"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

Thursday 19 October 2017


Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "YOU ASKED....HAPPY TO OBLIGE": 

He well deserved it, long before the JOC disaster. The JOC was the final expensive straw that broke taxpayers backs. 

Posted by Anonymous to  Our Town and Its Business at 18 October 2017 at 20:45


The commenter has not followed  the map I laid out .

Staff replacements were carefully selected during the Mormac term .

Prime criteria was not experience and judgement but to follow the Mayor's orders while appearing to provide professional advice to Council. With a consistent obedient majority of six ,they didn't have to try real hard.  

Service  to the community wasn't the objective , so much as servitude to the Mayor. Under those  circumstances, judgement and experience would have been a liability. 

 At one point,a new town affairs blog  received orders from the CAO, without Council authority,
 to remove an anonymous comment by a stated deadline and reveal the identity of the author. 
They removed the comment but could not provide the identity. 

Litigation was undertaken by the town against three local residents who apparently took turns as blog moderators.

In a closed meeting chaired by the Mayor, the town solicitor was instructed to proceed against the residents ,in the Mayor's name ,at town expense. 

The proceeding was found to be SLAPP action; meaning,  intended to silence public 
participation. In the written decision,the Judge deemed the town solicitor,who filed the complaint on behalf of the Mayor,was the only witness, had evaded answering questions and lied. 

The solicitor's employment was terminated by the new Council. 

He wasn't part of the Unholy Trinity appointed during the Twilight Zone but he was the only one sent
on his way immediately after. 

Legal invoices were being received  several years thereafter. 

The CAO continued in his capacity seven more years. The Chief Financial Officer still 
serves . 

Re-organization of  re-organizations was partially and severally repeated.Without input from Council
or notable improvement. 

Failed renovation of the Family Leisure Complex has been noted previously. That was prior to the last election. 

The Municipal Clerk's office was reduced in status and the office changed hands several times.
It's understood the Chief Building Official  is in charge of the Legal Dept and Municipal Clerk's office. 

Recently heard from my daughter Heather, a regular user of the pool at AFL. The facility was closed 
for weeks for cleaning and renewal. On re-opening ,half the liner was blue like new, the other half ,deep disgustingly, unclean green . Apparently enough funds were available to clean only half the liner. You
have to be in the pool to see the unbelievable stupidity.

Special Olympic Ducks, paying full rates for prime time,have had lanes taken from them to make
room for potential but not real, new clientele .if they appear, they will pay full rates; same  as the 

Special Needs Olympic swimmers will not be travelling on public transit in the late hours.

I've been writing this blog since August 2007, provided insight not available elsewhere.

Much was never told because normally sensible policies were manipulated to suit the
twisted purposes.

With a change of Council ,some circumstances changed too many did not. If we can sort 
It out, we will. 

Please note the comment that Dawe and Abel were the financial ver sight committee for 
the Joint Operation Centre. 


Anonymous said...

You failed to mention that the then mayor, having difficulty with your obedience to her, decided to go about getting your attention in a different way. She would bring in the big municipal legal gun George Rust D' Eye. Everyone would be in awe. He was probably given instruction to "shake down" the wayward councillor and get her to "step into line" and then bill the town accordingly. After all, cost was not an issue.

A warning from the distinguished counsel would surely be enough. My memory goes a little vague here on the actual reason for the encounter but there he was face to face - the big legal gun with you in his sights about to drop the hammer.

Poor Rusty couldn't get any traction. All his legal knowledge and reputation were of no use. He failed in the task. I suspect the then mayor was furious.

Anonymous said...


Oh, we know. Boy, oh boy, do we know.