Someone owes Yvette Pinsonneault an apology.
The Mitchell’s Bay woman has planted flowers, weeded gardens, cut grass and generally looked after the park at the end of the pier in her community for nearly 20 years.
So when she asked for a couple of flags to fill out the five flagpoles which have been in the park for decades Pinsonneault was told she couldn’t because mechanisms on two of the flagpoles didn’t work.
They moved the flags around and found out all the poles work. Armed with the truth she still got nowhere but wanted to have flags up prior to the recent visit by Communities in Bloom judges.
She went to MP Bev Shipley’s office and was given a Canadian flag that she promptly ran up the flagpole.
Shortly thereafter, a municipal truck and two employees showed up to take it down, even though it was on one of the poles the municipality said was in working order.
It’s abundantly clear Pinsonneault was being shown just who’s the boss.
The problem is, whoever is piloting that bureaucratic desk at the Civic Centre has it backwards.
Pinsonneault contacted the mayor, her local councillor and bureaucrats and all she got for her effort (and hundreds of hours of volunteerism) was grief.
Then she heard through another media (Civic Centre staff didn’t return our calls) there was an iron clad flag protocol for Chatham-Kent.
It was news to her. And to us.
The Civic Centre has three flags (the Canadian flagpole has a serious tilt by the way) the band shell in Tecumseh Park has two, the Cenotaph in Wallaceburg has four and Kingston Park, the latest jewel in the parks system, has none.
This wasn’t about flags, this was about power.
Instead of being subjected to such a response, Pinsonneault should have been thanked for her work and allowed to put up a couple of flags, even if she had to pay for them.
As a matter of fact, they should give back the flag they took. It wouldn’t hurt to gift-wrap it.