Cornwall Ontario – The Agape is about to get over $57,000 in loans and grants from the City of Cornwall in spite of a shortfall in this years revenue thanks to the Province playing Grinch with the city.
The deal, smelling of Conflicted Councilor Elaine MacDonald who sits on the board of the Agape and very conflicted Mayor Bob Kilger playing snuggle toes together is bizarre as it’s the end result of multiple flip flopping by city management and council.
Refused agency funding this year it reeks of simply finding a back door entry to the taxpayers pockets.
The Agape Centre which has cut over 20% of its services according to their CRS tax returns, and bloating their staff with friends and family of exec director Alyssa Blais while refusing to open up their books to the community.
“The Agape Centre was delighted to hear that our application was approved!” said Alyssa Blais, Agape executive director.
Unfortunately, the delay getting the approval could have consequences on jumpstarting the project before winter.
“Highly unlikely,” Blais said, on the possibility of a late fall construction.
Ms. Blais was quoted in the Standard Freeholder, before the actual deal is approved at tonight’s council. Is Ms Blais psychic or is this the result of some back door dealing?
The troubled food bank has had several instances of having to pay out as much as $5,000 to former staff for wrongful termination settlements and other employee issues has no issue creating an orchard, but can’t put in a wheel chair ramp.
CFN phoned CAO Norm Levac, Clerk Helen Finn, and signatories to the recommended report Stephen Alexander and Ken Bedford for comment. None answered their phones. Likewise we emailed all of council, the CAO and Clerk, but none had replied as of press time to explain this odd reversal and raping of the public purse.
What do you think CFN viewers? Should City Hall have allowed Agape Board member Elaine MacDonald to lobby and win tax dollars for her organization? Is this the best use of tax dollars? And why won’t Ms Blais confirm if a Trillium grant was used to hire her now husband John Earle?
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