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When Is An Invitation Not An Invitation?

Posted by auroracitizen on May 11, 2009

Have you ever had a party where you felt obligated to invite someone even though you didn’t want them to come? How did you manage that?

One way is to send the invitation so late that they have no opportunity to re-arrange their schedule to make the party.

Mayor Morris has invited various user groups and interested stakeholders in the senior ball diamond to a meeting scheduled for Monday May 11 (tonight).

In the email she states,

“In an effort to bring all parties together – and to get all the facts on the table – I am proposing to host ” one meeting ” rather than lots of one – on-ones on the same topic. It is hoped that as many members as possible will try to attend.”

The problem is that the email was sent last night at 5:59 PM — leaving folks with the difficult task to change their plans for tonight with very little notice.

Short notice equals poor attendance. For an issue of such importance — that has been in discussion for over 1 year — shouldn’t this meeting have been published further in advance.

What is your opinion about a Senior Ball Diamond?

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43 Responses to “When Is An Invitation Not An Invitation?”

  1. Anonymous said

    I appear as anonymous right now, but I will have my name up and running in no time.

    To Anonymous of May 15 at 12:59 am.

    “When Councillor Buck plots a plan of attack and carries it out, that is courageous and true. When St. Kitts works out a plan of counter-attack and implements it, that is devious and contemptible.”

    As you stated in the quote above, I believe to be a fact, as I copied it from your tirade. Please explain how asking questions about funds that have been financed by the taxpayer of the Town of Aurora are being spent is a plan of attack? i don’t believe Evelyn ever attacked St. Kitts, I believe she asked questions that need accurate accounting of.

    During St. Kitts lamblasting she never addressed the issues, she obviously has issues with Evelyn, that is quite apparent. However, why did she not take advantage of the oppurtunity to address the questions. Again this just leads to more questions and speculation.

    You again attempt to deflect from the actual issue at hand. You also stated in the above quote that St. Kitts “works out a plan of counter-attack and implements it” it most definitly was planned and with help I am certain from the all mighty mayor herself and you. It was a disgusting display of misuse of power that Morris can take claim of and put on her professional resume, which she will need in the very near future. She claims to be a paralegal ha! Check the Law Society of Upper Canada at http://www.lsuc.on.ca. She is not listed there. She claims to have HR experience Ha! Her credibility has all but gone into the trash.

    One more thing that I would like to bring to light is that Margaret Black, Mayor of King Township, which Snowball Corner is a part of, is a professional by every meaning of the word. She is not only the Mayor but she is a lawyer by right. Now if you had an opportunity to pull the strings of one of these two individuals, Morris or Black, who would you chose? There is no choice to be made, Black would never fall for the cherades of St. Kitts, that is why St. Kitts has latched onto Morris.

    No matter what actions you take from here on in, this past council meeting has set the tone for your demise in the political arena. You should all really take into consideration every unintelligible thing that you have done during this term before you run for council again. As the questions that will be directed at you in an all candidates meeting will not be comfortable for you to answer now.

    I have seen the light, you have provided the forum and now I will let you bask in the outcome of what you did on May 13th, 2009.

    The degree of unprofessionalism that you, Morris, Wilson, Gallo, Grainger and Gaertner, King and Garbe exhibited as I stated at the beginning is disgusting!

    Oh and I do not live in Aurora, I am a citizen of the world, who can and will voice my opinion whenever I see the need solely on the grounds of democracy, that is increasingly becoming evident that the citizens of Aurora do not enjoy.

    Not that Evelyn needs anyone to stick up for her, of course, but man I feel for her. I really don’t know how she motivates herself to go to the meetings, but keeping in step with who she is; she does it for the people who elected her and from here on in she will be doing if for many other citizens in the town as well.

    Evelyn keep up the great work!!

  2. Anonymous said

    Says who? An anonymous source?

    Is that written somehwere in the bylaws or code itself? If so, please direct us to your source so we can all have the same information/facts.

  3. Anonymous said

    Whether she signed it or not Buck is bound by the Code.

  4. Anonymous said

    Fuimus – “As far as the Code being violated by Ms Buck. Did she ever sign the code? If she didn’t, you can’t violate something that you did not approve of in the first place. If she did, you are right but this would certainly not be the first time. “

    Evelyn Buck did NOT sign the code of conduct – I read it somewhere in the Council minutes.

