How do I sign up?

  • Sign up to the site by clicking on the 'Sign In' button and selecting ‘Register’
  • Choose a username and a password
  • Provide your email address, your username, connection to Chatham-Kent, age-range and postal code
  • You will receive an email to confirm your email address
  • Return to the main page and click the 'Sign In' button

How do I provide input?

Your input can be submitted using the online options that are relevant to each of the projects that are currently open for consultation.

Note: in order to provide input, you need to be signed in.

Why is the Municipality of Chatham-Kent using an online public engagement platform?

Public engagement usually involves attending an open house, public meeting or providing a letter to Council. Using an online public engagement platform is an effort made by the Municipality of Chatham-Kent to reach more residents and to give residents an opportunity to provide input on projects and to bring ideas forward at times convenient for them. This tool is especially important during COVID-19 restrictions. 

Other advantages include:

  • It is a great way to keep up-to-date and provide input.
  • View comments and input that other residents are providing and respond with your own views.
  • An opportunity to participate without having to attend an in-person public engagement session.

Why do I need to sign up to this site to provide input?

We ask you to sign up for the online platform because:

  • It helps to minimize the chance of the consultation being manipulated by someone who leaves many comments in support of a position.
  • It allows us to update residents if there are changes about the consultation or the project.

Can I use this site anonymously?

Yes, you can use this website anonymously. Even when you register and post comments, your anonymity is protected because you are identified by your chosen username.

What happens to my input?

All input and ideas are compiled and sent to the relevant project manager to inform the recommendation and/or decision making.

Input provided online is used in collaboration with other in-person consultation activities like open houses, public meetings pop-up events, workshops and other similar activities when possible. In-person meetings and municipal events are currently on-hold due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Note: All comments you make through Let’s Talk Chatham-Kent become public record.

Is my privacy protected?

Your privacy is protected and the Municipality will only use your email address to contact you with updates and to invite you to participate in consultations. Your email address will not be distributed to any third party or used for any other purpose.

Who can I contact about Let’s Talk Chatham-Kent?

Let’s Talk Chatham-Kent is managed by the Municipality of Chatham-Kents’s Corporate Communications Department. 

If you have any questions about the platform, please contact ckcommunications@chatham-kent.ca 

If you have any project-specific questions, please contact the Subject Matter Expert. Look for contact details under ‘Who’s listening" on the project page.

How is the site moderated?

All discussion forums, guest books and questions and answers are moderated 24 hours a day, seven days a week for inappropriate language, comments that disrespect other participants, and comments that are off-topic. Moderators will guide off-topic discussions back on track.

All moderation is carried out by Bang the Table for the Municipality of Chatham-Kent. Moderators do not edit or alter any comments and will only remove comments deemed to be significantly off-topic, offensive or malicious, in which case they are removed from the site immediately and the person who posted the comment is advised by email. 

Please refer to the moderation and etiquette guidelines. 

Moderation and Etiquette Guidelines

This website is moderated 24/7 by an expert global moderation team from Bang the Table.

Bang the Table’s moderators provide multilingual moderation support to ensure participants, site administrators, and third-parties are safe from malicious, inflammatory and illegal materials.

Bang the Table’s role in moderation of this site is to ensure that contributions are reviewed and assessed in an impartial manner according to the rules outlined below.

This policy covers the following;

Username Rules

Usernames - which are submitted by participants during the registration process as a way to identify themselves in public facing activities, are approved in accordance with the username rules set out below;

  • Usernames should not be defamatory, obscene or include language which could be deemed offensive. This includes the creative use of characters and symbols to hide explicit content.
  • Users must not masquerade as other members of the public, elected officials, moderators, site administrators or workers from the consulting organisation. If you are found to be impersonating someone else you may face sanctions.
  • Usernames must not be a URL or web address.
  • Using your username for activism purposes is fine as long as it doesn’t breach any of the above. Ie. savethereef or trains-not-traffic

Username Sanctions

If you breach any of the above username rules upon registering for this site the following will occur:

  • Username change - our moderation team reviews every username submitted to this site via registration. If they deem your username to be in breach of the above rules they will change your username and inform you this has occurred. You can later change your username to something within the rules via your participant profile.
  • Temporary Suspension - a participant who repeatedly and flagrantly changes their username in breach of the above rules may be suspended from access to the website for a period of up to one week. The period will reflect both the severity and consistency of the breach. The user will be reported to the consulting organization.
  • Permanent Blocking - a participant who continues to violate the username rules following reinstatement after a period of suspension may have their access to the website permanently blocked.

Moderation Rules

All public facing contributions - that is, contributions that can be seen by other website users are moderated in accordance with the moderation rules set out below.

