Chris Rickett (born on
October 20, 1976in Stratford, Ontario, Canada) is local political figure in the City of Stratford, Ontario.
Stratford, Ontario, Rickett has been involved in politics since an early age, organizing his first political protest at the age of 11, picketing the Perth County Board of Educationso he could skateboard to school.
His political organization continued into his teenage years, as he advocated for youth issues and organized protests against police brutality, education cuts and homelessness in the city, as well as launched a successful constitutional challenge against the City of Windsor's postering by-law [http://spacing.ca/postering/poster-canada.htm] . He would open the
10 Day Caféin 1996 and operate it through 1998 as a youth-run arts centre in the heart of downtown Stratford. Several local musicians would get their start there, including Dayna Manning.
Often found on the editorial pages of Stratford’s 3 local newspapers, Rickett started
What’s Up, Chuck? Magazinein 1997 and published through 2001 (click [http://www.brokenpencil.com/reviews/reviews.php?reviewid=971 here] for a review). What’s Up, Chuck? was known for its biting sarcasm and criticism of local police and city officials. Rickett and the magazine were featured in Broken Pencil[http://www.brokenpencil.com/features/feature.php?featureid=36] , The Walrus[http://www.chrisrickett.com/press/rickettwalrus.pdf] and many local papers for its outspoken nature.
Rickett's writing ranges from
gonzo journalismand self-indulgent fiction, to pointed commentaries on infrastructure and climate change. His 2002 publication of "Tales of a Festival City Hack" fictionalized his experiences driving taxi and featured stories about run-ins with Al Waxman, Richard Monette, William Hutt and the police. On the other hand, his non-fiction work shows an ability to research and present well reasoned arguments on climate change, municipal politics and energy issues. Rickett has contributed to Municipal World Magazine[http://www.chrisrickett.com/press/Downloading_climate_change.pdf] and Renew Canada[http://www.chrisrickett.com/press/Dream_House.pdf] [http://www.chrisrickett.com/press/Peak_Oil_&_Municipal_Infrastructure.pdf] .
After a second unsuccessful run for a seat on
Stratford City Councilin 2000, Rickett attended the University of Waterlooand completed a degree in Urban Planning. He made his return to Stratford in 2003, and in his third attempt for a seat on City Council, was successful with his friend Sam Dinicolin securing a place at the decision making table. Serving as a Stratford City Councillor, Rickett Chaired the Planning & Heritage Committee and Energy & Environment Committee. He launched a number of successful programs, including authoring the city’s environmental strategic plan, a 10-year funding formula for the Stratford-Perth Museumand aided in the development of the Market Square Design Competition [http://www.city.stratford.on.ca/marketsquare/competition.asp] .
In 2006, Rickett decided against running for re-election and stepped down from public office in order to concentrate on completing his Masters in Public Administration at the
University of Western Ontario. He continues to serve the City of Stratford as Chair of the Energy & Environment Committee, hosts his own hour long local issues program on Rogers Cablecalled Politically Speaking and continues to contribute columns on local and national issues to various publications.
* [http://www.chrisrickett.com www.chrisrickett.com] , official site featuring blog and political columns.
* [http://www.myspace.com/chrisrickett Chris Rickett's MySpace profile]
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