Notes on Amalgamation Data

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<ul><li><p>8/3/2019 Notes on Amalgamation Data</p><p> 1/2</p><p>Notes on this Data:</p><p>The group Greater Victoria Amalgamation Conversation strongly believes that</p><p>community engagement on all levels is necessary to ensure vital, relevant, and</p><p>visionary decision making.</p><p>For this reason, we chose to invite the public to engage in convivial conversation</p><p>about their thoughts and ideas around the topic of amalgamation. At the meeting,</p><p>the attendees were promised that their concerns would not go unheardthat the</p><p>group would ensure that a report would be prepared on the basis of their comments</p><p>and presented to councils, interested groups and individuals, regardless of whether</p><p>the group continues in its current form, or not.</p><p>This report is written to honour our promise to the many people who attended the</p><p>Community Conversation, discussed their ideas passionately and respectfully and who</p><p>took the time to write for themselves and others, these thoughtful comments.</p><p>Consequently, what we see emerging as a public involvement discourse here was</p><p>formed or guided by two very simple questions: what dont we know? And what</p><p>can we share? These questions were presented in the hopes that the attendees</p><p>would be able to transcend dualistic pro/con discussions. And, judging from these</p><p>insights, the questions were successful. In that sense, the comments and ideas in</p><p>this report came from a relatively pure, undiluted raw public involvement exercise.</p><p>It is important to note that this report does not claim any scientific objectivity or</p><p>statistical representation of the populace of Victoria. While it can be considered</p><p>embedded, social action research, its findings are in no way indicative of the relative</p><p>importance of the issues, nor does this report claim any particular legitimacy as a</p><p>basis for future decision making. The report does, however, provide a snapshot of</p><p>what issues, concerns and ideas that some engaged citizens, who were willing to</p><p>devote their evening to having a conversation on how best we can work together,</p><p>concluded.</p><p>There were no people invited specificallyother than conversations we may have had</p><p>with members of the public. All attendees probably learned about this meetingthrough either print or radio media. There was also an advertisement placed in the</p><p>Times Colonist on the Saturday prior to the event and posters distributed to</p><p>communities.</p><p>At the most basic level, the Greater Victoria Amalgamation Conversation could have</p><p>fulfilled its commitment by presenting the actual white poster papers as the report.</p><p>However, we were mindful that rolled poster papers are bulky, unorganized and</p></li><li><p>8/3/2019 Notes on Amalgamation Data</p><p> 2/2</p><p>impractical to engage with.</p><p>Consequently, we have decided to present the results in a series of mini-reports:</p><p>Where Attendees Reside Currently, comments left on smaller pieces of paper are in</p><p>the document Questions/Comments and the bulk of the responses came in from</p><p>the tables, these can be found, labeled both numerically and alphabetically in no</p><p>particular order in the document table writings: A, B . The editing process here was</p><p>non-existent, since the objective was to get the undiluted input from the community.</p><p>Two people entered the data from the sheets and this accounts for the conflicting</p><p>labeling.</p><p>In the interest of transparency, we have also decided to allow free access to the</p><p>original poster papers to anyone who would be interested in viewing them. Our group</p><p>believes strongly that the key to good decisions in the long term will be the ability to</p><p>collaborate and to harness the knowledge capital of our residents. This report is a</p><p>first step in this direction. Consequently, the original brainstorming papers will beavailable to anyone who is interested in viewing them. In the interests of</p><p>transparency, the papers will be photographed and available in the longer term. For</p><p>the next few weeks, they will also be available in the originals. Requests can be made</p><p>via email to Shellie Gudgeon (</p><p>When reading the report, we recommend that the reader be aware that the</p><p>comments were harnessed from a group ranging in size from eight to eleven around a</p><p>table. We suggest that while reading the thoughtful results of a creative</p><p>conversation, that we all need to become more comfortable with ambiguity,</p><p>ambivalence and begin to look to create harmony within apparently divergent views.</p></li></ul>


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