"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Right to Representation


 The Agenda  with Steve Paikin on Tuesday focused partly on the size of Toronto Council. John Sewell argued  45 members  is unwieldy. It should be reduced.

Mayor McCallion argued Mayors should have more power and noted  the city has an executive committee and used to a have a Board of Control.

Former MayorArt Eggleton noted he and Sewell had been Mayors of the city within Metro.

Immeduately before amalgamation  6 boroughs existed within Metro. Each with a Mayor and Council.

The city now  has a  population of 2,800,000 represented by 45 Councillors and Mayor
Five Mayors and five top heavy administrations were wiped out. That was substantial reduction in 1998.

A huge floating pool of redundant municipal professionals came into being. Consultant  firms exploded  and a new work load ballooned. Law firms sprouted an army of experts in municipal law.

New legislation created  hitherto unheard of opportunity

Where savings should have occurred ,they did not.

Mayors should have more power argued Mayor McCallion. An organization  of Mayors is needed  to wield more clout  with senior levels of government.


Persuading Premier McGuinty to cancel contracts for power plants mid-construction of power thereby plunging the Province into $ billions of debt would be an excellent example of the  benefit.

Certainly differences of opinion would be eliminated. Progress could  be as smooth as milk and just as transparent.

Meetings would  not  be required. Proclamations would be de rigour. Everything would be
calm and amicable.

In a mayoralty debate candidate Olivia Chow argued  all property owners should be entitled to vote in municipal  elections even without citizenship rights.

It 's a logical position.  Same as a hundred years ago, when ONLY property owners were allowed to vote.

A series of wars and several generations  changed that and extended the right to vote without property on the basis men were  required to die in defence of a country that did not allow them to vote.

The right belonged  only to men of property.

Tuesday's Agenda ended  with an interview about Mayor Mc Callion's book launch.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Contra-indicators

Steve Paikin had  three former City Mayors on The Agenda last night. John Sewell, Art Eggleton of Toronto and Hazel  McCallion of Misuassaga .

The topic....municipal politics in general and Toronto Mayoralty  in particular.

There were differences of opinion between the three. The hour was enjoyable. It will likely be repeated. I will watch it again.

Voter  turn- out i was remarked upon. Toronto media influence was discussed .

The length of  the Tory campaign, his platform and lack of Council experience were all  referenced.

John  Sewell  was most intense.. The huge increase to 68% (or 60%) in voter turn-out
was not due to Tory candidacy  as Paikin suggested.  According to Sewell,Ford's candidacy and getting the vote out in Etobicoke and Scarborough was the force

Considering Ford's campaign started on the last day for registration and Tory had been at it since eight months previously that seems to me to be the most significant factor.

Ford had not intended to be a candidate. He  stepped in because his ailing brother asked.

Time left him no option but an aggressive offense.

The turn-out, in a city of millions was highest ever. And Rob Ford , despite everything he did to himself and everything the media did to destroy him, was  re-elected  to public office.

The program had a wealth of relevance to our situation. For this morning, we will focus
on one aspect.

In Aurora we had two candidates . During  the campaign  the most frequently expressed sentiment was was  neither  Mayoralty candidate held any appeal.

The final tally did not support that indication.

Yet voter turnout in Aurora fell by 5%. From 39.5 per cent in 2010 to 34.5 % in 2014.

The town grew. Numbers of voters increased.  .

The percentage who chose  to exercise the franchise dropped.

No matter how it's interpreted,  almost two -thirds of Aurora boycotted the process.

Hardly an expression of confidence.

No Cause  Célèbre

No stamp  of approval.

Lack of interest...I don't think so.

Not if my blog numbers are an indication.

Abracadabra


I received the following this morning. I have seen it before and enjoy it each time. It would take too long to sort out an e-mail list of seniors. So I have tried to reproduce it here. 

Do not be alarmed. This will not be the context of the blog from now on. I just thought It was worthwhile trying the cut and copy routine once again.

