Central Huron to retain two-ward system
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
Despite directing staff to investigate dissolution of the ward system at its last meeting, Central Huron Council has called off that project, opting to retain the ward system through the 2022 municipal election.
Council discussed the issue on Monday night, debating Clerk Kerri Ann O’Rourke’s report on the matter. Several councillors said they had spoken to ratepayers on the issue since the last meeting and they felt the ward system should remain intact.
Councillor Marg Anderson said, using an issue discussed earlier in the evening regarding a dispute near the lakeshore as an example, it was essential to have representatives from throughout the municipality to know the issues. Furthermore, she said, in municipal elections people vote for the people they know and if everyone comes from one community, that could be lost.
Deputy-Mayor Dave Jewitt shared similar concerns, saying that if a special interest group wanted to take over council and have a handful of members run, regardless of where they live, that could be problematic as well.
Councillors didn’t engage in too much conversation on the issue before directing staff to end its research and leave things the way they are. Council passed a motion to that effect.