    My understanding though is that there’s something up with the integrity commissioner. Either he didn’t get a contract, or wouldn’t sign it; there is something ‘out of the ordinary’ with that situation.

  5. Robert the Bruce said

    Mr or Mrs Anonymous at 11:45

    No one has appointed me a spokesperson for the “community”. I don’t know what community you are in because, as an anonymous poster, you could be Sher St. Kitt’s herself! Perhaps you read the words too literally. Clearly Mayor Morris has lost the support of the “Aurora Citizen” community – I think there are those that support her still (you for one by the sound of it).

    I am not on the bandwagon to bash Mayor Morris. I supported her in the last election. I fell for her platform and I feel that I have been duped now. I don’t feel that she has made a significant positive thing for this town however and her methods of “ruling” at the town hall are 180 degrees opposite of what she said that she would do. If she was to do something good and beneficial, I would be one of the first ones to say so.

    Finally, at this time, I have no political aspirations so no fear there. I doubt I would have much support from “your” community, whatever that is.

    Mr or Mrs Anonymous at 12:02

    What was read into the record? The tirade, the back and forth between Morris and Buck? The audited statements from the Dream Team?

    If you read what I said, I indicated that I was going to wait for the evidence and now that the video is available, I will watch it.

    As far as the Code being violated by Ms Buck. Did she ever sign the code? If she didn’t, you can’t violate something that you did not approve of in the first place. If she did, you are right but this would certainly not be the first time.

    Ms Buck says that I always need the last word. So, with that in mind I will shutup about this. I will watch the tape and make my own decision. I’ll let the Anonymous septuplets argue away.

    Fuimus

  6. Anonymous said

    “I’m certainly hoping it goes that way because a number of these comments would be of interest to a lawyer.”

    I wouldn’t worry about it if I were you… we seem to be a town of Anonymous.

  7. Anonymous said

    Robert the Bruce,
    “Well, that is part of the problem. Publicly done but publicly accounted for? Like I said, I have not seen the meeting nor anything to say one way or another about the status of this group vs. the Town. You must be talking about the council meeting itself, that is but the tip of the iceberg.

    I like to see things done legally too. I get the feeling that this past council meeting, that is not the case – in as much as the Code of Conduct may have been violated.”

    It was read into the record. Perhaps you should wait for the evidence before you make pronouncements, so quickly, without benefit of information.
    The Code of Conduct may have been violated by Evelyn.
    That’s something I’m waiting to see, having attended the meeting.

  8. Anonymous said

    Robert the Bruce
    Please cite the facts to support your statement
    “You have over stepped your authority and you have lost what little support you had from this community.”

    Then you follow up with, “I do not speak for the community and no where have I indicated that I do.”

    Is there not a contradiction here?

    Not my part of the community.
    Whose community appointed (elected?) you spokesman?

    You are obviously on the bandwagon of Morris mashers.
    I do hope you don’t have political aspirations, although my guess is that is your motivation.
    Only a guess mind you.

  9. Anonymous said

    ” There are some serious allegations here. Unfortunately in the Town of Aurora, we have no leadership to ferret them out.

    May 15, 2009 9:44 AM”

    May well be lawyers will deal with the allegations.
    I’m certainly hoping it goes that way because a number of these comments would be of interest to a lawyer.

  10. Anonymous said

    I have been following the Sher St Kitts controversy, and some of the postings here are quite informative. Robert the Bruce (who I don’t always agree with) and Anonymous May 14 4:51 lead the way with intelligent articulate discourse. On the other side you have Anonymous May 14 6:21 with their Steven Granger like logic arguing … gibberish. Wading through this all, I see an out of town fundraiser who means well but just doesn’t understand the fine line of true volunteerism and serving ones self interest.
    For intstance why is her husbands band always involved in her activities. Is his work done as a volunteer or is he being paid. If so by whom? The trip to Ottawa to see MP Brown is priceless.I’m sure the funds to pay for this is not coming out St Kitts pocket. It never does when someone else can foot the bill What seems to rankle a lot of feathers is the lack of distinction between the Dream Team and the July 1 parade. Mayor Morris and her loyal consorts gave St Kitts upwards of 10K for the parade. With no accountability how do we know the funds aren’t being transferred to the Dream Teams other activities.(ie Bait and Switch) Waiting for answers to these questions as articulated by some here is fruitless. Do you really believe transparancy and Morris belong in the same sentence? Do really believe St Kitts will volunteer any answers. Whatever you do don’t hold your breath waiting for answers. There are some serious allegations here. Unfortunately in the Town of Aurora, we have no leadership to ferret them out.

