Coun­cils are call­ing

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f you didn’t know that May 20 was Mu­nic­i­pal Aware­ness Day, you prob­a­bly weren’t alone. The day passed qui­etly, if not silently, in Port aux Basques and many other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties across the prov­ince.

There was some ad­ver­tis­ing to let peo­ple know the day was com­ing up, a few news re­leases from the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment and Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties New­found­land and Labrador, but that’s about it.

In past years, the Town of Port aux Basques ar­ranged ac­tiv­i­ties to mark the day and en­cour­age res­i­dents to in­crease their un­der­stand­ing of mu­nic­i­pal gov­er­nance. Un­for­tu­nately, those events were of­ten poorly at­tended, some­times with only one or two peo­ple show­ing up for sched­uled events. This year the coun­cil de­cided not to bother.

Per­haps mu­nic­i­pal pol­i­tics doesn’t have the same pro­file as its pro­vin­cial or fed­eral coun­ter­parts, but just be­cause de­ci­sions are made within town lim­its in­stead of in St. John’s or Ottawa doesn’t make them any less im­por­tant.

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