What is a Leader??

Since the election is just arround the corner, I thought it appropriate to provide a lesson on leadership, since it is evident that the definition has no meaning to some up here.

Since some of the readers here are proposing a team approach to putting a council in place, it becomes primary to understand what a leader is.

Being the biased, annal retentive that I am, I have decided to post this definition of leadership traits and compare to Mayor Gwen Gilbert, who in my opinion fits the bill to a T.

Now I am sure, there are some ,that are going to argue the point and that is fair, however this is my opinion and it reflects what I see.

In choosing our next Council, I think that this definition, setting aside my obvious biased, can assist in defining who and what we want running this community. 

The increasing rate of change in the political environment is a major factor in this emphasis on leadership. Whereas in the past, politicians were expected to maintain the status quo in order to move ahead, new forces in the world have made it necessary to expand this narrow focus. The new leaders of tomorrow are visionary. They are both learners and teachers. Not only do they foresee paradigm changes in society, but they also have a strong sense of ethics and work to build integrity in their organizations.

Raymond Cattell, a pioneer in the field of personality assessment, developed the Leadership Potential equation in 1954. This equation, which was based on a study of military leaders, is used today to determine the traits which characterize an effective leader. The traits of an effective leader include the following:

  • Emotional stability. Good leaders must be able to tolerate frustration and stress. Overall, they must be well-adjusted and have the psychological maturity to deal with anything they are required to face.
  • Mayor Gwen Gilbert has endured what i believe to be an incredible amount of stress and frustration over the past three years and is still standing and doing her job. Yes she vents, and ploughs on regardless of the sniping, name calling and personal attacks. Yes she does frustrate some but she does complete what she starts and does so regardless of the challanges she is faced with.
  • Dominance. Leaders are often times competitive and decisive and usually enjoy overcoming obstacles. Overall, they are assertive in their thinking style as well as their attitude in dealing with others.
  • Mayor Gwen Gilbert, is a dominant personality. She is competitive and has the ability to overcome the obstacles that have been thrown at her. She is assertive in her thinking and presentation. This is amplified by the number of complaints people make about her. It is a necessary trait if one is to lead effectively.
  • Enthusiasm. Leaders are usually seen as active, expressive, and energetic. They are often very optimistic and open to change. Overall, they are generally quick and alert and tend to be uninhibited.
  • I have seen MAyor Gwen Gilbert get fired up about something and there is no stopping her.She will accept change if a logical argument is presented, albeit the argument has to make sense to her. She is an optimist in that by example she believes she can work with the existing Council thinking that they will change. Gwen is quick, sharp as a tack, alert and very uninhibited. 
  • Conscientiousness. Leaders are often dominated by a sense of duty and tend to be very exacting in character. They usually have a very high standard of excellence and an inward desire to do one’s best. They also have a need for order and tend to be very self-disciplined.
  • This is pretty much right on the head of the nail when discussing Mayor Gwen Gilbert.
  • Social boldness. Leaders tend to be spontaneous risk-takers. They are usually socially aggressive and generally thick-skinned. Overall, they are responsive to others and tend to be high in emotional stamina.
  • I cannot find a better definition of Mayor Gwen Gilbert.
  • Tough-mindedness. Good leaders are practical, logical, and to-the-point. They tend to be low in sentimental attachments and comfortable with criticism. They are usually insensitive to hardship and overall, are very poised.
  • Now I will admit that Mayor Gwen Gilbert, could use some fine tuning on this point however she has made dramatic improvement over the last year in her ability to deal with the crap thrown at her by certain individuals. 
  • Self-assurance. Self-confidence and resiliency are common traits among leaders. They tend to be free of guilt and have little or no need for approval. They are generally secure and free from guilt and are usually unaffected by prior mistakes or failures.
  • Yet again  this pretty much defines May Gwen Gilbert to the letter.
  • Compulsiveness. Leaders were found to be controlled and very precise in their social interactions. Overall, they were very protective of their integrity and reputation and consequently tended to be socially aware and careful, abundant in foresight, and very careful when making decisions or determining specific actions.
  • I don’t think there is anyone on Council that better fits this trait then Mayor Gwen Gilbert.

