New Tiny councillor John Bryant brings 'open-mindedness, positivity' for upcoming year

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Councillor John Bryant was sworn in as the new Tiny representative for the next year at the recent regular meeting of council.

Bryant was a member of the Heritage Advisory Committee and Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee before applying to the position, and brings 40 years of experience with a degree in landscape architecture to the role.

“I’m an open-minded person, and I think that continuous learning and education is important to any position,” said Bryant during an interview.

“I also think I can bring a positive influence on council, because I think I have a progressive and forward thinking manner.”

Mayor George Cornell, Deputy Mayor Steffen Walma, and councillors Cindy Hastings and Gibb Wishart asked all applicants questions relevant to the position that became available following the recent resignation of Tony Mintoff.

Cornell’s question related to council disclosing a pecuniary interest at the start of each council session, which Bryant stated was a tough word before answering in full.

Bryant was one of five applicants for the council vacancy, which will last through the remainder of the current term.

Tied in votes with other council applicant Dave Evans, municipal procedure dictated that clerk Sue Walton draw the successful candidate by lot whereupon Bryant emerged the victor.

During the opening proceedings of the regular meeting of council one day later, Cornell moved the agenda around to have Councillor-Elect Bryant formally sworn into the position. As Bryant recited the oath of office, he stumbled over the word ‘pecuniary’ to the amusement of council.

Following the ceremony, Cornell asked if anyone on council had a disclosure of pecuniary interest and the general nature. Bryant spoke up.

“Your Worship, I practised that word over and over, and I still have not got it straight,” Bryant admitted with a smile before declaring a conflict over one agenda item.

The council meeting was taken slow with thorough explanations of each aspect of council procedure for Bryant’s benefit.

The current term of Tiny council expires in October 2022, with the nomination process for the next council beginning in May.

Archives of council meetings are available to view on Tiny Township’s YouTube channel.

Derek Howard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, MidlandToday.ca

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