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‘Dear Friends of Formosa Nursery’ :: thetyee.ca

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‘Dear Friends of Formosa Nursery’ :: thetyee.ca

The Tyee prints the complete text of a letter from Corky Evans on the treatment of the Formosa Nursery. Here are two paragraphs to give you the flavour, but I urge you to read the whole thing

TransLink is not, it seems to me, a legitimate institution. A legitimate institution needs to have, at minimum, the integrity to do its job. I have no trouble with unpopular decisions. Indeed, often the unpopular decisions an organization needs to make are the measure of its maturity and the seriousness with which they approach their mandate. TransLink, however, has failed any test of leadership or governance.

The TransLink board, apparently, desires to devolve their mandate to their staff and will not use their decision-making power and responsibility to make decisions of any kind. When governing bodies do not exercise their capacity to govern, but instead devolve decision-making authority to operational staff, terrible things happen. This is not something we are experienced with in Canada. This tends to be the method of governance we expect from false democracies and tyrannical systems in other parts of the world.

Written by Stephen Rees

November 28, 2006 at 7:52 am

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