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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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Councillor link to Websites and social media

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Here is a link to a new page — All pages are down the right navigation pane.

http://voicesofajax.com/?page_id=445

The Town of Ajax does not link to election websites or candidate websites , I think this is a mistake.  As long as all have equal opportunity the Town should support it and provide links to webpages.

The Town must have increased their Councillor Communication budget as some have Town Hall meetings regularly.

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…)

Municapalooza and Facebook Page

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

I am a little late to the game but I did open a Facebook page for the blog.  You can like it if you want to but don’t bother if you are just going to like it to tell me I suck.  :)

Here is a link to the page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Voices-of-Ajax/159113084248765   .

Remember last year when I said I wanted to have forums on various topics, I am trying to have the first one in a series I will be calling Municapalooza.  I will post all the details when I have confirmations but the date is scheduled to be Tuesday April 16th, 6:00 arrival with the panel to begin at 6:30 sharp, event ends at 8:30 .

If you are on twitter follow the hashtag #municapalooza  and details will be there as well.

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 !!!!!!!!!!!!!  
 

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.  

OMFG- I can’t believe what I just read

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

First off,  Brock readers are in Durham so the Brock Citizen should be part of Durhamregion.com  not Kiwartha times or whatever,  Kiwartha doesn’t give a crap about Durham chair I bet. 

Here is todays durhamregion.com article,  read Keith Shier’s comments, the way it is coming across, the voters who voted yes did not really understand the question, the article does not indicate his support. So if I am wrong, correct me.  

Now on the premise that Keith is not for direct election, his candidate profile is very suspect.  “There should be no secret deals or meetings”  I agree fully.

The referendum question was on all ballots in the Region last election, it was candidates responsibility to educate the electorate.  

All Durham news sources of metroland should be together. 

No doubt many Brock residents work in neighbouring York Region and Kiwartha but for political boundaries, they are in Durham Region and should be exposed to the news of Durham Region. 

Hansard– Why not at the Municipal level

Monday, March 19th, 2012

I have come to the conclusion that the ultimate method of having Municipal council minutes better and more informative to the citizen that was not there is to not have minutes at all but have this.

The debates of the House of Commons are reported verbatim, recording correctly what was said by each Member in the House. Slight verbal alterations are allowed to be made by a Member in order to make the meaning more precise and accurate; however, no words or phrases may be inserted to effect material changes in the meaning of what was actually said in the House.

Hansard.   I ask why not?

I have read minutes of meetings I was at and there is no mention of councillors questions on anything or staff responses,  just “The issue of  _____ was discussed”  I would like to know more!

So what if the council meeting is broadcast on tv,  if I miss it I want to read the record.  I can watch CPAC and watch question period, doesn’t mean I can’t read the hansard a year later if I want to.

Sounds like a question for the Province because any time you want to change something at the Municipal level they just point upwards.

Joe?  Joe Dickson are you there? What do you think?

Then I could do just what How’d they Vote do stats on them.

Technically the Hansard is created because they record the official spoken word at the “meeting” .  It’s amazing that technology has advanced that software exists to take the recorded audio and transcribe it for editing.  Not like some clerk has to sit and type it all up!

Ward 2 Community Meeting– Good turnout 40+

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Keep having meetings — people will come-  South Ajax take note please.

Chris Alexander was not in attendance but sent a Rep, Joe Dickson was in for a while.

Ward 2 would like to invite the Mayor to come to the next one and answer their questions.

Different community , some common issues but unlike the last Ward 1 meeting I went to there were no budget questions- I don’t mean Michael Baker budget questions but there were a few on the process from the last one but this meeting crowd was more interested in services.   One question about the increasing taxes every year.

The meetings will continue to be informal, the feedback was quarterly was enough for meeting frequency.  One person did say that he was at the last one so he wanted a section for followup - he used the word action items I think.   Which is what should happen, it has to be two way , residents can’t just continue to voice concerns without updates on the solutions.

Also I learned that the reason the Council meeting was cancelled Monday was there is a conference in the City and guess what– The Mayor is staying in the City for the duration whereas Shaun said he was going back and forth daily.  It started on Sunday and finishes today or tomorrow, I forgot that part.

Near the end Renrick brought up the issue of Direct Election of the Regional Chair and a few people put their hands up that they support it, the rest never really thought about it and some think it’s a good idea.   Since Renrick brought up the structure of Regional Government it gave me the opportunity to inform the crowd that our Mayor who is also a Regional Council has only attended 2 Health and Social Services Committee meetings I asked him why , he said “Why don’t you ask him”  I said I will,  then he asked the crowd if they would like the Mayor invited to a meeting to respond to questions, they said yes.   OK but I will ask him before that happens.

I will update more later.

Councillor Open Houses- Feb 28 Wards 1 and 2.

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Ward 1 :  Copied from the Town Website.

Why is Renrick having Joe Dickson and Chris Alexander at a local meeting?  Silly if you ask me. (Ward 2)

Ajax Ward 1 Councillor Marilyn Crawford to host community meeting
February 28

February 21, 2012 

News Release

February 21, 2012

 

Ajax Ward 1 Councillor Marilyn Crawford to host community meeting February 28

 

Residents of Ajax Ward 1 are invited to attend a community meeting hosted by Councillor Marilyn Crawford February 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Westney Heights Public School.

 

This is the second in a series of neighbourhood-focused community meetings planned for 2012 in Ward 1.

 

“I look forward to meeting with community members and ensuring your concerns are heard and addressed,” said Councillor Crawford.

 

The community meeting takes place at Westney Heights Public School (45 Brennan Rd.) in the Library.

 

For more information, please contact Marilyn Crawford, Ward 1 Councillor at 905-550-1133 or marilyn.crawford@ajax.ca

 

 

Ajax Ward 2 Councillor Renrick Ashby to host community discussion
February 28

February 15, 2012

News Release

February 15, 2012

 

Ajax Ward 2 Councillor Renrick Ashby to host community discussion February 28

 

Residents of Ajax Ward 2 are invited to attend a community discussion hosted by Councillor Renrick Ashby February 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. at J. Clarke Richardson Collegiate. MP Chris Alexander and MPP Joe Dickson will also be in attendance.

 

The third community open house hosted by Councillor Ashby encourages residents to engage in open dialogue on local and ward related issues.

 

“I value the participation of the community and look forward to these occasions to listen to our residents and receive valuable feedback,” said Councillor Ashby.

 

The community discussion takes place at J.Clarke Richardson (1355 Harwood Ave. N.) in the Theatre Arts room.

 

For more information, please contact Renrick Ashby, Ward 2 Councillor at 905-621-6062 or renrick.ashby@ajax.ca.

 

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