Sey­mour should have par­tic­i­pated in fire depart­ment re­view

The Compass - - Editorial - — Amie Richards writes from Spa­niard’s Bay

First, I want to thank you, Brenda Sey­mour, for your ser­vice on coun­cil and as a fire­fighter. Both po­si­tions are vol­un­tary and you are to be com­mended for serv­ing on them!

But, I think it’s time some­one told you — you’ve done some wrong here to us all. I un­der­stand things hap­pened to you that never should have. There never should have been a porno­graphic film shown in class. That has since been dealt with and re­solved. You did good there — you saw some­thing as wrong and you called it out! And the in­ci­dent with the bal­a­clava — no fire­fighter had any place to say any­thing like that. It was gross and of­fen­sive and wrong. And again, you stand­ing up re­solved that — bravo!

So, con­sid­er­ing that I agree these things were wrong, you might be won­der­ing now why I’m stat­ing that you’ve done wrong here.

Well, let’s look back: in Jan­uary 2016 you con­tacted me­dia about things in the fire depart­ment cit­ing two very wrong in­stances, nei­ther of which had hap­pened within the past year. Fol­lowed by the res­ig­na­tion of Sheri Collins from coun­cil and most of the fire depart­ment. The res­ig­na­tion left Spa­niard’s Bay with­out a fire depart­ment and im­me­di­ately poured a bright spot­light on our town as back­wards and sup­port­ing a cul­ture of sex­ual ha­rass­ment all across Canada!

You were given a for­mal apol­ogy from Spa­niard’s Bay coun­cil for what hap­pened — as you should have! You told me­dia, “It has to be ex­posed and bled out, and it has to be stopped.” In the mean­time, coun­cil de­cided that an in-depth re­view was in or­der. I think coun­cil was right here — a re­view would point out ex­actly what hap­pened in­ci­dent by in­ci­dent and be able to high­light what went wrong and of­fer rec­om­men­da­tions based on that. Some­one was ap­pointed to con­duct the re­view and re­port their find­ings to coun­cil and the pub­lic. You were asked if you would like to par­tic­i­pate in this re­view and you chose not to.

See, I was pretty much with you right up un­til you re­fused to par­tic­i­pate. You stated that what went on needed to have a light shed on it and have it bled out and stopped and then when a re­view was con­ducted you re­fused to par­tic­i­pate. Then you voted against ac­cept­ing the re­port when it was re­leased to coun­cil — what’s wrong? Didn’t agree with what was said in the re­port? You had the chance to have your say and chose not to!

See, this is ex­actly where you should have bro­ken ev­ery­thing that was done said or in­sin­u­ated and at least then if his re­port came out and you felt it was tainted by any bias you be­lieve he had, you could dis­pute the re­port like an adult. But by not par­tic­i­pat­ing you have stripped the pub­lic of your side of the story — and we de­serve to have both full sides!

You re­mind me of a stub­born child — you voted against the re- view and the re­viewer and when he was cho­sen any­way it’s like you folded your arms, stuck out your lip and said, “Well I’m not go­ing to play if I can’t have my way.” Hav­ing your al­le­ga­tions and doc­u­men­ta­tion that you say you have put into a re­port — that’s how you bleed it out and stop it and you chose not to do that! You don’t get to de­cline to par­tic­i­pate and then vote against the re­port be­cause you have per­sonal knowl­edge that’s not in the re­port!

That re­port cost ap­prox­i­mately $30,000 of tax­payer’s money! We, the peo­ple in Spa­niard’s Bay will all bear the scars from me­dia cru­elty and we will bear the bill for the re­port. What we won’t get are both full sides. Be­cause you chose to with­hold one side from the re­port.

As an adult, coun­cil­lor and fire­fighter you don’t get to pick and choose when you want to act like an adult and when you don’t. I find it ex­tremely dis­taste­ful that you threw this town to the me­dia wolves but when the time came to ac­tu­ally go over the facts in a way that would get the whole story, you didn’t par­tic­i­pate.

I sug­gest from now on when some­thing is dis­cussed in coun­cil re­gard­ing the fire depart­ment you ex­cuse your­self from dis­cus­sion as you are in a con­flict and stop talk­ing to the me­dia!

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