Just a “minute” there, Ottawa City Hall!
Why? To save a few bucks?
Instead, they will replace the text with an (unsearchable) audio system:
Adding the new audio records will cost the city about $17,000 a year, a sum one would have thought could be sucked up somewhere in its $2.3 billion operating budget. Instead, councillors decided to invoke the generally-wise principle of not adding a new cost without cutting something to pay for it. As it turns out, they can cut the proper records of public meetings and come out $25,000 ahead. Another good day’s work.
Democracy costs something and information is the lifeblood of democracy. This is not something you sacrifice to save a few dollars.
That is ridiculous!
Detailed minutes are a clear and transparent account of Council’s proceedings, who spoke for what, who spoke against it, etc. This is standard practice elsewhere. It is important.
I also notice in Denley’s column that Council is reviewing the role of its volunteer advisory committees.
Maybe that is why I haven’t heard back about my applications…