"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

Monday 27 July 2015


Standing over the sink washing breakfast dishes thinking about the radio boondoggle and the feasability report requested from staff:

The report was precisely to the point. The cost to equip a studio is quarter of a million. To obtain the funds the town's budget would have to be re-opened and taxes increased by that amount. 

It might have happened had the report not been called for discussion. 

Councillors's concerns were about how to manage a radio station. 

Not how to manage town business.

No questions were reported about implications of re-opening the budget. 

Was the Treasurer on hand to answer?

Was it explained how that could be accomplished? 

A budget is  struck and legislated by Bylaw.

Did the solicitor speak on the issue?

I've never known a budget re-opened. 

Think about it. 

The mill rate is calculated in April. Tax bills  have been printed and distributed for each of three payments until year end. 

budget is struck every twelve months. 

What is so urgent about a radio station to. Compel  the budget to be re-opened and  a second mailing of higher tax bills sent out two-thirds of the year through. 

It's another example of how little comprehension there is of the reality of the municipal operation.  

How much it matters to have competent staff. 

The Municipal Act states the function of the Mayor is to provide leadership and guidance to Council. 

The Act contemplates whoever holds the office has  the competence to fulfill it. 


Anonymous said...

The CAO used to direct ALL the traffic. Now it looks like chaos is approaching

Anonymous said...

In Wonderland the Municipal Act states "The function of the clueless Mayor is to provide leadership and guidance to the clueless Council."

We should change the signs approaching town to read "Aurora in Wonderland."

Perhaps a mandatory IQ test is in order.

Anonymous said...

Man. if they do it for one project, everyone else will be demanding the same.

Anonymous said...

15:45- The SCC got the sweetest deal of the century. I'm surprised they didn't give a certified cheque for the whole $250,000 right there and then! It's a deal compared to what we fork out to the SCC.

Anonymous said...

19:37.. remind me, what does SCC stand for?

Anonymous said...

"So 2012"? Is that right?? I wish I could "change the record" but precedent has been set. The money continues to flow to services that are duplicated with other Town programs and to private businesses in this town. What was sold as a self sustainable, was a lie. It was and still is the Mayor and his sidekick that helped draw up this agreement and are on the board. It's 2015 and this BS is continuing all cloaked under an umbrella called "Culture".

Anonymous said...

Scott's article on Aurora culture in the Auroran was good, wasn't it ?
Good entertainment, good prices and not a mention of that unmentionable place

Anonymous said...

Obviously, a comment was published and then removed, judging by 07:50's reply. Why?

Anonymous said...

Self Centered Center...

Anonymous said...

You'll find both there, 08:51. The more local options the better.

Anonymous said...

"Self Centered (sic) Center (sic)"

Very pithy (said with a lisp).

Anonymous said...

Could someone dethcribe a pithy lithp. Ith thith one?

Thenter, thenter, thenter.