Nov 17th, 2014
I attended more than my fair share of all-candidates’ meetings during the recent municipal election. Here are a few good ideas gleaned from the campaign trail around the county. -Recorded votes: Make every council vote a recorded vote. This is an example of how electronic voting can serve democ...
Oct 27th, 2014
It’s Election Day. I’m going to vote. The old-fashioned way – I’m actually going there, to a polling station, to mark a “traditional” paper ballot. This tradition, with all its attendant safeguards – a live body that shows up in person, with proof of identity, voting in a public venue under the...
Oct 7th, 2014
We realize that AWARE Simcoe was the intended target of the snub delivered by candidates Tony Guergis, Linda Collins and Dan McLean, who chose not to show up at the all-candidates’ meeting held in Minesing on Monday night. Unfortunately those whose interests were hurt were the 200-plus electors who t...
Sep 29th, 2014
Who’s keeping your politicians honest? Well, that’s your job, to keep an eye on what they’re up to. Democracy isn’t just about casting a vote at election time, it’s about remaining involved in the government of your community. But what if your politicians duck behind closed doors so you have no idea ...
Sep 19th, 2014
One of the questions on the questionnaire AWARE Simcoe has sent out to candidate is: If elected, will you support the creation of a lobby registry for local and County government? Some candidates – those new to the workings of municipal government – have asked for more information about what w...
May 26th, 2014
The following letter was sent to the Barrie Examiner. We at AWARE Simcoe feel compelled to defend the Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association from the unjust accusations in the letter from Cheryl Shindruk of Geranium Corporation and the Midhurst Landowners Group. First, the idea of characterizing the MRA as...
Feb 11th, 2014
If you happen to drop by the Simcoe County council chambers to see democracy in action, you might find it hard to figure out what’s going on. There are 32 councillors down there – do you know any of them? Hard cheese if you don’t, because the little signs bearing their names are facing away […...