Friday, September 18, 2009

Am now active on the municipal politics and development front

Actually, this is not the first time I get involved on the municipal (that is city government) front, but this is by far my boldest and "biggest" move to date. Biggest because of the 1025 words of lengthy and somewhat prosy witting in French.

I sincerely believe that it is our duty as citizens to get involved on all levels of the government and it's management, but to achieve a maximum effect from our involvement, the municipal level is the one to concentrate on. Why? Because it is by far the most accessible level of government, that is out of the 3 levels (municipal, provincial and federal). Being the lowest level , that also makes municipal politics the closest to citizens. Furthermore, most municipal government events are opened to the public, there are many hearing and commissions that are also opened to public involvement (like construction permit hearing and demolition permit hearings). Try to sit in during a debate at the House of Commons in Ottawa, good luck for that, and even more good luck trying to express an opinion during such a debate. Actually I think it is impossible; which is sad, considering that it is supposed to be the house of "commons", aren't we the commons?

So here it goes, my opinion on the condo construction project at 2985 Saint Patrick street, right on the Lachine Canal.

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