can you hear me now?


The gang of 6 could take a lesson in accountability from the recent failures of the T.T.C.

Riders continue to capture and share incidents to themselves and to traditional media outlets, here’s another one:–ttc-driver-s-coffee-break-caught-on-video?bn=1

Given all the attention towards multiple instances of T.T.C. workers sleeping on the job and now this, spokesman Brad Ross does his best to respond.

After all the excuses, and the spin what is left to be said other than the obvious, which I was surprised to hear:

“To those customers, we apologize. We have a lot of work to do here,”

This example proves once again that openness and accountability cannot be fostered from within an organization, it is external.

The T.T.C. can and has claimed they are accountable, the riders proved otherwise…3 times.

In my books that’s called Game-Over.  Of course it is never to late for an apology.

Much like the investigations into the failures of the TTC, the of town of Aurora is being heavily criticized from several parties, some bloggers, some politicians, some just plain fed-up citizens.

Until this Gang-of-Six listens to criticism, instead of treating all criticism as “negative” they will never move forward, as a team, as individuals.

I rarely find myself quoting scripture, but seeing as the Mayor was all high and mighty about holding a prayer breakfast I thought someone should remind her of Proverbs 13:18  : If you ignore criticism, you will end in poverty and disgrace; if you accept criticism, you will be honored. 

Psycology Today posted a great article titled “Why criticism is so hard to take” :

In the article I found something that may shed a light on the MorMac psyche and its overwhelming insecurity:

for those of us who are particularly insecure about how others see them–and therefore sensitive to the slightest hint of criticism–even a well-meaning suggestion can feel threatening. For others’ suggestions can be perceived as a negative evaluation of how we’ve done something, as somehow casting doubt on the adequacy of our thinking or behavior. They can make us feel corrected or blamed–or that we’re being viewed as in some way deficient, whether in intelligence, discernment, principles, or anything else. It’s hard to take a simple suggestion at face value if self-doubts we still harbor about ourselves are never that far from the surface.

With all of this shouting over-top, deflection and attempts at squashing anyone that is not in step with here regime one has to wonder if  Mayor Morris taking leadership cues from our PM.

Stephen Harper was quoted in the Canadian Press, April 18, 2005:

“When a government starts trying to cancel dissent or avoid dissent is frankly when it’s rapidly losing its moral authority to govern.”

To say we need better leaders is an understatement.

We need leaders that can handle criticism without :

  • running for their mommies (or gang of councilors)
  • the need of an integrity commissioner
  • declaring a point of privilege
  • claiming they are offended
  • looking for every reason to dispute the criticism as negative instead of listening to the driving force behind it.

Of course I’m preaching to the choir about this, we all know who are the one’s with their fingers in their ears.

Seeing as the ones we have don’t listen I suggest we vote for ones that will.


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