Citizen Engagement Survey Questions Summary

Candidate name 1. How will you ensure that community consultation is done effectively and openly, with productive dialogue from start to finish for municipal projects and decisions?

Matt Alexander

’ll provide a bi-weekly newsletter to notify residents of upcoming city council agenda items, development applications, roadwork, community events and programs. I’ll host regular office-hours during which residents can drop in to discuss upcoming agenda items and move to release meeting agendas 5 days prior to meetings instead of the current three day schedule.

Denis Ferron

Community involvement is needed to solidify a relationship with council and restore faith in our municipal government, elected by the community as their voice on issues. A community action network CAN that can meet and discuss the issues will definitely improve this, great ideas need to be heard, a good leader can always put these ideas and suggestions to good use.

Mathieu Labonté

Half of a productive dialogue is having the information available. Rather than simply having public consultations with suggestions be noted, citizens should have access, in simple terms, to the status and current plans of city developments.

Sidney Shapiro

There have been many problems with this in the past, and I believe that open dialog is the most important way to achieve meaningful change.

Mark Signoretti

I will make sure that we have open discussed of all issues and that citizens kept well informed of any new municipal projects and decisions.

Paul Soucie

by ensuring that the public is made aware of the issues and have been given adequate time to participate in the discussions

Chris Spry

By ensuring facilitators are objective and willing to listen.

Thomas Trainor

Candidate name 2. How will you ensure a consistent culture of openness and support for public input across all city departments?

Matt Alexander

I’ll support open government and open data programs, a website overhaul to make staff reports more accessible and I’ll take the lead in bringing staff to the community to discuss local issues.

Denis Ferron

Meeting with department heads to voice the issues and concerns of the citizens.

Mathieu Labonté

Making city information available is key, and something I would push for.

Sidney Shapiro

I would hope to bring this important value to the table, and endeavor that all city offices I work with do the same and have a policy in place to listen and respond.

Mark Signoretti

I will do my best to make sure that a consistent culture of openness and support for public input across all city departments continues by update residents via local meeting and emails.

Paul Soucie

By making sure that it becomes a condition of employment and then ensuring that it is carried out.

Chris Spry

Transparency and accountability

Thomas Trainor

Multiple choice questions:

Candidate name (a) Adopting an enhanced system for resolving all issues and complaints, including tracking numbers and prescribed timelines (b) Requiring proactive engagement of citizens and stakeholder groups when forming policies and developing projects (c) Requiring agendas and background material to be publicly posted two weeks in advance, and minutes to be posted one week after meetings of Council and Committees of Council (d) Providing timely, fair and transparent support to citizens and citizen groups for community projects that contribute to the community (e) Ensuring easily accessible, complete and searchable information on the City website

Matt Alexander

I will champion that I will champion that Unsure I will vote in favour I will champion that

Denis Ferron

I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will vote in favour

Mathieu Labonté

I will champion that I will champion that I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will champion that

Sidney Shapiro

I will champion that I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will vote in favour

Mark Signoretti

I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will vote in favour

Paul Soucie

I will champion that I will champion that I will champion that I will champion that I will champion that

Chris Spry

Unsure Unsure I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will vote in favour

Thomas Trainor

Explanations:

Candidate name Explanations:

Matt Alexander

A – We’ll review the effectiveness of 311. I’ll support a 311 email and twitter account, and a procedure for providing a reference number for all 311 calls. I’d like to explore the option of having 311 find the answer to questions or complaints and responding to residents rather than forwarding the staff to a staff answering machine. As councillor this is how I’ll respond to constituent’s questions and requests.

B – I’ll move to require notice boards at the site of development applications and proposed roadwork. As councillor I’ll meet with owners of large parcels and encourage collaboration with neighbours to work towards appropriate development of these sites.

C – Two weeks is too long a timeline and could force items to be bumped down too far down the queue, slowing progress. I will move to release agendas 5 days prior to meetings, with minutes to be posted in a timely manner.

Denis Ferron

Mathieu Labonté

Sidney Shapiro

Mark Signoretti

Paul Soucie

Chris Spry

A– not as easy as one thinks. Would need to see the plan and proposal.
B– not as easy as one thinks. Every project? Would need specifics – too broad to answer honestly.

Thomas Trainor


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