Councillor disputes mayor’s assertion

Coun. Roy Avis is disputing Mayor Dan Onichuk’s assertion during Monday night’s council meeting that the idea to eliminate the town’s executive committees came from the councillor.
The assertion was reported in a story in yesterday’s Times.
But Coun. Avis, who did not attend Monday’s meeting, said this morning that, in fact, it was the mayor’s idea, stressing he did not recommend the possible elimination of the town’s executive committees.
Rather, he said he had suggested council could try out the revised committee of the whole format on a one-month trial basis, but only if the Administration and Finance division researched the matter and recommended it.
A report from CAO Mark McCaig received by council Monday night recommended against the elimination of the executive committees.
The following is a transcript of the exchange between Mayor Onichuk and Coun. Struchan Gilson during Monday night’s council meeting:
Gilson to Onichuk: “I did investigate your idea, and the more I thought about it, the less convinced I became.”
Onichuk: “As a point of clarification, this came from Coun. Avis. That’s where the recommendation came from.”
Gilson: “Well, whoever.”
Onichuk: “‘Well, whoever?’ Let’s get it accurate. That’s where the recommendation came from, through our discussion with him, that we try this on a trial basis.
“I took his recommendation and tabled it.”