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Why would anyone bother to vote in an Alberta municipal election if this bill passes? The election could be cancelled, candidates removed, results ignored.


Edmonton elected officials and political scientists are skeptical about proposed changes to legislation by the Alberta government, which they say would affect the way municipalities govern.
"I see Bill 20 as an attack on local democracy," Mayor Amarjeet Sohi told CBC Edmonton's Radio Active Thursday. "This is going to undermine local decision-making and it's going to hurt our communities."

Introduced in the legislature Thursday, the Municipal Affairs Statutes Amendment Act would give the Alberta cabinet authority to dismiss councillors in any municipality and repeal bylaws already passed by a council.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmo...nce-s-new-municipal-governance-bill-1.7185720
 
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Why would anyone bother to vote in an Alberta municipal election if this bill passes? The election could be cancelled, candidates removed, results ignored.


Edmonton elected officials and political scientists are skeptical about proposed changes to legislation by the Alberta government, which they say would affect the way municipalities govern.
"I see Bill 20 as an attack on local democracy," Mayor Amarjeet Sohi told CBC Edmonton's Radio Active Thursday. "This is going to undermine local decision-making and it's going to hurt our communities."

Introduced in the legislature Thursday, the Municipal Affairs Statutes Amendment Act would give the Alberta cabinet authority to dismiss councillors in any municipality and repeal bylaws already passed by a council.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmo...nce-s-new-municipal-governance-bill-1.7185720
I realize it's not a direct comparison since municipalities are not constitutionally protected, but it strikes me that Alberta is doing to its municipalities what they are complaining the federal government is doing to them.
 
Doug Ford and the PCs keep both seats in today's by-elections, including increasing their vote percentage in Milton over 2022.


While I would not dispute some significance in the above...........

I would suggest that, the fact these seats are either Conservative seats or seats that sometimes flip to team red needs to be stated right off the bat.

There are not wide open races.

Voter turn out was very low, as it tends to be in by-elections.......

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It was not a tight race in Lambton, nor was it expect to be; but Milton was contentious.

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Not a walk for the Tories, though by no means particularly close either.

I wouldn't give this undue weight, anymore than the Liberal win outside Ottawa. (earlier)
 
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Not sure if this has been talked about but some of the regions are having their planning responsibilities removed as of July 1 (Peel, Halton and York).



SCHEDULE 12
PLANNING ACT

The Schedule makes various amendments to the Planning Act. Here are some highlights:

1. Currently, the Act provides for two different classes of upper-tier municipalities, those which have planning responsibilities and those which do not. Amendments are made to provide that the Regional Municipality of Peel, the Regional Municipality of Halton and the Regional Municipality of York become upper-tier municipalities without planning responsibilities on July 1, 2024 and to provide that four other specified upper-tier municipalities will be upper-tier municipalities without planning responsibilities on dates to be named by proclamation of the Lieutenant Governor. Other related amendments are made in the Act.
 
Sort of cross posting: the 16 month acceleration for the changes to beer and wine sales announced today go in line with the whispers that Ford will call a snap election around this time next year.
It's a legitimate good populist talking point to throw out there for his "I got it done" persona.
 
Sort of cross posting: the 16 month acceleration for the changes to beer and wine sales announced today go in line with the whispers that Ford will call a snap election around this time next year.
It's a legitimate good populist talking point to throw out there for his "I got it done" persona.
This time next year is a year away - a LOT can happen so any 'whispers' are not fact based.
 
I guess Ford is more worried about Crombie than I thought, to consider an early election. And I suppose also worried about what will likely be a rapidly unpopular PP government taking the wind out of his sails for re-election.

It seems short notice. I imagine a lot of retailers will be scrambling to make arrangements to sell beer. I'm sure this has been telegraphed that it would happen eventually, but the timing seemed further in the future.
 
Ontario high school students will soon need to pass financial literacy assessment to graduate: province

The new financial literacy requirement, covering practical skills, will include a lesson module as well as an assessment that Lecce said “ensure students have the skills and knowledge to create and manage a household budget, save for a home, learn to invest wisely, and protect themselves from financial fraud.”
 
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The new financial literacy requirement, covering practical skills, will include a lesson module as well as an assessment that Lecce said “ensure students have the skills and knowledge to create and manage a household budget, save for a home, learn to invest wisely, and protect themselves from financial fraud."

By "financial fraud" do they mean scams?

...like, say, OPC fundraising letters?

 
Doug Ford never seems to learn his lesson. The Zameer case was only a few months ago.


Ontario Premier Doug Ford suggested immigrants are to blame for the shooting of an empty Jewish school in Toronto over the weekend, despite police saying they have little information on the suspects. Ford said the perpetrators must be caught and thrown in jail. He said people should not come to Canada if they're "going to start terrorizing neighbourhoods like this."

"You're bringing your problems from everywhere else in the world, you're bringing it to Ontario, and you're going after other Canadians, as the prime minister said: unacceptable," Ford said at an unrelated event in Toronto on Thursday. "I got an idea: before you plan on moving to Canada, don't come to Canada if you're going to start terrorizing neighbourhoods like this. Simple as that. You want to come to Canada? You want to be a resident of Ontario? You get along with everyone."

Police said its hate crime unit is involved in the school shooting investigation, but that it is too early to say if the shooting was motivated by hate or antisemitism. They have not arrested anyone yet nor have they identified any suspects. The probe remains ongoing.

https://www.cp24.com/news/doug-ford-suggests-immigrants-behind-jewish-school-shooting-1.6906821
 

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