“We apologize for the inconvenience”: Northern Village of Pinehouse and transparency, accountability . . . .

The Pinehouse Village council and administration knew they could not possibly get their 2019 financial statement completed by the legislative deadline, but nevertheless moved the municipal election ahead by more than one month before the standard date followed elsewhere in the province (Nov. 9).  It’s almost like Mayor Mike and his council were determined that the 2019 financial picture remain hidden to village electors before they were required to place their votes on October 7. 

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No boundaries, no accountability: Northern Village of Pinehouse & Kineepik Metis Local Inc.

Earlier this year a rock-solid forensic audit report for Pinehouse village finances in 2018 was submitted by Grant Thornton LLP to Saskatchewan’s Minister of Government Relations.  It is full of very troubling discoveries about how the village has been (mis)managed, and it leaves us wondering how the Mayor, Council and Adminstrator could get away with […]

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Pinehouse Business North loses $4.9 million in 2018: What’s next?!

  Reading the financial statements for Pinehouse Business North Limited Partnership (PBNLP), the operational municipal development corporation that Pinehouse locals know as “PBN” lost $4.9 million dollars in 2018, even though its actual revenue had increased by over $2 million that same year.  It is a very worrisome trend when one realizes that, if this […]

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Three Big Questions Citizens of Pinehouse should be asking in the Village Election 2020

The Grant Thornton firm focused its forensic almost entirely on the financial status of the village in 2018.  Based on indications of significant irregularities in 2018, they recommended that the audit be expanded to include earlier years.  The provincial government has decided that is not necessary.  That does not mean the issues have gone away; it does mean that they have not been addressed.  In effect, the Vancise Inquiry has left it to the citizens of Pinehouse to change administrative practices in their Village office, if not change the administration itself, through the municipal election this fall.

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Media release: Lack of due process in Pinehouse village admin leads to precarious financials

Saskatoon, 20 April 2019 – Earlier today the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) for Saskatchewan released its most recent Review Report regarding the Northern Village of Pinehouse (population 1074 in 2016), the 17th such report since 2013. Concerns about access to information (ATI) prompted an official investigation by Neil Robertson [Appendix B […]

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