Davis miffed at being left off parade list
- Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 28 Jun 2006, p. 3
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Ward 3 Councillor Mike Davis plans to celebrate Canada Day in the Glen, but he won't be marching in its noon parade. Davis brought the issue up at the end of Monday's council meeting. He wondered if the Town should be giving money to groups who do not allow everyone to participate in their events. The Town's Community Affairs committee recently approved a municipal assistance grant to the Glen Williams Town Hall Board which puts on the annual event. The $1,757 included the waiving of facility fees (such as the park), marketing and promotion and the loan of Town equipment (such as extra picnic tables and benches). While Davis insisted he doesn't have "a problem" that he wasn't included on the dignitaries' list, he stated that since taxpayers' money is helping to fund the day, anyone who wants to, should be allowed to walk in the parade. But Janice Giles, Glen Williams Canada Day committee co-chair said Tuesday, "we don't refuse anyone who wishes to walk in the parade, but it was pointed out to Mr. Davis that he would not be allowed to make any political statement (while walking). And I don't think it was his intention just to walk." The committee, she said, had made the policy about keeping the event apolitical years ago after one candidate in another election year used the parade as a political platform, embarrassing organizers. The decision was made from then on to invite only the elected representatives of that community, the MP, MPP, the mayor and Ward 2 councillors (Joan Robson, Bryan Lewis, Clark Somerville). Robson said the councillors' role is low-key, with the aim to celebrate this family day with their constituents without political overtones. "For someone who apparently it doesn't bother for not being in the parade, (Davis) is sure raising an issue out of it," said Somerville. "We should not be turning something as nice as the Canada Day parade into a political event." Meanwhile, councillors and Town staff will face Glen Williams' citizens in a softball game at 10 a.m.
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