Madness at City Hall

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I've spent a lot of time inside Oshawa city hall. Last night, maxing out at nearly 7 hours, was the longest stretch by far.
I’ve spent a lot of time inside Oshawa city hall. Last night, maxing out at nearly 7 hours, was the longest stretch by far.

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Joel’s Journal - Entry #77 - 1/16/2017

The rounds of applause rang out again and again.

After each speaker finished at the microphone the crowd would erupt, sometimes cheer as each new voice added their dissent and opposition.

It was a public planning act meeting at city hall, usually not the most common place for loud cheering and excitement. However, last night, a proposal to turn parts of Oshawa’s south end, some of it directly next to Lake Ontario, had local residents furious.

More than 200 people showed up to speak, filling the chairs available, while others packed into the main entranceway into the council chambers and some even sat on the floor. It was bedlam, and the busiest I have ever seen the place in my almost three years of covering Oshawa city hall.

Before it was done, countless people got up to speak and share their concerns with councillors, and all in all, it took abut seven hours until they were all through, meaning the 6:30 p.m. meeting wrapped up after 1:30 a.m.

My mind is a little fuzzy at the moment, as I’m finally sitting in bed with a snack and cold glass of water before I fall asleep (I’m still out of beer or I’d probably be drinking one of those). And with production in the morning I want to get some rest. So I want to keep this brief, thankfully, I’ve written about 800 words of my story already for tomorrow’s paper on this meeting so I can finish it up in the morning.

My one thing I want to write down is that it’s great to see people filling city hall. It’s an issue that obviously has a lot of people upset and obviously impacts a big chunk of the southern area of the city.

But I get asked a lot about how boring my job can be sometimes, and while the answer to that is it can get extremely dull, it’s times like this, when you know you’re covering something big and something that a lot of people care about, that makes those boring times worth it

Until tomorrow everyone, do what you love, and do it well.

Thanks for reading,

J.J.W.

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