Mr. Sponga gave reasons ; Code of Conduct complaint. Potential law suit. Family resources .. all were referenced in his statement of resignation.
Made perfect sense to this writer.
An editorial complains about a veil of secrecy. Says the Councillor owes the community an explanation.
The Integrity Commissioner earlier reported sixteen complains received since he started the job early in the year.
Twelve were "frivolous" and promptly dismissed . Four are deemed subject to investigation.
Complainants can be anonymous. A request to protect identity is respected under provincial law.
Councillor Taylor had two complaints against him; both dismissed as "frivolous" . He doesn't see
much merit in the system Council adopted.
"Frivolous" suggests fun and frivolity; happy times enjoyed by all. To the person complained about, fun and frivolity are not part of the experience. Reward or recognition of public service, if expected, are conspicuous in their absence. Transparency and accountability are not much in evidence either.
Yet, to a complainant, with identity protected, a whole new world of participation, excitement and opportunity is opened up.
Particularly convivial as town and target bear the brunt of expense.
Hey Ho the Merryo .
By the time the Integrity Commissioner completes investigations into remaining four complaints and possibly a fresh flurry under the Newmarket Code, cost might well exceed a by-election
Who knows.. perchance numbers of seats will be vacated.
Heretofore and forever thereafter, unknown persons, full of fun and frivolity might decide it would be
a lark to complain about conduct unbecoming the Mayor and the latter may not find it any more amusing than former Councillor Sponga , to spend family resources to defend his reputation if
the Integrity Commissioner decides the complaint warrants an investigation under the new Code of Conduct adopted by the Council and the Mayor also resigns.
Council might become a revolving door. A steady succession of changing faces. Wouldn't that be a great contribution to democracy?