In that I write about the number of people in the ward and what it will take to reach all of those house by October 26th ( the day before Election Day)
Since then, I've been working on it. I use my handy pedometer, mostly because I'm a bit of a strange character when it comes to numbers. So far, we've done about 25 thousand steps. I have a pretty good idea how far we have travelled, My knees, and thighs and various other parts have an even better idea.
Diana has been out with me for many of the walks. She really is a godsend. She has a knack for connecting with people, which becomes really helpful, and I admit after more than 30 years together, I've absorbed a bit of it. My oldest daughter Allison has also been out with me, and she is much the same as her mother, thank goodness, when it comes to people.
Most of the at the door interactions are just a basic connection. Here's who I am, and here is my information. Please take some time to go over it, and no matter what, get out and vote. Many times we run into people who know me from previous lives, on the radio or in the newspaper, and that's always good because it's a great starting point for a conversation.
I truly believe the job of a councillor is , first, to represent the views of people in the Ward to City Hall. And also to bring back the discussions and decisions at City Hall back to the Ward. The free flow of information is what differentiates our system from those places where democracy doesn't serve as the core of society. Ultimately the councillor serves the residents.
Sadly though, in an age where communication should be easier than ever, there seems to be a bottleneck somewhere. Maybe it's because people don't care, or they feel their opinions and values don't matter. Or perhaps it's because some organizations want to protect their turf.
Either way, we can't allow that to happen. We can never make everyone happy. But open and honest flows of information, at the very least allow us to understand why decisions are made