Friends are like quilts-they age with you, yet never lose their warmth.
Click                                                            baby quilt for                                                            a closer
I am forwarding this to those on my Seniors email list because it is so well written.
Please send back. (I did) It's neat. Don't delete this one, you'll laugh when you see the return message.
I have seen too many dear friends leave this world, too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.
the                                                            freakin' old                                                            people?
Whose business is it, if I choose to read, or play on the computer, until 4 AM, or sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 50s, 60s & 70s, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love, I will.
old                                                            people                                                            dancing
I will walk the beach, in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves, with abandon, if I choose to,despite the pitying glances from the jet set. They, too, will get old.
In White,                                                            2008  Fat Czech on beach (short
I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And, eventually, I remember the important things.

Sure, over the years, my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break, when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength, and understanding, and compassion. A heart never broken, is pristine, and sterile, and will never know the joy of being imperfect.
you mend                                                            a broken                                                            heart?
I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.
of man                                                            proposing to                                                            woman
As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore.
I've even earned the right to be wrong.
You care                                                            less about                                                            what other
So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be.
And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like it).
People                                                            Eating Ice                                                            Cream.
MAY OUR  FRIENDSHIP NEVER COME APART, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT'S STRAIGHT FROM THE  HEART!
OldFriends                                                            - 3
Forward this to at  least 7 people, and see what happens on your screen. You will laugh your head  off!
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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Congratulations are in order

Winning is better than losing but losing is not the end of the world. I've been here before.

I acknowledge certain aspects of the  job I will not miss at all, at all.

I know many were counting on my being there again. But we fought the good fight and it was not to be.

To-day is the first day of the rest of our lives and  many things will not change.My grandchildren hung around into the night. Aaron brought up on the iPad  a u-tube  featuring comedian Dave Chappell in a Comedy routine called  The Haters' Ball.  It is really funny.

The blog will continue. I have been a member of Council  throughout the seven years of publication
The  topic has mainly been Town  business . Certain prohibitions have been observed.

We shall spread our wings a bit.  The conversation  should keep going but I would like to explore the advantage of signing in.

I have no intention of folding my tent and stealing away into the night. I will not be hanging around the Council Chamber for meetings either. I have endured more than my share of that.

I congratulate the new Council and wish them well.

Monday, 27 October 2014

The Lord is good to me ..and so I thank The Lord.?..For Giving me the things I need. ....the apple tree and the apple seed .... The Lord is good to me.

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "The Haunted Forest":

12:35
This is not a nasty site. Your generalization was uncalled for. { sorry about the grammar ]


Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 27 October 2014 12:49


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My finger slipped. The comment was rejected in error. . I chose to resurrect it.

Today is a positive day

Sunday, 26 October 2014

The Haunted Forest

I had to choose last night between  fundraiser hymn sing at Our Lady if Grace church for re-building the United Church and the Haunted Forest at Sheppard's  Bush.

I went to the Haunted Forest. Î hope there will be another fund-raiser at the church for the other church.

Cheyenne and Abigail and  Emma were to come  with me to the Haunted Forest.
They live in Innisfil. They can't just come round and ride on my scooter. So, as often happens, it didn't. I met Heather and Andy and Adam and Keenan there instead.

We went around twice. When it was light and a second time in the dark.

It was the perfect night in the perfect place. The woods themselves are spooky. Trees stretch high, with long straight limbs, bare branches have dropped their leaves to carpet the ground and long fallen timbers are scattered at  various angles in disorder.

Carved  pumpkin heads, hundreds of them,outlining paths,each unique and carved  by Boy Scouts of Aurora .

Ghosties  and Ghoulies prowled and loomed suddenly from  the shadows.Zombies struggled and clawed ,to rise from the earth. Screams and blood-curdling cries rang out through the night.

