Civic Affairs

Municipal politics

Crime stats and closed-door conflicts



In my last post, I referred to the surprisingly low 2014 police budget increase as a head-scratcher, and to be sure, it remains quite surprising.

Anemic assessment growth a part of our problem



Each year at the start of budget time, city councillors and officials scratch their heads at the enormous challenges driving up the levy.

Did the Uncertainty Principle keep the OPP costing alive?


Despite the protests of some online commenters, who claim to be sick and tired of hearing about the OPP costing issue, I must indulge my inner wonk on this question of procedure.

What about the next ten months?



So Councillor Jeff Earle's political math did not prove to be quite accurate.

City council's vote last night on his motion to halt the OPP costing process ended up with a five-four split in favour, rather than the six-four result Earle had anticipated.

Straight from the OPP (Office of Perilous Predictions)


Predicting the exact outcome of city council votes is not something I've done up to date. Since party whips and agendas are not involved at the local level, one has to get into people's heads.

I have no qualms doing it, however, when someone else is doing the predicting.

This Silencer carries some risks



On paper, Brockville's revised noise bylaw has enough in it to get people worked up.

That's evident in the online responses to our story, and the lopsided (if unscientific) poll results.

How many people per pol do we want?


Later this month, city councillors will debate a motion to reduce the size of council by one.

As I've said before, the idea of reducing a 10-member council by only one is likely to generate a certain “Meh” response from the public.

Swimming against the financial current



It's hard to dispute Councillor Mary Jean McFall's intentions when she argues for city funding of the YMCA pool.

McFall, who co-chairs this year's big YMCA fundraising campaign, known as the Strong Kids Campaign, with her husband, Ian, clearly cares about the local Y.


Subscribe to RSS - Civic Affairs