Millroy: Transparency? What is that?

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Transparency?
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.

Ya think?

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.

10 COMMENTS

  1. I live in ward 2 and have never seen such a lacklustre job by BOTH the elected officials for this ward. They follow like sheep and are very unapproachable. I hear there are a few quality candidates already willing to run in this ward.BRAVO.

  2. I sent an email to City Council regarding the memorial wall. I received replies from only 3 of them. All councillors and Mayor voted for a memorial wall to honour the opioid crisis victims, using public funds. The precedent has been now set. Let select groups come forward. Maybe now we can see that Statue of the Virgin Mary (voted down a few years ago) be erected at Bellevue Park. Maybe now we can push for a memorial wall to honour our fallen soldiers, our loved ones who died of Cancer, Heart Disease/Stroke, COVID and hit & runs. Where do we draw the line?

  3. Thanks but no thanks mayor & council. If, God forbid, I had a family member pass due to a drug overdose, the last thing I would want to do is to put their name on display on something like this permanent billboard. So if and when someone walks by this wall and sees the name there, they could look in shock and say something like,” wow, I didn’t know he passed away like that,…..my God, didn’t the parents know what was going on in their child’s life ??? No parent wants or needs that criticism. Thanks, but no thanks.

      • The issue isn’t hidden. Glorifying over use of drugs is ridiculous.
        How about a memorial for people who have died because of alcoholism.
        This is a pathetic waste of taxpayer money. The 4G would be better spe t helping a drug addict.

  4. Sault Ste. Marie the city that does everything against the wishes of the majority of it’s citizens. If you ever want it to change you will have to clear out city hall and start anew.

    • Like the five new members this term going along with the old ? That change ? Politicians are all alike , in it for themselves and their friends! Once you realize that you’ll understand why the Zoo will remain as is or get worse .

  5. Instead of virtue signalling to the latest hashtags & trending topics.. how about we build a ‘Memorial Wall’ for all the veterans who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.

    I suppose we could propose a separate memorial wall for all those ‘public servants’ who fail to provide a clean urine sample.. because ‘those’ are the ones who truly deserve to be remembered, just sayin’.

    Strange daze indeed..
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    • If I remember correctly the idea of a veteran’s memorial wall was pitched a number of years ago and rejected.

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