Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Motions in Motion

Click here to see a recent motion re: governance of police services


  1. The idea is worth considering but ultimately, I would reject it.

    1. It does not reconcile well with this statement:
    AND WHEREAS the standards for Police operations and Police behaviour are established by the Province, and there are legislative protections ensuring oversight by the Province and recourse to Ontario Police Services Commission;

    2. In the hands of a different council. this option would be more appealing. But some members of council ought not to be entrusted with this responsibility.

    3. It politicizes policing services- which should be kept apolitical as much as possible.

    4. Hamilton is not ready for this. We'd need a sea change in terms of the council.

    1. I agree, and am prepared to take drastic action, but this could serve to corrupt the process even further.

      Ideally I think I would prefer 3 provincial appointees, the Mayor, and 3 agreeable taxpayers chosen at random via some sort of lottery. I would hope this type of model would be a more accurate reflection of our local population.

    2. I agree with both Source and JG

  2. I don;t think local politicians should have all this control over police services. There is a budget component that should suffice as is. Maybe it needs a little more transparency, but the governance part works as is. Throw is external audits and it would be fine. No need for this motion. We don't have to play follow the leader to Toronto.


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