Durham Environment Watch




Last updated



Direct Election of the Regional Chair
Referendum Ballot - October 25,2010
Ballot Question Results

Durham Region Report 1020-A-49
Results of the Question on the October 25, 2010 Ballot
Regarding the Direct Election of the Regional Chair


Durham Region, 8 Municipalities, Hospitals, School Boards etc.


Political issues in Durham Region - Articles:






Mayors need to be more open at council meetings

March 16, 2011
Metroland Editorial

I'm a bit of a municipal council nut. I think it comes from having covered so many council meetings during my time as a reporter. Back in the day, yes, before the...


Incinerator foes fired up over closed-door meeting

Jan 20, 2011   Toronto Star

WHITBY -- A dozen incinerator opponents were left fuming after being shut out of an advisory committee meeting Thursday to discuss the controversial facility that will burn Durham and York regions’ garbage.


Bye-bye byelection

January 19, 2011

OSHAWA -- The people of Oshawa won't have a say in who fills the council seat left vacant by Mike Nicholson. Council voted Wednesday night to appoint a replacement at...

Clarington asks Region to make incinerator meetings public

January 19, 2011

BOWMANVILLE -- Clarington is asking the Region to open the energy-from-waste advisory committee meetings to the public and schedule meetings in the evenings. In November, the...


Clarington will ask court if it can break its promise to host incinerator

January 18, 2011

BOWMANVILLE -- Clarington wants to know if it can break its promise to host the planned energy-from-waste facility. Clarington is going to court to see if the municipality is...

Will Covanta meet challenge of provincial emission standards?

January 16, 2011

To the editor: It was interesting to read on Thursday Jan. 6, 2011 about the hopes of Durham Region Works Commissioner, Cliff Curtis, for a spring groundbreaking for the...

Clarington incinerator options discussed in closed meeting

January 12, 2011

BOWMANVILLE -- Clarington council met behind closed doors for three hours on Monday to discuss the municipality's options in regards to the incinerator planned for...



Partial recount of mayoralty election ballots ordered in Brock Township
December 23, 2010
BROCK -- A Superior Court judge has ordered the Township of Brock to count one-third of the uncounted mayoral ballots from the Oct. 25 municipal election, which resulted in a 13-vote gap between candidates...

Incinerator report to bypass Clarington CAO

December 23, 2010

BOWMANVILLE -- In an unusual move, the upcoming report on the incinerator will come directly to Clarington Council. Reports from the municipal solicitor usually pass through...

Durham council moves towards an elected Regional chairman

December 17, 2010

DURHAM -- Regional chairman Roger Anderson took the first available opportunity to make good on a promise to try to turn his job into an elected position. The move came at the...

Pickering council off to shaky start

December 16, 2010

PICKERING -- It was only the first business meeting of the council term Monday and tensions were already high. Ward 2 Regional Councillor Bill McLean accused the mayor and...

Clarington one step forward, one step back with Veridian board appointments

December 14, 2010

BOWMANVILLE -- Clarington council has appointed a civilian to the Veridian Corporation board but could reconsider one of the council appointments. At the Dec. 13 meeting...

New Clarington council hits snags with Veridian board appointments

December 9, 2010

BOWMANVILLE -- Despite numerous statements about working together, the new Clarington council seemed to hit a slight bump at the first council meeting when it came time to...

Durham council committee appointments made

December 9, 2010

DURHAM -- At their inaugural meeting on Wednesday, Durham Regional councillors filled positions on various committees. Whitby Councillor Don Mitchell was appointed chairman of...

"Crippling impacts" for 407 phase-in
December 1, 2010 - Oshawa Express
The mayors-elect from the four municipalities most affected by the province’s decision to phase-in the expansion of Hwy. 407 are not wasting any time ...

Mayors Speak Out
November 30, 2010 - Oshawa Express
The Hwy. 407 issue has been going on for months, with angry residents placing signs on their lawns in the hamlet of Columbus, as well as politicians voicing their views whatever chance they get.

