Watchdog Grumpy Taxpayer$ is giving out candy cane awards to recipients on its nice list. (Pexels photo)

Taxpayer watchdog treats Victoria to candy cane awards

Grumpy Taxpayer$ honours councillors and boards who helped with transparency in 2018

As the season of giving calls on Victoria, watchdog Grumpy Taxpayer$ is giving out awards — in the form of candy canes — to those who made its nice list this year.

Three boxes of Laura Secord candy canes will make their way to the three award winners. In a press release, Grumpy Taxpayer$ notes these boxes cost at least 50 per cent less than last year’s awards “in the spirit of frugality.”

The Victoria council came in first place for Councillors Ben Issit and Jeremy Loveday’s calls for better transparency and governance. Their Nov. 14 motion includes publishing more information about closed meetings, financial disclosures and expenditures and highlights.

READ MORE: Grumpy Taxpayer$ offer Saanich News reporter inaugural media award

Stan Bartlett, the chair of the Grumpy Taxpayer$, said in the release that the beginning of the new term for councillors and mayors is “the perfect time to renew the social contract with the public.”

Up next, the Saanich Police Board and police department will also be receiving candy canes for their efforts to make the 71-page 2019 budget detailed and comprehensive to the public.

The District of Highlands can also expect a sweet shipment for the addition of a transparency portal on their website, which includes annual reports, bylaws and public notices for planning projects. Bartlett said the move by the smallest jurisdiction is one others should follow.

READ MORE: City of Victoria considers scrapping funds for Christmas decorations


@KeiliBartlett
keili.bartlett@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

School strike: SD63 says grade 12 students ‘will not lose their graduation year’

Parents, students concerned about educational impact of CUPE 441 strike

Parents plan second rally as CUPE 441 strike in SD63 stretches into third week

Parents have written to the provincial government asking them to step in

Peninsula Panthers face nemesis Victoria Cougars Friday night

Cougars are the only Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League team to have beaten the local Cats twice

Cineplex to show free holiday movies to support Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada

Community Day will be on Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m at select theatres

Monster Truck Chaos comes to Victoria, tickets on sale Friday

Monster Truck Chaos rumbles into Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre Jan. 25 and 26

‘We love you, Alex!’: Trebek gets choked up by ‘Jeopardy!’ contestant’s answer

The emotional moment came in Monday’s episode when Trebek read Dhruv Gaur’s final answer

POLL: Do you support CUPE workers in their dispute with School District 63?

SD63 schools to remain closed as strike continues Tuesday

Judge rejects Terrace man’s claim that someone else downloaded child porn on his phone

Marcus John Paquette argued that other people had used his phone, including his ex-wife

Petition for free hospital parking presented to MP Jody Wilson-Raybould

What started as a B.C. campaign became a national issue, organizer said

Petition to ‘bring back Don Cherry’ goes viral after immigrant poppy rant

Cherry was fired from his co-hosting role for the Coach’s Corner segment on Nov. 11.

Woman airlifted with serious injuries after being struck by car in Nanaimo

Woman, hit in crosswalk, suffers life-threatening injuries; driver co-operating with police

B.C.’s high gasoline prices still a mystery, Premier John Horgan says

NDP plans legislation this month, seeks action from Justin Trudeau

Group walking on thin ice at B.C. lake sparks warning from RCMP

At least seven people were spotted on Joffre Lakes, although the ice is not thick enough to be walked on

One dead after fiery crash in Duncan

A man has died after a fiery motor vehicle collision Monday night,… Continue reading

Most Read