We continue our tradition of paging through Atlantic Frank magazine for stories of interest. This ish has two Wolfville specific bits, both on the Letters Page.
MOVIN ON UP… Dear Frank: In your latest Lutz Becker legal dispatch (Frank 582) you forgot to mention that Wolfville Mayor Bob Stead and CAO Roy Brideau have moved their town hall offices upstairs. The town is spending precious tax dollars on town hall renovations, and Mayor Bob is now even less accessible to the public than before. [signed] Hesin D. Attic, Wolfville
But safe from Town crazies? We are sure Council would have all kinds of legitimate reasons for this move, if anyone was allowed to ask about it, but since questions are still taboo, we can speculate that it is to make room for a full body scanner downstairs.
Speaking of crazies, the second letter references a Wolfville murder:
EQUAL TIME FOR EQUAL CRIMES – Dear Frank: It is shameful that there are 60 plus unsolved murder and missing persons cases in Nova Scotia. I have to ask: why have you singled out the Paula Gallant one? It appears that you think this one has more significance than the others. [signed] Saul V Demmaul, Hubbards
Leslie Conrad, Jonathan Reader and Lisa Purcell are pictured [although Leslie is wrongly identified as the one on the right when her picture is on the left.]
Frank continues to be the paper of record for the over-spending habits of our august leaders. Here’s just one example:
TOO MUCH INFORMATION [by] I. Nocallbach
If Graham Steele wants to reduce the cost of government he need look no further than the bloated ranks of my dear friends at Communication Nova Scotia.
The annual CNS payroll has swelled from $3 million a decade ago to over $10 million today. I’m no Mensa cadidate, but methinks that’s a hefty $7 million increase, of dubious value to taxpayers.
We’d say so, wouldn’t you?
Whereas the department employed 105 in 2006 ( opposed to only 57 in 200, see Frank 505 for the rundown) now 138 spindocotors are living large, thanks to Communications Nova Scotia largesse.
And the salaries have increased too, with 30 of these employees raking in over $70,000. With this kind of “entitlement” rampant everywhere, at every level of government, Wolfville administration a prime example, no wonder we are in debt. This is not “sustainable”.
According to Statistics Canada, there are 3.5 million Canadians employed in the public sector out of 16.9 million working Canadians — 20.7 per cent! This means one in five working Canadians are employed by the public sector. These jobs are funded from the taxes paid by the other 80 per cent of Canadians working in the private sector. This has been a worsening condition over the past 40 years.