Environment group cancels Durham chairman debate

November 29, 2010

DURHAM -- A hoped-for debate between prospective candidates for Durham Regional chairman has been cancelled, as only one candidate accepted the invitation. DurhamCLEAR, an...

Group wants Durham Region chairman candidates to debate issues

November 25, 2010

DURHAM -- A local environmental group is hoping to organize a debate between prospective candidates for Durham Regional Chairman. DurhamCLEAR wants to have the candidates take...

A hasty decision for waste November 23, 2010 - Oshawa Express It’s been years in the making, but now it seems the Energy-From-Waste (EFW) facility is a go. And some residents are going to be up in arms with the decision.

Debate between Regional chairman candidates needed

November 22, 2010

To the editor: On Dec. 8, the newly elected members of the Regional Council of Durham will appoint the Regional chairman. Currently, there are two candidates -- John Mutton...

Two face off for Durham Region chairman's job

November 26, 2010

DURHAM -- As one would expect, the two men seeking the post of Durham Regional Chairman both feel they are the best choice to fill the seat. Current Chairman Roger Anderson...


Durham’s trash-to-energy plant awaits a signature - Toronto Star (Vyhnak)
November 17, 2010

“This is a contract worth a quarter of a billion dollars and it’s absolutely essential it should come back to the new council to establish if it’s a good deal,” says Ajax Mayor Steve Parish. “People have a right to see it. It’s their money and the future of their waste management for the next 25 years.”

Two-man race for position of Durham Regional chairman

November 17, 2010

DURHAM -- It's shaping up to be a two-man race for the job of Regional chairman, with Durham councillors choosing between the current chairman and a former mayor of...


Harrisburg's Failed Infrastructure Project - Governing, U.S. (Buntin)
November 2010
A new incinerator was supposed to earn Harrisburg, Pa., $1 billion. Instead, it’s a cautionary tale for what happens when an infrastructure project goes bad.

Former Scugog mayor says no to running for Durham chair

November 16, 2010

SCUGOG -- Former Scugog mayor Marilyn Pearce says she will not challenge Roger Anderson for the Regional chairman's post, leaving the incumbent and challenger John Mutton...


The people have spoken, can you hear us Roger? - Marven Whidden, Clarington
November 14, 2010
Just last month, the people of Durham Region voted in 16 new candidates to represent them at the region. However, even with all the new faces, all it will take is a stroke of a pen from Roger Anderson
to finalize the...

Durham waste plant could be approved before new council convenes - Globe & Mail (Merringer)
November 13, 2010
Anti-incinerator forces in Durham say it’s not just garbage but also democracy that might go up in smoke if the province approves an energy-from-waste plant before the new regional council has a chance to convene.

Orono resident drops 'bully' lawsuit against municipality

November 10, 2010

CLARINGTON -- An Orono resident who was prevented from speaking at a Clarington council meeting after calling the regional chairman a "bully" has decided to drop his...


New Oshawa council holds hope and promise

October 27, 2010

Oshawa voters spoke loudly and clearly Monday night in opting for considerable change at City Hall. Out goes two-term incumbent mayor John Gray, in comes challenger John Henry...

Uxbridge voters turn to a familiar face in O'Connor

October 27, 2010

UXBRIDGE -- Uxbridge's mayor-elect said addressing commercial fill operations will be high on her list of priorities for the next term of council. "Fill is a huge...

Scugog goes to the polls

October 27, 2010

SCUGOG -- Scugog saw a slight increase in voter turnout for Monday's election, although by the slimmest of margins. Nearly half of all eligible Scugog voters cast a ballot...

Scugog chooses change with Chuck Mercier

October 27, 2010

SCUGOG -- Chuck Mercier's retirement from public service didn't last very long. Scugog voters made sure of that. A year after stepping away from a career that...

Scugog welcomes new slate of councillors

October 27, 2010

SCUGOG -- Four rookie councillors and a pair of familiar faces will join Chuck Mercier around the Scugog council table. Back for a third term will be Bobbie Drew, who began...

