August 26, 2016

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St. Albert Council Conduct

Bring On The Code …

SA Council’s Conduct

In a perfect world there would be no need for defined rules, laws or codes of conduct and although it may be hard to believe this applies to the sphere of politics as well. Alas we do not live in a perfect world and no matter where you look politics at all levels everywhere leaves much to be desired to which our little enclave of St. Albert is no exception.

This brings me to item 10.2 on the agenda of St. Albert City Council’s meeting of 08/22/16 that dealt with the pending Council Code of Conduct. There is no current city councilor who can honestly claim that he or she has never committed a deed or misdeed in their role of office that might deserve some scrutiny.

It is all a matter of degree yet in his diatribe on the matter Mayor Crouse, who in the course of his tenure has been implicated in numerous transgressions, spoke in a not unusual condescending manner on the subject. While the examples he provided may have been valid, it is the manner of delivery reflecting a ‘holier than thou’ attitude that reminds us of the biblical quote, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” (John 8:7).

Mr. Mayor, until you have been elevated to a much higher status from which you can speak with infallibility (a.k.a. ex cathedra), please refrain from subjecting us to such pontifications.

Murray Lambert
St. Albert


Well Murray, there is also an old proverb that says, “People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.” That basically translates to, “Do not criticize others if you have similar weaknesses yourself.” It describes Mayor Crouse exactly.


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WHY: In golf, where did the term 'Caddie' come from?

When Mary Queen of Scots went to France as a young girl, Louis, King of France, learned that she loved the Scots game 'golf.' He had the first course outside of Scotland built for her enjoyment.

To make sure she was properly chaperoned (and guarded) while she played, Louis hired cadets from a military school to accompany her. Mary liked this a lot and when she returned to Scotland (not a very good idea in the long run), she took the practice with her.

In French, the word cadet is pronounced 'ca-day' and the Scots changed it into ‘caddie.’




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