By Alex Abdelwahab, Ottawa Metro News, April 13, 2017
The best advice a city government can get comes from the people who live there.
That’s the belief of an Ottawa group that helps residents get involved in civic affairs. “If you give people enough information and you give them the time to deliberate, people will make really smart decisions for themselves and their neighbours,” said Manjit Basi, executive director of Synapcity.
Originally launched as Citizen’s Academy in 2012, and renaming itself Synapcity in October 2016, the group connects people from all across Ottawa and teaches them how to navigate and influence municipal governance.http://www.metronews.ca/news/ottawa/2017/04/12/ottawa-social-enterprise-leading-citizen-engagement.html