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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:14 am    Post subject: CBC: Attawapiskat audit finds 'no evidence of due diligence' Reply with quote

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The accounting firm hired to audit the finances of the troubled Attawapiskat First Nation reserve in northern Ontario says there is little or no documentation for millions of dollars spent by the band, CBC News has learned.

The unreleased audit was requested by the federal government to ensure that the approximately $104 million it provided to Attawapiskat between April 2005 and November 2011 was spent as it should have been.

CBC News has obtained a copy of the audit. The funding was intended for housing, sewage, education and other services.

In a letter dated Sept. 20, 2012, that was written by Deloitte to Chief Theresa Spence and copied to the Department of Aboriginal Affairs, that auditing firm says that of 505 transactions reviewed, more than 400 lacked proper documentation.

The letter says "an average of 81 per cent of files did not have adequate supporting documents and over 60 per cent had no documentation of the reason for payment."


http://www.cbc.ca/news/politic.....onday.html
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been watching Ezra Levant go nuts over this entire issue for the last two weeks while nearly every non-Sun media outlet has been ignoring it and basically covering the #idlenomore situation.

I cannot believe how much worse the fiscal management situation on Attawapiskat was then I could have imagined.

Over 80% of all money spent basically has no firm means of tracking it in terms of proper supporting documentation which I would assume would be official invoices and receipts and over 60% has no documentation at all?

This is unreal.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, you racist pig, but double-entry bookkeeping is not a part of native culture ... you must be an insensitive cad to expect natives to go through such contortions of their nature just so your nosiness can be satisfied. Try to stifle your impulse to expect responsibility and accountability from these folks, and understand that you are committing an act of cultural imperialism when you get all snotty like that.

Besides, most of the charge slips are probably still in the back of the Escalade ... as kate would say.

;-)
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

More on the clash of native cultures, and what are now jokingly called 'generally accepted Accounting practices' ...

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Audit nightmare: The RCMP, not Harper, should be meeting with Chief Spence

A new audit of the Attawapiskat Indian reserve was released Monday. It was shocking.

The accounting firm of Deloitte randomly chose 505 financial transactions, between April 1, 2005 and Nov. 30, 2011, to review. They found “81% of files did not have adequate supporting documents and over 60% had no documentation of the reason for payment.”

A lot of that money was supposed to go to housing. Attawapiskat is the reserve where some houses have leaky roofs, poor insulation, broken plumbing and are generally unfit for habitation. But Deloitte wrote, “There is no evidence of due diligence in the use of public funds, including the use of funds for housing.”

Deloitte can’t find where the money went. But maybe the long list of people on the band’s rich payroll might know, starting with Theresa Spence, the chief, or her boyfriend, Clayton Kennedy, who just happens to be the town’s financial manager. He bills the band $850 a day to manage their finances.

In fact, there are 21 politicians on the band payroll. Plus plenty of full-time staff. But Deloitte didn’t find that reassuring: “Attawapiskat First Nation did not provide us with any job descriptions for individuals who are involved in the financial management of funding agreements.”

The band doesn’t even produce annual budgets. High school football teams have budgets. The band council doesn’t keep regular minutes of their meetings, either. Ordinary band members can’t find out what their politicians are doing. (Spence, in a news release Monday, dismissed the audit’s release as “no more than a distraction from the true issue” and said it was an attempt to “discredit” her.)

So what does this all look like, if you pour $100 million through such a system, as the federal government has done since 2005? Well, here are a few of the findings in Deloitte’s sample of 505 transactions.

In September, 2011, at the height of the housing crisis, they spent $4,333 on breakfast supplies. No documentation. No contract, no invoice.

In April of 2011, a “consultant” got paid $303,256. The identity of the consultant is not known. The documentation is incomplete.

What kind of consultant did Attawapiskat need for $303,256 last year? In the middle of a housing crisis? Was it a roofing consultant? Someone to develop a roofing strategy? Is that why they didn’t have money to actually hire a roofer?

There are many of these employment contracts — often six figures, always anonymous.

Another common one is “other purchases.” One was for $87,150. Auditor’s note: “Occurrence questionable.” Was anything even bought? Who knows?

Countless money was spent on legal fees. One payment was for $68,910 — lawyer unknown, no supporting documentation. Was it band business? Or maybe someone’s divorce?

What about a real estate deal three years ago for

$1.1 million? But it’s an Indian reserve. The band already owns all the land. And the vendor is anonymous. There was zero supporting documentation. Was this $1.1 million property deal even in Attawapiskat? Or was it in Florida?

There are a flurry of these property purchases — all secret, no street address or even a general geographic location given.Eighty-one percent of the files the auditor checked are this way. Not 1% or 2%. This isn’t an error. It’s a way of life.

If the people involved had Italian names and were from the Montreal construction industry, or French-Canadian names from Montreal ad agencies, instead of Indian “consultants” from Attawapiskat, there would be resignations and criminal charges flying.

