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Our readers are smoking mad over the fire station land-swap scandal.


"Complacent and unengaged" is a good way to describe the work done by many councillors. There are probably three, maybe four councillors who know what's going at city hall on a daily basis.

It's hard to blame the bureaucrats who worked for (former CAO Phil) Sheegl. Had they come out and exposed the scheme for what it was, (Mayor Sam) Katz and Sheegl likely would have muddied the debate to protect themselves and the persons coming forward would have been ushered out of city hall. Look what happened to the fire chief. Nobody wants to put their livelihood in jeopardy unless they're certain people will understand the issue at hand and hold those at fault accountable. If I were in their position I would have no confidence that anyone on council would have understood what was going on even if it was brought to their attention.

-- GreatFlatLand2


You know what's weird? We're still outraged every time we learn that yet another lie has come out of the mouths that have uttered so many before. Stop listening. Stick your fingers in your ears and stop listening. Anybody that has to listen to it should be getting paid. Like lawyers, judges, police officers...

But when we're paying a salary to listen to self-serving drivel that denies and obfuscates malfeasance of this magnitude... if it isn't criminal it ought to be.

-- kachina


Let's hope after all of this, there is someone or some group who is finally really fed up with what happens in the city and how it is run and actually tries to do something about it. Or is our small-city mentality going to say "but we have always done it this way!" No more. There is something drastically wrong when you have so many administrators and councillors who didn't act. Is this city this blind? I don't think so. I as a voter, deserve better.

-- 22080928


Does everyone at city hall live in a bubble? How can so many supposedly intelligent people know nothing about pretty much everything?

This is like a really, really bad "whodunit" book.

-- emcee51


The only way Sam will leave voluntarily is if someone finds a direct link to him to one of the many issues plaguing city hall right now. He's not stupid and resigning right now just admits guilt.

-- ITGeek57


'Katz said he believes it would have been better to have Sheegl still on staff to answer questions raised about the Ernst & Young review into the fire-hall scandal.'

So I ask, why did you accept his resignation? You coulda rejected it and after asking questions at council, fired his @$$.

-- beekpr1


Do I want Katz to resign. Well, yes, but only if impeachment, house arrest, a takeover by the taxpayers of Winnipeg, a coup by the water works department, divine intervention and a personal plea by Barry Manilow don't work.

-- Waynefd


According to the poll, 14% of readers don't think Katz should resign. One can only assume these people are in favour of tar and feathers and a ride to city limits on a rail.

-- JustWondering


It is now less than one year to go until the next civic general election.

If Mayor Katz resigns now, as he must, there will be no mayoral byelection.

Instead, council will select one of their members to be deputy mayor, and serve out the remainder of Katz's term.

Very seriously, the only councillor who has seen clearly what has been going on, and has had the intestinal fortitude to speak up, is Coun. Ross Eadie. Think about it. Who best to assure citizens that this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated anymore?

-- Fiorella


Katz said on CJOB that this is now "piling on" on Phil Sheegl.

Katz, I am going to suggest you have no idea what "piling on" actually is.

Let your name stand for re-election. I promise you'll know exactly what "piling on" really means.

-- Larry Bud Melman

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 27, 2013 A10

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