English's joy on minutes cut short

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Paradise councillor Alan English was pretty impressed with the minutes from the last meeting of council.

“I’d just like to make a comment on the minutes. The minutes seem to be a slightly different format than we’ve seen in a long time. There’s extensive commentary on a couple of items that were on the agenda. And that’s not normal, but it’s actually much better. There’s much more detail,” said English during the November 3 meeting of council. The minutes in question were those of the October 20 meeting of council.

“One of the constant criticisms I hear from the public regarding the minutes is that they’re quite sanitised and that it’s difficult to appreciate how people feel about the motion because there’s no commentary to indicate the nature of the debate... it’s been a long time since I saw commentary on motions f this nature, and it’s much more informative for the public.”

But there was a reason that these minutes appeared different; Chief Administration Officer Lisa Niblock explained.

‘The only reason that was done, and this might be disappointing, was because the camera didn’t work the last session, so we added more details to the meeting. The video feed broadcasted live, but the actual video that would be up on the website for people to go back and watch, isn’t available, so that’s why we added more commentary,” said Niblock.

Niblock noted that recorded council meetings are available online for the public to view at anytime. She said that the meetings are even time-stamped; if you click on an agenda item, it will bring you to the moment in the meeting when that item is discussed.

Recording meetings available on the Town’s website date back to April 14, when Paradise, like many other municipalities, began holding their meetings in an online format due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Mark Squibb, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Shoreline News