Nina Bifolchi

Newsroom – Positive or Negative, You Decide

Posted April 10, 2017

In my opinion …

There was recently an article in the Wasaga Sun titled “Wasaga Group Looks To Have Positive Impact On Town” and can be found by following this link.

During my ten years on council I have never heard the terms “negative” and “positive” used so much. In past terms, council would vote on an issue then move on to the next one. There were no hard feelings and how you voted was not taken personally by any other council member. Business of the town ran smoothly, efficiently and respectfully. Decisions of council did not divide the community as they appear to today. I’m rather saddened by what I see today.

This term, if a member of council doesn’t vote with the majority or questions something, they seem to be quickly labelled as negative within certain “small” circles and on social media.

On February 23, 2017 I sent Councillor Joe Belanger an email indicating that I had heard about this “positive group” and that apparently there was a meeting being held that night. I was excited to hear about this. I was told that Joe was part of the group and I asked if he could tell me what the group was about and where the meeting was being held. He responded to tell me that it was a private function by invitation only.

I later saw a Facebook post about this “positive group” by a resident who I assume asked to be part of the group or what it was about. The response they received was shocking to me. They wrote that JB told them the group was about being positive, that the group has to support the Downtown Master Plan, support mayor and councils decisions and continuously contribute and demonstrate the support. They also indicated that all support members would receive a book called “13 Ways to Kill a community.” The FB poster was concerned that this was starting to sound like a cult.

I’m not questioning the intentions of this positive group. I’m just suggesting to those considering joining any group, to please do your due diligence. Prior to being pinned by any group make sure you know the organizers and what the purpose and vision of the group is.

Everyone has a right to their own opinion. Groups that tell you that you can’t join unless you believe 100% with everything they preach, should be joined cautiously.

The Wasaga Sun article mentions that the positive group was circulating books by Doug Griffiths “13 different ways to kill a community”, a book that Mayor Smith distributed to all of council on February 3rd. It seems that the resident who posted on FB was also told about the importance of this book. I also just read this weeks Coordinated Committee meeting agenda … seems the town is now looking at hosting an event for this author.

Some will say I’m sharing this information to be “negative” however, I am sharing it with you as in my opinion, current politics in Wasaga Beach has changed our community It’s up to you to decide whether it is positive or negative. Personally, I think we need to go back to being the strong, well respected community we used to be known as and stop labelling each other as positive or negative as this only divides the community more.