Council Inauguration 2022

Tonight, there were more than 100 people in Victoria Hall to witness the swearing in of the new Council and the new Mayor’s inaugural speech.  Lucas was impressive and his speech was not too long.  The meeting included not only the necessary ceremonial aspects, it also included the first order of Council business which was to appoint the Mayor (Lucas Cleveland) to represent Cobourg on the County Council and the Deputy Mayor (Nicole Beatty) as the alternate.  Before the meeting started, the Concert Band of Cobourg entertained and then the event started with a piper leading the new Council elect into the Hall.  The band then played the National anthem followed by our Town Cryer Mandy Robinson doing her thing.  She amused the crowd by seeming to stumble over the fact that she now needed to finish with God save King Charles the third.

Lucas Cleveland Inaugural speech
Lucas Cleveland Inaugural speech

Town Clerk Brent Larmer was the MC and guided participants through the process. Starting with the Mayor, each Councillor read a statement – equivalent to an oath – that said they would (in my words) be diligent, ethical and loyal to King Charles III.  They then signed a document to that effect.  The photos below give some idea of the process. 

We were then supposed to hear from MP Philip Lawrence but he was not available. Next was MPP David Piccini who made a short speech via video!  His key point was that he was looking forward to working with the new council.

Lucas then gave his inaugural address – I noted down some highlights.

  • Lucas first gave a short account of how he came to Cobourg and how he and his wife Montana made it their home.  They decided that “Cobourg offers so much of what we are looking for”.
  • He said he ran for office because Cobourg “deserves a choice”.
  • He then thanked everyone – previous councillors, staff and his family.
  • He said he made no campaign promises – declaring that “I don’t know”
  • He lavished compliments on outgoing Mayor John Henderson plus Councillors and staff.
  • Lucas said he wants to work with councillors with trust and transparency.
  • There are three things he believes in:
    • Being collaborative – working together;
    • Transparency – explaining “Why”;
    • Progress over perfection.
  • Lucas said that “when mistakes are made, we will learn from them”.

After Lucas, the motion to appoint representatives to the County was passed then the event ended with the Concert Band playing God Save the King.

The new Councillors, previous Councillors and some senior staff then mingled with the crowd.

The first Council meeting – a Committee of the Whole meeting – is tentatively scheduled for 9 January 2023.  Between now and then, decisions need to be made on coordinators, whether there should be any procedural changes – plus Lucas needs to approve the meeting schedule (I believe the mayor sets – or agrees to – meeting agendas and schedules).

In the group photo below, (second last photo) from left are:
Councillors: Randy Barber, Miriam Mutton, Aaron Burchat, Brian Darling, Adam Bureau, Deputy Mayor: Nicole Beatty, Mayor: Lucas Cleveland.

Click any photo to enlarge and start a slide show.

And if you are interested in the whole event, here is a video of it – courtesy of Brent Larmer.

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cobourg citizen
17 November 2022 8:38 pm

I hope our new mayor has learned a hard lesson, he is no longer a private person. Every detail of his personal life will be scrutinized by those wishing to see him fail, by the comments posted on this blog, there are many. I hope going forward, he will conduct himself in the manner suitable to the position he has been elected to hold. He has apologized, let’s move on Cobourg. If he succeeds, we all succeed!

Lemon Cake
17 November 2022 3:24 pm

I sincerely hope Lucas Cleveland can deliver on his promises – in fact I voted for him. Honestly though – I won’t ever get over how he treated a low wage worker at McDonalds and the fact that he, the Mayor, called out a local business regarding an unsubstantiated allegation. As Maya Angelou once said, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them”.

16 November 2022 7:13 pm

Oh oh, another one hits the press. Maybe McMayor Lucas wasn’t quite the wholesome family man he purported himself to be. Seems he had a McTinder account right up until election time.

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Pete M
Reply to  Frenchy
16 November 2022 11:42 pm

Tinder! Wow!. Talk about a complete 180 from the last Mayor

Take note of the quote:
“I’m not looking for pen pals, let’s meet, grab some eats and go for an adventure.”

Cobourg are you ready for some adventure?

I get the feeling the Mayor will be swiping right, while the the Citizens wishes he swipes left or not swipe at all

A Tinder mayor in a feel good town ….what could go wrong???😎

Reply to  Frenchy
17 November 2022 8:17 am


Reply to  Eastender
17 November 2022 8:22 am

Oh c’mon, it’s not that old yet. This stuff coming out is like a Rob Ford Mini-Me in the making.

Pete M
Reply to  Frenchy
17 November 2022 1:34 pm

Yep the mayor is getting likes and and views a blazin while sitting in drive thru’s a raging

Pete M
Reply to  Frenchy
17 November 2022 7:24 pm

Fox TV had the Cleveland Show it ran for 4 seasons.
Now Cobourg has its own Cleveland Show guaranteed to run for 4 yrs

Reply to  Pete M
17 November 2022 11:35 pm

Or less.

Reply to  Frenchy
17 November 2022 8:51 am

Why does it matter at this point, we elected and have a new mayor?
I am so disappointed with Mr Pete Fisher for releasing this info.What is his reasoning for digging into the mayor’s past, did he get a “tip” from a disgruntled voter?

