I agree that all appointments should be made in public.
My name is Nathaniel Smith and I was appointed in 2005 to sit as a member of the Halifax Watershed Advisory Board. I've recently resigned from the board due to work load and school commitments. That being said my name was forwarded originally to the Chebucto Community COuncil where it was discussed at three seperate meetings before getting approval - even though my appointment to the board was recommended to the Community Council by the board to be accepted.
I don't know the discussions that took place on those three monthly meetings but in two instances my appointment was held up - I was told due to a lack of information.
I think personally it was because Russell Walker, Councillor for Fairview-Clayton Park who I ran against in the 2004 Municipal Election was playing a little politics. I genuinely wanted to be involved in municipal government, I have a certificate of municipal government adminsitration and am almost finished an MPA - I felt for those reasons and my general interest alone my appointment should have been straight forward.
Anyway - that is my story - its in the open as I believe all of these things should be.
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