This past Thursday was the first complete Council meeting I observed in a while, due both to Summer break and my inability to stay and observe Council business after the Bosa Blue Sky properties Public Hearing for Pandora got adjourned at 11:30pm on August 27th (post on this coming soon). So what happened?
So I learned a lot about plastic bags and the efforts of the Divest Victoria group while attending the lengthy Council meeting on Thursday (video here agenda here). Why was the meeting so long? Well mostly because a total of 17 people signed up for their respective 5 minutes to address Council and all but 3 of these groups were on the topics of banning plastic bags and socially responsible investing, as driven by the Divest Victoria group.
This clip (see below) from the especially verbose Councillor Isitt (maybe because he missed Planning and Land Use meeting earlier in the day) neatly encapsulates the general level of municipal operational professionalism at play on Thursday night. Continue reading July 23 Council Summary & Observations
It was a long meeting with a big agenda. Public business was completed at just after 11pm. Of note is that everything other than one item went as anticipated – 1555 Jubilee was unanimously opposed because new information emerged that was really quite shocking. And as for its origins, I did note in my PLUC summary of 1555 Jubilee that something seemed off between the City Manager and staff when the issue was presented to PLUC.
All and all, very interesting. I will write more about it when I get back from my weekend road trip! Video will be posted here when it gets uploaded.
It was quite the Council meeting on Thursday night and not just because there was a big agenda. Lots of other things happened. There was one moment in particular that was especially bizarre and led to me getting up as part of the Public Hearing for 120 Gorge Road and saying to Council: “You should be better than this!”
It was simultaneously odd and appalling (video here).
So what all happened? Continue reading June 11 Council Summary & Observations
It was a pretty standard Council meeting on Thursday (agenda here & video here). I really enjoyed the young piano players from the Royal Conservatory of Music who performed prior to the start of the meeting and I was glad that the meeting was over before 9pm. In general, there should really be a hard and fast rule that no public meetings go past 9pm in the first place.
So what happened? Continue reading May 28 Council Summary & Observations
It was a pretty average Council meeting on Thursday (agenda here) and it was fairly well attended by folks speaking to a proposed 18 storey building on Yates St (#960-62) and a GPC decision for the city to regulate Medical Marihuana. The weekly proclamations were random as usual and made me think that I’ll have to send in a request for “City Council Live Tweeter Appreciation Week” one of these days.
So what happened?
Just wanted to share some thoughts on the Public Hearings and a few other items on the Council agenda for tomorrow. One thing to note straight off is that Proclamation of Local Government Awareness week (the same week as Public Works Week) is not on the agenda.
How rude I say!
It was a quick 47 minute meeting last night (agenda here & video here). Not many folks were there. In fact, half the folks who signed up to speak to Council weren’t even there since they expected, based on previous practice to not need to be there until at least 8pm. Speaking of which, did you know that the publicly available Council procedure bylaw actually sets 7:30pm (not 7:00pm) as the meeting start time (see part 3, page 7). I assume this should be updated.
It was a long night. Fascinating but long. I had to take Friday and Saturday off just to decompress from it all. The public portion of the meeting adjourned at 12:10am on Friday. My last bus from downtown also left at 12:10am which meant that I had to pay $10 to take a taxi home.
So what happened anyways? Continue reading April 16 Council Summary & Observations