City of Nanaimo edits meeting video

NANAIMO – A video of the June 22 council meeting is back online after it was removed Friday and portions of it severed.

  • Jun. 29, 2015 5:00 a.m.

The City of Nanaimo has clipped a routine council video in the light of liability concerns.

A video of an open council meeting taped June 22 was temporarily removed from Nanaimo’s website and two recorded statements were severed as councillors Bill Yoachim and Jim Kipp weighed in on the Colliery dams issue.

According to a press release, the clipped video coverage was done under section 17 and 22 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, which covers disclosure harmful to the financial or economic interests of a public body and disclosure harmful to personal privacy.

Mayor Bill McKay said remarks made in the video are defamatory and the offending portions were removed to protect the corporation from legal proceedings against it.

The edited video is now back up on the website. To view it, please visit www.nanaimo.ca.