Letter to the Editor – re: Council

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Dear Editor,

The letter from the Mayor and three members of Council, reads “defamatory statements (uncited)…is bullying and an attempt to advance an agenda which threaten the democratic rights of the citizens of North Grenville.” I suspect the authors were looking in a mirror when they penned the statement.

The Mayor as Chief Executive Officer, according to the Ontario Municipal Act, shall “promote public involvement in the municipality’s activities”, and “foster activities that enhance the economic, social, and environmental well-being of the municipality and residents.” Similarly, the role of Council “is to represent the public and to consider the well-being and interests of the municipality.” Additionally, Council is “to ensure the accountability and transparency of the operations of the municipality, including the activities of the senior management of the municipality.”

This said, I believe the rift, between Council and the public, is the elected officials’ fault through which they see themselves as the fount of all knowledge, and need not seriously take advice, unless their shared vision is met.

Perhaps more voters will keep an eye on the Mayor and Council is the months leading to the October election.

Hoping I have been neither defamatory nor bullying.

Michael Whittaker, Bishop’s Mills

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