Kathy Dawson got a response to her open letter
to the Mayor of Hinton, Alberta. Kathy wanted to know why the town gave $10K of its photo radar bonanza (total available: $100K) to a fake pregnancy clinic.
[via email from:] Lil Wallace, Executive Assistant - Office of the Mayor; Office of the Town Manager
Dear Ms. Dawson:
Thank you for your enquiry respecting the Quality of Life grant program that Hinton offers. Hinton is a diverse community that works and builds together. This includes improving several aspects of the quality of life for our citizens through grants such as the Quality of Life.
The West Yellowhead Pregnancy Care Centre indicates they provide unconditional, non judgmental and long-term support to all individuals regardless of what choice they make. One of their support programs includes a “clothing closet” where items like diapers, blankets, clothes, cribs, car seats and formula are provided to residents who are in need. The Grant Funding Advisory Committee felt this “clothing closet” is a program worthy of supporting and council agreed with their recommendation.
Once again, thank you for your enquiry.
Town of Hinton | Gateway to the Rockies
Pretty good eh? For double-speak babblegab, it really doesn't get any better than: "This includes improving several aspects of the quality of life for our citizens through grants such as the Quality of Life." Improving the quality of life through quality of life.
And $10K for a "clothing closet"? That's a lotta diapers for a town of fewer than ten thousand souls.
And I guess "diversity" in the Gateway to the Rockies does not include reproductive rights. Because crisis pregnancy centres (CPCs) not only exist to scare the shit out of pregnant people seeking abortions, they also refuse to counsel on or offer contraception. Hinton's diversity includes abstinence-only birth control.
We did some research on West Yellowhead Fake Clinic here
Its revenues and expenses run about $100K a year, which for a town the size of Hinton is pretty lavish.
We took a closer look at its CRA charitable filing for 2013. We wanted to see how much it was spending on its clothing closet before the generous people of Hinton stepped in.
There's only one paid employee, making $42K a year. The only non-financial revenue was donated rental space, value $21,600.
Let's have a look at that space, shall we?
Unless they have other premises, this is it. *
I have no idea what retail space costs are in Hinton, but do you think $21.6K covers the whole deal there? Or only part of the rent?
Because from Schedule 6
of the CRA filing, we find they report an "occupancy cost" of $25K.
So is that space worth $46.6K a year? Partly donated, partly paid? Or is there something odd going on here?
Other expenses: the employee, whose $42K gets up to $49K with perqs I imagine. Some other bits and bobs for a vehicle and professional services. Office expenses were just under $5K, "purchased supplies and assets" cost $5.5K, and "other expenditures" were $3.5K.
And that's it.
While adding the purchased supplies and other expenditures together we get close to $10K, there is nothing specifically for "clothes, diapers, car seats" etc.
So, it looks to me like the "clothing closet" is a fantasy and the $10K from the photo-radar scam is pure windfall.
Unless, of course, there was no existing "clothing closet" program and the generous folks at West Yellowhead Lies and Fantasies plan on providing a layette from Holt Renfrew to every child born to its clients starting this year.
At the very least, we can say that officials of the town of Hinton are pretty easily satisfied.
Because even a cursory look at the books would raise all kinds of questions.
But hey, maybe "due diligence" means something different out there.
*That image comes from Google Maps. Here are two more. Note handy proximity to booze store. Also its location on the Harley Street of Hinton, sandwiched between real health care providers of the dental and medical variety.
Note too the weird fuzzing out of the CPC's name. What's up with that? Especially since it's perfectly clear in the front-on shot.