Thoughtful ideas on municipal politics and governance, with the occasional, 'S/he did WHAT?' Pity ScoopIt wasn't around when the councillor of a BC city stabbed a fellow councillor in the cheek with a ballpoint pen. Said councillor (the stabber, not the stabee), is now the mayor, I believe. Doesn't get much more up close and personal than municipal politics, does it?
Vancouver councillor and new housing officer call for clarity, and candour, on housing file.
Was just talking to a city councillor yesterday about the need - constant it seems - to explain to people what is council's job and what is admin's job. How have we failed to communicate this so drastically and so persistently? I think we need to look at our education systems and either introduce or revamp civics courses. I loved British and American history in high school. But what we need is knowledge about how to navigate our own lives now. Then we can go back and look at lessons we need to learn in order to not repeat the past.
City council speaker Frances Nunziata is reminding councillors to do-away with the theatrics and be on their best behaviour while at Toronto City Hall.
I find it so bizarre that Nunziata would write a letter like this. I watched the Monday council meeting when Ford was stripped of most of his powers as mayor online. Nunziata was either completely unwilling to or completely incapable of keeping - or restoring - order. So this is a bit rich. Why is she speaker again?
“I’d argue that this stems from Vancouver’s still-imbedded-but-painfully-outdated notion of civic government as non-partisan and being solely concerned with efficiency and elivering (sic) services.
One of two items on the politicization of administration at the city council level (see next scoop). What's really dangerous about this is the precedent it sets. Can a council ever fire a city manager who is actually incompetent without being accused of following a political agenda? Because odds are, in a city somewhere in Canada, there is a city manager who actually deserves to be fired.
“Aspiring to inspire: municipal politics at election time The Independent News There appears, in municipal politics even more than provincial and federal politics, to exist a principle I shall refer to as “competitive status quo”.”
“By 2030, 60 percent of the world’s population will live in cities. That could mean great things for economic growth—if the cities handle their expansion wisely. Here’s how. A McKinsey & Company article.”
Smart growth, doing more with less, getting buy-in for change. #munipoli #lethvote #yql13
He posited that civic engagement is a response to democratic erosion, which can be unhealthy if they don't acknowledge all four forms of erosion. Furthermore, we can fail to teach future generations about how to be citizens if ...
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford made a forced apology Tuesday for a remark he made during a heated exchange at a city council meeting Monday night.
The precedent of admin commenting on councillors' motions is indeed a dangerous one, although I don't know what the comment(s) was (were). But the gong show continues, obviously. Will be very interesting to see 2014 election results and how the citizenry reacts. Will we be able to tell if those who refuse to observe decorum were punished by the electorate? Is the electorate even paying attention? Will this circus galvanize voters? I was at a workshop Saturday on organizing electoral district associations and the presenter said, 'We're all freaks, spending a Saturday doing this.' He's kind of right about that. But hey, I've always liked the expression, 'Get your freak flag on.'
Vancouver city hall internal emails, obtained by The Province, suggest an unhealthy convergence between Mayor Gregor Robertson’s political communications staff and supposedly impartial bureaucrats who are meant to serve the public.
Hmmm, this wasn't really the article I was looking for (see previous scoop). But it belongs here too.
Their stubbornness, questionable competence and recklessness have damaged the mayor’s office
And no one is invincible. Polarizing tactics and the very concept of dualism - good/evil, if you're not with me, you're against me - is simplistic and unhelpful. There are many shades of green (couldn't bring myself to say gray). ;)
The city of Montreal has had two mayors ousted over an ongoing corruption scandal; London Mayor Joe Fontana in the midst of a court battle over allegations that he used public money to pay for his son's wedding; Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz was the...
Found this study fascinating, although puzzled more people don't consider a politician's oratorical skills important. Voters rarely look at politicians' entire voting record when deciding whether to support or not. Surely we all respond to not only the words being said but the sound of the person's voice on a fairly visceral level? I know I do.
This is Kennedy-esque rhetoric for the 21st Century and I wholeheartedly approve - and agree - with the points Councillor Thomas makes here. All his points are compelling - but especially number 5 - "Seek first to understand" and number 6 - "If you are visibly absent from an engagement opportunity, it will get noticed and conclusions may get made that you won't like." In 2013, this means: do not set up a Twitter account unless you are prepared to actually use it and engage with people via that medium. Don't set up a blog that doesn't permit comments (although you'd better be prepared to moderate them). Ditto a YouTube account. Nothing enrages people more than not being listened to. And when you run for office, you are asking people to listen to you. A one-way conversation is called a monologue. Or a lecture. Or propaganada. Is that who you - seeking office as someone who represents others - really think you should be? If it is, you shouldn't be running for office.
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