Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Have your say

Forum to seek ideas on Windsor's future

Bleak or Blessed, will feature keynote speaker Matt Fischer, CEO of the Windsor Essex County Economic Development Commission. Questions as well as ideas from the audience will be appreciated, said Hilary Payne, a forum organizer and retired chief administrative officer at the City of Windsor.

“Windsor does have its economic challenges,” said Payne. “The fact that people are leaving the city in droves is very serious. We want to encourage the woman and man on the street to express their ideas on what the city should do.”

Payne noted that other North American jurisdictions have managed to overcome economic transitions through “sheer will of the people.”

“We’re operating on the premise that the glass is half full. It’s surprising what the power of the people can do when it’s mobilized and allowed to express itself.”

Organizers plan to record ideas generated from the forum and compile them in a report, which will be presented to all three levels of government — the city, the province and the feds.

The forum, which is free of charge, will take place Wednesday at All Saints’, 330 City Hall Square, from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 519253-8001.