Posted On: Thursday, May 17, 2018
Dear Supporters, Constituents and Fellow Residents of the Town of the Blue Mountains
It is with my deepest regret that I found it necessary to announce my resignation as Councilor in The Blue Mountains on Friday May 4, 2018. It has been truly an honor and privilege to have served this great community.
The campaign against me by the Staff Complainant, with support of the Mayor and other members of Council, with the exception of Councillor Martin, who was the only one willing to listen to my side of the story, has taken a heavy toll, and the burden has become one which my
wife and I can no longer bear.
In response to how the initial complaint against me was dealt with, behind closed doors by a human resources lawyer with a working relationship with the Complainant, I filed a Judicial Review of the process used to find me guilty because of the words I used in representing my constituents.
I have been trying to reach a negotiated settlement with Town Council for some time now. Through my lawyer, I attempted, on various occasions (July 19, 2017, August 4, 2017, and December 1, 2017) to settle this matter to save substantial costs to both myself and the taxpayers. On March 28, 2018, I finally received a settlement offer from the Town for less than 50% of my costs, which I decided to accept on April 12, 2018. However, Council rescinded the offer without reasons. Part of the settlement included my resignation as Councillor. I am living up to my end of the
agreement. Will they? Only time will tell.
I have been accused of accepting monies for a legal fund but I stated publicly at a Council meeting on April 30, 2018, I have never accepted or solicited any monies. I understand that anonymous donations from the community were received in a trust established, to help defray to some of my legal expenses, which now exceed $60,000, in advancing the judicial review and to help promote access to justice for matters that are in the public interests. I can assure everyone that there have been no gestures over the past two years from anyone advising me that they donated and then trying to influence my performance of my duties of Office. There is absolutely no conflict of interest. I would like to thank the anonymous donors for their kind gesture and more importantly, their support to find procedural fairness and justice.
The whole ordeal involving the original allegations by the Complainant, the unfair handling of the investigative process, Council’s sanctions, my Judicial Review application before the court and now the Code of Conduct complaints by the same Complainant, over the past two years, have been costly to both my wife and I in terms of our health and our financial resources. By willing to accept the Town’s offer (although now rescinded by them for no reasons) and by resigning, I hope that this is the beginning of the end of this arduous journey for my wife and I. If there is a silver lining in this whole matter, it is that complaints by citizens about how the investigation into the initial complaint against me was handled have resulted in the Integrity Commissioner recommending a new Protocol Policy for Complaints Related to members of Council and Local Boards, making it impossible for anyone else on this Council from ever being treated as poorly as I was. Citizen outrage into how I was treated has also led to an unprecedented level of citizen activism in our community.
I hope that this energy that has been unleashed will continue through the 2018 election, and that we will all work together as a community to elect a brand new Council who will truly embrace the values of honestly, openness, transparency and good governance, and respect the fact that they are there to serve the people who elected them.
Location: 15 Harbour Street, Maiolos, Thornbury
Location: Blue Mountain Village
Location: Blue Mountain Village
Location: Thornbury Home Hardware
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