We had some laughs, we had some tears, and we had some detailed recaps of city council meetings in St. John’s. Now it’s time to ride off into the sunset.
Reminder that if you want gossip, the absolute best place to look is at the Building Permits and Development Permits lists.
I’m going to spray paint “Edmundo! Fausto!” across the back of my jean jacket.
Picking our contractors solely on meeting minimum standards and price points makes me nervous. I’d like assurance money is spent well, not just reluctantly.
Back in the spring of 2009 there was a committee meeting. According to the meeting notes, members of the Police and Traffic Committee (including city councillors, city staff, and Sgt Paul Murphy from the RNC) met that day with John Dinn (then-MHA for Kilbride) “at his request” to “discuss the issue of motorcycle noise.” In notes for the meeting, Sgt Murphy acknowledges the noise problem from “after market exhaust systems for motorcycles and cars.” He then explains that the RNC cannot do much about it without a change to the Highway and Traffic Act [HTA] to include noise standards. So the committee recommended that Council address the province and “request changes to the Highway Traffic Act to deal with excessive noise levels caused by motorcycles with modified or non-OEM [original equipment manufacturers] muffler systems.” MHA John Dinn explained to the committee that the House of Assembly would not be able…
We are told that the City “values the input” of the inclusion committee on winter sidewalk clearing… but clearly not their actual quality of life.
Each trial is its own contained drama, but it is also a link in the chain of our laws.
How is the democratic process supposed to work? If we’re cavalier about limiting offline public engagement, we risk de-prioritizing full and fair democracy.
With literally nothing of interest to report from this week’s meeting, let’s take this opportunity to gossip about the Ward 2 candidates so far.
Council’s first meeting without Hope; the great Car Concert of 2020; finding the proper Werkliv balance; smelly Southlands water; and much more!
Hope Jamieson’s final council meeting involved a bit of blood, sweat, and tears—plus a little urine in a cup. Also: sucks to your “property values”!