Archive for the ‘Regional’ Category

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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Public Meetings- All Durham Local Councils updated

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

http://voicesofajax.com/?page_id=410

This is updated, all links tested.   Some websites are screaming for an intervention.

The pages are on the right side navigation down near the bottom.

The website from the Region is also a monster of a site as well.

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. 

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…)

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.

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?

Elliot Lake and Emergency Plans

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

First off,  it is a tragedy that happened in Elliot Lake and the ultimate responsibility lies with the owner of the Mall and I await an investigation as I heard that all property roof work inspections were passed. 

The response to the Emergency continues to make the press.  

I just want to point out that Elliot Lake is a single Tier Municipality– no Regional structure.  This is their Emergency Plan.   Every Municipality has them, time and resources have been spent putting them together.    The definition is broad and the mall collapse does fit into it.  (more…)

Did I see cameras at Brock Road and Kingston? Pickering

Monday, June 18th, 2012

I was driving to Pickering tonight and while sitting at a red light I saw what looked like cameras.   There is no signage to alert of red light cameras or surveillance cameras either.  I could be wrong but if you are driving west from Ajax look to the south east corner and up and to me it looks like a camera pointing into the intersection and would see traffic from the north side and I saw what looked like a camera that was viewing the south side heading North.  I saw two of them.

I will send an email to DRPS to ask but if any readers notice,  please let me know, do they look like cameras? These are not the things that are on top of lights to change the lights for approaching emergency vehicles,  these look like security cameras.

I know we are seen on traffic cameras on our highways but those are far back and you can’t identify anyone from a traffic camera.   These are different– if they are cameras , there is no sign telling pedestrians or anyone they are under surveillance.

Just wondering.

Need Pimps in Durham!- Local suppliers needed!

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Received the following in my email,  figured I would share it.    :)

LOCAL SUPPLIERS NEEDED!

 

Covanta and their contractor, Coutice Power Partners, are offering an Information Fair for potential local Subcontractors, Suppliers, and Service Providers of the future Durham York Energy Centre.

If your business can supply one or more of the Following products or services, you will want to attend this event. NOTE: to attend, you must be able to supply one or more of the goods or services listed below.

Millwork/ finish carpentry,

Joint sealers and Fire-stopping,

Supply of hollow metal doors and frames and finish hardware
Supply of wood doors
Carpet
Ceramic tile
Resilient sheet flooring
seeding for landscape work
Supply of pimps, hoses etc. for temporary water control during excavation
Supply of concrete/formwork accessories including waterstop, rigid insulation

Rental and purchase of small tools, compressors

Concrete pumps
Waste disposal service
Window blinds
Foot grilles
Bike racks and misc weldments
Signage
Wire-mesh partitions
Portable fire extinguishers
Toilet partitions
Washroom accessories
Trailer cleaning Services
Post-construction final cleaning
Temporary sanitary facilities
Temporary construction security
Guards services
Local fuel supply
Featured fountain system
General lumber system
Door and hardware installers

 
When:
Tuesday April 17 2012 (8am-11am)

Where:

Courtice Community Complex
2950 Courtice Road,
Courtice ON
L1E 2H8

To Register Contact:
Clarington Board of Trade & Economic Development Department

905-623-3106

What is a pimp in this context?  LOL!