  11. Bill Hogg said

    I don’t think the issues here are where either Heather or Sher live. I think they are about the use of public funds in a transparent manner.

    Frankly I find these kinds of comments just distract from what should/could be a fact based discussion.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if we just stuck to facts and personal opinions about issues based on our interpretation of those facts (instead of personal attacks).

  12. Anonymous said

    “Councillor Buck waves her baton and the choir sings in unison.”

    Are you in the same town as the rest of us? Councillor Buck could make a statement indicating that the sky is blue, and the majority would vote to waive the procedural bylaw and all the rules of the universe to declare the name of the colour blue be changed to green, just to prove her wrong!!

  13. Heather said

    Anonymous above said:
    “Aren’t you from Newmarket?
    How does the situation affect you?
    Why jump on the bandwagon to spread rumors and gossip?”

    I do live in Newmarket now, yes, but that doesn’t mean I can’t have an opinion. Besides, Evelyn is my friend – I’ll catch the mtg on tv or online to see it, and to see Evelyn’s granddaughter accept her award. I wondered whether Ms. St. Kitts clarified some of the answers to the questions I’ve read here about the Dream Team and the fundraising for the Canada Day Parade, etc. I’ll watch the meeting and see for myself. That’s not rumours and gossip.

  14. Anonymous said

    I am again shocked at the fact that this mayor would allow anyone to get the podium at a council meeting to attack verbally a council member. Would the mayor have allowed this if St Kitt was attacking one of the mayor’s group of five. I don’t think so.At least when Tim Jones was Mayor he would defend every councillor from such an attack. He would always remind the speaker that they could not attack any member of his council whether he was close to that councillor or not.He even would protect Nigel Kean whom he had disagreements with.
    This mayor seemed to relish St Kitt’s attack on Buck.Mind you the mayor really does not like anyone who disagrees with her such as Buck.
    What about the transparency and openess that the mayor promised? What about the council that the mayor promised would respect each other? Well respect starts at the top so that won’t happen with this mayor.

  15. Anonymous said

    When Councillor Buck speaks out publicly in her various forums, attacking St. Kitts without facts, that is free speech.

    When St. Kitts responds, that is outrageous, insulting, worthy of investigation by the authorities. Certainly not free speech.

    Looks like free speech depends on whose ox is being gored.

    When Councillor Buck plots a plan of attack and carries it out, that is courageous and true. When St. Kitts works out a plan of counter-attack and implements it, that is devious and contemptible.

    Generally in society, people are presumed innocent until facts prove otherwise. When attacked, people generally have the right to respond.

    Here on this forum, however, there are no shades of grey, no need for facts. We always know who is on the side of the angels and who the bad gals are.

    Councillor Buck waves her baton and the choir sings in unison. Keeps things nice and simple.

    Spooky indeed. God help us if everyone looked at life like that.

  16. Robert the Bruce said

    To anonymous at 7:59….

    I have made alot of statements. Which ones are you confused about?

    You said…

    “Everything was done publicly…”

    Well, that is part of the problem. Publicly done but publicly accounted for? Like I said, I have not seen the meeting nor anything to say one way or another about the status of this group vs. the Town. You must be talking about the council meeting itself, that is but the tip of the iceberg.

    I like to see things done legally too. I get the feeling that this past council meeting, that is not the case – in as much as the Code of Conduct may have been violated.

    “Who are you to speak for the community…?

    I do not speak for the community and no where have I indicated that I do. I speak for myself. A tax paying resident of Aurora. Can Sher St. Kitts say the same thing?

    “…that the mayor has overstepped her authority?”

    I feel (again me) that the Code of Condact has been violated. The authority of the mayor does not supercede the code.

    “… due process….”

    Again I am not deciding anything. I clearly stated that I am waiting for evidence one way or another. However, it seems that Ms St Kitts has acused Ms Buck of things without due process.

    You saw it first hand, that’s great. However, from what I read you were given one side of the story as Ms Buck had no rebuttal opportunity.

    Again, I will wait for the facts before I make a decsion. I have said how I currently look at it, that may change.

