What is that?
I’ll bet Lindsay Liske, chair of the Huron Superior District School Board, won’t be able to tell you.
According to a news story, Trustee John Caputo wanted to add to a suggested new expense policy an annual detailing of expenses such as mileage, travel and conferences, which would be presented to the board each year.
“That would not be a problem administratively,” Justin Pino, superintendent of business, said, indicating that similar reporting is required with many public institutions.
But Liske, who chaired the ad hoc committee on expenses, said the committee had considered the annual reporting requirement and rejected it because it wasn’t that large of a dollar amount.
But then, unfortunately, he added:
Anyone who wanted to know how much trustees spent could file a freedom of information request.
File a Freedom of Information request? That is absurd.
Liske is right in saying that it is not a large amount of money that would be involved.
But that isn’t the point,
Transparency is, as Caputo seems to understand.
Taxpayers should not have to go to the trouble and the expense of using Freedom of Information to find out expenses incurred by representatives of a public institution.
Actually, would board members themselves have to follow this route if one thought another was possibly abusing the process?
The new expense policy will come before the board again at this month’s meeting.
I would hope Caputo sticks to his guns and that Liske has a change of thought.
I AM NOT GOING to knock the idea of the memorial wall that will be established at a cost of $4,000 somewhere along the city’s boardwalk to remember those who lost their lives from addiction.
I am just going to say that if I went out that way I would not want to have my name on it.
As well, I would not want the name of one of my family members on it.
But that is a personal preference.
I am perfectly fine having my name out there on my column, people can snipe at me all they want, but there are personal aspects of my life and that of my family that I would prefer to keep private.
Although neither I, nor as far as I know anyone in my family, has run into anything like death from addiction yet, this would definitely be one of them.
But to each his own. As I said earlier, I am not against the wall.
And in any event, unless there is family approval names of loved ones lost through opioid or other addictions will not be placed in a star on the wall
There is no way of knowing, of course, whether those who have succumbed would like to have their names there.
Connie Raynor-Elliott, founder of Save Our Young Adults (SOYA) from Prescription Drug Abuse, told council the wall is to help end the stigma of drug abuse and show that there are many community members who are gone but not forgotten, The Sault Star reported.
In Sudbury, a field of crosses has been established and that led to the plan for the Sault..
Stephanie Poitras approached SOYA asking if something similar could be done in Sault Ste. Marie and a committee was formed and an approach made to Mayor Christian Provenzano.
The field of crosses in Sudbury, according to a story in The Globe and Mail, got started when Denise Sandul was informed by police that her son, Myles Keaney, had died of a drug overdose.
She decided that she was not going to make a secret of what happened to her son. He was sick and there was no shame in it. So she put a wooden cross with his name on it at the spot where he died, next to a downtown firehall.
Sandul posted a note on social media asking whether other families stricken by the opioid crisis would like to add crosses of their own and there is now more than 150.
Sandul hopes the memorial will awaken the people of Sudbury to what is happening all around them.
And which, as we know, is happening all around us in the Sault as well.
I can’t see the wall doing anything to end the stigma of drug addiction, considering how far down some of these people go on their way out of this world.
It is just something most of us will never be able to understand.
But as far as I am concerned, if the wall will help ease the pain for some of their loved ones they have left behind to grieve, I say go for it.
THE ONTARIO MINISTRY of Natural Resources put out a brochure last week telling people what to do if they see or encounter a bear on their property.
One suggestion is: Do not run away. Walk towards a building or a vehicle and get inside.
The next suggestion: If you have children and pets, bring them inside too.
Did the writer actually envision some parents telling their kids to go play with the nice bear while making a beeline for their vehicle themselves?
Some things go without saying and this was one of them.