Mayor-elect Foster looks ahead for Clarington

October 26, 2010

CLARINGTON -- Mayor-elect Adrian Foster is looking forward to his first term as mayor with big plans for Clarington. Mr. Foster said his first task Tuesday morning was...


Mayor Dave Ryan elected in Pickering for third straight term

October 26, 2010

PICKERING -- The ballots have been cast and counted, and the majority of Pickering voters want Dave Ryan to lead the City. And he's more than happy to serve them for the...

Durham politicians 'given marching orders' with referendum result

October 26, 2010

DURHAM -- Voters have sent "a pretty clear message," saying they want to choose who becomes the Regional chairman. Unofficial referendum results show 79.7 per...

Ajax mayor ready to stay the course

October 26, 2010

AJAX -- Ajax Mayor Steve Parish will keep the Town on its current path during the next term of council. Mayor Parish was re-elected with 79 per cent of the vote, representing...

Whitby stands Pat

October 26, 2010

WHITBY -- Pat Perkins slides comfortably into an armchair inside the office she's held for the past four years and flashes a smile of success. It's the morning after...

Oh Henry, what a surprise!

October 26, 2010

OSHAWA -- John Henry had an inkling he would emerge from election night as Oshawa's new mayor, but he had no idea he would crush the competition. "I was shocked...

More marketing, less bad mouthing needed to prop up GMC: mayoral candidates

October 8, 2010

OSHAWA -- Since it opened just in time for the 2006 municipal election, Oshawa's General Motors Centre has been celebrated by some as a catalyst for downtown redevelopment...

Six Durham councillors say their goodbyes

October 8, 2010

DURHAM -- The final Durham Regional Council meeting provided retiring politicians a chance to say their goodbyes to colleagues and staff...


Courtice youth get political with mayoral candidate debate

October 7, 2010

COURTICE -- Students at Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School have a better idea of who they would vote for -- despite the fact that many are too young to vote -- after...

Twenty-one vying for Clarington local councillor positions

October 1, 2010

CLARINGTON --Twenty-one candidate hopefuls have put their names on the dotted line and are vying for your support in the race for one of four Clarington councillor seats on...


Clarington mayoral candidates discuss incineration

September 30, 2010

This Week asked readers to submit questions they would like their mayoral candidates to answer for our video election coverage. Today we are running the first of three videos...

Taxes, taxes, taxes on Oshawa voters' minds

September 29, 2010

OSHAWA -- They were pressed together shoulder to shoulder, 18 of the 26 candidates for Oshawa regional councillor, on a stage at Zion Christian Reform Church. Tuesday evening...


Ward debates heat up in north Ajax

September 29, 2010

AJAX -- Ajax residents are getting into the election spirit after well-attended debates in both Ward 1 and Ward 2. More than 80 people attended the Ward 1 debate at...


Scugog council hopefuls vie for spot around table

September 29, 2010

SCUGOG -- Each of Scugog's five wards will have a new representative after the Oct. 25 municipal election.WARD 1Larry CorriganPosition being sought: Local councillorAge...

Six vying for the positions of Clarington regional councillors

September 23, 2010

CLARINGTON -- Six candidate hopefuls have put their name on the dotted line and are vying for your support in the race for Clarington Regional Councillors on Oct. 25...


Candidates look to represent Pickering at the Region

September 23, 2010

With Bill McLean re-claiming his Ward 2 regional seat without a challenge, candidates in Wards 1 and 3 hope to earn your vote in the Oct. 25 election.Ward 1Bonnie...


Hot races for Ajax Regional seats

September 23, 2010

AJAX -- Both Regional Council seats up for grabs in Ajax are being hotly contested.Ward 1 and 2 Regional CouncillorShaun CollierPosition being sought: Regional councillor Age...

Twenty-six candidates vie for Oshawa's seven regional councillor seats

September 23, 2010

OSHAWA -- There are seven regional councillor spots up for grabs in Oshawa and 26 candidates working to earn your vote on Oct. 25. The switch from ward to general vote means...


