As has been reported by the Toronto media, a member of Toronto council recently brought up an idea of looking at imposing term limits on municipal councillors in that city. I don’t think term limits are a good idea for the municipal level, in Toronto or in the communities The Standard covers.
First off, presently, there is nothing stopping a member of council from simply not running in a future election, if they feel there needs to be turnover on council, and I feel that should remain to be their choice. If someone is qualified enough and is trusted by their community enough to be re-elected then it would make sense, they should be allowed to serve the community they reside in for as long as they feel they can or would like to.
On that note, let’s talk about what term limits would mean to voters in the municipality. It would be a way of governmental procedure telling voters who they can and can’t vote for. A candidate the residents trust might not be able to get on the ballot if they’ve already served the maximum term imposed. Locally, this could also lead to a lot less competition on the ballot as candidates might be turned off by the fact they can only work for the municipality for so long. I think, if the residents want to see and have a choice of various talented individuals, then governments should not be picky about who gets on the ballot come election time. Trust the voters to make a change if they feel it is necessary.
For those worried the current system doesn’t allow for enough turnover on council, you merely have to look at the last municipal election in Scugog. Janna Guido in Ward 2, was the one incumbent who retained her seat, while four newcomers were elected to council, showing change is always possible in an election.
So far in Canada there aren’t term limits at the provincial or federal levels. I don’t know why it would make sense to try it at the municipal level.
Lastly, sometimes it takes a while for certain projects to be accomplished, even through multiple terms of council, at the municipal level. As the old saying goes, the wheels of government turn slowly. One only has to look at ongoing projects in Uxbridge and Scugog, such as the Brock Street Culvert, Lake Scugog Enhancement Project, the New Animal Shelter for Uxbridge-Scugog, and the Second Access Road for Scugog Island to see the proof of that. Now, on that note, let me just state, some projects simply just take longer than others to complete. Certain councillors, if they work hard enough and earn the trust of voters, should be allowed to see these projects through to completion.
It looks like, from what I’ve read thus far, this term limit proposal is not going to happen anytime soon, and that’s a good thing as I think it just doesn’t make sense right now to impose term limits at the municipal level.
The PJHL regular season in the Orr Division is now complete, and the playoffs are set to begin this week.
As avid readers of this column might remember, last year I tried my hand at predicting the outcome of the two first round Orr Division playoff matches. Both of those predictions ended up being correct, so I thought I’d do something similar again this year.
Now, the reason I say similar is because the playoffs are a little different this time around. Last year, two teams received byes to the second round and there were two first round best of seven series. But, this time around, the top five teams have advanced to the playoffs, with the 4th and 5th placed teams, Clarington Eagles and the Port Perry MoJacks, playing a best of three series to decide who will face the first place team, Uxbridge Bruins, in the division semi finals. The other division semi final matchup is already set, between the second place North Kawartha Knights and the third place Lakefield Chiefs. I will make predictions for both of those series.
Since it is the first series to occur, let me start my predictions with the Port Perry-Clarington series. Just like last year, I am choosing the MoJacks to advance. Yes, I am the reporter that has been covering Port Perry’s team specifically, but I do have evidence to back up my prediction.
For one thing, if this series goes to the full three games, it will be played mainly on the road for Port Perry (two games in Clarington, one in Port Perry) and the MoJacks record is slightly better on the road than it is at home. They have nine wins on the road, as opposed to seven wins on home ice.
As well, the MoJacks are also the higher scoring of the two teams. Port Perry finished the season with 160 goals scored while Clarington was second lowest in the division in that category with 141 goals for.
Now on to the semi final matchup that’s already set. I think this will be a hard fought series going the distance, and I’m picking the North Kawartha Knights to win it.
North Kawartha has had a fantastic season, and have improved immensely from where they were last year.
Last season, North Kawartha finished with 18 wins and 39 points for fifth place in the division. However, this season they finished with 30 wins and 64 points for second place in the division. In comparison, the Chiefs have regressed a bit from their 2017-18 Schmalz cup winning season, going from 34 wins and 72 points for first place to 30 wins and 64 points for third place.
The Knights will also be motivated to avenge a loss to these Chiefs, a series sweep, in the second round of last season’s playoffs.
In addition, North Kawartha was the second highest scoring team in the division, finishing the season with 202 goals scored, while Lakefield was third with 184 goals scored.
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