Otherwise, why would council cancel their individual subscriptions to Municipal World magazine at the start of their term?
Previous councils subscribed to an issue for each member of council, plus others for administration. While I can’t say everyone read them, the brightest and most dedicated politicians on council read them cover to cover.
Now the whole town gets one issue. ONE for the entire workforce; for the dozen or so staff AND politicians. That suggests council must be brighter not only than all previous councils, but brighter than all other municipal politicians, advisers, consultants, lawyers, planners and administrators in the whole country, combined.
Since 1891, Municipal World magazine has been Canada’s foremost source of information, best practices, issues, ideas, challenges, policies and opportunities for local governance. Every issue – 12 a year – is packed with important, informative articles and columns. This is considered the “bible” of municipal governance by every other politician across the nation.
But Collingwood council doesn’t read it any more. Clearly our council are all atheists, when it comes to the municipal bible.
I guess it’s because they already know so much they have no need to learn more. Their heads are just bursting with knowledge and just can’t fit any more in. No need for the ideas of others. No need to obey their own Code of Conduct which states councillors are obliged (underlining in the original) to learn more about their roles and responsibilities:
Members have an obligation to promote, support, pursue and partake in opportunities for professional development…
This council doesn’t need more learning because clearly they all know it all, already.