Eighteen hopefuls in the race for Oshawa's three local councillor spots

September 23, 2010

OSHAWA -- There are three city councillor spots up for grabs in Oshawa and 18 candidates working to earn your vote on Oct. 25. The switch from ward to general vote means...

Four vying for the position of Clarington mayor

September 17, 2010

CLARINGTON -- Four leadership hopefuls have put their names on the dotted line and are vying for your support in the race for Clarington mayor on Oct. 25.  

Courtice incinerator dominates regional councillor candidate debate

September 16, 2010

COURTICE -- The proposed incinerator dominated a regional councillor candidate debate held Sept. 14 at the Faith United Church. All the questions came from the audience at the...

Scugog council hopefuls get in the first word

September 15, 2010

NESTLETON -- There was plenty of elbow room at the candidates' tables on Tuesday evening when Scugog council hopefuls gathered for an open forum at the Nestleton Community...

Municipal election races reflective of voter discontent

September 15, 2010

It's been four years -- in some case four long years -- but here we are again in municipal election season. The nomination deadline for municipal candidates passed Friday...


Clarington mayoral candidates face off on incinerator, property taxes, jobs and accountability

September 10, 2010

COURTICE -- The incinerator, property taxes, jobs and accountability to the public were the hot-button issues at a heated mayoral candidates' debate on Sept. 7. Hosted by...

Clarington - related concerns - Air Quality By-law Request  -PSD-088-10 and
Wind Turbine Concerns -EGD-026-10

Sorry seems to be the hardest word for Clarington council in freedom of speech debate   **

July 16, 2010

BOWMANVILLE -- Clarington council did not apologize for gagging an Orono resident who called the regional chairman a "bully", even after the Canadian Civil Liberties...

Foes dig up dirt on councillor - Soil dumping on Crown land probed
July 16, 2010 - Toronto Sun
Pickering councillor has deal with Transport Canada - Transport Canada is investigating after some Claremont residents complained more than 100 dump trucks a day were coming down Brock Rd. to dump fill on a piece of Crown land rented by a Pickering regional councillor. Rick Johnson had requested...

Durham is Ontario's delinquent child
Jun 25, 2010 - 04:30 AM
To the editor: It comes as no surprise that the Region of Durham has once again decided to ignore The Province and forge ahead with its declaration of...

Durham determined to push growth plan
June 24, 2010 - Toronto Star - Carola Vyhnak
Durham Region is pushing ahead with its plan to develop farmland in northeast Pickering in defiance of provincial rules to limit urban sprawl.

Politics at play in Hwy. 407 decision
Jun 25, 2010
To the editor: Re: Ontario government to extend 407 only to Oshawa, not to Hwy. 115. Politics, that...

Province now plans to end Hwy. 407 in Oshawa

June 11, 2010

DURHAM -- Last week, the provincial government announced it had approved the environmental assessment for the extension of Hwy. 407. On Tuesday, it announced the extension...

Clarington Council happy with Hwy. 407 expansion announcement

June 8, 2010

BOWMANVILLE -- Clarington Council is pleased with the provincial decision to allow the Hwy. 407 East extension from Pickering to Hwy. 115/35. "We've all waited...

Conjuring scenarios to make a political point

June 10, 2010

Surely Clarington Regional Councillor Charlie Trim was merely thinking out loud last week when he suggested that Oshawa has designs on absorbing the community of Courtice...

Rein in Durham ***
June 7, 2010 - Toronto Star Editorial
Durham Region’s sprawl-friendly politicians have become notorious for their pro-development ways, but they’ve begun backing off in response to provincial pressure. They need to retreat still further...

Durham's emission targets defended as 'very aggressive'

June 7, 2010

DURHAM -- The chairman of the Region's climate change committee defended the greenhouse gas emission targets Durham hopes to achieve. Whitby Councillor Don Mitchell...

