Phunding a Phony Phantom?
October 20, 2011 3 Comments
Another Private Society?
We are all familiar with the Lady Minto’s annual Phantom Ball fund raiser. However, it appears they now have local competition.
The latest set of questions which have arisen for the embattled Salt Spring Island Trustees, George Ehring and Christine Torgrimson, revolve around their funding of what appears to a non-existent society.
At the October 6, 2011 Local Trust Committee (LTC) Meeting, Trustees George Ehring and Christine Torgrimson moved and seconded and passed a resolution to provide the Salt Spring Island Housing Council Society with $4,000.
As was the case with the funding for the Water Council Society on Sept. 1, 2011, the Salt Spring Island Housing Council Society funding “request” was not on the LTC Agenda, and, came forward, side-by-side, with the $4,000 funding for the Salt Spring Island Climate Action Council Society.
However, a search of the Provincial Society Registry indicates no such entity as the Salt Spring Housing Council Society (or Salt Spring Island Housing Council Society) currently exists.
Given the Trustees have admitted they co-founded two other private societies (the Salt Spring Island Climate Action Council Society and the Salt Spring Island Water Council Society) is it possible they jumped the funding gun and dedicated money to an as yet to be created private society?
The questions which flow from this are:
1. What is the Phantom Salt Spring Housing Council Society?
2. Who are the founding and current Directors?
3. When was it founded?
4. Where is the written funding request from the Phantom Society to the Local Trust Committee and, who signed the funding request?
5. If the Society is not yet established, were the Trustees aware of that fact when they passed the resolution?
6. Did the two Trustees meet, outside of the public eye, to discuss this funding request prior to the LTC meeting, since it was not on the October 6, 2011, Agenda? (see – http://www.islandstrust.bc.ca/ltc/ss/pdf/ssagendaoct062011cov.pdf )
7. Has a cheque for the $4,000 been issued by the Islands Trust and/or cashed by the Phantom Salt Spring Housing Council Society, and if so, into what bank account and under whose signing authority?
8. What are the Bylaws of the Phantom Society, and are the minutes of the Society’s meetings freely available to the public?
9. What are the Membership requirements of the Phantom Society?
10. Has the Phantom Society hired a phantom paid Coordinator, and, if so, when?
To provide balanced reporting, I will interweave answers from the LTC with the above questions when they are received. To that end, I have forwarded a list of questions to the LTC’s Chair, Trustee Sheila Malcolmson, which should help to begin unmasking this Phantom.
Update October 22nd – I have now reviewed the video of the Oct 6 LTC meeting and will be posting a new blog with the verbatim transcript and link to the video later today.