Beyond these basic traits, leaders of today must also possess traits which will help them motivate others and lead them in new directions. Leaders of the future must be able to envision the future and convince others that their vision is worth following. To do this, they must have the following personality traits:

  • High energy. Long hours and some travel are usually a prerequisite for leadership positions.
  • Gwen Gilbert is always working. The hours she spend and the amount of travel is tiring just watching her.
  • Intuitiveness. Rapid changes in the world today combined with information overload result in an inability to “know” everything. In other words, reasoning and logic will not get you through all situations. In fact, more and more leaders are learning to the value of using their intuition and trusting their own instincts when making decisions.
  • That one speaks for itself when talking of Gwen Gilbert.
  • Maturity. To be a good leader, personal power and recognition must be secondary to the development of your employees. In other words, maturity is based on recognizing that more can be accomplished by empowering others than can be by ruling others.
  • OK Gwen does have a tendency to be a little more Dominant than some would prefer, however, she has made huge steps in the last year or so. She will never lent down on incompetents though.
  • Team orientation.Leaders today put a strong emphasis on team work. Instead of promoting an adult/child relationship with their employees, leaders create an adult/adult relationship which fosters team cohesiveness.
  • The fact of the matter is, when in a situation where some players are the “I” in team. It is more efficient to remove them that to try to overcome their back door games. Given the fact that a lot of the players here have shown that they have their own agenda’s and loyalties to others with a fixed mandate contrary to the objectives and benefit of the community as a whole, they must be removed from the equasion.Only then can you begin building a team and foster growth.
  • Empathy. Being able to put yourself in the other person’s shoes is a key trait of leaders. Without empathy, you can’t build trust. And without trust, you will never be able to get the best effort from your employees.
  • See above.
  • Charisma. People usually perceive leaders as larger than life. Charisma plays a large part in this perception. Leaders who have charisma are able to arouse strong emotions in their employees by defining a vision which unites and captivates them. Using this vision, leaders motivate employees to reach toward a future goal by tying the goal to substantial personal rewards and values.
  • I believe it has been hard for Mayor Gwen Gilbert to display her Charisma in that, every single time she has, she has been berated by a few. Yet she keeps trying and doesn’t give up. I think that she has the vision and does try to motivate, but because of conflicting agendas with the few her efforts are underplayed and overly suppressed.
  • Personal traits play a major role in determining who will and who will not be comfortable leading others. However, it is important to remember that people are forever learning and changing. Leaders are rarely (if ever) born. Circumstances and persistence are major components in the developmental process of any leader.
  • By the very fact that Gwen Gilbert has not quit in frustration, and maintained her course she has proven that she is willing to learn and accept change. Given the circumstances that we all have witnessed, Gwen Gilbert has proven that she is in fact a leader and in my opinion, should be given the opportunity to capitalize on the progress she has made over the last few years.

In summary, albeit you may or may not agree with what I have written with respect to Mayor Gwen Gilbert, that fact remains that we live in a changing world. Our leaders must deal with an overwhelming amount of challanges. If they do not have the tools to fulfill the objective then they will fail.When they fail we fail and pay the price.

It is our responsibility to vote into place people that have the tools. If we do not vote responsibly or at all, then we get back what we put out. Elections are not popularity contests. They are about choosing leaders with the traits that are necessary to fufill our expectations and objectives, not those of special interest groups.

I believe that we the voters have failed in the assesment of those who we have elected and are living with the result.

 Think long and hard about where you place your support as your future and the future of your children depend on it.

Just in case nobdy knew or noticed I SUPPORT GWEN GILBERT!




Ana the Banana

The following is a posting by the Martian, a regular contributor to this page. I might point out that the Martian is an adamant none supporter of Mayor Gwen Gilbert and Councilor Art King to say the least.

“Thursday, April-9-2009

Formal Complaint to Mayor Gilbert and Council

The aggressive verbal behaviour in the work place towards myself by Councillor Art King started in the fall of2008 and continues to the present day. This aggressive verbal behaviour of Councillor Art King is not only affecting my health, but also my performance to carry on the duties as elected official and it is on or bordering harassment in the workplace. His behaviour towards myself was observed and commented on by several Councillors, on several prior occasions. However, the latest incident on the 8th of April, 2009, at the COW meeting came to a head when Councillor Art King in the heat of his own unprovoked anger called me a “nitwit” (stupid). When I indicated to the Mayor this was not acceptable, that I have taken great offence to the remarks of Councillor Art King, instead of addressing this in a serious manner, as the Chair of the meeting, and applying the Town of South Bruce Peninsula policy #C4.2 Mayor Gilbert laughed and asked Councillor Art King to apologize. The laughing conduct of the
Mayor, in this situation, did not help but rather encouraged the inappropriate behaviour. The behaviour of Councillor Art King that I experienced and inappropriate action of Mayor Gilbert in my work place is not acceptable and down right illegal.
Therefore I ask Mayor Gilbert and the Council to implement the Town of South Bruce Peninsula’s harassment policy #C-4.2 accordingly, and if you choose not to and if verbal aggressive behaviour of Councillor Art King continues, I will not have any other choice but alternative routes to protect my value and dignity.

