The 300 or so attendees at Township of North Dundas Mayor Eric Duncan’s annual breakfast event got more than they anticipated Thurs., Nov. 30.

For that’s the morning Deputy-Mayor Gerry Boyce threw his script aside, and along with it any level of caution, to announce that he’d be running for mayor in the 2018 municipal election.

Forgot that Alex Munter, CEO of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, had just touched on issues of importance related to the city medical facility, and its impact on North Dundas.

Or that Gina Jaquemet had just pulled together the courage to face the audience and unload a wealth of personal and family trauma. From the emergency care needed by her children after birth, or the ongoing cancer treatment her niece is enduring, as the stories were told there weren’t many dry eyes in the audience.

And this is the time Boyce thought wise to embrace his intentions for next year. His chance to beat out the competition that doesn’t yet exist in a nomination race that isn’t open until next spring. Say this for him, it was a gutsy display. Through the stammering, Boyce got his point across and ensured all voters in attendance already knew at least one of the names that will be on next fall’s ballot.

Yet, more than anything else, it begs a question? Should such an opportunist be given the chance? Is “thinking about it in the shower that morning” enough to lead Boyce to victory next October.

If nothing else, lets hope for an exciting race to the finish after a much talked about beginning.

Now for some trash talk, and it has nothing to do with the poor decision by our deputy-mayor.

No, this has more to do with the North Dundas Parade of Lights. The volunteer-led spectacle went off without any noticeable hitch Sat., Dec. 2, and featured 60 floats making their way through the streets of Winchester.

Throughout the day leading up to the nighttime event, a number of activities kept the crowds entertained. Then, attendees lined the streets to catch a glimpse of all those taking part. The community embraced the event as it often does, and it is a sight to see.

What’s shameful, however, is the garbage that lines the streets in the parade’s aftermath. Despite best efforts to put trash receptacles in place, they go unused or overused and not cleaned out in time.

Parade organizers and township staff would be wise to better tackle the issue.

Such a positive event needs no black marks on it.