Municipalooza! Tuesday April 16th !!!!! Free Forum,

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.


Here is some information on Open Data as many of you may not even know what it means.

Welcome to the Region of Waterloo’s Open Data Portal

The Region of Waterloo is committed to accountability and transparency. Open data allows the public to access the Region’s data more easily and encourages innovation in the community. The data can be used to:

  • solve unique problems
  • create mobile/web-based applications
  • promote community collaboration and greater citizen engagement

Open data Hamilton has a site here

Open Data would be great for Durham Region. When I have time have to download a myriad of PDF files and you can’t do anything with it.  Imagine an app to remind you to put the garbage out.

So come out to see what it means and leave with some new ideas and knowledge to work towards something here in Ajax and Durham Region.   If there is a working group here, I am not aware of it.

2 Responses to “Municipalooza! Tuesday April 16th !!!!! Free Forum,”

  1. Michael Baker Says:

    I sincerely hope that last night”s Municipalooza was a success.
    You obviously put a great deal of time & effort into providing voters with an opportunity to be educated & to participate in healthy open discussion on relevant & meaningful matters.
    What were some of the answers that Municipaooza produced?
    How can we bring about the kind of changes you & your speakers recommend?
    What is the next step in producing civic engagement & partnerships between our local politicians & voters here in Ajax … in Durham?

    The answers were that Municipalities can foster more engagement when giving up come control. This was illustrated in both participatory budgeting and the Open Data session. I have not formulated my post yet, it takes a bit to absorb stuff in my brain first. I invited some Staff to come and one did come as an observer and from what I saw he did enjoy the topic content. New ways of thinking are always hard to embrace in government, at all levels.

  2. Alarna Says:

    This was a great event! Thank you for taking the time to put it together. I look forward to attending future events!

    Everyone should come out to the next one, so informative

    Thank you!

    Admin: I am glad you enjoyed it and got something out of it. Should the next one be on a Sat or Sunday? We should plan trip to Guelph one time to go to one of the Neighbourhood meetings that are in the cycle where the priorities are set. See it in action. AMO should be a repository of information on this topic but there is nothing on the site. They follow me on twitter so maybe they will eventually :)

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