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EDITORIAL: Ontario council’s silence on Rodriguez controversy speaks volumes

Members of the Ontario City Council must break their silence over Councilor Freddy Rodriguez. They must lead, not dodge. They must show they care about safeguarding the community and its citizens.

Community leadership demands more than showing up for council meetings and reading briefing papers. As public officials, councilors carry the weight of authority, and it’s not just their legal duty. They are expected to exemplify the best of the community – to exhibit integrity, morality and courage in facing sometimes hard choices.

Being a community leader means always acting in the best interests of all. Every citizen should feel councilors represent them. Community leaders must inspire confidence that they are selfless in duty, articulate in decisions and forthright in conduct.

In the Rodriguez instance, councilors have abstained.

They may dismiss the Rodriguez imbroglio as some personal issue . . .