October 20, 2014

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It’s D-Day For Crouse
Supporters On Council

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Well folks, today is a milestone day for councillors Brodhead, Heron, Osborne and Prefontaine. And it’s all about their integrity.

Do they have the courage to do the right thing and demand an investigation into Nolan Crouse's expense account double dipping?

Or will they do as they always have, and support a man who has lost his reputation in this community? A lame duck mayor who is being asked to resign by some residents? A man who claims he ‘only made dozens of mistakes’ with taxpayers money after a questionable ‘self audit’ of his own books? Does anyone other than these four councillors actually believe Nolan Crouse?

With their political future squarely on the line, it will be interesting to see what these four do at council today.

Today is not about Nolan Crouse folks, rather it is all about
the integrity of four councillors. They are damned if they make the wrong decision and go against public opinion which as you can see from the poll results below, is certainly not for supporting Crouse. Will these four show voters integrity today? Ot will they show blind loyalty to a questionable council colleague? Their journey begins today and continues next week.



The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.
"he is known to be a man of integrity"
synonyms: honesty, probity, rectitude, honour, good character, principle(s), ethics, morals, righteousness, morality, virtue, decency, fairness, scrupulousness, sincerity, truthfulness, trustworthiness
"I never doubted his integrity"

Open Letter To Premier Prentice

To Premier Prentice and the elected officials of Alberta,

I am a resident of St. Albert and am concerned about the honesty and transparency surrounding our mayor, Nolan Crouse. He has been caught over billing his expense accounts for the Capital Regional Board and the City of St. Albert. As a resident, I believe that an investigation needs to be made into the matters that have been unfolding here. The newspapers are covering this and I feel that we are not being served well by our local city government as it almost seems there is a cover up. No one wants to investigate this and I read in the Edmonton Journal that Mr. Crouse did a self investigation into expenses.

First, Mr. Crouse is the chair of the Capital Regional Board and for him to say that he keeps his records in a “shoebox” is ludicrous. I would expect more from a public official using provincial and city tax funds. To use the same process at a city level also is again crazy. For a person who has been a president of a company, has held management positions in major corporations and has in the last few years finished an MBA program to say he does not know how to keep expenses well is a far reach.

Mr. Crouse was exposed when council member Sheena Hughes of St. Albert made a FOIP request of the Capital Regional Board. Since that time, Mr. Crouse has been making excuses for his actions. Ms. Hughes has been criticized for being honest and open to the residents of St. Albert.

How can the Government of Alberta take a blind eye to this from the premiers office down to cabinet level and how can the Capital Regional Board itself take no action because of this. It is one thing to hear someone say they made a mistake honestly. We heard that from our previous premier Ms. Redford. We heard this from Lance Armstrong, an international figure for how long. Until this matter is investigated by an external audit by someone not on the Capital Regional Board or the City of St. Albert administration, this matter is going to not be resolved.

I call upon those people in the Government of Alberta responsible for our elected officials to take action.

Ted Durham
St. Albert

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Discussion Forum
Exchange Of The Day

SUBJECT: Mayor Crouse’s Expense Double Dipping

* This whole thing is a smelly crock...Don't forget this is a man with an MBA. Owned several businesses and belonged to many organizations in a managerial capacity.
ROTFLMAO! Once the dust has settled, I wonder if Cape Breton University will still count El Kabong as one of their "Notable Grads". This could set their program back YEARS!

* If you go to the Gazette home page and type "Lightbody" in the search box, the first listed link is the article we are discussing. So it is still available online...but someone not looking specifically for it, would not find it easily. It should be very obvious!

* @cheesekate: To access the Dr. Lightbody's article "Audit them all" I just google the Gazette ... and when the page comes up ... I click on the eEdition which is a choice found at the top of the page .... this brings up the Gazette Paper itself as a newspaper graphic ... and you will see the article on the first page . If you click on the article you want to read .. and then hit the ctrl button it will enlarge the type so that it can be read easily. Click the bottom right corner of the page to turn the pages of the newspaper.

* I think that Crouse's mistake is thinking that a mayor's job is to gather support by making friends and catering to special interest groups by giving them what they want instead of governing with ALL citizens in mind and making innovative decisions and being financially prudent with our tax dollars. He is throwing around money to bolster his support so as to be elected again and again. I would rather have a competent individual gain his support through wise decision making. Being popular does not equal competence.

* It’s gotten weirder: now I can't find the Gazette article "Audit them all" under Scene anywhere. When I search for the article by title, it still shows up and says it's under Local A&E in Scene; but when you just try to search under Scene, zip.

* It seems to me that the arguments made by D. Sinclair on the main page of Mybirdie combined with Dr. Lightbody's arguments make a vote to audit the expenses of this Mayor the obvious decision. However, I still am sceptical as to whether Crouse's 4 puppets will see the light.

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50 Years Together
Their three kids, all successful, agreed to a Sunday dinner in their honour.

"Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad,” gushed Son No. 1.
'Sorry I'm running late. I had an emergency at the hospital with a patient, you know how it is, and I didn't have time to get you a gift."

"Not to worry," said the father. "Important thing is we're all together today."

Son No. 2 arrived. "You and Mom look great, Dad.
I just flew in from LA between depositions and didn't have time to shop for you."

"It's nothing," said the father. "We're glad you were able to come."

Just then the daughter arrived. "Hello and happy anniversary! Sorry, but my boss is sending me out of town and I was really busy packing so I didn't have time to get you anything."

After they had finished dessert, the father said, "There's something your mother and I have wanted to tell you for a long time. "You see, we were really poor, but we managed to send each of you to college.
Through the years your mother and I knew we loved each other very much, but we just never found the time to get married."

The three children gasped and said, "WHAT? You mean we're bastards?"

"Yep", said the father, "Cheap ones too."




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A dome-shaped object has been spotted in the sky – above a paranormal conference.

The silver UFO was filmed at the Probe International Conference in Blackpool on Sunday by a specialist photography crew.

And all those who suspected it was just a mere weather balloon were left baffled after the UFO hovered in the sky for an hour and then just vanished.

Sam Wright, 70, who runs the annual conference, said it was not the first time a suspicious object had been seen floating overhead during the conference.

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