City of Quesnel

Quesnel Civic Election 2011: How sweet it is!

WITH APOLOGIES TO ROY PETERSON

Quesnel Civic Election 2011: How sweet it is!

by Arthur Topham

October 2, 2011

Revelations abound! Thanks in large measure to the courageous efforts on the part of the Quesnel Cariboo Observer's astute and forthright editor, Autumn Macdonald, practically every edition of the local rag contains at least one article, letter or reference to the ongoing municipal race and those who vie for the gold pan city crown.

Two recent letters to the editor have given both sides in this fiercely contentious debate over government spending and leadership ability added impetus – firstly the letter from local Chartered Accountant, Ronald E. Rasmussen that appeared in the September 21, 2011 edition and secondly the most recent expose on the matter, a long and detailed account by Councillor Ron Paull addressing the Rasmussen letter and much of the controversy that's been spicing up the Observer's pages for months. Unfortunately, to date, neither of these letters are available online other than on the QC Sentinel and can be found here and here. I'm sure that it's but an oversight and they'll be posted on the Observer soon.

City of Quesnel Threatens Sentinel Publisher with Defamation Suit

City of Quesnel Threatens Sentinel Publisher with Defamation Suit

[Editor's Note: On June 9th, 2011 in response to comments made in the Quesnel Cariboo Observer concerning the actions of City of Quesnel finance chair Coun. Sushil Thapar I sent a letter to the Observer which was later published in the newspaper on June 21, 2011 under the heading, "Tough questions need to be asked."

On June 23, 2011 the Observer published a response to my letter from Mayor Mary Sjostrom wherein she denied comments that I had made concerning the hiring of City Manager John Stecyk. That same day I received an email from the City of Quesnel's law firm in Vancouver, Murdy & McAllister, which contained a pdf letter that stated I had made "defamatory" statements concerning Steyck and that I was requested to "forthwith retract your defamatory comments and issue an apology for same, failing which legal action against you may be pursued." A cc copy of this letter was also sent to Autumn Macdonald, Editor of the Quesnel Cariboo Observer.

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