Electronic voting just one of council’s problems
Sarnia people are being left behind and denied their freedom of speech, freedom of information, and freedom of choice, which is a violation of the Charter of Rights & Freedoms Act as it appears under the Canadian Democratic Constitution.
Everything is hidden from the public. Sarnia Council and officials have gone ahead with their own agenda, without further discussion, without due diligence, and without adding these important issues to the 2018 election ballot, first. • Electronic voting – not safe and secure as proved by global research; no control over the results. $130,000 was spent on company with an adverse financial history? • Hiring out-of-province when Sarnia firms are available. • Council amended Code of Conduct – a totally unconscionable move. • Boat ramp not ready until June, instead of March. Need full disclosure on Centennial Park’s final expenses. • Fluoride added to water an incomprehensible way of medicating people without their consent. • $200,000 (unbudgeted) spent on secondfloor renos, taken from Sarnia’s reserve fund. Now planning on more renos for the third loor of city hall – where’s that money coming from? • City manager requested immediate change of title to CAO. Will a salary increase come next?! • $300,000 spent on two reports – no reference to needing a deputy warden or deputy mayor, or extra sanctions for the mayor, but council still went ahead with their own ruthless agenda. • Municipal Conflict of Interest exists between some members of council when voting on important issues “If there is a matter that touches on the councillor’s direct or indirect pecuniary interest, or promotion, there is a duty of the councillor to step aside” instead of self promoting! All deputy mayors in Lambton County are elected by the people, not appointed by council.
The Sarnia public are not given the chance to give their input prior to motions being presented and passed by council. This has to change – and, to prove that city hall has no agenda, all major issues must be on the 2018 election ballot, and democracy must be reinstated. Margaret Bird Bright’s Grove