I support getting rid of geographic wards and instead creating Council spots to represent specific demographics along with at-large members.
There is a lot of talk about how to best ensure that all individuals are represented on Council. This election season has seen an increase in diversity in candidates, but it is still a far cry from what the County needs. I believe the 15 seats should instead include specific seats for those who will focus on representing the needs of specific demographics or areas, such as farming, environmental concerns, youth (e.g., an under-30 seat), families, business owners, tourism, retirees, non-profits, and wineries (these areas would be up for debate) while the remaining seats were at-large seats. Individuals would vote for one or two demographic seats and then rank the at-large seats.
Of note, there is nothing in the provincial laws that require Municipalities to use wards for elections. The County is far more similar across wards than other municipalities and thus the artificial divisions fail to offer anything substantive to Council. Moving towards actual representation of the individuals that call the County home is one way to ensure that all people feel they are being appropriately considered in Council.