Submitted by the City of St. Catharines
ST. CATHARINES – Should members of city council serve double-duty on Regional council? Are there other governance reform options that should be considered?
The city’s Governance Committee is looking to St. Catharines residents for answers.
The first of three open houses dealing with the subject is planned for Thursday, Aug. 8 inside Council Chambers at City Hall from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Residents are encouraged to come out and share their opinions on a variety of governance topics, including whether some councillors should also serve on Regional Council and whether voting at Regional Council should be changed to representation by population.
“We want to hear from the public,” said Coun. Mat Siscoe, chairman of the Governance Committee. “How St. Catharines and Regional Council are comprised and how they vote affects everyone. We want residents to share their questions, ideas and feedback with us.”
The second open house is on Sept. 16, with the final open house set for Sept. 30. Both open houses will be held in Council Chambers from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
An online survey is also available at www.stcatharines.ca/governancereform. Residents are able to take the survey until Sept. 30.
Feedback from the open houses and survey will be used to create a report to City Council this fall.
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