March 26 Council Summary & Observations

I stayed home last night and watched the first part of the Council meeting from home (Early Thoughts here). Once the public hearings were complete I then turned things off because 7.5 hours of Council meetings in one day is enough for anyone, even just someone observing.  Video of the meeting can be found hereContinue reading March 26 Council Summary & Observations

March 12 Council Summary and Observations

It was a packed house last night – absolutely packed. At first I wondered why everyone was there, but it soon became clear that the focus of the night was the Public Hearing for the proposed Capital Park Development in James Bay. Despite my Early Thoughts and intention to stay for the duration of the meeting, I got up with pretty much everyone else and left at 10pm once a unanimous vote had been cast by Council in support of rezoning required by the Capital Park.

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March 12 Council Early Thoughts

As always, a unique assortment of items on the agenda for Council tomorrow with a collection of Public hearing items and public presentations to Council.  The fun kicks off with a reading from Youth Poet Laureate, Zoe Duhaime and three proclamations: Continue reading March 12 Council Early Thoughts

Feb 26 Council Early Thoughts

The agenda for the Council meeting tomorrow night seems manageable – I may just have to do a Council challenge and attend both meetings again. Better rest up tonight! [edit – now that I’ve done my review, I change my mind. It looks like a long one!] Continue reading Feb 26 Council Early Thoughts

Feb 12 Council Summary & Observations

In my years observing what goes on at Victoria City hall, I’ve always tended to focus more on committee (e.g., Governance and Priorities, and Land Use and Planning as the main two) than Council meetings. I do this because a) in my experience Council is hard to follow and b) committee meetings are where the most substantive conversation occurs and decisions are made and later ratified at subsequent Council meetings.   Continue reading Feb 12 Council Summary & Observations

Feb 12 Council Early Thoughts

Tonight will be my first complete live tweet of a Victoria Council meeting. The agenda for tonight is fairly sizeable with what looks like six public hearing items and and four people signed up to address council. Time to go through agenda items and make some notes on what to expect tonight.

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