"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 17 October 2013

Think Abaht It

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "I WENT TO A GARDEN PARTY.....NOT":

& Communications couldn't be motivated to stream that meeting ? Obviously they didn't think there would be any interest. Like, duh !


It was not a meeting of the Council.

The Councillor booked the Council Chamber for his own purpose.

The  user fee doesn't include streaming service.

Like why would taxpayers be expected to foot the bill for that?

Duh yourself

 I have a ring side seat.  I say the Councillor continues to take orders from the deadly duo.  They can turn on him as easily as they have others.

 I also believe the election campaign started  at the same time as his letters to the editor.


I went  over to Mavrinac and over to Borealis where the school  site is located. It's no mre than five minutes from the nearest park. It can't be twenty minutes closer to any residence than the nearest


I went over to 33 Longthorpe Court. The trees are still there. While it was still light I had a better view.

They are exactly the same as the two trees planted on my front lot fifty-three years ago. Except mine are not maples.

The trees are too close to one another. About ten years or more since the tree nearest the road started to show signs of stress.

The buds burst  a week or more later in  Spring. The leaves fell a week or more earlier in Fall.

More branches were dead  and dying.

Neither tree  was in the best of health. But they continued to provide precious shade  and they balanced the gigantic spruce tree on the other corner of the front yard.

Finally I had to make the hard decision. If I cut down the one faring  most poorly , maybe the other one would have a better chance of flourishing in the next number of years.

It wasn't  noticeable. This week my son and daughter went to wrk removing dead parts of the second tree. What's left is a tall trunk with sparse foliage at the top.

I hope surgery will prove to be successful.


Anonymous said...

I disagree with the person who made that comment about the streaming. In fact, if asked Councillor Gallo might have welcomed the idea [ more potential votes ]. As for the throw-away about taxpayers paying the cost, there is a constant demand for more participation and we already pay a great deal to communications staff. It would have been win/win.

Anonymous said...

This quotes Clr. Wendy Gaertner from the article in this week's Auroran.

"We have a developer that has caused so much trouble, we have a situation where we have before us a lot of frustrated, angry and upset (residents) that have paid a lot of money to be upset and angry. They had promises made to them. If this Council allows these three trees to be removed, we're not taking care of the rights of our community, we're taking care of the rights of the developer."

Exactly what rights does the community have concerning private property, this particular private property?

These three trees should have been firewood a long time ago, and Wendy and friends should have had to stack it on 33 Longthorpe Court.

Anonymous said...


"...what rights does the community have concerning private property..."

What do you honestly think you have the right to do? We go around saying that we are a free society and we can do whatever we want. This is pure bullshit however. You can't cut trees, you can't plant trees, you can't park a car on your driveway and let it sit there for months, you can't build a deck without a permit, you can't do a lot of things.

Everything that you do to your "private property" must conform to "community standards". Given the opportunity to enforce the laws, Bylaw Officers will do it. Having council meddle in the process creates a class distinction.

Anonymous said...

I think they figured the new owner would be an easy target & that they could win votes without anyone else noticing. They were wrong. He refused to roll over. We noticed. Bless the man.