Most people agreed that Perry Schmunk did better than Michael Tilitzky in the Mayoralty debate.
The most interesting part of the evening was when one incumbent councilor spoke of the anonymous hate mail that undermines the civility of the town.They spoke of respecting volunteers while this council has let the Volunteer Firehall rot away. I wholeheartedly agree with civility !! It was sad to see only a few questions asked from the crowd.The citizens of Tofino live in fear of council and some staff.Those who criticize pay a price ! Let's hope that after the election that people can exercise the right to free speech without fear of repercussions.
Let's hope that we have a civil council that welcomes criticism from the electorate and actually listens !
Let's hope that we have a civil council that doesn't hide behind closed doors at secret "in-camera " meetings!
Let's hope we have a civil council that can resolve disputes without forcing citizens to rely on the courts !
Let's hope that we have a civil council that operates in an open and transparent manner.
Let's hope that we have a civil council that doesn't use bylaws and zoning as weapons!
Let's hope that "Freedom Of Information" requests are a thing of the past and that information and documents flow freely from council to the electorate !! Many people that I talk to are shocked that one needs an FOI to get information in a small town like Tofino.
Let's hope that the day comes when this stupid blog isn't necessary ! The day when the truth comes straight from the Mayor and Council to the people !!!