As most of us know, communications like life, is a two-way street. Not a difficult concept to understand, unless of course you are our municipal council.
In today's Pass Herald is a front page story (not available online) on how the municipality has recently hired a consulting firm to help them better communicate with us ignorant peons who can't seem to get the message on how well served we have been by pompous Bruce and his band of yes men. Read the story here.
It seems according to council's spokesperson Emile Saindon's recent blog post (see below) that this council does an excellent job in communicating with the public, more so than previous councils. Yet they still can't seem to get their message out and therefore need to hire a PR consulting firm to do the job for them?
March 4, 2013 2:27 pm
Barb this council and administration has provided more info than any other council with news letters, Open Houses, Town Hall meetings and web site updates. These do not include the regular newspaper postings.
We even started posting council meeting minutes the next morning after the meetings.
Back several years ago we were lucky to see council minutes published 4 to 6 weeks after the fact.
Budget facts have been posted and published for residents to read.
What else do you think we should do?
John Prince PERMALINK
March 5, 2013 9:08 am
Agreed this council has done an outstanding job in providing information, more so than previous councils. However, in today’s information age people expect ‘interactivity’ which the one town hall meeting provided us last year. All the rest of the types of communication you mentioned and take pride in unfortunately have been ‘static’ one-way, top-down forms of communication, which to most in this community is not really communicating at all.
Something for you and the others to thinks about?
Maybe another town hall meeting is in order here as the mayor last June did promise 1-2 more before the end of 2012, that never did materialize? Here we are already into March and no word yet of one happening anytime soon?
Emile in his reply to me totally ignored my request for a Town Hall Meeting, while blocking me from replying to his non-reply?
This mayor and council are afraid to meet with residents here. This is glaringly apparent. They say in justifying their decision to hire a PR firm, according to CAO Myron Thompson, "We want people to feel better informed and like they are receiving clear information." Doesn't a Town Hall Meeting do that? If you want to 'inform' people while making sure they get 'clear information' there is no better way than a Town Hall Meeting, which also acts as a two-way medium in allowing you (our servants) to be better 'informed' yourselves in receiving first hand in an open and transparent forum, free of confusion and misinterpretations, 'clear information' from the people (your masters) you were elected to serve. Somehow you have reversed the roles and think yourselves the masters and we are your servants to be dictated to... by a PR firm no less, paid for by us. :-(
As I have already stated, communication is a two-way street and very basic, not complicated at all, and certainly not deserving of spending taxpayer money on a PR firm to brush up your image before the next election, under the guise of trying to better communicate with residents here. Some of us may have been born at night, but not last night. :-(
You can tell that to your big city high-priced help that glossy materials/photos, a new website, wine and cheese parties, newsletters, newspaper ads, etc., etc. still won't do what a one-on-one between mayor/council/admin. and residents will do by way of a public Town Hall Meeting. But for that you have to have a pair, something our leaders seem to be lacking in spades, although they have done a good job in talking a good game with their pie-in-the-sky promises and such, but at the end of the day, whether you like it or not and whether you want to or not, you still have got to enter the ring and throw a few punches and be prepared to get a few thrown back at you. That's part of the fight game (politics). You just can't keep avoiding the ring because you've discovered you can't counter-punch and you're afraid of your opponent. Any fight-game agent or PR firm will tell you that.
In closing, let me just say "if you can't stand the heat then you shouldn't be in the kitchen" and therefore no amount of PR can change that. Council doesn't need a PR firm. What they need is a pair... but a bunch of eunuchs I think we do have. For it seems they fear a Town Hall Meeting more than they do spending our money on a PR firm in order to avoid one.
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Propaganda: The ability to convince the victim to vote for the victimizer.