and prompted some to make a way for the
exit. Anyway, nobody was hurt and the
certain members of the delegation brought
exotic animal by-law was adopted. Good
an iguana. Some citizens in attendance
freaked out when one animal lover, with a
Hawkesburgers with queries about local
penchant for drama, addressed council. He
government can try to get answers straight
was wearing a boa, and he was not making
from the horse’s mouth. But there are
a fashion statement. There was a really big
guidelines to be observed. Bring only your
snake, that looked like a fire hose, coiled
questions. Leave your ego and your reptiles
Up front and questioning
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money; it is like going to the bank.
For example, let us take the state of being
When governments spend our money,
up-front. Being straight-forward, without
most of the people who are paying the bills
being “in your face,” is usually a good way
are not in the room when the decisions are
to approach life.
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Frankness, earnestness, sincerity are all
Thankfully, we can sleep on both ears
admirable traits. Honesty is the best policy,
most things, most of the time.
But a state of up-frontness is not good
Besides, trust, and the belief in the basic
decency and integrity of human beings, are
to their council members.
the pillars of our democracy. (Want to know
You are no doubt aware that for decades,
more? Check out contractarianism. It is not as
Hawkesbury town council members have
scary as it sounds and does not require a
received one-third of their salaries in
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advance. This amount, deemed to be for
Despite a widespread dislike for
expenses incidental to the discharge of their
politicians, we still have faith in our
duties as representatives of the people, is
representatives. As theAmericans say, there
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paid in January. “Usually, you pay when a
are checks and balances in our systems.
Plus, we live in small towns. If anything
Michel Thibodeau when the tradition was
untoward was happening, and we are not
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endorsed by the new council recently. He
suggesting that it is or ever has, the scandal,
and Councillor Johanne Portelance voted
real or imagined, would be out on Facebook
against the custom, which is not recognized
or YouTube before you could say
by provincial law but is accepted through
one of those peculiar “grandfather” clauses.
Understandably, there is a general sense
(Yes, sadly, some political jargon remains
of optimism in the air. The new terms of our
newly-elected municipal councils have just
The Ontario Municipal Act does not
begun and representatives are eager to get
permit the town’s tradition, however, since
down to work and begin fulfilling all those
of the law, the town can keep on paying the
In Hawkesbury, thankfully, members
one-third up-front by adopting a by-law
have wasted little time in putting into effect
that continues the practice. What kind of
a pledge made by several candidates during
the fall campaign – the reinstatement of the
public question period.
salary of $31,405 and the six councillors will
each receive a basic $16,322.
are very concerned about maintaining
Sweet little set-up, eh? The members get
decorum. So, there are rules to be obeyed to
paid for services they have not rendered.
ensure that question period in Hawkesbury
Now, no doubt, the pay-now-work-later
concept is based on some sane, time-
House of Commons, which sometimes can
honoured method. But, where did this idea
become a real zoo.
come from? Perhaps it goes back to one
Speaking of wild shows, years ago, a
particular grim and cold January, when
Hawkesbury council session took a walk on
the wild side during what is fondly
remembered as The Night Of The Iguana.
up furnace oil tanks, so they decided that it
People had shown up at the town hall to
pay right away.
Anyway, this dubious deal makes one
wonder how the voters can be assured that
Town council will begin working on a
they are getting their money’s worth. In
long-term development strategy for
effect, members are paid for four months of
Hawkesbury that will be held Monday,
service without having lifted a finger. Is
February 7 at 7 p.m. at the town hall.
All members sit on Le Comité 100 jours du
plan d’affaire visionnaire et stratégique. he
money because he or she was found to be
slacking off? Of course not, silly.
René Berthiaume’s key promises in his
election campaign. Berthiaume has pledged
workers who get a performance evaluation
to seek input from the public and council
every four years. That is how democracy
members to draw up a plan within 100 days
works. Every four years, we elect people
of the new council being sworn in.
who are supposed to work for us. These
workers set their own salaries, and decide
howmuchmoney we pay to ensure that the
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wheels of local government keep turning.
program seeks two volunteers to deliver
Our money is spent, ostensibly, in the
meals to elderly, handicapped and
best interests of all. Then, every four years,
convalescing people between 11:30 a.m.
when the next election rolls around, we
and 12:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Call
electors hope that we know enough about
the elected’s actions to be able to decide
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whether to retain or fire them.
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