New Year, better yearSaturday, January 04, 2014 by: David Poluck
Where did the year go? 2013 was a busy year for the organizers of the Sault Association of Ratepayers building on what we learned from the years before. Here it is already 2014.
”Ring out the old, ring in the new. Ring out the false, ring in the true.” These lines by Alfred Lord Tennyson impart a great sense of purpose as you get geared up to welcome the New Year.
It is that time of the year again when we introspect on our choices of the past and anticipate what the New Year will bring.
I reminisce about the past year of 2013 and the accomplishments made towards the developments of an association of ratepayers both locally and regionally. I look at the milestones that have been reached, the new friends I have met and anticipate continuing in 2014 a direction of “Continuous Improvement” discussions, confident that everyone involved works in the process of combining efforts and resources to produce the product envisioned.
In this New Year we can look forward to working with the Northeastern Regional Association of Ratepayers. Last year’s inaugurating conference held here in the Sault gave us a new direction in cooperative ways into sharing ideas and experiences towards municipal affairs between other districts. This year we plan to strengthen our ties and develop better communications between the member groups while expanding our membership.
When the clock struck twelve on December 31st, people all over the world cheered and wished each other a very Happy New Year. For some, this event was no more than a change of a calendar. But for many others, the New Year symbolizes the beginning of a better tomorrow.
This year is young and there is so much more to learn and do.
So…Here’s to a New Year!
A better Year…2014
Were you aware that 2014 is a municipal election year?
This is an exciting time in municipal affairs when topics of community direction, taxation and representation come to the forefront of discussions at dinner tables and gatherings across the city. This is the point in our system of democracy where we as voters can review the current council and school board trustees on individual and group performances and go to the polls on October 27th 2014 to either re elect incumbents or elect those that have come forward who feel they would be more suited in the role as our representatives in the municipal system.
Those who wish to run for municipal council can file nominations from the first day of January and until 2 p.m. on nomination day Friday, September 12, 2014. Fill out the “Nomination Form” and file it with our municipal clerk including the fee to file a nomination.
To run for head of council the fee is $ 200 and $100 for all other positions. More detailed information prepared by the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing on 2014 Candidates Guide for Ontario Municipal and School Board Elections can be found on line at http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/AssetFactory.aspx?did=10336
This is a forty page document filled with valuable information to help guide those that wish to run in the next municipal election.
Organizers of the SSMAR encourage everyone to get involved in one way or another in municipal affairs.
Take ownership of your community, get involved.
Want to become a volunteer contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org