By Ambroese Bierce. So; just as everybody left town for Spring Break, Mayor Bruce Banman let a little press release slip out announcing he had struck a Task Force on Homelessness essentially made up of all the people who spent a decade not solving the homelessness crisis in Abbotsford.
He snubbed the only councillor with the brains, the understanding or the skill to actually make some headway in the crisi (Counc. Henry Braun) and made sure his mentor, John Smith, is in charge in order, presumably, to have John come up with the same solutions he did as the chair of the Abbotsford Social Development Advisory Committee (ASDAC) … nothing.
Most of those who have commented on the Task Force have seen it for what it is – a poorly orchestrated sham designed to allow Banman to get on with his re-election campaign and distance himeself from his legacy – the $15.3 he turned down for a low barrier homeless shelter after his senior staff orchestrated the Chicken Manure Incident.
(We’re still waiting to find out why the Abborsford News told the community who led them to believe the Chicken Manure Incident was the work of low level City workers)
Now comes news that, apparently some of the members of said task force had no idea that they were even chosen to be part of the group until the press release came out. From what I’ve been told, it appears they were waiting until the first meeting before making a decision as to whether they were going to stay or not.
Good job Bruce.
Anybody who still thinks you either know what you’re doing or have a clue what is happening in your community just gave up hope.
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