councillor Ana Vukovic

The Martian said:                                                                                                  

Now please keep in mind that Ana can sometimes be difficult to understand because of her ethnicty and she is many things, but she is not a “nitwit”! The worst I can say about her is: there are those who listen and those who wait to speak and she’s not a great listener.”

 When I read the letter posted, I knew there was another side of the story and contrary to my usual boorish, crass, eighth grader mentality, I went into town and had a chat with several people, who in fact witnessed the event described in Vukovic’s complaint.

Now before I go into this matter, I want to say that Anna Vukovic, has served this community for a long time. She has the best of intentions and truly believes in what she is doing most of the time. I believe that in her time she was a powerhouse, that did indeed make significant contributions to her community and society as a whole. However, even the best horse you have must at some point be put to pastureI am afraid that Anna’s time has come. She has failing health and is in over her head. The trials and tribulations of the last three years have left her bitter and confused

The fact of the matter is that Mr. King did not call Ana a “nitwit”! He called her a “Half-wit” subsequent to her calling Mr. King a “Shit-Bag” and an “Asshole” at the Council table. I believe Mr. Wunderlick can attest to what was said. What comes to mind is: “if you can’t take it don’t dish it out!”

I have watched Anna perform in Council and wondered who signed her geriatric pass.

The Mayor chuckled at the situation, when Ana wanted King censured. So would I quite frankly. It seems what is good for the Goose is not so good for the Gander. The mayor did instruct King to apologize, which was appropriate.

Now I  don’t condone the actions of King, things could have been handled in a much better way. However, given the history of the last three years in general, there is probably no better way at this point in time.

To suggest that Vukovic, may bring a lawsuit to enforce her position, is lunacy! Should she do so, it would end up costing her not the town. A suit of this nature would be considered “Frivolous and Vexatious” by any sane Court.

I have had, and I use the term loosely, the privilege of viewing the House of Commons on several occasions. Our illustrious leaders there, make these clowns look like Choir Boys. Suffice to say, name calling and mockery appears to be part of the game.

To paint the kettle black is a clear indication that Ana, has past her prime and is ready for pasture. Quite frankly, Anna if you cannot stand the heat get out of the kitchen!

Maybe that is her intent and she intends to bring an action to supplement her retirement.That being the case “FILL YOUR BOOTS!  BUT UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU PUT OUT, YOU GET BACK”.

To ask the Mayor to support your position is just wrong. To write a letter complaining of harassment simply proves Mr. Kings point.





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All my life’s a circle!

This posting was posted, to this blog, as a commet from TheDodge. A reader and contributor of this page.

I only wish I had half the abilities TheDodge has. But I am just a schmuck from Hoggs Corner.

I was so impressed by this posting I decided that I should post it giving full credit to TheDodge for it.

It is funny how we keep  not learning the same lessons over and over again and quite interestingly the old dogs keep using  the same tricks!

Worse yet we keep allowing them to get away with it.



Keep your eyes and ears on your local council; Set up a ratepayer’s association if you don’t have one in your municipality

Posted By Phil McNichoL

Feb. 23 2008

A few weeks ago I made a decision to stop covering South Bruce Peninsula municipal council meetings for a number of reasons.

Chief among them was a lack of time, aggravated by the fact bi-weekly regular council meetings had largely become brief, rubber-stamping affairs.

There was very little discussion of important issues. That had already taken place at all-day committee of the whole (COW) meetings, usually held the previous week. And if anything came up at a regular council meeting that looked like it might become contentious, Mayor Gwen Gilbert was quick to step in to refer it back to next week’s COW meeting.

