It appears that when the Mayor is away the trolls play.
Mayor Dawe was not in attendance at Aurora's Jazz+/- festival this past weekend as I understand he is currently on vacation in Europe.
Even if he was on home turf it's upsetting to learn that neither our mayor nor members of Aurora council as a whole were invited to the festival.
Especially considering that M.P. Lois Brown and Michael Chan, Ontario's Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport were on hand and being incorporated into some quasi entourage including, for no apparent reason, Aurora Councillor Chris Ballard.
I understand that Aurora's Deputy Mayor was in attendance on Saturday, and Sunday, only to be snubbed by this group.
There's being rude, and then there's misrepresentation. Regardless if he is delusional enough to believe it Councillor Ballard was not delegated to represent the Town in official capacity. The Deputy Mayor, however is.
Clr. Buck emphasizes this in a recent post on her blog here:
I chalk Clr. Ballard's antics as trolling. Something the councillor seems to be no stranger to as evidenced in this photobomb of him alongside Minister Michael Chan and and some other troll:
The only thing of substance in this photo taken a couple years ago plugging Aurora's "Promenade" study is Minister Chan.
The Promenade Study is gibberish mixed in with more nightmares than dreams, none of which are likely to come true.
In the 1994 kids movie " A troll in Central Park" ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108395/ ) there's an exchange between Gus and Dom Deluise's character Stanley :
Stanley: Gus! Don't you understand? In the troll world, darkness always triumphs over light?
Gus: Know what Stanley? You'll never have a dream come true, and you know why? Because your too scared to fight for what you believe in. You're a COWARD!
Cowardice is the definition of a troll, and Minister Chan would no doubt agree has no place in our town's contributions to Tourism, Culture and Sport.
Perhaps in Clr. Ballard's troll world darkness always triumphs over light.
The good news is that even though there are a few among us Aurora doesn't plunge into such a troll world when our mayor is away, thanks to bright individuals like our Deputy Mayor.