My Delegation to Waterloo City Council

After the jump is the speech I gave to Waterloo City Council on Monday. The meeting itself [was written up in the Chronicle](, but I don’t think the quote from me totally sums up what I was trying to say (you know, newspaper quotes…).

I’ve mostly been complaining about the media and the residents’ associaton here and on WWBA. It took me a bit to figure out what to say to council.

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Seth Godin on HUG

Do you read [Seth Godin’s blog]( You should read [today’s post](, particularly if you’ve been following the [HUG thing](

Which statement do you think is more likely to generate the desired response?

> I’ve been living here for 50 years! I pay my taxes! This neighbourhood is a disaster and the city needs to do something!


> I love this neighbourhood and I really like living here. I think it would be really great if more of the people like me who want to live here were able to.

Even if nothing else comes out of this, I hope some people at least learn something from it.

HUG Waterloo

I’ve been moved to write a post about [HUG Waterloo on WWBA]( It’s a follow-up to a post I did a year ago on the supposed “[student ghetto](” in the Northdale neighbourhood where Ellen lives.

Ellen and I talked to Jan D’Ailly last night, offering some of the pieces of the puzzle that I’d been missing. We’re a little dubious about coming forward because this could get messy. But Ellen thinks it’s important. I do too, for that matter.

Waterloo council is planning to table a motion related to HUG Waterloo’s proposal, and we’re planning on speaking there, if Ellen’s up for it. Wish me luck.