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General Politics Discussion - dunkalunk - 08-31-2014

General Politics Discussion



Re: General Politics Discussion - Spokes - 08-31-2014

dunkalunk Wrote:sample text

maybe this should be a subforum?

You're right, it definitely should be.

This is great, and the kind of stuff we need. I'm doing my best to rack my brain to think of what threads we have, and samnabi is trying to recover some, but anything YOU USERS can remember is great. Post it over here: viewtopic.php?f=22&t=66


RE: General Politics Discussion - Pheidippides - 01-29-2015

Wasn't sure where to put this.

The region is hosting its own discussion board to collect input on priorities for 2015-2018.

"The Region will be collecting community input over the winter and spring of 2015 to identify where the region should focus financial and people resources to have the most impact on the community."

Info here:
http://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/regionalgovernment/publicinput.asp

Forum here:
http://stratchat.regionofwaterloo.ca/


RE: General Politics Discussion - nms - 01-30-2015

(01-29-2015, 12:22 AM)Pheidippides Wrote: Wasn't sure where to put this.

The region is hosting its own discussion board to collect input on priorities for 2015-2018.

"The Region will be collecting community input over the winter and spring of 2015 to identify where the region should focus financial and people resources to have the most impact on the community."

Info here:
http://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/regionalgovernment/publicinput.asp

Forum here:
http://stratchat.regionofwaterloo.ca/

I'd put it some place prominent.  I was very impressed with the StratChat forum.  I'll be intrigued to see what ideas are suggested over the next few months.  Think of it like a WRConnected, but one where we know for certain that among others, the Region's CAO is listening.


RE: General Politics Discussion - Pheidippides - 03-05-2015

The region has now schedule public forums and focus groups related to strategic planning.

Forums:
"Changing Community Demographics: The changes that affect us all!"
The Region of Waterloo would like to invite you to a Community Conversation to discuss our changing population and the trends that could shape our community’s future.
Keynote speaker Doug Norris (Chief Demographer at Environics Analytics) will discuss the shifts in our community’s population and the potential implications for policies, programs and services.

Thursday, March 26, 2015
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Waterloo Region Museum (Theatre)
10 Huron Road
Free parking available on site.

Friday, March 27, 2015
10:00am – 12:00 pm
150 Frederick Street
Kitchener, (Council Chambers)
This session will also be webcast.
RSVP online at: http://bit.ly/1vGSEPw

Focus groups:
Focus Group 1: March 6/15
99 Regina Street, S.
Waterloo
Room 508
1:00 - 3:00 pm

Focus Group 2: March 9/15
150 Frederick Street,
Kitchener
Room 110
10:00 - 12:00 pm

Focus Group 3: March 12/15
150 Main Street,
Cambridge
Board Room
1:00 - 3:00 pm

Focus Group 4: March 25/15
Sunnyside Home,
247 Franklin St. N.
Kitchener
10:00 - 12:00 pm

See link below for full details:
http://stratchat.regionofwaterloo.ca/messagecenter/list


RE: General Politics Discussion - Markster - 06-21-2015

It appears that Regional Councillor Wayne Wettlaufer has passed away.

https://twitter.com/Michaelharrispc/status/612672708644503552

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Very sad news this am on the passing of Wayne Wettlaufer. A dedicated father who loved his community and Province  and served it proudly RIP</p>&mdash; Michael Harris, MPP  (@Michaelharrispc) <a href="https://twitter.com/Michaelharrispc/status/612672708644503552">June 21, 2015</a></blockquote>


RE: General Politics Discussion - Spokes - 06-21-2015

Wow. Tragic. Thoughts are with his family.


RE: General Politics Discussion - nms - 06-22-2015

Thoughts and prayers with the family at this sudden loss.

Since this is a rare occurrence, here is how the replacement process works:

HOW TO FILL VACANCIES ON COUNCIL

In the event that a municipal council seat becomes vacant, council must
declare the council seat vacant at its next meeting. However, if the vacancy
is due to the death of a member, the declaration may be made at either of its
next two meetings. A copy of the declaration must be forwarded immediately
to an upper-tier council if the declaration is made by a lower-tier and vice versa.
Section 263 (5)1 of the Act states that within 60 days of declaring the council
seat vacant, council must decide whether to fill the vacancy through a byelection
or by appointment for the remainder of the council term.

If a vacancy is declared after March 31 in a regular election year, the seat may
only be filled by appointment. Also, a vacancy must be filled unless it occurs
within 90 days before voting day of a regular election. If the vacancy occurs
within 90 days before a regular election, section 263 (5)3 of the Act states that
the municipality is not required to fill the vacancy.

If council decides to appoint a person to a vacant council seat, the appointee
must consent to the appointment and must be eligible to hold office. Council
decides what process it will use to choose the person it appoints.

If council decides to hold a by-election instead of appointing a person to fill
a vacancy, council must pass a bylaw to have a by-election. The Municipal
Elections Act, 1996, sets out the processes for a municipal by-election: http://
www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/statutes/english/elaws_statutes_96m32_e.
htm#BK84.


RE: General Politics Discussion - Spokes - 06-23-2015

If they appoint someone people are going to freak out and say it's due to their pro-LRT agenda


RE: General Politics Discussion - MidTowner - 06-23-2015

That's what I was thinking, too; well, some people will...

An appointment might make sense later in the term, but less than a year in, I hope they have the sense to just call a byelection. I know it's costly, but I think it would be the right thing to do given that the individual will be representing us for 80% of a full term.