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Ward 11 News: UPDATED - Participation at Council Meetings

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UPDATED: My proposal to record attendance at the beginning and end of Council meetings (instead of me asking for a roll call) was defeated in a vote of 7 to 6.
 
My motion for an electronic record of votes/e-voting was delayed for further study. Remember that this is zero cost because we already have the system, but disabled it.
 
YES: Chahal, Chu, Demong, Farkas, Farrell, Nenshi.
NO: Woolley, Colley-Urquhart, Davison, Gondek, Jones, Keating, Sutherland
ABSENT: Carra, Magliocca
 
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Before I was elected, I promised to champion ideas to improve accountability and better include you in decisions.
 
On Monday, May 28th, I will be proposing electronic voting for our Council meetings. This practice has proven to be efficient and cost-effective elsewhere in North America. Please see the Notice of Motion here:
 
 
If approved, this will be one of the biggest leaps in accountability that we can make in local government.

This is important because you deserve to know how I'm representing you. Meetings are currently captured in a paper/pdf format that don't allow easy reading or searching. This makes it nearly impossible to know how your Councillor voted on key issues, especially at election time.
 
I strongly believe that we should be making it easier for the public and media to follow what’s going on in Council – not harder. We can easily manage “information overload” by allowing the record to be searched for issues such as taxes, transit, bike lanes, and so on – providing you with only what you’re interested in.

Some people have recently asked me about my requests for roll call votes at City Council. What I've heard from you is that it's not reasonable to expect 100% perfect attendance; but if a Councillor has to miss a meeting, they should give notice and provide a general reason why such as illness, family commitment, other city business, and so on.

My asking for a roll call takes about 45 seconds, but I strongly prefer that the City Clerk simply record who is present at the beginning and end of each days' worth of meetings. You deserve to know. Please let me know what you think.



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