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Gary

Taxpayers simply do not care about the trustee position. They allocate their taxes to either public or separate board and pay very little attention to who are elected and how their taxes are spent. The exceptions to this are those families with kids in the school system. The turn out is low and they don’t know the candidates. Some opportunistic candidates lobby members in their community and they get elected since the public does not care enough to vote and follow what is going on. Case in point in ward 6&11 separate board. One candidate published the following article on her website and in a Filipino newspaper. “A person that we Filipinos should be proud of. Let us help LUZ get elected as a trustee. Call all those you know whose vote will count on Election Day on November 13.” This appears to be a call to the Filipino community to support this candidate because of her ethnicity. As a matter of fact this should be reported in the Mississauga news. Link to full article http://arcticdemo.northernobjects.com/assets/images/Luz_Trustee_Candidate_2006_1.swf

Roger

I would like to respond to the ward 9 resident. In ward 6 & 11 things are different. The campaign is heating up for the trustee position. I had a vist from one of the candiadates Joe DiSalvia who knocked on my door and explained why he is running. I was most impressed by the gentleman who has taken the time to meet voters in person in my neighbourhood and to explain why he is running. He has a website with his bio and details of his platform clearly spelled out. This is quite different from my past experience where as the thread suggests it is like close your eyes and cast your vote. I hope MR Disalvio wins just on the effort that he has put into his campaigning as well as his resume.

Mohan Kundra

I am a candidate for Peel School Board Trustee (English). For me it's very painful experience that most of the people I met during my campaingn don't know much about Trustees. They don't know what trustees do.

Meet your candidate shows are organised for Mayor and Councillors but every body forgets Trustees. Media need to educate them about the importance of Trustee.

I feel Mayor and Councillors make and maintain the city but Trustees help in building the Nation. They contribute to help build the nation by preparing tomorrow's pillars of the nation. If I am elected I would certainly help in creating the awareness about Trustees.

Walt

In the good old days, residents' associations organized all-candidates meetings. Many neighbourhoods now don't have such associations, and many of those that do exist don't seem to be very active. It's part of the trend that everyone now is so busy busy busy with their many activities that there is no time to look outward to the community and to take an interest in issues that might be affecting all of us.

Your point is also well taken that there seems to be a proliferation of "phantom" candidates, apparently on some kind of ego trip, perhaps wanting to see their name on a ballot but not bothering to campaign or take the process seriously. Maybe we need to demand a more hefty deposit from candidates, to be refunded if you achieve 5% of the vote.

OJ

I think part of the problem is that the campaigning for the school trustee elections has been almost non-existant.

I live in ward 9 (where there are 10 candidates running for public board trustee) and so far we have recieved exactly one mailout from a candidate.

(and even that was tossed before i had a chance to read it over)

I also have yet to see a single lawn sign or info booth in the Meadowvale town center and so far nobody has come to our door.

That's despite the fact that i live in a neighbourhood full of young families who have a vested interest in whoever is elected.

If there is an election going on around here you would hardly know it!

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