    But like you said, I only speak for myself. I don’t speak for you or your circle of friends. Would those friends in the “Circle” have the names Wilson, Granger, Gallo, etc…?

    Fuimus

  17. Anonymous said

    Hey Heather, freedom of speech, freedom to use Anonymous.
    Sher made her position public.
    Hold on until the whole muddy scene has a light on it.
    I’m interested in watching, waiting for information to be revealed. I’m waiting for facts.

    Aren’t you from Newmarket?
    How does the situation affect you?
    Why jump on the bandwagon to spread rumors and gossip?

  18. Heather said

    Anonymous at 5:59 (pick a user id for goodness’ sake!)

    “People on this site wanted council to address the questions you’ve raised.
    Thank goodness Sher St. Kitts had the intestinal fortitude to bring it to council.
    No one else did.”

    Do what? Did Sher St. Kitts talk about the money that was raised, and whether or not she’s operating as a charity?? These are the questions that I’ve seen on this site. Is that what you mean??

  19. Anonymous said

    Some people will blame the mayor for everything.
    As though Sher isn’t capable of standing up for herself. lol

  20. Anonymous said

    the good news is i’m sure councillor Buck welcomes an investigation by the the Town lawyer and whoever else wants to investigate.

    Remember in our legal system to prove slander, you must prove what is being said is false which means Sher st kitts will be investigated and so will the canada day sub-commttiee and the dream team and all thier fundrasiers to prove that what the councillor has said is a false statement…

    so from what i see the Mayor and her cohorts should have been carefull what they wished for.

    I too care for our justice system.

    So the Mayor thinks she has Councillor Buck by the shorts….Or did she do the Councillor a favour??

    We will find out what has been going on with our tax dollars

    OH just a after thought. How is it that someone that is not a citizen of Aurora, sit on a Aurora committie? I thought you must be a Citizen of the town to sit on one?

    Something to think about……

  21. Anonymous said

    “Tirade by the Snowball resident”.
    Interesting choice of words.

  22. Anonymous said

    Robert the Bruce,
    You are making a lot of statements here.

    Everything was done publicly, on the record, with the Town lawyer and others giving advice.
    Sher St. Kitts did her thing publicly, on the record, not in a blog, not behind anyone’s back.
    Good for her to invite the Town lawyer to decide what the Town has to do with this.
    As well, she may have other legal options.

    I like to see things done legally.
    It seems to me that is what is happening.

    Who are you to speak for the community and why do you feel this is an opportunity for you to opine that the mayor has overstepped her authority?
    You don’t speak for me.

    But I am glad to know your position.

    We do have due process in this country and you are not the decider.
    You have a right to speak for yourself but you don’t speak for me or my circle of friends.

    There are many points of view on every issue in this town.
    Time to open the windows for fresh air, and more oxygen for the brain cells.

    As far as I’m concerned Sher St. Kitts is entitled to free speech, and is entitled to stand up for herself.
    I’m glad she had her say.
    I’m glad I saw it first hand.
    I saw, I heard, I learned.

    My mind is open to all possible outcomes.
    Businesses are struggling with rules for e-mails and blogs.
    As a society we need to respond responsibly to how blogs are used.

  23. Anonymous said

    Evelyn Buck raises the issue of Conflict of Interest in reference to others. Her awareness of this Act exists. Then why did she participate in the vote. Voting not to permit staff to review the formal complaint levelled against her?

    If, Evelyn is found guilty of violating the Code of Conduct, Code of Ethics or the Harassment Poilcy she may experience financial consequences. Under the code of conduct she stands to loss 3 months pay. So, why did she participate in the vote?

    As momma use to say- you can’t always tell who your friends are. So mind your tongue. My understanding, the complaint went beyond “her” blog.

    Is a class action lawsuit possible on this type of legal action?

  24. Anonymous said

    Evelyn Buck said, “Conducted under the auspices of the Town, we believe the town would have been responsible for paying for services rendered had sufficient funds not been generated.”

    Evelyn, since when do you speak for the Town” “WE” you are not “WE” you are one and only one.

    Is “WE” you and your “lawyer”?

