Monday, 29 May 2017

Should YRC Use The Ward Model?

The YRC Project Steering Committee is in the process of choosing which model to recommend for the governance of the York Rural Community. The question being considered is whether or not there should be wards.  

When a Rural Community is divided in to wards, each resident has a single, easily identifiable district representative or councillor. That representative tends to be highly accountable because he or she can be re-elected or defeated in the next election based on whether or not residents are happy with the work he or she has done on the Council. 

In a Ward Model, there is less cost for people to run for election because they are only campaigning within the ward (instead of through the whole rural community).

In a Ward Model, the number of residents that a councillor represents is lower so he or she has more time to focus on the issues of individuals in the ward.

In a Ward Model, there is a greater chance that residents know the person running for election because he or she likely lives in the neighbourhood.

But in a Ward Model, there is a chance that the Rural Community would loose out on a good candidate because he or she does not want to run against a neighbour.

And in a Ward Model, depending on how ward boundaries are determined, there is a greater chance that a candidate would be acclaimed in wards with smaller population numbers (because there might be fewer people willing or able to run for office).

As part of its responsibilities in the feasibility study , the YRC Project Steering Committee will be proposing a Council structure for residents to consider.  In the preliminary feasibility study report we are planning to propose at least three options.  YRC Project area residents  are asked to send your concerns, advice, suggestions or requests about this matter to

The St. John River from Keswick Ridge LSD with Kingsclear LSD (left) and Bright LSD (right) in the distance.  

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