There are two types of councillors
Editor: Here we go again. A new election is coming up. Whom do we vote for as councillors?
Do we select the type that blindly accepts any proposal/new bylaw/rezoning/permit that is put in front of them by the planning department, engineering department, consultants and lawyers, without scrutinizing the issues? They keep themselves preoccupied with their own political careers, such as spending thousands of dollars trying to oust their own mayor.
Do we select the type that gives themselves astronomical pay increases?
Do we select the type that allows mushroom substrate production on farm land (MSP is not farming), with no respect for hazardous chemicals and confined space safety training, which is required for an operation like that?
They refused to put an immediate stop work order on the site to remedy the situation after numerous complaints, via e-mail, phone calls and public hearings, regarding the dangerous situation that the workers and people in the neighbourhood put up with on a daily basis. Their excuse was that it could leave the Township open to a lawsuit for loss of revenue and profit. A bad accident was bound to happen and it did. Three people died and two were left in a vegetative state. How much is a human life worth?
Or do we select the type that treats issues as simple math questions, with pluses and minuses from the people in the Township? Incidentally, residents pay directly or indirectly for all the expenses the Township incurs. This type acts accordingly, not because of what other people tell them to do or from personal or political desires. It’s sad to say only two councillors fit this category.