Posts Categorized: Accountability

Engaged – Crib Notes on Local Government

After I published my first blog article in late June 2016 titled “Crib Notes on Local Government,” readers asked for a sequel explaining just how the public can get involved and engaged with their local municipal council and government.   While this may not be gripping material that keeps readers awake at night, it might be helpful to those who want to take a more active role in their community.  Please note that my point of reference for this article…

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My “Top Ten” Priorities for 2016

“It is in the shelter of each other that people live.” (Irish Proverb) It’s funny how traveling away from home, celebrating the Christmas and New Year holiday season or lying in bed with the flu can provide the luxury of some time for personal reflection.  The end of 2015 found me experiencing all three.  I also discovered the quotation above, an Irish proverb that seems particularly apt at this time. As for traveling, once again, the best part of visiting…

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Saanich, Sewage and Scuttlebutt

In the last six months, some of the most interesting and complete investigative journalism into local and regional government has occurred in Focus Magazine by editors Leslie Campbell and David Broadland and on-air with journalist and reporter Ian Jessop of  CFAX 1070 Radio. SAANICH The ongoing situation in Saanich, reflected by an apparent disconnect between duly-elected Mayor Richard Atwell and some Saanich Council members and senior staff, continues to unfold according to this month’s Focus Magazine.  In a follow up…

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A FINE BALANCE

The March 30, 2015 release of BC’s Privacy Commissioner’s investigative report into the Spyware debacle in Saanich produced a stunning rebuke of IT policy and practices at Saanich Municipal Hall.  The results of this investigation vindicate Mayor Richard Atwell on this issue and raise serious concerns about what appears to be a major knowledge and policy gap at Saanich staff and Council levels about current provincial privacy legislation. The results also raise another concern for me, a deeper issue that touches…

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