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by Christine Aubry
I was hoping for a bit more “city politics 101″: the roles and responsibilities of Council vs city staff; how council works (brings issue to table, discusses, votes, etc); how budgets made; how city staff are organized; etc. Do you want to learn how to acquire as fast as possible? Enjoy with the merkur casino spiele kostenlos ohne anmeldung right now. You will find a ton of money in addition to enjoyment!
by Caroline Andrew
Really important questions- and the work of Council committees is very important – most of the issues get discussed first at a committee level and this is where groups or individuals can make representations – and it is also where a staff report will be presented.
So the committee meetings give you a chance to see the material prepared by the staff- often presenting a variety of policy options as well as relevant data about the issue in question. At the same time if there are differences between councillors this will become clear and if there are public presentations often the questions posed to the presenters will indicate whether a councillor is for or against the position of the group. So Committee meetings are the places for discussion and often when the report gets to the full Council meeting there is very little discussion.
Some issues are originated by councillors who discuss with City staff and following this the staff will work on an issue, either because Council asked the staff to prepare a report or on the basis of a particular concern of one councillor. So the Council- staff relations are very context- related and/or individual actor related.
by Erwin Dreessen
Caroline, truly, you paint a picture that is not the reality. By the time an issue reaches a Committee, in the very large majority of cases the resolution is ‘pre-cooked.” Public delegations are allowed 5 minutes to express their opinion. In the vast majority of cases, Councillors have no further questions of the intervenor and the Chair moves to the next brave soul to speak. Very often, intervenors have to await their turn for hours (unless the item has been “timed” and even then the Committee is not bound to honour the time predicted).
On rare occasions some genuine changes are made to staff’s recommendations (not to be confused with changes suggested by staff itself which didn’t make it in time to the report that is made public and sent to Committee).
If a citizen or a citizen’s group wants to influence decisions, they have to see the issue coming well ahead of its coming to Committee, work with their Councillor, work with staff, bring public opinion to bear on staff and Councillors, etc. It’s hard work and rarely pays dividends.
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