July 16 GPC Summary & Observations

The meeting started off well on Thursday (agenda here), but it then got frustrating and tiresome once Council (in their Governance & Priorities format) started sliding off topic and speaking around issues instead of to the immediate items at the table. Mind you, their doing so was also fascinating in the sense that it made me reflect on why I was reacting to them the way I did and why it was that I was getting frustrated and confused instead of just tweeting everything.

I realized that it has to do with process.  Continue reading July 16 GPC Summary & Observations

May 7 GPC Summary & Observations

It was actually a pretty good meeting this morning with some interesting presentations from staff and decent questions from Council (video here). The agenda had some late additions but these were the item powerpoint decks which are typically only added after meetings. I really wish they would be added before meetings because then I could tweet them out in addition to the relevant staff report or council motion when a given item comes up on the table.

People seem to like it when I do that. So what happened today? Continue reading May 7 GPC Summary & Observations

May 7 GPC Early Thoughts

There is an odd assortment of items on the GPC agenda for Thursday and I’m sure a number of them will prompt significant conversation by members. Because the bridge and the sexy topic of marijuana are on the agenda, I’m sure the big media guys will  be there to get their shots of the action and also interview Mayor Helps afterwards.

So what do we think is going to happen? Continue reading May 7 GPC Early Thoughts

March 26 GPC Summary & Observations

Instead of rehashing the mind numbing brain pain of yesterday’s meeting in all its glory, I have written about the meeting I would have held instead. If you want some additional context for yesterday’s meeting that occurred, please check out my Early Thoughts that were published on Wednesday.

Here is the actual meeting video as well if you feel the need.

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March 26 GPC Early Thoughts

There are some big items on the agenda for tomorrow’s Governance and Priorities Committee meeting. Going on past practice mind you, I’m sure the meeting will done with quite quickly. Yay due diligence! Continue reading March 26 GPC Early Thoughts

March 12 GPC Summary & Observations

It was about 3 hours of meetings this morning for the #vicgpc – and good news, the Granicus video system is working again. As I anticipated in my Early Thoughts, many items got passed through in the consent agenda and discussion on both the Johnson Street Bridge and the Wastewater treatment proposal was really superficial and high level. Of note is that the large schwack of minute meetings that were approved have yet to be uploaded to CivicWeb.

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March 12 GPC Early Thoughts

There is an assortment of items on the agenda for GPC tomorrow. First up is adoption of a whole schwack of meeting minutes which seems to be poor form because typical meeting practice is that you adopt the minutes from the previous meeting at your current meeting. On the agenda tomorrow is adoption of 10 sets of GPC minutes ranging from February 2 – February 26.

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Feb 26 GPC Early Thoughts

There is a colourful assortment of items on the agenda for VicGPC tomorrow February 26. First up is an hour of closed meeting while Council meets with Director of Engineering and Public Works Dwayne Kaylnchuk and a Lawyer from Vancouver named Karin Martin who is a “partner who practices in the areas of construction/infrastructure, P3 and litigation/dispute resolution.”
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