To say that the 2018-2022 term of Grimsby Council was fractured is an understatement. Take the contentious issues, lack of decorum from some Members of Council and amplify that through the use of Zoom meetings and it easy to see how things went off the rails at times.
What residents have called for loud and clear in the next Council is one that is more cohesive and works together well. But that can only happen if the Members of Council you elect possess at their core, decency and mutual respect for others, even in times of disagreement.
Like a letter in an envelope, most people have a general expectation with email that the contents of the correspondence will remain confidential to those it is addressed to. When a person writes elected officials or government, the expectation of privacy is typically even higher.
For one resident, it turns out that writing an email to Council ended up in one Councillor forwarding it on, resulting in the resident being harassed, threatened and ridiculed online.
While billed as a convenient and easy way to cast a ballot, voting online or via telephone is not without its share of legitimate concerns among voters and experts alike. This year the Town is using the services of “Voatz”, a US company that has come under heavy scrutiny in the past for flaws and lack of transparency.
What would a GCFRG post-series be without a nod to The Beatles? That classic tune from the Sgt. Pepper’s album is the perfect lead-in on how the position of Chair of the Town’s “Heritage Grimsby Advisory Committee” was hijacked, not once… but twice.
If you have been wondering what ever happened to the $18 Million lawsuit against the former Mayor, Bob Bentley, and two of his co-defendants regarding the Biodigester, then you might be interested in this latest episode of the “Hydro Files”. The Ombudsman’s report and Council discussion of lawyers back in April, helped put together some pieces of that puzzle.
With some candidates, both incumbents and newcomers pitching their versions of fiscal and financial responsibility, it seemed fitting to look back at one of the more controversial financial decisions early in the G5 life cycle. Of course, before looking at the decision, it would be remiss not to look at the background leading up to it.
If you missed the Ward canadidate “Q&A” sessions, NewsNow has made recordings of them available on their website. The Ward 2 session is on October 17th, so without the aid of time machine it will not be posted until after that date.
You can listen/view the sessions by clicking the links below:
So what happened after the Special Council meeting of February 10, 2020 that called for a “third party investigation”? The meeting where Council, in the form of a G5 vote, decided to put the CAO, Harry Schlange, back to work after the Mayor had placed him on “administrative leave” when serious workplace allegations arose.
If you missed the first part of this series you can read it by clicking this link here.
With the traditional “Election Day” just 19 days away and online voting set to commence next week, it is worth reminding readers of important information they need to cast their municipal election ballot.
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