"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 25 April 2016


Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "IT INTERESTS ME": 

Nope. You are incorrect. What you see is what you get now that the CAO who guided the Mayor has moved on.

Posted by Anonymous to  Our Town and Its Business at 25 April 2016 at 17:07


I was not there when a third CAO was appointed in John West's time as Mayor but I was when he left.

An interim CAO had to be appointed because the Council that included  Morris, Keane and Gaertner could not agree on a replacement after a full recruitment process. 

The eventual replacement had not applied. He was CAO in a neighboring municipality. He was  sought out and offered an acceptable contract.

I was there during the incorrigible period of public degradation of the Office by Morris and
McEachern to make him to leave without honouring  his contract. 

I was there when the replacement was made. If I knew nothing of behind the scenes of that choice, It quickly became evident by the replacement of the Chief Financial Officer without  the recruitment  process required by the Municipal Act,  the purpose was not to build the best professional administration within the Region. 

The purpose was to follow without question, she who must be obeyed. 

The successful candidate did not apply during the first round of recruitment. 

Several hundred thousand dollars were budgeted for his training and education. 

By the time Director of Corporate Affairs position had to be refilled for the third time in less than a year, the town received two applications. One had credentials.

The Municipality's  notoriety as an employer had travelled wide. 

A couple of week's ago ,I found it interesting the gathering at Victoria Hall to discuss parking problems 
In the neighbourhood surrounding the station and the "cultural precinct" was addressed by the new CAO. The Mayor was not noted as present. Councillors were photographed in the audience. 

The Culture Precinct idea was Scotched during the meeting.

It may be  ,for the first time , Aurora can look forward to see what it looks like to have a Chief  Administrative Officer responsible for efficient management of the Corporation and accountable to the elected body. 

It was certainly not what we had during the previous decade.


Anonymous said...

Please talk about pipelines or baseball or sex education or how many olympic athletes will be sick as a result of competing in water events at the Rio Olympics.

Surely there is more to life than dredging up old bones and old bodies that are putrid by now.

Anonymous said...

They might be old but all are still revelant to whats going on today in this Town.

Anonymous said...

The Precinct Plan might have been halted but the same individuals will try to bring it back. Right now they are too preoccupied with the Highland situation which they think they can influence.

Anonymous said...

Eveyone knows that it can't be stopped.

Anonymous said...

It hasn't been halted, 16:26. Responsibility for it has been shifted from Parks & Rec to Planning by the new CAO.

Anonymous said...

The Cultural Precinct Plan was a major topic of discussion at last night's Council meeting.