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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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Regional Chair Annual Address- Ajax Tonight

Monday, April 8th, 2013

As I was browsing the agenda for Todays Council meeting did I notice that Roger Anderson is making his Annual Address to Council.

I have other plans but if I had more notice perhaps I would have juggled my schedule to attended.

Town of Ajax could have alerted via twitter he was coming,  we have one Regional Councillor that uses twitter but no mention.

So Roger is making the rounds, maybe he is working east to West and Pickering is next.  Not sure.

Ajax Council allows public questions at the end of the meeting on any item that is on the Agenda. 

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…)

Just the Top Sunshine in Ajax-

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

I tried to post an image of the Sunshine top earners but it is not working.
Testing   If it doesn’t work here is a link to the twitter post with the image.

Snow Plow Map- And it is colour coded!

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

In the Snow post I had written I wished there was a snow removal map that was colour coded so I could see where I was in the schedule,  it is not everything I had wanted but it does show what areas are cleared by Contractor companies and what areas are cleared by Town of Ajax staff.  All the trucks you see are with a Town Logo.

I had asked some questions regarding Snow clearing and here are Dave Meredith’s , Director of Operations responses.  The map is from 2011/12 season but it was the only electronic copy available.  It does need to be updated and hopefully this information will make it to the website. (more…)

Councillor wage freeze - Region of Durham

Monday, January 28th, 2013

You may have heard about the motion to have a wage freeze at the Durham Region Council.

Here are links to the speeches by our Ajax Regional Councillors,  Colleen Jordan and Mayor Steve Parish

Colleen Jordan is after the seconder of the motion, Peter Rodrigues of Pickering.
Mayor Parish   Mayor Parish references other ways to save a lot more money,  Merge Fire services with EMS  and his reasoning and size of council.    All valid arguments. 

Why did he not vote on the issue then, he said he would not support it, I have no idea.

I sent an email to Colleen to correct her report as she said All Councillors voted No.  In the time I was writing this post she replied and said she will correct her report.   Have not heard back from Parish why he missed the vote.

Credit to Kerry Casey Meydam for her youtube videos.   Here is a link to all of them if you are interested, I really liked Pickering Councillor Jennifer O’Connells, Whitby Don Mitchell can be heard on it as well.

They have to do something!   Here is the motion being moved by Councillor Akerman .

Why Councillor’s who represent the public who pay the bills have their salary increases linked to union settlements/non union staff is beyond me.

Renrick Ashby was endorsed by Ajax Firefighters association, so it would be interesting to know how he feels about Parish’s comments about merging with EMS at the Regional level.

Pickering wants the payoff now too! Motion to be willing Casino Host

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Here is a link to the article on durhamregion.com .

 Who would have thought that having a Casino in Ajax would lead to future shakedowns. 

I still believe we should be sharing some revenue with the Region but now Pickering wants to get a bribe offer as well to not have a Casino I think.

Pickering will state in their motion a willingness to share revenues of any Casino with Ajax AND Whitby.  

Ward 2 Community Meeting- Taxes and GO station

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

I was unable to make the last Ward 2 Community meeting , it was being held by all 3 North Councillors,  Renrick Ashby Ward 2 , Marilyn Crawford Ward 1 and Shaun Collier, Regional Wards 1, 2.

I was informed the 2 dominating topics were, Taxes and the GO station.

How do you feel about the property Taxes in Ajax?

Slots - speculation only

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Whitby wants some money from Ajax Downs,  Parish scoffs at this.  

I believe this still comes down to 407 and greenbelt.

Ajax built the Sportsplex up in the middle of nowhere at Taunton and Audley to ensure a North South link to 401 from 407 was not built on the Ajax side.   This forced a freeze on lands in West Whitby and no development meant no development charges for a large area of land during the phase that the 407 Environmental Assessment was going on.  

Maybe Whitby thinks it’s payback time. 

My opinion is some slot money should be shared with the Region, the road in front of the Slots is a Regional Road and if any issues occured it is Regional Police that respond.   Our Mayor offered Bike Trail money to the Region or Scugogg one time so there is some money to share.

But a split with Pickering, Whitby only .  No I don’t agree with that.   I wonder if Whitby is regretting their yes vote for Regional Chair election now.  

Agree - Disagree?

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 !!!!!!!!!!!!!