"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

Saturday 30 January 2016


I Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "THE PUZZLE ALWAYS COMES TOGETHER": 

Attending the same educational facilities may be a part of it, but very small. A lot of it has to do with party affiliation. All judges are appointed by the government of the day, and judges used to be lawyers. 

Posted by Anonymous to  Our Town and Its Business at 28 January 2016 at 20:15


They were not sued as Councillors. The complaint included Abuse of Authority...Abuse of Public Resources...an denial of Charter Rights. No elected representative at any level has authority to do 
what they did.

The  above comment suggests a connection between judges,lawyers politicians and family connections and echoes several comments about  an  "Old Boys CLub"

I always considered the justice system in a class removed from politics. If I hadn't lived so long, I would have gone to my grave with the illusion intact despite all the signs and portents.

Being a  municipal councillor provides a glimpse into many sectors of society. Like a fly on the wall. 

The hospital board gives a glimpse into medical association politics

Similarly the  Public Health Board 

The list is extensive. Police Services board , Fire Protection Committee...etc.etc.

All are fiefdoms with associations and executives elected to promote,protect and advance the interest of members.The larger the membership,the greater the political clout. 

In municipal, provincial and federal elections, support is hawked about to the highest bidder.

The police discipline code prohibits members  from promoting a party or candidate but they get around that by naming a separate organisation for the purpose.

Early on I chaired the police committee of  Aurora . I attended the annual conference of Police Governing Authorities  in Toronto and was elected to the executive for the next term.I always had an opinion to express.

Half the executive were Judges from cities in Ontario the other half council  members.

Except for C.O.Bick of Toronto. He was an optometrist with the title of Magistrate  to fit the status of Chair of Toronto Police Commission. 

 Regions were created and Judges chaired all regional boards. For a time. 

A provincial study by the Ontario Police Commission, (a body similar to the Ontario Water Resources Authority , the Ontario Municipal Board, arm's length and  a-political ) concluded the affinity between judges and police created a conflict. Judges were no longer appointed to chair police governing authorities, 

York Region had the last judge /chairman when I was  a member of the Police Governing Authority. He continued until retirement from the judiciary at seventy-five . He refused to cast a vote on any matter before the board .He was quite the fashion dandy and enjoyed sharing tidbits of  luxurious vacations and his personal lifestyle with board and administrative members. 

I re-call that aspect of his conduct because I was surprised by it and little else was remarkable. 

It's a dead giveaway. 

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