"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

Wednesday 18 October 2017


Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB ...AURORA HAD A SCAPEGOAT": 

My thoughts:

"Aurora's taxpayers are victims in this story" is a kernel of truth we need to keep reminding ourselves as we ponder the next municipal election.

I guess the Mayor's chair is very comfortable at $150,000/yr. He may need a strong arm to push him out. I hope voters are staying informed and have a strong arm.
Posted by Anonymous to  Our Town and Its Business at 18 October 2017 at 15:01

The current Mayor was first ever elected in Aurora without prior experience or proven competence. The community did have the strong arm. Then they put it down again. . Unfortunately ,he proved disappointing.  

In the next election, he was challenged and re-elected. 

All he had going for him was that he wasn't Morris. 

Yet If he learned anything from anyone, his took lessons from his predecessor. 

His challenger in the second contest was in her camp and presented no option. 

Council has remained a non-entity with no role in town business . Mostly from choice and partly from ignorance. 

I shudder to re-call  the various battles in that first four years : 

3 trees that needed to be removed to make a house habitable. So anxious were they not to lose a single vote, no matter the evidence, the decision had to be wrested like a sword from a stone. There was never an attempt at leadership. 

A cell phone tower on Bathurst St. Councillors urged funding for a legal battle to compel Bell to remove a structure erected in King Township in accordance with all rules and regulations. Not even the solicitor could convince them the attempt was ludicrous. 

Hydro property giveaway and Queen's York Rangers got a lease extended from twenty to thirty years. 
All to foil federal plans. Fort York Armories  in Toronto closed.  But Aurora's taxpayers were saddled with the burden by their elected represented . Silly ass snobbery. 

Litigation compelled the forced sale of 6 acres from a developer for $2+ million and $3+million 
was spent to build a park where none was required. All to satisfy the neighbours who did not 
want the land developed. Councillor Able declared all undeveloped land should be acquired and parks created.

Growing assessment revenue is the business of the municipal corporation. 

Continued  hand-out of $1 million to fund programs and provide space  to a private corporate board to duplicate services already provided within the community.  Culture.

Half million handed to the federal government  for a contaminated drill shed taking up a corner of the town park for more than a hundred years. The town should have been paid to take it ,as is , off the governments hands .

The ongoing, shameful pandering was never kept secret. It was their stock in  trade. 

Whatever was needed to bring it to the attention of the taxpayers, I did.  

To what effect.

The lower the backward bend under the Limbo pole the higher the score in the ballot poll.

Accumulation of support for  pandering politicians will always carry slow pokes forward.The 
electorate shapes the mould. 

What some regard as shocking betrayal of trust,appalling absence of intestinal fortitude,complete lack of integrity and conspicuous  lack of common sense , is haughtily dismissed with insufferable condescension as  " a kernel of truth". 

By another chicken-shit candidate, I suspect. 

Lord....Give  me strength. Make me an instrument ....But not of your peace. 


Anonymous said...

Dawe had an easy win in 2010. Anyone could have beaten her to get her the hell put of that mayors chair. 2014 was another shoe in for him. He's been lucky. The electorate...not so much.

Anonymous said...

Re: this post and the next - what are you going to say in nine months when you really get warmed up?

Anonymous said...

The truth. It's a always been Evelyn's strength.