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Update on this.

Del Mastro may have to go in front of the House Ethics Committee (of which he is, (LOL) a member)!

Hey – why not email these folks to urge them on to ensure that this happens!


… if I wanted to skirt election campaign funding rules, this would be an effective way to go about it.

Illegal, but effective.

Numerous sections of the Elections Act forbid donors from exceeding the individual limit on donations by concealing their donations and forbid others from helping to conceal the real source of a donation.

In a statutory declaration produced at the request of the Citizen and Postmedia, the former employee said David Del Mastro approached the then-employee and said he wanted him to make a large monetary donation to his cousin’s campaign.

The former employee signed the declaration before an Ontario Commissioner of Oaths.

The former employee was asked to make a donation of $1,000 of personal funds and was assured the company would provide reimbursement for the same amount with a “$50 bonus,” the declaration says. The donors could also claim the donation as a deduction on their tax returns.

Employees were also asked to enlist friends or family to make similar donations, the former employee said.

There is no evidence that Dean Del Mastro had knowledge of any alleged scheme to hide the source of donations to his campaign.

That last point is important if true… a bit tough to swallow, but all hell will break loose if the Deanster is found to have had any knowledge of this!


New provincial school fundraising Guideline

The Province of Ontario has recently published the new rules, regs and best practices around how School Boards should police the ways a school raises money for school purposes.

For the most part, it is a pretty innocuous doc. But the two bullets in bold concern me.

III. Best Practices
Fundraising activities can benefit schools and their communities by fostering stronger community and school partnerships, increased student and community engagement and by providing support for student or charitable organizations. The contribution of the school community towards these benefits is of value to schools.
School boards should consider the following when developing board-wide fundraising policies:

What really worries me is that we will see a hit to fundraising totals if donors see that a portion of their generosity is being funnelled from the school to a central fund. It will also be hit if we are forced to cut back on events because of an arbitrary limit of the number that we are allowed to have.

The purpose of the central fund is to provide other – less affluent, I suppose… or maybe with an inactive parent community – schools to be able to access monies (that were generated through the efforts of others) to “level the playing field”. Or, as I like to call it “lower the bar”.

And what about fundraising efforts that are already underway? Will they be grandfathered?

The existing Board policy is not at all that detailed and will have to be re-written to deal with this new reality.

Lots of questions but no answers so far. I’ll be keeping tabs on this issue.