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Sunday, October 31, 2010


Hmm. Sam's my mayor (just re-elected, more's the pity) and he's not a stomper, so in that sense this ad (created as a satire, I believe) is unfair.

On the other hand, he runs a local baseball team (still) and is the darling of our Chamber of Commerce, and has done very little for our poorest citizens besides increasing the number of police to the highest per capita in Canada, plus buying us a police helicopter due to be in service next summer. In our basically flat, 8 square mile city, I have no idea what it will be used for.

He ran for office initially on a platform which called for putting substantial money into community clubs. He planned to do this with federal and provincial funding which was earmarked for new mass transit improvements. Once in office we lost the transit funding, and nothing was done for the community clubs either. Then, last year, he brokered a deal that gave a piece of city centre land to a Christian children's activities organization -- land that had been slated to be used for much the same purpose by a collaboration of native cultural groups. Considering the history here of native children and Christian churches, this was a pretty tone-deaf move by anyone's standards.

Oh, and he's trying to push through a PPP which would give a private company a 30 year deal on our wastewater management, without telling citizens or most of city council any details of the deal.

Interestingly, all but one of the city's 22 top civil servants have resigned or been forced out since he came into office 6 years ago. Our city manager was first to go, resigning abruptly without telling anyone why.

Sam seems like a real nice guy. He's good at that. I am certain he doesn't kick little children on purpose. But I worry what we will only find out he has done, on purpose, once he leaves office.


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