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Sep. 18, 2019 | Wednesday
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Darte won't discuss why public not notified
Former Lord Mayor Pat Darte says he has not read the report on NOTL’s E. coli crisis

Former Lord Mayor Pat Darte says he has not read the report on NOTL’s E. coli crisis and he hung up when a reporter asked why he didn’t ensure the public was aware of problems at Queen’s Royal Beach.

On Wednesday morning, Darte, who was lord mayor when the investigation began, was asked why, in the almost two years since the investigation was launched, nothing was said publicly about the investigation or any of the interim reports the town received.

“Well, we didn’t have a report. We didn’t have all the information,” he said.

When he was asked why, when it was known there was E. coli in the water, the public was not notified, he said, “You should ask the staff that. They were in charge of that.”

As mayor at the time, what input did he have into the process? “I’d have to go back and recollect the whole thing. It’s been a while.”

When it was suggested that sewage leaks and something as critical as E. coli in the water at one of NOTL’s primary beaches would be of interest to the public, Darte abruptly ended the interview.

“You know what, I’m not comfortable with this conversation, so thank you very much.”

Adding, “I’m not comfortable with this line of questioning, thank you very much,” he ended the call.

– Kevin MacLean

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