Access to Politics: Who Gets It? Who Deserves It?

Guest Blogger: Dr. Amanda Bittner

Happy City St John’s invites experts and concerned citizens to give their views on key issues to encourage further dialogue. These views are not necessarily those of Happy City itself or of its board.

There has been lots of talk lately in #nlpoli about what we as taxpayers ought to be funding and what we as taxpayers ought to be getting for our money. There appears to be near-universal agreement that snowclearing is a priority in St. John’s, but I think that if we took a poll of voters in the province’s capital, the agreement would end there. Recently, we’ve seen a lot of debate and discussion (and anger) over the possibility that the City would provide childcare to citizens during night time hearings and public engagement events. What began as an idea to widen access to decision-making in St. John’s has led to a debate about who pays for it and who ought to receive this “benefit.”

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Decoding the Development Regulations: What would they mean for St. John’s?

One of the biggest decisions this City Council will make is coming up fast, and most people haven’t even heard of it. It sounds dry as a bone, but the upcoming adoption of new development regulations is going to lay down the rules that will shape our city for many years to come.

You might have heard about “Envision St. John’s”, the city’s brand-spanking-new Municipal Plan, which was adopted in principle this August after a long period of consultation and revision (Full disclosure: Happy City was part of the committee guiding the consultation process).

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