"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

Saturday 11 May 2013

Happy Mother's Day

I  received a comment yesterday that Council is a horror story. To the extent conversation on this blog might be  partially responsible for that impression,  because I am the story teller, I would like to correct it.

In contrast to the last Council, there really is no comparison .

I doubt there is a more transparent Council anywhere. We talk about everything. If the decision isn't going the way the Mayor wants it , there's  often a deferral and  the decision  nay well be reversed.

If Councillors allow themselves to be persuaded  by something that wasn't discussed in the open
that's transparent.

It's not hard to follow . I think  knowing about it is wholesome .

Councillors Gaertner, Gallo and Ballard ,for  a reason I cannot fathom, appear to be determined to past battles not their  own. Gallo not so much.

They were  elected on their own merits.  Voters chose them from a slate.

Other candidates  would not be  wasting  precious time trying to get them defeated. Their effort would be taken up trying to get themselves elected.

Why  the trio would squander opportunity continuing  to fight  battles lost is quite beyond

I run for office because I don't know anyone else who would represent me the way I want to be represented. Over the years. there  have  always been enough people to vote for me  to represent them  as well.

I revel in the opportunity. But I'm not there to generate a  slumber zone around me. I  like to feel
 electricity. It's how we all know we are alive.

So I contribute to the environment of Aurora Council. People adapt. As long as I'm there  everyone  gets  drawn  into the conversation and  we all have a jolly time fiercely or not ,   expounding  our various  views and no harm done.  Sometimes  meetings are  volatile but  mostly vigorous at least.

Why would anybody want it to be different ?

We are alive. Let's enjoy the experience .

It will not come again.

Happy Mother's Day!


Anonymous said...

I think that comment might have been a reference to that other play in which you are involved. Councillors has pretty well settled in the way they plan to go & residents have a handle on them.We can see their operations - what we cannot see or help with is that other thingee.

Anonymous said...

There appear to be those among us who resent life and a positive role in it.

This is very sad and we should feel sorry for them.

We are members of a greater community with many things for which to be grateful.

Let's give thanks.

Anonymous said...

Maybe we should consider ourselves fortunate. Toronto has 43 councillors and can't agree on a transportation policy.

Anonymous said...

Are the three Morrisites' agendas any less motivated by "past battles" than yours?

Anonymous said...

12:46 PM
I hesitated over your comment & decided it was old news, just the usual quibble.

Anonymous said...

The agenda is sort of strange. There don't appear to be any speed-bumps. Is is possible that some of the backlog is getting deal with despite the posturing of a few?

You Just Can't Help Yourself said...

Hesitated, 2:46? Only long enough to register a "usual quibble" of your own.

Anonymous said...

Back at you. Have a Great Mom's Day !!!

Anonymous said...

As happened in Boston, we are going to see the good and the bad that can occur when social media gets ahead of the police. Hopefully the Canadian version will have a decent ending.

Anonymous said...

Happy mother's Day, Evelyn. Our cat greeted me with a gift this morning by decapitating a pail of pansies! from the grandkids.

Anonymous said...

@ 7:54 PM
not good, not looking good at all

Anonymous said...

Be honest. How many of us know our neighbours ? Given the stuff from Ohio, how many of us even really know our own families?

Anonymous said...

The times have sure changed since people followed battles on a map days after they took place. I find it all very frightening but it is what we have to deal with now,

Anonymous said...

Toronto Star
Tim Bosma
" Suspect Dellen Millard comes from Toronto flight dynasty."

Anonymous said...

Labrador byelection is today. Does Harper lose a guy from caucus & put him in the senate?

Anonymous said...

CBC News
" Liberals take Labrador, as Jones wins big over Penashue "
You're up next, Evelyn, from what the Auroran reports. Best of luck & all that.

Anonymous said...

Peter McKay must have a head-ache this morning. He guaranteed Peneshau's cabinet seat without including the condition that he first be re-elected. Guess the loser will have to settle for a place in the Senate.