I think the most difficult thing about municipal politics is the illegality of council getting together informally to iron out their working relationship or difference of opinion. In our council of five if three elected officials get together, even say at Timmy’s for a coffee, then it constitutes a council meeting. So a lot of policy decisions evolve via email or phone messages. This fact leads to more and more “in camera” meetings which the public hates. We leave municipal politicians very little room to work together and that’s a shame. Let’s give the new council some slack from the few un-elected people who want to know every detail of council working relationships.