"Reason is always a kind of brute force; those who appeal to the head rather than the heart, however pallid and polite, are necessarily men of violence. We speak of 'touching' a man's heart, but we can do nothing to his head but hit it." --G.K. Chesterton

Monday, February 15, 2010

Council declines to decide

The saga continues. No, not the Olympics, but Coquitlam council's musings about whether and when it holds a by-election to replace Fin Donnelly.
Council voted unanimously tonight to defer a decision on appointing a Chief and Deputy Chief Election Officer, pending the outcome of a last-ditch meeting that the mayor will have on Friday with (if I heard correctly) the Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs.
Council is going through the motions of attempting to avoid a by-election, thereby saving $250,000. But the chances are slim and none that council will succeed. A final decision is now expected at the March 1 council meeting.
What all this means, of course, that my own final decision on whether or not to seek a seat on council will have to wait until then. I can't very well run or not run in a by-election that hasn't even been called.
Meantime, there's always the Olympics to take up any spare time I might have. My wife and I were lucky enough to obtain last-minute tickets to the opening ceremonies last week (the above photo was taken from our Row XX seats), and we have men's hockey tickets too. Go Canada Go!

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