It was clear that Council did not take budget decisions lightly. What was less clear were the rationales behind some of those tough decisions.
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…
St. John’s City Council never stops, so neither do we. Say hello to Jess Puddister, the Independent’s new municipalites correspondent.
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.
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.
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.
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”!