FCM Conference VBlogs
For the next four days I am representing Guelph at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) conference in Edmonton, Alberta. I’m the only one from Guelph attending and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to learn and bring back to our city.
Guided by the city’s corporate policy, each Guelph councillor has an annual discretionary spending account of $3,250 ($10,950 for the Mayor) that can be spent to attend conferences, meetings, and professional development. Historically, most councillors only use a fraction of that amount. Funded through general tax revenues, these expenses benefit the city by exposing your council to a broad spectrum of municipal governance ideas and policies.
In the interests of transparency and accountability, I will be detailing my conference expenses on this website at the end of my trip and will provide a summary report to council. Additionally, in an effort to increase my social media interaction with Guelph citizens, I will be providing short daily updates about the conference through video reports (a vblog) on my Ward 6 YouTube channel.
My Day 0 introductory report from the Toronto Pearson airport is included below: