Local Government Awareness Week

Following is from Integrity BC:

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“The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.”

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May 17 to 23 is Local Government Awareness Week

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The awareness part of the ministry’s proclamation would seem to be directed at the public being more aware of the contribution of local governments, rather than local governments being more aware of the role of good governance.

Doug Allin, Grand Forks CAO, re-hired after $200K severance payout

Allin was fired last fall, just after local elections, but council re-hired him in February

www.cbc.ca/…/doug-allin-grand-forks-cao-re-hired-after-200k…

Question period is gone, not with a whimper, but with a bang – and a few choice words for elected officials. White Rock council voted this week to remove the 15-minute question period from their biweekly meeting, with Couns. Helen Fathers and David Chesney opposed.

www.peacearchnews.com/news/292261571.html

Citizens peppered Lillooet Mayor Lampman with questions…and asked repeatedly why Councillors Kevin Aitken, John Courchesne and Barb Wiebe were not permitted to speak. Lloyd Stock tried to direct a question to Councillor Aitken. “No” was the mayor’s response.

www.lillooetnews.net/…/council-approves-2015-budget-1.19315…

The City of North Vancouver won’t muzzle members of the public from speaking up at council, but let it be known, anyone who is disrespectful to staff could be banned.

www.nsnews.com/…/city-of-north-vancouver-flirts-with-cuttin…

Two Lantzville District Councillors resign months into their four year term

Councillors Rod Negrave and Jennifer Millbank handed in resignation letters Monday that will see them step down immediately, leaving the community short two representatives just five months after the civic election.

http://www.nanaimobulletin.com/news/301584151.html

Nanaimo Coun. Gord Fuller says he is prepared to participate in civil disobedience if a proposed ‘overtopping’ remediation at the lower Colliery dams is rejected.

www.nanaimodailynews.com/…/councillor-ready-to-take-part-in…

Burnaby Mayor would be very proud to go out ‘standing his ground’

http://www.burnabynow.com/news/burnaby-mayor-ready-to-end-career-with-pipeline-arrest-1.1942708

http://www.nanaimodailynews.com/time-for-politicians-to-stand-up-for-taxpayers-1.1942170

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