Accountability

People want to be able to trust their leaders to do what is right.

It is too easy nowadays to become cynical, throw up our hands and declare we don’t want to hear about it anymore. I have a track record of demanding honest and factual answers from our governments and if elected I would continue that and also hopefully become your source for an honest fact or opinion on how our local government is handling an issue.

You can contact me at any time at: contact@chrisalemany.ca

Key Topics:

Finances


This is not fair. The current Tax shares in the City:
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Cutting services and people is just as unsustainable as raising taxes forever. Priority has to be balance, fairness, and focus.

Council pay raises should be determined by third party committees and a public forum.

Limit residential tax increases to 2%.


Community Engagement


Council meetings should be live web streamed and available for later viewing.

Public should be able to ask questions for Council meetings online.

All meetings with councillors participating should be available and prominently displayed on the website so the public knows what their Council are doing.


Access to Information


Public should not have to ask for Information. The goal should be automatic (web) publishing of all City created or received material including all minutes and agenda of all meetings unless confidential under the Municipal Act.

I have asked for information through the Federal Access to Information Act in the past in relation to the Port Authority and Regional District Transportation Committee. That process was a real eye opener and exposed some serious problems in the attitudes of some elements of local leadership towards openness and transparency.


Official Community Plan


Better adherence and reference to the values and goals of the OCP.

OCP review that includes consultation with SD70 around school placement.

Continue the use of the Strategic Plan to direct the actions of Council.

7 Responses to Accountability

  1. Susan Roth says:

    Right on Chris! I like your stand on all of this.

  2. chrisale says:

    Thanks Susan! But the important question is, did you vote in the “trust” poll!? ;-) (no need to say your answer of course! )

  3. Susan Roth says:

    Haha I didn’t. I can’t answer that question so easily. I like Port Alberni but find it a “tough” town. Too much instability for too long. As well, I don’t see a town with a heart. I see a town that too often disregards real problems. I see too much selfishness. Sorry. I know lots of good people that are trying hard to make things better but I can’t ignore those that want nothing more than to maintain themselves, and the status quo.

    Haha call me “negative” if you like. I am just tired of people sucking the life out of me in their efforts to get ahead. Leave my tax dollars out of it. I can’t afford to pay for other people’s hobbies and luxuries. I am having too hard of a time trying to keep my head above the water.

    • Susan Roth says:

      Oops! I put this is the wrong area. I thought you were talking about the poll on whether or not we like the town. I couldn’t answer it.

      I did answer the one about “trust.” Haha I lack trust. Remember I have seen things from the inside. I know what is said around the boardroom table (not the city’s boardroom table nonetheless one that was surrounded by local decision makers). I know that some elected officials don’t read or pay much attention to information in their meeting packages and make decisions based on their personal agendas. I have seen public money being abused in an effort to “win” — forget about what’s right or wrong. Haha I have no trust whatsoever!

  4. Romona says:

    Here is a response I received when I asked for info from city engineer.

    Hello Guy
    I have been looking for Recent city projects and cannot find links or pages showing any past or current projects the city has presented in the budget
    Here is a list of projects

    The Waste water treatment facility plan and design
    The water treatment plan
    Could you send a link or provide the detail of where I can find any past project reports
    Thanks

    Hi Ramona,

    Sorry, no links. Call me……

    Guy Cicon, P.Eng,

    City Engineer

    City of Port Alberni

    250 720-2838

  5. chrisale says:

    That is definitely something I’d like to see improved Romona. As far as I’m concerned any report, consult, or document created by the City that isn’t specifically labelled as confidential (for land, labour or legal issues) should be on the website!

    Not much staff to do it all though these days! Good to see Guy encouraged you to call! I’ve always found City staff very helpful and willing to try to help.

  6. Sid says:

    I love how you have your values spelled out so clearly like this! Thanks. I was planning to support you because of my awareness of your interpersonal style and your commitment to Port Alberni and the environment, but now I am even happier to support you, as I know how you stand on these other issues.

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