A  huge bonfire built and tended by a town employee  who offered toasted marshmallows on the end of a very long thin stick to whoever might fancy  or wish to risk the same

The Optimist Club. was there to provide hot food and drinks for thousands who attended while
at the same time raising funds to donate back for youth in the community.

The Marque Theatre and Aurora Children's Theatre were on hand to make the night memorable.
Children's Theatre is part of the town's recreation program.

Line-ups were waiting for the show to begin, families mingling, cameras clicking. No vote was required to endorse the event.

I was glad to be there for something that would not be there if Town of Aurora staff  were not dedicated to public service above and beyond. Hundreds of hours of volunteer service  were provided from almost thirty organizations.  Proudly sponsored by  the Watson Family's  School of Karate?

Shelley Ware and  her teams,together with the community, outdid themselves once again.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

The Puck was dropped ...the game began

We are at the  point in the election when crazy reckless things happen

The  foolish floating flyer recommending a slate  to elect and a slate to reject is a sample.  The culprits .are apparently known.

It's actually no worse than Ron Weese's unsubtle device to do me in at  Sport Aurora 's All Candidate meeting last week.

I knew he had a plan. I anticipated trickery and skullduggery. He did not disappoint

Candidates were asked to forward. positions in sport and advised submissions would be copied and distributed at the meeting and posted on Sport Aurora web site.

Two questions related to  positions would be asked.

Uh-huh I thought, we'll see how that works with twenty-eight candidates.

The smartest, most effective way to do me in would be reduce me to irrelevance and ignore  me.

That's not how it happened .

The first question asked me to explain why I denigrated the thousands of volunteers associated with Sport Aurora by describing them as "takers"

I did no such thing.

The second was why did I  move to have Sport Aurora evicted from the Town  Hall when  staff  said it was alright  for them to be there?

Both questions were asked by the same panellist. Both  were distortion of the facts. Neither had anything to do with my position on sport.

The  audience was unlikely privy to the nefarious scheme.

The  first question was twisted.The second  score no points either.

Ron Weese President of Sport Aurora thinks he's entitled to office space and a Town Hall address.

I don't think he is.

So Ron Weese invites me to a meeting and  uses Sport Aurora to stop me from being elected.

Well... We shall see what Aurora thinks about a  person who thinks he's entitled to preferential  treatment at the Town Hall.

In a forward position, I play by the rules.

He plays dirty

What game  is that?

Not his

Friday, 24 October 2014

The Dance

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "The Ostrich Syndrome":

Only 3 & 1/2 days until one can speak or write without jeopardizing a candidate.

Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 24 October 2014 08:47


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The blog hasn't been completely sanitized however strong my resolution .

I am a candidate for  the office of Councillor.

Except for the last election which called for desperate measures, my practice has been to speak 
only of my own reasons for seeking office. 

As an incumbent, my performance record  for good or ill, speaks for itself.

My main objective is to keep the town moving forward and  to speak for me and the rest of us.

The Mayor's office is most important to voters.

Both candidates  obviously have strong organizations and  substantial financial resources.

The incumbent should have an advantage. He too has a record.

But a record is subject to attack.

The  challenger,  on the other hand is also  an incumbent. His record or lack of it can also be attacked.

There is really nothing nascent about Aurora politics.

Except what we don't see going on behind the scenes.

I don't mean behind closed doors at the town hall. Not the best place for keeping secrets.

I mean what's whispered behind cupped hands.at the doors.

Or  proclaimed in the streets, on signs lining highways and byways.

In conversation in club rooms and  executive meetings, breakfast clubs and coffee klatches.

In commuter  trains and visa buses and everywhere people gather and have a minute to exchange beyond a friendly greeting.

In poll numbers lacking logic,web sites reflecting bias , in  twittering  and tweeting and Facebook pirouetting,

The  circle swirls and burls, growing larger spinning faster pulling in and tossing out.

Finally coming to rest.

Votes to be counted.

We will learn together what together we have wrought.

Whatever that may be, we will live with it for another four years.

It was ever thus.