Upset with Council? You Can Get on a New Committee to Help Make Change in Brampton

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The city is moving to make things a little more efficient this month, it seems!

Beginning Jan. 18, three of Brampton's standing committees (Community and Public Services, Corporate Services and Economic Development) will be combined under one overarching Committee of Council.

The move, which definitely makes sense, was approved by council last October and will, ideally, make for more efficient meeting procedures.

Now, the newly amalgamated committee will address matters relating to those three aforementioned subjects at one time rather than holding three separate meetings. A new section on Public Works matters has also been added to the Committee of Council agenda.

The city also made some changes regarding how it appoints councillors to standing and advisory committees. The new structure (refer to pages 8, 9 and 10) is effective until the end of council's term in late 2018.

As far as modernization goes, council also created an Age-Friendly Brampton Advisory Committee that will provide recommendations to council on such issues as outdoor spaces, buildings, transportation, housing, respect and social inclusion.

This diverse committee—designed to represent the diversity and experiences of Brampton's sometimes underrepresented residents—will consist of 19 members, including six citizen representatives (three will be adults aged 55 and older and three will be between 15 and 24 years of age).

"The new committee structure reflects greater efficiency in meeting processes and improves Council leadership on strategic and operational matters," says Regional Councillor Gael Miles, corporate services chair. "Through their new roles on committees, Councillors will be able to gain greater insights and bring their expertise to the table to help shape Brampton's future. We are also excited about the new Age-Friendly Brampton Advisory Committee, and look forward to making the city a better place for youth and seniors."

If you're interested in participating in this new committee, you can contact the city clerk's office at 905.874.2101.

Application forms are available online and at City Hall.

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