Tonight it’s our turn to evoke change in Guelph

Posted September 10, 2015

Tonight, at 5:30 p.m., the city administration will hold a meeting in the council chambers. It concerns the complaint of Susan Watson about former council candidate Glen Tolhurst receiving $400 from GrassRoots Guelph Voters Association, Inc. (GRG).

So far, this process has cost the citizens an estimated $10,000. Susan Watson hasn’t paid for anything except her Toronto lawyers. It is an exercise that borders on state-sponsored control of its own citizens.

Her allegations that GrassRoots Guelph did not have the authority to donate to Mr. Tolhurst’s election campaign, has resulted in the independent auditor finding that GRG did not contravene the Municipal Election Act.

The auditor also stated that Tolhurst did not contravene the Act.

Tonight, it’s the people’s turn to insist that Watson should pay back the public expenses spent on her now disputed claim.

This is the opportunity to protest this ill-founded attempt to discredit Glen Tolhurst and subject him to uncalled for accusations and penalties.

It’s not just about Mr. Tolhurst, it’s an attack on the rights of the citizens to organize, assemble and speak out against an entrenched regime.

We urge you to brown-bag your supper and turn out to this meeting. Let the administration know that it cannot continue to trample the rights of the people. Especially by the same personnel who were running the defeated Farbridge administration.

Remember Urbacon?

The suppertime calling of this meeting is designed to dissuade citizens from exercising their rights. The administration does not want you to show up.

Citizens voted for change last October but there has been little change.

As Albert Einstein once said: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a better outcome.”

It’s our turn tonight to notify the administration that change is coming whether they like it or not.




Filed under Between the Lines

7 responses to “Tonight it’s our turn to evoke change in Guelph

  1. booomer828

    She should pay. Trivial, spiteful woman. MAKE her cough up. Then move.

  2. Glen N. Tolhurst

    “if you do not take an interest in the affairs of government, then you are doomed to be ruled by fools” – Plato
    This is very applicable tonight.

  3. Fred

    I’m getting sick of this mickey mouse city. You need to lay off half of the cops and the fire fighters, and have zero new hires at city hall. Since only 12% of the city population uses the bus service, the university can pay to drive the kids to school. The buses were empty all summer. The amount of tax payer money being wasted is ridiculous.
    Farbridge was fired. The people she appointed need to be fired too.

  4. Fred

    I have not heard much out of Cam Guthrie lately. Has he fired anybody yet?
    I voted for Cam to turn this city around. He can do that by getting rid of the dead wood.

  5. bostoncollie

    Just read in The Mockery that Ms Watson gets to skate on the audit bill. Bad precedent.

  6. Gerald

    Did not Karen Farbridge do the same back when Kate Quarrie won the mayors seat..Karen claimed she got election signs too soon in the election and try to audit Kate for it.Karen lost and it was decided then that
    Karen did not have to pay either.So i guess the old bird flew in a circle and came home to roost.
    It was a scam from the beginning and a scam now.Who out there did not see them find a technicality call so watson did not have to pay?
    Either way she won—Watson got Guelph speaks twisted and also got
    to spend more tax dollars spent for a wasteful cause.
    I think Mr Tolhurst should take Watson to small claims and make her pay.
    In fact lets all start a fund to help Mr Tolhurst out.

    • Gerald: I agree with your idea to help Glen Tolhurst pay for his legal expenses. I disagree with your comment that Susan Watson twisted guelphspeaks. Be sure and read the upcoming two-part report on the Watson affair and the role of the mayor.

      The Kate Quarrie incident was vastly different from the Susan Watson complaint. Quarrie had been elected mayor in 2004. Glen Tolhurst lost his bid in 2014. Watson’s game plan was not about Glen but GrassRoots Guelph. Her complaint had nothing to do with changing the results of the civic election. In Kate’s car she could have faced prosecution while serving as the newly elected Mayor. It is apples and oranges. This party is just getting started.

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