I’m not really in the habit of paying much attention to the Collingwood Connection, but it seems the paper and its online content have now become the go-to newspaper for everything political in Collingwood. I imagine that’s due to the addition of Ian Adams to the editorial staff. I have now added its link to my bookmarks. I was perusing the paper version earlier and came across the following editorial:
I must take issue with some of its content; namely its premise that Deb Doherty was “grand-standing and soap boxing” by reintroducing the integrity commissioners report and having the new council vote to accept its findings. The author did not mention Deb by name but that is obviously who he/she is talking about by mentioning “A troubling trend in Collingwood of councils rehashing and changing decisions of their predecessors, of the winners attempting to re-write history, or to score cheap political points”.
My view is that the original vote was a travesty that was foisted upon this town on 20th October 2014 by the majority voting bloc and it was a wrong, that publicly needed to be put right. Also the only “petty bickering” I have seen thus far at council meetings has been proliferated by Kevin Lloyd on a continuing basis. When you read the headline you would think that this is a council-wide phenomenon, but it is actually coming from one councillor. This fact was quite rightly pointed out in the article in its later stages by telling us about Lloyd’s nonsensical innuendo that someone on council had a conflict with Swayze. I believe what Lloyd was referencing is a rumour going around that Cam Ecclestone attended the same university or high-school as Swayze close to 50 years ago. Apparently they barely knew each other. If this is the best Lloyd can do in his attempts to tarnish his colleagues, he needs to go back to his poisoned little drawing board.
I agree that council “Needs to focus on the future by starting work on the strategic plan, the budget, and a strategic financial plan”. The only way that this can be done without the “petty bickering” is if someone takes the initiative bounds and gags Lloyd and locks him in a closet somewhere, while council meetings are going on, but I suppose that might be construed as being undemocratic. From what I have seen he has no intention of working with this council and is being obstructionist whenever possible.
I have attended every Monday evening meeting of this new council thus far, and in my opinion this is a council (not including Lloyd) that has rolled up its sleeves and seems intent on getting some important things done. I have been ragging on Bob Madigan a little, but if I am completely honest I am actually pleasantly surprised by him also (he just needs to vocalize a little more). I say again Sandra Cooper has been a much better Mayor this time around and seems a lot more comfortable in the job.
I felt I needed to respond to this opinion piece in The Connection because I feel the picture it is painting is totally wrong.