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Then on February, 18, 2006 Henderson wrote:
Henderson, unfortunately for Eddie, spilled the beans. He called the Mayor a "a legal technocrat who is obsessed with detail, due process and getting all the T's crossed no matter how infuriatingly long it takes."
Exactly. He is a bloody bureaucrat not a leader. He dithers and wastes time and money studying issues to death. He seems almost paralysed, afraid to decide anything in case he is wrong (Gee Eddie, after going to the baseball game the other night, you should learn that you can be a multi-millionaire super star by getting a hit, on average, just over 3 times out of 10 trips at bat!). The border, the urban village, economic development, even the Youth Council, to name a few, are examples of "pretend" action for almost three long years under the Francis administration. The arena, frankly, is the best example of a Mayor who is incapable of making a decision and acting on it.
I said it before "That is our Mayor: all talk and no action on anything. He is a true bureaucrat, process oriented not action oriented. He studies but never executes."
The Toldo-Rosati families should throw in the towel now. Henderson has just set out in detail what is wrong with their project. Some of the problems he set out were new ones to me but will prove fatal to the deal in the end and act as justification for approving Eddie's East End arena.
From what I heard through my contacts, the reason the families went public was out of sheer exasperation! Do you really think that a Tony Toldo would have to use the pages of the Windsor Star to negotiate a deal. The fact that he went public speaks volumes about this Mayor.
There was the warning again---keep your mouth shut before the election if you want to get anywhere in this City :
As for me, I think that this deal just cost Eddie the election. You just don't cross Tony Toldo twice. How many recall the first time?
And here is how Windsor thanked Woodstock too:
"The City of Windsor will be flying the flag of the City of Woodstock outside Windsor City Hall as requested by City Council, from today, Monday July 17, until Friday July 21. This is a tribute to the generous gesture made by the City of Woodstock in relation to the border plan." A full 5 day week ...for $20,000 they might have got the weekend too!
I found this Letter to the Editor in the Woodstock newspaper and am posting it here. The $34,000 donation over two years represented a dollar per person from Woodstock's 34,000 population. I think at least one person wants his money back!
Rebuttal to editorial
The Woodstock Sentinel-Review
Coun. Dave Nadalin - Woodstock
Tuesday June 20, 2006
In response to the editorial in the Friday, June 16 Sentinel-Review, there are a few points in need of clarification on my behalf.
I have been accused of many things over my political career, but I don’t recall a "cheap politicker" being one of them. Unlike some, I make no attempt to control the media and my comments referred to were solicited by the radio station, with the timing being totally of their control.
There are a few basic principles to good journalism. Be objective, accurate and never let yourself be manipulated.
The issue of the Windsor donation from the City of Woodstock has had numerous objections stated on my behalf. One of the most recent was a final budget meeting this year, when I offered up this year’s $17,000 instalment to fund the mayor’s excursion to Japan. The fact the Sentinel chose not to report that is something I have no control over.
In dealing with the $34,000 gift to Windsor, I will state again there are a few fundamental flaws with this overindulgence of generosity.
There should have been a stipulation that Windsor lobbies other municipalities, at the very least for matching contributions even though I’m sure there would have been few takers. The money that would have had a significant impact on our operating budget means absolutely nothing, to a city sitting on a $300 million reserve for this project and the Schwartz report it originally targeted is dead. Since there is no Canadian senior government support and the Michigan legislature has reportedly pulled out of any deal with Windsor for this project, you now have a real waste of Woodstock taxpayer money. Due diligence should have caught that before Couns. Sobeski and Lauder, who are very honest and hardworking individuals, were hoodwinked into being part of an ill-conceived gesture to begin with.
I would have preferred to hire six new crossing guards than donate money just to have our flag flown at Windsor City Hall.
If there was a desire to help overcome the issue of traffic at the Windsor/Detroit crossing, then one must remember macro issues belong at the macro level. Even the naysayers would have to agree that a group like the UWO Regional Alliance would be a perfect fit for this issue, so that cities such as Woodstock, Windsor, London and Stratford could lobby senior governments in a collective fashion. At the very least it could have been seed money for the lobbying effort. The only cash or manpower donation I can remember the city giving another municipality was for disaster
relief. Our trip out to eastern Ontario to aid after the ice storm is an example.
