Merriam-Webster dictionary defines special interest: a person or group seeking to influence legislative or government policy to further often narrowly defined interests especially : LOBBY
Councillor Patricia Simone was asked, it has been reported that you have hosted several roundtable discussions for non-profit agencies; do you consider this a special interest?
Councillor Simone’s response: The roundtable discussions are meetings hosted to bring non-profit organizations together, and together they discuss different topics. The meeting participants lead the meeting, contribute to agenda items and work together to complete any task/item they feel necessary. For example, the groups recorded videos about their organizations that was shared on social media and posted to youtube.
The Windsor Police Service Board AGENDA May 2021 lists a delegation; on behalf of A.C.T (Amherstburg Community Team) they provided Background Information information on the group, crediting Councillor Patricia Simone for inviting groups to the first Round Table Discussion Group in December 2019.
The group attached the following letters requesting Windsor Police to waive the fees associated with vulnerable sector criminal record checks; seven mentioned a community roundtable hosted by Amherstburg Councillor Patricia Simone.
2nd Amherstburg Scout Group
Amherstburg Soccer Club
Amherstburg-Harrow Catholic Family of Parishes
Bryerswood Youth Camp
The Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce
Amherstburg Community Services
the house youth centre
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
Amherstburg Minor Hockey
Dr. Adrian Ninaber
Safe Families Windsor-Essex
Rotary Club of Amherstburg
Amherstburg Community Church
Sent to members of council prior to yesterday’s council meeting.
I am shocked, and disheartened, to see the $160,000. Dog park recommendation on tonight’s council meeting agenda.
How could anyone justify such an expenditure that hardly improves the well-being and interests of the municipality or maintains the financial integrity of the municipality?
Council could ill afford a rainbow crosswalk; wasn’t it only approved because of sponsorship?
For how long has accessibility to the Gordon House and town hall been delayed? How many narrow sidewalks need to be replaced with new ones that meet code requirements? Both the building code and the AODA?
For how long will residents have to wait for new, accessible playground equipment to be installed?
It’s now been over two years since former CAO Miceli advised me that the town was working on a Routine Disclosure Policy, which is within council’s mandate. The item, although discussed at council meetings, is not even included in the unfinished business list.
Given all the accessible items money has not been allocated for, I have to object to spending taxpayer dollars on something that, in my opinion, is frivolous. People can walk their dogs anywhere but people with disabilities being denied access remain marginalized. When will you prioritize full inclusion?
Lastly, by what authority will you address the Miracle League at a council meeting? You should know that segregated activities are not viewed as inclusion by everyone.
“A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.” Edward R. Murrow
VOTE on Monday, October 24, 2022.
Following several media interviews about Amherstburg Councillor Simone’s Notice of Motion To Redefine Town Name, I sent questions on March 16, 2022, a phone message was left and another email was sent asking if there was a good time to call.
As of March 28, she “will review the questions and respond as soon as possible.”
what prompted you to bring forward the notice of motion?
why is changing the town’s name “not feasible?” Specifically?
how is it possible that “Amherstburg is an inclusive community that recognizes the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all persons to live in a climate of understanding and mutual respect for the worth of each person, allowing them to contribute fully to the development and well-being of the community” if the town creates barriers to persons with disabilities? excludes persons with disabilities from decision-making?
did you consult any Indigenous people about your intention to denounce the town’s namesake?
did you consult any legislation about your intention to denounce the town’s namesake?
did you consider your terminology might be perceived to be downplayed?
why did you choose ‘controversial nature of this individual’ and ‘Amherst’s legacy is controversial’ when what actually occurred was atrocities and crime against humanity?