Norfolk mayor stirs up social media with Zoom hoaxes

Norfolk mayor stirs up social media with Zoom hoaxes

A few minutes into the board meeting conducted on Zoom became another point of contention for the Norfolk mayor’s critics.

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A few minutes into the board meeting conducted on Zoom became another point of contention for the Norfolk mayor’s critics.

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A YouTube video of a Long Point Conservation Authority meeting on Wednesday shows Crystal Chub interacting with her boyfriend who, at one point, covered her eyes with his hands during a recorded vote.

The man also caused “rabbit ears” behind the mayor’s head causing her to laugh.

A post on the Facebook page read: “Several phrases come to mind, not among them ‘behaving like an adult, professional fitness’ or ‘responsible leadership’.”

Chop defended herself, saying the interaction was one of the “embarrassing, funny, and harmless” things that can happen on Zoom.

She said she was away with her boyfriend, who entered the office, unaware that there was a meeting.

“I cannot control an adult man entering the room with a loving gesture. I have done nothing but sit there and do my work.”

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One of her fellow committee members, Coun. Robert Chambers of Brant County, said he noticed that Chubb seemed to be laughing back and forth with someone during the meeting, but he did not see her eyes covered or bunny ears.

“Some of the actions seem to be amplified by the Zoom side,” Chambers said.

“In a board meeting, I might roll my eyes or shake my head or someone might lean around the table to say something funny and not be noticed, but faces get zoomed in on Zoom.”

Others suggested on social media that the mayor should have excused herself if she couldn’t “remain professional,” while another said Chub was offended for having fun.

Chubb has been criticized in the past for impulsive gestures, including tearing up a report during a live board meeting. This led to an Integrity Commissioner’s investigation that cost the municipality $30,000.

She also came under fire for holding a media event in June 2020 where she and Mayor Haldemand cut their hair on the lawn of the Norfolk Administration Building in protest of the county’s decision to block the two counties from progressing their economic reopening process.

SGamble@postmedia.com

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