Taking a Stand

Good morning.

I thought long and hard about posting this but after everything I’ve been dealing with personally and professionally, I feel I must. It’s not only taking a stand against wrongdoings, abuse and bullying against me but all people. Why do we accept this behaviour amongst adults but expect our kids not to bully and hurt one another? What kind of role modeling is that? That is why I’m posting this. It makes me sick that this is our community today. People hurt one another without thinking what the other is going through. Thankfully, not everyone participates in this type of online behaviour but sadly many do. I can’t change that because when you know better you do better and one day those people will know better.

I’ve let my name stand to stand up against this type of shit. Say what you want about me but don’t think I won’t defend myself. You have every right to your opinion but I also have a right to defend my name, my character and my choices, which also does not mean I have to justify taking care of myself to you or anyone. I did what I had to do for me at the time and that’s that. If you don’t like that, that’s your issue – not mine.

Written October 22

Why do you think it’s acceptable to attack me online? I am taking a stand against your abuse, bullying, lateral violence or whatever else you want to call it. Just because I let my name stand or am on Council (when I get voted in) doesn’t give anyone the right to publicly bash me on Facebook or anywhere else for that matter. This is one of the biggest issues of our time and some people, particularly one family, chooses to participate in it. Say what you want about me but remember, I have a right to take a stand against your abuse.


Why is your behaviour acceptable? It’s not. I make a conscious choice to NOT do that online, that’s what leaders and members who want change do. There’s a difference between stating your opinion and bashing. I’m here if you wish to ask me questions, ask away.

As I mentioned in my previous blog that clearly they’ve all read – mahsi, by the way! – I stand for transparency and accountability but if they recall “someone’s” Mom got in to the seat I resigned from and then another Councillor resigned, so is that my fault, too? Everyone is entitled to take care of themselves and I will NOT apologize to anyone for doing just that. They are also entitled to their opinion and poor behaviour but I will not tolerate it since it’s about me.

“I will not tolerate your abuse just because I’m letting my name stand or just because I’m on Council (when I get there). You’re entitled to your opinion as am I but don’t think I won’t address what you have to say since you think you can bash me on Facebook. Instead of bashing me, why not try to ask me questions and seek to understand the reasons for my actions and choices. You have no idea what I was going through at the time so simply put – don’t vote for me. Trust me, I’ll survive either way. Vote Renee!”

So in all this they’re also blaming me for “costing the Nation thousands of dollars”, “during a time when our members are facing job loss and tough times in general”. What does one have to do with the other? Like I said, the second by-election is a result of another council seat becoming vacant, something I had no control over and moreover, what do by-elections have to do with job loss? So everyone not working is now my fault like it was previous Council’s fault for putting a stop to the oil and gas industry? Thank you for placing so much power in my hands.
When FNFN chooses to change their election code – what’s happening with that anyway?? – than they can include the stipulation that prohibits people from running if they resign. That’ll be fine by me. Since that’s not the case, I’ve let my name stand and you can vote Renee on November 22.
Have a fantastic day!

PS – Vote Renee on November 22!



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