  25. Anonymous said

    My my Anonymous May 14, 2009 4:51 PM,
    Relax.
    People on this site wanted council to address the questions you’ve raised.
    Thank goodness Sher St. Kitts had the intestinal fortitude to bring it to council.
    No one else did.
    People are happy to complain, and criticize, but don’t take action.
    Now the Town lawyer and others will sort out this mess.
    We do need to take a deep breath and wait for our system to work.
    Council has rules.
    They follow them.
    It the majority don’t vote with you suck it up and move on.
    That’s how democracy works.
    We voted for the mayor and council to do their job.
    We have a lawyer.
    Let everyone do his/her job.
    There’s plenty of “disrespect” going on.
    Perhaps that’s a problem.
    Seems like some folks get a real tantrum/victim thing going when their view is criticized.
    No one person has truth all locked up.

  26. Robert the Bruce said

    I hope that this tirade by the Snowball resident is available on Rogers streaming video for all to see – or has Her Highness managed to squeltch that?

    I encourage everyone that was at the council meeting and witnessed the attack to avail themselves of the link on the Town’s website regarding lodging a formal complaint as a violation of the much talked about Code of Conduct. On the website, you can download the proper forms to make a formal complaint. If enough people do this, the Ethics Commissioner will have to do something. Doesn’t he?

    Regarding the Dream Team again. There was a request of “staff” in the council meeting preceeding this past one to determine the status of the Dream Team as to whether the Town funds it directly or not. Does anyone know if that staff report was received? The results of that report would do a couple of things.

    1. Put to rest the uncertainty that most of the people here and at Evelyn’s blog have regarding the group.

    2. If found that they are in fact within the realm of the Town and it’s influence, it would make all of the requests for accountability valid.

    3. If the Dream Team is not a town initiative (what I currently believe), Ms St. Kitt’s has no right to come to council to cry about how her group is perceived by this group or any other. She and her group is no different than any other fundraising group looking for money.

    Regardless of the status of the Dream Team, Ms St Kitts, Mayor Morris and all of the other councillors that allowed this to happen should be somehow sanctioned. There is no reason for this sort of behaviour to occur.

    Evelyn, you and I have clearly had differences of opinions, however you should not have been put through this. I am sorry that you did.

    Mayor Morris… we all know you read this. If you never read it before, you certainly are reading now. You have over stepped your authority and you have lost what little support you had from this community. I suggest that you take a long hard look at your record as Mayor and what you have really achieved. It is not very positive.

    Fuimus

  27. Anonymous said

    Does anyone ever mention the facts.
    Here we have a sub-committee that is chaired by sher st kitts.
    They are bound by the same rules for conflict as council members. If you take a look at the minutes for their meetings you will see that not once has Sher declared a conflict, yet it seems that her husband’s band is awarded all the gigs for events held by this committee?? Is that not a conflict?? Is she not in violation on voting on who should play at these events?? Unless St. Kitts band is volunteering their services,( which is highly unlikely) then it is a clear conflict of interest. Also look at the minutes and you will see that they have had meetings at Jonathon’s (never heard of town business or any other commties having their meetings at Jonathon’s) Did we pay for dinner as taxpayers??

    Secondly if you watched the last council meeting and heard that this committee can spend the money and do what they want, as so eloquently put by the co-mayor Maceachern is just so absurd.

    If this is the case then why the nickel and diming about the Graffiti day??(We all know that it’s because the Mayor or her gang of five didn’t think of the idea and can’t stand any other councilor getting attention from the media)

    next fact is that any committee that holds a fundraiser or asks and receives money from the taxpayers are responsible to have a line by line budget that accounts for every penny and should produce such itemized materiel when asked by any councilor or any member of the public..

    And for the life of me I don’t understand how something that was portrayed as a fundraiser, but now is being called a kick off party by the committee, charged a (not sure of price) but I am sure it was a fair amount for a ticket then had the party at the legion (which is not expensive to rent out) and was sold out, yet only broke even (sounds like bad accounting on someone’s part)

    Next

    The fact that the Mayor allowed someone that is not even an AURORA CITIZEN to disrespect an elected official in the council chambers on T.V and yet not answer any of the concerns of actually AURORA CITIZEN’S leads me to believe that there is some wrong doing. ( this is the mayor and her gangs way of trying to deflect the actually concerns of the public)

    I for one am disgusted at this Mayor for allowing such a display (We all know that if someone tried something like that with any other councilor or the Mayor herself, the Mayor would have done her job and stopped it)

    I myself as a taxpaying AURORA CITIZEN would like to know where and for what my money was spent on by this committee (to the last penny) and as a Citizen I have a legal right to that info and so does the whole town.

