A need to keep city-public dialogue open

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About 30 youth and 30 adults gathered to discuss ideas for a community plan at the 2014 Youth Forum at Wood Acres on March 6, 2014.

Forums are an opportunity to gather community ideas.

It’d be great if we had more of them. During the 2012 municipal elections, and other elections in the past, there was a forum with the candidates. That event was well attended and many good discussions were had.

On March 6, there was a youth forum held to discuss and develop a community plan. Instead of coming up with ideas to interest the youth, the forum gave a chance for youth to present their ideas on what they want to see happening in the city. Organizers and participants of all ages remarked on the success of the event.

On Monday, council approved the environment advisory committee’s recommendation to allocate $7,000 from the solid waste 2014 recycling initiatives account for the Sustainable Community 2014 Forum to take place in September.

Councillors requesting to see the budget prior to approving the funds made some very good points. We can’t go around spending and allocating money without knowing what it’ll be used for, especially considering the state of our infrastructure.

That said, regardless of money, it is good that the forum will be held. Not only will it help generate ideas for a sustainable community, but it will also gather public opinions and thoughts.

That kind of dialogue needs to stay open between citizens and planners, administrators and city councillors. They need to listen to us. We need to listen to them. We need to share our ideas just as they need to share theirs.

Forums are great opportunities for everyone. We can get our complaints out in the open, but more importantly, we can have a say in solutions to the problems. We can play a part in shaping the future of this city. As residents and as city representatives, we need to work together for the kind of Moose Jaw we want to see and live in.

All Times-Herald editorials are written by the editorial staff.

Organizations: Sustainable Community 2014 Forum

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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