“It was pathetically embarrassing,” I would simply state that it’s symptomatic of a dysfunctional office where you only have three people.” “No one from the mayor’s office came to talk to the councillors,” . “In fact, we haven’t seen the mayor on our side of City Hall for nine months.”
Those are strong words from Clr. Brad Clark, as quoted in this piece in The Spec, as the Clr. let loose on the Mayor for , according to the Clr, attempting to create a task force on healthy breakfasts that duplicates work already being done by city staff and the community. Further Clark went on to criticize Bratina for what he perceives as an absence from necessary conversations on such issues.
The matter has been referred to staff to report back on what the city's role should be. Clr. Merulla went as far as deeming the sub-committee idea redundant.
Bratina elected not to counter Clark's comments directly and rather, focused on support for the principle behind the idea. In an email cited in The Spectator, the Mayor wrote "I’m pleased that the general interest committee today supported the motion, which is part of the strategic plan approved by council earlier this year, “I look forward to staff coming back as directed with options to take the program forward. My thanks to members of council and staff who assisted in bringing it to this point.”
Clr. Merulla summed up his thoughts in the following way: “I think Mayor Bratina’s intent was good. It’s noble. But his strategy and implementation is questionable. I think it would have been communicated better,” At the end of the day, Bob’s Bob. And it’s just another day in Bob’s world.”
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