Business in Vancouver online today carried a story with new information about a topic important for us all. MetroVanWatch has for many months been calling upon elected officials in the entire region to urge Metro Vancouver to provide live and archived web video of all Board and committee meetings. On January 31, Vancouver councillor George Affleck made a motion calling for Vancouver City Council to formally request the same. Vision Vancouver councillors, who hold all six of Vancouver’s spots on the Metro Board, voted it down.
The right thing would have been to pass the motion and get this request on record. Internal discussions have been going on for years, apparently, at Metro Vancouver. It has been very convenient for the Metro bureaucracy to work quietly out of the public view — and the 2010 negotiations on the 30-year Regional Growth Strategy with virtually no public attention is a case in point.
Main points of the article follow:
- Metro Vancouver spokesman Bill Morrell said that Metro Vancouver has plans to start broadcasting its meetings by year-end. [MetroVanWatch comment: This is the first public indication of which we are aware and it is good news.]
- Morrell is quoted as saying, “Metro Vancouver has, on its work plan for 2012, the broadcasting of board and committee meetings and we are proceeding with that…While we haven’t got a date in mind at this juncture about when this will happen, it will definitely be happening this year.”