But it would be racist to ask tough questions of Chief Spence and her boyfriend. And, she’s so close to starving herself, it would be mean, too.

Is Stephen Harper really going to meet with her on Friday? Shouldn’t the RCMP do so first?
http://www.calgarysun.com/2013.....ief-spence


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I tried to get away with calling this sort of book keeping GAAP I would be in a prison cell right now. :D
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bugs wrote:
Sorry, you racist pig, but double-entry bookkeeping is not a part of native culture ... you must be an insensitive cad to expect natives to go through such contortions of their nature just so your nosiness can be satisfied. Try to stifle your impulse to expect responsibility and accountability from these folks, and understand that you are committing an act of cultural imperialism when you get all snotty like that.

Besides, most of the charge slips are probably still in the back of the Escalade ... as kate would say.

;-)


While I know this is in jest,
You would be shocked to hear how many people have replied to me in this manner over the last few weeks,

Yesterday's report silenced a good majority,

However;

Watching the opposition double down on this has brought a smile to my face;

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NDP MP Charlie Angus, reached in his northern Ontario riding that includes Attawapiskat, said the audit identified records-keeping problems on the both the federal government’s and the Attawapiskat band council’s sides, but he said “there’s no smoking gun here.”

“They’re not saying somebody took the money to go off to Florida,” said Angus. He and others suspected the timing of the audit’s release before Friday’s key meeting with aboriginal leaders, Spence among them, was a cynical move to discredit her.


http://www.thestar.com/news/ca.....istraction
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The old motto about if you find yourself in a hole you should stop digging comes to mind...

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Reporters were asked Monday whether they were "friend or foe" by supporters of Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, and were turned away when they said they were journalists hoping to ask questions about the leaked audit of finances at her northern Ontario reserve.

Spence has been on a hunger strike on Victoria Island since Dec. 11, subsisting mainly on fish broth while demanding a meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper, herself and other First Nations leaders.

The location had been open to journalists, supporters and opposition party politicians for weeks, but that appeared to change on Monday.

"As soon as we learned about the release or leak of the audit we went down to Victoria Island which is just a few kilometres from Parliament Hill and we were banned and barred from getting on to the actual campsite," CTV's Ottawa Bureau Chief Robert Fife told Canada AM on Tuesday.

"They not only locked the door but one of the natives who was guarding the door would say 'friend or foe?' A friend was someone who was native, a foe was regarded as the media."


http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/r.....z2HOXg8BfC
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

More on the clash of native cultures, and what are now laughingly called 'generally accepted Accounting practices' ...

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Audit nightmare: The RCMP, not Harper, should be meeting with Chief Spence

A new audit of the Attawapiskat Indian reserve was released Monday. It was shocking.

The accounting firm of Deloitte randomly chose 505 financial transactions, between April 1, 2005 and Nov. 30, 2011, to review. They found “81% of files did not have adequate supporting documents and over 60% had no documentation of the reason for payment.”

A lot of that money was supposed to go to housing. Attawapiskat is the reserve where some houses have leaky roofs, poor insulation, broken plumbing and are generally unfit for habitation. But Deloitte wrote, “There is no evidence of due diligence in the use of public funds, including the use of funds for housing.”

Deloitte can’t find where the money went. But maybe the long list of people on the band’s rich payroll might know, starting with Theresa Spence, the chief, or her boyfriend, Clayton Kennedy, who just happens to be the town’s financial manager. He bills the band $850 a day to manage their finances.

In fact, there are 21 politicians on the band payroll. Plus plenty of full-time staff. But Deloitte didn’t find that reassuring: “Attawapiskat First Nation did not provide us with any job descriptions for individuals who are involved in the financial management of funding agreements.”

The band doesn’t even produce annual budgets. High school football teams have budgets. The band council doesn’t keep regular minutes of their meetings, either. Ordinary band members can’t find out what their politicians are doing. (Spence, in a news release Monday, dismissed the audit’s release as “no more than a distraction from the true issue” and said it was an attempt to “discredit” her.)

So what does this all look like, if you pour $100 million through such a system, as the federal government has done since 2005? Well, here are a few of the findings in Deloitte’s sample of 505 transactions.

In September, 2011, at the height of the housing crisis, they spent $4,333 on breakfast supplies. No documentation. No contract, no invoice.

In April of 2011, a “consultant” got paid $303,256. The identity of the consultant is not known. The documentation is incomplete.

What kind of consultant did Attawapiskat need for $303,256 last year? In the middle of a housing crisis? Was it a roofing consultant? Someone to develop a roofing strategy? Is that why they didn’t have money to actually hire a roofer?

There are many of these employment contracts — often six figures, always anonymous.

Another common one is “other purchases.” One was for $87,150. Auditor’s note: “Occurrence questionable.” Was anything even bought? Who knows?

Countless money was spent on legal fees. One payment was for $68,910 — lawyer unknown, no supporting documentation. Was it band business? Or maybe someone’s divorce?

