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October 23, 2006


Richard Johnson

Hi Joan:

I for one love your blog as well as Phyllis Morris's hair colour, but for the record, that is not my primary reason for supporting Morris for Mayor.

Lord knows that we need to change the colour of politics in Aurora, starting from the top down.



Phyllis should also change the way she brags about being elected deputy mayor when we know this position is an APPOINTMENT by council to serve only in the Mayor's absence, putting up election signs in forbidden areas on regional roads on weekends, and twisting your recommendation in the Era Banner to enter federal politics into an endorsement for running for mayor.


Well those are some rather petty comments don't you think Bruce? I guess I'll just chalk you up as another one of Aurora's cranky old white men who see conspiracies around every corner and feel threatened by women, children and puppies.

Richard Johnson

I hate to wade into this type of low level discussion, but Bruce should be made aware that the Deputy Mayor is the designation given to the councillor with the most number of votes on council, which was clearly Phyllis in 2003 (74.5% of ballots cast) and I think it is a real stretch to say Phyllis ever misused the title once you know the facts. This is precisely the type of petty argument most people in Aurora are fed up with, which is why a change on Council is so desperately needed. FYI… the 2003 election results can be found at the following website: http://www.phyllismorris.net

As far as the sign "issue" is concerned, I know that great care has been taken to follow the sign rules but it is true that four of Phyllis's signs were picked up by the Region. In fact, I was told that there was a huge pile of signs from all of the candidates, including at least three of Mayor Jones' signs and if we are going to wade into this low level of debate further, interested parties may want to read the sign rules that state that signs on Regional roads can not be more than four feet high. If anyone actually enforced this rule I expect that Mayor Jones would loose a whole lot more than four signs, so once again Bruce may want to do some homework before passing comment in an effort to tarnish Phyllis.

As far as the Era Banner "energiser bunny" quote is concerned; anyone that knows Phyllis knows that there is no one that works harder for the people of Aurora than Phyllis. I realise that this may be hard for you to accept, but cutting ribbons is not the only town business that needs to be addressed in a public forum.

I could go on about our current Mayor's closed door meetings, apparent (and possibly real) conflicts of interest, apathy and a lack of ability to restore decorum, accountability and transparency on council but I think people who have watched council know who has been guilty of most if not all of the above and who has tried to roll up their sleeves and represent the citizens of this town proactively.

Should you ever want to actually debate town issues worthy of our time during an election, please feel free to respond. The petty comments that I fully expect the Mayor, his campaign team or his supporters to have planted at the recent all-candidates as well as, I fully expect, in the local media, have been easily and well handled by both Phyllis and Nigel, so with any luck people will cast their votes based on real issues of concern. For the record, I (along with my wife) witnessed two Jones supporters removing their "Jones" buttons before asking the same "Deputy Mayor" question at the recently taped all-candidates meeting at the Town Hall. Why do you think that people well known to be working on the mayor's campaign would remove their buttons before asking a loaded question ? Optics ? Smoke and Mirrors ? I think we both know the games that are being played by some, so at some point I really hope that we can get back to the town's real business in a respectful and well informed fashion.


I for one, think that you have the wrong info here and I agree with Tom Vegh I do not like these blogs either. Tom is a very kind man and it sucks just reading this stuff about him.



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Joan Ransberry


Veteran reporter Joan Ransberry has seen and heard it all in the many years of covering municipal, regional, provincial and federal politics. Not afraid to blow the whistle, poke fun or venture where others won't go, her blog takes a peek at the human, the stupid and goofy side of government.


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