Are we about to have another round of election-based robocalls? « Burlington Gazette

By Pepper |

September 5, 2022

BURLINGTON, ON

Remember those robocalls the last time we went to the municipal polls?

They were pretty nasty and resulted in criminal complaints, an investigation by the OPP, and charges being laid which were mostly dropped.

The mayor has been sued, and we believe the case is still before the courts – the mayor’s communications officers do not issue press releases about it.

Marianne Meed Ward accepts applause from her supporters the night she found out she was going to be sworn in as mayor

What we do know is that the mayor recently declared a conflict of interest during discussions, held behind closed doors, over the expenses of the legal department.

We could be on the verge of another round of robocalls if a message sent to candidates is any indicator.

A candidate sent us:

As you well know, yesterday, September 1, was the first day that voters lists were made available to all municipal candidates. If you took your voters list, you would have noticed that the telephone numbers were not there. This is where we can help you. You can order a match and add all phone numbers from various directories to your voters list.
Please inquire today about our twinning pricing and add the telephone directory service to the voters list.

I can be reached at 416-816-0443 or by email — ferd@bellwethertechnologies.ca

A candidate asks:

City Clerk Kevin Arjoon – the candidate has a question for him on the voters list.

“Isn’t this an inappropriate use of voter lists?” The candidate goes on to say that the Clerk’s Office was asked this question, then added, “If I don’t answer, I will seek an answer at the Zoom Candidates meeting on September 6, 2022 at 6 p.m.

An appointment via Zoom for candidates? Is the public invited? And if not, why not?


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