More civility needed at council meetings

Unpublicized introduction of the webcast is an example of poor communication from council

Editor, The Record:

On Sept. 17 at the Mission council meeting, it was depressing and appalling to witness the verbal abuse directed at Terry Mortimer, who was merely trying to  question some points pertaining to an item on that evening’s agenda.

It appears quite clear Mayor Ted Adlem intends to have question period axed, as do the majority of councillors, who demonstrated their intent by hastily cutting off question period whilst Mr. Mortimer was speaking.

As not one councillor, nor the CAO or deputy CAO even tried to remonstrate the mayor’s bullying, anyone would conclude that they were either complicit in this or abjectly accepting it.

The rules of council proceedings appear to be elastic and inequitable, evidenced by allowing Coun. Dave Hensman to challenge Mr. Mortimer for shopping at Wal-Mart, even though that business was never on the agenda, and further reinforced by permitting another speaker to just make a statement. Obviously, favoured people receive preferential treatment.

Mayor and council were in agreement to go forward, in principle, with a new position of citizen engagement. What is wrong with open and honest dialogue with all department heads? The unpublicized introduction of the webcast is an example of poor communication.

What happened on Sept. 17 was the direct antithesis of engaging public participation, and displayed utter disdain for the democratic process.

Jeanette Smith

Silverhill

Just Posted

Case where son tried to evict mom ends with judge ordering sale of Abbotsford home

Mom gets back down payment and initial expenses of Signal Court property

Snow, road clearing kept Mission Public Works busy last week

Cost abount $125,000 over a four day period and more snow is expected

Garry Handlen’s ‘Mr. Big’ confession could have been fabricated, judge says

Details revealed of why evidence of Abbotsford girl’s 1975 murder was found inadmissible

Man charged in relation to fatal truck rampage last year in Maple Ridge mall

Mission man facing several charges after mother of four dies from complications after being struck

VIDEO: Two-legged Abbotsford dog needs prosthetic leg

Roo jumps like a Kangaroo and sits like a human, but owners hope to help the Iranian-born dog

Fashion Fridays: Up your beauty game

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Mayors approve SkyTrain extension to UBC

Next step is a business plan and public consultation

Trump officially declares national emergency to build border wall

President plans to siphon billions from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts

Snow turns to slush, rain as it warms up across B.C.’s south coast

Some areas are already covered by more than half a metre of snow following three separate storms

Father to be charged with first-degree murder in Amber Alert case

11-year-old Riya Rajkumar was found dead in her father’s home in Brampton, Ontario

Police track armed kidnapping across Thompson-Okanagan

RCMP allege it was a targeted crime believed to be linked to the drug trade

St. Paul’s Hospital replacement slated to open in Vancouver in 2026

Announced many times, but this time there’s money, Adrian Dix says

Fourteen ‘dream’ homes ordered evacuated as sinkholes open in Sechelt

Sinkholes throughout the subdivision have prompted the District of Sechelt to issue evacuation orders

Police investigating after 14-year-old boy pepper sprayed at Surrey mall

Surrey RCMP say two males fled the scene before officers arrived on scene at Guildford Town Centre

Most Read