We are very lucky in Ward two. I think there are four very good candidates, all with their own strengths and abilities. All four of us have been involved in the community, and I believe are running for the right reasons.
But it's my job to convince you I'm the right choice. And to do that without casting any kind of shadow on the other candidates.
I believe most important part of the job of city councillor is communication. That runs in several different directions. Taking the concerns of ward residents to the council table, and beyond is certainly a large part of that. And of course, coming back in the opposite direction..taking the reaction of the city, and it's staff back to the ward. You are not always going to agree with those decisions. That is just the way life works. But you deserve as clear and concise an explanation as possible as to why those decisions were made, and why it's important your tax dollars go in that direction.
But does that really give you a direct say in how your money is spent? No it doesn't and that's why I am pledging to work to bring the concept of Participatory Budgeting to the city of Waterloo. You can check out more about the idea at www.participatorybudgeting.org Simply put, a group of people in the ward will brainstorm ideas and consider capital projects for their area. Once the proposals are put together, interested residents will vote on them, and the one receiving the most votes will be brought forward to the city, which, if approved will pay for the project.
The system gives people in the ward, the ones most able to see what the area needs, a real chance to tell city councillors, and staff where their priorities are.
It's a concrete step towards putting some power back in your hands, to improve your neighbourhood.
It's just one of a number of moves we can make to improve communication between you and the city. More of those are available on my commitments page.