New Brunswick councilor sanctioned for installing giant sandpiper statue – New Brunswick

The fallout from the installation of a giant sandpiper statue in a New Brunswick village continues to unfold, this time landing a councilor in hot water.

The Tantramar Municipality ended a two-hour meeting on Tuesday with the reading of a long list of code of conduct violations committed by the councillor. Debbie Wiggins-Colwell, who was instrumental in installing the big bird in April.

Violations include failure to follow the decision-making process and disregard policies, procedures and regulations, as well as inappropriate use of influence and municipal a*sets and services.

The statement said Wiggins-Colwell agreed to undergo training to better understand his roles and responsibilities as an elected official, including effective communication and teamwork.

Kara Becker, former deputy mayor of the village where the statue is located – now part of Tantramar – calls the sanctions against Wiggins-Colwell a “witch hunt.”

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The giant sandpiper known as Shep was ordered by Dorchester village council about three years ago after the original wooden one began to rot.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published November 17, 2023.

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