Gerda Peachey

The City of Abbotsford’s community sustainability charter
(http://www.abbotsford.ca/AssetFactory.aspx?did=1702) says that we: “Commit to provide public information, education, advocacy and opportunities to participate in community decisions that affect the quality of life for all citizens.”

Maybe I should re-write that in Capital letters, and maybe those folk who ask for our trust and our votes every three years, will think about what the Community Charter says. This is supposed to be the guideline mayor and council use in running our city,……. COMMIT TO PROVIDE PUBLIC INFORMATION, EDUCATION, ADVOCACY AND OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY DECISIONS THAT AFFECT THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR ALL CITIZENS.

I have repeatedly asked mayor, councillors and staff to provide newspaper ads, letters, or ANY proof to show they gave the public a heads-up,  about their proposed gift of almost 18 million to the private, (for profit) enterprise, YMCA.City Hall will not provide that evidence. They don’t because they can’t,  because it never happened. They have never asked  the people of Abbotsford, whether  OR NOT –  we wanted multiple millions of our dollars to be given away to the YMCA.However, a fellow from the Y is now busily phoning ‘significant’ folk in town, trying to chat them up, with the goal of convincing enough of us – that a town sagging in debt, due to some bad management, should now cheerfully give the very very rich YMCA,  a large chunk of change, plus free prime real-estate, plus tax-free status for any future business ventures they will conduct in their new building, (for the next 40 or so years).

Do our ‘leaders’ really believe that depleting our resources to grant this massive advantage on the Y is good for Abbotsford? What is really going on here?

If mayor, council and staff actually think this is so great, why the sneakiness?  Why the  attempt to jam this through before ever having provided advance, clear information?  Why no notification and invitations for the public to ask questions, and voice their opinion?

Mayor and council are playing fast and loose with our money, without our permission.  The sparse details we have been able to glean from city documents to date, is very contradictory.

Abbotsford tax-payers and City Hall need to ponder who the boss is here,…….Is it those who pay the bills, or are the ‘public SERVANTS’, the HIRELINGS in control?

Abbotsford, remind City Hall that they are there to SERVE you, the public, not to make sneaky deals or play big-shot with your money.

If mayor and council honestly know what is going on, (and that is not at all obvious here), and honestly believe it is for the good of the city they want to steward, lets have transparency.

“COMMIT TO PROVIDE PUBLIC INFORMATION, EDUCATION, ADVOCACY AND OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY DECISIONS THAT AFFECT THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR ALL CITIZENS.”

City Hall, stop pretending that the self-interested employees of the YMCA will fulfill the above mandate for you.

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