Bradley back after month-long illness

Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley listens to debate at the Lambton County Budget meeting, the first meeting he's attended in a month due to illness.

Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley listens to debate at the Lambton County Budget meeting, the first meeting he’s attended in a month due to illness.

Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley has returned to public life.

Bradley is usually a very public figure in the area, chairing Sarnia Council meetings, speaking at public events and representing the city at Lambton County Council. And he spends much of his day at City Hall, meeting with the public and staff. But over the last month he has been conspicuous by his absence raising questions at events and on social media sites.

Bradley says he, like many other people, fell ill with the upper respiratory influenza in February and didn’t leave his home for three weeks. The mayor began making short appearances at city hall a couple of weeks ago, but has missed several city and county council meetings.

On his first day back, during the Lambton County Budget sessions, colleagues said  it was good to see him back and asked how he was feeling. Some asked if he was sick or if it was something “more serious.” Bradley had several serious skin cancer operations over the years; he didn’t stop working during those treatments.

This time, Bradley says, he didn’t want to risk exposing anyone else to the flu.

The mayor is a little bemused by the attention joking that it was “amazing” the world went on without him but he says he learned a valuable lesson through it. “I will definitely have the flu shot next year,” Bradley says noting this year during discussions at county council he joked with other councilors he wouldn’t be getting the vaccination.

“What’s the downside? It’s kind of foolish because I could have perhaps mitigated this.”

 

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