Iqaluit city councillors want more transparency at city hall
"Give the general public who voted for us a chance to express their concerns"
Iqaluit city councillor Terry Dobbin wants to see more public access to what goes on at city council meetings.
That’s why he wants to get the video cameras in council chambers working again so that council meetings can be televised, he said at a council meeting Feb. 12.
”I would even suggest putting a five or 10 minute question period on the agenda where members of the general public can address their concerns related to the aquatic centre, or any matter facing them, that’s on the agenda,” Dobbin said.
Dobbin also called for city council meeting dates and agendas to be posted on the city’s website 48 hours prior to the meetings.
“That way, if some member of the general public wants to speak on basically any subject on the agenda, they can come in and we should therefore, I’m thinking, give the general public who voted for us a chance to express their concerns,” he said.
Coun. Romeyn Stevenson agreed that city council needs more transparency.
“I would love to see our council meetings televised, in whatever manner that they could be,” Stevenson said.
During the Feb. 12 meeting, city councillors also thanked local search and rescue volunteers who took part in a recent search operation for a missing man, which resulted in the recovery of two bodies.
“I’m not sure people realize how difficult it is to be out, searching for somebody who you’re not sure if they’re going to survive or not, the stress that’s put on the volunteers thorough the search, whether they are searching or in the office orchestrating the search is very difficult, those people need to be commended,” Stevenson said.
Mayor John Graham said the city would send a thank-you letter to the search and rescue team, acknowledging the volunteers’ search efforts.