CFN – Tammy Hart and her very odd council in South Stormont appear to be in retreat after humiliating the township, again.
In an act of truly boggling weirdness she and her council initiated discussion in limiting or eliminating cameras in open council meetings.
Ms Hart and friends have an issue with one media outlet in particular and showing his total lack of understanding and ignorance Mayor Jim Bancroft actually compared a open meeting in a public space to a copywritten performance in a private hall. I kid you not.
Ms Hart is upset that she is sometimes video taped. She doesn’t like to answer questions.
or this video of our interview after she leaked a council report over the Integrity Commissioner against herself.
That led to the war that was the election that was filled with lies and misinformation.
Ms Hart after the report came out went on the warpath against the South Stormont News, my other newspaper to the point of leaking a false memo to the public stating that SSN was getting funding and loans, which we weren’t, and she was sanctioned again by Integrity Commissioner Robert Swayze.
She worked with a team and slate of candidates and through much chicanery ended up with election results that put her back on council with a team of people, including Mayor Jim Bancroft who she had previously erected a bill board to campaign against, a person who won’t admit that they have a criminal record/pardon, another that illegally corrupted the South Stormont Chamber of Commerce and actually took money to run the Long Sault Farmer’s Market. That is her slate and team.
Here’s Tammy after lying in Council.
Again refusing to answer regarding her lying in Council.
And here she is after being asked about the allegations that she actually snatched a pile of SSN off the counter of The Marina Restaurant in Long Sault. The printed newspapers were also removed from several other locations during the election.
Ms Hart also was a critical part of a local facebook hate group which essentially targeted her political opponents, this writer, CFN and SSN. Over 2,000 comments have been captured including violent images, posting pictures of people’s homes and addresses, client lists, and even relatives personal information. The rare few who stood up to them in the group were attacked including threats to their jobs. It’s pretty nuts. What’s nuttier is that local police have refused to issue any charges of mischief or harassment against any of the members to date although a few police officers, off the record, complained that it was the local crown attorney’s office that iced any charges.
Tammy pictured above at a BBQ that featured mass burning of the South Stormont News.
The original group has gone underground although many of its members are now part of its latest composition including believe it or not Seaway News editor Todd Lihou and a few other local notable haters.
Council mate Donna Primeau, after minutes of the Chamber of Commerce were submitted to members with false and misleading information also doesn’t like cameras. Again, video doesn’t lie. Ms Primeau might, but cameras do not.
She was quoted in the Seaway News as saying;
Critics and others have lambasted South Stormont council for even considering such a ban, complaining that free speech and municipal transparency would be unfairly mitigated by such a policy change.
“We certainly have no objection to having residents know all the business of their township,” said Hart. “This has to do with gonzo reporting in the past year.
“We’re trying to do our due diligence.”
And that ladies and gentlemen is where the truth does lie. Ms Hart and her council have a problem with a media outlet that simply has told the truth. Sometimes the truth isn’t flattering, especially when you’re caught lying as Ms Hart has been, repeatedly.
The fact that through lies and bullying she was able to manipulate an election will never change that truth.
Hugo Rodrigues, editor of the Standard Freeholder wrote an editorial about the idea of banning cameras, and to be fair South Stormont only wanted to ban some cameras, in particular those of my own and Reg Coffey.
What are council members afraid of? Being held to their word? Having their decisions and discussions open to scrutiny from those not personally in attendance? Saying something stupid?
It’s funny how the Seaway News and Freeholder voiced out over the banning of some or all cameras, yet were eerily silent when SSN was attacked in the manner it was by Ms Hart and friends, even to the point of her and her team campaigning to kill the paper’s advertising from the township which essentially means that if media write something the politician doesn’t like then they lose their advertising which essentially neuters media’s ability to do their job properly.
Mr. Rodrigues is also President of the CAJ (Canadian Association of Journalists) and I submitted some questions to him to answer while wearing his CAJ hat. He did oblige and answer several of them.
We decided to give the final word on this issue to the Deputy Mayor as she espouses on everything she understands regarding Freedom of the Press and the responsibility for government to be truly accountable to the public.
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