Archive for the ‘Procedural and Rules- Legislative’ Category

Newmarket - Maddie’s Di Muccio’s Struggles

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Maddie Di Muccio is a Councillor in Newmarket, she was a panelist on my Municipalooza and talked about Councillor transparency.

I don’t know what is going on in Newmarket but I am posting her letter and if anyone comes across it and has friends in the Newmarket area, send the info to them.

Here are her words.

Maddie writes a column in the Toronto Sun as well.  She is a very passionate woman in local Politics.

If you follow me on twitter when the new post alert comes out, please retweet it as well.

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General Government Meeting April 4th - GGC

Friday, April 5th, 2013

The public meeting was only 10 minutes on You Tube.

In Camera 1pm 3 separate items
Public agenda was 4 items .

Items on Public agenda are:

Development Charge Reserve Fund- Treasurers annual report
Contract Award Street light maintenance
Duffins Creek Water Pollution Control Plant Outfall Environmental Assessment - Status
Assumption of Subdivision

There was only 1 item separated out and discussed. The Duffins Creek Water Pollution Control Plant (more…)

Renrick Ashby update Liquer Licence Court Date

Friday, February 15th, 2013

I received an email from Nancy Henry, she attended the hearing and states that Renrick was not in attendance.

Here is her email.


I was in court today to view the outcome of the charges laid against Councillor Ashby.

He(Lawyer)  only represented Renrick & Nexx…….
No lawyer present for Permell & Erica Ashby.
Councillor Ashby’s lawyer told the judge that Erica and Permell had not come to see him yet….although he suspected they would and he might be representing all of them.

The lawyer received new discoveries today from the prosecution. As a result he’s asked for a continuance until, March 19,1:30.

Mr. Ashbys lawyer told the judge that they were on there way to working out a deal with the prosecution.

So…no Renrick today….no Erica or Permell. Just lawyers!


So it appears the Nexx Lounge is a Family business.   No press was in attendance that Nancy noticed.

His next date is next Friday for zoning issues.

Renrick Ashby- Page for all Information created

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

I have created a new page to house all information pertaining to Renrick Ashby and his Liquor Licence issue as more information is known.

Nancy Henry sent me a post that I put on it.

Renrick Ashby Nexx Lounge - Breaking News- zoning info

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

The Town of Ajax has laid zoning By-law charges against Renrick but it is an open investigation and the Media did not really elude to what the infractions are.   Renrick stated in the article the business had consistent uses for the zoning of the plaza. He is wrong and it is misleading to the public.   (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…)

Not a criminal offence- But are councillors above the rules?

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

The story is making the rounds now you can read it here - Excellent work Reka!
Renrick Ashby has been charged with Liquor Licence related charges - Provincial and Local By-law infractions for not having an entertainment Licence.

I laughed when the Fire department was mentioned in the article, remember the union endorsed Renrick and they put signs up for him.

Everyone knows Liquor rules!  Councillors who own a business that is a bar should be extra vigilant.  Anyone that has ever had a stag and doe party and weddings knows about liquor licences.

When you own a business you are responsible for all compliance issues, even if you entrust day to day operations to a manager– this is an excuse that I am expecting to come out.  Renrick is the President and the buck stops with him.  Does he still work with the City of Toronto?

A Councillor that enters into a business with anyone needs to also ensure who they do business with is skilled in regulation and compliance requirements to operate said Business.

I was actually thinking of giving up the blog cause I was politically bored and not too interested lately but I changed my mind.  Maybe tomorrow I will post links to some of my favourite Renrick blog posts.

How long was Renrick the owner of this place?  I have no idea who the other people are that are connected to it.
They did not comply with the Ajax Entertainment by-law and I ask ,  if there was no raid when would this have come to light that he had no Municipal Licence?  They were supposed to supply a certificate of insurance with the Town.

Can’t wait to read more as this story develops!

Next election is October 2014!
Let’s remember this incident folks! you can be sure you will be reminded though.

Who wants to go to the Next Council Meeting?

Saturday February 16th from 2-4 pm is Renrick’s unplugged session.  Maybe in addition to being unplugged he will be unhinged! 

Open Season on Mayors!

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

So what do we think about Toronto Mayor Rob Ford being kicked out of office?

I will say , I have been an on and off again Ford Fan but this issue has turned into a witch hunt. 

The Municipal Conflict of Interest act is unenforced, if the Province really felt it wanted to protect us it would enforce the law and not leave it to Citizens to obtain lawyers- lucky if you get one to work for free if they are motivated enough to do it.   Glory and political outcome.

If Mayor Ford had just had a lovely Mayor’s gala with the Football foundation as the recipient of the money raised, all would be ok.     That’s my thinking.   Then he could have stood up in Council and announced the event and sent invites on City letterhead even.

Do they not have Mayor Galas in Toronto?  All the  burbs around the city have them.

I realise the reason the he is out is because he spoke on an issue that he was involved in but the act itself gives loopholes so it does not have to be strictly enforced if a judge so decided.  

How did Mayor McCallion survive on what I feel was a larger abuse of the law?

If they like you , it’s ok if they don’t , look out.  

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 !!!!!!!!!!!!!  

New Page on right side- Verbatim Records of meetings

Monday, March 26th, 2012

I created a new page to document the activities of this wider issue I am advocating for.

Verbatim Records of meetings.  In the pages section.