"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, 18 April 2016


I'm Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "POLLY PUT THE KETTLE ON": 

The Historical Society "took" their leave of the original project (with a requested legal letter acknowledgement from the Town). A line has to be drawn under everything that happened prior to their abandonment of the building. Regurgitating timelines, spewing biased perspectives, repeating incorrect financial details, and uttering revisionist histories makes no difference.

Many residents are enjoying the benefits of having such a municipally-contracted facility. 

Posted by Anonymous to  Our Town and Its Business at 18 April 2016 at 11:27


The history is simply background to a wholly unsatisfactory and irrational tax burden which continues to increase year by year.

Some choose to dismiss it as disgruntlement of two. Others just call me names.,

I believe that's mistake. 

Entirely lacking is rationale for a public facility to be used rent free, with full maintenance and hundreds of thousands of dollars  provided from town coffers  to a corporate board that holds private meetings and has no accountability to the public for how public funds are spent. 

Aurora has an operating budget of upwards of sixty million dollars a year for professional management of corporate affairs. 

The deal with a corporate culture centre board is not an example of efficiency or openness 

There are plenty of examples lacking re-assurance.  

Elections don't improve matters. It remains to be seen if a change in management makes a difference. 

Failing that, the obvious alternate does not beckon brightly. 


Anonymous said...

The change of management last time around did not make a difference. Since then nothing much has altered - every year there is the same item to be debated last on the budget and it gets through with a flinch. The only way that things could be different would be if other groups banded together and demanded change. I do not see that happening now but the economy is a very real problem and council might be more flexible when the money just is not available for maintaining that particular " contract ".

Anonymous said...

You've given me an idea. I could run for the Mayor's chair. One of my major election planks will be to bring a 4 or 5 star hotel to Aurora (like Gallo and Dawe)but in my plan rooms will be $39.99 a night.

Second election plank will be to buy a local golf course and turn it into a 100 acres park at no cost to the taxpayers.

Finally, I will promise to use new technology to rebuild the Hillary House foundation at absolutely no cost to the taxpayers.

Anonymous said...

Please don't. I want to stay uninvolved & a candidacy such as that would lure me in.
Actually, I think staff appear to be doing a good job. The mess-ups occur at the council table.

Anonymous said...

I had the opportunity this morning of driving past the Mavrinac six acres designated as a "park."

It is about as plain a bit of land as my late Aunt Fanny was a person - no redeeming features.

The only logical use for this parcel is for residential purposes, the same as the neighbouring land.

If this were to be done one couldn't tell the old from the new, it would provide comfortable housing and generate several millions of dollars in development charges.

Compare its six acres with the Timberlane development of some 54 residential units on possibly double the area.

This is a no-brain decision for those with brains, but no, not for Aurora council.

Is this body of elected representatives doing its job, or is it out to screw the taxpayer even further into the ground?

Anonymous said...

The former soliciter has moved on to a Whitby.

Anonymous said...

People go to the Centre to see the wonderful old building which they own as residents.
If the activities were held elsewhere attendance would plummet. The Board knows this & clings desperately to the building.

Anonymous said...

It is funny when they change the top members of their board and say,
" See, we are not the same people. "

Huh?! said...

What is funny, 09:34, is that you think a change of board members doesn't mean a composition of different people.