Three years ago, the burg watch began chronicling how well the Mayor, Councillors, and staff performed; it was intended to be a reference for voters heading to the polls who would be inundated with campaign material.
In November 2011, the burg watch blogged about:
Amherstburg’s Mayor Wayne Hurst’s mention in a MACLEANS Magazine article, “Canada’s Lousy Mayors;”
Council’s contravention of the Municipal Act following the Ombudsman Review Of Closed Meeting;
Difficulty with navigating the town’s web site, after having pointed out issues since 2002;
Council’s flip flops on:
- its decision to allow a man convicted of sex crimes to purchase naming rights at the town’s new arena
- the decision to install railings at the United Communities Credit Union Complex, which was expected to lose $895,000 by the end of December 2011
- the recommendation to hire an engineer to investigate what caused more than 500 homes to flood during a severe storm in August.
Today, some issues remain unaddressed but there is a new council and hopefully, a new era in municipal politics. Not only has administration been uncivil and unwilling to provide access to information, but there has been an unprecedented amount of criticism directed toward those community residents who have exercised their democratic rights.
the burg watch has also received criticism for informing the public of certain issues and was threatened with legal action, but it will continue in the spirit of freedom of expression.