Assorted Oddities


Tuomi-HeaderHere’s a look at the oddities happening in the once rosy city, which account for it being once rosy, twice devastated.

A June 28 photo in the Windsor Star, of the money losing downtown waterpark’s manager, shows her leaning on a pole in a vacuous building devoid of customers. It seems nothing if not appropriate, maybe suggesting that photojournalist Jason Kryk was working hard to prove pictures can tell stories.

On June 30, the local paper proclaimed, “Naidu vying for permanent CEO Post.”

Rakesh Naidu, current interim CEO of the regional economic development office, took over on a temporary basis after the sudden resignation of Sandra Pupatello. She was hired, apparently, because of an overabundant Rolodex.

Allegedly, it proved about as valuable as Naidu’s experience. He has bragged that he has none.

Reportedly, a full-fledged search for qualified candidates for the top job attracted 35 applicants. Naidu even applied, arguing his eight years of being employed by the outfit has allowed him to see, “… things that work and the things that don’t …”

Is Naidu really saying the outfit does things that don’t work?

If nothing else, however, he seems to have become quite practiced at pretence during his years at the public trough. This might explain why a person who has seen things, lost the General Electric engine plant. Windsor was eliminated early in the chase.

If pretence has any say in the matter, Naidu could be a shoe-in. The announcement is expected later this month.

Windsor’s children are more than resilient. After the parks department ripped out playground equipment at a neighbourhood park, leaving only four swings, the children stepped up. Actually, they pushed up.

They pushed a picnic table, left after the removal, to the swings. They use it as an impromptu launching pad and are having considerable childhood fun. It seems the draconian City Council, which daydreams about swimming competitions, has failed to dampen the youngsters’ enthusiasm.

To let the children continue to enjoy the good old summer time, the park won’t be identified so the city doesn’t remove the table.

Speaking of pretence, the city’s deputy solicitor took considerable liberty in a report she wrote on donation bin boxes for City Council’s July 4 meeting. According to Wira Vendrasco, many municipalities “similar in size” to Windsor do not have a clothing bin by-law, including Mississauga, Brampton, and Hamilton.

Although Vendrasco did not explain what similar-in-size means, it is assumed the words are self-explanatory. That suggests considerable arrogance to put Windsor in the same size category as these large Canadian cities.

Wikipedia says their populations are, respectively, 713,443, 523,911, and 519,949. And, all three are growing.

Windsor is not in the same league, in more ways than just population.

In a July 2 letter to the local paper’s editor, Mary Ann Simpson complains about the unkempt appearance of Stop 26 Beach. She wonders what impression it could leave on out-of-town visitors.

She should not worry.

Out of town visitors are not expected to land here until December for the Drew Dilkens Short FINA Swimming competition. It will be too cold for them to frolic on a city beach, so they will not see the mess.

Maybe this is why the event was scheduled for chilly December.

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Robert Tuomi
After initially succeeding as a broadcast journalist and achieving senior level assignments, Robert branched out into marketing communications. As a senior executive, primarily in the high-tech industry, Robert created award-winning and comprehensive, multi-faceted initiatives to enhance sales and expand market awareness for some of the largest companies in their fields. Email Robert Tuomi