"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 18 August 2013

Follow the white dot

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Being a Unit of the Region":

Has anyone Googled Fab Lab to see what it is all about? There are already dozens of these high tech sites around the world allowing anyone with an idea to come in and experiment using computer technology, 3-D printers etc. to create new products or improve on existing things.

Sounds like something we should explore further and maybe be proud to have in our town.

Not something for people who don't understand the concept to throw rocks at!



The issue on Tuesday was  why Council  had no information and were last to be informed.

 An advisory committee report was  on the agenda noting receipt of a staff  report  which  required  a staff report  dealing with future use of the old buildings in library square , in accordance with Council direction , should be deferred  again. Not for the firt time. 

Only in cross-table  discussion did Council learn  the committee report derived from a request  received from the Region to make an application for a Fab Lab in co-ordination with Seneeca College , using the old library building as a  potential location. 

The  information  about the Region's request was provided as though there was  merit to  Council  and the community being left  out of the discussion.

All discussion at that point had  apparently occurred  at staff level. 

Month's ago, once again , by majority vote,  directed  staff to spend time and man hours  to accomplish a certain objective. 

Rules do not permit  Council re-consideration of  a vote for a period of six months.  Staff   followed the direcxtom. Did the work. Not without cost to taxpayers. 

But when the report is presented , staff in another department have taken off in a different direction with no  authority from  Council. 

The reason town business is conducted publicly is for the community to be  part of the decision making process. at least follow along or let their objections known if so inclined.

It is the public's business.  

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It would be nice if someone were actually in charge of this bus who could keep ALL councillors informed about side trips. No one objects to the excursions except when they are launched without notice just when the bus in approached the terminal.