Comment 120917

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted March 15, 2017 at 08:33:29

One of the City's aspirations is to become the "best place for engaged citizens".

How, exactly, does Whitehead expect citizens to become engaged if Councillors will attack them and questions their motives for having the temerity to actually engage on issues ... that Council has actually identified as priorities!

Remember that Council signed the Pedestrian Charter, and approved the GRIDS study that highlighted the need to shift more trips away from automobiles to other modes. Council also spent many years planning LRT and asking the Province for the money to build it.

And if "engaged citizens" (the City's term) should never influence City policy, or the implementation of those policies, what is the point?

He is really arguing that citizens should just keep their mouth shut, stay apathetic, and trust their Councillors to divine the will of the people. And if Councillors vote repeatedly for a project or policy, and then undermine it when it comes time to implement it, well, that's not for us to criticize ...

Comment edited by kevlahan on 2017-03-15 08:35:58

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