New policies around transparency and modernization
A cornerstone of my campaign for White Rock City Council has been around taking a look at how the City of White Rock can modernize and improve. Alongside this has been a call for increased transparency within the city.
Transparency can come from old-fashioned ideas like meeting with residents one-on-one, the return of Question Period (new and improved!) to Council Meetings and regular town halls to get feedback directly from citizens. But today transparency can be even more powerful, by leveraging modern technology, data and issue tracking software we can provide a whole new way for citizens to ensure that they’re receiving the best service possible. From how the city is fixing potholes and replacing burned-out street lights to bigger issues, we have an opportunity to let people know exactly what’s going on in town.
Today I’ve updated my Policies Page to include a few new items on the subjects of transparency and modernization. These new items below have been added to my extensive and detailed policy proposals.
Freedom of Information Requests Online and Public: Currently, if a citizen wants to find something out from the city that isn’t routinely available they file what’s called a Freedom of Information Request at a cost to the person asking for the information. Once completed all information presented in a Freedom of Information Request should be made available to all citizens on the city’s website.
Online Updated Water Quality Information: With the new program in development to ensure that White Rock’s water is safe the city should provide regularly (weekly or better) information on the quality of our water. There should be a dedicated water quality page on the city’s webpage that is updated with the current levels of the toxins in our water including Arsenic and Manganese. This way all residents can check and see what our current water quality is before drinking the water.
I have reached out to local press to discuss the issues around modernization and transparency with them.
I know that compared to many issues facing our city these might not seem as exciting, and don’t generate the passionate responses that densification and development do. (I also have policies around those issues!) However, I feel that this is an area where the city can move forward for the benefit of all residents in a meaningful way.