Posted by Phil Andrews
I never met former Guelph mayor John Counsell. He is quite warmly recalled, however, by members of our newsroom who covered him as mayor for years.
I found it interesting that frequent political adversaries Karen Farbridge and Gloria Kovach each saw Counsell as a political subject worthy of praise in our obituary story of him. It seems at times that it takes a special subject to have those two making like comments.
I'm a little surprised not to have seen a public expression of condolence or the like from the City of Guelph or from the mayor's office about Counsell.
I see a flag in front of City Hall was lowered Monday. I assume that's in honour of Counsell. That's just an assumption though.
U of G typically issues a public statement regarding the reasons for flag-lowerings on campus. I think that's a good policy.