New fe­male coun­cilors gar­ner sup­port

Cape Breton Post - - EDITORIAL -

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

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