"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

Monday, 12 November 2012

It's More Than Curiosity

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "No Room For Argument, Only The Fact.":

"The word going around is that Councillor Gaertner is using an address which is not her place of residence.
If it is not true, it should be corrected forthwith.
If it is, the process is as follows.
The person who knows the circumstances, shall come forward and request Council to declare the seat vacant
There is onus.
Under the law, it rests with the person who knows the facts of the matter."

What happened to innocent until proven guilty? Your statement "If it is not true, it should be corrected forthwith." rings quite the opposite to me. Is the onus on her to prove this statement false. I think that our legal system is based on the reverse of that. 
If someone knows something, then instead of the pussy-footing that goes along on this blog, put up or shut up.
This is an interesting reaction. Guilt or innocence ?
As previously noted, a candidate  for office must provide sworn information to the Clerk of the Municipality, who is the Elections Officer, to establish  eligibility for office. 
Residence or ownership of property within the municipality is a requirement. 
The Councillor's residence has been sold. The Councillor no longer lives at that address
The community has an interest. 
Does the Councillor  live within the municipality?
If so, where?
It's a simple matter to produce  appropriate documentation.  
There are no accusations here.    


Anonymous said...

So why don't you ask the Town Clerk to check this simple matter by referring to title documents/tax rolls etc.?

If Gaertner is no longer a property owner nor a resident of Aurora appropriate steps should be taken to request her immediate resignation as a member of Council.

Anonymous said...

2 Gaertners listed in the phone book. It will be up to the Councillor herself to do any straightening out necessary. Until such time, there certainly are no accusations. Curiosity, sure.