Reply to  Wendy
17 November 2022 9:34 am

This information was out there prior to the election but as we have no local news media it was only reported on facebook. Had there been proper media coverage available prior to the election I wonder if results would have been different. Lack of media makes proper vetting difficult.

Reply to  Are_n
17 November 2022 6:16 pm

There was a lot of information out there before he was elected. Including Lucas deleting comments he didn’t like and blocking people. I tried to get the truth out of him on one incident and felt he just talked in circles. Not the kind of person I want for the mayor of cobourg.

Reply to  Wendy
17 November 2022 2:06 pm

Mix it up, are you just as disappointed with with Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook for carrying this information?

Reply to  Frenchy
17 November 2022 3:44 pm

Mr Fisher knew exactly what he was doing by reporting this news. He was snickering on the radio before the inauguration Tuesday evening regarding “swearing in” and other double meaning remarks. Let’s just get on with town business and wish them all well.

Pete M
Reply to  Wendy
20 November 2022 7:25 pm

Because some people believe that a person’s moral character is very important. Those people believe that a persons moral character is key in guiding that person in the decisions they have been elected to to make.

If you feel that this is not issue for you then great -keep supporting Mayor Cleveland.
But allow those that dont agree with you to be heard and their opinions considered.
The final decision comes in 4 yrs time at the ballot box should he choose re-election

Reply to  Frenchy
17 November 2022 9:17 am

Guess what folks? This revelation, reported by our stealth investigative reporter, was out there on social media BEFORE the election.

Reply to  Kathleen
17 November 2022 10:41 am

I don’t have a Facebook account and many, many more don’t either. If you pretend to be something you are not it is appropriate for voters to know if you are running for such a position. However I shall also say I was not impressed with the credentials Mr. Cleveland presented prior to voting even without this information.

Wonder if there is anything else we don’t know about our new mayor??

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Pete M
Reply to  Dave
17 November 2022 1:39 pm

4 years of buyer’s remorse?? Lets hope not.

Reply to  Pete M
17 November 2022 2:33 pm

AKA “voter’s remorse” perhaps. Let’s hope not.

Reply to  Pete M
17 November 2022 6:43 pm

We shall see what we shall see Pete. In selecting I look for experience and knowledge of the job they are about to assume if selected. In this case there were only two candidates. Mr. Cleveland is an unknown with declared lack of knowledge in the area he hoped to be elected to stating he thought the staff will take the time to train him in what he doesn’t know. Hopefully it will not a disaster for the sake of Cobourg in the choice of the majority of the voters who partook. What has come out broadly since has not been a positive indicator.

Cobourg taxpayer
16 November 2022 6:46 pm

I attended the new council inauguration as I wanted to hear the new mayor’s speech. I hope the highlights listed above are adhered to. I admire and respect all who sit on council and I hope that progress is made on key issues in Cobourg in an economically responsible manner. This is the second time this week I’ve had to sing God Save the King and I must admit I trip over the words.

16 November 2022 8:59 am

Wonder if Ms. Seguin was in attendance.
Just curious.

Reply to  Frenchy
16 November 2022 7:08 pm

Suzanne, can you confirm?

16 November 2022 7:31 am

Did you Say an Oath to — King Charles ??
The fellow that just asked to Have Princess Ann and his younger Brother sub in for him .

Reply to  Sandpiper
16 November 2022 1:10 pm

FYI to all This was thismornings Zoomer News update
Like it or not

Reply to  Sandpiper
16 November 2022 2:09 pm

No big deal. The Regency act has been in place since 1937 and “subs” have been used by every Monarch since.
By law, Counsellors of State include the Sovereign’s spouse and the next four people in the line of succession who are over the age of 21.

Reply to  Sandpiper
16 November 2022 2:16 pm

So? We have a deputy PM. So why shouldn’t the Monarchy have appointed people standing in? He can not be everywhere.

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Wally Keeler
Reply to  Gerald
16 November 2022 3:10 pm

There is only one Santa, but his emulating minions stand in for him everywhere for weeks at a time. These minions encourage parents to fink on their kids to ascertain whether they are list-worthy.

Pete M
Reply to  Wally Keeler
17 November 2022 7:53 am

“Fink”? I feel that word is a little too harsh. As a parent, I like to think of this as more
as holding them accountable for their actions.

Something that society does as they get older and no longer under their parents oversight.

So think of it as a parent contributing an honest upright person who will be a contributor to society and not a taker.

Reply to  Pete M
17 November 2022 9:50 am

Pete…..I cannot forget what my parents once said to me and that is ‘if you cannot say something good about someone, then don’t say anything at all’

Reply to  Ken
17 November 2022 2:36 pm

…or, as Alice Roosevelt Longworth liked to say: “If you cannot say something good about someone, come and sit with me”.

Reply to  Ken
17 November 2022 9:58 pm

I was told the saying was this
“If you cannot say something good about a person
than come sit beside me ” 😁
Just notice , Jim already posted this 😉

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Wally Keeler
Reply to  Pete M
17 November 2022 10:40 am

holding them accountable for their actions.

That is what Santa does when he decides whether they are listworthy or not.

The parents inform Santa of their kid’s actions. Parents are witnesses, informers, finks. Santa then holds the kids accountable.

Fink is street-speak, whereas ‘holding them accountable” is prosaic, politically polluted, aka bland gland debris. It is nicespeak, which is the new newspeak, which is nospeak at all.