Thursday, April 25, 2013

FDA Podcast: April 22, 2013 FDA Presentation on Alberta Democracy

The map depicts the division over the Bingham Crossing development (in Rocky View County, Alberta), and the fact that those councillors against the decision were the closest to the development, while those councillors in favour of the decision were the furthest away from the development. The red zone represents the five electoral divisions in favour of the development, and the blue zone represents the four electoral divisions against the development. The white triangle symbol is the approximate location of the Bingham Crossing development.
This podcast is a recording of Mr. Stephen Garvey, Executive Director of the Foundation for Democratic Advancement at the FDA Public Forum on April 22, 2013, in Springbank, Alberta. Mr. Garvey presents the main findings of the FDA's Alberta Municipal Process Review Related to the Bingham Crossing Development Application. Mr. Garvey focuses on the key democracy issue facing Alberta and likely all of Canada. He explains deficiencies in the Alberta Municipal Government Act and Local Authorities Election Act which undermine Alberta democracy. In addition, he discusses viable ways forward including mechanisms such as citizen-recall and referendum processes, and in the case of Rocky View County proportional weighted referendum. Moreover, he discusses proportional weighted council decision-making based on proximity to proposed developments. This podcast touches on some of the key democracy issues in North America. For non-mainstream, insightful, and provocative discussion from people working in the field of international politics, listen in or download the FDA podcasts.

2013 FDA Alberta Municipal Process Review Related to Bingham Crossing Development Application

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