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Media release: Guysborough Communities Coalition to petition the Municipality of the District of Guysborough to engage with constituents in an open town hall-style meeting

The Guysborough Communities Coalition (GCC), a group of citizens created to bring dialogue and transparency between citizens of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) and its council will be on the agenda for the MODG Council meeting Wednesday, April 4 at 4:30 PM.

The 3-member delegation will be asking Council to agree to a Town Hall-style meeting open to all residents of MODG. Citizens have discussed much lately about the MODG Council being inaccessible, secretive and unwilling to engage with the constituents it represents. Given the council’s unilateral pro-fracking position, the county’s shrinking population, doctor shortages, increases in property taxes, and the lack of much needed infrastructure, the GCC believes change is not only necessary but imperative if the county is going to survive.

From the Guide for New Municipal Councillors, Nova Scotia Provincial Government, 2016:

“Participation by the public is a key factor in ensuring a healthy and representative democracy. Residents should feel their council provides enough opportunities for feedback and community opinions. Your council should provide ample opportunities for public engagement. Open and transparent meetings help residents feel connected to the municipal decision-making process and that their opinions are heard by council.”

Contact: Alexander Bridge

Email: alexander.bridge@gmail.com