New female councilors garner support
Kudos to the three new female councillors whose refusal to be bullied or cowed by veterans who ought to know better is a hopeful sign for CBRM’s future.
Just minutes before a council meeting to consider a malodorous contract extension, council was given a detailed report which they were seeing for the first time and were being asked to approve. The newbies uttered a resounding “No.” They lost that battle, but remain undeterred. They’re now challenging suspiciously incomplete minutes of that session. You go, girls!
Lost in this battle is the patently questionable original awarding of the management contract. A stellar group consisting of a professional engineer, an MBA, a development genius and a marine law expert lost to a group whose sole claim to authenticity, in my opinion, is its politically correct mix. And the outside world would see us as inept by revisiting that decision? Seriously?
A final point on a related matter – not only was the condes- cending tone and content of the veterans’ education of the new councillors on the requisite learning curve for committee chair appointments offensive and patronizing but it hid from those new councillors the fact that the Nova Scotia Solid Waste Committee is the only position on which a regional councillor can sit and receive a stipend. Mike White North Sydney