It was a long and tedious public meeting about LRT yesterday, that was supposed to be an opportunity for members of the public to have their say about the controversial topic.
Unfortunately, some Councilors took up too much time and oxygen re-stating their views , but, I suppose we’ve come to expect that.
The next prickly issue for Council will be the report about re-aligning ward boundaries, something that Council was supposed to address about 10 years ago.
Most Councilors who’ve spoken on the report seem to think that the status quo is just fine; well of course they do, it gets them re-elected time after time.
Population shifts and inadequate representation need to be addressed, but every time the concerns are raised, Councilors just increase their office budgets and tell us that everything is OK.
My guess is that Council will, once again, obfuscate their responsibility and kick the issue down the road for a future Council.
But, there is hope for those who want to see some action on the ward boundary issue.
A citizens petition can move the issue to the Ontario Municipal Board , who would then deal with the report.
Citizen’s groups are already rallying support for the petition in anticipation of Council’s procrastination.
Whether it’s LRT or Ward Boundaries, citizens are becoming engaged in the process, and that’s a good thing !