If the trend toward less discussion at evening council meetings and more at daytime COW meetings was aimed at avoiding bad press or negative public exposure of any kind, like the sort this council experienced early in its term with the pipeline controversy, it worked.

Few media outlets in this area now have the resources in these bottom-line financial times to send a reporter to a local council chambers to sit for eight hours or more to get a couple of news stories. And judging by the number of Town of South Bruce Peninsula residents at a COW meeting earlier this week, few local residents have the time, the interest, or the inclination to attend.

That’s certainly not compared to the numbers I’ve seen at evening council meetings in the past, when the public discussion of issues was much more open and vibrant.

Council was fully engaged in public in dealing with controversial issues like the now defunct regional water pipeline plan. People could see how well their elected members performed, or didn’t. They were wide open to criticism, or praise. I would argue that was a good thing, a creative thing, an opportunity for growth and improved performance.

Were there differences of opinion on council?

Yes, indeed, very clear and obvious differences, about the pipeline especially, but not only. This is, to say the least a very fractious council. And it’s showing no signs of getting any better. If anything, it’s getting worse. That’s my impression after attending a council meeting last week, and part of this week’s COW meeting.

For example, at the council meeting I was shocked to see and hear one councillor with more municipal council experience than most other members yell at the councillor who had just openly and formally accused another member of violating the province’s Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. And yet at this week’s COW meeting that same councillor, the one who did the yelling, criticized council in general for apparently wanting to “fight all the time” instead of finding a way to work together. It boggles the mind.

Like I said, I decided to stop covering South Bruce Peninsula council several weeks ago.

 But I got drawn in again when I was tipped off last week that something interesting was going to happen.

And so it did, at the Feb. 11 council meeting, when Coun. Betty Hall presented her Notice of Motion.

I did not write a news article about it at that time, preferring instead to wait until this week’s COW meeting where it was to be discussed in more detail. And so it was.

But, rightly or wrongly, I chose again not to write a news article about it. From my point of view there were aspects about the way the matter unfolded and led me to be sitting in on the COW meeting at a certain time, that troubled me.

In the end the experience of the past two weeks confirmed my earlier decision not to cover South Bruce Peninsula council. It’s become too much of a negative experience for an old guy like me.

Life is too precious not to enjoy at every possible moment. Members of council might want to take more than a little time to think about that, rather than psych themselves up for their next battle with their colleagues.

So that’s it for me. But I have some advice for the residents, and especially the electors of the amalgamated “town” that includes Sauble Beach, Hepworth and the former Amabel Township, Wiarton and the former Albemarle Township: You’ve got almost three more years of this council looking after your local, municipal affairs. As a group, they’re not totally dysfunctional; a lot of routine things are getting done. But they’re clearly unable to do as much for the good of the town as they might, if they could just set their bad feelings for each other aside, put their heads if not their hearts together, and try really, really hard to find common ground. So you – that is the people of South Bruce Peninsula – need to make your presence felt. You need to contact members of council and tell them all to shape up and get along. But most of all, you need to go to the evening regular council meetings and, if possible, the COW meetings to keep an eye on what’s going on. Your presence alone in sufficient numbers will quite likely be enough to help motivate this council to behave and perform better. You should also, whenever possible, put yourselves on the agenda as a delegation to ask questions about local municipal affairs and hold council accountable for how it is dealing with them.

You need to demand that more council discussion and real decisions are made at regular evening council meetings when it’s easier for most people to attend. So what if they last more than an hour or two?

You should also put pressure on this council to let you know when it’s about to discuss important issues when they arise. And that includes the one that arose last week regarding allegations of conflict of interest.

I will put my reporter’s hat back on long enough to tell you that an amended motion calling for a judicial investigation into allegations that Couns. Dan Kerr, Betty Hall and Art King violated the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act was voted down by a majority of council at the COW meeting. That was after a discussion that included first Hall, and then Kerr, reading prepared statements into the public record.

Anyone interested in finding out more about this matter could look on the town’s website at http://www.southbrucepensinula.com where the agenda and subsequent minutes of regular council and COW meetings are posted, along with background documents.

To that extent, the municipality is keeping people well informed, provided they have a basic understanding of how to navigate the Internet.

One last piece of advice, but possibly the most important one: The residents and electors of the municipality might want to consider forming a South Bruce Peninsula ratepayers’ group to act as a watchdog, and maybe publish a regular newsletter.

