I feel so strongly about this Sudbury Star story this morning that I needed to communicate with you how this story reflects so many practices that are questionable at city hall.
Here are my questions that I hope will be pursued on this story:
- Why is a bureaucrat, not an elected official, making this kind of announcement to the public?
Who does he report to? Who is his boss? Where is his boss in this news story?
Was this an existing position? If so, I never heard of it. When was it created? If not, where is the discussion at the Council table on creating a new management position? Was a decision made in camera? Did a bureaucrat at City Hall unilaterally create a new management position without bringing it up for discussion at Council?
What is his job description? What is his salary? How many persons does he supervise? What does his department cost us annually? Do we really need such a position?
Why does he want to create “barriers between citizens and staff”? Shouldn’t we be doing the exact opposite? Isn’t this one of the big problems we already have at City Hall? Shouldn’t our goal here be to BREAK DOWN the barriers that currently exist between citizens and staff? Worse, was this what he was instructed to do by his superiors?
His “knives” statement is most offensive. This statement from a bureaucrat is unacceptable and is the reason why bureaucrats should never speak on behalf of the city. Only elected officials should do so (at their own peril). When will this policy be enacted? No other level of government lets its staff speak out on important matters, unless they are directed to do so by their political master. Where does this disdain for our citizens originate and how did it become a prerequisite for promotion?
Once media is accredited, why should they have to sign in? Really.
If the national media picks up this story, will it have a further deleterious effect on our reputation?
We need direct answers to these questions from duly elected officials. Let’s hope we get some in the following days.
Nothing personal against this poor fellow. I fear he was a sacrificial lamb sent to bear unappetizing news to the public. But someone must be held accountable at City Hall. Who will it be?
This story needs a strong follow-up. It goes to the very root of some of the challenges that need to be addressed at City Hall.
Since announcing my candidacy, I have been asked several times by constituents what my position is on the store hours referendum.
I am pleased that the people of Sudbury will finally have their say on this contentious issue.
On October 27th, this matter will be decided by citizens at the ballot box. It will not be coming to the next Council for debate or a vote. Your opinion will be final and the opinion of candidates will be a personal choice at the ballot box, just like yours.
In order for candidates to support or oppose this question publicly, they must be registered as lobbyists at the city. It’s the law. I have chosen not to register as a lobbyist on this issue. Let the people decide and democracy rule.
I filed my papers in the Clerk’s office this morning at 9:35 a.m.
It feels good to be back at City Hall!
I was warmly greeted by several staff people and wished good luck.
Now that I’m “official”, I am looking forward to hitting the “hustings” and meeting as many constituents as I can to discuss their concerns and their ideas about our city.
See you on the campaign trail!
If you want to comment on my candidacy or offer your support, email me at email@example.com
Lynne Reynolds, former City Councillor for Ward 6, is seeking the seat in Ward 11 in the upcoming municipal election.
Reynolds was well-known for her vocal support of transparency and accountability during that council term and her no-nonsense issue management skills.
“I am pleased to be bringing my council experience back to the table and I am looking forward to representing the citizens of Ward 11 again. There is much work to be done in many areas, not the least of which is to re-inspire our citizens and create confidence in this new Council so we can move ahead with assurance that our tax dollars are being spent in the most important areas, in the most efficient ways. I believe that experience will count in this new term of Council.
“Furthermore, I feel that we are not getting full value for our tax dollars, that there are many efficiencies to be had and that policy needs to be renewed to keep both our council and our executive staff accountable and very seriously responsible for taxpayer dollars.
“I am in favour of a permanent Auditor-General’s office, the immediate termination of the council’s slush funds, the no-nonsense provision of essential services, the re-hiring of the Ontario Ombudsman and a top-to-bottom review of how our city is managed, with particular attention to the budget process. In short, I intend to work to help create an attractive and affordable city.
“Cities are where people live, work and raise families. This implies job creation through smart economic development, good livable, well-developed neighbourhoods and adequate healthy quality of life for all. I will continue to champion smart development, economic vitality and a standard of excellence in all we do.
“I was very proud to serve the citizens of Ward 6, and am looking forward to serving them and the whole City of Greater Sudbury again in the upcoming term.”