Tuesday, August 22, 2017
So Damn Proud of Lunenburg
I have never been so proud to live in Lunenburg. There was a rally in support of Farley Blackman today outside of Lunenburg Town Hall and the streets were packed. Once again, the community came together to show their support for a fellow resident who has been facing many obstacles.
But an amazing thing happened. After Farley addressed the crowd, Mayor Bailey came out and publicly apologized to Farley for the message she had sent him. It was a very sincere apology and I think it was very big of her to admit that she had made an error. We all make errors and we are all human.
The crowd was appreciative, but people still insisted that they wanted to see concrete action to reduce red tape in the town. People were very brave to speak up. I won't go through all the comments, but I will tell you that I felt very encouraged. For the first time I saw open communication and I think that Mayor Bailey was listening.
I did make a very specific request directly to Mayor Bailey. I said that when the Town of Annapolis Royal experienced challenges, they responded by forming a red tape committee. This committee was ongoing and included many citizens. Although there is lots of one on one engagement in the town, what we need and want is open and accountable engagement where anyone who wishes to attend may do so. If there is a committee to examine obstacles then it needs to include those who have been affected by the obstacles and the town needs to be willing to hear from the people that they perhaps don't wish to hear from. I asked that the town trust its citizens to engage with their representatives respectfully.
I don't know what will actually come of this and maybe it will be up to the citizens to begin this committee and invite council. I don't know. What I do know is that today I was really proud to live in this town and I think that we have grown as a community.
As for Farley's future plans....You'll have to ask Farley. If he does choose to leave us, he can feel proud that he made this community a better place in many ways.