Vote Notes: Friday, Sept 14, 2018
A digest of what's going on in London's municipal election
City council 'just right':
Premier Doug Ford's move to reduce the size of Toronto's city council got us thinking — what do you think of London's current city council size of 15?
London has 14 ward councillors and 1 mayor. Do you think the size of council is too big, too small or just right?—@CBCLondon
Until 2006, London's city council had 19 members: a mayor and two councillors each for the seven wards. Council also included four members of Board of Control — who were elected city-wide.
In 2006, the wards in London were increased to 14 with one councillor for each. But the number of council members remained at 19.
The current council composition, adopted in 2010, dropped the four elected members from the Board of Control.
So, we asked you on social media: Do you think London's council is too big, too small, or just right?
The totally unscientific answer seems to be 'Just right.'
Of the votes cast in our Twitter poll, 72 per cent liked the 14-councillor, one mayor format at City Hall.
You also weighed in on Facebook, with some people saying they'd like to see councillors become full-time positions.
"We could go down to 8 full-timers. Spend nearly the same money and then maybe they would get something done without deferring it to committee" wrote Sam Bronski.
London's city councillors make $36,000 a year now, but those elected on Oct. 22 will make just under $50,000 because council voted in a 30 per cent pay hike last year.
Londoners might see more than election signs as they commute around the city.
New anti-BRT signs have started popping up at prominent locations.
BRT, of course, is London's $500 million bus rapid transit plan. Three of the mayoral front-runners are opposed to the plan, as are numerous ward candidates.
The signs don't endorse any particular candidate — but say "There are options."
Also absent is anything about what those options are or where to go for more information.