Durham setting targets to reduce carbon emissions

May 27, 2010

DURHAM -- The goals are set, but now comes the heavy lifting. On June 2, Durham Regional Council is expected to endorse a recommendation setting greenhouse gas emission...

Why have Regional government at all?
May 20, 2010 
To the editor: In response to Mr. Morgan's letter of May 12, 'Liberty Street traffic, not road condition is the problem', I would like to...

Sewage capacity could foul Clarington growth
Keith Gilligan - May 24, 2010
DURHAM -- Development in the Bowmanville area of Clarington could come to a halt unless more sewage capacity is freed up, those in the industry say...

Get politically active, get happy
May 19, 2010
Globe & Mail -- Robin Petré -
People engaged in political activism are more likely to live happier and more fulfilling lives than the average person, according to two psychologists.

Clarington Council reads out rules of conduct before delegates speak
By Jennifer O'Meara - May 19, 2010
CLARINGTON -- The recent freedom of speech versus council decorum debate has spawned a new Clarington Council policy. At the May 17 meeting, Mayor...

We need better politicians, not Better Ballots
May 17, 2010
To the editor: Better Ballots Durham is misguided. To solve voter apathy, they must understand the cause, a feeling of helplessness and futility...

Taking steps to reform the process, encourage voter turnout
May 12, 2010
An idea taking shape in nearby Toronto is gaining traction here in Durham Region in a bid to improve municipal election turnout among voters.

Issue not about loss of free speech: Abernethy

May 13, 2010

To the editor: In your editorial dated May 6, 2010, you suggest the mayor of Clarington does not have the right to restrict freedom of speech in council chambers. Clarington...

Clarington councillors try to apologize in freedom of speech debate

May 12, 2010

BOWMANVILLE -- Two Clarington councillors failed in an attempt to apologize to a resident who was gagged after publicly calling the regional chairman a "bully"...

Liberty Street traffic, not road condition, is the problem
May 06, 2010 - 03:45 PM
To the editor: Re: April 30 issue Clarington This Week: 'Bowmanville's Liberty Street widening delayed'. When I read the above mentioned...

Round 2: Jim vs. Jim
May 6, 2010 - Orono Times
BOWMANVILLE -- Mayor Jim Abernethy says he will not be apologizing to Jim Richards for cutting short his delegation at last Monday's public meeting.

Free speech exists in Clarington council chambers too

May 6, 2010

What is Clarington Mayor Jim Abernethy's goal in publicly muzzling a taxpayer? What is so offensive about use of the word "bully" in describing Durham Region...


Orono Residents Support Richards

May 6, 2010
ORONO -- We, the undersigned Orono residents, are vehemently opposed to Mayor Abernethy cutting Jim Richards' delegation short on April 26th because he said that in his opinion our Regional Chair (Roger Anderson) was a bully.

Clarington mayor refuses to apologize, freedom of speech debate escalates

May 5, 2010

BOWMANVILLE -- Mayor Jim Abernethy refused to apologize for muzzling a Clarington resident who publicly called the regional chairman a "bully". "Are...


Silent treatment sparks lawsuit in Clarington

May 04, 2010  Toronto Star

A Clarington resident plans to sue the municipality for violating his right to free speech after the mayor silenced him at a council meeting for using the word “bully.”

'B-word' dropped, Clarington mayor shuts down resident's comments

April 29, 2010

BOWMANVILLE -- A Clarington resident says he'll turn for a second time to the Canadian Civil Liberties Association after being muzzled by Clarington council, which objects...


Richards shut down again

April 28, 2010 - Orono Times
BOWMANVILLE -- For the second time in two years, Jim Richards was cut off as a delegate at a Clarington Council meeting for calling Regional Chair Roger Anderson a "bully."

5 burning issues for voters in Durham Region
April 19, 2010
DURHAM -- A shrinking auto sector, a long-range transit vision and the GTA’s first incinerator in decades dominate the local agenda... (Toronto Star) also see
Durham's planning war

Clarington not ready to go to the dogs

April 19, 2010

CLARINGTON -- Unless there's a change, politics in Clarington won't become a ruff and tumble arena. Clarington resident Marven Whidden was turned...

