Posted October 9, 2013
When GuelphRoots Guelph (GRG) was announced August 30, it marked the beginning of a concerted plan to increase voter interest and inform residents of how their city is being managed.
In that regard, it is not a pretty picture.
In the space of a year, the steering committee of GRG has gathered facts and analysis of the perilous path the current administration has taken our city. That information was gathered and presented in a four-page petition to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
The petition, signed by 162 taxpayers and residents of Guelph, requests an independent audit by the Ministry, of the City of Guelph finances and operations. Acting on a little known part of the Municipal Affairs Act, that permits 50 municipal taxpayers to make such a request, GRG presented the petition to the Minister on Tuesday, October 1, 2013.
Copies of the petition are available on the new GRG website – GrassRootsGuelph.com.
On Thursday, October 10, 2013, at 2 p.m., GRG will hold a press conference at Queen’s Park, Toronto, to follow up its petition’s presentation to the Ministry and invite the media to ask questions.
GRG feels this development is not just a Guelph story but an Ontario story.
In 2006, when the government introduced the four-year term for municipal governments across the province, it provided no mechanism for recall of elected officials. The taxpayers who fund municipal operations lost their democratic rights without recourse.
That is, until now. Taxpayers in any municipality in the Province can present a well- documented petition to the Ministry requesting an audit of the municipality’s finances. The key is to conduct a careful analysis of the facts that indicate mismanagement to back up the content, as is the case with the Guelph petition.
GrassRoots Guelph has enlisted more than 200 registered members in just six weeks and is growing every day. The petition and introduction of the website, is attracting other residents who want to be part of an independent citizen’s organization that is non-partisan, non-profit and not beholden to any group or special interest.
Membership is free and requires a name, full address, email address and telephone number.
Sign up at firstname.lastname@example.org