Sault Ste. Marie Mayor Christian Provenzano is promising action against online posts by local businessman Dave Selvers that many perceive as inappropriate and an embarrassment to the city.
The mayor's distaste for Selvers' controversial social media posts was expressed late last night in a tweet addressed to Saultites Tim Murphy and Lucas Schmiedendorf.
Provenzano didn't specify precisely what kind of action he was contemplating, but both Murphy and Schmiedendorf requested the city stop doing business with Selvers' company, Millennium Crane Rentals.
"Will the city do the right thing and follow Algoma Steel’s example in dealing with Dave Selvers and Millennium Crane?" Murphy asked, encouraging the mayor to "use your leadership to demonstrate that hatred has no place in the City of Sault Ste. Marie’s business affiliations."
"I am writing to verify that going forward, the city will commit to using other available companies such as Sterling or an out-of-town company instead of using taxpayer monies on Mr. Selvers' company," Schmiedendorf wrote.
"I agree with you
@timothyrmurphy," Provenzano responded in his late-night tweet.
"When [Schmiedendorf] raised this with me earlier today I told him I would get on it and get back to him. I am and I will. FTR [for the record] I acknowledge his point and I completely agree with your position."
Last night, SooToday reported that Algoma Steel, a Millennium Crane customer, had denounced Selvers' blog and Facebook page, which repeatedly attack women, liberal politicians, blacks, Muslims, media outlets and LGBTQ+ persons, using crude terminology including "n*****" and "filthy piss drinking Muslim swine."
Meanwhile, Selvers insisted in a late-night blog post of his own that he's done nothing wrong.