Regional District votes against transparency

 

 

Dear editor,

Recently, Comox Valley Regional District director Larry Jangula brought forward a motion to require that all directors’ votes be recorded and become public record with published meeting minutes. Such a change would provide taxpayers and constituents with a clear and accurate record of how each director voted and what their individual actions were concerning every matter at the board table.

All of the Valley’s municipal councils record how each member votes and their meetings are video recorded and broadcast in local television media, providing the public with a clear and transparent look at how their affairs are being managed at the three City Halls. In sharp contrast, the Regional District not only does not record and publish their meeting voting records, nor are these meetings video recorded.

Because our Regional District represents a much larger and more diverse geographic area than the municipalities, attending the meetings which are held earlier in the day is a real challenge for most of us.

Today, personally attending these meetings is the only way each of us are able to know how their directors are representing them and managing their interests on issues that affect all of us.

So, it would seem that our directors would support Jangula’s motion and adopt a policy that is not only practised by all other Valley governmental agencies, but is the customary practice across Canada. This change would not cost taxpayers a dime and at the same time it would improve the transparency and accountability at the RD.

Surprisingly, the motion was defeated!

Voting for the motion were Jangula, Manno Theos, Barbara Price and Ken Grant.

Voting against the motion were Bruce Jolliffe, Edwin Grieve, Rod Nichol, Bob Wells, and Gwyn Sproule. Director Eriksson was absent.

It is difficult to understand why the five directors would choose to deny our community and those they were elected to represent the knowledge of what their actions are when conducting the people’s business.

If you believe that the RD director voting record should become part of the public record and be included in the published Regional District minutes please contact your director and tell them how you feel. It’s the right thing to do.

JM McIntosh

Comox Valley

 

Just Posted

Valley fossil makes it to the top of the provincial list

Courtenay’s elasmosaur will be added to the official Provincial Symbols of British Columbia

New exhibition at Comox art gallery opens Feb. 19

Rainforests to prairie grasslands, a visual road trip at Pearl Ellis Gallery

Comox Valley Chamber looks back on recent achievements

Chamber of Commerce Week Feb. 18-22

What to do on Family Day in the Comox Valley

Looking for something to do this Family Day? Here are some suggestions:Courtenay… Continue reading

Deported Courtenay man who came to Canada as a baby granted chance at return

Len Van Heest was deported to the Netherlands in 2017

‘Our entire municipality is heartbroken’: Seven children die in Halifax house fire

A man and woman remained in hospital Tuesday afternoon, the man with life-threatening injuries

New trial ordered over banning whales, dolphins at Vancouver aquarium

Park board’s appeal reverses previous decision that found it had no right to implement a ban

Make sure measles shots up to date, Public Health Agency says

Measles causes high fever, coughing, sneezing and a widespread painful rash

Minister says plans to fight poverty, climate change, focus of B.C. budget

The NDP said in its throne speech last week that affordability will be the hallmark of its initiatives

Bomb threats, gunfire, kidnapping: Drug war rocks Kamloops

Kamloops RCMP battles a series of violent events

B.C. hotel trashes Channing Tatum in favour of Ryan Reynolds

Tatum’s picture left in recycling bin, replaced with photo of Ryan Reynolds

B.C. firefighters rescue bear cub stuck up a tree

Family Day was eventful for cub, firefighters

Three Island First Nations chiefs take government to court in health care dispute

Move comes after First Nations Health Authority dumps Vancouver Island service provider

Most Read