"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 16 May 2013

A few dibs and dabs

Grant funds are included in the town's budget.

Any Aurora group or individual  is entitld to make  an application for financial support from the fund.

There is criteria and if they qualify and there's money  in the budget they might be successful.

But only if they make an  application.

We often hear  criticism from  a food bank supporter for not providing funds to their charity.

The answer is simple.

Everything the  food bank receives   is by  voluntary donation  from the community.

The   region, province  and federal government  are responsible for adequacy of social services and assistance. Consideringthe vast majority of those on social assistance are children  I think it's scandalous  for there to  be reliance on a food bank.

During Tuesday's meeting ,Councillor Gallo referred to funds   for Councilors to pay for tickets and such to support various charitable organisations. He thought it was hypocritical to suggest ,it was not right to buy those tickets.

I had to remind Coucillors it is for the individual to decide wheher to appear to be supporting a charity and all the while using taxpayers money to do so.

I never have.

I do not criticise those who do.  The policy pemits it. But I don't care  to be called a hypocrite either.

BTW  nothing in the correspondence from the Craigs , Curator of  Georgina Military museum
indicates the museum is a charity.

The letter noted there had been generous support from  Georgina. At the  same time , his Wednesday missive acknwledged the answer to the request for funds would likely  have been  the same  had  the request for funds  come before Council.

That  only added to the mystery. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Georgina DOES fund its food bank to a certain extent every year. It is often a bone of contention over the amount but they do contribute money.