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.
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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.
In consultation with other districts, investigate the creation of a Valley wide District Municipality to expand the tax base, reduce duplication, and provide a voice to all residents of the Valley on affairs in the City.
Limit residential tax increases to 2%.
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.