"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Saturday, 25 February 2012


I've been kept busy for several days now responding to e-mails from all over  from ill-informed people responding to a rallying call  for support  of the status quo from the appointed board of the Church Street School  facility against a Notice of Motion on the town's business agenda on Tuesday evening.

I found this  announcement  attached to the undersigned  e-mail.


Please find attached my feeling of the subject to be raised on 28th and i hope this can play some part in focusing on the important of culture in our community. Thanks Pt. Doobay

From: bdoobay@hotmail.com
To: info@auroraculturalcentre.ca
Subject: RE: Friends of Aurora Cultural Centre Asked to Show Support at Town Council Meeting Feb. 28
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2012 10:50:15 -0500

Thanks for sending me the information of the up coming event and i can assure u that i will be attending the meeting on 28th. Let me say i am very disappointed with the intention of the councillors' and i would like to know what cultural qualification theses councillors have to guide them to make such irresponsible suggestions. I am a Hindu Priest and moved in the area just a few months now and i feel very strongly about community culture because this is the key to established the pure spirit and guidelines of our foundation of future generation. Pt. Ishwar Maharaj Doobay.

In  response to  one  of the many e-mails I have received in the last few days , I hesitated to suggest the board was responsible for the e-mail campaign to fight a decision by Council  that might impact the status quo. 

Well By Golly... how wrong I was . 

Note how Mr Layton fails to mention the town solicitor's review of the agreement which  found it to be without merit in  representing  the town's interest. Minimal change recommended was Council  representation on the board
That was before Christmas

Note also Mr. Layton  reference to  reporting to the town's Chief Administrative Officer suggesting the practice totally fulfills, in his view, the need  for accountability
Nowhere does the statement acknowledge the lack of  requirement under the agreement for the Chief Administrative Officer to report to  Council on the activities of the Board.

This board has been in operation since 2009. Nowhere is  there a direct public record  of accountability from a board that receives in  excess of half a million dollars of public funds plus a rent free building to operate in.

What does that sound like ?
Is it clear and transparent?
Does it respect the authority of the people as represented by their council?
Does it look like something  deliberately contrived to keep 
the business operation of the facility secret ?

Upon my word! I do believe it to be so.
The plan  of the board  is apparently  to fill  the council chambers on Tuesday evening with ill-informed supporters, an inordinate number of whom are not Aurora residents,to intimidate by their numbers and pummel council into submission.

The tactic has previously been successful.;

There's a Tigers hockey game that night. Cable T.V. will not show the Council Meeting until 11P.M.

If you ever needed to attend a council meeting and let your feeling be known, it is now. 

Remember how  the  insane and wildly extravagant monstrosity of a traffic calming plan came to be in the north-west quadrant of  town.


Anonymous said...

Dirty Pool! You're going to need a cop at the door checking ID to keep out-of-towners from stacking the deck. That Walmer woman will be working her network like mad.. What we hope is that Council get truly pissed off at being bullied.

Anonymous said...

A cornered rat will always fight and it's never going to be pretty. So much for all the talk about co-operation and accommodation. Man, they want that building!

Anonymous said...

We need someone from the Seniors' Centre working on this.

Anonymous said...

This is how Hitler came to power.

Anonymous said...

"This is how Hitler came to power."

Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner!

I've seen some really stupid comments on this blog, but this one plumbs new depths of offensive inanity. The worst part is that you published it, Councillor Buck, rather than simply deleting this grotesquely ridiculous comment.


Anonymous said...

The Hitler remark was inappropriate, exaggerates their importance and lends itself to their persecution complex. Keep it simple. They are group of unelected free-loaders who think they can call the shots about how the Town of Aurora conducts its business. They also appear to be singularly stupid, creating an enormous mountain of garbage over that should have been a simple negotiation.
Bottom Line
That is not your building. You were not elected. You do not get to dictate Town policy or threaten our Councillors. We may not always agree with them, but they are not pawns in your selfish games.

Anonymous said...

So, 5:29, the "inappropriate" comment reflects badly on the target rather than the writer?!


Anonymous said...

4:12 PM and 6:14 PM
Both show panic. Trying to parse the comments instead of responding. Works well with the trapped rats image.

Anonymous said...

Please note. The Culture mavens have no sense of humour, they do not respond well to facts and they have vividly shown why they should be given short shift. This is getting tiresome, like arguing bedtime with a 4 year old.

Anonymous said...

6:04 PM
Did you have a point to make?

Anonymous said...

A gang of ingrate cuckoos squatting in a nest feathered by others for others.

Anonymous said...

Cable TV is apt to just show a few hours and then take a hike. This Council meeting could go on for hours with no assurance that it will be filed except maybe bits and pieces from the audience.

Anonymous said...

"Cable TV is apt to just show a few hours and then take a hike. This Council meeting could go on for hours with no assurance that it will be filed except maybe bits and pieces from the audience."

No fear... Watts has now admitted that he has a video camera strapped to his head to record everything that happens to him. He is like CityPulse TV... he's EVERYWHERE!

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