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Mississauga News - Aug. 28, 2009 - By ? firstname.lastname@example.org
Council needs change, critic says
A Toronto newspaper columnist has suggested limiting the service of municipal politicians to eight years in office, citing the lack of democratic renewal on Mississauga's city council.
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The Mississauga Muse Aug 28, 2009 3:56 PM
Christopher Hume writes, "As brilliant as McCallion and her fellow council veterans may be". Question for Mr. Hume. What research did you do on McCallion and her fellow councillors’ brand of governance prior to proclaiming them “brilliant”? If the Toronto Star filed Freedom of Information, it would confirm that a good part of their "brilliant" governance is the degree to which they put the comfort, convenience and rights of City employees over the interests of citizens and especially Youth. Be that their annual cutting of services (while guaranteeing increased employee salaries with each new contract) to McCallion and her eleven Councillors rubber-stamping important reports, policies, by-laws that Staff set before them --often without any understanding/caring of implications. True democracy demands an informed citizenry. Unfortunately, Municipal Incumbents’ longevity is primarily ensured by the degree to which Traditional Media have become little more than a funnel for city hall spin.
Uatu Aug 28, 2009 1:02 PM
The last time the Municipal Act was changed, the Province dutifully handed the AMO everything they wished for, including FOUR YEAR TERMS! Perhaps some enterprising reporter/columnist could employ the Freedom of Information Act and shed some light on how that unholy deal was reached. (Hahaha, I'm so funny sometimes...)
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