Comment 105684

By Inhocmark (registered) | Posted October 28, 2014 at 09:29:08 in reply to Comment 105682

I disagree Cripsy, A big city needs local representation primarily to look after issues at a local level that may get ignored in an at large system. A perfect example of this was a traffic issue we had up in Ward 15 where due to the way Waterdown is being developed a wider single car residential street was being used as if were an 80km/h primary road. Our councillor took the lead in addressing the issue and we've seen tangible traffic calming measures implemented.

I have zero confidence that an at large system would address local need within wards.

There is an issue where voters who do decide to engage do so with limited interest or knowledge in the issues and who they are voting for besides the name. While some incumbents do deserve their re-election, I do not think if you really got down to it, all of them deserved to come back.

Unfortunately I think it will take something drastic and awful to happen in our city before the general populace stands up and takes notice.

The other concern is that our local media is severely lacking. We're one of the largest cities in Canada and our local paper is completely useless, our CBC presence is limited and the only real television station in the Market is more concerned with their simulcasting than they are in any real local engagement. You have to work very hard to get the information you require to be an educated voter and most people are not willing to do that.

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