In order to advance our goal of accountability and transparency from our municipal government, the CTA will be sending questions to each Councillor over a 6-week trial. We will post each Councillor’s reply (or lack of reply) on our web site. We believe this provides an opportunity to see where our elected officials stand on various issues. During this trial, we will be asking the same question of our supporters on a mini poll on our site.
The first question asked of each of the Councillors is:
Informed constituents are essential for a working democracy. During the last election all candidates supported improved accessibility and transparency.
Council meetings are currently televised on Cogeco. This does nothing to improve meeting accessibility for those who don’t have Cogeco or must work at meeting times. If the Committee of the Whole meetings move to 4 pm, as proposed, this will make access even more difficult for those who work. Live Streaming is an expensive option and will not improve accessibility since it must be viewed when the meeting occurs.
Hamilton Township has implemented video recording and posting on YouTube. This solution costs less than $1000 for equipment and allows access at any time by any Internet connected computer without additional costs.
Do you support having all Council meetings video-recorded and available on YouTube? If not please briefly explain the reasons for your opposition.
Please respond by December 18, 2015.
We will publish your response on our web site for our supporters.
The Cobourg Taxpayers Association