TRUE DEMOCRACY starts right at the Municipal level! .. hold YOUR Councils responsible for “unjust Laws”!

Posted: March 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

Want to clean out the “rot at the top”? Do you think our Provincial Government is so corrupted that now they are just “managing one crisis after another”? Do you think that this present Liberal Government is nothing more than a “spin factory” trying to hide from the inevitable “judgement day” coming at them?

With all the scandals piling up like a “rotten wall of bad concrete” waiting to implode on them you can help this Judgement Day to rapidly come to a head!

Confront your Municipal Council at every opportunity you can to FIX this rotten and corrupted process that has literally crippled Ontario residents ability to maintain a quality of life that has taken over a century to create.

There are laws in place to keep Municipal Councils accountable to the PEOPLE, not the next level of Government.

Unfortunately most municipalities councils are “gaming” the legislation and applying their own rules which favour their decisions whether worthy or not!

It starts at the bottom folks. Without the majority of Councils approving every single mandate from the Provincial Government coming down the pipe. this Province would once again be “the Place to Be and the Place to Grow”!

Hit Ontario’s rogue politicians where it hurts — in the pocketbook

Andre Marin, Special to QMI Agency

Friday, March 15, 2013 5:56:19 EDT PM

Imagine for a moment if the House of Commons or the Legislative Assembly decided to turn off its lights, lock the doors and take the business of running the country or the province to a secret off-site venue without notice. There they would deliberate, debate and try to find consensus on significant issues facing the country or the province. Once their work was done, they’d reconvene in their formal legislative venue and quickly rubber-stamp all the work they did in secret.

I have no doubt that if this happened there would be a hue and cry across the province and across the country. And justifiably so. Yet, in Ontario’s 444 municipalities, it is not unusual for councils to meet behind closed doors to discuss business. Some do it in their own council chambers, some gather at local eateries. Some have even used closed meetings to vote themselves a raise.

It’s not legal, however. In fact, the law, save for some narrow exceptions (solicitor-client privilege, for example), has been the same since before Confederation: Municipal business must be conducted in public.

The only change to the law was in 2008, when the Ombudsman of Ontario’s mandate was broadened to allow my office to investigate complaints from citizens about their councils conducting business in private. This was heralded by many as a sea change in bringing accountability to shadowy municipal meetings.

Unfortunately, thanks to a major flaw, it has turned into a pyrrhic victory for democracy. Because although my office is the default investigator for these complaints, municipalities have the option to create their own “oversight” regimes or hire another body to do it.

It has never made sense to allow municipalities to opt out of using the Ombudsman and hire an investigator of their choice. Think of it as oversight shopping. It allows municipalities to hire friendly watchdogs — anyone at all, even former councillors or city officials — who will be more inclined to treat them with kid gloves or absolve them of wrongdoing, no questions asked.

It has led to a patchwork of legal interpretations of the Municipal Act. The 2008 changes to the Act were inspired by longstanding “Sunshine Laws” in the United States, many of which are far more stringent. Some states have tough laws that penalize councillors who go along with secret meetings, imposing heavy fines and personal liability — even jail time.



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