Lobbying In Amherstburg Part 1

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
Dawn Martinello

Amherstburg Soccer Club
Terry Sawchuk

Amherstburg-Harrow Catholic Family of Parishes
Julie Gauthier

Skate Amherstburg
Lynn Fox

Bryerswood Youth Camp
Kathi Poupard

The Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce
Nika Laurin

Amherstburg Community Services
Kathy DiBartolomeo

the house youth centre
Natalyn Brouillard

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
Tim Reddish

Amherstburg Minor Hockey
Marc Renaud

Lighthouse Church
Dr. Adrian Ninaber

Safe Families Windsor-Essex
Joanne Fear

Rotary Club of Amherstburg
John Sutton

The Gathering
Mariette Prinsloo

Amherstburg Community Church
Brandon Cousineau

Commentary on Councillor Simone’s Notice of Motion On Town’s Name

Commentary by Linda Saxon RE Amherstburg Councillor Simone’s Notice of Motion To Redefine Town Name.

As published in the River Town Times:

The proposal is problematic for a couple of reasons.

Councillor Simone references, without citation, the etymological root of Amherst is “a place amongst the woods.”

Simone states the namesake’s ‘controversial nature’ and ‘Amherst’s legacy is controversial.’ Translated from Latin, controversy means disputed which downplays Amherst’s correspondence indicating a genocidal intent.

Does council favour actions that require very little effort and no cost but create the illusion of an ‘inclusive community?’ Two recent examples of wishes granted with little, or no cost come to mind.

One day after a resident tweeted in favour of extending the River Lights, and offered financial aid, Mayor Aldo DiCarlo made the lone decision to extend the lights display.

Nine months after the proposal for a rainbow crosswalk, with financial support, Councillor Donald McArthur said he was sorry it took so long.

If the town creates barriers to persons with disabilities, excludes persons with disabilities from decision-making processes, and delays compliance, can it claim 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?”

Likewise, and paradoxically, the town reads a land acknowledgement at every meeting, which cost nothing, but if it creates an appearance of inclusivity is that as far as it will act? Substituting a new definition is no different than the town of Russell replacing the namesake with a new “Russell.”

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada called upon municipal governments to fully adopt and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as the framework for reconciliation.

Council should do its homework before it decides. I refer to Article 19: States shall consult and cooperate in good faith with the indigenous peoples concerned through their own representative institutions in order to obtain their free, prior and informed consent before adopting and implementing legislative or administrative measures that may affect them.

Amherstburg Councillor Simone’s Notice of Motion To Redefine Town Name

The Windsor Star reports: Instead of referencing Amherst, Simone said she hopes council will endorse a new meaning — “place amongst the woods” based on the etymological Old English roots of “Amherst” — which Simone says indicates “a place or settlement amounts the woods” and “burg” which denotes a “walled or defensive settlement.”

Councillor Patricia Simone’s Full Notice of Motion to Town of Amherstburg Council: Re Town of Amherstburg Name.