Wednesday, September 23, 2009

City Council Making More Music.....

Although I'm away on vacation I couldn't help scanning some of the local news and lo and behold I see Council is back making music to the ears of their law firm..... and costing us taxpayers more money on something they should be supporting not trying to stop....

"Send in the Clowns" is a song by Stephen Sondheim from the 1973 musical A Little Night Music.
The "clowns" in the title do not refer to circus clowns. Instead, they symbolize fools, as Sondheim explained in a 1990 interview:

“I get a lot of letters over the years asking what the title means and what the song's about; I never thought it would be in any way esoteric. I wanted to use theatrical imagery in the song, because she's an actress, but it's not supposed to be a 'circus'.... it's a theater reference meaning 'if the show isn't going well, let's send in the clowns'; in other words, 'let's do the jokes.' I always want to know, when I'm writing a song, what the end is going to be, so 'Send in the Clowns' didn't settle in until I got the notion, 'Don't bother, they're here' which means that 'We are the fools.'”
In a 2008 interview, Sondheim further clarified:

“As I think of it now, the song could have been called 'Send in the Fools.' I knew I was writing a song in which DesirĂ©e is saying, 'aren't we foolish' or 'aren't we fools'? Well, a synonym for fools is clowns, but 'Send in the Fools' doesn't have the same ring to it."

Maybe it might be time for someone to try a new version like "Throw out the Clowns"....

Charlottetown again refuses IRAC order
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
CBC News
The City of Charlottetown has again ignored an order from the Island Regulatory Appeals Commission to rezone a property to make way for apartment buildings.
'We have to decide whether we're going to compromise our values.'— Coun. David MacDonald
The land, owned by L&A MacEachern Holdings, is currently the site of the Idlewheels Trailer Park. L&A MacEachern wants to clear out the trailer park in favour of apartments, but council has twice voted down rezoning. The developer appealed to IRAC, and the commission overruled the city. That ruling was upheld on appeal in January.
Eviction notices have already been delivered to the 19 trailers in the Idlewheels Trailer Park.
City council was supposed to rubber stamp the IRAC order last week, but it did not.
"The fact of the matter is it is not necessary for us to pass a resolution to enact that order," Coun. David MacDonald told council.
"IRAC has the authority to do that themselves."
The provincial Planning Act states that if a council refuses to carry out an order from IRAC, the commission has the authority to implement the order.
MacDonald said it's about council staying true to its principles.
"Now we have to decide whether we're going to compromise our values by taking another decision tonight that disagrees with what we really think in the first place," he said.
MacDonald said council wants a legal opinion before it decides how to proceed. That legal opinion should be ready in October.
A spokesperson for IRAC wouldn't comment.


Anonymous said...

obviously, you're speaking from a businessman's perspective and you have no compassion for people who are in dire straits....more power to City Council, at least they care for other human beings and not about wealt and the persuit of it...

Anonymous said...

Tim didn't you just get back from the cottage?
Do you really think it is a good idea to give IRAC the power to change by-laws?

Anonymous said...

why should they be supporting this. it does fit within their planning and they are standing their ground.