Study after study after study proves the value of local journalism to local democracy. They confirm the decline in coverage of local elections, caused by decreasing number of local journalists as daily newspapers close, is making local elections less competitive and voter turnout is declining more rapidly in communities that have lost daily news coverage. The result is increased corruption in local government resulting from lower accountability.
During the past few years, Council has heard appeals from individuals who’ve had high water usage. Often, these are outdoor leaks and the individuals seek to have wastewater fees waived. By policy, staff are not allowed to waive these fees.
Creating a safe intersection for pedestrians and traffic at the top of the Jolley Cut is uniquely difficult for many reasons. The consultants who worked on this problem share the designs which do not work – and we get the chance to learn in the process.
Premier Doug Ford announced plans last year to cut local public health funding, accounting changes to implement base funding cuts are being implemented, with “one-time funds” delaying the cuts until 2022.