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Whistleblower hotline empowers citizens

This whistleblower policy offers protection to city employees and contractors submitting reports to the hotline. Citizens can submit reports through a secure online form at www.sudburycomplaints.ca , or through an impartial service provider at 705-688-7588.

Instead of honestly dealing with the issues raised by successive scandals, the City of Greater Sudbury administrators chose to cover them up. When that became unsustainable, it resorted to slurs and dirty tricks, and incrementally raised the level of repression to smother voices demanding accountability and corrective institutional measures. It is no wonder that from time to time the City administrators get into panic mode by terminating employees, miscalculating and committing acts that everyone outside the regime recognizes as administratively stupid. Justice prevail.

 
     
 
                 
 
 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

 

     

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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  

Released on December 10, 2015 (posted on January 15, 2016)
Tag # 685

Fowke: Administration disaster
City progress hindered by incompetent interim CAO Fowke

Bigger failed to honour mandate given by taxpayers    

City is heading for another admiration disaster under the direct watch of interim CAO Fowke

Fowke also serves as Director of Human Resources and Organizational Development. According to the leaked court documents from the Human Resources division , he admitted his failure in managing the human resources issues in the City. In order to be excused from the justice system, he said that "The Respondents concede that there are significant workplace issues in W/WW (water and wastewater) involving the Applicant and which required resolution" Additionally,  he requested for another mechanism to address the issues. However, it can be noted that, Fowke was not able to address any issues in the City. Rather, he hired a lawyers from a Toronto-based legal firm to defend the bureaucrats from their wrong doings. . Read more

Released on November  19, 2015 at 23:00 EDT,  Posted on December 10, 2015 @ 23:00 EDT
Tag #: 684

Johnston's integrity Saga and Watergate scandal 
City's bureaucrats' attempt to keep the Watergate scandal in secret under Johnston's watch failed

Order MA 3258 against the City - Read here

Ontario Privacy Commissioner ordered the release of over 9,000 pages of documents related to the Watergate scandal
Benkovich may face fraud charges

Sudbury taxpayers will know very soon how their tax dollars were defrauded by City's Water and Waste water Director Nick Benkovich, who used the emergency water main break repair contracts.

Nick Benkovich, Director of Water and Waste water Services, outsourced repairs of emergency water main breaks.  In 2006, the contract was initially awarded an annual amount of $250,000 and ended up with an annual average of $1.6 million. Later, without any competitive bidding or tender process, the contract was extended for another term. This time (2011), however, the contract was awarded an annual amount of $750,000 and ended with an annual average of $2.8 million. Read more

 

 
 

 

             
     

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  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: Incompetent and Negligence

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.

Fowke colluded with Johnston against the Bigger administration. According to a leaked e-mail from City Hall, Johnston wrote to Fowke, "your efforts there wasn't enough political will to be assertive with the union. This may be the case, but I believe I will be able to take a new approach when presenting this data so that the magnitude of the problem resonates with them." This provides clear evidence that Johnston’s actions are political.

It is also clear that Fowke motivated Johnston to bring this matter to the council. Fowke's sole intention was to create a path for Johnston through which he would leave the office and thus free the CAO position for his taking. His motive was successful and Johnston wrote back to Fowke: "If council rejects my strategy I will stand down and never discuss this matter again. Quite frankly, I have no interest in continuing to work for a corporation...".  

Johnston further wrote that "it is important that a communication strategy be established to inform the public of the disparities and inequities in the system." These leaked e-mails are also evidence that Fowke colluded with Johnston against the Bigger administration to go public and attempted to discredit the council and mayor.  

Mayor Bigger condemned the interim CAO’s (Johnston's) political approach for choosing to discuss fire services at the Sept. 22, 2015, council meeting. Ironically, Johnston’s supposed “political approach” was merely orchestrated by Fowke's conspiracy. According to an uncovered e-mail from Bigger's office, he stated: "I specifically told you not to antagonize the firefighters union with your personal comments on P6M. You chose to disregard my direction. Your role is to follow the direction of mayor and council. I am not impressed."  Bigger copied this e-mail to fellow City councillors.

Fowke has nothing to do with politics at City Hall but to follow the instructions of the Mayor and council. Fowke, however, painted a different picture with the public and the Mayor. Fowke said in June 2015 that " increases in overtime were not directly related to the schedule in the Fire Services division." Furthermore, he stated that "they are related to increased training commitments to volunteers and because of using trainers on evenings and weekends."

According to the leaked e-mail, Fowke also admitted to the increase in sick leave and absenteeism and suggested that negotiations on this matter could be resolved during the next contract. However, this would not even be a problem in the first place if Fowke were able to forecast that consequences would arise from a 24-hour shift schedule.

Fowke's incompetence and conspiracy led to all these issues. The City's fire chief, Trevor Bain, even wrote to Johnston that he does not want to get in "war of words" with Fowke. Fowke did not discuss the matter directly with the fire chief, but instead, utilized a political approach - Johnston as an instrument to develop a toxic relationship with Bigger. Finally, Johnston was removed from the CAO position and Fowke was able to snatch the interim CAO position in City hall.

Fowke later addressed the media and stated that "the City was planning to hire a private recruitment company to search for the new CAO." Bigger surprised Fowke however, when he announced that the council had already selected the CAO.  Ed Archer, interim CAO from Regina will resume his job as permanent CAO with the City of Greater Sudbury.  

In addition to all of this, it should be noted that Fowke is also facing allegations over wasting millions of tax dollars on legal fees to cover his incompetence and for scamming thousands of tax dollars in referral fees from law firms.

The Bigger administration must take stern action against Fowke and he must be removed from City Hall in order to protect taxpayers. This will also prevent future conspiracies from his behalf against the Bigger administration and taxpayers.

 

 
             
     

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