A group of concerned London groups and citizens are expected to demonstrate at the London City Hall at the Dec 11 Council Meeting.The Demonstration
1. We will be peaceable and orderly (we are responsible citizens of London )
2. Being orderly and peaceable without signs, we will be allowed into Council Chamber to enact our demonstration. Council Chambers is the place of democratic decision-making for London.
3.The Red Card, although quite, respectful and peaceable will be a very visual display of our feelings that for the good of the City, the Mayor should step down until the legal charges against him are cleared and he is proven innocent.
As with any Democracy, some of those that will be demonstrating clearly do not like Mayor Fontana. However, the majority of those intending to demonstrate are citizens who perceive that Mayor Fontana’s insistence to stay in Office (at any cost) is in fact hurting London’s image across Canada, (see Rick Mercer’s clip on disgraced Mayors of Canada, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlI1G8rwFTs%5Dand more particularly in the business community. Many of us fear that business leaders might be concerned about investing their money in a city where the mayor has had legal charges laid against him by the RCMP. We, London, might be thought of as a city, like Montreal or Laval Quebec, where these mayors have been implicated with corruption. If Mayor Fontana removed himself from Office, London could get down to the job of repairing its image sooner rather than later. This may have a significant impact on employment in London. London has already had significant enough challenges during the last recession, and is still has one of Canada’s highest unemployment rates, so any new obstacle to the City’s growth should be eliminated.
If Mayor Fontana had the City’s interest in mind he would step down for the City’s good. However, the City’s best interest is not foremost in his mind, therefore We, the citizens of London think to take the matter into our own hands and engage him, to get him to step aside until he is cleared of any RCMP charges. This is not personal, but because he has not seen fit to lead with our best interest in mind, we will attempt to hold him accountable to do what is best for London’s financial health.
We encourage all citizens of London to join us and make your voice heard in London City Council, at the City Hall, this December 11, 2012. As long as citizens to not resist leaders doing harm to us, leaders will act as if they can do whatever they wish to do. We are not invisible, we are people trying to live our lives the best we can and we elect official to govern us to help make our community a good place to live in.
At Council, on Dec. 11, a vote will be held by Councillors, as to whether Councillors think the Mayor should step down or not. At present there is one added vote necessary to bring about a yes the Mayor should step down vote. The Councillor most likely to change a vote to yes is Dale Henderson, of Byron’s Ward 9. Mr. Henderson can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=E-mail. Other ways you can tell him that you want him to vote to have the Mayor step down, he can be contacted:
City Hall: 519-661-2500 Ext. 4880
City Hall Fax: 519-661-5933
- Mayor Fontana Grabs the Nations Attention (pushinback.wordpress.com)
- The Mayor Fontana Dilema (pushinback.wordpress.com)
- “I Am Innocent” – The Mayor Fontana Story (pushinback.wordpress.com)