The 2010 municipal election is still a year and a half away. That much is certain. What isn’t is who will vie for the nine seats on city council, though speculation has been running high in recent months and shows no sign of cooling off.
The tally so far: nearly three-quarters of a million a dollars. That’s how much the city has paid, as of March 31, for audits of the 2006 campaign books of four Vaughan political heavyweights and related legal fees.
Looking back at 2008, Vaughan Today’s editorial staff faced what turned out to be an easy decision when choosing Newsmaker of the Year. There were worthy runners up, but only nine could come out on top. Love them or hate them, you couldn’t avoid them in 2008.
It’s routine, predictable and even mundane, but “thank God” it’s happening, Regional Councillor Joyce Frustaglio says. The province has begun its standard review of the Municipal Elections Act – the law that governs how candidates can raise and spend money – two years ahead of Ontarians’ next trip to the polls.
A depleted council of just three voted last week to deny self-described watchdog Paul De Buono’s trio of audit requests.
Council’s latest audit request targets were prepared for the inevitable. “Nothing surprises me anymore,” Ward 2 councillor Tony Carella said Monday.
A proposed off-leash park for Vaughan’s dogs to run free was temporarily caged this week after an animated and, at times, light-hearted debate at committee.
A heated and contentious debate about the appropriate role of Vaughan in advocating specific products flared up again last week. The debate began in September when Regional Councillor Joyce Frustaglio asked council to defer receiving information on BluWood, a product used in the construction industry, until last week’s committee of the whole meeting.
A Woodbridge man confined to a wheelchair is asking council for help with his unique parking situation. In a deputation made at Monday’s committee of the whole meeting, Adib Odisho requested an on-street parking permit because neither the garage nor the driveway of his home can accommodate the extra metre of paved surface required for his van’s wheelchair lift. Overnight parking is prohibited on residential streets in Vaughan.
An amended resolution by two councillors to tackle discarded junk mail littering the ground around super mailboxes received tentative, yet near-unanimous support at Monday’s council meeting. The original resolution was drafted by councillors Tony Carella, Ward 2, and Alan Shefman, Ward 5, and introduced at
Vaughan city councillors, like all Ontario voters, are asking the contenders vying for the seats in Queen’s Park one question: What can you do for me? “Me” means the city, in this case. With the Oct. 10 provincial election fast approaching and the various parties
Traffic, waste and city’s image among top issues facing councillors this fall Ward 5 councillor Alan Shefman says he is hoping the upcoming council session will usher in a new sense of teamwork among his colleagues, and it sounds like he may get his wish.