Council should apologize to presenter

Speakers deserve respect and courtesy when addressing politicians

Editor, The Record:

It was with disgust that I witnessed an unprovoked, ad hominem tirade directed at George Evens by Coun. Jenny Stevens, but acquiesced in by others directly following the presentation concerning the humane treatment of dogs and cats.

From the outset of the presentation council seemed to be consumed by contempt towards Mr. Evens, except for Coun. Nelson Tilbury, who spoke in his defence,

before being ruled out of order by the mayor. This chastisement clearly demonstrated there is an inconsistent application of rules of order, depending whether one is a foe or friend of the municipal hall establishment.

The whole proceeding was very distasteful, especially as it followed a Remembrance Ceremony during which the mayor commemorated those who died in wars defending freedoms, including the right to freedom of speech and opinions. I found this both ironic and sanctimonious in the extreme.

Anyone who gives a presentation to council deserves respect and courtesy, and not be subjected to bullying, belittlement,and interrogation, ad nauseum.

The mayor suggested that Mr. Evens apologize to Coun. Larry Nundal, which was truly mystifying, as it was absolutely clear to me that council should have apologized to Mr. Evens.

As so few people were there to hear Mr. Evens’ delegation, I suggest interested persons view the recorded proceedings on the district’s website.

Jeanette Smith


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