The recording of a committee of the whole meeting last week was stopped and re-started. (NEWS BULLETIN photo)

City councillor wants policy on recording meetings

City of Nanaimo Coun. Bill Yoachim addressed criticism on the subject

A Nanaimo city councillor said he’d like to see consistency with recording city meetings.

Coun. Bill Yoachim, at Monday’s city council meeting at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre, said he’s heard criticism on the subject.

“I look forward to a solid policy on this … what’s filmed, what’s not, what can happen with the camera up there or not,” he said.

During the previous week’s committee of the whole meeting, the recording was turned off after “a substantial loss of decorum,” according to an e-mailed statement from Tracy Samra, city chief administrative officer.

The recording stopped during debate of a presentation regarding the Nanaimo Recycling Exchange.

“There is no policy or procedures in place for recordings of meetings, whether they be committee or council meetings, nor is there a requirement in our procedure bylaw or the community charter,” said Sheila Gurrie, city clerk.

Councillors were asked Monday if the city’s policy has changed in respect to filming finance and audit committee meetings, which haven’t been recorded during recent months.

Coun. Bill Bestwick, chairman of the finance and audit committee, said he didn’t know which finance meetings were recorded and which ones weren’t and said that’s outside his area of responsibility.

“I don’t control the meeting other than chair it. I do a speakers’ list, I call the meeting to order, I try to keep a semblance of organization…” he said. “I don’t make up who gets to watch and who doesn’t.”

Samra said she’s been recommending for about a year that “given the workload and the importance and prominence of the finance and audit committee, that council consider making it like a committee of the whole meeting” and delegate additional decision-making authority to the committee. Those meetings could be moved to the conference centre’s Shaw Auditorium and recorded, Samra said.

“Not that it’s a bylaw requirement or a legal requirement, but it’s a convention of council to record official council meetings, so then it falls under those parameters,” she said.

Council did not make a motion on the subject.



editor@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Chicken and Broadway on the menu at Bite of Nanaimo

Food, music and roving broadway characters a recipe for TheatreOne fundraiser Friday, Oct. 19

Buccaneers score shutout win against Generals

Nanaimo defeated Oceanside 2-0 on Thursday in VIJHL action at the Nanaimo Ice Centre

UPDATE: Shots fired at house during fight in Nanaimo

Shots were fired at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday in 500 block of Kennedy Street, say RCMP

Nanaimo police warn public after nine-year-old girl approached by pickup truck driver

Incident happened Wednesday morning near Park Avenue School

UPDATE: Shots fired at house during fight in Nanaimo

Shots were fired at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday in 500 block of Kennedy Street, say RCMP

Candidate lists finalized for Nanaimo, Lantzville, RDN, school district

Nomination deadline passes in advance of Oct. 20 local government elections

Election 2018: candidate questionnaires

News Bulletin’s questionnaire responses for Nanaimo, Lantzville, school board, regional district

When to vote, where to vote, how to vote

Voting day is Oct. 20, with polls open 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Beefs & Bouquets, Oct. 18

To submit a beef or bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail bulletinboard@nanaimobulletin.com

Candidate want to help people have a say in their city’s leadership

Lloyd MacIlquham one of 40 candidates running for Nanaimo city council

Nanaimo heritage building damaged by early morning fire

Franklyn Street Gym in Nanaimo’s Old City Quarter suffers extensive fire, smoke and water damage

Jets score 3 late goals to beat Canucks 4-1

Winnipeg ends three-game Vancouver win streak

San Group announces plans to build new sawmill in Port Alberni

San Group has purchased 25 acres of Catalyst Paper land for expansion

Most Read