Local Merchants Outraged at Caf + Non Profit Competition in Sales & Service of Office Equipment, Supplies & Services – Cornwall Ontario – March 28, 2010

Local Merchants Outraged at Caf + Non Profit Competition in Sales & Service of Office Equipment, Supplies & Services – Cornwall Ontario – March 28, 2010

Cornwall ON – Local Language School Caf + is in hot water with a group of local merchants in Cornwall Ontario.   The group, a non-profit has been running what Janie Desjardins calls a “Social enterprise” which she told me was quite popular in Hawkesbury, Cassleman, and many parts of Quebec.  Caf + has recently added a French Language bookstore as well as Caf + Technologies as extensions of their Language and skills services.

Recently founded, CAF Technologies is an enterprise allowing the public & commercial sectors of Cornwall & Eastern Ontario to partake in a personalized experience when purchasing technology supplies. CAF Technologies is fortunate to have a valuable team of qualified professionals with over two decades of experience in sales & service of most major technology distributors. The grade of service that you will find at CAF Technologies will not be encountered anywhere else.

The thing is that many of the local merchants feel very different about Caf+’s social enterprise of selling and supporting office machines, supplies and services and have sent letters to the local MP, MPP, and City officials including Mayor Bob Kilger.

At issue is what they feel is unfair competition and the fact that Caf+ receives generous amounts of money from various levels of government.

Ms Desjardins stated the group will be releasing an official statement Monday March 29 that will include the statement that Caf+ does not use any governmental monies on any of the services of Caf+ technologies.

Letters have been sent from local businesses such as Jtec, Island Inkjet, J.L.Computers, Stormont Stationers, and a few others that declined to be mentioned as of print time.

Many asked why the school wasn’t using local merchants services instead of competing against them?

We are going to be doing a segment about this story on Seawayradio.com either Tuesday or Wednesday as this story evolves.

What do you think Cornwall?  Should Caf + participate in a competitive business with these merchants?  Should they be able to still receive government monies?   Feel free to post your thoughts and comments below.

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19 Comments on "Local Merchants Outraged at Caf + Non Profit Competition in Sales & Service of Office Equipment, Supplies & Services – Cornwall Ontario – March 28, 2010"

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sloppy joe
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I say run the !#$%#$ out of the City. Hiding behind Gov’t loopholes, further sinking our local business men for a moment of political candor, I think not!

Stan
Member

I heard that this is not the first city that CAF+ has pulled this stunt. All government (our taxes) money to them should be stopped! Even out the playing field and lets support our local merchants!

Stan
Member

Agreed, it is strange for a non-profit organization to own their own building. What moneys did they use to buy it? Public money? Stating that they are “non-profit” only means that they clear-out their bank accounts before tax time, probably giving themselves bonuses and exorbitant salaries, and telling the tax man they made no profits. Nice gimmick!

Eric
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I enjoy the very political response “does not use any governmental monies on any of the services of Caf+”
Could be true, but if use monies from the governement for say, rent, does that not help you to reduce the income needed from other sources? A small independant business would have to pay for all costs out of income.

Mark the Locavore
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Just wanted to echo Eric – nice try and all but anyone who runs an organization successfully does so by leveraging the assets they have at hand – for-profit or not. This smells like a huge conflict of interest to me and even the most benevolent and fair-minded leader of such an organization would not be able to fairly keep separate the profitable for the non-profitable. Don’t mix the two! It’s high time our politicians weighed in on this, too – it’s hard to imagine anyone finding it fair to charge one business taxes to fund their own competition. We’ll… Read more »
sloppy joe
Guest
Can you say TAX FRAUD ? I think it’s time Caf+, Caffed up the truth. I thought that Non-Profit business had the property zoned by local Govt’ and given to them for use and all they had to do was cover utilities cost, which is paid through fund raising. I also thought that the Govt’ regulated salaries for non-profit organizations. Hmmm… Have any of you ever seen those people on street corners asking for support of the Red Cross? They too should be investigated. I for one looked into it myself and found out through one of their managers that… Read more »
Stan
Member

If CAF owns the building they are in then they obviously don’t have rent to pay. Does that mean that they are paying their taxes (Municipal, School, Provincial & Federal) using our taxes? This situation sounds horrendous if we’re paying their taxes for them!

Confused
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I have to start by pointing out that this article was very poorly written. The anonymous author of this article unfortunately misrepresented CAF School for Adults by stating that they are a “Local Language School”. Anyone who actually takes a quick minute to read through CAF’s website, will quickly notice that CAF is not only a “Local Language School”. CAF works very hard to allow access to successful services that help local people integrate to the labor market and become active and involved members in the area’s social and economical activities. If anyone were to actually use common sense and… Read more »
Confused
Guest
I’m going to start my post off by saying that it is extremely unfair that you are asking only individuals affiliated with CAF to sign their posts. You are allowing anonymous people to attack CAF through your Website, but you are not allowing that same freedom to others that wish to disagree with these false accusations.    My previous post was simply implying that your readers should really think about what they are writing before clicking the “SUBMIT” button. Many of the posts submitted on this thread are filled with inaccurate information. Actually I’m going to permit myself to say… Read more »
Jerry
Member

I agree with confused. It is unfair to ask defenders of CAF to not be anonymous while attackers can remain anonymous. This is either an anonymous comment site or it is not. if you want to change this, how specifically will you distinguish between who can be anonymous and who cannot be? Will you do the same regarding local politics, national and provincial politics, roadside spraying, dog poop parks, art shows, etc. Letters to the editor should continue to say who they are and that has been your rule all along..

willie191
Guest

From the CAFtech web page. They are calling themselves resellers, thus, not non profit.

“CAF TECH is the Value Added Reseller of choice for a wide variety of products”.

MayorKilgersLoveChild
Guest

(throws a turd, monkey style @ “CONFUSED”)

Claudette LaPierre
Guest

Well, well… they got caught, finally!
In today’s paper it reads:”An ongoing government investigation has crippled a long-running adult education provider. Centre d’apprentissage et de formation plus (CAF+) was stripped of $1.4 million in funding last month by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.”
if you want to read more, go to: http://www.standard-freeholder.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3073129
And most of them don’t even live around here, they have Quebec’s license plates.
I’m glad they got caught!

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