THUNDER BAY – CIVIC – Over the past number of months there has been considerable controversy surrounding the CLE. I wanted to let you know that i’ve been trying to address this situation, and now know without a doubt, that you, the public will only accept one decision from the board of directors of the CLE.
The following letter clearly outlines my position on which direction the board should take and was submitted to them, earlier today.
As I had indicated previously I will not be able to attend this evening’s Board meeting. Thus I ask you to distribute this to the Board before tonight’s meeting to support Mr Scharf’s resolution.
Thank you for your assistance with this.
Dear Mr Scharf,
I commend you for your motion to revise the bar policy even further at tonight’s meeting. The Board has acted and amended the operating procedures to some degree, but it is obvious the public will not be satisfied until the “bar” is closed. This I agree with.
As you may recall I had a suggested stronger measures. That was in January 2014.
This meant that keys would be issued to the small Boardroom for business meetings by signing in at the office only. In this way usage of the room would be for “business promotion” only, or meetings as required.
As this never operationalized I was disappointed, so thus support Director Scharf’s intent.
Please know that the organized character assassination currently going on is clearly contrived but the bar issue is another matter.
The public will only be satisfied with a closure.
Those members of the CLE who have perpetrated the myths that remain unproven have truly done a disservice to the many hundreds of caring volunteers. Nonetheless, we must restore the community image of the CLE.
This should not be viewed as a victory by those out to discredit the CLE, but as a positive response to public concern.
Just look to the reaction when we discussed the proposed “No Smoking” ban- the public embraced this whole-heartedly and showed how responsive the CLE could be. Even the nay-sayers, I believe, are now glad we did this.
Think of the thousands of people who had such a wonderful time this year at the Fair, (and over the decades), and the many thousands who enjoy the other facilities and programs offered at such modest prices.
For the record, even as the unproven allegations have never be validated, it is far more worrisome to me that people who are NOT members of the CLE are accessing private lists in violation of privacy regulations.
I wish you well with your motion this evening and I will try and get there should my other meeting end early. The people of our area are well worth it and we should respect their feelings about what kind of Board they want the CLE to be.
CLE Director and
Councillor At Large
Corporation of the City of Thunder Bay