Is election period too long for Durham politicians?

April 16, 2010

DURHAM -- It's widely known as the silly season: that period of time leading up to a municipal election, and in particular after nominations open and candidates are...

Avalanche of votes needed for direct-elect question to pass, says Scugog

April 14, 2010

SCUGOG -- A referendum question attached to October's municipal election ballot might only be binding if a record number of voters ventured out to the polls, says Scugog...

Mayoralty challenges help to shape election race, the future

April 14, 2010

It would appear there is a taste for political change in local municipalities across Durham Region. Almost every local government in Durham Region's municipalities, save...


Clarington mayor's race heating up

April 14, 2010

BOWMANVILLE -- While mayoral candidates in other Durham municipalities are moseying up to the start line, the race for the top seat in Clarington council is well under way...

Scugog mayor takes a pass on third term

April 13, 2010

SCUGOG -- Marilyn Pearce will not seek re-election as Scugog's mayor when voters go to the polls in October. After plenty of soul-searching in recent weeks, the...

Voters in Durham Region can also Make a Difference this year

April 7, 2010

The Durham Region Media Group and durhamregion.com have been busy early on in this election year with a special series called Make a Difference. In a series of...


Scugog balks at election question on ballot

March 31, 2010

SCUGOG -- Scugog's elected leaders reiterated their opposition to a public vote on selecting Durham's chairman again on Monday and questioned the legality of a query...

Pickering increases taxes by 3.9 per cent

March 30, 2010

PICKERING -- Pickering residents will officially pay an extra one per cent on their property tax bill to fund Pickering's legal battle with York Region. The additional tax...

Clarington councillor wants way to recall regional chairman

March 30, 2010

BOWMANVILLE -- There should be a way for Durham Region council to recall the regional chairman in the upcoming term, according to Clarington Councillor Adrian Foster. "I...


Provincial bill aims to let Durham voters elect chairman of region

March 30, 2010

TORONTO -- The thorny issue of whether the powerful chairs of Durham, York and Peel regions should be directly elected by voters was to be raised Monday through a private...

Integrity commissioner is not needed in Clarington

March 29, 2010

To the editor,Re: 'Councillors don't want shared integrity commissioner', March 27. Perhaps Clarington's town council is confused or do they have a short term...

Going against the grain on behalf of Clarington residents

March 25, 2010

Clarington residents have faced a host of challenging and divisive issues in recent months, most notably the development of a new incinerator to process some of the waste left...

Clarington gives residents a say on how Durham regional chairman is elected

March 25, 2010

BOWMANVILLE -- Unanimously and without debate, Clarington council passed a motion this week to let residents decide how the role of chairman of Durham Region is filled...


Question on the Ballot re Direct Election of the Regional Chair
March 24, 2010
Whitby -- Durham Region's Report on Direct Election of the Regional Chair, to be discussed and voted on at the April 21 Regional Council meeting. Public meeting on issue will allow voters to have their say...


Uxbridge may have say in election referendum

March 23, 2010

UXBRIDGE -- Uxbridge voters might see a referendum question on the municipal election ballot this year to determine if the top regional position will be chosen by general vote...


Durham's planning war
March 22, 2010
Durham's blinkered politicians have received a well-deserved slap from Queen's Park in the form of an unequivocal rejection of the region's sprawl-friendly growth plan...

Durham's chairman should be elected, Whitby hears

March 13, 2010

WHITBY -- Direct election of Durham's regional chairman is the best way to ensure the highest level of "accountability and democracy" to residents, Whitby...

Durham-wide referendum in the offing

March 11, 2010

DURHAM -- Voters could have a say in how Durham Region's chairman is selected. By a 15-8 vote (with five councillors absent), Regional councillors Wednesday approved a...

