"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

Thursday, 11 September 2014


The town has not purchased the drill shed yet. A bylaw to purchase was passed on Tuesday as a requirement of the Department of National Defence minions.

Two figures made public are price and cost of work needing done. It's being sold "as is". Cost of maintenance has not been addressed.

The building is useless to any other organization. There's no property for side yards, rear yards, parking or landscaping .

None of the requirements of modern zoning are available.

I repeat, the town has not agreed to purchase.

If you don't think we should have to pay for that old barn sitting in a corner of the town park, there's still time to let your Councillors know. They will likely be at the Hoedown on Saturday night.

The property should come back to the rightful owner  At the same price paid by the Auld Queen
and Emperor.



The Culture Centre Board pays no rent for Church Street School. Despite millions spent to renovate to it's current condition. Maintenance is provided and paid one hundred per cent by the town. On top of that we shovel almost $400,000 a year at them from tax coffers and aside from the Mayor and Councillor Abel we don't have a clue who they are. They appoint themselves and get to keep whatever revenue the building and programs produce and solicit sponsorships and donations from the community. They meet in secret.


The hydro property is rented.... I think the lease is thirty or forty years. Long enough to make town ownership irrelevant. We forfeit assessment revenue by keeping it in town ownership. We lost twenty-seven jobs when Hydro moved out. As landlords we are responsible for upkeep of the building and property. The parks department maintains the yard. I have no idea how many of the $27 million we are spending on the J.O.C. as parks department share. Completely unnecessary had we kept the hydro building. Comments received make it sound as if QYR use it on Tuesday evenings and Saturdays.

I hear alterations made by QYR make it useless to the town. Even if the Feds decided the needs of modern warfare makes current drills out of date.

The additional Wikipedia reference to a personal injury claim is interesting. So it's not about bodily injury. It's about mental injury caused by being defamed.

I am the one suing for defamation and abuse of authority, abuse of resources, and denial of rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  So I' m the one who suffered personal injury. So why are the people who caused the personal injury provided with defence counsel paid for through the town's insurance policy. I am a Councillor. Why am I not the one protected from injury.

The Vice President said the company tries to bring the parties to a settlement. No...they did not do that. The problem can sometimes be resolved with an apology, he said.  No....they did not do that either. The opportunity was provided.

Mental  injury...damned right there has been mental injury. If the town is carrying insurance to protect a Councillor from mental injury caused by defamation,why don't I know about it?

$845,000 the insurance company paid to defend defendants has done little to assuage my mental injury, that's for sure.

My tax dollars were used to cause me harm.

Mayor Dawe and Councillor Abel, elected for change from last transgressions, now adding insult to injury in time for a new election by doing exactly what the last lot thought they could do without challenge. And at almost the same time, four years ago when three other citizens were subjected to the same kind of abuse paid for with their own taxes to silence criticism.


Anonymous said...

whine whine whine, what is done is done.

What will we do with the old drill hall? let it rot like the Petch house and some council of the future will have to deal with it?

Anonymous said...

Why can't we have braille signs in the forest again?

Anonymous said...

It has taken an awful long time to wind its way through the courts. I thought you were just about finished when the judge was summing up during the jury trial. But was wrong again. Will never get my6 head around that one.

Anonymous said...

But 7:35 maybe is has not yet been " done " ?
It's not as if there is any great rush required. The drill shed isn't going anywhere. Let the next Council decide its future.

Anonymous said...

Evelyn you have the courage of a Lion. Not many of you around anymore.
Nice pic in the Auroran!Always nice to see a pretty face in those photo ops.

Anonymous said...

A picture of hypocrisy, 10:39.

Anonymous said...

People keep bringing up the Petch House. That is such old history. The thing is finished & in good shape. It could even be moved to another site. All that is required is a tenant with some imagination. Going on about it rotting is nonsense.

Anonymous said...

Whatever 11:18. Go troll away under a bridge with the rest of the trolls with your type of integrity.

Anonymous said...


You fail to see the irony. This blog is all about bringing up old history.

"When I was the Reeve...." "When I was the Mayor"... blah blah

Petch House is a great example of good money wasted. The drill hall is another.

If we were to buy it, I would suggest that we use it as a military museum. But that will never happen, this Town is anti-Military.

Anonymous said...

"On top of that we shovel almost $400,000 a year at them from tax coffers..."

So, over two years' worth of contracted services for around the same cost, thus far, as defending your 'hurt feelings' lawsuit.

That's over two years of value to town residents versus nothing whatsoever.

Anonymous said...

Uh, I was not referring to Cllr Buck's post but to " people " such as in 7:35 and a new candidate for councillor who keep citing the Petch as a waste of money. So were a lot of things - in the past.

Anonymous said...

"This town is anti-military "
Parfaitement Loufoque

Anonymous said...

I don't think this Town is Anti military. In fact...the complete opposite. There isn't anything about the drill shed or its property that will benefit the Town with its purchase. Just debt and yearly maintenance costs which will result higher taxes. Let the Feds take care of it! If anyone would like to use it? Let them go through their local MP and arrange it.

Anonymous said...

"There isn't anything about the drill shed or its property that will benefit the Town with its purchase."

That's not true. We've already had the suggestion of use by the farmers' market, and I'm sure the Parks & Rec director could find all sorts of uses for the space.

Anonymous said...

I’m sure many would like to use the shed. But the question is….Who will pay for its use? And can the Town generate enough revenue to at least pay for the utilities and maintenance? And when I say revenue I don’t mean tax revenue.