Online comments for July 31

Readers share their thoughts online to the issue surrounding Councillors ‘ambush’ rookie Bell (The News, July 26)

Feeding the media

• Kelly Ellis Veino:

Re: Councillors ‘ambush’ rookie Bell (The News, July 26).

I don’t care how much time Ernie Daykin has lived in this community and how long he has raised children. I’m not sure what on earth it has to do with anything. Can we please move on from that one? I guess you have to have “deep roots” here to know anything about this community and council? Bad point because that’s why this community can’t grow. I’m tired of hearing that one. It makes me feel like an outsider, even though I have lived here for eight years. I hear this all of the time and it’s sickening. If council really wants to move on, why on earth did this unprofessional ambush happen? They have just continued to feed into the media by doing this. This does not feel as if they want to work things out or support a new councillor, but to intimidate and use embarrassment tactics to stifle her.


Cringe worthy

• Katherine Wagner:

Re: Councillors ‘ambush’ rookie Bell (The News, July 26).

I appreciate how The News has clipped the relevant audio sections of Tuesday’s meeting and posted them as part of this article. I encourage everyone to listen, in particular, to Coun. Cheryl Ashlie’s 11-minute, campaign-style ‘prepared statement.’  The spin is astounding, and the personal, condescending comments aimed at Coun. Corisa Bell, everyone who supports her, the public, social media and the media add up to a nasty, bitter diatribe. It would appear that, in Coun. Ashlie’s mind, anyone who doesn’t agree with her point of view is illogical, unintelligent and uninformed. It’s a truly cringe worthy rant. I don’t think Coun. Ashlie realizes, even remotely, that she has further added to the concern that has spurred many of us into speaking out – bullying behaviour by our elected representatives.


Working it out?

• Jon Peters:

Re: Councillors ‘ambush’ rookie Bell (The News, July 26).

Interestingly, two days prior to Tuesday’s ambush, Coun. Corisa Bell, with a labor relations mediator by the name of Wilf McIntyre, agreed to mediation with Jim Rule and Ernie Daykin. Do the events of Tuesday sound like they are wanting to work things out?

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