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?

Joseph Berthelot

Any major project should always have the ideas of all concerns, the investors, the people and the city, when all facts and discussions are over let the people who were voted in make the sensible decisions.

Robert Kirwan

Consultation is not something that I have to work at to make happen. It is “who I am” and “what I do”. I already facilitate several forums where the community has an opportunity to provide their input and feedback on all municipal projects and decisions. The Valley East Community Facebook Group has over 2500 members who are actively providing their input and concerns in an open discussion. This is a community social media forum where members are encouraged to engage with each other and where I am able to put out ideas and concepts that generate discussion. I also operate the Valley East Today Community Web Site which has been in existence since 2003 and which is a community resource that is massive. I also host The Learning Clinic Radio Show, a weekly live radio talk show on CKLU from Laurentian University. On this show I bring in guests from all walks of life and we discuss concerns and issues of the day. The shows are video recorded and archived so that they can be viewed on demand at a later date or used as part of future presentations.

Richard Larcher

John Lundrigan

I will commit to becoming a more citizen friendly city by updating the city’s website in a more timely fashion. I will hold periodic town hall meetings with the citizens of Ward 5 to explain where we are and where we are planning on going. I will also commit to engaging the citizens by using social media.

Kent MacNeill

Open town hall meetings in all wards regularly to keep citizens apprised of projects, the plans and that status (on time or delayed, or ahead of time). Dialogue would be sought and input received would be considered prior to decisions being made.

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

Joseph Berthelot

I intend to represent the voice of my ward and city. I will not be intimidated by council or management when it comes from the people I represent.

Robert Kirwan

I will ensure a consistent culture of openness and support for public input across all city departments by continuing to use my open forums to seek public input and to educate the public on policies that are being considered by City Council. We can hold Town Hall meetings, but usually only a handful of residents attend these sessions so it is difficult to judge the feelings of the public from those meetings. Instead, I will continue to remain immersed in my community so that I can listen to the people, watch what they do, and let them speak to me through their actions. That is how I intend to find out what the silent majority truly feels so that I can be their “voice at city hall”. I will also encourage open communication electronically and by phone so that people can talk to me in confidence. I will also make sure that I develop healthy, trusting relationships with staff so that they understand that I am a person who they can approach with concerns and recommendations on how we can improve our city operations.

Richard Larcher

John Lundrigan

By working to increase Accountability, Transparency and Re-Building Trust in municipal politicians.

Kent MacNeill

A review of current policies and input structures would be conducted. Using modern technology and access strategies, we would streamline input from the public making it efficient and productive.

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

Joseph Berthelot

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

Robert Kirwan

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

Richard Larcher

John Lundrigan

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

Kent MacNeill

I will vote in favour I will vote in favour Unsure I will vote in favour I will vote in favour
Explanations:

Candidate name Explanations:

Joseph Berthelot

Council should act as if 160,000 people are attending each and every meeting, this is how open city hall has to be. Wide open about all activities and making sure the people are aware.

Robert Kirwan

Richard Larcher

John Lundrigan

I am not aware of the work load city staff has or does not have on my unsure responses. I would like to vote in favor to these once I am educated and understand the constraints and requirements of this job.

Kent MacNeill

C-Minutes to be posted as soon as adopted (usually next meeting) Agenda should be available as far as possible in advance so that people can make arrangements to attend meeting or give input.


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