End of the Spring Session
Council has finished up its regular 2-meetings-per month schedule. We now move into the summer months and only meet once per month in July and August. Here are my highlights from the first half of 2017.
• Passed a motion to reduce the number of wards & councillors in 2018
• Passed a motion to revamp downtown parking to help shrink the deficit.
• Passed a motion to look at what it would cost to end the monopoly held on City work by two unions to the exclusion of all other unions and non-union.
• Passed a motion to look at a 1% budget reduction for 2018
Summer Queen Street Closure
Thanks to Council for passing my motion calling for us to look into whether we should close Queen Street to traffic on either Friday nights or Saturday nights during the summer months to facilitate patios, downtown music and street parties in an effort to bring people downtown.
Challenging our Construction Employer Designation
I’ve have asked staff to examine what it will take for the City to get out of its designation as a Construction Employer. This isn’t a union versus non-union issue. The problem with our Construction Employer designation is that it binds us to only accepting bids from two specific unions, to the exclusion of all other unionized or non-unionized businesses. Everybody should be allowed to bid on City work and the best bid, whether unionized with the unions we are currently bound to use, whether unionized with any other union, or whether non-unionized. I want to get to the bottom of how we can make sure that happens. Read my motion here.
The Agenda with Steve Paikin
It was great fun to join Steve Paikin on TVO’s ‘The Agenda’ for a segment on Sir William H. Hearst. You can visit The Agenda Website to learn about the Former Ontario Premier and Sault Ste. Marie MPP, Sir William H. Hearst.