By Mike Archer. I think it’s time the City of Character show some character and deal with the elephant in the room. Will it allow the members of the City of Character and Council of Character which were involved in the Abbotsford Chicken Manure Homeless Incident to remain members of the City of Character movement?
Photo: City of Character Council from Facebook.
Prominent members of the City of Character include the City’s Mayor, the Chief Constable of the Abbotsford Police, a representative of City Council Staff and a representative of City Council.
All of these organizations or groups are either directly linked, have been accused of involvement or are so close to the Abbotsford Chicken Manure Homeless Incident that it is hard to see how the movement can still stand for anything at all if it allows them to remain members.
If the actions of the people in these organizations which lead to the Abbotsford Chicken Manure Homeless Incident are simply swept under the carpet because they interfere with the messaging of the City of Character then the City of Character will have shown itself to have none.
That such an organization, which claims to want to provide examples of good character to our children and imbue our secular institutions with Christian values should turn a blind eye to the immoral and despicable manner in which some of its cornerstone organizations have behaved towards the poor in our community, is absurd.
For a City of Character organization to mean anything at all it must surely either set up shop in a city which demonstrates it has some or it must do something to demonstrate some character to a city so clearly in need of some.
To go on pretending it can ignore the legal, financial and moral crises this community faces, created in large part by members of the organizations from which it draws its own membership and legitimacy, while claiming to hold some privileged, moral high ground is simply dishonest and is a disservice to the community about which it claims to care so much.