Victoria city council to publish reason for closing meeting

Specific reasons to be listed on why meeting needs to go-incamera

No longer will a blanket reference to the city’s bylaws provide justification for closing a Victoria city council meeting to the public.

Victoria Coun. Lisa Helps asked for a change in future reporting procedures.

Currently, council meeting agendas list items for closed discussion “for the reason that (they) deal with matters specified in sections 12(3) and/or (4) of the council bylaw.”

The explanation is too broad, according to Helps.

Within section 12, there are 19 subsections which outline all the legitimate reasons to close a meeting. They range from the acquisition of land, litigation, advice subject to solicitor-client privilege, or personal information about someone being considered for hire.

Helps asked that the specific subsection be listed, to give the public a better understanding for why an item must be discussed secretly. It’s a practice already followed in many municipalities.

Rob Woodland, director of legislative and regulatory services, agreed.

“It’s not a difficult thing to do, and we’ll make sure those are published,” he said.

Did you know?

The City of Vancouver’s website routinely posts all decisions and reports originating from in-camera meetings, after the information is no longer considered sensitive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be Among The First To Know

Sign up for a free account today, and receive top headlines in your inbox Monday to Saturday.

Sign Up with google Sign Up with facebook

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Reset your password

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

A link has been emailed to you - check your inbox.



Don't have an account? Click here to sign up