Friday, March 8, 2013

Collingwood Makes Headlines on CBC News

The entire town of Collingwood is abuzz today about a story by CBC News regarding  an OPP investigation into members of Town Council amid allegations of conflicts of interest and other matters.
  While this is not an envious distinction for the community to endure it's obviously long overdue and will clear the air so-to-speak of the rumours and innuendos that have been rampantly circulating over the past several months.  In reading the various stories and yes there is more than one, you have to question the actions of various members of Council and where their loyalties really lie.
  If what the story says is true and we don't know all the details, one member of Council is quoted as saying they  "...didn't recall voting to approve the sale of the public utility..." Collingwood Public Utilities to Powerstream.  This was a $14 to $15 million transaction and saying you "don't recall" doesn't fly with me nor will it with anyone else.  Not recalling as to whether she did or did not call a party interested in purchasing the grain terminals as the Mayor is alleged to have done on numerous occasions is equally as disturbing and that too is not very plausible.
  Whether or not according to municipal or any other law the Mayor or anyone on Council for that matter has a conflict of interest involving their brother or a family member/friend and their business dealings with the Town is immaterial.  We have to ask ourselves one thing and I have to agree with Councilor Hull's assertion. Would it not be prudent for anyone in such a position of authority to completely and fully disclose any and all relationships affecting the Town regardless of what the law requires?  That speaks to transparency, integrity and the fundamental ability to decipher what is in effect in the best interests of the community that you have been duly elected to serve.  Click the following link to view CBC's video story on the matter: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/ID/2341542578/

2 comments:

Andrew H. said...

That deputy mayor and his buddy Bonwick are up to no good. They think people are too busy or too dumb to read between the lines. They think they can do whatever they want. It's insulting!

Rick Crouch said...

Thanks for your comment and your sentiments seem to represent the majority. It's time we bring about change.
Rick C

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