Mayor Clarke’s “Reorganization Plan” for CBRM

CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke’s “Reorganization Plan for Positive Change” takes his election campaign and repackages it in the form of a 13-point to-do list. Each point raises an issue, and lists immediate, short-term, and long-term actions Clarke’s administration will take to address it.

Read it online: Mayor Clarke’s “Reorganization Plan”

The original document is only available as a PDF on the CBRM website. I was frustrated that you can’t comment on it, share it on social media, link individually¬†to any of its 13 sections, or read it with ease on a mobile device. So I put together a quick website that allows all these.

Reading the plan, the first thing you’ll notice (if you haven’t already) is how much Clarke differs from his predecessor. Former Mayor John Morgan was a radical populist, presenting himself as a man of “the people”, always and firmly against the elite. Clarke, on the other hand, wants Municipal leaders to get out in front.

The plan is ambitious. Simply calling it a plan for reorganization is a tacit criticism of the status quo. But with the actions it outlines, it raises the bar for the Municipality (legislatively and organizationally). If Clarke and his team are successful, it could very well prove transformative.

But it also assumes — and creates room for — the participation of the community at large. There’s a lot of overlap here with my own campaign “platform”. And I had originally set out to write a blog post detailing some of the similarities. But I’d rather hear what others think, which is why I made the website.

Read Clarke’s Plan. Leave a comment. Share it with your social networks (#ClarkePlan on Twitter). Encourage your Councillor to make comments. And most importantly, refer back to the website over the next four years, and hold Clarke accountable.

CBRM Election 2012: Congrats & Thanks

Huge congratulations to Cecil Clarke, and tons of respect to Rankin MacSween; also Glenn Jessome, Elizabeth Barrie, and Wilf Isaac. Congratulations to Eldon MacDonald in District 5, and respect to Doug Johnston, Rico MacEachern, Max MacDonald, Leah Boyd, George Woodberry, and Charlie Long.

Two months ago, we gathered around the radio to hear John Morgan announce he would not re-offer in this election. To us, this signaled that a new direction was inevitable for the CBRM.

Today, no matter who we each voted for, we have a mayor who is committed — on the record! — to not only economic development and job creation, but affordable housing, public transit, addiction services, community engagement, and more. This, I believe, is because VOTERS themselves prioritized these and other important issues of equality, accessibility, and social justice. And so now the real work begins.

I went into this never expecting to win. We thought, hey, we’ll learn a lot (which we did) and we’ll raise my profile a little (which we did) perhaps preparing the ground for 2016. But as more and more people started to come on board, all of a sudden I found myself surrounded — by family, some of my oldest friends, and some of my newest friends — and you all just lifted me up.

In the last 40 days, we turned an exercise in long-term planning into a truly inspiring campaign, one that created a fair amount of buzz. I never needed to prepare myself to lose. But in the last two weeks, I needed to prepare myself to win. The fact that we accomplished that much — and had fun doing it — is remarkable.

And so I thank you, from the bottom of my heart — which has grown three sizes larger since I moved to Cape Breton 12 years ago.