Comment 105032

By KevinLove (registered) | Posted September 30, 2014 at 18:47:49

As a Participatory Budget Delegate, I can comment on the proposals that were made and supported by the community but were then arbitrarily killed - with no reason given - by city staff. So they never made it onto the ballot in the first place.

The power to kill proposals was only supposed to be used to eliminate non-feasible proposals such as "Let's build a rocket ship and travel to the moon." But staff used this power to kill proposals that they simply did not like.

Needless to say, these were common-sense proposals to do things like end rat-running "cut-through" car traffic as the Durand Neighbourhood Association has been asking for since 1976.

In my abundant spare time (...NOT...) I will write an article for RTH entitled "Reflections of a Participatory Budget Delegate." It is bad enough when bureaucrats sabotage proposals that made it onto the ballot and were approved by the voters. Then they appear to have figured out that it was much better to make sure that things they did not like never made it onto the ballot so the people never had any say in the first place.

Comment edited by KevinLove on 2014-09-30 18:55:44

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