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Ward 11 News: Seeking to Improve City Council's Transparency

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Today, I will be submitting a notice of motion aimed at tackling Calgary City Council’s excessive use of closed-door meetings.
 
I am proposing several specific reforms. Please click here to read the full notice of motionNotice of Motion - Reforming Council's Closed Door Meetings.pdfNotice of Motion - Reforming Council's Closed Door Meetings.pdf
 
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 by a long shot and it's time that changed.
 
I am proposing new restrictions on Council, as well as new tools for citizens to challenge increased use of closed-door meetings at City Hall. I will also be asking Council to allow a public tour of the special “closed-door” meeting room for all Calgarians to see.
 
What happens at City Hall belongs to Calgarians, not the politicians. The law is very clear – Council must conduct its business in public, with just a few exceptions made for personnel issues, legal matters, and certain business items.
 
A report released last year shows that, between 2013-2017, City Council spent 23.7 per cent of its time in closed-door sessions, amounting to more than 700 private meetings. The same study compared Calgary to jurisdictions in Ontario, including Hamilton, which held 13 private meetings between 2014 and 2016. Toronto held 18 meetings behind closed doors, and Ottawa conducted just one closed-door session during the three-year period.

 



This content represents the personal views and opinions of the Ward Councillor and should not be taken as a statement of policy of The City of Calgary. The inclusion of any external content does not imply endorsement by The City of Calgary.

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