Ideas for a better democracy

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.

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Ian Froude
Kenmount Terrace community meeting report

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.

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Ian Froude
My view on St. John's Budget 2018

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.

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Ian Froude
Campaign Spending and Fundraising Report

My full list of donors can be found here. I have also submitted my required campaign disclosure form to the City of St. John's. This will be available on their website early in the new year. There isn't any additional information on that form than there is at the link with my full list of donors above in this paragraph, but I will be posting a PDF of this form in the coming couple of days. And my campaign budget, as projected is here. The actual spending details are below.

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Public engagement is a vital step in the budget process

Councillors Burton and Froude are calling for a clear public engagement policy for the future. “It’s too late for this year, but this should never happen again,” say Burton and Froude.

They are also calling for public engagement sessions to begin for the 2018 Capital Budget, which will be released in the Spring of 2018. In addition, they want to see immediate steps taken for engagement on the 2019-2021 three-year City Budget.

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Ian Froude