DE-AMALGAMATION
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IT IS YOUR DEMOCRATIC RIGHT TO HAVE YOUR VOICE HEARD!

Completed Petitions Can Be Dropped Off At Robert Kirwan's Campaign Office

Robert Kirwan is shown during a meeting with Cecile Coutu recently discussing the De-amalgamation Petition which is circulating in Valley East and many other of the outlying communities in the City of Greater Sudbury.

The petition was distributed during a meeting which was held at the Centennial Arena on April 24. Over 100 angry residents from Valley East and Capreol were on hand to express their collective displeasure with the current municipal government structure. They were demanding de-amalgamation and a return to the Regional Government system which was in place prior to January 1, 2001.

"The issue here is not the petition, but rather that the City Councillors are ignoring the request of a large number of their constituents," explained Kirwan. "I know that the Provincial government may not allow us to de-amalgamate. I know the cost of de-amalgamation may be prohibitive. Nevertheless, all the local residents are asking is that the question be put on the ballot in November so that everyone who votes can express their opinion on the amalgamation. The results will dictate the follow-up by the new council. However, the refusal to listen to constituents is indicative of why this whole system is not working. Councillors have lost touch with the people they represent. Councillors have separated themselves from the people and seem to feel that they are above the voters who put them into office. That is what is wrong here."

Anyone who has a completed petition can drop off  the document at Kirwan's office which is located at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre, right beside Shelley Martel's office.

LOCAL COMMITTEE BEING FORMED

A meeting was held at the Centennial Arena on Monday, May 15, 2006 for people who want to force the issue of De-amalgamation.

It was decided that the group would form an action committee and meet again on Monday, June 12, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. at the Centennial Arena to take it to the next level. At that time, it is expected that membership cards will be available for sale at $2.00 each and also small signs will be purchased to be displayed on lawns around the area.

Anyone interested in de-amalgamation is urged to attend the next meeting.

 
 

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