GEOFF YOUNG CRITIQUES VICTORIA CITY COUNCIL SECRECY ON JOHNSON STREET BRIDGE: ‘We’ve had reports in camera and… long lapses before the information is made public’

MAYOR DEAN FORTIN’S COUNCIL  ‘IS, IN FACT,

‘LESS OPEN TO PUBLIC INPUT AND ENGAGEMENT,’

SAYS VETERAN VICTORIA CITY COUNCILLOR YOUNG

 

Victoria Council’s “obsession with secrecy and control” is creating needless roadblocks to the public getting information on City projects like the Johnson Street Bridge replacement, says a veteran Councillor.

“This Council talks more about public process and public input than any Council I’ve been in on and is, in fact, less open to public input and engagement,” Councillor Geoff Young said yesterday.

Young’s comments came as Councillors approved a communications strategy and timeline for a fall referendum on borrowing millions of dollars to replace or repair the bridge.

“We’ve had reports in camera and then there’s been long lapses before the information is made public,” said Young.

“We’ve had reports presented at Council meetings when clearly, clearly the information has been been available days before or weeks before and could have been released when the public agenda is released so… the public would have a chance to examine the information.”

 

CCC BLOG excerpt:

COUNCILLOR CRITICAL OF ‘SECRECY’ AROUND BRIDGE

Victoria Times Colonist: timescolonist.com

Bill Cleverley: bcleverley@tc.canwest.com

Friday, June 4, 2010

Page A3

 

[For a link to the full article by Bill Cleverley at the Times Colonist website, please refer to the Comments section below.]

 

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