What do I do to make you want me
What have I got to do to be heard
What do I say when it's all over
And sorry seems to be the hardest word
When Elton John left the crowd behind in Sudbury on March 2nd, little did he know that his concert in the Northern Ontario city was going to have such lasting memories.
John, who is currently on a cross Canada tour put in the usual parade of past hits and new favourites for the folks of Sudbury and area, but it's how some of them got into the show that is proving to be number one on the hit parade these days.
From the "Let them eat cake" file, comes this bit of civic entitlement that should give cause for pause to civic politicians across the nation.
The original problem started when Sudbury councillors got a leg up on the ticket buying public and reserved their own seats, thanks to a block of 100 seats left aside for their imperial use. That in itself probably would guarantee that the next election will prove troublesome for the self serving incumbents.
But then, in a violation of Ontario's Municipal Act, the city council decided to take their deliberations over the sprouting controversy of tickets to a closed door meeting, as well as pursuing a decision to hire a consultant for 14,000 dollars, to advise on how to best handle the percolating ticket and confidence crisis of their own creation.
With the local paper hot on the trail and more than a few angry Sudbury residents left on the outside of the arena wanting in, the councillors are finding that a few hours of Elton are going to be providing for a few month of Hell.
As it turns out, the Elton John concert series has done what almost every Elton John concert seems to do, unite the audience as one, in this case united in a bid to punish their civic leaders for their greedy ways.
Perhaps council could just join hands and sing along with Elton, all together now....
Thursday, March 27, 2008
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