Comment 76903

By seancb (registered) - website | Posted May 15, 2012 at 11:37:53 in reply to Comment 76891

If we draw new wards with new names that are totally different than the old, then which ward would a current councillor run as an incumbent in?

Unfortunately no councillors seem to be able to consider the concept of a drastic redraw because it puts their job in such jeopardy that their minds have blocked the idea out. So their vision is a nudge here and there while maintaining the old ward numbers and maybe adding a mountain ward. If that's what ends up happening then there will be little positive effect on the city as a whole and most of this will, as they argue, be a weaste of energy and money.

If a neighbourhood used to be in ward #6 or #3 or whatnot, and becomes part of ward "Purple" (or whatever the new naming scheme is), how does that destroy the neighbourhood? I don't understand your concern... Neighbourhoods are much smaller than wards. If splitting a neighbourhood is a concern, then new boundaries could be drawn in such a way that they do not cut through historic neighbourhood boundaries. But even if an old neighbourhood straddled a new ward boundary, I don't get what the problem is. It might even be better as that association would have the ear of two councillors.

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