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Step Up, Or Shut Up


By Fadi Didi

If you're not happy with your municipal government -- this is the year to put your money where your mouth is.

I'm still early in my career as a news person, but the common theme I've heard from the councils I've reported on is it's impossible to please all of the taxpayers -- short of a tax decrease across the board.

Typically, the displeasure of taxpayers is seen on social media, far from the deputation and delegations of town council.

If you think you can do a better job, go to town hall with your nomination forms, and run yourself.

It's easy to think public servants read a few files, vote on a few by-laws, and go about their days with a few thousand extra dollars for doing their municipal duty -- but it's much more than that.

Most town councillors in my area serve on multiple sub-committees, which can quickly eat away at the hours they spend with their families. Don't forget -- many of these people also work full-time jobs, just like you and me.

I won't name names, but one of my local councillors decided last election cycle he wanted to see a change, and won a seat in council chambers. His criticisms quickly changed to admiration, as he got a true understanding how our democracy works, and how hard staff at town hall work to make the municipality function.

Public servants who make the sunshine list are often working outside of business hours, and put a great deal of pride into their work. Many of these government jobs are not the type where you leave your work at the office. The overtime is simply a part of the job.

If you're prepared to sacrifice time with your family for the public good, I invite you to head to town hall today, and find out what it will take to get your name on the ballot this October.

Otherwise -- if you're not willing to step up, maybe it's time to stop your ranting.

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