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General Politics Discussion
#11
(06-23-2015, 09:57 AM)Spokes Wrote: If they appoint someone people are going to freak out and say it's due to their pro-LRT agenda

Then there is only one choice: Jay Aissa!!
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#12
The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is seeking feedback on the Municipal Elections Act including the topics of:
Ranked Ballots
Campaign Finance
Third Party Advertising
Accessibility
Enforcement

http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page11112.aspx
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#13
(06-23-2015, 10:14 AM)MidTowner Wrote: That's what I was thinking, too; well, some people will...

An appointment might make sense later in the term, but less than a year in, I hope they have the sense to just call a byelection. I know it's costly, but I think it would be the right thing to do given that the individual will be representing us for 80% of a full term.

Evidently, Regional Council may appoint the fifth-place finisher from last year, Elizabeth Clarke, to fill the vacancy left by Mr. Wettlaufer's death. I can see the sense, since she was only a few hundred votes behind in a relatively recent election. I still personally feel that a byelection would be called for.
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#14
Sounds good to me.

It's not like they're appointing the 5th person out of a race of 5 people!
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#15
No 6-month update on Ion progress or future construction plans in the planning and works agenda (although there reports about GO, pedestrian access at Hayward, removal of turning lane on Westmount at Glasgow, etc.) for next week, but there is another report posted. The final report of KPMG's service review of the region. It identifies 5 "top opportunities" for council to consider in the recommendations below as well as a tonne of other "Opportunities Requiring Additional Investigation." There will be a public meeting September 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm in the Regional Council chambers for public feedback on the report.

Recommendation: That the Region of Waterloo not renew its contract for direct delivery of Employment Ontario services at the conclusion of the current contract (March 31, 2016).

Recommendation: That the Region and interested municipalities (invite all area municipalities to participate) conduct a detailed review to further explore the feasibility of a shared data centre, and a shared service desk and deskside support service as a first step to expanded collaboration.

Recommendation: Restructure the road maintenance agreement based on the following principles to reduce the cost of road maintenance operations for the citizens of Waterloo Region:
-Establish the same rate structure for all participating area municipalities.
-Make the rate a combination of a fixed amount per km and a variable amount per km.
-The variable payment should be tied to the Environment Canada reported snowfall record.
-Municipalities should be able to manage expenses and retain any savings, subject to meeting the established service level.
-The above changes can be implemented in the short term with any municipalities that agree, or introduced as part of the next contract negotiation.
-That the Region explore with the Townships the desire to merge road operations by having the Region purchase services from the Townships – or sell services to the Townships.

Recommendation: The opportunity for incremental cost optimizations and revenue increases exist. The Region should complete the master plan/business plan and present their approach to increasing revenue and managing both operational and capital expenses.

Recommendation: The Region should establish a net levy target for airport management to budget against to control operating and capital expenditures.

Recommendation: The Region of Waterloo should test the market for a range of private sector involvement to determine the level of interest from potential private sector partners to not only drive operational and strategic goals but also reduce the operational costs and impact on the property tax levy.

Recommendation: That the Region develop a detailed plan to phase out the five Regionally owned Children’s Centres over a 5 year period, using the savings to expand the number of subsidized spaces available to be delivered by other childcare providers in the community.

Recommendation: That the Home Child Care operation should continue at present, with these changes over time:
a) Home Child Care should be expanded in areas as required to support the transition plan for the Children’s Centres.
b) Encourage / facilitate the formation of a full service home child care agency in the community, serving all age groups.

Other agendas for next week:
community services
administration and finance
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#16
The provincial cabinet shuffle today will see two new roles for local MPPs, the Record reports.

Kathryn McGarry of Cambridge will be promoted from Natural Resources to become Minister of Transportation - a boost for that city's commuting aspirations?

Daiene Vernile of Kitchener takes her first cabinet post - Tourism, Culture and Sport. Her federal colleague, Bardish Chagger of Waterloo, holds the Tourism post in Ottawa.
My Twitter: @KevinLMaps
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#17
(01-17-2018, 09:37 AM)KevinL Wrote: The provincial cabinet shuffle today will see two new roles for local MPPs, the Record reports.

Kathryn McGarry of Cambridge will be promoted from Natural Resources to become Minister of Transportation - a boost for that city's commuting aspirations?

Daiene Vernile of Kitchener takes her first cabinet post - Tourism, Culture and Sport. Her federal colleague, Bardish Chagger of Waterloo, holds the Tourism post in Ottawa.

Small Business and Tourism.  Also Government Leader in the House.
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#18
What's with local PC candidates avoiding interviews and debates?

How can I know if I want to vote for a candidate, if I can't get to know what they stand for, what type of person they are, if they are open to discussion and dialogue or receptive to new ideas, etc.?

Is this part of a broader strategy or just a coincidence?
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#19
It's not really a new conservative strategy. They know they have a loose coalition of fiscal and social conservatives, and they want to keep everything on message. I'm guessing their data says that their base doesn't care about local candidates, just Doug Ford, and wants to avoid any gaffes.
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#20
(05-14-2018, 11:07 PM)taylortbb Wrote: It's not really a new conservative strategy. They know they have a loose coalition of fiscal and social conservatives, and they want to keep everything on message. I'm guessing their data says that their base doesn't care about local candidates, just Doug Ford, and wants to avoid any gaffes.

There will always be a shockingly large number of people willing to elect a nincompoop as premier (or president). But to actually win, they need to pull in a fair number of useful idiots who don’t actually want to elect a nincompoop, but who won’t realize they are about to do so unless he pretty much comes right out and says “I’m naked after all” on TV. Since he is a nincompoop, there is a chance he and/or his candidates might do so accidentally. Hence, the need to avoid any unnecessary engagements with the instruments of democracy.
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