Seymour should have participated in fire department review
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!