Comment 120902

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted March 13, 2017 at 14:13:01

Happy to report that it looks like this situation may be about to improve. Andrea McKinney, the City's Director of Communications, just issued the following statement:

First, on behalf of the City Manager's Office and as Director of Communications, I'd like to acknowledge that I regret the events of last week and the confusion it caused more broadly. The relatively new Broadcasting Policy of the Property Standards Committee,‎ was intended to bring more structure to decision making in a court like process, recognizing there are at times vulnerable participants in the process. In retrospect, there are parts of the policy that could have been clearer to enable that. I appreciate the feedback that has been received. Further to our discussion we are going to make proposed revisions to the Property Standards Committee for approval, and there will be an opportunity to participate further in that process. We are also going to look at creating a consistent policy between the City's Administrative tribunals, and communicate that accordingly on the website, as we want to ensure there is a consistent experience for members of the public and the media. I also want to clarify this did not apply to Council, or its sub-committees, nor was it approved by Council.

Big thanks to Ms McKinney and the City for taking this seriously and seizing the opportunity to build a more mutually constructive and respectful relationship between City Hall and the community it serves. The end result may well be a real improvement in the clarity and balance of the city's policy.

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