St. John’s City Council met for approximately 17 minutes this week—so we drilled down into some of the regulatory issues around heritage designation. Whee!
This week’s meeting was startlingly fast and painless, so we’ll switch gears to unpacking the new Citizen Satisfaction Survey 2020 results.
Council is back for the new year, and they’re starting by taking out the trash. Also, bringing in the bakeries.
It was clear that Council did not take budget decisions lightly. What was less clear were the rationales behind some of those tough decisions.
Come for the roundup of Monday’s city council meeting; stay for the delightful interview with Gord Follett Jr., the “fastest man who never ran.”
The Holiday Market Sike This just in: to discourage the congregation of shoppers, the forthcoming Holiday Market weekends of December 5 – 6 and 12 – 13 have been cancelled. Your city Council wants you to know that businesses are open, and to please support the local shops downtown during this difficult time. However, rather than maximizing pedestrian space by closing Water Street to vehicular traffic, they ask that you practice your best physical distancing… while forced to congregate on sidewalks. In support of the motion to cancel, Mayor Breen said, “We feel that we need to make the decisions that are necessary for the safety of our residents as we move forward [during] this very challenging time for everyone.” He later stated, “This is not about not going shopping downtown; it’s about not encouraging congregation… events such as this encourage congregation.” Bolstering the Mayor’s support for this motion during…
Everybody Deserves A Home We got things started with a proclamation for National Housing Day, taking place on Sunday, November 22nd. Mayor Breen reminds us that “having a safe, secure home is a basic human right and a key pathway out of poverty.” To mark the occasion, we will see online events (such as a housing-needs assessment workshop), funder pitch-sessions, the launch of a video highlighting partners in the housing sector, a CMHC-hosted “Let’s Talk Housing” meeting (which took place Monday morning), and “a NIMBY campaign,” adds Deputy Mayor O’Leary.. For the uninitiated, NIMBY means “not in my backyard.” It’s a thinly-veiled pejorative phrase, carrying the sentiment that Greg (think: property-owner from Hot Fuzz) doesn’t have a problem with multiplexes per se, but he just doesn’t want them next to his three-thousand square-foot house and award-winning azaleas. That’s all. Rather than a NIMBY campaign (that truly sounds dreadful), I’m betting…
The Downtown Pedestrian Mall is making a comeback for two weekends over the holiday season, complete with a musical soundtrack and roving bands of mummers.
St. John’s City Council never stops, so neither do we. Say hello to Jess Puddister, the Independent’s new municipalites correspondent.