Grade this year: B
Grade last year: B
Dawn Sloane can be unpredictably temperamental, and has a habit of speaking around an issue, sometimes just to hear herself talk, I think. But here’s the thing: She’s a damn good representative to the people in her district. I didn’t learn about this until recently, but a couple of years ago, Sloane threw a hissy fit in a closed session council meeting. Her anger was related to council’s decision to back out from a two-plant sewer system--- one in the south end, one in the north end---and instead dump all the peninsula’s sewage into the north end. Sloane didn’t get the decision reversed, but she got $1 million from the sewage program put into a community development fund that continues to fund good works in the north end.
In the past year, Sloane has had to deal with about a half-dozen controversial development proposals in her district, including the Waterside Centre and the Trillium condos. Agree with her or not, but it took political courage to oppose those projects, and she won a tight re-election fight afterwards.
Recently, Sloane has been pushing the concept of a neighbourhood parking permit system, with the proceeds being used to fund transit. At first, she was a voice in the wilderness, seen as perhaps simply trying to reserve parking for people in her downtown district. But as time went by, other councillors from across the political spectrum have realized that Sloane’s proposal has great merit, and will help bridge transit funding. Probably, neighbourhood permitting will become a reality in the next couple of years.