Council Prepares to Vote

Council DebatesI owned a couple of goats for a few years. They were fun at first, but eventually they became more of a nuisance than anything else. Watching them spar was always interesting though. They lock eyes, rear up high, and then come down hard, smashing their heads together. I’ve never seen one get the better of the other really, they just keep banging away, stalemate after stalemate.

On October 9th, Prince Edward County Council vote on whether or not to reduce their size from 15 to 10, and how to redraw the electoral boundaries of the County. Currently they have locked eyes, and are slowly rising to their feet…

This cartoon was originally published in The Wellington Times, October 2, 2013.

Council Mulls Over Reducing Size

Council SizeOk, so I’m being a little cynical here. It is quite possible that the Prince Edward County Council will decide to follow the Citizens’ Assembly recommendation and trim their numbers down from 15 members to 10. (plus the Mayor, who would henceforth be known as “The Tiebreaker”.) Let’s say they say they say, “yes”. What then? How will they make it happen? Will they function more cohesively?  Will Wards change, and would it really matter if they did? Far more questions here than answers I’m afraid.

Oh, and the little side note here, *definitely not a councillor featured in a previous cartoon! – is just a nod to a certain councillor that stopped in to introduce herself to me. She seemed nice so I decided to leave her out of this week’s cartoon. Everybody gets one!

This cartoon was originally published in The Wellington Times, September 18, 2013.

County Council 2-Step

County Council 2-stepOur local Council has a funny way of coming to a decision on various matters. Almost like a dance. Like dancing buffalo in a quaint tea shop, where every day is groundhog day, and the more things are torn down and destroyed, the more they stay the same.

This cartoon was originally published in The Wellington Times, September 11, 2013.

Voice of the People

ProctorThere has been some debate as to the merits of the vote held in South Marysburgh last year, which showed 90% of ballots count for the ‘no turbines’ camp. Detractors point to the fact that there was only a 62% turnout, and there was no undecided option. Still, 90% of 62% of people who actually got off their butts to have a say, said no. Our local councillor, Barb Proctor, who initially wrote a letter to the Minister of Energy and the Minister of the Environment to support this 90%, now seems to be backing away from the people who elected her by recently voting against a motion to declare the Corporation of the County of Prince Edward is not a ‘willing host’ for IWT’s.

This cartoon was originally published in The Wellington Times, May 1, 2013.

Council Size

We have 15 councillors in Prince Edward County. 15. Plus the Mayor. That’s for a population of about 25,000. For a minute forget about the budget implications, and imagine what it’s like trying to get them all to agree on anything? In 2010 80% of returned ballots agreed that Council size was an issue. What have we done about it since then?

This cartoon was originally published in The Wellington Times, March 20, 2013.