"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

Tuesday 14 November 2017


JAnonymous has left a new comment on your post "THE SHORT ANSWER": 

Way to go... you did not answer the question. 
Posted by Anonymous to  Our Town and Its Business at 14 November 2017 at 08:31


Double  -tasking again. ..watching Mr. Sessions answering questions of the Senate Intelligence Committee. 

Democrats are at risk of losing an edge here , from my perspective. Mr. Sessions answers seem perfectly reasonable.  He's no slouch. The media are trailing. 

The situation is not without humour. One would hardly relate politics here to politics there . Yet it 
does. Any time ,my argument prevails , I'm accused  of being a slick politician or a liar. 

It was a breach of order but happened anyway without consequence. Who calls the presiding 
member to order? Well yes,  I did that too. 

The Municipal Act does not refer to every potential piece of municipal chicanery. Bits  and pieces 
of half-assed legislation keep being added. But conduct does not improve.  It only keeps  getting 
further away from basic principles. 

Beyond the Oath of Office ,rules of conduct are just clutter. 

Adherence rather than litigation is anticipated , especially since the municipal level is also a legislative

If integrity and consistency do not rule,how is legislation expected to be respected ?   

The knowledge and experience of  the Municipal Clerk is bedrock to the process. 

No good comes from neutering the Clerk. 

Ontario has 440 municipalities, among them, an endless  pool of knowledge and experience.  No problem arises that hasn't been experienced elsewhere. 

First political reaction  is to pass a law.  

 If he doesn't know already,  the Clerk  can discover at the other end of the phone , its chances of 

Will it stand up in court ?

Judges are not sympathetic to municipalities. 

Lawyers are expensive. 

Having a bylaw struck down is not something to strive for.  

Generally speaking , the public are not sympathetic to municipalities. 

Politicians are disinclined to accept responsibility, despite the purpose of the office. 

The Mormac Duo and cohorts were elected in a slate, Aurora's clerk had two years to go until his intended retirement. He made it but not without compromise,considerable havoc and expense to 
the municipality and personal harm to others. 

CAO at the time was a lawyer, had served as Mayor in another municipality and subsequently 
CAO in still another municipality.

He did not seek the post in Aurora.  He was sought and wrote his own contract. He was the
immediate target as most likely to foil The Wicked Queen's intentions. 

The Clerk took steps to put distance between himself and the dreadful duo. 

Various blood-curdling scenarios evolved from which he effectively removed himself. 

Leasing and surrendering the hydro asset to QYR was the start of the worst and there were several close seconds. 

The friendship link to QYR was Christopher Ballard ,currently MLA, not yet a Councillor but a Liberal
associate of Mormac. 

The Clerk's retirement took place precisely as he planned. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Oh! I get it. The friend of a friend thing. I hear that's very popular in political circles.