I actually feel really good about defending what I feel to be the proper use of travel money:
Hello Kamloops. This is Arjun Singh, member of Kamloops City Council. Last Friday, Radio NL news director Jim Harrison criticized me for spending tax dollars to attend the Personal Democracy Forum in New York City, saying I had brought little value to the community by attending. I thank him, today, for the opportunity to talk to you about this conference and explain why I think it will actually bring very good value to our community.
The Personal Democracy Forum brought together leading North American experts to talk about how the internet and other technologies can be used to better bring people together to discuss and take action on issues of importance. Would you be interested in more easily tracking crime and preventing crime in your neighborhood? Would you be interested in providing ideas for decreasing city taxes? How about finding out the pros and cons of developing waterfront hotel, water metres, or the tournament capital program?
Technology can help with all of the above. And at the Personal Democracy Forum, I met some of the leading people using and developing these technologies. I invite you to read a full report on my findings at the conference by visiting www.yourkamloops.com. Critical feedback most welcome. Thanks and have a great day!