Annual General Meeting set for August 16

Thursday, August 16, 2012, 7pm
Whitby Public Library, Main Branch, Room 1B

405 Dundas Street West, Whitby, Ontario (At Henry). 

The following Executive Positions will be up for Election: President, Vice-President, Treasurer & Secretary

If you would like to run for one of these positions, please note that:

1.      You must be a member of DurhamCLEAR. (Note that if you want to vote at the annual Meeting you must have been a member for at least 30 days.)

2.      You must advise of your Candidacy by no later than July 31, 2012 by sending an e-mail to DurhamCLEAR at durhamclear@gmail.com.  You may also mail a letter to Doug Anderson at 111 Euclid St, Whitby, Ontario L1N 5B1which must be post marked no later than July 31, 2012.

3.        No nominations or candidates will be accepted from the floor

4.         All positions are for a period of one (1) year.

In accordance with our constitution, we will be forming 3 standing commitees as described below. In addition we will form issue related committees as the need and desire arises.

1) Community Action Committee

To a large degree this committee will be the public face of DurhamCLEAR. Its job will be to promote the organization, its activities and the issues which we are addressing. It will sign up members and contacts at community events throughout Durham Region.

These events are prime opportunities to talk to people about their environmental concerns and identify emerging issues before they develop a momentum which is hard to stop.

Community Action will also involve an active presence on social media networks

As an activist group our strength is determined by our ability to get people to care about issues and to express their care (or rage) to the appropriate people. We need people to write letters to politicians and newspapers and to attend important meetings. All of this starts with good lists.

Members of this committee should enjoy talking and interacting with people.

2) Political Action Committee

The environment is under attack at all levels of government. As we head for the precipice of irreversible climate change, our governments have put their heads in the sand.

We need to get them to accept the importance of the environment, and if we can't do that, we need to change the politicians. The Political Action Committee will seek to achieve these goals by mobilizing our members, our contacts and the general public.

In the 2010 municipal election, Doug Anderson submitted a 36-question environmental questionnaire to all registered candidates with their answers posted for all to see on an openly accessible web site. By Election Day, more than 130 candidates had provided their answers. In turn, voters showed their interest by reading those answers. The site had more than 15,000 visitors in the month leading up to the election including 5,000 on Election Day itself.

These questions and answers are archived and still publicly available at DurhamElection2010.DurhamCLEAR.ca.

Building on that success, we need to do an even better job in 2014 in order to avoid being blindsided by politicians who say one thing while seeking election and then something quite different once elected.

Working on a community by community basis (probably through local sub-committees) the political action committee will seek to identify current councillors that we want to remove and better candidates to replace them.

Members of this committee will want to be familiar with local politics and have the ability to see past the spin.

3) Fund Raising Committee

To make the two committees above work along with the issue-oriented committees, we need to have money.

One lesson that we can take from the incinerator fight is that you have to meet governments on their own turf and money talks. A long term goal would be a $25,000 bank account so that we can challenge any environmental threat from a position of strength.

Members of this committee, like the Community Action Committee will be comfortable talking to people but with specific sales skills (fund raising is basically selling the goals and potential of the organization and then closing the sale.)

4)  Communications

This could be a committee or could simply be a group of  individuals that we can call on as needed to design flyers, send out emails, post news and stories on the website, etc.

Committee Chairs become members of the Board

The Chair of each of these committee will be appointed by the current Executive Board in consultation with the Committee members and then that Chair will become a member of the Board.

The function of each committee chair (in addition to  chairing their committee) will be to liaise through the board with all the other committees and executive members. 

If you are interested in being part of one of these committees,  please contact us at durhamclear@gmail.com or by calling Doug Anderson at 905-668-5040.