Fly­ers spur tension be­tween can­di­dates

Coun­cil­lor ac­cuses for­mer in­cum­bent of cir­cu­lat­ing in­flam­ma­tory hand­out

Richmond Hill Post - - News - by Jes­sica Wei

Ward 5 coun­cil­lor Karen Cile­vitz has had an un­easy elec­tion cam­paign pe­riod since a con­tro­ver­sial voice mail was leaked to var­i­ous me­dia out­lets, in which she al­legedly be­rated two lo­cal event or­ga­niz­ers. Since then, con­tro­versy has fol­lowed her in and out of the coun­cil cham­bers, to her lawyer’s of­fice.

In Septem­ber, a web­site with the URL karen­cile­vitz.com sur­faced. When In­ter­net browsers clicked the link, it au­to­mat­i­cally redi­rects to a CBC news clip that was aired shortly after the voice mail was leaked, one which Cile­vitz be­lieves por­trays the in­ci­dent in­ac­cu­rately. “Karen­cile­vitz.com is a web­site that does not ex­ist,” said Cile­vitz. As the CBC video re-cir­cu­lated on­line, real-life fly­ers were be­ing dis­trib­uted by hand around Ward 5. On the flyer is a pho­to­copy of an ar­ti­cle from an­other lo­cal pub­li­ca­tion de­tail­ing the li­bel law­suit that Cile­vitz had launched against the mu­sic or­ga­niz­ers ear­lier this sum­mer. Above the ar­ti­cle is writ­ten, in block let­ters, “Is This What You Want For An­other 4 Years?”

After Cile­vitz found out about the fly­ers, one of the peo­ple in her ward sent her a photo the per­son had taken of ex–Ward 5 coun­cil­lor and can­di­date Nick Papa at a post of­fice, star­ing over one of the fly­ers. Cile­vitz quickly took to Face­book to voice her dis­ap­proval. “The flyer can be seen in front of Mr. Papa on the desk — he ap­pears to be look­ing at it, lo­cated next to the postal clerk’s right hand,” she posted. “While mak­ing ar­range­ments to mass-mail the ‘anony­mous’ flyer and re­port­edly in­formed by the postal clerk that ‘This will be ex­pen­sive,’ Mr. Papa was re­port­edly heard to re­ply, ‘I don’t care how much it costs.’ ”

Nick Papa de­nies that he was dis­tribut­ing the fly­ers and said he was send­ing out his own cam­paign ma­te­ri­als when he was caught on-cam­era.

“I have bet­ter things to do than that,” he said. “She’s try­ing to prove her­self to be right when she’s wrong.”

Cile­vitz be­lieves that, if her in­stincts are right, then it’s a poor way for a can­di­date for pub­lic of­fice to be­have.

“I am ab­so­lutely ap­palled and shocked that Mr. Papa would stoop to this level in or­der to at­tempt to win back the Ward 5 seat,” she said. This in­ci­dent has served to be a warn­ing sign for Papa. “I wasn’t fa­mil­iar with how she op­er­ates [be­fore],” he said. “Now I know how she op­er­ates, so now I’m go­ing to keep an eye on her Face­book and all the other stuff.”

She’s try­ing to prove her­self to be right when she’s wrong.”

Ward 5 coun­cil­lor Karen Cile­vitz

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