Normally, we at RTH try to steer clear of muckraking in favour of reporting and commentary on the issues at hand rather than the antics of various personalities. However, I was deeply disappointed to read in Nicole MacIntyre's Hall Marks blog about another brouhaha at City Council.
First, Councillor Bob Bratina, frustrated after Mayor Fred Eisenberger motioned him to wrap up his comments about the city's building permit process, "whipped his pen across the council chamger, hitting the door and narrowly missing [Councillor Brian] McHattie's head."
Then, after the meeting, Councillors Tom Jackson and Terry Whitehead reportedly got into a yelling match over whether to add another member to the Heritage Committee.
Finally, Bratina allegedly began swearing at Councillor Lloyd Ferguson about the proposed pedestrian bridge over the QEW.
As MacIntyre put it, "Apparently the f-word was flying around like the candy from a burst piñata" (and you thought municipal politics was boring).
Aside from the sheer vulgarity of elected representatives engaging in such shameful, unacceptable behaviour on the taxpayers' dime, we have the added hypocrisy of Bratina throwing things and swearing after he so recently took umbrage at Councillor Sam Merulla's "bullying, psychotic behaviour" during a committee meeting in March over the proposed transit increase.
At the rate this council is going, voter participation in the next municipal election will be down to the single digits.
Instead of an integrity commissioner, perhaps Mayor Eisenberger would be better off hiring a referee.
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