Earlier this month, a report from the Netherlands Tourist Board announced a remarkable policy change: Acknowledging that “more is not always better,” the board will no longer actively promote its country as a tourist destination. Instead, straining under the pressure of a booming tourism scene, the board will focus on redistributing the visitors it already has, operating as a sort of tourism damage control for popular vacation hotspots.
At the Committee of the Whole Council meeting on February 19, 2019, Council voted against continuing with the floating waterfront playground. The vote was 4 to 3 against.
Voting for the playground was Nicole Beatty, Aaron Burchat, and Brian Darling.
Voting against the playground was John Henderson, Suzanne Seguin, Emily Chorley, and Adam Bureau.
Council, CAO, Municipal Clerk and staff are not following the Town of Cobourg’s Public Engagement Policy. They are not listening to the public. Lydia Smith, Cobourg Taxpayers Association president gave that message before council on April 30, 2018.
Although the delegation focused on the 2 years and 12 missed engagement opportunities with respect to the Council’s recent approval to put a water playground on Cobourg Beach, Lydia was quick to point out that the policy was not followed during the New Amherst School re-zoning either.
The water playground was approved April 9, 2018 at the regular council meeting.
These members of council supported the motion:
Mayor Gil Brocanier
Councillor Aaron Burchat
Councillor Brian Darling
Councillor Forrest Rowden
These members of council voted against the motion:
Deputy Mayor John Henderson
Councillor Debra McCarthy
Councillor Suzanne Seguin
The Cobourg Taxpayers Association (CTA) and President Lydia Smith received copies of 27 Emails sent from the public to firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Friends and Neighbours
At Cobourg Council on Monday April 9th, council will vote whether or not to approve a water playground. The Deputy Mayor has asked for feedback from the public.
It is somewhat unusual to ask this question at this late date – and I give credit to Deputy Mayor Henderson for doing so.