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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…)

Pay to Use Carpool lanes - Stupid! Slap in face to carpoolers

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Ont. Finance Minister Charles Sousa was floating the idea of single occupant vehicles paying to use the HOV lanes.   My carpool was livid and we don’t even have the use of them on our commute.

The carpool lanes were put in place to encourage carpooling and they are growing in use.  I have coworkers in Mississauga that use the QEW lanes and the 404 lanes.  There are those that are against carpool lanes because they claim the lanes will just be added to the road capacity and revert to regular lanes in time.  Don’t prove them right.

The original plan for the QEW widening did not include carpool lanes but the Halton Environmental Network lobbied hard to have the carpool lane constructed since they were doing the road work anyways while the 404 was a planned carpool project. (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.

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…)

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.

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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!

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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.

That was a lot of Snow! - Town response was confusing!

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Well it’s been a week since the big snowstorm last Friday and the snow is on it’s way to melting.   I have to tell you though I did enjoy it and was happy to see some winter for a change but living in an Urban area large amounts of snow will always present challenges for residents and Operations.

I would  not want to be a snow plow operator and I am sure the job is very hard.  I salute those that did their best to keep our roads clear.   Now on to my general feelings of the response. (more…)

Marc Garneau coming to the Durham area

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Marc Garneau who is a candidate for the Federal Liberal Leadership is coming to the Durham Region area, here are the details.

Marc Garneau will be in the Durham Region area on Sunday - This Sunday so mark your calendars. First Stop is Durham Federal Riding AGM - Annual General Meeting in Blackstock at the Blackstock Rec centre 3440 Church Street 2-3:15 pm.
THEN to Oshawa
4-5 pm at the Oshawa Airport Enterprise Hanger 1191 Keith Ross Drive Oshawa.

I will be going to Oshawa event!

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.

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.

http://voicesofajax.com/?page_id=429

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…)