I never thought I’d say this, but don’t rely on the local and regional media to keep you regularly informed about your local municipal affairs. They simply don’t have the resources any more to do the job, certainly not like they did, say, 20 years ago when three or more print and broadcast reporters covered Wiarton council meetings.

Now, more than ever, the health of local government depends on direct public interest and involvement. And municipal councils should make that easier, not harder to accomplish.

Phil McNichol appears Saturdays.



Thank you Jim Turner!

The right honorable Mr. Turner of   WIARTON TV & ELECTRONICS, you know him and his store, that quaint little store that smells of  cigarette smoke in downtown Wiarton, graced this blog with his wisdom in the Wiarton Echo today. Jim, well-known as  Willie’s Chauffer and body-guard, has explained to the world the secrets of this page.

Yes he is the same guy that said he would move out of town if Mayor Gwen Gilbert ever got elected. OPPS!

He has advised, that this page supports Mayor Gwen Gilbert and Councilor Art King. I don’t know where he got that idea. Could it be he READ THIS BLOG??

Uncle Jim known by a number of other names, most too profane even for this writer, went on to explain that this page for the most part is, inaccurate, crass and boorish. He confirms that I am a hick from the sticks. Wonder where he got that idea.

boorish [ˈbʊərɪʃ]        adj ill-mannered, clumsy, or insensitive; rude


Pronunciation: \ˈkras\

Function: adjective

Etymology: Latin crassus thick, gross

Date: circa 1625

1 a : gross 6a; especially : having or indicating such grossness of mind as precludes delicacy and discrimination b : being beneath one’s dignity <crass concerns of daily life> c —used as a pejorative intensifier
2 : guided by or indicative of base or materialistic values <crass commercialism> <crass measures of success>

synonyms see stupid

 Hadda look dem der big words up, thought I’d share wit ya.

 It seems Jim likes to write letters to the newspapers and share his wisdom with all because the news papers censor what he writes. He is a special guy.

 For those of you that follow this blog, and for the benefit of those that do not,       



 No I don’t do research, I read the paper talk to people and post my opinions as I see fit. You don’t like it, don’t read it.

I like it ,so I write it, if your blood pressure goes up, read Jim’s letters in the Echo or the Sun Times, that will calm you down.   Not!

 Periodically, I do write something of interest to some. I generally tell it like it is and I usually, really piss off the Members of Council and evidently Jim Turner as well as the Red Bay Bandits. Oh and by the way I can’t spell and my grammar is no hell either. Perhaps he is confusing me with someone who cares what he thinks.

Those that comment on this page by posting their comment here, will generally right my wrongs but more importantly they will tell you what they think in no uncertain terms.

Suffice to say Uncle Jim is right, I am crass and boorish, perhaps a reflection of Good Old Jimmy himself albeit he is unbiased.

So to Jim, I say thank you, your unbiased criticism is always welcomed here. I won’t censor what you write and I promise I will continue on my quest for the truth as I see it regardless of how you feel about it.

By the way if you bookmark this page it will come up as “Hick” or possibly “Boor” but never the “Mayors Blog” if you are really lucky it will come up as “The way it is”.



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For your reading enjoyment!

   Ronda Cook CAO~Cle.k The Corporation of the Town of South Bruce Peninsula P.O. Box 310, 315 George StreetWiarton, OnNOH 2T0

Telephone: (519) 534-1400 ext. 121 Fax: (519) 534-4862

Toll Free 1-877-534-1400

e-mail: tsbpclerk@bmts.com




RECOMMENDATION: THAT Council note the report.

AND THAT the necessary adjustment to mileage be paid directly to the Town of South Bruce Peninsula.

AND FURTHER THAT Council provide direction on the continuance of the sale of bear proof dumpsters, and the delivery of same.

BACKGROUND: Councillors King and Lamont together with MFS Tracey Neifer and myself met on March 11, 2010 to review mileage and expense claims submitted by Councillors King and Lamont.

MFS Neifer provided a memo to the individuals prior to the meeting summarizing mileage and expense claim forms from December 2006 to December 2009.

Councillor King advised by-law #16-99, sections #7 and #8 stated mileage was to be paid for attending meetings bud did not restrict to the shortest path of travel. This was in effect until by-law #44-20009 was passed. This by-law implemented the restriction to the shortest normal traveled route.

