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Taz buzzes off; readers wonder why

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City entomologist Taz Stuart left his job in the middle of mosquito-control season. Since no one at city hall was saying why, our readers took a swat at figuring out what might have happened.


We all know what happened. Like Gadawski, Taz refused to read from THEIR script when addressing the public.

-- rnd-D-rnd'r


He was against the use of malathion but had to toe the line for his bosses. The city hires people to do a job then won't give them the freedom to do it. He was muzzled the same as his predecessor.

He needs to go someplace that appreciates his talent.

-- prairiebred


Just heard Mayor Sam on CJOB - said he really didn't know any of the details except the city was looking for a replacement. If any of you believe that I have a bridge for sale. If by chance it is true what does that tell us about the mayor? This is a big issue for Winnipeggers and the Mayor knows nothing about it. Would think city administration would keep Sam up to date on this.


I wonder if the rate of employee turnover in city administration is raising any red flags internally? I think it ought to.

-- kachina


The Tazman shows up in 2004, Sam says he's a Rock Star, and he'll buy a ticket to his concert. The Tazman leaves abruptly in 2013, and Sam says, 'huh, what, who doesn't work here anymore??'

At least, show the people of Winnipeg you have a clue about what's going on in our fair city.

-- Joebob


"He maybe was more progressive than I'd ever want him to be, but I respected him," said St. James-Brooklands Coun. Scott Fielding. Not sure what that means, but considering the source, it must have something to do with his hair, right? Maybe that crazy "progressive" idea Stuart had about using those evil "natural" products for larviciding was too "progressive."

-- hefty J


Not surprised the city would turn down an offer from the Wall Street Journal to highlight one of its departments. They have muzzled many public servants, including Taz, who was always very candid with the media. He was a straight-shooter when it came to the mosquito battle, and I liked that.

-- Maggie02


My goodness that's a telling comment (by Fielding) on the intestinal fortitude (and/or lack of same) of our civic leaders.

Because the man was passionate about his work, not to mention good at it, and candid in his approach, this frightens the EPC? It certainly is heartening to see the helm of the city in the hands of such conventional, timid and unimaginative folk. Yikes.

-- Spare Me


Taz for Mayor! He appears organized, can put a plan together and implement it. How does that compare to what we are currently enduring?

-- JustWondering


Lets quit making this guy out to be some mosquito control wizard. Our memories are short, and we remember the last two summers which were extremely dry, which reduced the mosquito counts. We returned to a more normal summer this year and the mosquitos returned. Same Taz

Come on people, does the city entomologist really do much more than do some trap counts and say "spray here; spray there?"

-- 23647712


OK, when the bugs get word that Taz Stuart's not on the job, this city will really bite! Going to miss his educated and honest approach to our bug war. Really a loss for this city. The circus show at city hall has likely claimed another one of the good guys. Sorry to see you go, Mr Stuart.

-- wpg willow


Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 8, 2013 A10


Updated on Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 12:57 PM CDT: Added picture

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