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Bigger: Corrupt or Bankrupt ?

Bigger’s bogus open data policy exposed
Gravy train running through City hall

 
 

According to the leaked information from the City hall, the Freedom of Information Requests (FOI 2018 – 62 and FOI 2018 – 63) to access Kevin Fowke’s, (General Manger Corporate Services) current employment contract and the legal fees paid by his division for external legal firms to undertake labour and employment matters  (2013 – 2018) were denied. On behalf of the corrupt administrators, Adam Kosnick, Manager of Regulated Services / Deputy City Clerk issued the decision.

Fowke received generous package from Bigger and his salary increased by 26% in 2017 and now reached to total package of $202,951.80. Under Fowke’s watch, City corrupt administrators paid over $ 700,000.00 (January 2007 to August 2012) to a Toronto based legal firm. City also paid over $7.5 million dollars (2008 – 2010) to one of the local legal firms who has close ties with the bureaucrats for  labour and employment matters. Every year it costs the City over 1.9 million tax dollars to operate its own legal services division with 7 or more lawyers and support staff.

According to sources available to WikiLeaks Sudbury, the matter has been appealed to the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. WikiLeaks Sudbury will release more information to public soon after they become available. Stay tuned.

 
 



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.



Fowke: Incompetent and negligence

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

 

 
 
                 
 
 
     

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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

Released on January 10, 2016 (posted on February 29, 2016)
Tag # 686

Fowke: (de) Fraud, corruption, incompetence and negligence  
Playing golf using tax dollars
Hotel bill cost taxpayers $3,521.66
Bigger failure ..
 

City's interim CAO Fowke, pocketed $12,245.14 tax dollars
As Fowke expense scandal grows, why hasn’t Bigger cut off the money?

WikiLeaks Sudbury uncovered that the City's embattled interim CAO, Kevin Fowke, was reimbursed $12,245.09 from tax dollars for his travelling expenses from 2012 to 2015. He collected this amount in addition to his annual salary of $142,743.30 with $7,821.78 in benefits, totalling $150,565.08. The necessity of such expenses to run the city’s business is questionable.

Mayor Bigger and fellow councillors are counting pennies to provide the best value for tax dollars; meanwhile, the City’s senior managers are living in luxury at the cost of taxpayers. All this while taxpayers struggle to make ends meet. Read more  

 

 
 

 

             
     

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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."  

The City is among the poorest performing municipalities in the Canada, according to the Civil Liberty Groups. The local government has failed to streamline its regulations regarding business practices. They have also engaged in reforms that have liberalized the Sudbury economy and failed to increase its strength and viability. The unemployment rate is higher than both the national and Ontario average.

The City is riddled with dishonesty as the bureaucrats are not immune to private interests and corrupt administrators can bypass the law. The complete control by the corrupt administration leaves no room for a reform or an independent assessment of the City’s actions by a civil society or the media. The permeation of informal networks (mainly in the form of family relations), the lack of avenues for political participation among Sudbury citizens and the clientele’s relationship between interest groups supports the continuation of this status quo.

Canapini took full advantage of this situation and teamed up with the General Manager of corporate services Kevin Fowke and the director of water and wastewater services Nick Benkovich. All three were involved in defrauding public funds through various contracts, such as external legal services and water main break emergency repair contracts. Despite Sudbury taxpayers paying the bill, there was no political willingness to correct the situation.

Instead of finding solution to issues raised by employees, Canapini continuously tried to silence voices of those opposing the corrupt regime. To support him, Benkovich conducted numerous discipline inquiries, according to questions scripted by Fowke. Benkovich and Fowke’s actions resulted in the termination of several city employees. This has opened new avenue in the fight against corruption at city hall.

Canapini is now gone. However, Fowke and Benkovich are still hiding behind veils of secrecy and are continuing their corrupt practices. Fowke and Benkovich must be kicked out of city hall in order to complete a full clean up.

The clock is ticking …

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