Re: Councillor Brown calls for Huron Street crosswalk, news, Nov. 1
In many smaller Canadian cities it would be sufficient for a city councillor to effectively make the case about dangerous school crossings backed up by witness testimony from the crossing guards.
Here in Stratford, apparently Coun. George Brown felt it was optimal to raise the spectre of lawsuits to motivate city council on this do-able, worthy issue. This tactic shifted the emphasis to the fear of losing money as reason to act – from a proactive human concern for childrens’ safety to a mere investors’ reaction. No doubt the other councillors would have thought of the lawsuit aspect on their own.
What are the odds that a tragedy would have occurred by now if former councillor Dave Gaffney had succeeded with his 2008 initiative to dispense with school crossing guards.
Murray Scott, Stratford