Earlier this month, a group of residents, called the Citizens’ Assembly for Stronger Elections, shared a series of ideas that have the potential of strengthening how our City’s democracy functions, including how our elections are run.
On November 8, 2017, in partnership with Happy City, I co-hosted a Community Meeting in Kenmount Terrace. The purpose was to give residents an opportunity to share ideas, issues and concerns with City Councillors and to provide an opportunity to talk with fellow neighbours about the future of their neighbourhood.
With this budget, I am being asked to approve the spending of $294,000,000. That’s a responsibility I take very seriously. Whether you are a home owner, renter, business owner in our City, or otherwise, you work hard for that money and it has to be spent wisely. During the budget process internally, I spent a lot of time, as you would expect and deserve, pouring over the numbers and building an understanding of the budget, the services offered, and whether I agreed with the way the spending was balanced. In the end, I decided to oppose the budget. Here are my reasons.