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REPORTING · 17th March 2011
Walter McFarlane
Kitimat City Council on Monday, March 7th began with a presentation by Frank Mauro on the topic of the District of Kitimat Subsidy for Retirees.

“I have a couple of questions to ask. My first question is: What was the reason for taking the retirees of the District of Kitimat’s subsidies completely off?” asked Mauro. “I also wanted to know, by doing that, what was the cost savings?”

Mayor Joanne Monaghan explained the Council no longer had dialogue back and forth with presenters. Mauro wanted to know if Canada was still a ‘democratic’ country or a ‘communistic’ country where freedom of speech has been taken away.

Monaghan explained they had so many people coming up with presentations that they had to do something to maintain order. She told him if he needed to speak, he had to be on the agenda.

Mauro explained it would be easy to regulate, with the Mayor as the chair. He also told her it would be remembered in November.

“My next question is: I would like to know what it cost to let our present Municipal Manager go? What it cost the taxpayers. I know it is public money and under the Freedom of Information Act, that has to be given to the public,” said Mauro.

He also wanted to know why the Council was funding community groups’ travel expenses. Councillor Mario Feldhoff asked if he thought they should take it away. Mauro replied they made cuts to the retirees using the recreation facilities. Feldhoff pointed out there was a senior discount.