Council craziness and the penny

April 4, 2012 at 11:59 am (News, Politics) (, , , )

  • Never a dull day in Cornwall’s municipal politics. Coun. Leslie O’Shaughnessy announced yesterday that he plans to resign next week.

    Leslie O'Shaughnessy

    It wasn’t entirely unexpected, especially after I spent two hours talking with him both on and off the record last Friday. He spent most of that time expressing his frustration with how things have been handled at city hall, especially in-camera issues that he can’t disclose. The problems have piled up to the point that he doesn’t think he’s being effective in either his personal life or around the council table. Still, it’s a big decision and will have major impact on his colleagues. They’ll have to decide whether to hold an expensive by-election, or appoint Gerald Samson – who was first of the losers in the last municipal vote – to the post.
    This comes in the middle of a search for a new human resources manager; the last one was sent packing following two cases of employee mistreatment. The mayor said it’s time for a “new culture” in the department.
    The city’s chief administrative officer is also away from the job right now, on sick leave until the end of April at least.

  • The federal government plans to shut down the agency known as Rights and Democracy. It was a good idea when it began, but it’s been plagued with controversy and scandal in recent years, demolishing its reputation and decreasing its ability to have impact. It’s disappointing an organization with this kind of mandate and potential has to be shut down, but considering the internal issues and a budget of $11 million in these tough times, it also makes sense.
  • Mitt Romney narrowed the gap between him and the Republican nomination yesterday, with a win in three state primaries. The rest of the candidates have fallen behind and nearly fallen off the radar as well, as Romney picks up delegates and endorsements. Five more states vote for their candidate in three weeks.
  • We’ll soon have less change clinking in our pockets and wallets. When the feds announced their budget last week, they included measures to cease production of the one-cent coin. It’s strange to think of a Canada without the penny, but it also makes practical sense to cut it out of circulation. There’s got to be a ton of work involved, though, in now rounding prices up or down and adjusting to its disappearance.
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