Brad Clark was noticeably absent from the historic stadium vote on Tuesday.
He'd left to attend a Michael Buble concert in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre. Tuesday was his 50th birthday, and his wife had purchased tickets to the concert to celebrate.
Most of us are aware of how hard city councillors work. We certainly don't begrudge them their leisure time, especially given the frequent meetings and community events they have to attend, that are often in the evenings, and that are sometimes - let's face it - super boring.
Of course, given the gravity of Tuesday's meeting, and the remarkable level of community engagement on this issue, one can be forgiven for wondering if Clark's decision to exit the meeting before the vote was wise or justified.
Perhaps we'd overlook it, however, given the many personal sacrifices councillors make that I just described.
However, it wasn't enough for Clark to simply be absent. He also decided it would be appropriate to email the Spectator to pass along a bit of mockery: "In Toronto tonight, at the ACC they are laughing at Hamilton. Everyone HERE agrees the stadium will now go to York University."
Now today's editorial pages in the Spec feature a few well-placed criticism, and an editorial cartoon by Graeme Mackay that is not yet available online but that I'm willing to bet would crack you up (buy a paper today, it's worth it just for that cartoon).
There are also two letters to the editor, including this one by Graham Crawford, who points out that, unlike Clark, "I spent my entire birthday, right until the vote was cast, sitting in city hall's council chambers. In fact, I took the time to make a deputation to council, something I was neither elected nor paid to do."
Incidentally, Clark was opposed to the West Harbour location.
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