BOY, oh BOY!! did I get an ear-full at this year’s Chamber of Commerce Trade Fair. But first, let me say, the attendance as far as display settings was far down from usual? Another sign of what seems to be our recent never-ending slide downwards?
Ted Menzies, MP: Shared with ‘Ted’ my concerns about his party and the standard they were setting. In this case, Ted got an earful (and probably more than he bargained for) but took it in good stride giving back as much as he was getting, but of course having the weaker argument due to his misguided beliefs, values, morals and ethics. But hey, what else do you expect from a politician? :-)
Shar Lazzaratto: The Manager of our local Community Futures office and I shared a few pleasantries at which time I noticed a tinge of blush on her cheeks (must be of the remembrance of all the fond moments we have shared together in the past on the political and economic battlefields of the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass) that gave her pause? At which time Evan appeared…
Evan Berger, MLA: Asked Evan if he thought what happened in Quebec with the orange wave resulting in the NDP getting so many seats might happen here with the Wildrose doing the same thing? Said he hadn’t thought of it that way but ya, who knows? Told him I thought his seat was safe but that we’ll probably end up with a minority PC government with Wildrose as official opposition, and hopefully, the NDP and Liberals will land up with far more seats than they do now. That will serve the people better than what we have been getting with lopsided one party majority governments running things, accountable to no one but themselves.
Municipal ‘union’ employee: Employees both inside and out (CUPE) are beside themselves. Management has recently been served with several grievances (with more to come) in the midst of very contentious union/management negotiations for a new contract. It’s getting uglier by the day, apparently. CAO Myron Thompson and CFO Marion Vanoni are thought to be the bad guys in this piece.
York Creek Lodge: Seems there is plenty of turmoil happening here with disgruntled employees and residents. Apparently 19 employees who were recently working there, are no longer doing so? Manager and Board have a revolt on their hands??
Municipal Councillors: None chose to talk to me, so I didn’t disturb them from talking among themselves. :-( Or from sitting silently alone, looking forlornly, I’m thinking, to a better place and time? :-(
General Gossip: The community is going to hell in a basket. There is an actual hate for this mayor and council, including open hostility. The rumour has it that one councillor with his wife were booed at Sobey’s, and days before that he was asked to leave Chris’ Restaurant when making a disparaging remark about some locals being ‘hillbillies’? Shocking!! To think some of our elected officials could think that some of our own fine upstanding ‘Mountain people’ (residents) could in fact be… dumb, redneck ‘hillbillies’. Will the wonders never cease? :-)
Conclusion: There is definitely a lot of anger with this council, and in most people’s minds the clock has already started ticking down for this gang.
What they need is a ‘PRINCE’ to safe them… but unfortunately, I don’t do house calls. :-)
Show me someone who never gossips, and I’ll show you someone who isn’t interested in people.