  28. Elizabeth Bishenden said

    Evelyn has a lot of friends who volunteer in all sorts of activities in Aurora. I’m proud to count myself among them. I don’t think that friendship gets me off the hook, though, if Evelyn feels that she needs to ask questions and get answers.

  29. Anonymous said

    “What protects me, an Auroran citizen who would like to volunteer in the community?
    I can easily be subjected to criticism if I seem to be friendly with an elected person with whom another elected person is waging war.
    I’m caught in the middle.
    I think I’ll avoid the struggle.
    Let a friend of Evelyn Buck volunteer.”

    Are you saying that, say, if you’re a friend of Evelina’s, you can’t volunteer because you could easily be subjected to criticism just because Evelina doesn’t like Evelyn?

    Both councillors have family in this town, both families do their part in the community. Why are you afraid??

  30. Anonymous said

    Everyone supports free speech. Here’s a chance to understand free speech.
    I look forward to seeing what the Suits bring to this discourse.
    I’m thinking important ideas about communication are about to emerge.

    What is fair?
    What restraints need to be placed on elected officials who have more power than an ordinary citizen?

    What protects me, an Auroran citizen who would like to volunteer in the community?
    I can easily be subjected to criticism if I seem to be friendly with an elected person with whom another elected person is waging war.
    I’m caught in the middle.
    I think I’ll avoid the struggle.
    Let a friend of Evelyn Buck volunteer.

    I’ll be sitting out.
    Who cares?

  31. Anonymous said

    “Some people who responded here wanted to have council clear up matters pertaining to the dream team and Sher St. Kitts.
    I’m sure that they will be pleased that it was brought before council in a way that cannot be ignored.
    Mind you it took Sher St. Kitts to do it.
    Let’s see what happens next.”

    I don’t believe anything about the legality of the Dream Team and their charitable events were even mentioned on Tuesday night. I don’t understand how what happened on Tuesday night “cleared up” anything about the Dream Team. ??

  32. Anonymous said

    Some people who responded here wanted to have council clear up matters pertaining to the dream team and Sher St. Kitts.
    I’m sure that they will be pleased that it was brought before council in a way that cannot be ignored.
    Mind you it took Sher St. Kitts to do it.
    Let’s see what happens next.

  33. Anonymous said

    Dear Johnny Come Lately,
    It fascinates me to see how ready you seem to be to jump to conclusions that serve your notion of fair play.
    Me I’m interested in learning the whole story.
    Hopefully all will be revealed in a timely fashion.
    Until then I’ll keep my mind open to all possibilities, and I’ll choose not to rush to judgement.

  34. johnny come lately said

    What the children learned at that meeting was that the Mayor does not know how to do her job.

    There is no way on god’s green earth that that woman (cher? or Sher? ) should have been allowed to spit out all those wild accusations in the Council chambers. I doubt that she would have been allowed if they had been directed at anyone other than Councillor Buck.

    Can you imagine if someone got up there and said what they really thought of Phyllis (careful now, we’d have lineups out the door for that one)? do you think they’d have been given even two seconds to speak?

    If Phyllis thinks anyone was fooled by that ridiculous display, she is even more delusional that I thought. EVERYONE knows that the stunt was orchestrated by phyllis and her sidekick maceachern. And it was a stunt designed to deflect away from the real issue – Buck is asking real questions that need to be answered. It’s clear that the Mayor does not want the questions answered – or even asked.

    Based on Buck’s comments in her posting she is asking – who let gave the the authority to host a party, submit no budget, and submit no final figures? THOSE are legitimate questions to ask.

    How is that harrassment? How is asking for a budget to support a report claiming of “breaking even” tantamount to harrassment?? Will the auditors accept that report? I don’t think so!! Do you not think the Town’s Treasurer needs to see the budget and an accounting of the event? Why can’t a councillor ask to see the figures for an event held by a Town committee?? Has everyone gone crazy over there?

    Put bluntly, what happens if they didn’t “break even”? who pays for their party then?

    that’s right, you and me, Taxpayer bob and jane…

    I have no problem paying for the parade. I think it’s a fantastic event. (sorry evelyn, I disagree with you there)

    I DO have a problem paying for a party to raise “awareness” about the parade. A party to raise awareness about a parade is, frankly, ridiculous. I don’t know how that got by council…

    Thank god someone on that Council opens their mouth once in a while…

    WAY TO GO EVELYN!!

