A cautionary tale of transparency, a community “in turmoil” and “council who think they are running a private corporation rather than a public office” :
There’s a litany of trouble in the seaside paradise of Sechelt that involves a cast of colourful characters and has its genesis in – what else? – an election and a whole lot of money sloshing around in the community of 9,291.
It’s a story that raises questions about financial controls on municipal councils, transparency, and the unintended consequences of a flood of infrastructure money from federal and provincial governments. It also may portend a future of increased conflict between municipal leaders and taxpayers, a majority of whom will soon be retired and living on fixed incomes.