"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

Tuesday 27 August 2013

A Shared Irritation

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Leadership....what is that?":

But we didn't get to vote on staff. Many of the top guns are hold-overs who live out of town. To them, we are just a play-yard from which they return home at the end of a ' creative ' day

Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 27 August 20


All of the top guns live out of town.   I confess  it's a source of irritation. 

The Municipal Act requires that top level positions are filled by competition. 

Statutory Officers are appointed by Bylaw. Only Council can approve a Bylaw. 

The competition cannot be limited to local applicants.

However, there is nothing to stop a Council from asking the question of a potential  hire.

"If we offer you the position would you be willing to re-locate to this community.?"

Additional points could accrue to an affirmative answer.

I think  having so much influence,  senior staff should live  among the people they serve.

There should be opportunity for residents to take a measure of their judgement and commitment.

And in turn, they should  learn the values of the people they serve.

And they in trn should learn something of the people they serve.

.  They should be known. People should be able to make an assessment of their commitment and judgement.


Anonymous said...

Someone had the audacity to question a former mayor
after a knowledgeable staffer was ' let go '. The response was immediate, " There are plenty of them out there. "
Sigh !

This is no fantasy world said...

""If we offer you the position would you be willing to re-locate to this community.?"

Additional points could accrue to an affirmative answer"

And I would hazard a guess that 100% of the respondants would give you the affirmative.

Legally, you cannot discriminate based on where someone lives.

I suppose in your perfect world all of the cars in the parking lot at the Ford plant in Oakville are all Fords. Or at the Chrysler plant in Brampton they are all Chryslers or Dodges?

Anonymous said...

Town of Aurora to sign transfer agreement with Aurora Historical Society for Aurora Collection:


Anonymous said...


In a new poll being conducted by the Auroran the following question is asked:

"Are you in favour of Aurora borrowing from the Town's Hydro Reserves in order to fund the new Joint Operations Centre and Youth Space?"

So far the response is 100% - NO.

But then, that might only be my vote.

Anonymous said...

What does that comment have to do with the price of beans?

Anonymous said...

It has nothing to do with the price of beans, but everything to do with who’s looking after the beans in Aurora?

Anonymous said...

Is it just me? The Auroran won't allow me to vote & I can't get past the front page.

Anonymous said...

It looks like the tax base for some communities is growing. A public school north of here received more than 50 unexpected registrations in the past week. Doesn't look like they're finished yet. The classes won't be sorted until all the butts are actually in seats, maybe by the middle of next month.