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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
I decided to run to be your Ward 4 Councillor because I felt residents needed strong representation and a vision for the future which reflected their needs and desires. It has been very encouraging to hear that we have a shared vision of the future of the Ward and our City.Read More
Climate change is the greatest challenge facing society today. As individuals and communities, we can play an important part in preventing and adapting to climate change. Our roles are increasingly important in: environmental planning and protection; ensuring economic stability, as well as in taking advantage of the development of new markets; and maintaining and improving public health and safety.Read More
Participatory budgeting represents a realistic approach to making this kind of citizen-led decision making possible. This goes beyond engagement and offers an entirely different way to involve communities and manage public money - one that is inclusive, fair and informed.Read More
For a few months now, I’ve been walking through neighbourhoods and getting to know the residents of Ward 4. This experience has been incredibly rewarding, informative, and encouraging. Today, I’m taking a few minutes to reflect on what I’ve heard.