anonymous writes: Hi Craig,
Thank you very much for the great work you do, particularly via
your blog! I think it’s vital that SOMEBODY out there hack away at
the Chiarelli hegemony. (We certainly can’t depend on the media to
In any case, I just wanted to pass on an idea I’ve had for
galvanizing and consolidating the forces of dissent in Bells
Corners specifically and College Ward in general: The Don Robertson
Something like the DRS could be successful on several levels,
including (but not limited to):
–> continuing to draw attention to the Robertson Rd. renaming
fiasco (and the brand of shady politics that was behind it) in a
humorous way without being seen as directly beating a dead horse,
as well as cause RC some discomfort without him being able to sue
–> providing a tent under which the Anyone-But-Chiarelli forces
can unify, and thus demonstrate a multiplicity of dissenting
voices, making it more difficult for the political establishment to
pin “negativity” on one or a few, and
–> analagous to the Elvis Sighting Society, it could also serve as
a fun way to attract media attention while benefiting a good cause,
namely throwing sand in the eyes of the political establishment.
The possibilities for benevolent tomfoolery and political guerilla
theatre are unlimited. (Think of it as being a cross between the
Tea Party and the Rhino Party.)
Although the next municipal election is a few years away, with
someone as wily as RC the campaign to oust him should start NOW,
however quietly that start may be. Time is still on your side. Now
is the time to create (or tap into) a grassroots groundswell the
Rick-friendly media can not ignore.
About me: Although I very much want to see a shift in power in
College Ward, I have no desire to get involved in any visible way,
and don’t even live in that ward anyway. Passing on the above idea
is enough of a civic duty in this regard. I’m just an agent
provocateur wishing to give a black eye to the style of politics
embodied by RC.
Long live Don!
Join the Don Robertson Society here.