Top four finishers become town's regional reps
The 21-member York regional council is made up of elected mayors and councillors from Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville. With four regional councillors and one mayor, Markham has the most representatives sitting on the council, which holds its meetings in Newmarket.
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#1 Oct 18, 2010
Is Accountability Fully Covered?
Should There Be Municipal Watchdogs?
Should The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville have an Integrity Commissioner?
Should it also have an Ombudsman?
According to the Town Clerks Department,
it has neither and
there is no legal requirement for these positions.
Under Section 81.1 of the Ontario Municipal Elections Act, 1996,
municipalities are required to appoint Compliance Audit Committees before October 1st,
in an election year to deal with matters concerning campaign finances.
On June 29, 2010 the Whitchurch-Stouffville Mayor and Town Clerk signed into effect By-law Number 2010-124-AP
to appoint a Joint Audit Compliance Committee with five other York Region municipalities.
In addition, the Town has a Closed Meeting Investigator.
Its $3,000.00 budget for 2010 is included in the budget of the Clerks Department.
That leaves the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act,
which can be accessed through the Clerks Department.
On May 6, 2008, the Mayor and Town Clerk signed into effect By-law Number 2008-058-AP
to appoint By-law Enforcement Officers,
Property Standards Officers,
Fire Protection Building Inspectors, and
a Site Alteration Enforcement Officer.
Five employees have overlapping positions in By-law Enforcement and Property Standards.
These By-law Enforcement Officers are responsible for the enforcement of various municipal and
Property Standards By-laws
including complaints about infractions.
What is there left for Council to do?
What provisions are there for accountability, financial scrutiny, by-law compliance
(if enforcement is not written into the by-laws), and
careful monitoring of the operations of each department.
Should there be Council watchdogs to monitor the Towns operations?
Council has a very heavy workload and very heavy responsibilities to serve the public.
If Council falters, where can the public go for help?
Is there accountability?
#2 Oct 18, 2010
#3 Oct 20, 2010
The next councillor should be one that will move to closing the Buttonville Airport and stopping any subsidies to the Airport. This private airport owned by the Sifton family has benefited from public money (including Markham) in the tune of $100s of millions over the last 17 years. Buttonville does not contribute the $90 million to Markham Sifton says, since this is based on a multiplier effect of it's employees contributing to the economy, only a few of them even live in Markham so the multiplier does not apply. Buttonville does not pay property taxes using its airport status to avoid it, they want to continue this in the future - and it is the largest subsidy Markham gives the Siftons.... Put an end to the Buttonville Airport and vote for a candidate that will work to closing the Airport and stopping all public funding. Only the following candidates have committed to this:
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