Former City Employee Accuses Senior Management of Misleading Council, Misusing Funds

By Ryan McGreal
Published December 09, 2009

According to a breaking news report over at thespec.com that Abdul Khan, a former director of water and wastewater treatment for the City is claiming that city staff "misled politicians about the real cost of plant upgrades."

He also accused senior staff of covering up safety concerns about drinking water in Lynden and diverting revenue from selling scrap metal into entertainment rather than city revenue.

Mayor Fred Eisenberger just issued a statement that the allegations "are serious and will be taken seriously."

The Mayor stated, "Lynden's water supply was never in jeopardy or compromised. ... To be absolutely clear, the City meets all of the Ministry of Environment drinking water regulations and standards."

He plans to put forward a motion to have the email from Mr. Khan added to the agenda for tonight's Council meeting. City lawyer Peter Barkwill "will lay out recommendations to Council during the in-camera portion of tonight's meeting."

He concluded, "As senior staff have been named in the allegations, myself and Peter Barkwell will act as the official spokespeople on behalf of the City."

Mr Khan worked in water and wastewater treatment from 2005 until this past summer, when he was terminated under a restructuring. He claims to have raised his concerns in February and June of 2009, but they were not addressed.

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan wrote a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. His articles have also been published in The Walrus, HuffPost and Behind the Numbers. He maintains a personal website, has been known to share passing thoughts on Twitter and Facebook, and posts the occasional cat photo on Instagram.


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By grassroots are the way forward (registered) | Posted December 10, 2009 at 03:32:24

Here is the link for CATCH and you see read what Mr Kahn emailed


Very serious stuff!!!

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By markwhittle (registered) - website | Posted December 10, 2009 at 23:09:04

In a word, disasterous. Everyone involved should be asked to take a lie detector test, if they refuse, they have something to hide. When the Police come calling it's always best to be truthful, those that don't, and are found out by the evidence, should be charged, as is the law.

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By z jones (registered) | Posted December 10, 2009 at 23:32:50

Everyone involved should be asked to take a lie detector test, if they refuse, they have something to hide.

Not sure if you're being facetious but lie detectors are pure quackery. They don't work.

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By grassroots are the way forward (registered) | Posted December 11, 2009 at 00:14:01

Isn't the new police chief's background in surveillance?

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