Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Let the sun shine in

Hat tip to Councillor Drew Dilkens for stepping up to the plate. I'm guessing he didn't appreciate being on the receiving end of one of the Mayor's stock "Alan Halberstadt" lectures at last week's Council meeting when he had the temerity to actually ask a question.

If there's ever a motion for citizens to get behind, this is one of them. If you don't feel comfortable appearing before Council to support this, at least take a few minutes to email Councillor Dilkens and let him know he has your support. If you're feeling really energetic, email your own Councillors in support or really throw caution to the wind and let the entire Council and Mayor know how you feel.

Councillor wants minutes of city corporations

Weary of being in the dark over the business dealings of the city's arms-length corporations, Coun. Drew Dilkens wants minutes of every meeting from those entities shared with all councillors.

Dilkens served a notice of motion Monday that he will bring forward his request to council in the next week or two, once it has been fine-tuned with the help of the city's legal department.

Enwin Utilities, Windsor Utilities Commission, the city's tunnel corporation and the airport's YQG Gateway Inc. are among entities that frustrate Dilkens because only councillors who sit on those boards are privy to minutes of meetings and business dealings.

"For me, it's about openness, transparency and accountability," he said. "Residents expect us to be in the know, so it's incumbent upon us to know what's going on in these organizations.