I will take responsibility for not pressing the issue further, but in case you haven’t noticed, my opinions on the spending habits of this council don’t carry much weight. The money wasted on the Goodwill OMB hearing, the thousands spent on a bye-election that had a miniscule turnout, the fell swoop double-digit pay raises and the lucrative perpetual land deals with our neighbours are examples that my bitching becomes an exercise in futility, unfortunately.
If I return in any capacity next term, rest assured the new council will be pressed not only to do due diligence on the cause, but to attach stipulations to fund a larger scope lobbying effort before the second $17,000 is cut, if in fact one is cut at all.
Maybe a stipulation could be that Mayor Francis pressure Windsor Raceway to live up to its end of the bargain with the Woodstock Agricultural Society, after many have tried including the late Couns. Joe Pember and Jack Dunn.
The editor who penned the critical editorial, I’m sure, has a bright future ahead as many of his predecessors before him have, but it is important to keep the principles I have mentioned close to heart in future reporting. Particularly in an election year that will in all probability, include a very important and definitive mayoralty race. That is all I ask.
Don't you find it hilarious. Another Henderson attack on Marra too. Bill must be splitting his sides with laughter knowing that he is generating such fear at E-Machine HQ merely by saying he is running. Here is what Gord wrote this time:
Gord is really talking about the Mayor's race. REPLACE THE WORD "LEWENZA" WITH "EDDIE" IN THE QUOTE ABOVE AND YOU WILL SEE WHAT I MEAN.
Now Ken Jr. is not dumb. Why would he be doing this? Well he did suck up to the Mayor on the Urban Village at Council praising him to the point that Eddie had to shut down his microphone. I am sure that Ken knows that it is July and assumes that he can do a "mea culpa" when he needs Labour bodies for his campaign and they will forgive him. Or perhaps he is foolish enough to think that he is an Eddie Francis who needs no one at all to win or that Eddie's coattails will help him win!
I enjoyed the patronizing Editorial by the Star giving Labour an education in Municipal Finance 101. If the Star was doing its job frankly, we would have known by now what "are major issues pending involving the Windsor-Detroit tunnel and Enwin that will consume a significant amount of taxpayer resources." Do you know who was the Councillor who revealed that there was a problem but would not tell us what it was. Why none other than Councillor Budget of Ward 1, the same one that the Star praises so highly!
What financial surprises is the Star not reporting? And why not? I guess they do not want to win any more newspaper awards for investigative journalism.
Have you seen the Star take action after Councillors received a huge salary increase by attending meetings trying to fix Enwin's problems? What will the real cost of the Tunnel Ventilation Building be? What deal is being proposed re leasing and operating the Tunnel? What is the true financial position of the Tunnel after years of low tolls. Even Gord was "damn anxious to know what misery is coming at Enwin and the tunnel."
So why aren't our fiscally responsible Councillors telling us? And where is the Star demanding answers from their favourite, fiscally responsible Mayor and Councillors? Where is the Star demanding open and transparent government?
Are our municipal politicians hiding bad news before an election perhaps? After all, wasn't it the same Councillor Lewenza who told us the truth about this year's "fiscally responsible" election budget:
If I were Bill Marra, I'd just sit back and enjoy the summer. I'd make the odd comment here and there, be seen around town a bit and give an interview or two. It will drive the E-machine crazy.
Toronto Mayor David Miller “Council recently gave direction to city staff to routinely disclose everything possible. That’s our obligation as a government, and if that’s not happening, it will change because that’s the philosophy that I believe in and that city council overwhelmingly believes in as well.”
I guess we will all have to wait as this plays itself out. Again
PS. I just read this quote in today's Star which to me sums up Eddie. How many of the points above does it cover:
"Some councillors hoped that could happen as soon as Thursday, when a special meeting is already scheduled, but Francis doubts detailed reports will be ready that soon. At least one city councillor is on vacation, and procedure requires at least a week's notice of meetings, the mayor added...Francis said he wants councilors to have detailed analyses of both proposals so they can clearly decide what's in the city's best interests. "We're working on that," he said. "