Beyond Politics: How Government Works

6 Wednesday evenings, beginning September 11, 2018. 7 ~ 9 pm.

This series will feature various speakers on topics ranging from “who does what” to town planning, as well as the onerous task of being a councillor. The course will provide an overview of the governing process, and will steer away from the political angle entirely.

Diane Smithson and Cindy Halcrow will be giving sessions on levels of governing municipal affairs: town, county, provincial government, and on delivery of services by each level, the roles of consultants, committees, and council.

Forbes Symon, former town planner for Mississippi Mills will discuss town planning and the responsibilities of staff versus councillors.

Trisa McConkey, Treasurer in Carleton Place, will talk about financial planning and budgeting.

The final session will feature a panel discussion with former and serving councillors on the role of being a councillor, how platforms get set, funds get raised, and the ups and downs of winning and losing an election.