By AmbrÖse Bierce. I hear that anyone who wants to remain employed with the city will zip it. When Abbotsford Today sent out emails to the media in BC about the City of Abbotsford’s Chicken Manure Incident, they didn’t expect such a quick response.
The first I heard about the issue was when I started getting calls about the Today post on Twitter and I began checking with my own sources.
Before I could get in touch with any of them, Abbotsford City Manager George Murray had already told Abbotsford Today he was apologizing for the incident.
James Breckenridge, the originator of the story, has been contacted through Abbotsford Today and was asked to appear on the Alex Tsakumis Radio show tomorrow morning at 9:25 am on CKPM 98.7FM and the CBC was in town this afternoon filming across from the Sally Ann.
My editor tells me Today sent both the news item and the official apology not only to local and regional media but also asked Mayor Bruce Banman and all members of Abbotsford Council for comments on the Chicken Manure Incident and, with the exception of Councillor Henry Braun, no one has apparently responded.
I did get confirmation from one of my sources at City Hall that Banman was furious about being bothered about this incident offering up the following:
“It seems the Mayor is upset from calls asking about this matter. Staff have been advised that if they want to remain employees they have nothing to say on the matter.”
Good work your worship. Scare the shit out of your staff. Show ’em who is boss. If this is true I guess we can all start singing, “Meet the new boss … Same as the old boss”.
It could be your campaign song for the next election.
AmbrÖse Bierce is Today’s writer in residence who occasionally gives voice to the concerns of individual citizens and taxpayers who, for a variety of reasons, are unable or unwilling to take a public stand on issues of relevance to the rest of the community. Reasons may include possible loss of job, injury to their business, or any number of quite legitimate reasons to keep their mouths shut.
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