"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

Sunday 14 April 2013

A Scam is a Scam ...Whatever way it's dressed up

It often happens. When I've finished writing,I discover I've recorded something I didn't realize before. That's how I noticed the outfit promoting the heritage park scheme didn't have a name. The proposal made to Council involving three properties on Yonge Street did mot identify authority to speak for the owners. In February Mr. Albino who made the proposal to Council,joined the Historical Society.It seems he immediately became a director. In March,he presented the idea of assembling three properties and creating a heritage parkto the board. He suggested the town grant be used to create the plan. A list of names of citizens in support of the idea was compiled later. People were asked to allow their names to be used. The hard sell began with the presentation to Council. Mr. Albino was asked to come back with a business plan. That didn't happem. Instead, weeks later, he went through the back door and sought delegation at the Heritage Advisory Committee. The committee was lobbied for support. Last week, Mr. Albino was back at Council. Again with the hard-sell. Still no business plan. This time, Councillor Abel, a Heritage Advisory Committee member, obviously friendly to the proposal, had a motion prepared to direct town staff to assess feasibility and prepare terms for a study. Exactly what the delegate had been after from the beginning. Everything paid for by the town The Mayor had devised a new tool. He ruled he could preside over debate and participate at the same time. And by the way,escape being subject to rules of order. He referred to support for the plan from prominent citizens He suggested direction to obtain input from the community about use of the hydro reserve was tantamount to an invitation to any fly-by-night opportunist to consider it open sesame on town resources. It's not how he expressed it. It's what he meant all the same. So, the illusion was created,the Historical Society was proposing the project. it was not a fact. People known for community involvement were said to be in support of the scheme. That's questionable. The Mayor's name was on the list. The Mayor's office cannot be used that way without authority from Council. Council procedures were exploited. The hard sell is in motion. We've seen it all before.In almost exactly that format. Nice work if you can get it. You can get it,if you know the right people.


Anonymous said...

That man may think he knows the people. He is being played - again. His choice and not a minor goof.

Anonymous said...

I think the question about who, if any, has attended classes in the Rules of Procedure has been answered.

Anonymous said...

Just who do these people think they are?

Who and what makes them prominent?

And did they really know they were being used?

And for what purpose?

Can you get a list of these noble notables?

Anonymous said...

Just in case there is an appearance of one-trick ponies on this Blog, Aurorans have been paying close attention to the Liberals. And will now pay even closer attention to those who purport to represent the party in this riding. Notice has been served.