Community group looking for wide variety of opinions on future of St. John’s
BY ALISHA MORRISEY - THE TELEGRAM
It’s said that everyone in St. John's has got an opinion. But if you ever felt like no one was listening, one community group wants to offer you an ear.
"If you feel there is one group that dominates (the discussion) well this is your chance, says Dave Lane, one of the organizers of happycity.ca, a community-driven group created in response to rapid growth and change in the City of St. John's.
The group is holding a "Your City, Your Ideas;' forum Saturday morning, in hopes of compiling the priorities of citizens to give to council when related issues arise.
"We're not holding this in response to any particular current issue. It's more about starting fresh and gauging the public point of view as to what we should be addressing as the city moves forward,” Lane says.
When issues have arisen recently — like the Fortis proposal on Water Street, a proposed subdivision on Signal Hill — traditional outlets like comments boards, letters to the editor or talk radio shows polarize issues, Lane says.