I do not normally write on blogs. I believe in open communication with all levels of government. I am not a bully and I despise bullying. I am not posting anonymously.
I am frustrated by Council's recent actions and lack of
communication / consultation with the community. I have to speak out on this
issue. I respect everyone who runs for municipal office, whether they are
successfully elected or not. I respect those who get elected and serve their
community, whether I voted for them or not. Theirs' is a challenging and time
consuming job. The right decisions are not always made. Admitting your mistake
and reversing decisions is sometimes just the right thing to do.
struggling to understand the recent decision to downgrade Parks and Recreation
and fire the Director. Parks and Recreation is the one program within our
village that is truly for the citizens of Tofino, helping to make the community
a healthy and enjoyable place to live at a time when everything seems to be
directed exclusively at tourism. I recall only one member of Council speaking of
downgrading or getting rid of Parks and Recreation during the election campaign,
with most Councillors and the Mayor speaking of support for Parks and Recreation
during the all-candidates meeting. Some of this discussion centered on
attracting and maintaining young families in the community.
than a year into their term, with both the Mayor and the CAO leaving, Council
has made this decision (without community input or consultation) that will
impact our Parks and Recreation program and every person who lives in this
community. You can describe it anyway that you like, but firing Sally Mole after
20 years of service (losing that local knowledge and experience) and moving the
program into another department is a degradation of the Parks and Recreation
service that will impact the people of Tofino over the coming years long after
this Council is gone.
I have read the only item of communication from
Council on this issue in the past week, a wordsmithed bureaucratic propaganda
"press release". The release only raises more questions. It attempts to portray
the changes as merely an organizational change, rather than the service impacts.
Buried in here is combining Parks and Recreation with "Resort Services" (which I
can only guess is more tourist services). I note that Parks and Recreation is
not even mentioned in their "strategic objectives". I have sent an e-mail of my
concerns to each member of Council, but so far, have not received even one
acknowledgement. "Open and transparent communication with the citizens of
Tofino" is included within the strategic objectives, but it is not clear to me
when this strategic objective will be put into practice.
This is a
fundamental change in the way Tofino will do business and in the services that
will be provided under the umbrella of the Parks and Recreation program. Council
may think that they have a mandate to downgrade Parks and Recreation, but they
do not have a ethical mandate without first going to the citizens of Tofino.