For those who want to stay on top of a particular municipal issue, the hardest part is navigating through these agendas, and finding the topic you need. After all, it’s not very helpful to find out about a decision at City Hall after it’s been made. The trick is to know about agenda items, before they are debated.
TABS allows you to search through all the agendas at City Hall, in seconds. But more importantly, TABS allows you to create personalised e-mail alerts for any keyword of your choice. Every time your customised phrase appears in an agenda item, you’ll get a notice in your inbox. Your phrase can be issue-based (“library”), neighbourhood-based (“parkdale”), or as local as your street name (“Clinton Street”).
- Bill/policy progress tracking.
- Text/phone alerts.
- Advice on how to engage City Hall.
- Expansion of the system to include the Agencies, Boards, and Commissions of the City of Toronto (TTC, Library Board, Toronto District School Board, etc)
- Research into geo-location of alerts, and information of nearby community organizations, contextual information, and other expanded features.
- Research on expansion to other Cities and Levels of Government.
If you like TABS, please consider supporting their work!
Now, I’m going to set up some personal TABS alerts, for “billboard”, “bike lane”, “kites” and “ranked ballots”.
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