Friday, February 2, 2018


Today's Waterloo Region Record carries the following story under Luisa D'Amato's banner titled "In Woolwich, a vacant council seat exposes bitter divisions". Luisa states that the Woolwich Council decision last Tuesday to invite applications from the public "...shuts out the more democratic alternative of simply appointing the runner-up in the 2014 election, Dan Holt.". Dr. Dan Holt is an environmentalist who along with myself occasionally speaks at local schools to children about environmental issues here in Elmira. He is a retired professor and past Chair of the Chemtura Public Advisory Committee now known as the Citizens Public Advisory Committee (CPAC).

References are made to both the toxic mess and breathtakingly slow cleanup of the Elmira Aquifers poisoned by Uniroyal Chemical (now Lanxess). References in Luisa's article also point out the history of phony and incompetent election financing statements submitted, or sadly illegally not, by half of Woolwich Council at the end of the last election.

Sandy Shantz who in my opinion is holding the mayor's chair illegally due to her violation of Superior Court Justice David Broad's conditional reinstatement; claims that there isn't much time to get a new person up to speed what with the alleged "steep learning curve". Dr. Holt dryly responds "I don't think the learning curve is that steep. I do have a PhD.".

The very sad reality is that most of Woolwich Council prefer a yes man or woman whom they can lead by the nose for at least the rest of this term.


  1. What can I say but you and Dan run for council this fall and you would finally have your opinions and facts acknowledged.

  2. They are already acknowledged by the honest and intelligent.

  3. But they are not on your council.

  4. How about Sandy and clerk be honest with the public and tell them its going to cost major dollars for this application process- clerk makes a 6 figure salary along with her team. Clerk already procured a legal consult from a outside law firm in guelph! Not a local firm an has already spent 5k. When all done upto 15' and a runner up costs nothing. Doesn't make sense what Sandy is doing to avoid a runner up.