"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 23 June 2015


Anna has a story of  total ineptitude on the  $26million joint parks and works facility project. 
Anna doesn't describe it that way.  It is my determination and was always my fear. The Mormac crew were intent on creating an apparatus that would serve their bidding with little regard for professional 

After the fact,the administration discovered required supervision of the $26million project would not be possible. 

After the fact of appointing Don Constable to fill the council vacancy to ensure a favorable vote for the project without a complete analysis. 

And after the  fact of the total screw-up of the Family Leisure Complex addition construction. 

My cataract surgery was completed last Tuesday. Three more weeks of eye drops and I'm good to go. 
I was actually good to go immediately after the surgery. 

Yesterday I  sat in a spot on Heather's driveway and  clearly saw two storks  with long legs and necks and small heads with long black beaks standing at the fountain at the rear of her garden. Weeks ago all I saw were indeterminate splatches of green. 

I had no idea how much my sight had faded.

 We live in wondrous times.

I took last week off from writing for comfort sake. 

I concluded I should stop writing the blog and start on the story of my Joust with Justice. 

But first I need to comment on a couple of things f

The media handling of John Tory's flip-flop on the police carding issue is worthy of note. 

Tory said he changed his mind  after listening to people and decided it could not be continue. He changed his mind again at the board meeting and voted to continue the procedure. 

Toronto's Mayor was  a right-hand man to former Premier William Davis. It was a puzzle that he could be so close to the power source and not understand that  police are governed by a body separate and apart from politics. 

I went into Wikipedia to  see if the Ontario Police Commission was still operating. It's a  body provides oversight and has authority of  the police function in Ontario.

 Come to think of it, I don't know why municipalities are responsible for providing police services, considering laws being enforced are provincial. 

I found an interesting  Wiki story about the Mayor of Peterborough being thrown off the Police Board because he was critical of the police.

 He defended himself with a lawyer. 

Said he had a duty to express his views on behalf of the people. 

The  OCPC  would have none of it. They  insisted he had to be thrown off because he had a legal right to be on the board. 

He  tried a couple of other moves to prevent it from happening. ....Like resigning. 

am not making this up. They said he had  undermined the police with public criticism.

They didn't say what he said ...Just that it should have been said in private. 

As a contrast,John Tory's criticism of the carding policy seemed not to call for attention. The media, the President of the Police Asociation, they seemed to tippy-toe around the situation. 

The Province had nothing  at all to say about it until after the  board vote was taken to confirm the carding policy. 

In another contrast the Ford brothers were unfailingly  and pointedly supportive of Toronto police. 

No matter how clumsily, inappropriately and repeatedly former Chief Bill Blair spoke of investigating wrong-doing by Mayor Ford that was never proven. 

Bill Blair lost his $400ks a year plus benefits galore job and still the media makes no reference to the  difference between Tory and  Ford in this matter. 

But days later, they made the comparison  between the political rivals in support and lack thereof for Gay Pride week and raising the Rainbow flag at city hall .


Anonymous said...

I doubt that this will be published but I have to ask.

Why is it such a big deal that municipal governments raise the rainbow flag? As PE Trudeau said, "The country has no business in the bedrooms of Canadians". I do not understand why we bend over backwards to acknowledge a lifestyle. There is nothing wrong with the lifestyle, I think we need to let it go on it's way on it's own.

Anonymous said...

Great to hear that your surgery has been successfully completed. It must have been quite scary for you. Well done.

Anonymous said...

My mom had her cataract removed from one eye 2 months ago. She too had no idea how poor her vision was before it was done. I didn't know how bad it was until she had it removed. One eye is quite clear, her brown eye is dark brown where the other looks a lighter brown. She can't wait for the other one to be done.

Anonymous said...

I believe the Joint-Ops building will be completed as per contract. It is a good company, What happens afterwards is a totally different matter, a disaster waiting to happen. It is not surprising that the CAO is departing to the south where fiefdom building is safer. And more sane .

Anonymous said...

Bill Davis was great at talking without saying much or committing himself;: Tory is making a hash with his public statements,

Anonymous said...

Well, you have certainly covered a lot of ground for us to comment on.

If people kept private parts in the bedroom there would be nothing to discuss. But when you parade them in public it's like waving a red cloth in front of a bull, or heifer if they'e so inclined.

Anonymous said...

12:11 many feel the same way including many of those in the LGBT community.

Anonymous said...

The CAO doesn't have a clue what he's getting into in that Town. Besides what happened with Evelyn and the 3 residents that were served by the former, Aurora is a walk in the park compared to the clowns in Richmond Hill.

Anonymous said...

Which has always been his greatest weakness.

Anonymous said...

Sixty grand more a year is what he's getting into.

Anonymous said...

Good Luck with your writing project.

Anonymous said...

I hope they have a great drug plan, he'll be needing it.