Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Things to think about

I meant to blog about this recently, and it fell by the wayside.

Jordan Bateman is a Municipal Councillor in Langley British Columbia. I regularly visit his blog. On a recent visit I caught this item:
Cities Fit For Children conference report

On Thursday and Friday, I was in Kelowna attending a conference called Cities Fit for Children. The following is a report I am providing to the rest of Council in a memo today.
On November 1 and 2, 2007, I attended the Cities Fit for Children conference in Kelowna. This memo provides a brief report on that conference.

Overall, the seminars were informative and helpful. As was expected, the keynote addresses by Dr. Stuart Shanker, Dr. Clyde Hertzman, and Dr. Suzanne Crowhurst Lennard were the highlights.

Dr. Shanker opened the conference with a presentation on the science of early brain development. His research shows some worrisome statistics:

What a great idea. Like most Councils, Windsor Councillors and Senior Staff attend numerous conferences, clinics, association meetings and other events. Why don't we ever see reports tabled at Council to share the knowledge learned during these events? A simple report along with any supporting materials should be fairly straightforward to produce and table.

Information is gold and the more we share, the more everyone wins.