"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

Wednesday 16 October 2013


I  went to Councillor  Gallo's meeting in the Council Chamber.  A fair turnout.  All appear to be of the same mind. The town  should keep the site  no longer required for a school for a  park.

Councillor Gallo assured the audience he wants  that too.  It's  why he walked around,  hand-delivering his letter and organized the meeting.

Except for Councillor Pirri, all members of Council were present and were equally supportive

One other was there in  support of Councillor Gallo. The former Mayor.

The Councillor explained he could not talk about what  Council had talked about  in closed session.

The former Mayor, reading from a document , contended nothing  needed to be discussed in closed session.

 Terms from the  subdivision agreement were read.

That was the first round of applause.

I suggested  the information might be what they wanted to hear.

They didn't want to hear that.

In a reproving tone, I heard they didn't want the back and forth .  They found that tiresome.

That wasn't surprising. The pattern is well established.

The just want to be assured the town will ake into consideration

It's not hard to calculate what  people want to here.  Au contraire,  It's remarkably easy.

It's not hard to  figure what they don't want to hear.  That's equally easy.

In the cold hard world of reality ,it is sometimes hard to avoid  telling people things they don't want to hear.

In politics , it's best not to.  People don't get mad at you.  The sweet sound of applause is heard instead.

Councillor Gaertner  excitedly took  advantage  of warm and fuzzy to introduce  the former Mayor by title  with  a  glowing testimonial of how "she always fought for you"

The applause was  slightly tepid.

It was a moment of irony.

The former Mayor signed the subdivision agreement.

The site  was set aside  with three others for school sites.

No park site was required.

  $2 million dollars in lieu of a park was taken instead.

A  former Councillor  and chairman of the parks and recreation  advisory committee was on record as opposed  to neighborhood parks. Because they cost too much to maintain.

Land recommended for purchase,  for a community park , at raw land prices was rejected by the pair and their cohorts. Including  Gaertner and Gallo.

The neighbors are naturally not interested in history.

Nor are they suggesting the town pay tens of millions for the school site.

They just don't want more houses or more traffic . And they  want the site to become  a park.


Anonymous said...

Some people have no shame...

Anonymous said...

Morris was there! So what. She is a resident. She is allowed.
Hyperbole in a box courtesy of E Buck.

Anonymous said...

Mine ! Mine ! Mine !
Sound like a bunch of grade ones.

Anonymous said...

" they would not listen,
They did not know how "

Anonymous said...

It happened on Morris' watch' . she accepted the money for the town in lieu of a park. There were never any plans- nor a need - for a park. Still doesn't meet the requirements.

Anonymous said...

I don't care what Councillor Gaertner says. Morris claimed to be anti-development but her records of election expenses show otherwise. She accepted developers' money. Those should all be available on the archives of The Citizen and/or Christopher. She had a real problem with facts. - Add your own epithet.

Anonymous said...

Oh common Evelyn…You should know how it works now. Whoever claps the loudest or cries the loudest gets what they want. Don’t you know?…We’re a big corporation now It’s to improve the quality of life for "all" Aurorans. Just add it to the tax bill.…It’s only money.

Anonymous said...

Oh yes, if only the former mayor could again grasp that gold chain Gallo would be on his knees as her humble servant.

But in the real world it's not going to happen. She is out for good and Gallo is next to the door.

Anonymous said...

"Another pot is being stirred in the north east by Councillor Gallo."

T'would be good if the pot was of sufficient size so that the councillor could sit in it while he stirred, and eventually stewed.

Anonymous said...

The woman really needs to move on with her life. Those folk likely don't even know she is suing Aurora. Poor sad cow.