The Ballad of the TSBP

There are strange things done

In the land of fun

Just north of 49

The town once won

then the games begun

with some seeking a fine

With taxes up

and service down

We are Close

but yet so far

So Bruce got sued

and John got charged

Under Gammie’s watchfull eye

Jimmie defends and cast his stone

much to all’s surprise

They closed the school

and kill the sewers

and litigate all who care

one has to wonder

through all this thunder

what is really fair

Rome is burning

and lawyers are churning

and water rates reached the sky

The sun may set

and we all will fret

as to when it all will die

The elections near

But there is no fear

as to who  will win or  lose

cause they all will dance

for another chance

while time just fades away

wasted time

on your dime

costs us oh so much

 another term

as we all squirm

and time goes sailing by

get your guns

and end this fun

before it is all gone

We can win

if we stop the sin

of ignoring what goes on

get involved and

the problems solved

let them know who is the boss

cause if you wait and procreate

the town will lose it all









Are We Still Paying Rhonda Cook’s Legal Fees For Her “Defamation” Lawsuit? (Craig’s 3-13)

Resolution R-230-2012, made in the March 20, 2012 meeting of the council of the Town of South Bruce Peninsula, was captured in the minutes as follows:

It was MOVED by J. Jackson, SECONDED by K. Klages

THAT effective immediately, the municipality will cease to fund the blog lawsuit on behalf of Rhonda Cook; AND THAT the lawyer(s) representing this case on behalf of Rhonda cook will be notified within 24 hours that the municipality will no longer pay legal fees regarding this matter; AND THAT with council scrutiny and approval one final invoice for legal work completed to this day be submitted to and reconciled with the municipality by March 30, 2012; AND FURTHER THAT no additional invoices will be accepted regarding this claim.

Councillor Jackson requested a recorded vote in reverse order. The Clerk indicated that Council should vote yes in support of the motion and no as opposed.

Turner No

Thomas Yes

Standen Yes

McKenzie Yes

Klages Yes

Kirkland No

Jackson Yes

Bowman Yes

Close Yes

Mayor Close declared the resolution to be CARRIED

As members of the gallery indicated that they had not heard what the resolution had said, on the direction of the Mayor, the Clerk/CEMC re-read the resolution.

(The lawyers representing Rhonda Cook were Miller Thompson LLP)

Resolution R-230-2012 of March 20, 2012 was a clear and unambiguous directive.

There should have been no more invoices submitted by Miller Thompson after March 30, 2012 for legal services for Rhonda Cook.  Allowing one month for payment, that means there should have been no cheques paid to Miller Thompson on the Cook file after April 30, 2012.  Definitely none after May 30 2012 at the very latest.


Below is a record of invoices paid to law firm Miller Thompson for “defamation” and “general legal”.

Payments to Miller Thompson LLp for “Defamation” Litigation

Cheque  date                     total billed     “defamation”       “general”

28983  1/19/2012        $7,524.97        $4,742.36

30183  07/11/2012      $13,162.10      $2,870.62        $10,291.48

30352  7/25/2012        $4,639.89        $4,639.89

31868  1/23/2013        $32,372.03      $3,350.72        $5,636.11

 Have we been paying Rhonda’s “defamation” legal fees, contrary to resolution R-230-2012?

Are we still paying?

Or are we paying for some other “defamation” proceeding?

Craig Gammie