Letter: The dangers of councillors working outside the chain revealed

A heartfelt apology for the resulting undesired reprecussions

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following letter was read at the February 27 regular meeting of Central Manitoulin council and has been reprinted here at the author’s request.

To the Expositor:

Sometime in the first week of February 2020 I was made aware of an inflammatory issue between a local business owner, a member of his staff and Mr. George Strain, (Central Manitoulin) municipal maintenance supervisor.

I took this information as reliable and trustworthy.

I proceeded to contact the business owner in confidence, to see if I could be of help in de-escalating this issue. I listened to the transaction of events according to the business owner and offered different options that he could avail himself with, to find a satisfactory conclusion to the occurrences.

During the days that followed, this issue became public through hearsay and speculation. I am sorry that Mr. George Strain’s name became a topic of these events and as such his name and reputation may have been besmirched.

My sincere apology to Mr. George Strain if my actions have caused any undesired repercussions.

Wm. Dale Scott

Mindemoya