If you go way back in the archives of this blog…way back to the 2006 campaign, I made a point that residents should be more engaged in the political process locally. There are many ways to accomplish this. One of them is making sure that residents are informed as much as possible about decisions that affect them directly and indirectly. I stressed during this campaign that I would make sure I continue to knock on doors in between election campaigns, and not just during them.
If there was a public meeting coming up about an issue that would affect residents, I will do my best to get out there and inform people of that meeting, whats being discussed, how it will affect them and how they can participate. Not everyone can make every town hall or public meeting, but I will make sure they have a voice around the table.
Another great way is by a residents association or Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC). These groups are usually formed when the local officials aren’t listening to the needs and concerns of residents. Recently, there was a new association formed in the Hawthorne Village area, which encompasses Ward 6, but it was formed for an entirely different reason.
During the last election campaign, I noticed an increase in awareness of local issues by residents in my ward. Other councillors and candidates would say the same thing. The Hawthorne Village Residents Association (HVRA) was formed by several concerned residents to be a part of the process, to stay involved and to work with council when decisions are being made. I applaud all the members and participants in this process and will do my best to work with them and keep the lines of communication open.
Christina Commisso at the Milton Canadian Champion did an article recently about the formation of the HVRA. Congratulations to Martin Capper and Andrew Salmons for co-chairing this committee as well as the many people who signed up. We can only hope this will help enhance the flow of communication from town council to the residents in Milton.
Here is the article from the Champion.
Residents group forms
Christina Commisso, CANADIAN CHAMPION STAFF November 16, 2010
What started as an online discussion following the municipal election has ballooned into a newly-formed residents group that hopes to strengthen the lines of communication between Miltonians and town council.
“We started with a post on the Hawthorne Villager (website), which got 1,600 hits and 60 posts from 20 different people in a matter of days,” said Martin Capper, co-chair of the Hawthorne Village Residents Association (HVRA).
The group isn’t exclusive to Hawthorne Village residents — it’s open to all Miltonains, he said.
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For more information, email HawthorneVillageRA@gmail.com.