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McCann, Aylwin spar over using councillor expense account for upcoming bicycle event

McCann, Aylwin spar over using councillor expense account for upcoming bicycle event

‘I find this amendment actually incredibly inappropriate and disrespectful for a couple of reasons,’ says Coun. Keenan Aylwin Coun. Keenan Aylwin (left) and Mike McCann…

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‘I find this amendment actually incredibly inappropriate and disrespectful for a couple of reasons,’ says Coun. Keenan Aylwin Coun. Keenan Aylwin (left) and Mike McCann are shown in file images. Something nearly got caught in the spokes of Barrie’s first Bike the Night.

How the $2,000 promotion cost for the Sept. 17 ride to celebrate active transportation would be paid led to some heated discussion Monday night.

Coun. Keenan Aylwin wants to fund that cost from his expense budget, which all city councillors have.

But Coun. Mike McCann had other ideas.

“I’ve got one concern, wondering why Coun. Aylwin is using his expense budget. It’s maybe not appropriate,” said McCann, who did not elaborate. “I’m not sure who’s really pushing this, but I really would like to see our community involved.

“For $2,000 that you need to promote this event… I mean there’s many bike stores that I’m sure would jump on this promotion, there are restaurants that would love to jump on this promotion and I think it would be a great community event to actually have the public involved to raise $2,000,” he added.

McCann’s motion was that city staff and Aylwin go to the community to see if there are opportunities to raise $2,000. If they’re unsuccessful in 30 days, then the money would come from a city account. Both the community benefit fund and reinvestment reserve were mentioned.“This is a major missed opportunity that private businesses, especially in the downtown, would jump on,” McCann said. “And I’d be happy to help.”But […]

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