Update: We are pleased to report the new climber in Victoria Park opens today, May 18, 2018! Aidan would like to thank everyone, both staff and residents, for their efforts in helping make Victoria Park Playground even better!
Update: Voting is now closed. Thank you to everyone who voted in the 2018 Participatory Budget Process. Results will be announced in Aidan's e-newsletter (sign up below) and on the Participatory Budget Advisory Committee (PBAC) website.
Vote now! There is $1 million dollars available to fund top projects! Click the image below to be taken to the online voting website.
Don't want to vote online? No problem, all homes in Ward 1 will be receiving a paper ballot in the mail. Simply fill it out and drop it off at one of the 7 voting locations listed below (additional ballots will also be available at these locations). Click here to view the 2018 Voting Booklet.Read more
Thank you to everyone who has submitted an idea and/or attended the community workshop held on February 26, 2018!
244 idea submissions were received in December 2017. The Participatory Budget Advisory Committee (PBAC) then reviewed the list to remove ideas that did not meet criteria, resulting in 208 ideas that were presented at the community workshop.
Update: Work is starting at the Locke Street Library! The branch will close Saturday March 3, 2018 at 5pm for approximately 7 months. During the closure, the Bookmobile will visit Melrose United Church Parking Lot on Friday's between 10am and 12pm. See message below from the Library Staff.
Thank you to everyone who voted for Locke Street Library Improvements through our Ward 1 Participatory Budgeting Process. We are pleased to report that the project will include a new entry vestibule, renovations to create a barrier free washroom and an improved outdoor reading area. The Locke Street Library Renovation Project is partially funded through Aidan's Area Rating Funding.Read more
Thank you to everyone who submitted your ideas on how to spend $1.5 million in infrastructure with the focus on Environmental Stewardship!
We received just over 200 submissions and are looking forward to working with the Participatory Budget Advisory Committee on reviewing them in the new year.
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We are excited to announce the Participatory Budgeting (PB) Process is starting on November 16 when idea submission officially opens. New this year, is our first ever themed PB! We invite all residents to help us spend $1.5 million with the focus on Environmental Stewardship! Click image to enlarge:Read more
We are thrilled to report that the Ward 1 Pollinator Gardens are complete and in place at Cathedral Park, Stroud Park and Vitoria Park. This project was made possible through the 2016 forWard One Participatory Budgeting Process where it was the 5th top project of the year! Thank you to everyone who helped submit the idea, voted for it and make this possible!
The project was documented from start to finish, please click here to see the summary (opens a 3 Page PDF File). Below is Page 1 of the summary:
Making ideas a reality. When Aidan was elected Ward 1 Councillor in 2014, he committed to continuing the Participatory Budgeting (PB) Process started by the previous Councillor Brian McHattie. PB asks Ward 1 residents how to spend 1.5 million dollars in Area Rating Funding (read more about PB and Area Rating Funding by clicking here). Overall, the process highlights how 1 resident can submit an idea to be reviewed and voted on by the community and then implemented by the City.
Below is a status report of the ideas that were top voted and received funding since Aidan's election (click to enlarge, opens PDF file):Read more
We are excited to announce that Aidan's Motion for the 2017 Ward 1 Area Rating Expenditure passed at Council! City staff now have a defined budget and direction to start planning the infrastructure projects voted on in the last Participatory Budgeting (PB) Process.
320 ideas were reviewed and discussed; 28 moved forward to a ballot; 1,606 votes were cast, resulting in 13 projects moving forward. Thank you to everyone who participated!
A special thank you to the Westdale Cinema Group for presenting to the General Issues Committee on October 4, 2017!Read more
We are excited to announce that construction is complete on the natural playground at Canadian Martyrs School located at Leland and Main Street W. This project was made possible through the 2016 forWard One Participatory Budgeting Process where it was the 7th top project of the year. Thank you to everyone who helped submit the idea, voted for it and make this possible!
Pictured above, from left to right: Peter Messina (Principal), Dr. K. Prangley (Parent) Trustee Mark Valvasori, Councillor Aidan Johnson, Craig Rushton (Parent)Read more