Too Close for Comfort!
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Mayor John suspends rule of law, quashes freedom of expression
A citizen brought a double faced sign into council chambers January 25th, during budget discussions. The sign was placed against the south wall, with face “A”, which read “RHONDA’S DOIN’ BRUCE ON YOUR DIME”, facing the room.
Councillor Jim indicated that a staff member found the sign “RHONDA’S DOIN’ BRUCE ON YOUR DIME” offensive. I agree with that staff member, whoever she is. The sign is offensive. Very poor taste.
Then council, by formal resolution, asked that the offensive sign, that is the one that read “RHONDA’S DOIN’ BRUCE ON YOUR DIME”, be removed. It was removed with only a minor note of protest.
This left face “B”, which read “STOP STEALING TAXPAYERS’ DOLLARS TO FUND RHONDA’S PERSONAL VENDETTA”, facing the room.
Councillor Jim explained that he had meant for both sides to be removed. The citizen argued that the allegedly offensive face “A”, namely the one that read “RHONDA’S DOIN’ BRUCE ON YOUR DIME” was the sign that was referred to in the resolution, and that’s why, being an authority-respecting, cooperative citizen, he had removed face “A”.
So Councillor Jim, apparently agitated, made a second motion, this one to remove the remaining parts of the sign assembly, including face “B”, which read “STOP STEALING TAXPAYERS’ DOLLARS TO FUND RHONDA’S PERSONAL VENDETTA”, and also the wooden stick to which face “B” was attached, and also any glue or tacks holding face “B” to the stick.
Councillor Bowman then asked if a staff member had found face “B”, which read “STOP STEALING TAXPAYERS’ DOLLARS TO FUND RHONDA’S PERSONAL VENDETTA”, “offensive”.
Councillor Jim replied “gosh I didn’t think of that .. maybe we should actually get a complaint before we act on that complaint”.
So Councillor Jim asked for a recess from the budget deliberations to see if the staff member who found face “A” offensive also found face “B” offensive. The member was apparently not keen on pursuing the issue, and so, lacking a “complaint”, the resolution was withdrawn.
A while later Councillor Jim apparently was able to find a staff member (not Rhonda), who even though she was apparently unaware of the words on face “B” until Councillor Jim made her aware of the words, was nevertheless willing, so that the councillor could get his resolution passed, to look Councillor Jim straight in the eye and say that she found the sign offensive. Councillor Jim would not name the staffer, and asked council to just trust him that there indeed was such a staffer and that there indeed was a legitimate complaint.
Councillor Jim re-introduced his motion and it passed seven to two, with only Councillors Bowman and Jackson voting against the motion.
Asked what authority he had to order the face “B” sign removed, Mayor John just shrugged his shoulders and said “majority rule”. To me, the shrug seemed to say that it should be obvious to everyone that he and Rhonda and Councillor Jim can do anything they damned well please, as long as they have a council majority backing them.
Asked what rule or regulation had been breached, John said the Occupational Health and Safety Act, but would not name a specific provision.
The sign was removed.
There are two Charter guarantees under siege in the Town of South Bruce Peninsula.
The first guarantee under siege is our right to rule of just law.
On this issue the Canadian charter of freedoms and rights states:
“Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law”.
The second is our right to freedom of expression. On this the charter states:
“2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:
(b) freedom of …, …, …expression, including freedom of the press
and other media of communication;……
On January 25th John suspended the charter engrained rule of just law and replaced it with his tyrannical “majority rule”. On January 25th John suspended the charter right of freedom of expression.
With a $700,000 lawsuit served on four good citizens who dared to exercise their right to speak, and another suit being contemplated against at least five other good citizens who dared to exercise their right to speak, who is going to step up and challenge the tyrants?
A transcript of the “signs discussion” is at: http://www.craiggammie.com/Other%20Documents/2012%2001%2024%20excerpt%20council%20meeting%20re%20unoffensive%20sign.pdf
If you want to check for accuracy, an audio record is at: http://www.saublesewer.com/Documents/20120124%20special%20council%20budget%20part%201.mp3