Hallelujah! City councillors are finally getting sensitivity training.
Unfortunately, it took a nasty event to get this in motion.
A week ago, I received a message from a Facebook friend about an inappropriate YouTube posting on Ward 4 Councillor Stephen Orser’s website entitled The Pussycat Song which was riddled with offensive double entrendres.
When confronted about the posting, Orser blamed a female friend who had access to his Facebook page. According to an interview with Pat Maloney of The London Free Press, Orser says he has “learned one thing — nobody else goes on my computer”.
Perhaps. But it would not be the first time that this councillor has been associated with questionable material on the internet. Some months ago, a very vulgar diatribe was posted under his name in response to an LFP article critical of him. When another councillor and I raised concerns about it with him, he claimed that it had been posted by a female friend who had had too much to drink. He called the Free Press to have it removed.
Last year, council supported a motion to beef up the Code of Conduct for councillors and its enforcement. We also included in the 2010 budget provision for the implementation of the services of an integrity commissioner. Neither has yet occurred.
It is ironic that only last week a member of the public who had recently been appointed to the London Transit Commission got in trouble for using a crude term when referring to Orser via Twitter. That appointee immediately offered his resignation. It was accepted.
He is a young person with no experience in the position.
Orser is a middle aged man, the father of a young child, and has had four years to learn how to behave in his public position.
Double entendre? Or double standard?
For the LFP article, click here.
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