On #MLKDay2021, some thoughts about racism in Wilmot. A thread 👇 1/
Former Waterloo-Oxford student Bryan Peralta, who is Black, said he eventually became desensitized after being called the "N-word" so many times at school.
newhamburgindependent.ca/news-story/100… 2/
Our granddaughter used to take the school bus to W-O. When it passed Pfenning's Farm, she would often hear racist comments directed at the workers in the field, many of whom are Jamaican. 3/
A few years ago, when a group of Jamaican workers from Pfenning's Farm visited the Canada Day celebrations, someone warned the organizers about a "suspicious group of men". 4/
A mixed race couple had back-to-back medical appointments in New Hamburg. The wife, who is white, went in first, and her husband, who is Black, waited in their car and closed his eyes. While he was napping, someone called the police to report "a man acting suspiciously". 5/
An Indigenous woman was wandering around a New Hamburg store, looking at merchandise. A worker in the store walked close behind her, following her around. She turned to face him and said, "I'm not going to steal anything". 6/
A gay couple held hands as they walked in New Hamburg. One of them is Mexican, and they had offensive names yelled at them several times - including "rice queens" - by passing drivers as they walked home from MeMe's. 7/
During the summer of 2020, posters promoting the Proud Boys - a far-right, anti-immigrant, all-male group - were put up in New Hamburg and Baden. The posters were promptly removed. 8/
In July 2020, graffiti - a swastika and Confederate flag - was sprayed in Baden's Sir Adam Beck Park. newhamburgindependent.ca/news-story/100… 9/
In June 2020, a small group of the white supremacist Urban Infidels, who the Canadian Anti-Hate Network describes as a "hate group," gathered in Baden. One of them has a conviction for assault with a weapon. They shouted obscenities and racist slurs at locals. 10/
When I call out the township's mayor for refusing to denounce a small group of white supremacists in Wilmot, I'm not doing it to attack Les Armstrong; I'm doing it to so the group doesn't get bigger.

A comment that followed my FB post.
A DM I received on FB: "There was a swastika written in pen on the wooden bridge at the end of Tannery not long after it was built. Tiny act but noticeable."

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18 Jan
A short agenda for today's third 2021 Budget Ad Hoc committee meeting at 5:30pm, but there's a lot to discuss: The proposed 2021 Capital Budget, and the 10-year Capital Budget Forecast. Full package: calendar.wilmot.ca//townshipcalen…. Watch the proceedings at youtube.com/channel/UCcA8f…. Image
Mayor Armstrong starts the meeting.

Coun Pfenning reads the land acknowledgement. Image
No declarations of pecuniary interest, so we're straight into a presentation by Patrick Kelly (Director of Finance) of the 2021 Capital Budget. The report is on p3 of the agenda package.
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11 Jan
We have our second Wilmot meeting of the day, a council meeting, which begins at 7pm. Here's the agenda, and you can read the full package at calendar.wilmot.ca//townshipcalen…. Proceedings will be streamed live at youtube.com/channel/UCcA8f….
Here we go.

In lieu of a moment's silence, Mayor Armstrong congratulates Professor Frances Westley on receiving the Order of Canada for her work in social innovation.

Coun Gerber reads the land acknowledgement.
No additions to the agenda. No disclosures of pecuniary interest.

On to the minutes of the previous meeting.

Coun Hallman asks the clerk for results of a review of the work program, which was discussed on Dec 7.

The minutes have been approved.
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At 5pm today, the Budget Ad Hoc Committee will be meeting for the second time to discuss the Township's 2021 budget. Get the full meeting package at calendar.wilmot.ca//townshipcalen… and then watch it live on YT: youtube.com/channel/UCcA8f…
Mayor Armstrong gets things moving.

Coun Fisher reads the land acknowledgement.
No disclosures of pecuniary interest. No comments or questions following the first budget meeting last month.

Ashton Romany (Manager of Finance/Deputy Treasurer) presents the 2020 Operating Summary.
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14 Dec 20
The first meeting of the 2021 Budget Ad Hoc Committee starts at 5pm today. Get the full agenda package at calendar.wilmot.ca//townshipcalen…, then watch the meeting live at youtube.com/channel/UCcA8f…. I'll be live tweeting here 👇
This follows directly after a special meeting of council that had just one item on it 👉
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14 Dec 20
There's a special council meeting today, Mon Dec 14, at 4:50pm. Just one agenda item: "This meeting has been called to dispose of one item only, giving first and second reading to a Drain Provisional By-law for the Glen Shantz Drain 2020. No other business will be discussed." Image
You can watch this - followed by the Budget Ad Hoc Committee meeting - live on YouTube: .
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Coun Fisher reads the land acknowledgement. Image
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This evening's Wilmot council meeting is preceded by a closed session, which sometimes means the open session starts late. Watch live at youtube.com/channel/UCcA8f…. Full agenda (450 pages!), and I'll be a delegation, so apologies if this tweet thread is a bit disjointed 👇
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