In the weeks and months following my return to Milton Council in December 2018 after a 12-year absence, I began to notice that some of the important decision-assist information made available to me as a member of Council between 1991 and 2006 was no longer provided to Council.
Further, basic accountability, transparency and governance standards adopted by many of Canada’s publicly-traded companies, its larger non-profit entities and major non-governmental organizations had not been adopted by the Town of Milton, requirements that I felt would benefit Council, staff and local residents.
Town of Milton Regional and Local Ward 4 Councillor Zee Hamid had expressed similar frustrations, as had some others around the Council table. To his credit, Councillor Hamid did something about it. I assisted him, where needed, being knowledgeable about past Town reporting standards and having implemented governance structures at some non-profit organizations elsewhere across Canada where I had chaired the Boards of Directors.
I am confident the updated reporting standards, expected to be enacted this fall, will support Milton Council’s legislated responsibility under Section 224 of the Ontario Municipal Act as well as put the municipality in the forefront of good governance, municipally, in Canada. CR