* The second-in-command in the Winnipeg Fire Department secretly negotiated a deal worth more than $15 million with the mayor's business partner to build four new fire halls, then hid the identity of who got the contract from elected members of city council.
* In order to circumvent instructions from council -- in writing -- that the winner of the fire halls contract be approved in advance, the deputy fire chief divided the contract into four: one for each new fire station, so that each fell under his city-approved spending limit and he could keep the secret of who got the contracts from the public.
* After the secret deal was accidentally revealed, councillors were told they had either to rubberstamp a three-lots-for-one land swap that the deputy chief negotiated with Shindico Realty for one fire hall built on Shindico-owned land, or else pay $990,000 -- a non-negotiable price set by Shindico president and pal o' the mayor, Sandy Shindleman.
Of course, they could always take their fire station and move it somewhere else.
The reaction to this massive, three-years-long scheme of deception and cover-up has been predictable. It universally begins with "forensic audit", moves to "special prosecutor" and concludes with "you have the right to remain silent..."
"The relationship is, my relationship with them isn't much different than my relationship with you, except for one thing, okay, they do own some shares in the Winnipeg Goldeyes. End of story. So that's pretty public knowledge, you would agree."
"We don't need scenarios where people are making what I'm hoping is an honest mistake and putting something on a website which was obviously not supposed to have been there. End of story."
It's about fire halls. Fire halls relate to firefighting. Firefighting involves putting water on fire.