May 8, 2008

Untrustworthy Trustees

Toronto Catholic school trustees have been caught brazenly padding their salaries with car allowances, benefits, mini bar tabs, crazy restaurant bills, dry cleaning, keeping office furniture and electronics and on and on.

The inquiry into the overspending has led them to admit that there is an element of 'entitlement' to this.

Bah. There is an element of 'fraud' to all this. Arrest them. Charge every single one who submitted bogus expenses at the expense of the kids. This crap makes me seethe. Hiring family members, claiming tuition for a master's degree, and, here's a cute one - 10 times in one year, submitting duplicate credit card charges and a restaurant receipt, to effectively double the claim.

Are you kidding me? And who the hell let it go by? My accountant - who I pay - won't let a single damned thing go by that isn't legit.

"I have no tolerance and the government has no tolerance for public dollars being used in inappropriate ways," Education Minister Kathleen Wynne said. "Where there are inappropriate expenses, inappropriate reimbursements, public money that's being used for private benefit, all of those things have to change."

Oh, I beg to differ, Ms. Wynne. The government seems to have a huge appetite for tolerating this kind of garbage. If trustees are told by policy makers and lawyers that they aren't allowed to do something, and they do it anyway, you should be suing their disobedient asses. School board trustees wining and dining on the public dime? Why? Access to gobs of discretionary funds, when our schools are falling apart at the seams seem to prove they have no discretion, why?

We elect these people. Most of them go into this and work hard to make sure our children have a voice and a future. But for the pseudo politicians who realize this is as high as they're going to go up the process, I say theft is theft, whether you divert funds to a numbered company, take home a fax machine or use your company credit card for vacations and clothes. Yes, they've done all these things.

Charge 'em. In my world, it's called fraud.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lorraine, oh I agree. Fraud charges and make sure they stick. It has become too apparent that most, not all, run, get elected with the idea solely in their heads as to what they can squeeze out of us and hopefully not get caught. Nice isn't it? AND these parasites are making the laws to govern us, to tell us what end is up? Yeah right!!!Hypocrisy gone wild...Hey girl, the lady of advice, our own provincial version of Dear Abbey. You have been onto some real goodies lately, now what's for supper?

May 08, 2008 2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't hold your breath on dinner.

her sister

May 08, 2008 5:01 PM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

Seems as if you and me use the same accountant, Lorraine -- or at least, ones that went to ethics and don't-screw-with-the-public-purse school...

And did you read about the woman working at Timmies who was fired for (allegedly) giving a baby a timbit and not charging for it...? That weird muffled sound you hear is Mr. Horton rolling over in his grave.

There really is something wrong with this world we attempt to live our live; fired for a $ 0.17 piece of fried dough; lauded for claiming $ 8,600.oo for a car allowance -- per trustee!!!

May 08, 2008 5:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hold my breath on dinner? I know. Lorraine never called, never heard a word but whispers have it, Mac and cheese, not positive though. Omemeeozzie, you summed it up quite well. All this hoopla over a 17 cent Timbit while the public purse is taken for a ride again, but it is in the news today that the woman in all this contraversy got her job back and I should hope so. Lorraine, what's for breakfast then?

May 09, 2008 5:06 AM  

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