The Dryden Observer

Your Source for Dryden News

Next… on Survivor: Dryden City Council

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.

The recent machinations over at the City of Dryden are starting to give reality TV a run for its money.

It would be entertaining as hell if it weren’t so terrifying. We could all tune into Shaw Cable’s broadcast to see who is next to be ‘voted off the island’.

In my weekly story-writing, I try my best to run everything I do through the “Rotary Four-Way Test”.

1. Is it the truth?

2. Is it fair to all concerned?

3. Will it bring about goodwill and better friendships?

4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

The page one story ‘Fractured’ required no small amount of creative justification to myself, save for the overriding value of direct and honest communication from the mouths of Mayor and council about the deteriorating tone of council’s affairs.

If anything it’s an indicator of the predicament we find ourselves in the community and the stakes involved.

Somewhere in my interview with soon-to-be ex-councillor Mike Wood, he questioned whether digging into the squabbling and deep divisions that exist between council members is ‘a productive use of print’.

It is, I think, insofar as it the only thing that council is really allowed to tell the public these days, the issues themselves cloaked in closed-meeting confidentiality.

If you are looking for a more productive use of print, look no further than the next page, where battle-scarred city manager Joe van Koeverden’s message is a plea for unity and support in difficult times.

Chris Marchand

One thought on “Next… on Survivor: Dryden City Council

  1. From my perspective of politicians etc.:-
    1. It is only the “truth” as they (the politicians) spin it.
    2. It will never be fair to anyone except the politician concerned.
    3. No, not in the community in general. Only to the friends and colleagues of the politician conerned.
    4. Only to the friends and colleagues of the politician conerned.
    World wide trend seems to be that all politicians at all levels and sides of politics are all self serving and do not care what local constituents want or need.
    Have a nice day.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.