A picture is worth a thousand words - choose the ones you would use.

By Pepper Parr

March 3rd, 2024



In the world of politics – the photo op is just what they do.

Get your picture in the paper – any media will do – and the voters will see you as out there doing your job.  And that seems to be enough for most of the voters.

There are situations that are must be seen at events for every politician in every community.

You can never go wrong with the hospital, the Food Bank, BurlingtonGreen and Halton Women’s Place.  There are others.

Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward turned every member of Council into a Deputy Mayor and sends them out to do some of the photo ops.  A Council member out there cutting a ribbon is not the same is as a Deputy Mayor cutting that ribbon.

Think hard about those Deputy Mayors.  One, ward 4 Councillor Shawna Stolte, has managed to get something useful done – she was the driving force for a new Standing Committee – Pipeline to Permits.  Too early to know if they are going to make a go of it – but the signs are all good.

Oddly enough Stolte is probably the worst at the photo op game; no shame there sister.

The Mayor does do the photo op – from singing in a Smart Car to being on hand for a Halton Women’s Place event.

A picture is worth a thousand words. Isn’t it

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13 comments to A picture is worth a thousand words – choose the ones you would use.

  • Sue C.C.

    Frank and Bitmeter – It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. I have entertained your thoughts – and I reject them totally. It was actually a pretty quick process 😉

  • frank

    Just leave the Mayor alone she is very lovely and attracts attention its part of her genuine charisma

  • Bitmeter

    If you cannot see past physical appearance (although I have no opinion on her attire, nor should I – if it makes her feel good, so be it), then have a look at yourself. What’s hurting you?

  • peter thoem

    Shameless. You can get away with a lot when you’re shameless.

    • Susan Millicent Corrigan

      Mr Burlington rentals. A shame you acquired all these rentals with your questionable connections in Burlington.

      • Syd

        I guess we just forget about all Mr. Thoem’s service to the community because he chooses to rent properties?
        He was many years on the board of the RBG, a city councillor, is still a member of many community organizations and always an active volunteer. Hmmm – what are your credentials, Susan?

        • Syd

          Forgot to say that anytime I’ve seen Mr. Thoem around Burlington over many years, he was dressed appropriately for the occasion – which was what we were really talking about….

  • Syd

    Hard to unsee this. Thank goodness there were three appropriately dressed women also in the photo, so it did not unduly reflect on the nature of Halton’s Women’s Place.

  • Sue C.C.

    Without being overly catty, our Mayor dresses as though she raids her teenage daughter’s closet. It’s frankly an embarrassment. If you wish to be treated with respect then please have some respect for yourself and your Office.

  • Sharon Dickerson

    I agree. Very unprofessional. What is this message for young people in the job market?

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  • Penny

    The Mayor’s clothing choice was totally unprofessional. One has to ask the question – What message was she trying to send?

    Perhaps the entire council could use a wardrobe consultant. As a taxpayer I would support this as all seven represent the City of Burlington.

  • Grahame

    Dressed for work?