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Municipalooza! Tuesday April 16th !!!!! Free Forum,

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

First in a Series of speaker forums focusing on Topics from a Municipal level point of view.

Tuesday April 16th -  Rotary Room in Ajax Library
55 Harwood Avenue South
Ajax, Ontario

I am very happy all speakers are confirmed for Municipalooza Tuesday April 16th
Doors open at 6pm - Panel begins 6:30 event ends 8:30 pm.

Kelly Guthrie Community Engagement Coordinator  from the City of Guelph will be sharing her knowledge of Participatory Budgeting as a concept and how the City of Guelph uses this to engage citizens”
Kelly has spoken about this topic on CBC radio in the past.

Maddie Di Muccio , Councillor Town of Newmarket, Regular Columnist  Toronto Sun  will talk about Council Transparency.

Joey Coleman , - Is Canada’s first crowdfunded journalist. Based in Hamilton, Joey covers all municipal government and board meetings, responds to reader inquiries at all hours, and livestreams from breaking news events. Prior to breaking out on his own, Joey worked for Maclean’s and The Globe and Mail. A nerd at heart, Joey is a leader in Hamilton’s Open Data movement believing that journalism is not gatekeeping, but gate-opening.
The topic of Joey’s talk is entitled “Building an Open Data ecosystem for all to access, not just elites”

How do we build open data so it is accessible to all citizens and not just those with specialized skills such as information management or coding? In Hamilton, municipal open data is being implemented because of advocacy among neighbourhood associations and community groups, not solely from the developer community, with the goal of ensuring all citizens can use open data.

It’s a unique partnership - what does it mean for open data, open government, and civic engagement?
Join this discussion as we explore the question.

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Municipalooza Tuesday April 16th

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

First in a Series of speaker forums focusing on Topics from a Municipal level point of view.

Tuesday April 16th -  Rotary Room in Ajax Library
55 Harwood Avenue South
Ajax, Ontario

I am very happy all speakers are confirmed for Municipalooza Tuesday April 16th
Doors open at 6pm - Panel begins 6:30 event ends 8:30 pm.

Kelly Guthrie Community Engagement Coordinator  from the City of Guelph will be sharing her knowledge of Participatory Budgeting as a concept and how the City of Guelph uses this to engage citizens”
Kelly has spoken about this topic on CBC radio in the past.

Maddie Di Muccio , Councillor Town of Newmarket, Regular Columnist  Toronto Sun  will talk about Council Transparency.

Joey Coleman , - Is Canada’s first crowdfunded journalist. Based in Hamilton, Joey covers all municipal government and board meetings, responds to reader inquiries at all hours, and livestreams from breaking news events. Prior to breaking out on his own, Joey worked for Maclean’s and The Globe and Mail. A nerd at heart, Joey is a leader in Hamilton’s Open Data movement believing that journalism is not gatekeeping, but gate-opening. 
The topic of Joey’s talk is entitled “Building an Open Data ecosystem for all to access, not just elites”
How do we build open data so it is accessible to all citizens and not just those with specialized skills such as information management or coding? In Hamilton, municipal open data is being implemented because of advocacy among neighbourhood associations and community groups, not solely from the developer community, with the goal of ensuring all citizens can use open data. It’s a unique partnership - what does it mean for open data, open government, and civic engagement?
Join this discussion as we explore the question. (more…)

Deport Renrick Ashby to Pickering - He violated their code of Conduct.

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Had Renrick Ashby been Ward 2 Councillor in Pickering the following would apply in this situation of his charges of operating a business without a Liquor Licence.

Pickering has a section that covers Applicable Laws and Policies: Renrick violated this as I read it.  Citizens are not expected to be lawyers and Councillor Codes are not supposed to be written in such a way that you need a lawyer to know if you broke it.  (more…)

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 :
www.accountabilitystartsatthetop.com    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 !!!!!!!!!!!!!  
 

Ward 1 and 2 meeting- Ok turnout - Rob Ford was in attendance

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

For the size of Ward 1 and 2 there should have been more people but it was ok.   It was exciting and interesting!  

It is a shame there is not an equivalent meeting for Ward 3 and 4, at least there is none scheduled as of yet. (more…)

Those damn parked cars on Knapton!

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

When I visit my friends in Peterborough I have to pay attention to the signs telling me which side of the street I can park on.  They don’t allow you to park your car on both sides of the street.  They split the month and from the 1st to the 15th you park on one side and from the 16th to the end of the month you can park on the other. 

Every morning I drive down my street and dodge the cars on Knapton while I make my way to Westney Road and every day there are cars parked in front of houses on both sides.    This makes it very difficult to drive and if there is a car coming from the opposite side someone has to be the gracious person and stop and wave the other through.  

We should allow parking on one side of the street only — on narrow streets, which would be most new streets in this Town.

Cars are parked on Knapton all night also, once in a while I see tickets from a blitz but I don’t care if the cars are parked on the road, I just hate it when they are on both sides of the street.

I don’t think our bylaw should only ticket on a complaint process as it creates the environment of people ratting on their neighbours, we pay bylaw to patrol and enforce don’t we?

Do we need a bylaw to stop parking on both sides of the street?   I am not in support of permit parking on the street as that is just a cash grab, I just want to have less car dodging.

Email to Councillors- 1 response- Conference Rules

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

I sent the following email to the incumbent Councillors Colleen Jordan, Pat Brown, Joanne Dies and the Mayor,  I cc’d Scott Crawford , Shaun Collier and the other guy just for information.  (more…)

Whitby Ajax Community Garden Open House

Monday, July 20th, 2009

On Saturday I went to the Whitby Ajax Community Garden open house, here is a link to pictures I took. They had tours of the garden, some craft displays and Richard Cooke involved with Durham Lives was doing Geocaching demonstration, I won a small prize, you can find out about geocaching in Durham Region here. I had already put my camera in the car and was going to go home so when I decided to stay for a geocaching demo, I have no pics of Richard.

My son and I help out at the garden when we can in the communal garden area that benefits foodbanks.

This garden is a seven years old and is another example of what a successful community garden can be.

We are hoping that a garden in Ajax will come to be.

My Plan B location did not work out.

Community Garden Project - Seeds of Hope

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

Please see this new page

If you want to be involved with this, helping to find space or helping with the building of it or helping with the maintaining of a garden once it is built please contact me through the blog.

In order for the garden to be sustained over the long run, it must be housed on public land - ideal is central in Ajax and close to transit.

I emailed the Town today and it is Saturday so they really don’t know my plan yet, I did speak to Pat Brown on the phone due to the fact the park in question is in her ward.

If this location is not going to be available then it is on to Plan B, that land is publically owned also.

Lots of stuff going on-

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

I am working on some “misinformation” where I have I heard that term before??? I get the feeling that if residents know something Council/Staff does not — we are misinformed :)

Pavilion: Those are my tax dollars at work so I want to be able to access the area and not feel like an interloper but I don’t want to be where I am not welcome, please find a solution and work with the community.

Citizens of Ajax, there has been a few issues I have read about in the paper that have residents trying to be heard. The most important day to be heard is election day and we still get less then 30%, way less then that coming out to vote. Take those feelings and remember them in November 2010! Is it fair that about 23% are voting in the 7 people that are charting the course for this town???

No it is not. (more…)