Hey…I was going to leave well enough alone. You know, not speak ill of the dead. That kind of thing. So remember, while you are hating my guts, they started it.
So the City Administration wants to elevate Katherine Dugmore to sainthood. Fine. Then there needs to be someone appointed as Devil’s Advocate. I’m not saying I qualify as such but still, there needs to be someone who can bring some common sense into this argument. Someone to fill in all the blanks in history that appear to be overlooked.
Katherine Dugmore was an employee of the City of Thunder Bay. She was paid for what she did. Paid quite well I imagine.
What she did was not universally appreciated by residents of the city. The entire project was very controversial at best. It still is. We are talking about divisiveness here. Not unifying. Dividing.
I still maintain that she did not have the required experience to be the manager of the waterfront project. No project management experience. Nothing even close to the sacle of the Prince Arthur’s Landing project. Then there were the time constraints. She was in way over her head. I have no idea why she was given the job. Cronyism? The scent of cronyism is there.
The City of Thunder Bay needs to decide what it takes to get a memorial built in someone’s honour. Employees do pass away, some after decades of service. Do we erect monuments to honour every one of their service to the community? How do you decide?
Does you name a street after long time worker? A piece of equipment? An arena? Police? You are killed in the line of duty and you get a small out of the way parkette named after you. Is that a memorial?
Fire fighters pass away from cancer. Cancer that has shown to be work related. Their lives were shortened because they were doing their jobs. Nobody has built memorials in their honour. No fire station is named after them.
Nope. I am sorry she died. It is true that I was never a fan of hers. I believe she cost us taxpayers millions of dollars on the waterfront project.
What I see is an effort by City Admin to canonize one of their own at taxpayers expense. Someone who was just doing the job she was hired to do…and to be honest, in my opinion, not doing the job well.
The City of Thunder Bay needs to have some sort of policy that dictates this type of thing. Who can be memorialized and why. Simply dying is not a good enough reason.