Coun­cil mem­bers should re­flect on em­bar­rass­ing dis­tinc­tion

The Compass - - OPINION -

Well, that’s one way to start the day.

While eat­ing break­fast and lis­ten­ing to the news, I heard that our beau­ti­ful town has the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing the most dys­func­tional town in Canada, as pro­claimed by a na­tional mag­a­zine. Ce­real went ev­ery­where. Would make a great sign for the back­side of our huge garbage truck.

Our coun­cil­lors and mayor now have the task of re­flect­ing on the past, just to find out how they earned such a na­tional dis­tinc­tion.

Could it be buried in the Glam? Or the ten­der for the garbage truck?

The land on the beach may hold the an­swer. The way they dealt with the peo­ple on Park Av­enue could be part of the an­swer. How about the way small busi­ness was turned down?

Our pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment has to take some re­spon­si­bil­ity with their lack of in­put into how our town is man­aged.

Maybe it’s be­cause too much was go­ing on be­hind closed doors. Like one coun­cil­lor said: “This kind of thing doesn’t hap­pen overnight. It can only come about when a group of peo­ple get to­gether on coun­cil and lose sight of why and who put them there.”

Ev­ery­one has a roll to play. We may not agree on ev­ery­thing or the way it’s done. So what! We move on. But we owe it to our cit­i­zens to be open and hon­est peo­ple, not afraid to speak your mind in fair of los­ing a brownie point in the next elec­tion.

Too bad it has come to this kind of at­ten­tion. I can only hope that when elec­tion time comes around we think twice be­fore we mark our X.

Frank Evely Clarke’s Beach




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