Archive for the ‘General Notices’ Category

My absence from blog

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

I had another email regarding where I have been.

My last blog post was in April just before Municipalooza , which was a great event even though not as many people attended that I would like but those that were there got a lot out of it and at some point I would like to do one again.

My life has become one where I say “At some point” because I really can’t make long term plans because I live in the here and now. (more…)

Ford Voted on his own issue in August 2010 — Where was vigilance then?

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

I am looking at a copy of minutes from the City of Toronto meeting from August 2010,  this is when he was still an annoying Councillor.     He was warned as well by the council speaker in advance of his vote and she testified in the court case.   Then he voted again in February 2012 it was only the vote in 2012 that is the cause of the situation currently.

Deadline to file a complaint is within six weeks of becoming aware of the the conflict and it has to be less then 6 years after the alleged conflict.

Here is a copy of the August 25, 2010 vote.  Ford announced his run in March of 2010 so the gravy train had left the station at this point. (more…)

Direct election passed at Durham Region

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Vote just happened for step 1. It passed but the people of Whitby need to ask their Mayor why she was not there to vote.  Now it is up to the lower tier to vote to ratify the decision.

I am on my phone and it’s about to die. I am glad I came and now the real work begins


Direct Election of the Regional Chair- Durham

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

The Region of Durham is holding a public meeting tomorrow morning at 10 am,  I am taking the day off work to attend.

This is in regards to the issue of Direct Election of the Regional Chair position. 

I have a confession to make.  In 2006 when only Ajax, Oshawa and Pickering had the question on the ballot, I voted No.   Let me explain.  I thought at least the Chair should come from elected Councillors though. 

I was under the impression the Regional Chair was a figurehead and only chaired meetings and was like the Speaker of the house per say, I know it sounds silly but really what do other people know about his role, the average citizen , of which I was in 2006 before opening this blog.   I did not think he had a tie breaking vote though like the elected Speaker in Ottawa.
I was not as politically aware in either Ajax or Durham politics.   I don’t vote yes for something I don’t understand. 

Then…. I learned the Regional Chair moves motions and has a lot more power then I knew so in 2010 I did vote Yes. 

Over 200K in salary, moves motions, sits on every Committee, should be elected by me.

Others say- “Why not appoint from sitting Mayors or Council?” 
** I don’t get to vote for anyone but a single Ward and Regional Councillor plus my own Mayor. 
**Local candidates run local elections in scope.

Urge your Council to support this Democratic method of Selection of the Regional Chair.

 I will endorse the site :    It’s my job as a citizen do this advocacy.

If you can’t make it to the meeting tomorrow, let your views be known to Councillors, your own and WHITBY’S !!!!!!!!!!!!!  

Too late to appeal Freedom Information request denial

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

I looked in my package to start filling out the form and I only had 30 days!  Doh!!!  It was in the letter so I was told, my eyes must have skipped over the 30 day window. 

I guess I figured I had 6 months , not sure why that was in my head. 

I can’t go any further with it. 

If something like this happens again you can be sure I will act faster!

Testing Blog feed

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

This is just a test post to see if google buzz picks it up in a feed. 

I did pick up my FOI package and I knew it was not going to give me what I was wanting but I will elaborate later.

Bill McLean takes Ward 2 Pickering - no race at all !

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Just checked the list of Candidates in Pickering to see if any last minute candidates.   Ken Nash is running for Mayor,  I recognize his name from letters to the Editor.   I always like people who write letters to newspapers.

I saw one name for Ward 2- Regional Seat.    Bill McLean.   I do like him and I have met him at various occasions where we both have been in attendance.  

BUT–  I don’t like seeing acclaimations in elections.   Incumbents still need to have their feet held to the fire and be accountable for their actions while defending their record. 

What happens if you raise money but no one runs against you ?  What happens to the cash in the warchest ? 

Anyways, congrats to Bill McLean ,  sorry you don’t get the fun of campaigning .  Enjoy a vacation I guess. 

Jim Abernathy has not declared yet - Clarington race.

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

All the Mayors in the Region have declared, From the West, Dave Ryan in Pickering, Steve Parish in Ajax , Pat Perkins in Whitby , John Gray in Oshawa.

Adrian Foster has declared his candidacy in Clarington to run for Mayor, a former local Councillor.

I won’t pretend to say I have any knowledge of this area so I don’t know what the deal is or any behind the scenes goings on but it obviously has to do with the incinerator.

I will just say, if he believes in what he is doing , if he can look residents in the eye and declare that he feels the incinerator is what is best for the Municipality then be better get his papers in otherwise his opponents and the anti incinerator crowd are correct.

Even if he does not win then so be it but don’t be a chicken like that Miller guy in Toronto.

You can’t make tough decisions on behalf of your citizens then not face them to defend those choices.

So something is going on if you don’t see the incumbent Mayor’s name on the nomination list at this point in the process. Mary Novak is the incumbent Regional Councillor and she supported the incinerator, she has put her name on the ballot, Charlie Trim and has not yet , Local Councillor Robinson is running at the Regional Level now.

This race will be an important one to watch.

H1N1- Ajax gets a 2 day clinic– Hey it’s better then nothing

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

This is in a comment below but I will put it in a new post. The notice was in my email at 2:32 this afternoon.


Hi Karem - Here is the lastest for you and your readers.

NEWS FLASH - Region to hold TWO-DAY H1N1 vaccination clinic in Ajax

Clinic is only for priority individuals.

The Region will be holding an H1N1 vaccination clinic on Nov. 12 and 13 from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Ajax Community Centre, 75 Centennial Rd. for priority individuals only. The two-day clinic will be held in the HMS Ajax Room. Parking and entrance to the clinic are on the south side of the building.

Priority individuals include:

- people from six-months old to under 65-years old with chronic medical conditions;
- pregnant women;
- healthy children from six-months old to under five-years old;
- persons residing in remote and isolated settings or communities;
- health care workers; and
- household contacts and care providers of persons at high risk who cannot be immunized or who may not respond to vaccines.

The Region will notify residents of additional clinics as resources become available.

For more information on H1N1 influenza or influenza in general,

please visit

call Durham Health Connection Line at 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729.

Enjoy the Fall

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

The blog will not close but I do have other priorities at the moment involving family.

I have to get my mother moved out of her house in a few months then we have to get the house ready to sell.

I have contemplated moving her up here to be closer to me but she is still able to live on her own so being near her friends is important to her and the main reason for me to keep her in the Niagara area is because her Doctor is there. She is 75 years old and it is hard enough to find a doctor, try finding one when you actually have issues that need to be monitored. (more…)