Barbara Dylla has lived in Charlottetown since 2017. The aim of this blog is to inspire and encourage Charlottetowners to be more aware of municipal affairs, to participate as engaged citizens, to support an issue close to their heart, so that together we create a sense of the larger community we live in. And, along the way, become a united community passionate about making Charlottetown the best it can be.
The mission of the New Charlottetown Project between now and the next municipal election (November 7, 2022) is to raise awareneness about current municipal issues; to inform and educate on topics relating to sustainability, citizen engagement, and good governance; and to inspire citizens to take a positive and active role to help build a community that is more informed about local government and more invested in local issues.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.Margaret Mead
In August 2020, Barbara Dylla attended a public meeting on a proposed development and submitted a comment to City officials with concerns, questions, and suggestions. Some questions were answered, the rest were ignored. Barbara discovered that elected officials either (a) turn a deaf ear when residents ask questions or provide suggestions in an effort to improve a development, or (b) push back about certain changes proposed in their neighbourhoods.
That has to change. Barbara wants to live in a thriving urban environment that works for all of its residents. One in which citizens can contribute their ideas and influence decisions at the municipal level to improve the quality of life for the community as a whole.
In December 2021, Barbara decided to start advocating ranked ballots for municipalities and signed up with the Local Choice Advocacy Campaign.
The next municipal elections are in November 2022.
E-mail your comment or question to:
newcharlottetownproject [at] eastlink.ca