Comment 51001

By d.knox (registered) | Posted November 01, 2010 at 13:59:36

I have to confess, I don't see it as a terribly big deal. Apart from ward 8 and ward 14, we're are more or less fairly well represented. Ward 8 was a little shocking, but if that was some agreed to arrangement before amalgamation, there's not much point in talking about redistribution now.

Frankly, if people want real representation and a real voice, they need to get involved. That's a much surer way of getting good representation that adjusting boundaries. People need to create citizen groups for whatever their favourite hobby horse is, behave in a manner which engenders respect and civility for everyone, and work with their councillors to achieve the desired result.

I know this is much harder to accomplish in some wards because civic engagement is time consuming, sometimes tedious, and often frustrating. But I think it was pointed out on RTH that you can't simply vote once every four years, do nothing civic in between elections, and still consider yourself to be involved in the process.

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