"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

Friday 3 February 2017


Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "GIVE US THE FACTS, MR.MAYOR": 

I remember there was some outside person that was hired to keep their eye on the ball with this project. I guess he got paid in full for his outstanding performance? Maybe even given a bonus? Im sure the director got one sweet severance. He's probably high-fiving it all the way to the bank, then after a nice long vacation, get hired in another Town somewhere...they all do. I don't think the Mayor is staying for another term Evelyn, so why would her care about giving us facts now. I'd like to hear from the other Councillors and what their take is on this whole shit show at the Ops center. 

Posted by Anonymous to  Our Town and Its Business at 3 February 2017 at 21:01


Being a Councillor is trickier than it seems. Decisions are made in the majority. Employee matters are protected, rightfully so, by privacy regulations. Councillors are bound by confidentiality. 

Former Councillors continue to be bound in matters protecting the municipality. 

I did support the director's appointment. He did not have the background I felt was essential. 

Obviously others felt differently. John Abel was not a Councillor at the time. But others shared his 
view that staff are there to ensure Councillors are re-elected. 

I expect  competent professional advice . Political decisions are the politician's domain 

I found much of the director's advice unacceptable. Water rates, a treatment system for snow to remove salt and pathogens were two examples. There were others. At no time did I challenge his competence in a public meeting. 

He was appointed at the beginning of the single Mormac term.  

He kept the job during Mayor Dawe's time. 

Twelve years in total .

He is no longer in the town's employ and not by his choice. 

I contend qualifications for the job were not there from the beginning yet the compensation was second highest in the administration. 

So who was/is responsible?

He did not appoint himself . 

What he had to offer was what the majority decided they wanted. 

They can't tell you why they changed their minds. 

So you have to take what you know and make up your own minds .

I'm going to keep knitting but I do have to give my hands a break. 


Anonymous said...

I remember some of those questions you asked of him. He often never did answer them. Always seemed to read from a script that somone wrote for him. Kinda of like a politician! Oh well...on to someone else, probably from the Region. They're still looking for a Town clerk. I'm assuming the Deputy doesn't want the job? I guess that's up to that new CEO. The Town of Stouffville has been in the media for having a revolving door with their staff...funny how Aurora hasn't.

Anonymous said...

Another brilliant Town plan failed. Yesterday was the first day to pick up used textiles. We called the number to signal our intent. Over the weekend we put together a bag, marked it with a "T" and put it on the steps yesterday morning. I got home last night, the bag was still on the steps.

Anonymous said...

@ 08:35


Anonymous said...

Maybe it is a "first world problem". I guess tax payers money continually being thrown away is a "first world problem" as well. Shameful.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps, but an indicator of how f'ed up the Town is when it comes to executing a plan.

I wonder if this "hotel" will in fact be built or will they pull up stakes trying to deal with the Town.