Surprise surprise the following comment was posted in response to the Globe article by everyone’s favorite “Town Crier” Sher St. Kitts. I have included it here so it can be properly addressed.——————-
Bravo Aurora! The truth is Aurora is experiencing a Renaissance. Growing to over 50,000 during the past twelve year period has brought about demographic changes which require attention. Aurora is a young multicultural town. Much of the supposed ‘dysfunction’ is actually created by anonymous, pseudo-named persons who belong to some esoteric ‘Anonymous Coalition’ in the Town. Why remain anonymous? What does that bring to mind? Draw your own conclusions in deciding who might be behind this and why. New leadership is usually followed by some staff changes. Coming in after someone has been in office for 12 years would present the same challenges to any new leadership and its staff. Mayor Morris has kept every one of her campaign promises – a fact not enjoyed by those who would be ‘mayor’! Hence the barrage of sour grapes in hopes to cause sufficient dissent and disruption to topple her. Bravo to the elected Mayor Phyllis Morris and the majority of Town’s councillors. I pray these brave souls continue to embrace, enhance and nuture plans which serve the new demographics of Aurora. Facts & Proof – Check http://www.e-aurora/farmersmarket – look at the newsletters; also http://www.aurorajazzfest.com a first in Aurora; plus Revival of Canada Day Parade for 2008 & 2009 – all events assisted by this Mayor and majority of her council. There is much more factual evidence of their ‘actual’ achievements. The majority on Council represents the majority in Aurora – that is Democracy. The unsubstantiated comments & articles driven by self-serving egos only cast negative aspersions upon the mudslingers themselves. In the end the facts & truth will prevail. As a Canadian woman, I’m proud to see yet another great Canadian female take the lead! Phyllis Morris is a wonderful role model for young Canadian women to seek office & help guide our young nation. Women like her show how we can provide effective leadership, get things done and still care for the needs of all. Sher St. Kitts
——————– Okay , after getting the barf taste out of our mouths I suggest we play a little game of bullshit bingo with this pathetic piece of tripe. Sher speaks volumes, by that I mean she has mastered volume, just not substance.
Her writing style is flawed at best, and wholly political. Let’s take a look. “The truth is Aurora is experiencing a Renaissance.” Bullshit. # 1 Not a single person outside of Sher has made this claim, nor can they without being properly ridiculed. Read the articles from major news outlets, read the local papers, read the local blogs.
The town isn’t experiencing a “Renaissance” and as this is now the 3rd time Sher has decided to bring out this empty term one can only conclude that she either knows litle of the Renaissance, or how to properly construct a metaphor. Attaching herself to the cultural center does not equal a Renaissance. The closest thing if one was going to stay along the lines of the Italian theme, may be the kiss of death. Renaissance is a French word that means “rebirth.” Aurora is not in a period of rebirth, quite the opposite. In this the year of “business” Aurora has seen an alarmingly high amount of store closures, a spike in the use of the food pantry and economic hardship that is taking hold. While the rest of the globe has moved into the “Information Age” Aurora’s last term of council could be better equated to bringing about the “cold war”. This isn’t sour grapes it is reality and the mayor is doing little to address it. “Much of the supposed ‘dysfunction’ is actually created by anonymous, pseudo-named persons who belong to some esoteric ‘Anonymous Coalition’ in the Town.”
Bullshit #2 Dysfunction stems from the mayor and council, and also empty fake self serving supporters like Sher herself. The mayor herself had this to say in her inauguration address : “To the citizens of Aurora, I would challenge you to get involved in your government. Your involvement, your scrutiny, your challenges and your support will ensure your Council delivers. Please don’t leave it to Council alone, to build a better Aurora — we’ll do a better job with your participation.” Citizens are getting involved, they are contributing and like all of them I accepted this challenge. I am not part of an anonymous coalition. When views are contrary to the mayor or councils this is healthy, it is Democracy in its purest form.
Calling anyone with differing views a “mudslinger” a “nay-sayer” or “sour grapes” shows how little Sher knows about politics and why she should refrain from tipping her jester hat into this arena. “New leadership is usually followed by some staff changes.” Bullshit # 3 Some staff changes? The churn rate in Aurora is alarmingly high. It is not inline with previous years and it speaks volumes to how ineffective the Mayor is at creating relationships with staff. “Mayor Morris has kept every one of her campaign promises” Bullshit # 4 Mayor Morris has kept very few. Seeing as Sher was unable to elaborate on this I will. From the mayor’s Inaugural speech : http://www.phyllismorris.net/inaugural/index.html Mayor : “I will work with Council and Town Staff to make our municipal government more open, more transparent, more accountable and more inclusive.” – campaign promise not kept Mayor “I’ll strive to ensure that your interaction with us is enjoyable, productive — and, yes, sometimes maybe even fun!” – campaign promise not kept
Mayor “Aurora voters sent a strong message that they expect us — council, staff and mayor — to do a better job — a better job of working together to move the business of this town forward in a positive and productive atmosphere.” – campaign promise not kept
Mayor “As Mayor, I promise to be fair and supportive — and I believe the public expects the same of all members of Council.” – campaign promise not kept Mayor “While I will not, micro-manage the Town’s administration, council members, including myself, must be kept fully informed, so that little problems don’t become big ones.” – campaign promise not kept Mayor “My door is open.” – except for closed door meetings, campaign promise not kept
Mayor “I’m listening closely to the views of your new Councilors” – campaign promise not kept Mayor “I’ll be suggesting to Council that a process be put in place to regularly determine public satisfaction with the work we do.” – campaign promise not kept Sher continues “bravo to the mayor…..all events assisted by this Mayor and majority of her council” I noticed that Sher left out assistance by everyone else involved and volunteers, that is sad.
Blowing smoke up the mayor’s ass seems to be a full time job for Sher, yet she somehow seems to save enough for herself too. “The majority on Council represents the majority in Aurora – that is Democracy” Bullshit # 5 The majority on council does not properly represent the majority in Aurora. That is spin.
In fact there wasn’t a by-election so one councilors representation is very much questionable.
The fact that a councilor chose to leave because of the poor work environment also speaks volumes. The majority of Aurorans didn’t choose this poor leadership. The mayor has proven she is anything but Democratic. “The unsubstantiated comments & articles driven by self-serving egos only cast negative aspersions upon the mudslingers themselves.” It is rich that Sher speaks about self-serving egos, she is the expert in that arena. “In the end the facts & truth will prevail.” Correct, the facts are many and the majority of Aurorans see through Sher’s spin and the truth that prevails is very ugly. “Phyllis Morris is a wonderful role model for young Canadian women to seek office & help guide our young nation. Women like her show how we can provide effective leadership, get things done and still care for the needs of all.” Bullshit # 6. Our mayor is a role model of how not to lead anything. She is an ineffective leader, a bully, an ego maniac who turns her back on the needs of her town. Nothing gets done except for keeping her in the spotlight. Sher just seems to like being along for the ride. One has to wonder if Sher developed her gift of writing by reading the Saturday comics. Calvin, of the Calvin & Hobbes strip once professed: “The purpose of writing is to inflate weak ideas, obscure pure reasoning, and inhibit clarity.
With a little practice, writing can be an intimidating and impenetrable fog” That sums up Sher completely Bullshit………Bingo!