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, I 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. I 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. The Mayor and City Councillors are supposed to work for the citizens; yet they are not.
For the uninitiated—like me—the learning curve into how municipal government works was steep. Becoming familiar with meeting packages, agendas, proposals, resolutions, minutes, special meetings, and where to find information on the Cityʼs Web site is energy- and time-consuming. This is not the hallmark of an open, transparent, and accountable administration.
That has to change. I want 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.
The next municipal elections are in November 2022.
To contact me by e-mail: b.dylla [at] eastlink.ca