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Ward 11 News: A First Step Towards More Openess at City Hall

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Following my Motion to reform closed-door meetings, I am pleased to report that City Council unanimously referred my motion to the City Clerk. Changes will be coming back for final approval by December.
 
This is about opening the doors at City Hall – both figuratively and literally.
 
Calgary City Council spends more time making decisions behind closed doors than any other Canadian city so this is a big win for all Calgarians.
 
As a recap, here are the key parts of what I proposed:
 
-  Requiring closed meetings to begin only with a recorded vote so that each
   City Councillor is put on the record (for or against) with a clear legal reason;
-  Requiring a paper trail for every confidential agenda item;
-  Requiring confidentiality at Council to be lifted after a certain period of time
   (instead of forever);
-  Allowing Councillors to bring in outside assistance to closed-door meetings;
-  Allowing the public to challenge whether a closed-door meeting was
   appropriate. 
 
This is a great first step toward swinging open the doors at City Hall.
 
Thank you for your part in helping move this important issue forward.


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