Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Haldimand "Council Delays Dealing with Militia Issue"

Council delays dealing with 'militia' issue
June 24, 2009

A debate heated up at Council on Monday night after Councillor Craig Grice voiced his concerns regarding the recent events in Caledonia and the forming of a militia group. Grice went on to say, "This is not 2006 or even 2007, it is 2009. If it were 2006 or 2007, I would be saying something different."

Grice is not in favour of a militia group being formed in Caledonia. He spoke of the meeting Tuesday night in Cayuga: "We now have a protest protesting the protest. This does not move us forward. Don't get sucked into the antics of others, Caledonia is a collection of issues; we need positives, period. We are suffering through our corporate image."

He asked, "What is the Municipal stand on the demonstrations, on the militia, and other events like the flag raisings?"

"It is time that we took a stand on this. This has gone on long enough, and it's not just Caledonia," said Councillor Lorne Boyko. According to Boyko the recent coverage of the militia is sending a negative message about our community that will affect shopping habits and tourism. "This is negative towards Caledonia and for Haldimand County."

Councillor Buck Sloat agreed with Boyko. "We need to take a stand on the issues and have the courage to stand behind it". According to Sloat council needs a resolution the Mayor can promote. "We need to have a stand from you, Madam Mayor; you are a pillar of the community."

"The media goes to you first as Mayor. What is your position on this, are you in favour or not?" asked Grice. Trainer did not respond to the question.

"This council speaks through resolution," said Councillor Don Ricker.

Council agreed to deal with the issue after their summer break as no resolution had been formulated before last night's meeting.

But Ricker voiced his concerns regarding Trainer speaking on behalf of council for the next month or so, as council is now in recess for five weeks.

Defending the decision to deal with the issue after recess Boyko argued, "I think we have a direction. We didn't come here tonight prepared to deal with this."

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  1. I am appalled that Trainer didn't respond to the question. Who does she think she is?

    She is at a Council meeting and when a Councillor asks her a question, she'd damn well better respond!

    How does she get away with this crap?

  2. I sent a letter to her honour just moments ago.

    I hope she hires some political advisors soon, given her commentary on CHCH News.

    When there's a crisis in your town you don't take a vacation, you roll up your sleeves and get on with fixing the problem.

  3. I agree with the first poster. This is why we are in the trouble we are. For goodness sakes we need a council and mayer that have a backbone. This speech was nothing more than a poly to let people think that they are actually doing something.

  4. Donna I am curious, you cover council, how did the Mayer react to this direct question?

  5. Thanks for your comments everyone.

    To answer your question; Donna I am curious, you cover council, how did the Mayer react to this direct question?

    After the question was asked, Mayer Trainer calmly asked if anyone else had any comments, then the conversation went on and on and council decided to talk about this whole situation in August when they come back.

    Council is suppose to come to a resolution and stand behind it.

    We will see what happens then.