From time to time an issue may come up at council that you’re really going to care about. Make no mistake, letters to your Councillor can have a huge impact. So how do you make the most out of your time and effort?
Here are a few of tips:
1. If you want to ensure your letter is read by people at City Hall always keep it respectful and on point. Remember, councillors have precious little time so try to make your point in a single page. Use facts and sources where possible (social media is a fantastic way to find material to back you up). A combative or confrontational email may not get read and (even worse) might even discredit your cause (I usually have someone read my letters before sending them off).
2. If the issue is going before council always copy the City Clerk (Cathy Saunders - email@example.com) on your correspondence and ask to have your letter attached to the council or committee agenda. This will ensure that your letter is available to all councillors (and the general public) and goes on the public record when the agenda is published (usually 2 or 3 business days before the next council session).
3. Copy the Joe Fontana (firstname.lastname@example.org) on all correspondence. While your ward councillor technically has responsibility to represent all citizens of London, the mayor is really everyone’s representative so copy him to ensure that your voice is heard at the top.
4. Post your letter publicly and let people know so it can be shared. There are a bunch of ways to do this: a public Facebook post on your wall, a post on the CitizenCorps page, blog, Pastebin, Tumblr, Posterous, etc. Or you can just email it to email@example.com and we’ll post it for you.
Be a leader and show people that you care enough to speak out and get involved. Your energy may inspire others to speak up too. You would be amazed at how well this works.
Not sure what ward you’re in? Try this handy tool - http://www.hackthevote.ca/ward-map/
Below you’ll find email addresses for our mayor and all of our councillors:
Mayor - Joe Fontana - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ward 1 - Bud Polhill - email@example.com
Ward 2 - Bill Armstrong - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ward 3 - Joe Swan - email@example.com
Ward 4 - Stephen Orser - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ward 5 - Joni Baechler - email@example.com
Ward 6 - Nancy Branscombe - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ward 7 - Matt Brown - email@example.com
Ward 8 - Paul Hubert - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ward 9 - Dale Henderson - email@example.com
Ward 10 - Paul Van Meerbergen - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ward 11 - Denise Brown - email@example.com
Ward 12 - Harold Usher - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ward 13 - Judy Braynt - email@example.com
Ward 14 - Sandy White - firstname.lastname@example.org