Voices comment: The following was published today in North Van City News by Bill and Dorothy Bell. We have also become increasingly concerned about the lack of civility in the Council Chamber. There are new rules in effect, an amended Council Procedure Bylaw, and members of the public are suddenly being challenged without any clear evidence why. We would ask Mayor Mussatto to be clear about the new rules and explain the reasoning without chastising the speaker, whether the speaker is a member of the public or a Council member. This is not appropriate conduct by our Mayor.
Video link is here: http://www.cnv.org/2015CouncilVideos
From North Van City News:
July 15 2015
What is wrong with North Van City Council’s Mayor Darrell Mussatto? What is he so paranoid about? Is he afraid of more criticism?
Jennifer Clay representing North Shore Heritage began to address city council about the demolition of yet another heritage building. She was stopped less than 4 sentences into her presentation by Mayor Mussatto for “questioning a motive of Council.”
Here is the transcript.
We are frustrated to be here again so soon again after your decision to demolish the second crane. During that meeting Councillor Keating extolled council’s record on Heritage Retention. And yet tonight less than 4 weeks later ……”
(Interrupted by Mussatto saying “I am going to stop you right there. You are questioning a motive of council.”)
Questioning a motive of Council? Get serious Mayor Mussatto. She only stated a fact. Keating was praising the City’s track record. Was he or was he not? She didn’t say he was likely getting bribes. She didn’t say he likely received benefits. She doesn’t attribute ANY motivation to Keating at all. In fact she doesn’t even call him a Creamsicle. (NDP Orange on the outside and white, fake on the inside.)
Indeed the Mayor clearly needs to take a chill pill. Just naming a councilor does not constitute assigning motives. You shut Ms. Clay down because she disagrees with you and you needed an excuse.