Scarborough residents invited to break ‘fourth wall’

News Sep 20, 2012 Scarborough Mirror

City hall has “a fourth wall” Toronto’s citizens can tear down, says Dave Meslin, a Toronto writer bringing an “interactive exhibit” on city politics to Scarborough next week.

“The Fourth Wall” - a term for the invisible barrier between the audience and actors on a stage - is what Meslin thinks keeps most residents from participating in the “insider’s game” of municipal life between elections.

The exhibit, at Warden Woods Community Centre next Wednesday, Sept. 26, contains a number of proposals, from teaching civics in local schools to no longer calling mayors “your worship,” designed to enhance local democracy and people’s access to it.

It appears - for the first time in Scarborough, it seems - with the approval of Scarborough Southwest Councillor Michelle Berardinetti, who called the exhibit “fabulous” in a release this week and will participate, along with Meslin, in a presentation on the proposals from 6 to 7 p.m.

The centre is on Firvalley Court south of St. Clair Avenue.

“Many of your community members feel removed from the decision-making process,” the release quotes Rosamma George, Warden Woods’ community development manager as saying.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for them to learn how they can have a stronger voice.”

Among Meslin’s 36 suggestions (detailed at thefourthwall.ca) is the Ranked Ballot Initiative, which proposes staging a run-off for municipal candidates who don’t receive a clear majority of votes on Election Day.

Scarborough residents invited to break ‘fourth wall’

News Sep 20, 2012 Scarborough Mirror

City hall has “a fourth wall” Toronto’s citizens can tear down, says Dave Meslin, a Toronto writer bringing an “interactive exhibit” on city politics to Scarborough next week.

“The Fourth Wall” - a term for the invisible barrier between the audience and actors on a stage - is what Meslin thinks keeps most residents from participating in the “insider’s game” of municipal life between elections.

The exhibit, at Warden Woods Community Centre next Wednesday, Sept. 26, contains a number of proposals, from teaching civics in local schools to no longer calling mayors “your worship,” designed to enhance local democracy and people’s access to it.

It appears - for the first time in Scarborough, it seems - with the approval of Scarborough Southwest Councillor Michelle Berardinetti, who called the exhibit “fabulous” in a release this week and will participate, along with Meslin, in a presentation on the proposals from 6 to 7 p.m.

The centre is on Firvalley Court south of St. Clair Avenue.

“Many of your community members feel removed from the decision-making process,” the release quotes Rosamma George, Warden Woods’ community development manager as saying.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for them to learn how they can have a stronger voice.”

Among Meslin’s 36 suggestions (detailed at thefourthwall.ca) is the Ranked Ballot Initiative, which proposes staging a run-off for municipal candidates who don’t receive a clear majority of votes on Election Day.

Scarborough residents invited to break ‘fourth wall’

News Sep 20, 2012 Scarborough Mirror

City hall has “a fourth wall” Toronto’s citizens can tear down, says Dave Meslin, a Toronto writer bringing an “interactive exhibit” on city politics to Scarborough next week.

“The Fourth Wall” - a term for the invisible barrier between the audience and actors on a stage - is what Meslin thinks keeps most residents from participating in the “insider’s game” of municipal life between elections.

The exhibit, at Warden Woods Community Centre next Wednesday, Sept. 26, contains a number of proposals, from teaching civics in local schools to no longer calling mayors “your worship,” designed to enhance local democracy and people’s access to it.

It appears - for the first time in Scarborough, it seems - with the approval of Scarborough Southwest Councillor Michelle Berardinetti, who called the exhibit “fabulous” in a release this week and will participate, along with Meslin, in a presentation on the proposals from 6 to 7 p.m.

The centre is on Firvalley Court south of St. Clair Avenue.

“Many of your community members feel removed from the decision-making process,” the release quotes Rosamma George, Warden Woods’ community development manager as saying.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for them to learn how they can have a stronger voice.”

Among Meslin’s 36 suggestions (detailed at thefourthwall.ca) is the Ranked Ballot Initiative, which proposes staging a run-off for municipal candidates who don’t receive a clear majority of votes on Election Day.