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— Craig Chamberlain (@Ward3Guelph) July 16, 2014
Follow Craig Chamberlain on Twitter: @Ward3Guelph
— Craig Chamberlain (@Ward3Guelph) July 16, 2014
— Chamberlain Online (@Ward3Guelph) June 28, 2014
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How that happens will be different for each of us, but the bottom line is most of us look for ways to give back to our community.
We’re hearing more about the value of “affordability” of city services from City Hall.
And it’s more common to hear “affordability” being raised as an issue during council discussions.
I’ve been talking about affordability for some time now.
And to be clear, I’m not suggesting it has just been me talking about it — a few others, along with councillors from other wards, have been as well.
So, some progress has been made on your behalf.
And that’s a good thing, because it opens us to asking how we can do better at City Hall.
For many households, take-home pay has lost ground against rising cost-of-living expenses. I think of the many conversations I’ve had with citizens on this point.
Top of mind for many of you? The money wasted on fighting bad legal battles and how the city’s reputation has been damaged by it, and what all of it will mean for you and your family.
For others, it’s part of a larger concern about whether City Hall’s priorities match your own.
I’ve talked with many first-time home owners who are proud of their city but are worried about the cost of living here. Year after year increases in taxes are real for them in the choices they have to make.
And I’ve talked with the long-term residents who have built this city. As seniors now living on a fixed income, they’re rightfully concerned about being able to maintain their home.
I think about what is being asked of them now, on fixed incomes: to pay more in property taxes, to build, again, what they themselves may never use — and in doing so having to make more choices with their retirement income and savings.
Making Guelph “better” can’t be something that happens at the cost of the very citizens who love and have long loved this city not being able to afford to live here.
That just doesn’t seem fair or balanced.
Making Guelph “better” has to be about making it better for all of us. And getting to “better” has to be affordable.
I’m hearing your comments. Please elect me as your Ward 3 councillor, and please donate to the campaign to elect me.
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— Chamberlain Online (@Ward3Guelph) June 18, 2014
1) During the internet voting period: October 7th to October 24, 2014
2) At advanced voting locations:
October 15th-16th, 2014: 11 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
October 17th-18th, 2014: 11 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
October 19th, 2014: 11 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
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Two councillors will be elected to represent each “ward”. Election Day is Monday, October 27, 2014.
I am running for council in Ward 3!
Ward 3 Guelph extends from the west side of Woolwich Street to the east side of Silvercreek Parkway, and from the north side of Waterloo Avenue to the city limits to the north. It’s the blue area represented in the central north area of the map to the left.
Many of you were opposed to the pending introduction of waste carts, and your sentiments and concerns spanned the ward, cutting across neighbourhoods.
The ward response was consistent on this, street by street by street. It was a good polling sample by any standard.
And yet this sentiment was not expressed during council deliberations on December 5, 2011. In fact, quite the opposite.
Your concerns were ignored, your councillors were not your voice, and your money was taken for granted.
I know this because of what you consistently told us in the fall of 2010 and because I was in the public gallery during council’s discussion on December 5th, 2011.
I saw that discussion first hand, which included a defeated motion for staff to report back to Council with newly-available info on the matter — new info that council voted against obtaining before making a decision that very much impacts on you.
In that meeting, one Ward 3 councillor was quoted as saying she didn’t care what the province said on what it may actually allow us to do. Options to examine? No thanks — your Ward 3 councillor wasn’t interested in hearing about them.
Were your Ward 3 councillors open to hearing your concerns about the carts in any substantial way, either?
Are they today?
What happens when you disagree with a city priority? Do your councillors engage you — or are you flat-out ignored?
Possibly? What is their record on that? It depends on the issue and what side of it they’re on? Maybe you’re being heard a bit more in this election year?
How confident are you that your elected representatives will be there for you the next time you need them to stand up for you?
“Not entirely confident”, right?
That’s a problem. It’s simply not good enough and it’s time to address it. It runs completely against the grain of what I think political representation should look like.
So, there is a clear choice for you.
And it’s time to say “no thanks!” to your elected representatives using their role as a soapbox for positions that have little to nothing do with the council discussions, positions that don’t reflect the sentiments of the residents and businesses they are supposed to represent.
It doesn’t accurately inform Council of what matters to you, so Ward 3, it’s as if you are not even in the room when matters are being discussed at Council chambers.
It’s time to put Ward 3 issues back on the map in Guelph, including at City Hall.