  • Never post personal information about yourself or another participant. This includes identifying any individual by their real name if they have not already done so, or providing personal contact information.
  • Never identify a staff member of the consulting organisation by name.
  • Don't defame anyone or any organisation. A comment is defamatory if it lowers or harms the reputation of a person or organisation. If you wish to insult anyone, this is not the place to do it. If you wish to accuse anyone of wrongdoing or incompetence, this is not the place to do it.
  • Don't post anything that could be considered intolerant of a person's race, culture, appearance, gender, sexual preference, religion or age.
  • Don't be obscene and don't use foul language. Lots of people from different backgrounds participate on this website. We want them to be able to continue to do so from home, work, school, university or wherever they may be. Disguising swear words by deliberately misspelling them doesn't make them any less offensive.
  • Don't personally insult or harass other participants. Always focus on the logic of the argument rather than the individuals involved in the argument. Participants are entitled to choose not to enter into debate with you.
  • Don't post or link to any inappropriate, offensive or illegal material. Don't post any advertisements.
  • Don’t promote self-harm, suicide, violence or criminal activity of any kind.
  • The use of emoji or images to convey inappropriate meaning consistent with the rules outlined above will also be moderated.
  • Ensure comments seek to address the topic or focus of the engagement activity at hand. Users which intentionally distract from or ignore the discussion topic may have their comments treated as off-topic and removed.
  • Please don't raise concerns about the moderation on the site as it disrupts the flow of any discussion. Please direct any queries regarding moderation directly to the moderation team at support@engagementhq.com.


Breaches of the moderation rules will be dealt with as follows:

  • Removal of comment - any comment that, in the view of the moderator, breaches the rules will be removed.
  • Temporary Suspension - a participant who repeatedly and flagrantly flouts the moderation rules may be suspended from access to the website for a period of up to one week. The period will reflect both the severity and consistency of the breach.
  • Permanent Blocking - a participant who continues to violate the moderation rules following reinstatement after a period of suspension may have their access to the website permanently blocked.
  • Automatic Blocking - a participant who posts or links to inappropriate, offensive or illegal material will be immediately blocked from the site.


The following are not enforceable rules, rather they are suggestions about etiquette to help keep the website respectful and constructive.

  • It's a good idea to read through the information on the site and the other participant comments before getting involved in the discussion yourself.
  • Always respect the views of other participants even if they don't agree with you.
  • Be constructive. It's okay to disagree with other forum participants, in fact we encourage debate, just keep the dialogue positive.
  • Always keep things civil. We recognize that this can be difficult sometimes, especially when you are passionate about an issue, but it is important to keep the discussion focused on the issues rather than letting it deteriorate into personal insults.
  • Once you've left your comment keep an eye on the project to see what other people have to say.
  • If you feel that someone has insulted you, report their comment to the moderator by clicking the “Alert Moderator” button. Don't perpetuate the dispute. The moderator will take a look at the offending comment and decide whether it should be removed.
  • Stay on topic. The projects on this website have been created for a specific purpose. Please stay within the boundaries of the subject matter.
  • Turn off the "CAPS LOCK". Writing in ALL CAPS is the equivalent of SHOUTING and can cause offence.
  • Choose one place to post each of your unique comments. Don't cut and paste the same comment into lots of different places on the website. These may be considered duplicates and could be removed.
  • Don't be a "troll". Trolls intentionally incite annoyance or offense. They do not participate constructively in the discussion and do not add any value to the debate.
  • Don't bully, harass or threaten other participants. If another participant proffers an opinion that you don't agree with, you have no right to demand that they support their position with a detailed argument. They do not have to respond to your questions. It is up to each individual to participate as much or as little as they wish.
  • Please respect the moderators. Their job is to keep the forum safe and constructive so that everybody gets to have their fair say. It is not always an easy job.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if my comment is removed?

If you post something to this website, which is removed by our moderators, you will receive a notification via email informing you of the decision. You will be informed as to which of the moderation rules you are in breach of and asked to review and resubmit your contribution. 

What if I disagree with a moderation decision?

If you disagree with a moderation decision you are able to get in touch with support by contacting support@engagementhq.com. While the final moderation decision lies with our moderators, you may indicate to us why you think your contribution should be accepted. In some instances you will be referred to the owner of the website for a final decision.

Can a website owner remove my comment just because they don’t like it?

All comments moderated by our moderators are done so in accordance with the moderation rules outlined above. The owner of this website however, reserves the right to request a contribution be moderated if they feel it is in breach of these moderation rules. In this instance, you will receive a notification via email.

Can I report a comment anonymously?

If you feel a username, comment or contribution on the site is in breach of the rules outlined on this page, you are within your right to alert our moderators. Simply locate the “alert moderator” link near the comment you believe needs to be escalated to our moderation team. Alerting a moderator will not reveal your identity to the person who posted the comment and you will remain anonymous. 

How will I know if I have been blocked from the site?

If you are repeatedly in breach of our moderation rules you may incur sanctions as outlined above. In the instance that you are blocked from the site, you will receive an email notification informing you of your sanctions and the conditions of those sanctions.

Is moderation independent of the website owner?

Yes. Moderation is independent of the owner of the website. There are only two places where on-site moderation occurs. The owner of this website can choose to moderate stories as well as questions asked by participants and answer if they so choose. 

How does moderation deal with comments which suggest a person is at risk of harming themselves or others?

Our moderators are trained to identify comments, which contain references to self-harm and or threats of violence and crime. Comments which mention or promote this behaviour will be removed and escalated for further review and passed on to our clients for further action. Any further action will be at the discretion of our clients, including referrals to law enforcement, primary health or first responder services. Bang the Table strongly advises its client to have sufficient processes in place to deal with these situations and highly encourages the use of verified participation for engagement activities. If you notice comments of this nature, please alert our moderators and the website owner immediately. Our team can be contacted at support@engagementhq.com.

What personally identifiable information about me can the moderators access?

Bang the Table’s moderators do not have access to the user information stored by the owner of this site. Moderators are only able to view a user's publicly visible username and their text or image based contributions for the express purposes of moderating those elements. Your participation on this site is guided by the website owners Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.