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Throughout my previous terms of Council and during the last four years, people have repeatedly told me that they want more consultation and open communication from their elected officials.
I have and continue to run on a platform of transparency and accountability, as well as an inclusive community that allows every citizen to play a meaningful role in the affairs of the city.
I have consistently applied these guiding principles, and as Mayor I will continue to stregthen the consultation progress to include:
At least 2 town hall meetings per year
work to re-establish a radio talk-show
Work with the community channel program to establish a Councillor Hot Line with 1 hour per month for the Mayor, each ward and at large councillors.
Be open and receptive to suggestions from the public
While Council is elected to make decisions, there may be circumstances when plebiscites on major decisions and projects that affect the community, make sense. The City of Thunder Bay has used them many times in the past to deal with decision that were dividing the community, and I will propose them when needed.