Law Society of Upper Canada, Canapini is no longer practicing law in Ontario.

Conspiracy
Canapini is facing allegations of creating a false affidavit in an attempt to prevent access to the freedom of information request. That freedom of information request is directly related to water and wastewater’s division, one of their service contracts. An invoice was emailed to the director of the division Nick Benkovich. Benkovich was generous enough to pay the contractor $ 5600/h, costing the taxpayers.  

Conspiracy deepened: Bad legal advice
Sudbury’s city council opted out the oversight service offered by the Ontario ombudsman. Former Ontario ombudsman Andre Marin publicly condemned Canapini’s involvement and said that Canapini had given "bad legal advice." Read More

Released on May 10, 2016 at 10:00 EDT
Tag # 687

Exposed: Fowke's conspiracy against Bigger administration
Fowke should be thrown in jail for wilful blindness and wasting millions of tax dollars
Fowke must be held accountable for the contract negotiations and the labour relations mess in the fire services division, which 
cost taxpayers over $ 800,000

The city's embattled, incompetent Human Resources Director - Kevin Fowke, has failed in his back door attempt to conquer the CAO office. Soon after former CAO Doug Nadorozny was fired and escorted out from the City hall, Fowke was appointed interim CAO. Controversially, Bob Johnston, from the Sudbury Airport Authority, was then selected as a preferred candidate for the job.

Behind the scenes, while Johnston tried to settle in at the City hall, Fowke led corrupt bureaucrats in attempts to regain their authority. Fowke utilized his old tactics and underhand connections with other bureaucrats to discredit Johnston. During the P6M project process, Bob Johnston was misguided by Fowke and was provided information concerning labour relations issues such as excessive overtime and absenteeism in the fire services division. Fowke forced Johnston to address these issues parallel to the P6M project. Addressing the labour relations issues with P6M defeated the purpose of the project. This controversial action triggered a very unsettling situation with the Bigger administration. Johnston failed to follow instructions from the Mayor and council by directly addressing these issues before the council meeting. Read more