Pubdate: Wed, 20 Jun 2012
Source: Nelson Star (CN BC)
Copyright: 2012 Black Press
Author: Suzy Hamilton
Cited: Stop the Violence BC:


I am curious as to how Mayor John Dooley could even participate in 
Donna Macdonald's motion to sign on to Stop the Violence BC 
(regulated legal marijuana market for adult use) given that he is 
chair of the Nelson Police Board.

This would seem a conflict of interest, and as we know in journalism, 
law and politics, fairness must not only be upheld, but the 
appearance of fairness must also be seen by the public.

It raises the question, what does Mayor Dooley know that caused him 
to disregard rules of order and protocols, interject his own opinion 
when he was clearly chairing the meeting, and treat his seat on the 
police board as totally irrelevant?

Not to mention threatening non-compliance if a majority of the 
councillors voted in favour of the motion.

His near hysterical response makes me wonder why he would behave that 
way and why he would suppress a topic that should clearly be debated 
in the public arena, especially in Nelson.

Suzy Hamilton

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