Cupids coun­cil­lor leaves meet­ing be­fore it con­cludes

Coun. Mike Power wants au­dit is­sues ad­dressed

The Compass - - Classified - BY CHRIS LEWIS chris.lewis@cb­n­com­pass.ca ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

CUPIDS, NL — The Cupids town coun­cil is fac­ing some in­ter­nal prob­lems re­gard­ing their re­cent au­di­tor’s re­port.

Dur­ing a re­cent reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing, held on Tues­day night, Aug. 8, Coun­cil­lor Mike Power brought forth the sub­ject of the town’s au­dit re­port.

Power’s choice to bring for­ward the re­port came with a re­quest to make the re­port pub­lic, not­ing that there were sev­eral is­sues within, de­spite the re­port only be­ing 37 per cent com­plete.

“There are is­sues there, sev­eral is­sues, and it’s only 37 per cent done,” said Power dur­ing the meet­ing. “That doesn’t look very good on us, and there are a few things in here that need ex­plain­ing.”

Newly ap­pointed Coun. Joanne Wells said she felt there were no is­sues with the re­port, which was brought to coun­cil about a month ago.

Wells ques­tioned Power about what is­sues he had with the re­port, to which Power ex­plained that it wasn’t just his own is­sues – it was the res­i­dents’ is­sues as well, not­ing that they are all tax­pay­ing cit­i­zens who he felt de­served to know the de­tails of the re­port.

“If you have con­cerns, then bring them up with the proper peo­ple,” Wells re­sponded, “but if they aren’t ac­tual is­sues, then don’t call them that. Be care­ful with how you word things.”

Fol­low­ing a heated de­bate among coun­cil mem­bers and the town clerk, Power left his seat at the ta­ble and ex­ited the build­ing, after which the re­main­ing points of the meet­ing were ad­dressed within sev­eral min­utes.

Coun­cil ul­ti­mately came to a de­ci­sion that they would con­tact the town’s au­di­tor with ques­tions, hop­ing to hold a tele­con­fer­ence with him to ad­dress the sub­ject and any is­sues within the re­port. This was fol­lowed later in the meet­ing by a mo­tion to make the re­port pub­lic, which was sec­onded by Wells. This mo­tion was car­ried.

Ac­cord­ing to Power, how­ever, coun­cil had orig­i­nally planned to get to­gether for an hour prior to the meet­ing to dis­cuss the re­port. No such meet­ing was held.

The Com­pass caught up with Power Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

“I’ve been on coun­cil now for four years, and I came here to fix trou­ble, not cause it. We’ve got enough trou­ble as it is,” Power said. “I think the pub­lic de­serves to know what’s on that re­port and why there are so many is­sues in it. I want my con­cerns an­swered.”

Power also noted that he hopes to have the is­sues within the re­port solved be­fore mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions are held in Septem­ber.

“We can’t just keep push­ing it off for the next coun­cil to han­dle. It needs to be solved here and now.”

HAR­BOUR GRACE, NL — Joshua Chubbs’ lawyer wants to re­view more new in­for­ma­tion with her client be­fore elect­ing to ei­ther pro­ceed to trial or en­ter guilty pleas.

That’s what Rosellen Sul­li­van told Har­bour Grace Provin­cial Court last Wed­nes­day on be­half of her 23-year-old client, who did not ap­pear in per­son. Chubbs, a Car­bon­ear res­i­dent, is charged un­der the Med­i­cal Act of New­found­land for en­gag­ing in med­i­cal prac­tice with­out a li­cense and ad­ver­tis­ing those ser­vices.

Judge Bruce Short agreed to set over the case un­til Aug. 23, not­ing he ex­pects to ei­ther set trial dates or have the mat­ter pro­ceed by speedy dis­po­si­tion on that date. Chubbs was charged in Fe­bru­ary of this year in re­la­tion to events that al­legedly oc­curred in 2016.

The full na­ture of the al­le­ga­tions against Chubbs are not known, though a Car­bon­ear woman told The Com­pass he of­fered to cir­cum­cise her son. That ac­cu­sa­tion has not been proven in court. Tell us what you think

COM­PASS FILE PHOTO

Joshua Chubbs is ac­cused of prac­tic­ing medicine with­out a li­cense.

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