Common ballot, direct question needed on issue of electing Durham chairman

March 11, 2010

Finally, the overdue discussion on directly electing the Durham Regional chairman appears to be gaining traction among regional politicians. Officials voted 15-8 this week in...

Top region job should be elected, Uxbridge told

March 11, 2010

UXBRIDGE -- Uxbridge should consider direct election of the regional chairman's position, a former Clarington mayor told the Township recently. John Mutton said he has...

Electing Durham chairman an issue of taxation with representation

March 5, 2010

To the editor: Democracy pertaining to the highest office in Durham Region requires at least three things: 1. Important decisions are made in the open, and this 'direct...

Pickering residents can expect 3.9 per cent tax hike

March 4, 2010

PICKERING -- Due to a legal battle with York Region, Pickering taxpayers can expect a tax hike of 3.9 per cent. The actual City budget calls for an increase of 2.9 per...

Pickering pushes for direct election of regional chairman

February 23, 2010

PICKERING -- Pickering has officially added itself to the list of municipalities promoting the direct election of the regional chairman. Currently, regional...

Clarington election issues are many, survey indicates

February 17, 2010

CLARINGTON -- The issues raised by the 148 people who took the time to answer a survey on what matters in the 2010 election are many but, ultimately, there is a recurring...


To elect or appoint Durham chairman, that is the question

February 12, 2010

DURHAM -- It's the most powerful position at the local government level in Durham Region. It's also an unelected position. With 2010 an election year for...


Clarington will ask residents how they want Region's top job filled

January 26, 2010

CLARINGTON -- Voters will be asked how the Region's top job should be filled via a referendum question on next October's municipal election ballot. Clarington council...

Nominations now open to Scugog and Uxbridge municipal election candidates
January 14, 2010

SCUGOG -- The race to represent residents around the Scugog council table has gotten off to a slow start. As of Jan. 12, only a pair of municipal hopefuls have registered...

Oshawa reaffirms support for electing regional chairman

January 12, 2010

OSHAWA -- With the 2010 municipal election campaign officially underway, debate over whether the regional chairman should be elected or appointed is heating up. At Oshawa...

How Durham votes: By paper ballot, mail, phone, Internet, or a combination

December 9, 2009

DURHAM -- In 2003, Markham went to a new method of municipal voting, leading the charge onto the Internet in an effort to make casting a ballot more accessible and increase...

Regional chairman's influence on incinerator too powerful

July 6, 2009

To the editor:Re: Councillors had lots of time to come to incinerator decision, editorial, June 25. The closing in your editorial caught my eye: "Those who run for...

Oshawa council continues to slip with constant infighting

June 24, 2009

This year's grade: D+Last year's grade: C- In last year's report card editorial, we called the grade dip from 2007's B- to 2008's C- a wakeup call for...

Mayor's raise not up for discussion till budget

March 5, 2009

CLARINGTON -- Mayor Jim Abernethy won't be taking his 2009 raise, despite a council move to defer a decision on the matter until fall. Mayor Abernethy had provided notice...

Committee make-up shouldn't just be determined by mayor, say councillors

February 24, 2009

CLARINGTON -- A committee aimed at helping attract a post-secondary institution to Clarington shouldn't have its membership handpicked by the mayor, say councillors. At...

Clarington councillors gag outspoken resident

February 16, 2009

CLARINGTON -- Jim Richards said a bad word. Now he's barred from opening his mouth at Clarington council meetings ever again. Or at least until he says sorry.The word was...

Bill to elect Durham Region chairman passes second reading

April 5, 2007

TORONTO -- A bill that would mean the direct election of Durham's Regional chairman passed second reading at Queen's Park today.


To sign up for alerts, join the DEW group
(not a discussion list, simply an alert/updates list for members)
or send request to info@durhamenvironmentwatch.org
Watch for updates

Join DEW on Facebook


Page last edited 26 Mar 2013      

Home | Noticeboard | Durham Politics | Incineration | Zero Waste | Ethanol | Photos/Videos | Links

Copyright Durham Environment Watch. All Rights Reserved
DEW Mail