Thread re: #YYJ @CityOfVictoria accountability and transparency. There needn't be any confusion about whether councillors are in attendance -whether in person or virtual.
attn: @Adam_Stirling @JeremyLoveday @Isitt_ @deardubow Et Al.
Every biz/org. takes minutes of meetings starting with:
*list of attendees*. Why can't/doesn't @CityOfVictoria do the same?
We the citizens who pay their salaries are not allowed to attend (cause Covid!) to see for ourselves who is/isn't there.
And for same reason (Covid) many councillors are attending virtually rather than in person.
I support @Stephen_Andrew's motion" asking staff to look into amending a bylaw so that councillors participating remotely must be on video during meetings, allowing fellow councillors to hear and see them."
And I support it, not only so that fellow councillors know who is/isn't actually paying attention to the meeting; but so that we, #YYJ peeps who pay their salaries to make important decisions affecting us all, know that they are giving it their all..... BUT.....
BUT.... I find it beyond sad and discouraging... that we are even having to consider enacting policies/procedures to *prove* whether or not our council are doing the jobs we pay them for. #YYJ What a royal waste of time.
I tagged @JeremyLoveday specifically, because I had asked him months ago, why we couldn't have text transcripts of @CityOfVictoria meetings; and he kindly replied that we could; just had never been asked of city staff to do so (paraphrasing)...
My question to him, didn't go specifically to "attendance" (that's a new cog in the wheel) - but it did pertain to the need for transparency and accountability. ...
I don't have time (or patience) or enough blood pressure meds; to listen to every council meeting (live or after the fact) in it's entirety. But I see no reason (there *is* no reason) why the entire transcript couldn't be made available so we can read through it.
The @CityOfVictoria dashboard is woefully inadequate in keeping us informed.
a. It's a month behind the times. (most recent is Dec 10th!)
b. It gives results of motions/votes but NOT who said what.
I really find it surprising that even before pandemic; written transcripts of meetings weren't published. And now I think it's even more imperative that they are. It's pretty simple technology. I call on @CityOfVictoria to make this a priority.
Thx... @JeremyLoveday -who has kindly and promptly replied and suggested I re-send my request for written transcripts to all councillors ... via em;
And I urge anyone else who would like to see transcripts,do the same.

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