  35. Anonymous said

    It will be interesting to see how the issue raised by Sher St. Kitts evolves.
    We have the ideal of freedom of speech.
    The children who attended the council meeting bring their perspective to the proceedings.
    They deal with gossip, rumors, free speech in their culture.
    What will our adults teach them?
    How will we deal with this issue raised and promoted by Auroran Citizen?
    Many eagerly waded into the issue.
    What say you now that you see the problems with freedom of speech, gossip, innuendo and community good.
    Should our elected representatives be role models?
    Should elected representatives employ freedom of speech with no regard to the effects on their community?
    We are not talking about a talk show or a tabloid.
    We are talking about elected representatives of our community who have the power to harm or help.
    We are talking about leadership.
    Children struggle with gossip, exclusion, innuendo, abuse.
    Where do we stand?
    What kind of community do we want?
    I, with my children now involved, will watch to see how this situation plays out.
    We expect to learn how our system works.

  36. Anonymous said

    I am disappointed that this mayor and most of the current council were falling over the sports groups to get elected. During the last election the sports associations held a debate for all candidates to comment on how much support they would give these groups if they got elected.
    Each one of them were eager to tell how they would support all of the groups and how important these groups were to the community.
    Well here it is almost three years later and the back peddling begins. This mayor and council must believe that we have short memories.They all wanted to get elected and they all made sure that they were in total support of ALL sports groups. Even the astro turf field got passed at a final cost of app. 1 million dollars.
    Now where is the money for the senior soccer field that Aurora needs now. Why more delays? Perhaps they are waiting for the next election debate so that they can promise again to support these groups.MacEachern, Wilson,Granger,Gaertner,Gallo and of course the mayor all got elected with this promise.Mind you they also were supported by the hydro lobby and the famous Right to Dry.
    What promises will this group make for the next election?
    I for one will make a promise never to vote for any of these people again and believe me, I will keep that promise.

  37. Anonymous said

    You mean Morris accolyte and Snowball’s own Sher St. Kitts?

  38. Evelyn Buck said

    Ms St Kitts was provided by the Mayor with a forum in the Council Chamber to deliver a lengthy diatribe of allegations and accusations, minus supporting evidence, about being harassed, accused and insulted by myself through my blog.

    When I saw her arrive, I thought “Oh Good. There are finally going to be answers though not through regular channels.

    But that did not happen.

    We are now to understand the “We’re Canadian Ay” event held at the Legion in March was nothing more than a wing-ding to create “awareness” of the July 1st Canada Day Parade.

    The committee reported it to have been a success because funds generated “fully” paid for all the costs.

    Neither the cost of the event nor funds generated were reported.

    Conducted under the auspices of the Town, we believe the town would have been responsible for paying for services rendered had sufficient funds not been generated.
    Mr. St. Kitts band was billed as part of the entertainment.

    We know the committee’s terms of reference. Conflict of Interest rules apply. There is no commitment to public financing

    Ms Kitts and others suggest asking about funds raised and their disposition is tantamount to allegations and accusations of misappropriation and as such, merits an apology.

    As an elected official with authority for oversight of town affairs,I expect answers. I make no apology for that.

  39. Anonymous said

    The lady who heads up the Dream Team was there to tell everyone that she thought Evelyn was saying bad things about her. Evelyn has written about it on http://www.evelynmbuck.blogspot.com

  40. Anonymous said

    ^^^^^ Delivered by whom and about what?

  41. Anonymous said

    Whoa! Did anyone else visit the council chambers last night to hear the tongue-lashing given to Clr Buck? I was there for the children’s awards. Spooky!

  42. Anonymous said

    Just noticed that now the President of Aurora Minor Ball has just resigned because of his frustration with the Mayor and Council. Great, not only have they successfully alienated staff at the Town, now our volunteer leaders are resigning. Another notch for the belt of this proud regime. You see, the problem is the Mayor thinks the people work for her. Sadly, she’s got it completely backwards. She can get away with bullying staff but volunteer community leaders won’t take it.

  43. Heather said

    It’s not listed on the Town’s website (at least not anywhere I was able to find it) – is it a general committee meeting?

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