10 Responses to Changes are needed

  1. Lary Turner June 22, 2011 at 8:36 am

    I was not aware that so many of Cambridge’s Council attended ….. and you are perfectly right; it is excessive and no explanations will make it right.

  2. Harold Fontaine June 22, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Who from Cambridge didn’t go on this trip?

  3. Jimm Hillis June 22, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    How about sending a couple of Citizens to these things..any volunteers?

  4. wes kies June 22, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    The Council votes for these expenses at Budget Time and Every Councillor voted to allow any and all members of Council to go on two Conferences a year, this is where the Public should show up at Budget time to
    voice their concerns if this bothers them..I have checked these records and the
    only Councillor that does not attend very often is Cowsill, Tucci has attended
    most of them in the past, only recently has he stopped attending…

  5. Scotty Moffatt June 22, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Rick Cowsill also has the worst attendance record at council, so he is probably too busy in his non political life to waste time attending these things.

  6. Lary Turner June 23, 2011 at 9:43 am

    While I certainly don’t need to defend Rick on his voting record at Council Scotty, perhaps you may not be aware that his wife has acute medical issues and as a family man I have no doubt he puts that ahead of a Council meeting.

  7. les kadar June 23, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Wes, while attending budget meetings as a member of the public is certainly recommended to have your voice heard, that’s about what happens I’m afraid.
    Your voice is heard, period.
    As someone who travelled extensively professionaly for my company to trade shows conferences etc, my duty to the company was to report on the results of those conferences. In that report, was a full expense accounting and what the company can expect from my having taken the trip in terms of sales, activities of the competition and a whole barage of other stuff that provided information to those paying the bill that my trip was in fact worth it and would bear fruit in the future, or be cancelled the next time.
    In politics, there is no such thing. Councillors or Mayor do not account for their adventures accept in financial terms. We rarely if ever find out the expectations either present or future of these junkets.
    A public report should be published on the city web site at the very least of what , where, why , how, and so on about the trip.
    There should be the same rules applied to elected officials as exist in the private sector. You spend money, you account for it in 50 ways to sunday or no more trips or no more job.
    I guess as Ben is running for Mayor, he is keeping his financial spending nose clean to avoid any critics jumping out of the closet to rain on his parade come the next election.
    Let’s also remember he is still working full time for the CIBC, so travelling and work could well get in the way of each other.

  8. Michael D June 24, 2011 at 12:22 am

    “There should be the same rules applied to elected officials as exist in the private sector.”

    Councillors aren’t attending conferences to increase sales. Ostensibly the purpose is to learn from what is going on in other cities, to share ideas (potentially getting more recognition for local decisions), and to bring back a better understanding of how to approach municipal governance – a rather multi-faceted issue. There are no products to report on, there are no new potential clients; any report would be a formality, as it wouldn’t generally be able to capture what is useful about the experience.

  9. les kadar June 24, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Dear Michael D, I beg to differ.
    Councillors both attend these to look for sales and learn about things other cities/governments are doing and how it could help our city.
    Sales of industrial land and services are discussed and promoted everytime you speak to anyone not from this city.
    Either way, reporting to the publlic on what they learned, how and so on as is accountability of the tax payers money that has been spent as well as laying out the possible future for our community.
    As you say, ” bring it back ” ! And my point is to who ? and what have you/they done with the information if anything at all.
    We have no idea.

  10. Scotty Moffatt June 24, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    They learned that the grass is cut lower in other city’s?

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