Elec­tronic vot­ing just one of coun­cil’s prob­lems

The Observer (Sarnia) - - OPINION -

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

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