Sudbury-area mayor, opposed to mandatory COVID-19 vaccination, quits post

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The Township of Nairn and Hyman announced the resignation of Mayor Laurier Falldien in a social media post on Monday.

The mayor’s resignation letter stated that he is resigning, which was effective Nov. 17, for two reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Firstly, is personal stress and health. In the last 18 months, my business was forced to close for seven of those months due to COVID-19, causing a huge financial burden,” said the letter.

“The added stress from being mayor has become overwhelming. I feel I have to focus on recouping these losses and refocus on my business and personal life.”

The second reason is related to COVID-19 vaccination mandates.

“Based on discussions at November’s council meeting, it seems council is going to mandate our municipal employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19,” said the letter.

“I do NOT [sic] and will NEVER [sic] support this. This is an infringement on the Charter of Human Rights and the Canadian Constitution and is being challenged in courtrooms across our nation.”

The Township of Nairn and Hyman is a small community just west of Sudbury with a population of about 500, according to the township's website.

Besides Falldien, other members of council include Frederic Diebel (deputy mayor), Brigita Gingras, Rod MacDonald and Katherine Bourrier.

In his letter, Falldien said he is proud of his accomplishments over the last 11 years.

“I believe that I have represented the community with pride and dignity,” said the letter.

“I wish nothing but happiness, good health, and success for everyone in Nairn and Hyman.”

Council said in the social media post that the seat will be declared vacant at the next council meeting on Dec. 13.

“Staff will be presenting a report to council to outline the options and request a decision from council on their preferred method for filling the vacancy,” said the post.

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Colleen Romaniuk, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Sudbury Star

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