Councillors call for more transparency
Posted in the Georgetown Forum
North Bay, Canada
#1 Jan 19, 2013
Two city councillors are trying to make the municipal level of politics more transparent.
Danny Redmond and Mitch Tweel feel the public doesn't know enough about what goes on at city hall, and they have some ideas on how to change that.
Tweel wants all the resolutions up for debate at the monthly council meeting placed on the city's website. Redmond takes that idea one step further: he'd like the media to get the same package of information the councillors get a few days before the monthly city council meeting.
"I'm not sure why some people would have a reluctance to give that information to you," said Redmond.
"There's nothing confidential that I know of. If there is then they can discuss that. But in terms of the overall package, I'd support that."
The two councillors feel if the public has access to more information before meetings are held, then there's a better likelihood residents will want to become engaged.
The city's communications officer is looking into the suggestions
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