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Real estate report rankles readers

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Readers were angry to learn details of a damning report on real estate transactions by the City of Winnipeg, although few seem surprised by the findings.

 

If we had a crack-addicted loudmouth bully for a mayor, he could not have done more damage to the public interest than the one we got instead.

-- Spence Furby

 

Time for Winnipeg voters to do their due diligence and replace the current mayor and all members of council. Thankfully, the election is just a few months away.

-- 23610547

 

The review is particularly critical of Sheegl and Shindico. Yet neither Sheegl nor anyone from Shindico was interviewed for the review. This, I think, is a legitimate criticism of the report. Their conclusions may be entirely correct, but to not speak to the targets of their criticisms is a shortcoming.

-- OBSERVER6

 

Politicians always have an "out," and in this case it is this report. This was not an audit, it was a review. An audit has to adhere to specific professional standards and must be evidence-based. You wouldn't necessarily have to interview people for an audit if the documentation provided you with what you need. A review carries much less weight than an audit, and I would expect all involved to be interviewed as part of a review.

-- Everybody Up

 

What has very clearly happened here is a monstrous breach of trust by senior officials. They have behaved improperly in the execution of their duties and have failed miserably in their duty to keep elected officials in the loop.

Yes, we have incompetent and duplicitous elected officials, but the major problem disclosed with this real estate audit is that we have a senior bureaucracy that is manifestly unfit and in need of wholesale purging: dismissal for cause, with no sweetheart deals like Sheegl got.

-- Gord Richardson

 

I feel nothing but contempt for Katz, councillors and Sheegl. I don't care if there is an election in October, our current council is a disgrace to our city and its citizens. An RCMP investigation into this nightmare at city hall should be called by Premier Selinger, and all councillors and the mayor should be suspended until the election. Perhaps some sort of interim government can be established until after the election.

All the questionable activities that have surfaced over the recent months have rendered our mayor and councillors unable to make decisions about anything. Their lack of due diligence is nothing short of disgusting.

-- emcee51

 

I can't put much value in the ethics of this audit. First, it is commissioned by city council, which is scrambling for a scapegoat and directed EY to concentrate on a hand-picked set of projects. That alone makes it biased.

Second, the findings aren't all necessarily bad. In most cases, they suggest more money should have been spent on consulting. We have already seen what top-heavy consulting does. For example, the new stadium.

-- Slim G

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 6, 2014 A10

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