News Views: Acting it out

Maple Ridge council returns to rotation of acting mayor.

Maple Ridge council, in a 4-3 vote, cancelled the deputy mayor position after six months in favour of returning to an acting rotation of members.

Mayor Nicole Read was so frustrated by the decision that she went to Facebook and wrote: “Gotta love politics. Because politics, and little else, led four members of council to quash the deputy mayor role yesterday. No discussion about its merits, how well it’s worked over the last six months, or its cost-effectiveness.”

We haven’t seen any numbers to support the value or savings to the city of having one person serve as the mayor’s full-time sidekick, a position Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson adopted in 2014.

But Read did say she has a “business background.”

That wasn’t enough, however, to convince the four councillors – Craig Spiers, Corisa Bell, Robert Masse and Gordy Robson – from voting to take the job away from their counterpart, Tyler Shymkiw.

They felt marginalized. On the outside.

Speirs said it changed the dynamic on council, and he didn’t like it.

We don’t blame him.

The deputy mayor got to conduct more city business than other councillors, and could gain a higher profile –a possible benefit come election time.

Serving as mayor gave him a broader view, Spiers said.

The mayor has to work with everybody, he added.

We agree.

And clearly the majority on council felt the same way.

Also, an acting mayor, however ceremonial, makes about $3,300 over a two-month period, on top of a councillor’s $43,000 annual salary.

Shymkiw had been getting all of the top-up, and Robson suggested that may have been an issue with some.

Read said other councillors have to be available to serve as acting mayor.

Masse said it wasn’t a problem before.

That’s good. Because whatever efficiencies a deputy mayor creates, having one politicizes the position.

And that is a distraction, not efficient.

It’s time to get back to council business.


– Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News


Just Posted

Senior men’s exhibition baseball in Maple Ridge

Elite Burnaby Bulldogs take on Royals Saturday

From the desk: Sexual assaults tough to talk about

May take a while to report an incident

Pitt Meadows junior golfer wins prestigious tournament

Incredible run in last four holes gives 10-year-old scores of 71

Dump truck flipped in Maple Ridge

Sitting on its roof near Silver Valley residential development

Record blueberry harvest predicted

Conditions have been perfect for growers in Fraser Valley

Fashion Fridays: How to dress and feel powerful

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

‘Easy Rider’ star Peter Fonda dies at 79

Actor and writer was nominated for an Oscar for co-writing the 1969 psychedelic road trip movie

Puppy rescued from smoky South Surrey condo

Fire alarms brought firefighters to the Morgan Crossing residences around 7 p.m.

Bob Lenarduzzi out as Vancouver Whitecaps president

MLS team is at the bottom of the Western Conference standings

B.C. daycare operator denies negligence in death of ‘Baby Mac’

Infant died in early 2017 after biting an electrical cord, according to a lawsuit filed by his mom

BC SPCA reopens animal cruelty investigation at Abbotsford pig farm

Additional alleged footage released from Excelsior Hog Farm sparks new investigation

A cappella country quintet Home Free to sing in Surrey

September concert date for Minnesota-based winners of NBC’s ‘The Sing Off’

Donor upset no one noticed B.C. school’s sculpture had been missing for a year

Agassiz’s Fraser River Lodge owner baffled how theft went undetected

Purple fentanyl among items seized in B.C. drug bust

Youth being recruited as drivers for more-established drug dealers, police say

Most Read