“McGuinty should order a prompt, focused review of the command and control aspect of the rescue effort.” (The italics are the Toronto Star’s.)
And isn’t it this same command and control mentality that has infected the Canadian Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and lead to widespread defections nationally and in the case of Ontario hams a virtual mutiny?
From what I’ve seen reading some of the officious and angry emails that have circulated recently many Canadian hams have good reason to fear that ARES is heading down the same path.
Just have a look at some of the recent voluminous planning documents that have been produced and which are routinely ignored by all those ordinary hams ready to serve their communities during public service events and times of need.
What we need now is more team building and less empire building.
What we need now is new leadership and less old-school blundering.
What we do not need now are any more pugnacious and truculent ill-tempered comments from cantankerous old sparks who are doing our hobby and our ARES efforts no good whatsoever.
What we do need now is a way to reengage with ARES and help it to grow into the effective and national organization it could become with new ideas.