Aurora’s Mayor Marakas sends out his annual cookie-cutter Happy New Year message overflowing with self congratulations and back patting that we have come to expect from him. It is no surprise that Mrakas cherry picks the positives while completely failing to address the equal amount of turds. No town, its politicians nor its bureaucrats can […]
Read more "The 2020 Town of Aurora Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Mediocrity"
This February 21st piece in the Auroran raises valid questions on the effectiveness of the Town of Aurora’s public engagement capabilities. A range of opinions are captured with Clr. Gallo believes the town has failed miserably and the process is flawed. Clr Gilliland states that insufficient information has been communicated even though multiple events have […]
Read more "Aurora’s Silent Majority"
So busy self congratulating themselves on a meaningless ranking in Maclean’s Magazine the Town of Aurora has apparently had no time to respond to citizen inquiries as evidenced by this recent facebook post: When you can’t be bothered to put promotional magnets in citizens hands for them to disseminate you’ve failed as a town. When […]
Read more "the laws of repulsion"
Check out this “Community consultation notice” about a public open house that is occurring in less than 50 hours: And how did I learn about this? A town councillor posted it to social media. Surprised I went to verify the notice on any of the Town of Aurora’s mediocre media offerings and guess what. It’s […]
Read more "how not to get noticed"
Voter engagement in Aurora has fallen and council and staff have the nerve to put on perplexed faces, shrug their collective shoulders and ask why. They need to look no further than themselves. Staff more so than councilors. During an election cycle, candidates are very conscious of responding to citizen requests. After the election that […]
Read more "no response is a response"
Back in July I posted about the Town of Aurora’s questionable choice to use stock imagery to engage our youth population. More recently the town decided to roll out a survey (yawn) targeted at skateborders. Because that’s what skateborders love to do, fill out surveys. So on the town’s facebook we see a notice with […]
Read more "The monarch of all they survey"
Both King Township and Nemarket announced this past week that they were launching digital engagement portals using service provider Bang The Table. Bang The Table has 8 offices with solutions deployed to 365 clients worldwide. Listed among other Canadian municipalities with populations between 20 and 100,000 is Innisfil. Newmarket tendered for a 1 year pilot. King signed a […]
Read more "Don’t speak. I know what you’re thinking. I don’t need your reasons. Don’t tell me ’cause it hurts."
Like the Town of Aurora’s fledgeling social media efforts, citizen engagement via digital platforms appears to be met with awkward stabs in the dark. The Town now runs multiple (cr)apps including MyWaste, Dude Where’s My Plow? and PlaceSpeak. Instead of belonging to a cohesive communications strategy measured with KPIs and reported on to council with […]
Read more "Ah, I see you have a machine that goes “ping!”"
Town of Aurora’s lack of reasonable citizen engagement with respect to Traffic Safety for the past 7 years is a joke. But it is certainly no laughing matter. Back in February of 2011 the Town scuttled its traffic safety advisory committee in favour of “expert advice to council“. The justification for this was that the committee […]
Read more "The first rule of public speaking, always start with a joke"
We are now at the halfway point of 2016 and the Live Stream Video Archive on the town’s website has not been updated once this year. Videos of GC and Public Planning meetings are being recorded by town staff and are sporadically uploaded to the town’s YouTube channel but there is no set schedule for […]
Read more "holding the roll"
So disengaged from its residents the Town of Aurora’s Communications department has decided the way they’re going to get to know us better is by engaging us with the one thing that has proven not to work up to this point; another survey. Here’s a snapshot of the recent announcement on the town’s website: Remember […]
Read more "We asked 100 people"
Over on Clr. Buck’s blog there is some discussion brewing with regards to the Town of Aurora’s budget process and the overall lack of public engagement. You can follow it here: https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=4506868496663273256&postID=2695731758353745234 It is an anonymous comment posted November 6th @ 22:16 that I want to explore, I will share it in full below: It […]
Read more "Czar Whores : The Gift Horse Awakens"
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