It’s is time to say “yes!” to a sensible, measured approach to the issues. I will bring that as your city councillor. I am approachable and I am balanced. And for me, my job is to talk about the issues that matter to you, not to waste Council’s time on personal soapbox issues.
There was a lot energy during a recent Ward 3 “town hall” discussion about the carts, which included a staff presentation for those who are getting them this year.
It was a case of your councillors inviting staff to talk about how a decision at City Hall will affect you after they had long-disregarded your concerns about it.
Part of the reaction at the meeting had to do with how the carts would work in Ward 3 — we have areas with narrow streets, which of course become more narrow with snowbanks in the winter. And we have inclines! And there are storage issues that didn’t exist with the bags.
And we have older trees, meaning we have trees with hollows and larger canopies, great habitat for squirrels and other animals that will be interested in your green cart.
Let’s be up-front about all of that.
What is gained in pretending otherwise, right?
So, yes, there are reasons why Ward 3 streets, properties, trees and hills make it less conducive to a cart system compared to a ward in a Milton or a Mississauga.
But I think beneath that, the energy at that meeting had to do with how Ward 3 residents haven’t been well represented on this issue from the start, and their concerns on how it would all work for them haven’t been taken seriously.
The official line? The carts work elsewhere and as for the issues you may have, we’re confident you’ll figure it out.
And the comments you’ve heard from others about them? They’re only an individual’s opinion. Yes, a Ward 3 councillor said that at the recent meeting.
Ward 3 residents weren’t engaged with their concerns by the incumbents then, in 2010, and now they’re being told in a meeting how wonderful the carts are in a presentation that should have been more attuned to Ward 3 issues and concerns.
Given what I heard directly from you in the fall of 2010, and then heard being said on your behalf in council chambers in December 2011 — yes, that would create a reaction!
If you elect me to represent you at City Hall I will have town hall meetings to hear what you want to say, on what you want to talk about.
You have my word it. That’s my commitment to you, that’s who I am.
That’s my authenticity.
And in terms of our door knocking so far in 2014, what are you saying? I will be posting on that later.
I need your support –please donate to my campaign and please vote for me at the advance polls or on Election Day — Monday, October 27th, 2014.
Thanks again everyone!
Ward 3 waste cart (bin system) for Ward 3 residents
I have the carts — here are the straight goods on the carts in Ward 3:
Affordability requires teamwork and trust.
Working together to find efficiencies in how city services are delivered translates into better outcomes across the board.
It’s essential that we do what we can to ensure the hard-earned dollars you send to City Hall are used wisely, and that you are heard when it comes to what matters most to you!
So, I have three questions for you — please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your responses. Your responses will be kept in confidence.
1. What do YOU think of current levels of municipal taxation in Guelph, i.e. taxes, rates and fees?
2. What is one thing that YOU think the City should stop doing?
3. What is one thing that YOU think the City should start to do or keep doing?
Thanks everyone! Craig
— Chamberlain Online (@Ward3Guelph) May 28, 2014
— Chamberlain Online (@Ward3Guelph) May 1, 2014
We need you.
And by “we”, I mean everyone you encounter in a day, and many, many more that you won’t but who are a part of your neighbourhood, your city and province.
Your local actions have power, your actions can and already do impact our world, your world, your future.
If you want to be a part of a better world, we need you in politics.
We need you to consider how you can become involved in our collective decision-making.
If you’re an under 30 and still reading this post, you are a young leader. This message is for you.
Straight up, we have a leadership deficit. It’s a crisis, actually. And going forward, the crisis relies on you buying into the current cynicism about politics.
When you don’t get involved, you are giving the decision-making power to others.
It’s not that the cynicism isn’t without merit. What I’m saying is we can’t allow it to be the final word on our democratic processes and institutions — where would that take us if it was? That’s why we need to confront our crisis in leadership. It will soon enough fall to you.
Politics is actually a lot of fun. You’ll love it, I promise, if you give it a chance. We need to confront our crisis in political leadership and that means we need young leaders like you to step forward, to engage.
And the best time to engage is now.
Not getting involved doesn’t mean the issues somehow go away. Political decisions will still be made. By real people, making decisions on your behalf, though they may not be the best decisions for you and your future.
There is a provincial election underway. Think about volunteering for a political party. You will meet a lot of great people in your community who care about your future. You will meet individuals willing to mentor you, politically and in other aspects of your life.
It will challenge what you’ve been told to think about politics and political parties.
Are you up for that?
I’m here to say that you are, and that we need you. Engage, and pass it along.
Know of someone under 30? Please have them read this!