What about a real estate deal three years ago for

$1.1 million? But it’s an Indian reserve. The band already owns all the land. And the vendor is anonymous. There was zero supporting documentation. Was this $1.1 million property deal even in Attawapiskat? Or was it in Florida?

There are a flurry of these property purchases — all secret, no street address or even a general geographic location given.Eighty-one percent of the files the auditor checked are this way. Not 1% or 2%. This isn’t an error. It’s a way of life.

If the people involved had Italian names and were from the Montreal construction industry, or French-Canadian names from Montreal ad agencies, instead of Indian “consultants” from Attawapiskat, there would be resignations and criminal charges flying.

But it would be racist to ask tough questions of Chief Spence and her boyfriend. And, she’s so close to starving herself, it would be mean, too.

Is Stephen Harper really going to meet with her on Friday? Shouldn’t the RCMP do so first?
http://www.calgarysun.com/2013.....ief-spence


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Canadians should be very attentive pursuant to how far our
CINO PM will cave into the demands of the radical Indian
extremist who have adopted a Marxist-style, anti-colonial
framework to insist on greater wealth transfer from wealth
makers to wealth takers, rather than creating their own wealth.

Hopefully Harper will recognize that these radicals will never be
satisfied until they acquire modifications to remedy their perceived
colonial status. They are demanding remedies affecting wealth
extraction, and the re-shaping and redistribution of political, economical
and culture powers.

Reasonable Canadians are expecting our left-plunging PM to dismiss his
episodic tendencies for irresponsible fiscal expenditures, appeasement,
and politically correctness, and rather, expedite his common and
economic sense as he denies the extremist socialist demands for even
more wealth redistribution.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Me too ...

The thing is, by waiting things out, by responding when the media mood is just at the edge of 'reasonable' and 'tense', Harper has been able to illustrate the unreasonableness and hostility that motivates Chief Spence and the Apiswapiskat tit-suckers.

They demanded a meeting with the Governal General as well.

This goes nowhere. Apiswapiskat is a model of dependency. It's the end-point of the socialist ideal, it takes from the oppressor to give to the victims. The whole economy depends on the federal government, and the wits of a whole people now prey off governments, like they once did for game.

They get lots, for a town of 1500. They aren't even willing to maintain their own homes! Somehow, huge gaps in between the town's rich and poor develop. Those that hunt the government control the money, and the rest mooch along, like the rest of us. Except there's welfare all over the place.

The result is that a native community can be shitting in their own drinking water, and rather than fix the problem they do whatever they've been doing about water, and blackmail politicians with threats of disorder.

It's got to stop. The courts just cut the Métis in on the deal. It's going to bleed us dry.

It's something to think about. The courts recognize that there racial claims, going into perpetuity, in this country, and that a growing group of entitled 'natives' have a 'right' to part of the incomes of the rest of us.

And they keep expanding this group. Nowadays, some of the most surprising people have cards that recognize their right to avoid a lot of taxes of the basis of one of their grandfathers.

Let's see how Harper plays it.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think the natives are the real issue its the extreme far left that has no idea as a rule what many of these reserves are like and get this you can leave there by choice which some did not seem to know.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bugs wrote:

Let's see how Harper plays it.


Public opinion is not on the side of Chief Spence, that is a large part of the reason you are watching the Star, CTV, and to a far lesser extent CBC start to back peddle on the support the lavished on her prior to the release of the audit report.

With every senseless act of protest committed during these "days of action" the government looks reasonable while the protestors do not.

Harper should never hold a hardline stance, be reasonable and wait for the Chiefs to be unreasonable then throw your arms up and argue you tried.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cosmostein wrote:
Bugs wrote:

Let's see how Harper plays it.


Public opinion is not on the side of Chief Spence, that is a large part of the reason you are watching the Star, CTV, and to a far lesser extent CBC start to back peddle on the support the lavished on her prior to the release of the audit report.

With every senseless act of protest committed during these "days of action" the government looks reasonable while the protestors do not.

Harper should never hold a hardline stance, be reasonable and wait for the Chiefs to be unreasonable then throw your arms up and argue you tried.


I don't think Harper could do much more then he has done as for the protesters i see it much like Quebec students started out good then lost focus.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

reidjr wrote:


I don't think Harper could do much more then he has done as for the protesters i see it much like Quebec students started out good then lost focus.


Agreed;
This is like Occupy, a mess of issues which no one understands because of a total lack of focus and direction by its organizers.

Most people however understand the bullet-points of the Audit.

After a few railway blockades, 401 blockades, and whatever other chaos these folks want to cause the voting public will turn on them and the opposition gets left with this on their plate,
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I actually went through a native blockade on Highway #2 (in Ontario) near Thamesville.

They forced the car to stop, and then approached smiling, and offering Tim Horton's coffee and donuts. A nice selection, too, I must say.

I should add, they were the merriest protesters I've ever seen.

I wonder ... how many native folks' hearts are really into this?
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