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.
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 pasture. I 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.
BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA Let me sing it again!
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