Councillor King indicated originally he had taken the route via Sauble Beach and Hepworth because it included businesses he frequented i.e. post office and the pharmacy. When the initial complaint came forward he met with the previous C.A.O., Mayor Gilbert and Councillor Lamont in April 2007. At that time he agreed to reduce his mileage from 54 km to 38 km per trip. Councillor King has noted that the actual mileage taken with his current vehicle is 17 km one way for a total round trip of 34 km instead of 38 km. He felt the difference may be attributed to an accident he had and different sized tires replaced as a result of this accident on his previous vehicle which may have affected the odometer.

As part of my independent review I had the by-law department verify the mileage for both Councillors King and Lamont. The shortest amounts are 19.5 km. from Councillor Lamont’s to Town Hall via Mar and 16.9 km. from Councillor King’s end of his driveway via Sauble Falls Parkway to Town Hall.

 Council passed resolution #R-160-2007 regarding the reimbursement of mileage policy on July 16, 2007 and Councillor King has agreed to have his mileage adjusted from that date from the 38 km to 34 km. (Note: In reviewing the previous C.A.O.’s laptop I found a memo dated May 24, 2007 on the issue which is attached.)

During the review of both Councillors forms there were times when the information provided on the time sheets was questioned as not enough detail was provided. For example two different meetings on the same day requiring two separate trips. It should be noted as well that Councillor King has contacted the Financial Services Department on occasions when he realized an error on his form which was corrected on a later pay. He has also advised that he has not claimed for 39 different meetings. Some payments appeared to be paid twice, however incorrect rates for mileage where adjusted on subsequent pays appearing as if it was a duplication.

There were other occasions when questions arose with respect to Councillor King not being paid or other discrepancies that just needed clarification. The Financial Service Department has reviewed and prepared a report which I have attached.

As a result of the lack of detail it was agreed the Mileage and Expense Claim form be modified. Tracey has provided you with a copy of the new form which I hope will make it easier for both Council and Accounts Payable. (I have also attached a copy)

During the meeting matters regarding expenses claimed by Councillor Lamont were identified by Councillor King. Specific concerns with respect to the selling of bear proof dumpsters and the delivery of same to individuals by Councillor Lamont were brought forward. Councillor Lamont advised he had gone to the previous C.A.O. who had told him he talked to the Mayor and this was also okayed as well through Treasury. As the bins were to be F.O.B. Wiarton when Councillor Lamont personally picked them up in Guelph the supplier paid back the To. (I have attached the Invoice showing the credit of $80 for this.) The Financial Services Department has a list of those bins and when they were delivered. The C.A.O./Clerk advised that in the future matters such as this should have a formal Council resolution as neither the C.A.O, Mayor or the Financial Services Department have the authority to approve this type of payment at the present time. The Town should also discuss whether or not they wish to continue to provide bear proof dumpsters or let the local businesses provide this service.

Other concerns addressed were the mileage expenses incurred to rent table cloths for the Home Show and payment of mileage regarding the visits to campgrounds and businesses re the new Waste Management by-law. Clarification that Council passed resolution #R-55-2009 to allow payment of $150 took place. Councillor Lamont has since supplied a listing of his trips incurred in this regard, which is attached for your information.

In closing, I would like to thank Councillors King and Lamont for sitting down with Tracey and me to come to a resolve of this matter. I do not feel any incorrect claims for mileage were intentional and feel satisfied that once the necessary adjustments are made this matter can be closed.

Respectfully submitted.

Rhonda Cook, CMO CAO/Clerk

March 29, 2010

In sumary, two works department people to drive a town car or truck over the route to verify milage 2.5 man hours at $20.00= $50.00,  use of truck/car and fuel $50.00. Report to CAO .25 hours $5.00.

Three meetings with CAO  and King, Three meetings with CAO and Lamont 1 hour each meeting  @$50.00 per hour per man  $600.00.

One in Camera meeting 1 hour 10 people @ $50.00 per hour =$500.00. Shit load of paper at 2 hours writting time @ $50.00 per hour = $100.00. Coffee for above $50.00.

All over $600.00 bucks in milage!




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It is about Time we did somthing about it!

It is becoming clearly evident that folks are not happy with the way Council has been operating.

The frustration levels are running high.

The readership of this blog has done nothing but rise and the commentors are growing.

The truth of the matter is the blog is a great thing to work with, however it is just a start.

