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2010 grade: F
2009 grade: D
2008 grade: D
2007 grade: C+

Mary Wile is in over her head. At council meetings, she comes across as confused and often doesn’t understand what’s going on. I’m not aware of any initiative from Wile in at least three years, and her occasional spark of consciousness is usually wrong-headed.

The most noteworthy incident of the past year for Wile was when she went head-to-head with Gloria McCluskey at the opening of the Canada Games Centre. The pair were arguing over the competing merits of the Washmill underpass and the Bridge Terminal, two projects that are millions of dollars over budget. Both councillors think that cost overruns are warranted only for the project in their district, but not in the other.

McCluskey doesn’t look great in this either, but at least the Bridge Terminal will make a substantial difference in residents’ lives. At best, the new underpass will take 30 seconds off someone’s commute, whoop-dee-do, and does nothing to address the impending oil crisis.

Clayton Park is going to be hit hard in that crisis, and it needs a smart, forward-looking councillor. Maybe one will come along next election.

How to improve: Quit your job, join a country club, blissfully tee off all day long, every day.

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