Lone protestor marches against corruption

BARRY’S BAY – It was a cold and bitter day on March 1, but that did not stop Combermere’s Patrick Mullen from marching the streets of Barry’s Bay.

With a sign in hand, Mullen stood outside the township office for several hours. He was campaigning for change on the national, provincial and local level.

Mullen said he does not feel much has come from the January 7, 2013 wastewater protests held in the Bay, adding that he feels current council lacks transparency.

Now that council is reviewing the wastewater fees, Mullen, who is on a septic system, said he will refuse to pay for the wastewater plant if council implements the charges.

On a provincial level, Mullen disagrees with the hydro rates, specifically the delivery charges.

Federally, Mullen calls the current government a corrupt one, referring to Steven Harper as the Crime Minister.

According to its website, the March Against Corruption is an international campaign to “raise awareness about the corrupting influence of money and special interests in governance and public policy making; to provide a forum for people, to organize and speak out against corruption; and to educate the public about the consequences of corruption.”

Marches were held in Ottawa and other cities around the world.