We have to start attending the Council meetings and filling the meeting room and letting them know that we are not happy with things the way they are.

If  10%  of the readership were to attend the Council meetings Tuesday nights, they would panic. They would have to move the Council meetings to the School gym as they would have a problem with space.

IF 1% of the readership were to book as a delegation to voice concerns in tandem with this blog they would not be able to finish a meeting as there would be no time.

By attending the meetings we could really have an impact that would clean up the act of those that are causing the problems we are witnessing.

If each reader here would bring 1 person to the Council meetings, at least once a month, they would get things done cause they know that we are going to show up at the next meeting and take them to task if they don’t.

I really don’t care if you don’t support Mayor Gilbert, or Art King or Ray Lamont. The point is nobody shows up at the meetings it means nobody cares and they can do what ever they want and not be held accountable.

The true cause of the problems we have here are the result of everybody ignoring the stupidity. When the cats away the mice will play.

Even if you just pop in for half an hour the impact would scare the hell out of them. We all, including myself are prepared to voice our complaints here on the blog, but are negligent in attenting the meetings. Imagine what would happen if we showed up at the meetings even once or twice a month.Lets do it.

Lets get out to the meeting and show our support to whom ever you support. Bring the kids, they will feel right at home. But lets stop the madness.

Lets see if they take our office and blackberry or open our mail! It’s your money they are wasting and your community they are trashing. If you are not in the room you are not in the deal!

One mans opinion.


A Martian ACE TRUMPS A KING?????????

The Martian, a regualar poster to this blog , wrote Ronda Cook acting CAO for the town of South Bruce Peninsula,in response to an open letter to the community from Councilor King, to which she responded.
The Martian did not post the alleged responding material as of yet, but claims it to be damning of Mr. King.
I find it interestiong that Ms. Cook, states that there shall be no review of Mr. Kings claim until Council orders it.
When a taxpayer raises a question with some rather serious allegations, I think it behoves Ms. Cook to bring the matter to the attention of Council and request instructions before she writes back and declares it’s frivality.
If indeed there are 17 pages of material in PDF format and if indeed it is an open subject then these document should be posted by way of link for reveiw.
Since the Red Bay Bandits, pretty much control the vote of council, I very much doubt there will be any review of the matter, let alone the posting of the alledged supporting material.
Nice try though Ace!

I suppose the title of this post should be:AN ACE TRUMPS A KING
Ms. Cook certainly qualifies as an Ace in this Martian”s book.

fromRhonda Cook
toMike Smith

dateFri, Apr 23, 2010 at 12:13 PM
subjectRE: Councilor King open letter

Thank you for your e-mail. As Council chose to have my report discussed in open session it is available for the public and I have attached. In that report I was asked to review both Councillor King and Lamont’s expense sheets. I did this. As you indicated my time is valuable and I would prefer to spend it on items important to the Town that need my attention. I therefore do not respond to the blog and choose not to comment on any of the recent articles in the newspapers, some of which have put my character into question, which greatly troubles me. Anyone who knows me will tell you I am a person of honesty and integrity and I strongly hold the confidentiality of items that may come across my desk in the highest regard. I also work under the direction of Council and unless I am directed to investigate Councillor Lamont’s time sheets further I will not be doing so. You will note that in my report I advised that Council needs to pass a resolution to decide whether or not they wish to continue with the sale of bear proof dumpsters and the delivery of same.

Rhonda Cook

As stated ,Ms. Cook attached copies of all pertinent information re. the accusations by Councilor King in his letter, as well as details of the accounting procedures, and meetings held, to determine the amount of money owed to the taxpayers by Councilor King.

The attachments are lengthy and I will not post them here unless requested to do so, but I will say they put the lie to virtually everything Councilor King said in his letter. The onlyirregularity I can find re. the payments to Councilor Lamont is a $21 overpayment which was returned! There can be no dispute about the facts as they are official town memos and dated e-mails between the CAO, treasurer, clerk, councilors and named assistants.

I know that some on this blog have expressed support for Councilor King, and I have stated that on many occasions I have agreed with his stance on issues, but anyone who reads the documents provided to me and still feels him to be an honorable man, should be ashamed of themselves!

I feel it incumbent upon me to point out that a simple Martian, with one e-mail, was able to get all the information required to determine the truth in these matters from the SBP town hall. I wonder what took Mr. King three years?

truthfully yours
the Martian




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